Sunday found me sitting in the basement classroom of Loop, a knitting shop in Islington. I knitted contentedly on the sample square while listening to Franklin Habit. Next me was Jean Miles, whose daily blog-posts are a constant source of lively ideas and amusing reflection.
The fact that this class lasted three hours, delivered without a break, but at the end the students were not ready for it to end, is some testament to Franklin's ability to engage and inform.
We learnt a huge amount about the distinct traditions of lace knitting - and also about Franklin's grandmother and her values. We passed around some exquisite examples of lace knit by Franklin himself.
In the group one participant identified herself as a beginner, while at the other end of the spectrum was Jean, whose Shetland lace knitting is legendary. Franklin was undaunted. His particular skill lay in steering back to his lesson plan, while allowing comments and questions.
We emerged into the bustle of Camden Passage and enjoyed lunch at "The Elk in the Woods", where the wallpaper certainly lived up to expectations. How strange to sit across a lunch table from Jean, enjoying the warmth of her lovely smile. Bloggers share so many details of their lives with the world, and yet we had never met before.
All too soon Jean hurried back for the next class, while I was free to browse the shop. I could have bought many things, but chose these three balls of fine yarn, because the colours are so subtle. Quite what they will turn into, I do not yet know.