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You guys….YOU GUYS! Yarn Crawl LA was amazing!
3 days, 32 stores (2 were visited twice)! I feel like this was some sort of Olympic sized yarn event…and it was so much fun!
I didn’t go into this with any real yarn “wish list”, so that helped me to keep to a budget. I ended up with quite a haul though! The good thing is that, while I am stashing yarn, I have a purpose in mind for most of it.
We met some really great people and got to explore quite a few stores we had never been to before. It was definitely an adventure! I am hoping it helps inspire me to get over my knitting funk.
I have a ton of pictures…so be prepared for more photo heavy posts!
I have been a busy girl! Between looking for “real work” and doing…”freelance” work, I haven’t had too much time to do my own thing.
I finished my sample knit for Miss Babs and it is packaged and ready to be shipped. I was really happy with the finished dimensions. I have been toying with the idea of taking that yarn I bought for weaving and use it to make another one of these Merging Ripples Shawls. Apparently, I can’t have just one.
I also used my needles to pry in a little time to finish a hat. I stayed up late this past weekend to work on my Varia. I knit it completely out of leftover yarn. I used the leftover Cephalopod Bugga! yarn from my Merging Ripples Shawl and some Anzula Cricket from the Hermione Hearts Ron hat.
I know things are happening with my own things too…even if I am not seeing them. I still have patterns out to testers and I am waiting to get this last wave of feedback before tweaking things and then, hopefully, releasing something! I am chomping at the bit to get stuff moving! I need to keep reminding myself to be patient!
Well, I’ve technically been back since Sunday night, but no ones keeping track, right?
To be honest, I seem to have picked up a case of Con Funk…or sharing a bed with Ashley has “given me pink eye all over”. Either way, I am nowhere near functioning at 100%. It’s alright though, my body waited until I had attended Stitches West AND finished the big project I was working on before deciding to try and tell me to slow my roll. It’s cool…if anything, I know that I have been firing on all cylinders lately and this is my body’s way of telling me I should probably chill out a little.
I am not really wanting to take a break. Stitches was a huge ego boost for me. For once (because it doesn’t happen very often), I decided to purposely pimp myself out. I brought my “creations” and walked them around the floor. I also wore some of my knitting to show off.
The funny thing about Stitches West, and fiber arts people in general, is that they really like to touch things. After you get over the initial shock of people touching your stuff, you get to be okay with it. Think it’s mostly because people will compliment you while they are touching you. That somehow makes it alright in my brain.
I got a lot of compliments on my neon pink Nefretem. The folks at one booth got all excited and asked if I had knit it in their yarn (I hadn’t). It definitely got people’s attention (as it should, because it is shocking pink). I know I had mentioned it before, but it bears repeating…I knit it Baah! Pink Tourmaline…which really is the color of awesome.
For as many compliments as I got on my hot pink number, I got twice as many for my orange and gray Merging Ripples shawl. People really liked it…the pattern, the color choice, my actual knitting. It was so liked that Babs of Miss Babs grabbed me at one point to show it to the ladies working her booth…where they asked me for my business card and handed me yarn to knit a sample for their store. Yeah you heard me…THEY HANDED ME YARN TO KNIT FOR THEIR STORE. This is the point where my brain exploded.
I also got a lot of compliments on my top secret creations. I made sure to tell people that patterns would be available soon. I need to get to work on that.
So helllllllloooooo 2012. I can already tell this is going to be a better year than 2011 for sure. Now it’s time to get back to my Friday Night knitting time!
This past Friday I met the girls up at the shop and this time, Angelique brought her boyfriend Joe! He is a super swell guy and totally brave to spend time in a knit shop with the likes of *us*. He even did a little knitting! Angelique needs to give him serious bonus points for that!
But just to up the nerd level on this post a tiny bit…let me just say that he has a knit item that Angelique had made him that is truly drool worthy.
Of course, now that I am done with my Christmas knitting, I can start some things for myself (or maybe finish that Mountain View Sweater that is just snoozing on the needles with only it’s backside done). I started winding yarn for a fair isle hat I’ve been in the mood to work on…hopefully I will have some photos soon…
I am thinking 2012 is the year of the hat for me….
So, remember that local homeless girl I was talking about a few posts back? I ran into her again one afternoon while grabbing lunch with my folks. At the time I met her, I was thinking about bringing her some of my scrap acrylic that I had lying around in may stash for her to practice her skills. Well, it looks like someone beat me to it! I saw her on one of the benches along the main strip in our downtown area. She was knocking out crochet like nobody’s business and even had finished a project (a small blanket) that she was trying to sell.
One of my new friends (thanks to Twitter), Angelique, is a super awesome comic nerd! Not too long ago, she invited me to something called The League of Extraordinary Ladies Craftacularstravaganza being held at Meltdown Comics here in Los Angeles. Hell, how can my inner nerd say no to something like that? A craft fair?! At a comic store?! Puh-Leeez!
So I grabbed Mallory and after having a lovely kabab dinner and we headed down there to do a little holiday shopping!
It’s a small space, but they had some really great vendors!
(I’m pretty sure this is NOT a complete list…)
foulbitten Copper Etching
Domestic Goddess Handmade Beaded Jewelry and Fiber Arts – Therese Magnani
After getting our shop on…we decided to head back over the hill to get our knit on at a local Starbucks. I needed some super-secret-Christmas-gift-knitting time!
Much in the way of non-knitting crafting. Ooooooh!