Saturday, April 15, 2006

Iris Schreier

Iris Schreier lives in White Plains where I used to live 30 years ago, but I finally got to meet her last night in Herzlyia when I picked up handknit hats for the soldiers from a Denver knitting group. They had been passed on to Roxy in Brooklyn who got them to Iris who was coming here for a family reunion for Pesach. My first impression of her was that she reminded me of a sweet cousin of mine back in Minneapolis. Second impression was that she is one very creative cookie. Since both of us were coughing and sneezing (thanks to El Al) I didn't want to inflict my presence on her too long; but I came away with some really eye opening glimpses of the life of a creative knitter.

We did cover quite a lot of territory though as we discussed various yarns I had brought to show her from my travels. She then dived into her knitting projects which will become her third book. I was very impressed by her finished top (a picture is in the spring VK) and also by a lacey piece worked along with short garter st rows for an edge. Her book will come out in a year and I plan on buying it because it will have larger pieces than her first two books. She did sign both of her books for me though. I guiltily admit I have only looked through them but I think the time is coming to do some homework.

I came away greatly inspired to try and be more creative. Iris is really a thinking knitter.

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