What a whirlwind! The last two weeks have been exciting and busy! I spent the first weekend at Knit Fit! in Seattle. Held at the Ballard Community Center, Knit Fit began in 2012 and offers a wide range of classes and activities as well as an amazing marketplace.
I super love this event because I have a fair number of Seattle area customers and I get to see (live and in person) the incredible things they have created with my yarn. Here are just a couple of photos, but the quality is terrible because I took them with my tablet instead of my camera:
One highlight for me was speaking with a woman I’d met a couple of years ago at UCU. She’d purchased a few skeins to make something for her daughter, and came back the following year to buy more yarn. In October, I presented a yarn party for a group of knitters who work together at a Seattle medical center. This was the second yarn party for them, during the first I discovered that this was the same practice I went to when pregnant with my oldest daughter. The world is pretty darn small… Anyway, my UCU customer was at this yarn party! Apparently she’d begun working at the medical practice—and she bought more yarn for a shawl project.
I always enjoyed speaking with this woman—made obvious by the fact that I remembered her from a weekend event at which I speak with literally thousands of people. I love those moments in which you feel an instant kinship or connection with a stranger, our ten minute conversation felt like a visit from a dear old friend. She stopped by my booth at Knit Fit, to show off the shawls she’d made from my yarn. PS-her daughter is dancing the role of Clara in the Seattle Ballet Nutcracker this year!
After Knit Fit, I went home for a few days to madly prepare for a trip to San Francisco. I was accepted to the Celebration of Craftswomen event, but had never even attended it so preparing was a bit stressful. I wasn’t sure what items would be popular, so I focused primarily on yarn but brought quite a few ready to wear items. Based on my research, I figured I’d be in the minority as more of a crafter than an artist but I think my work fit right in. As one would gather from the name, this event is comprised entirely of female artisans and is totally uh maze ing. My friend Cat and I went together and stayed with a friend of hers in Oakland. Our schedule was pretty full with the event, but we managed to fit in a bit of sightseeing. Did we dance our bottoms off at trendy nightclubs? Did we visit world renounced museums? Did we hike up hills to see amazing architecture? Did we take a segway tour or see Alcatraz? No friends, we did none of these things. Instead, we went on a culinary tour of incredible vegan restaurants. My favorite? Souley Vegan, which features all manner of…you guessed it. Vegan soul food.
The last thing we did was to try on these wraps made by an artist across the way from us. We watched hundreds of ladies try them on over the weekend, and I swear…very darn one of them looked great in the wrap. Looked like something they’d been wearing for years. We also were a little bit jokey about wearing them ourselves because it seemed to mostly be ladies in the 50-65 age range and totally weren’t our styles, but I talked Cat into trying them on before we left. I love how her glued on expression is both polite and kind of uptight/wishing it were over. But dang it if she didn’t look like she’d wear this every day! This designer is a freaking genius.
Here’s a photo of my booth and one of Cat’s friend Heather worshiping my yarn. Okay, she’s just holding a mirror…
Oh–I will be reposting a pattern for the lock yarn cowl, seems to have disappeared from my blog.
Here are a couple of links to blogs which have project photos of my yarn!