O Chicago! Wunnerful Chicago!
October 7, 2008
Reeeeeeeeeeally sorry you weren’t in Chicago, because frankly–and I don’t mean to rub it in or otherwise make you feel like you missed something special, which it was, and you already knew this–it was a ton of fun.
Here are the few photos I managed to take with my cell phone, due to the Anncam’s tragic orthopedic problem. (I just figured out this morning that it works if I poke the lens back in, like a portable drinking cup. Its brain works great; it’s just sort of busted on the outside, like most of us.) Fortunately, others have blogged and photoed beautifully, so follow the links below!
Those of us living in landlocked states do dorky things like take pictures of lakes, even if from afar. Lake Michigan! Watery!
A Trip to Loopyville
Many revelations at Loopy Yarns, where I got to hang out during their grand reopening party at their new location.
1. Old train stations make great locations for yarn shops. Owner Vicki Sayre totally nailed it with her move to Dearborn Station: yarn up top, party in the basement. A great space, with smart staff members like Meg, Megan, and Zoe. I really was knocked out by all the people who came to celebrate their new location. The energy and excitement was so great.
2. A huge can of garbanzo beans works great for opening up a Monteagle Bag. Diane can prove it to you right here!
3. Franklin Habit, he of The Panopticon and The 1000 Knitters Project fame, was such a treat to meet. I recognized him immediately and had a tantalizing glimpse of the very first copy of his new book, “It Itches.” Please note how carefully that book title is punctuated. It needs that period. I love a guy who thinks about punctuation.
This book is going to be the perfect gift this holiday season: it’s funny and portable and elegant. Which is rare indeed for a book of cartoons. I was surprised at how perfectly small it is: a cartoon to a page, just the way you want to digest them. So great.
Chic Knits’ Bonne Marie Burns on the left, freestyle designer Mary Neal Meador on the right. “Mountain of Onions” in foreground.
Hats off to Sarah and Natalia for organizing this second year of YarnCon. It’s a huge undertaking, but it was the sort of event that knitters really love. I had the great good luck to hang out at the Loopy Yarns booth with the very loopy Meg, Megan, and Zoe, at least one of whom wore her knitted barnacle hat with pure elan. The barnacles were so cozy and unthreatening.
It was great to see our samples on humans. This Heartbreakingly Cute Pilot Cap has never had a finer moment.
And it was fun to see knitters already messing around with the patterns in the book. Jen, above, took the idea of the Baby Dotty Blanket and decided to make the dots into Eric Carle fruits n veggies. Here’s the background on this fab project. Scroll down to see her solar system sweater that really is supergalactic.
Kate of Stash Haus has a lot of fab pix from the day.
Thanks to everyone who made me feel so welcome in that fabulous city. It really was great. Wish eversomuch that you had been there, too.
By the way, the Tiny Hats are starting to appear–many thanks to all you kuky knitters who take the time to crank these for The Big Knit.
My Yank coat is coming along very fast. I’m done with all the knitting–now it’s time for borders, collars, back belts and the delicious joy of button selection. I never pick buttons until I’ve finished knitting something. It’s my little reward.