And not thanks to Cody, who had a wonderful time while we were gone playing with his friend Oliver, the 3 legged dog. No, his nose did
Now, please enjoy another gratuitous garden shot. Yes, I took that one myself! All i really did was frame the shot, though; the intelligent auto on my little Lumix did the rest. It doesn't shoot yarn pics as well, but it has a great zoom, and is the best camera in the wild for sure. Tempting to try to turn this one into a colorway...
This project is Thalia
by Elizabeth Thomas, who designed the piece for the Sanguine Gryphon. Colorway Mulberry Bush. It is beautiful, and slow. The original pattern includes a draped neckline; i plan to do a simple square neckline instead as that will be more flatterning for me. I am carryying this and two other patterns specifically for Dance Rustic Silk at shows. while i am enjoying the knit, i do find that I often need a break as the yarn is not particularly pliable. It is, well, like knitting linen, and I expect, will wear similarly as well. Next project will be an open lace pattern of my own devising.
Speaking of SG patterns, keep an eye on their site as they are getting ready to debut heir fall line and it is amazing!
I have one more project, the Bees Knees
scarf from Heirloom Stitches, also available through me at shows. This very easy and fun slipped stitch pattern is looking sharp done in Heroine and Reluctant Dragon on Traveller. Yum!
Now, on to the Midwest! Jack and I used the drive out to re-connect a bit. We stopped in Indiannapolis, and stayed downtown. Above is the view from our hotel room. We loved the memorial to all soldiers from the state who had served in wars from the French and Indian wars at least through WWII. We gorged ourselves on meat at Fogo de Chau, and Jack got up the next day to swim in the olympic swim center on the campus of ISU. I slept in, of course:) we enjoyed a great walk through the downtown area along the canal where we saw these adorable little guys:
to the White River State Park, where there was the most amazing urban garden, with appropriate signage:
Jack and i were in withdrawal from all of the bazillion people we live our lives with, and couldn't believe how empty the downtown was. Of course, it was August, but still! I found the extra room to breathe refreshing after the initial adjustment period, and was impressed by the progressive nature of much that i saw. I am fascinated by urban gardening and farming, and have not seen nearly enough of this kind of work where i live.
As Stitches was in schaumberg, not Chicago proper, we spent the rest of our time in Suburbia. and wow, what a suburb. That thing was huge, and full of people too. No wonder they call it Chicagoland:) We did make one accidental foray into Chicago, and decided to take advantage and go to lunch at Piece Brewery and pizza
. Started by members of Cheap Trick, this joint served up the best pizza crust i've ever eaten. Jack said the beer (Worryin' Ale) was pretty good too. Definitely the best beer names
As you can see, the lovely Jack lived up to his "muscles" role and did a great job helping me set up, and even made a few ceremonial trips to the hardware store. What show is complete without someone sawing something in the parking lot?
Luckily, Karen came in on thursday a few hours before the show opened and dressed the booth up. The rest is history. We met so many great knitters and spinners, some who came just to buy a Trindle.
We stayed up for the Pajama party on Friday night, and had the pleasure of meeting, and talking with Franklin Habit
, who really is as lovely and funny as he seems. Above left, in the the night cap, of course, talking with Brian of Skacel in his zebra stripe jammies. Mercedes Tarasovich-Clarke of kitchen sink dyeworks
was fabulous, and very friendly. Miss Babs
and Jen were funny and fabulous as usual, and again I bought a pattern from them for a piece wearing that i have to have. Perfect show sample, again.
I nearly dyed (get it? sorry) though when Cheryl Oberle
the brilliant designer and dyer came to my booth. She was very lovely, both inside and out, and very kind to me. I was relatively restrained at this show, but i did buy her Folk Vests book because i fell in love with the piece
she was wearing. yum! I think it will work well in Traveller or Dragon Worsted, and it may want to be red.
Finally, we had a wonderful time with our demo crew extraordinaire, Molly (mhardersen on Rav) and Susan (auntissy). These ladies can handle power tools and UPS men with aplomb and always with a big smile. They helped us break down and load up, and then joined Karen and i for a drink and a knosh in the lobby.
I must say Molly definitely looked worried when se saw the size of my little truck. It's hard to see in the picture, but Susan has on several beautiful pieces that she knit with my yarn. I plan to go look up that Vogue Knitting shell for my own self:) Thank you so much ladies; we had such a great time!
From left to right: Molly, me, Susan, and Karen. I'm already trying to convince them to come with me to sock Summit 2011:)
Stitches Midwest was a blast! Chicago, i'll see you next year!
edited to re-size pictures:)