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My friend Beverly, a non-knitter but an art lover and sometime docent at the Detroit Institute of Art, fell in love with a double-knit, reversible shawl with geometric designs in various shades of grey. She is trying on the shawl in the photograph and thought it fairly priced at over $3000.
A more brightly colored scarf in reds and blues, depicts small birds, opposite colors on each side, and was inspired by caged birds Shelby pointed out to Christa when they shopped for bird seed. Her display also includes colorful socks, fingerless gloves, tams, intricate, beaded jewelry and tassels.
Though she broke her right elbow in a fall earlier this year, Christa continues to knit and design and says knitting helps her heal. She has, for a while, settled for smaller items which weigh less, but has sacrificed neither beauty nor complexity. Many of her guests purchase her ornate knitted necklaces with their spirals of gleaming beads, as treasured, non touristy souvenirs of their stay. They carry away with them a little of the energy of an artist who loves to create unique beautiful and wearable art.
Beverly picked out a black necklace with shiny beads to match and Ellen agonized between a pink and a blue one and eventually settled on pink. I on the other hand had attended the workshop and learned how to make them. I am still working on a multi-colored one for my 12- year-old granddaughter and plan to make one for myself.
Christa is a patient, firm and methodical teacher, dedicated to each student individually, though her groups often consist of students at various skill levels. She will repeat directions as often as needed without irritation but plenty of humor. I for one find repetition helps with a new or complicated procedure. Somehow she keeps track of where we all are in different projects.