People I Meet
In case you couldn’t tell, I have been all about tapestry weaving lately. I think I caught the bug when working on my Iron Giant Tribute piece…now I’m hooked!
I was having problems finding instructions for specific weaving techniques online, so I started following a handful of tapestry weavers on Instagram. One of these fabulous weavers was Maryanne Moodie.
Imagine my surprise when I read one of her photo captions and found out she would be in Los Angeles teaching at Design Love Fest. I needed to take this class! So I signed up right away and immediately turned in my time off request for work.
The class started off a little shaky. They hadn’t received all of the looms in the mail and they thought they would have to refund money to about half of us (those of us that were local). Luckily, I had told them I would like to stay and watch…and at the last minute, the looms arrived! We all breathed a sigh of relief and class got underway!
I didn’t have a whole lot done by the time class was over, but I got the chance to try a bunch of techniques. I also had taken plenty of video to get me through some of those techniques if I was stuck. They helped a lot.
It’s finally done!! I am not totally in love with it, but it was great practice. I am glad I got the chance to learn some new rules so now I can try and break them. I have some different ideas for some tapestry designs that I am really eager to try out!
After working a handful of years in animation, it has finally happened.
I was sitting in the kitchen at work having lunch with one of my coworkers and working on my latest project. There was someone at the next table, eating his lunch, who started to ask me questions about what I was making. No big deal, it happens a lot.
He then asked if he could take pictures and some video. It turns out that he is drawing someone knitting in the board he is working on for another one of the shows that resides on this floor and he wants to make sure it’s drawn correctly.
This makes me insanely happy…for so many reasons.
I had said previously here on the blog that I wasn’t intending to take part in this years Yarn Crawl. I had a whole lot of reasons for this, not at least was that I really need to spin down my fiber stash.
Of course, Courtney was holding out some major hope that I would change my mind at the last minute and give in to the yarn fumes. I compromised a little. Due to a series of fortunate events, star aligning and the like, I was able to get out of work an hour early on Friday. I knew this was going to happen early enough to tip off Courtney, so during the time we would usually be converging on one of our usual places for our regular Friday Night Stitch and Bitch, we were sitting in my van in traffic chatting about Pokemon and heading toward Long Beach.
We met up with Angelique at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company and pretty much stayed until they closed. It is one of my favorite stores and I really love the ladies that work there. They are so friendly and eager to help people out. They have a great yarn selection and have some really lovely looking pattern samples. If you can’t get something there, they will help you figure out where to get what you are looking for…
I had more reasons than that to have this be the store I hit. We had met this lovely lady named Pat Spencer at Stitches West this year, and I ended up buying one of her shawl pins. At the time we had met her, she had told us that she really didn’t have an online presence yet, but that she sold her pins at this cute little yarn store that she was sure we probably hadn’t heard of. When she mentioned that it was Alamitos Bay, we squealed with delight and told her how much we love the place. We knew they would have pins available at yarn crawl, and Courtney and I were hunting for some.
But that isn’t where the madness ends.
There was a woman there with this beautiful carpet bag…the only one in the store…and I happened to fall in love with it. Now, the weird thing, I was just on the website for this particular brand of bag earlier in the week finding links for an artist I know on Twitter who was looking for bags with good pockets. I had told her she should look into knitting bags. Heck, I have a ton of knitting bags, but I use them mostly as purses because the pockets are so plentiful. I had sent her links to two other sites (Namaste and Jordana Paige) because of their purse-like styles. I hadn’t given a second thought to Off Hand Designs, because I have never owned one, and never seen the newer bags in person.
Oh wow. I had never thought I would have to fight the urge to knock down a perfectly innocent, nice lady and take her bag from her. Of course it was the only one in the store. Of course I wanted it.
Later on, Courtney had pulled up the Off Hand Designs website and we found what we thought was the bag. Had I just looked at the picture online, I probably wouldn’t have thought twice about getting it, but now that I had seen what it looked like in person, I just had to have it. I called Alamitos Bay Yarn Company first thing on Saturday morning to ask about that lovely lady who bought the bag (turns out her name is June) and confirm what type of bag it was. I ended up ordering it. It’s a limited edition of 16.
