You know those people you “know” online. Sometimes you have a reason to reach out and then they know you too. Sometimes you really hit it off and discover you have a new friend. And then–sometimes–if you’re very lucky and the stars align you get to meet them in person. I had the good fortune to meet AmpuTeeHee in person this week. She drove from points south of me to points north of me and I drove up to meet her in Bellingham. It turns out that this is worth it because NW Handspun Yarns is up there. So is Spincycle but we were there on the wrong day to drop in. Someday I will get to see them.
So of course the big question is “When you meet someone who you’ve talked to about everything under the sun, but have never met, what do you do?” Do you hug? Shake hands? Stare at each other blankly? It turns out you hug like the friends you are.
The other question is “Will they look like their pictures?” I think I don’t look like my online pics, but then I’m really picky about what I post. She didn’t have that problem and looks just as great as she does online. Right down to the awesome knitted beret that she pulls off with far more panache than I ever could.
And of course the final question is “Are they an axe murder luring me to my doom?” Thankfully she was not.
We had a great time and checked out the lovely yarns and the rovings. The roving was gorgeous. I’m resisting a wheel. Really I am. My supported spindles work just fine. Of course I’m not trying to spin up a sweater’s worth either. So we talked fiber. We looked over our works in progress and generally had a great time.
Get yourself over to her blog and she what she has to say (no pressure hon’) and get yourself up to Bellingham to check out the fibery goodness.
This time the Capitol Hill Knitters of Doom got together for a stash swap. This always creates the issue of what to take. There’s plenty in my stash that I don’t need or will never use–but really does anyone else want it either? It turns out no one else wanted my dark blue “muppet” yarn. There’s enough for an adult sweater so I brought it back home to see if it wants to be anything yet. All the rest of my offerings found happy homes.
I got some really lovely yarn and some shoes that were being given away too. Yes that’s right good food, good friends, yarn and shoes.
All in all it was a great time. There were waffles and champagne:
And of course there was yarn.
But not for long…
The things people brought were really astounding. Do you see the lovely roving? And the Malabrigo? And the Artfibers (that lives with me now). And the….
It helps that some of our members sell yarn. Valerie from Actual Size Creations brought some of her seconds. All I can think is that if those were cast offs the “good stuff” is truly amazing. I’ll be turning some of her sock yarn into pretty little things for summer.
But best of all there was knitting.
Knitting and laughter–what could be better?
So last I blogged–and my apologies for it having been so long–I was distracted by a fight to keep my little one’s school open. Thankfully that went quite well. It was an amazing opportunity for me to use some of my old skills. I did some indepth data analysis, wrote a report, and gave a speech before the school board to demonstrate why closing the school would ultimately harm school capacity within our district. The school board agreed and our school is thriving. I feel really good about being able to help.
Of course that doesn’t explain the rest of the time I’ve been away. So let’s see..there was Christmas, which was full of fibery goodness and new camera. This means I should have much better pictures for here and my patterns. I went to my alma mater to teach spinning, dyeing, knitting and crochet. I lived like a college student again for a week and loved every minute of it. And of course there has been lots and lots of pattern writing.
Most of the patterns I have in the works are a bit more complex than my previous ones. The test knitting is taking a bit more effort and time than usual. So they aren’t quite ready yet. Rest assured that when they are ready they will be happy well reviewed patterns.
I do have one that’s up and ready now. It’s the Flaming EarHat. A freind of mine makes these fun hats that are basically a square with ribbing at the bottom. They’re cute and fun and she cranks them out to give to her friends. The corners of the square look like ears when you wear them so we’ve dubbed them “EarHats”. I love them because they’re a blank canvas, just waiting for something fun to dress it up. My first inspiration was to do stranded colorwork to make flames around the brim. This ends up making a thick layer right around your ears to keep you warm. I offer it in a unisex style and a super girly version with a lace top and tassels. I hope enjoy it as much as I do!