Knit Nation is rockin' the UK. We're all having a lovely time here and I've discovered all sorts of things that Americans shouldn't say while in the UK! hahaha.
Our first day, the Knit Nation folks treated the teachers to a privately guided tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum's textiles with an emphasis on knitting, although they don't have a lot of knitting in the museum. The tour guide was great and she whisked us all around the huge collections and we saw loads of beautiful textiles.
They're all trompe l'oeie beaded shapes.
Look at the cuffs of these handknit stockings! That's about 30 st per inch. These are from the great exhibition of 1851
Here's a stocking from 1660-70. This is an example of cut hose which is not knit, but rather made from fine linen cut on the bias to create stretch. These were under socks, to be worn under fancier hose.
I just loved these gorgeous shoes. I would wear those today!
They were right next to these interesting split toe nalbinded socks. These are made by nalbinding which is similar to knitting, but done with a needle and yarn. The socks are fully lined. I am wondering what the purpose of the split toe is.
There were so many gorgeous textiles we looked at, this is a small sampling of the things we saw. I think you could easily spend a week at the V&A just looking at textiles!
The classes here are going well. Everyone is happy and wej're having loads of fun. the market is really nice, loads of terrific vendors. I'm going to make a point of shopping tomorrow as early as possible. Tomorrow night is the big ravelry party. Jess and Casey are here and they gave a talk tonight.
Monday night I'll be heading home, and it's a good thing I love the Amsterdam airport because I'll have a 12 hour layover on Monday night. I think it will be a good time to try the capsule hotel!