Friday morning dawned overcast and undercaffeinated. I rose at the ungodly hour of 5:45 a.m. and noticed the distinct lack of a benevolent deity. I grabbed a batch of handknits and a swig of coffee and cabbed it down to the HQ of Our #1 Favorite Publisher to meet up with Shawna and other Sweet Young Publishing Types.
Why did I grab handknits? Because of our destination: Stitches East, in Atlantic City. Everybody needs a handknit for Stitches. So people can take your picture.
Exhibit A: Shawna in the Sassy cardigan you made for me. I think you will recall that Shawna is a pixie, yet the Sassy fits her perfectly, which explains the kielbasa-like feeling I get when I try it on. (Note the poignant way Shawna is gripping her caffeine. She would need it. As it turns out, we took the Scenic Route to Atlantic City. I mean, we passed a rodeo. And a ranch. In New Jersey.)
But we got there. I hadn’t signed up for anything in advance, so while the SYPTs went off to learn Dyeing, and Crochet for Knitters, and other stuff that is a lot less interesting, if you ask me, than Buying Yarn for Kay, I stayed in the market. I had never seen so much yarn before, all in one place. Or so many knitting books, all in one place. Or so many nuts like me, all in one place.
My day started in the lobby with a Celebrity Sighting. I’m not linking. I’m going to make you guess. Let’s just say it was a person whom I was pleased to see was YES wearing clothes and NO not coated in congealed shampoo. That was the last blogger I saw all day. The blogging, it is not the hobby of the Friday crowd at the Stitches of the East. Super Fantastic! Now on with the show!
I hope you didn’t get the impression that I had to bring handknits for everybody. This is Lauren. Lauren is a Publishing Executive of Great Eminence. She designed and knit this little Euroflax top. The just-right-size center cable, the mini-boatneck, the cap sleeves– Super Fantastic! I asked Lauren if she had written down the pattern as she went. She refused to answer, on the grounds that she didn’t do that even though she knew she probably ought to.
Amazing store with vintage buttons and ribbons. The beautiful Swiss and Japanese woven ribbons, the bakelite buttons and buckles, the old buttons still on perfect cards.
All of it arranged so beautifully you could cry. No, I don’t remember the name of the shop, but she doesn’t have a real shop or do mail order, so it’s just as well I don’t tease.
Strings of laceweight merino/silk pinned to the wall.
What do you make with a string of laceweight merino/silk? A mini-granny square afghan. That is a 3 x 5 card, for scale. (My thought was ‘log cabin’.)
The Weavette shop turned out to be kind of a rabbit hole. I had seen those ‘weave in the palm of your hand’ ads many times in Interweave publications, and remained unmoved. In person, though, the weaving just floored me.
You thread the loom with your fingers, and then use a long steel needle to make exquisite flat-weave squares. There are 2 sizes of squares and rectangles available, and there is a triangle and a bias-square loom in the works. The 2 x 2 square takes 2 yards of yarn. I’m kind of drunk with the possibilities.
Hold on! Another Knitting Celebrity Sighting!
Louisa Harding, who is just as nice as she looks. She was there to show her new line of lovely multi-color yarns. One of them is a sari silk ribbon shot through with gold; I have never seen anything quite so glam. I outed myself as a Miss Bea-besotted Rowanette, and she instantly asked me if I knew Kristine. Well, of course! Louisa deserves much success with the new yarns; the designs are Super Fantastic, chic and young but not gimmicky.
I was quite taken with this hunka hunka pink plastic.
….evening. This scarf took under 15 minutes of kid-cranking.
One thing I ask myself about the Machine Scarf: Does it have to be ugly? Apparently it does. I worked a sample using Euroflax instead of Horrific Orange Styrofoam Crap, and the Euroflax looked kind of violated. But so strong is my passion for knitting on a pink plastic machine, that I will keep trying until I come up with a Non Ugly Alternative Yarn that works. Pink Plastic Knitters: watch this space.