And this is just for me I guess…

Sunday, January 9th, 2011 | blah blah blah, Geekery, People I Meet, Ravelry | No Comments

This is not the greatest video. The audio is pretty bad…but I do get called a nerd by Shannon Okey and she high-fives me later. So I think it is pretty awesome. I am really only posting it though because I had mentioned it to my friend Kata.

I will bust myself for excessive use of “woohoo”. For the record I had been drinking a little (ya know, so I could find the nerve to go introduce myself to Ysolda Teague).

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I was so caught up in the excitement…

Saturday, January 8th, 2011 | knitting, People I Meet, Ravelry, sweater | 1 Comment

…that I forgot to mention something really special that happened.

Towards the end of the night, I saw some ladies off to the side eyeing my Valsez dans l’abime. I didn’t think anything of it as I am pretty proud of that silly sweater that caused me so much distress. It really turned out gorgeous and has gotten a lot of compliments.

A little while later, Suzanne came by with a woman to who wanted to chat with me. It happened to be the girl who started the whole ball rolling on my Pas De Valse obsession.

I had met her in line at Stitch N’ Pitch 2010 while I waited to get a Dodger Dog. She was wearing this beautiful sweater and I just HAD to ask her what the pattern was.

So here she was, Suzanne brought her over to chat. She was admiring my sweater earlier and complimented me on it. Suzanne started to tell her how she wishes she could find the woman who inspired her to knit one of her favorite shawls so she can thank her for prompting her to knit it. Suzanne is very much a woman who likes things to come full circle.

I was thrilled to see her again! I think it is really important to let people know when they are the source of inspiration for you.

So thank you, Jooleeyet! I really am glad I got the opportunity to see you again!

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Double SQUEE!

Last night was the Unwind/Ravelry event. It was so much fun! It was great seeing Jess and Casey and all the awesome people that came out to either sell their stuff, or just visit!

Rav/unwind event 01

A collage of photos from the event...

 The above awesomeness is:

– My friend Emily with her little monster posing with The Knitmore Girls and Dr. Gemma.

– Suzanne modeling an orange shrug and looking awesome, as always.

– Dr. Gemma and MeiLan discussing shawls.

– The shop starts to fill up!

– Stephanie makes announcements and introductions.

– Shannon Okey’s birthday! Bring out the cake!

– I actually won something! A pattern…

– …and some Classic Elite Yarn!


The ladies holding down the fort on "Redhead island"

 OK…then for the serious highlights of my night. In this next photo I would totally be hyperventilating had Suzanne not given me two glasses of wine first. I believe we talked about how lovely her sweater is. She knit it in Lorna’s Laces “Ysolda Red”… then I pulled out my Amy Pond inspired scarf, which is knit in Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace…also in the “Ysolda Red” color. She even helped me with some color choices for yarn that are way far out of my comfort zone!



 Then I got to spend some time totally nerding out with Shannon Okey. She is fabulous! We talked knitting, Doctor Who, Buffy…she’s so much fun!


Happy Birthday Shannon!!

And if that wasn’t awesome enough…Shannon was there selling her latest book and I had her sign my copy. I didn’t even look to see what she had wrote because we were busy talking about nerd crushes! I was so excited to arrive home, open the book, and see this… 

Shannon Okey signed her book...


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Attacking those resolutions!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 | blah blah blah, crafts, Ravelry | No Comments

Someones been busy…

Some Gray…pre-sewing…


Just after cutting the excess fabric.


Straightening up the seams for sewing.

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Party, Party, Ravelry Party!

Ravelry folks are in town? It’s the anniversary of Unwind’s opening? Sounds like the perfect reason to have a party!!

Manos, Manos, Manos!

Manos, Manos, Manos!

Still pretty quiet before everyone arrived...

The cool thing is that there was a VIP party beforehand that we got to attend. It was great fun. We got a sneak peek at all the fun stuff before everyone else. Manos, Namaste bags… all sorts of stuff! I had a plan going in, and anyone who knows me well knows I can stick to a plan. 😉

Me and Meilan...and a bunch of people waiting outside.

Me and Meilan...and a bunch of people waiting outside.

See, I know sometimes these things can be overwhelming, so I knew what I was going for and kept my blinders on to everything else. It was kind of like my Stitches approach. Go with a list, do not deviate from said list…it was the only way I could keep within my budget. Of course I did see plenty of eye candy that made me all wide-eyed and crazy looking, but I was a good girl. I only really looked at the Manos color cards. I picked my color and I did two laps around the shop before I went up to the register to order and pay for it. 14 skeins in Bing Cherry. I also found a full punch card when I opened my wallet. That means $30 off my order that was *already* sale priced.  I had a *moment*. I believe I actually started jumping up and down and giggling loudly.

I bought enough Manos del Uruguay to make this:

Itll look awesome in bing cherry...

It'll look awesome in "bing cherry"...

I can’t wait until it comes in. I have it slated as my next project.

So, I said it was pretty overwhelming, right? Hopefully Penny doesn’t kill me for this one, but sometimes she is so cute that I just can’t help myself…

I believe there was some swearing happening right before this photo...

I believe there was some swearing happening right before this photo...

Little did I know at the time, but I was coming down with something. That and the crowd inside would explain why I felt like I was burning up. I ended up keeping Emily company at the front door and working on my sweater. It was chilly outside, but it was nice to sit and get some knitting done.

Flo, Meilan and Patty outside chatting.

Flo, Meilan and Patty outside chatting.

Emily and I...

Emily and I...

I enjoyed playing “bouncer” with Emily. Don’t mess with us ladies…..we carry pointy sticks!

The funny thing about this whole night…and I am not quite sure what I was thinking (for now I will blame the fever that came the next day) but I didn’t even think to go introduce myself to the Ravelry folks. I saw Mary-Heather a few times…and I think saw Jess and Casey once, but I didn’t get any photos of them. Blogger FAIL!

I did have fun though. And it’s getting me primed for Stitches West in February.

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