I took a class from Shirley Paden today at the Wooly Monmouth in Red Bank. I heard her speak at a Navesink Knitting Guild meeting last year and was very impressed so I was excited for the opportunity to take a class from her.
The class was about stranded 2 color knitting and even though I have done it before (my new hat pattern waiting for test knitters to finish before I publish has stranded 2 color knitting) I know there is always more to learn and little tricks you can pick up when you take a class. I particularly wanted to learn about tacking down floats. I did not want to learn how to purl doing stranded knitting, since knitting in the round makes so much sense. I learned it anyway and am glad I did. Shirley was well prepared and professional. I learned a lot and came home with some great reference materials.
I highly recommend taking a class from Shirley Paden if you get the chance. I also recommend her book if you are at all interested in designing patterns or just want a beautiful book to look at and dream. Her book is Knitwear Design Workshop and can be found here. She was a real sport and let me take her picture with me and my project.