So the moral of the story? I can just as easily blow what might be my entire budget for yarn crawl in less than 24 hours by going to just one yarn store. This might be an all new personal best for me. My husband jokes that he is so thankful I don’t have expensive taste.
Day Three was, by far, the most relaxing day…but that is what happens when you get a message from a guy in a kilt.
I mostly roamed around on Sunday and didn’t spend too much money. There were a couple of purchases that I squeaked in right before the big raffle at 1pm. Just a little bit of fiber though…
I was excited about wearing my Celestarium, because I had purchased a brand new shawl pin for it. It’s pretty cool, because it’s a spiral. You can sorta see it in the picture above. It’s orangey gold and it looks great with the gray yarn. I bought it because it reminded me of a little spiral galaxy.
Then something crazy happened. We found ourselves back at Judy’s looking through her fleece samples. The three of us put a hold on four fleeces (our top three and one alternate) for next year. Oh my… I had better start spinning down my stash!!
A friend of mine had mentioned that she was scouring my blog for pics of my Celestarium, but couldn’t find any. Honestly, the pictures I had posted of this shawl were really kind of awful. I took the opportunity to have someone snap a photo of it for me, just to repost.
This is what I ended up coming home with. That felt birdhouse was a gift for my mom. Everything else is mine, all mine! It really doesn’t look like a lot, but I spent quite a chunk of my budget on buttons.
Saturday morning started off with David spoiling us with Psycho Donuts! We needed all that sugar to get through a full day on the Stitches floor!
I have to say, I don’t feel like I did much in the way of shopping for myself on Saturday. I mostly concentrated on trying to spend other people’s money. Can you say “Enabler”? That’s is me when it comes to spinning wheels.
I even tried out a few myself. No, I don’t need another right now. I barely have space for the two I have.
About an hour before the floor closed, I felt the need to take a break. That backpack was heavy and I wanted to start winding the yarn for my new project. I didn’t spend very long in the hotel bar though, we had supplies to buy…people to meet…fleece to wash…
Oh my goodness! I have so many pictures to share with you! My weekend was so full of excitement, I’m still recovering…
I left bright and early Friday morning with my knitters for the long drive up to Santa Clara. We made a few stops, but we got to the hotel in time to meet our friends for lunch!
After lunch we headed straight to Stitches so we could hit the floor and start checking it out. David tried to lead us in being methodical about traversing the floor, especially since Angelique was a first-timer. It can be incredibly overwhelming because there is just so much to see and do.
For a hot second, I thought this might be the year that I spring for a skein of Qiviut. Um…nope.
We had made it through a few aisles when we reached the Cephalopod Yarns booth. I tried to show some restraint, but I found the perfect yarn for my next project and there was very little of it left. While I was deciding whether to buy it or not, I got some bummer news from home…that is when I decided to go all out and start my shopping spree. Hooray for retail therapy! I picked up four skeins for my project, then I headed to the button booth for some well deserved decompression time. I bought a few fistfuls of vintage buttons. I had purchased everything on my wish list… and I had only been there a few hours.
After my spending spree, Courtney, David and I found ourselves at the booth where the fleeces live. That’s where exciting things happened.
We can chat more about this later…
Then we finished off the night enjoying our Dhoom Pizza at Tasty Indian. Indian Pizza…it’s now a tradition.
Time for a little drive-by blogging. Really, I’m hoping I can post this while sitting here on the street.
I know, I have been neglecting my blog a little bit since starting work. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get done all the things I would like to. I make do though. I bring crafting to work. I bust out tasks while marathoning Supernatural (I’m caught up for those of you wondering – David).
But that’s not the point of this post. I have news…
It has begun.
How many weeks do you think it would take for someone to, not only settle into a new job, but also form a knitting club?
For me, it’s three.
Yes, today is the day…and it’s official…I have a brand new knitting circle at the new day job! Hooray! And guess what? They are all new to knitting! I get to teach. They are all super excited…and so am I!