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Knitterly Things

Spring break with my sister in town was a lot of fun – we had the right combination of “on the go activities” and just hanging out at home. It was a much needed break for both of us. Even though my sister isn’t a knitter, there were still quite a few “knitterly things” while she was here.

As I mentioned, Saturday was a road trip with Jen over to Harbor Country & stops at our favorite places. After lunch we stopped into Sit & Knit & proceeded to sit, knit & read for several hours. I worked on my sock for a bit & then because I hadn’t brought the instructions I couldn’t continue when I got to the heel. So I spent the rest of the time looking through lots of pattern books and coming up with lots of ideas for future projects. It was also great to chat with the owner, Kim, about possible new yarn lines she will be carrying and the new knit mystery novel that her husband has written. (FYI – there will be a book signing on April 13 at My Sisters Knits here in Chicago.)

When Rebecca was with us last summer, we picked out a fun yarn for matching scarves. I decided to make a simple sash instead & she was able to take her’s home this trip. I forget the name of this yarn – but I loved the colors, they reminded us of the colors of the beaches & lake on the trip. The pattern was from the Knitting-to-Go deck.

Sister Knits

On this visit to Sit & Knit Rebecca picked out a skein of Geranium yarn (#6050). During our hang out/watch movies time on Sunday & Monday I turned the yarn into a quick Openwork scarf from the same Knitting-to-Go deck. We both loved how the colors of this yarn worked into the open pattern. This is a perfect spring scarf. We joked that Geranium was a good name for this yarn – even though that wasn’t the colorway name we are reminded of geranium blooms with the pinks in the yarn.

The “knitterly things” have continued this week in the form of 2 knit book events. It was nice to not be traveling for work & able to participate in the Chicago knit community.

Yarn Harlot

On Tuesday evening I trekked out to Oak Brook for the Yarn Harlot event. As is the norm with her events, all of the seats were filled way before she was introduced. Thankfully I was able to snag a seat & I proceeded to work on sock #4 while waiting. At one point someone suggested “show & tell” so everyone quickly showed the projects that they were working on – of course there were lots of socks, but also blankets, sweaters, scarves and more. No matter the skill level everyone showed their stuff. By the time Stephanie was introduced there were lots of people sitting on the floor as well as standing around the area. During her talk it was interesting to watch the muggles who were browsing for books in the area react to her comments & the audience response. After an hour of laughter & cheers during her talk the book signing began. After standing in line for about an hour I finally met Stephanie – in addition to her signing my book, I gave her a copy of the new ‘knit mystery’ novel from Sit & Knit (Cast On, Bet’s Off)and then we swapped socks for a picture (indeed, that is “the sock” that is traveling on this tour).

Amy & Stephanie

Wednesday evening brought a “new to me” yarn shop and the “No Sheep for You” book signing & trunk show with Amy Singer at Loopy Yarns in the South Loop. After work I picked up my knit gals (Jen & Kristy) and we checked out the store and the book. What a beautiful selection of yarns! As a fun bonus during the event, all non-wool yarns were on sale – so I picked up several, all of which I have not used before: Cascade Fixation for socks, Cascade Cotton/Tencel, & SWTC Bamboo.

I have already cast on with the Cascade Cotton/Tencel – it is such a soft yarn & I love how it is knitting up so far. The book contains some beautiful patterns – I am already planning to use the just purchased bamboo for one of the patterns.

Wow – in 3 weeks I’ve been able to go to 3 knit book events and will be at a 4th next Friday. What knitterly things have you been up to?

14 Comments

  1. You’ve been busy!

    I plan on taking a trip to My Sister’s Knits later this summer, as well as Imagiknits. Gotta work my way through some of my stash first though!

  2. Must. Finish. Projects. (!!!)

    Have a felted purse to sew handles onto, a felted clutch to finish sewing the snap onto – and finalize decorative finish. Have beautiful wrap to block. Have scarf for husband to finish – as well as the deliciously “Glazed Carrot” one I started this week for him, after our trip to Loopy. Have black capelet to finish knitting. Have blue scarf to weave loose yarn into…I could keep going. BUT, I do love to knit!

  3. Wow Amy you certainly have been busy! The Harlot is wonderful isn’t she! I totally enjoyed seeing her on her last book tour and hope to do so again! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Knitter muggles? Love it!

  5. I’m so glad that you had some fun time with your sister and other knitters after all your travels!

    I’m finishing projects too. I have a mystery gift (baby sweater for a friend who will be a new grandmother) that I’m trying to do, so I can get to the Project Spectrum knits!

  6. Thanks for getting Stephanie a copy of my novel, Cast On, Bet’s Off. Aside from it being a steamy murder mystery about this passionate couple who owns a yarn shop — any resemblance to Kim and myself is…well…purely intentional — I think Steph will have a blast with it ’cause she makes an appearance in the book!
    Stephanie is one incredible lady. Kim and I had her do a book signing of Yarn Harlot in our South Bend shop and we had the pleasure of having her as an overnight guest in our guest house. We all stayed up late and went on and on in front of the fireplace. I can’t remember laughing so hard since. She’s simply amazing. Fiberholics everywhere are fortunate indeed to have her vibrant and kind spirit amongst us.

    Best,

    Jack

  7. I think I spotted you at Loopy Wednesday night! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to say hello. As soon as I walked in, there was my friend Sarah whom I hadn’t seen in months.

    I, too, couldn’t resist the lure of Amy, her lovely patterns and 5 beautiful skeins of cranberry SWTC bamboo.

    Projects? Ribby Pulli, Tuscany (from “No Sheep For You”), an Artisokka silk camisole using Tilli Thomas’ Pure and Simple worsted weight silk and socks! Ambitious? You bet. I’ll just knit slowly :o)

  8. Wow, Amy, You are knitting up a storm and getting out and about in the knitting world. It is so much fun. I sure enjoyed the Harlot. I am about 1/2 way through the new book. I have been getting my day started with it. Happy knitting,

  9. sounds like you had a fantastic trip! Lovely scarves.

  10. You sure have been active. Sounds like a fun month for knitting activities. Glad you are having so much fun!

  11. You have been a busy bee! Looks like fun 😉 I can’t say that my knitty life has been as exciting, however!

  12. You did so many fun things with your sister! Isn’t it great to have fun visits like that? My sister lives close by which I adore but there is something special about an entire weekend just doing fun things with your sis.

  13. I missed the Harlot when she was in town. I love Harbor Country!! Have you been to Friends of Wool in Holland? That is a cute little shop.

  14. Sounds like you’ve had a great time!

    I’ve done not much knitterly as I’m doing mostly taxing things. And I need to get back to them because Tuesday is IT.

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