In early July, over 50 enthusiastic knitters made their way to Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA, for the 40th anniversary of a nationally famous knitting camp. These knit camps were founded in 1973 by the icon Elizabeth Zimmermann, a British born knitter who revolutionised knitting in her approach to seamless construction, circular knitting and engaging your brain while following instructions!!! These workshops are now continued by her daughter the hugely talented designer/author/ tutor Meg Swanson. You can read a little more about Meg, Elizabeth and the event here. Or if planning a trip to the US in 2014, check the details for next years camp.
For Patti, attending this event was “like a pilgrimage to Mecca”. She had watched Zimmermann during her television shows of the 1970’s and later admitted in an interview by a local paper covering the event: “Everything I know about knitting, I learned from her and now her daughter Meg.”
And so the story begins… Some time ago Patti had fallen for my Wee Black Faced Sheep. She purchased a kit from Wool for Ewe in Aberdeen and had it shipped to her home in the US. Her needles clicked, and soon she had a new woolly friend named Ewedora.
Patti and Ewedora attended the 40th anniversary event together, and soon became ‘the hit of the camp’ — which included an interview by the local press! Patti supplied my name and details to any who asked and added some very lovely compliments too.
At a time when the media constantly reminds us of the failings of the human race, I continue to be amazed by the kindness of strangers… It warms my heart to know that Patti, living hundreds of miles away from Scotland, and whom I have never had the pleasure to meet can be such a sweatheart! Thank you Patti. And, just to prove this is not a Fairy Tale she even attached a picture!
Now, how is that for fame?