Well, that was fun. I always feel this way after Vogue Knitting Live, hung over without benefit of alcohol, weak as water. It’s so fun, running with the bulls of knitting, nearly getting gored on the latest in knitting needles (six-sided is the thing this year), experiencing the joys of being young, alive and a knitter. (OK, two out of three.) So many fun people to literally bump into in the scrum, so many yarns you’ve never seen before that must come home with you. The sweaters, the works of fiber art–but most of all, the fun people.
Here’s a taste:
Would you want to get your book signed by these loopy broads? My Upper West Side LYS, Knitty City, kindly hosted a signing for A Coloring Book For Knitters on Saturday afternoon. When we arrived, they’d already sold out 48 copies. I sent niece Kristin running (literally– she’s a runner) back to the apartment to scoop up my 28 copies and bring them back. Meanwhile, Knitty City’s Alex kept selling people books she didn’t have, so that by the time Kristin got back, they’d nearly sold those too. It was a testament to the power of an enthusiastic LYS owner and staff. We hadn’t sold that many books in one sitting since 2006, at Finely a Knitting Party in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Good times!
The next day, we were eating lunch when a woman came over to say hi.
It was Cathy Finley, the owner of Finely a Knitting Party in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. GET OUT! We were gobsmacked (and slightly overshadowed by the crazy iceberg-blob chandeliers at the Marriott). So fun to catch up with the last ten years in the life of that vibrant shop. People: if you have a good local yarn store, support it. I know you already know this, but I can’t help preaching it. Energetic, passionate yarn stores make all the difference, and our world would be poorer without them.
At the Southern Yarns booth, a skein of yarn turned out to be a sleeping lapdog. (Ann, I believe you took a fall at Southern Yarns, dislodging your Form of Payment for a barber pole mulberry- and tussah silk mix.)
This cardigan. I even spoke to the wearer, and she told me the name of the pattern, but I didn’t write it down. Readers, if you can identify it, please let me know. The wearer told me the body is knit from the bottom up in one piece, the sleeves are knit separately, and then the body and sleeves are joined to work the yoke. The Koigu PPM shades she chose worked Missoni-esque (Miss-phony) magic.
This wrap. Kid Silk Haze, doubled. Acres long. Stripe-matched fringe. Readers: any idea of the pattern? Send it in on a postcard (in the comments).
There were so many dazzling sweaters, skirts, and every other kind of garment. Remember the bobbled bolero with a double collar? Did you get a picture of it?
As our strength waned on Sunday afternoon, we spent a long time mesmerized in front of the amazing Indigo Dragonfly palette, parsing the poetry of the shade names.
This is Beige. No really. It’s Beige.
The damage I did, for which I am not one bit sorry [shakes fist at Marie Kondo]:
Right out of the gate, minutes after the market opened on Friday night, I couldn’t loosen my grip on this kit for a Tokyo Shawl, by Marianne Isager, in Isager Spinni and Isager Alpaca. It spoke to me; I got the same tingle I did when I first laid eyes on Volt by Grace Anna Farrow. That YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME feeling. I blame you for leading me into temptation, by which I mean the Conversational Threads Fiber Studio booth, where I found it.
A sweet muslin-kerchiefed wheel of Jill Draper’s Rifton. 600 yards of self-striping, fingering weight, 100% US-grown wool. The grey shades are the natural colors of the fleece, and the blues are dyed by Jill. A wonderful invention, waiting for a perfect stripy project. (Here’s the story of Rifton, which was introduced in 2015, and here are some of the things people have made with Rifton.) I also picked up a skein of Jill’s universally beloved Esopus, in a crimson-to-garnet colorway called Guignolet. I need it for my upcoming Starshower cowl. Need!
Not so bad, really, unless you want to get on your KonMari horse about it. Joy is sparking all over the place, and I will be casting on these projects before you know it.