A while back Amy Herzog invited me to vend at a knitting retreat she was hosting. The retreat was called make.wear.love and was held in beautiful Sebasco Maine. What a treat it was to spend time in this lovely place! I had never been to the beaches of northern Maine and truly this spot was just breath taking.
Amy's retreat was an in depth class on her book Fit 2 Flatter, and also included classes with Clara Parkes on different yarns and the fabric they produce and Mary Jane Mucklestone on Color Theory. As a vendor I was invited to attend the classes, and I was thrilled. I learned SO much about sweater construction and how to get a better fit with a few changes within the pattern. (the math part though....ey yi yi...not my strongest subject)
One of the fun things for me as a vendor was sitting back and just watching the excitement as the women tried the various sweaters from Amy's book. Finding sweaters that really fit them well...sweaters that they couldn't imagine wearing, looking great on them. So much fun!! There were 2 other vendors at the retreat, Indigodragonfly and String Theory. We all gave Amy a sweater's worth of yarn that she used to make 3 different sweaters for the retreat and this was the sweater that she knit with my Frolic yarn. I love it enough that as soon as I finish Courtney's socks, this will go on my needles.
Amy and her husband have also been working on a software program called CustomFit which will allow you to plug in your carefully measured measurements and a knitted swatch for a sweater that is custom fit just for you. VERY exciting! The beta test knitters have been working with the software designers over the past year and on this weekend, a very excited Amy opened up the software to the retreat members, and over the week has slowly been opening it up more.