Saturday, November 10, 2007

Ghost In The Machine?

Scene: Friday evening at a popular downtown knit bar, Loopy Yarns. Some wine, chocolate cake and dozens of stitchers are on hand for local designer Bonne Marie Burns ChicKnits fashion show. This was apparently the place to be. I spotted so many familiar faces who'd come out to show some love for one of Chicago's very own.

The laughing and smiling and "how do you do" left me in good spirits for most of the evening. Good thing too, since otherwise I would have been a moping misanthrope had I known my usually reliable old Sony compact was going to let me down. Now I know I should've packed the big girl camera, especially with results like these:

Friday Night Yarn Follies
Believe it or not, this was supposed to be a shot of Corinne of Lucky Penny Handmade, but shutter lag and other ghostly doings would belay those intentions. That's why I will not subject you, gentle reader, to any more of my fuzzy shots of this otherwise wonderful fashion show.

ChicKnits TwistBonne Marie showed nearly one dozen of her most popular styles beginning with the everyday ease of Ribby Cardi and ending with the chic new addition, Beryl. Take it from me: it is so gorgeous in person - especially the textured stitch detailing on the straight peplum at the bottom of the sweater.

I opted to take home Twist, shown left in the clearest shot of the evening. I expect this button-front hoodie should be a good chill-chaser once the winds begin to howl in the upcoming Chicago winter.

And yes, a skein or two of yarn managed to jump into my basket. You know I couldn't leave empty-handed. Temptation whispers my name oh, so sweetly sometimes.



Blogger Christina said...

I've been to Loopy yarns only once, but a few skeins managed to "jump" into my bag, too!

11/10/2007 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

You have to be so careful of that yarn. I love the Twist. What a great sweater. I can't wait to hear how it knits up. I need a new sweater....

11/10/2007 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous KarenJoSeattle said...

So fun to see Bonnie Marie's designs in person. And to see her and a slew of other knitbloggers in person, too.

11/10/2007 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

OOOOh, so jealous of a fabulous knit night. :) Twist looks like it'll be a very fun knit!

11/10/2007 08:47:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

What are you gonna use to make Twist?

11/10/2007 11:10:00 PM  
Blogger lv2knit said...

That sounds really fun -- she's very talented!

11/11/2007 12:03:00 AM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I would have loved to attend that event. How fun to see all of Bonne Marie's designs in person, at one place. It's funny to me that I am knitting two of her designs at once.

11/11/2007 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger monica said...

I asked Lynette to pick up a copy of the updated Twist pattern for me while she was there. I'm glad you had a fun time. I'm sad I couldn't be there. :(

11/11/2007 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger twigletqueen said...

Oooh, I REALLY like Twist. Dammit, why do I have to keep finding new favourite sweater patterns when I'm on a student yarn budget?

11/11/2007 07:36:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

Dang. That is a really cool picture, accident or not.

Twist is lovely! I love the cables. Beryl is really cute too. Sounds like such a fabulous evening. I'm knitting one of her designs right now! The Ariann. :)

11/11/2007 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Goddammit! I really wanted to be there. I had to pick up stuff for my new weekend job, but had I known you were going, I would have rearranged my schedule. Ah well, glad you had a good time!

11/11/2007 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

I'm so happy you recommended that store when I was in chicago...too many things jumped into my basket when I was there.

I'm sorry about your camera :(

11/11/2007 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Now that sounds like a perfect way to spend the night!
Oh yes, Twist is a beautiful pattern. Then again, you always pick out the prettiest patterns to make:)

11/11/2007 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

it was great seeing you on friday. i can't wait for the next event.

11/12/2007 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

Bother. I need you to knit Twist so I can see what it looks like, but you're an Invalid (pronounced as though you're yesterday's Tube ticket, courtesy of my ex-stepfather) who must not be stressed. Clearly Invalidity takes precedence, so I will hope you find another brilliant fibre night to cheer you up!

11/12/2007 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

That looks and sounds like a marvelous yarn store! What fun to get to see all those Chic Knits in person. I love the Beryl and Twist. Oooh.

11/13/2007 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

knit bar? wine and chocolate?
i really missed out!!!
How cool.......i LOVE your new project, twist....and beryl is pretty darn cute too!

11/14/2007 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I just bought the Eyelet Cardi and that bamboo yarn from Webs to make it with. Knitted a swatch and everything. Do you think I could have it done by Thanksgiving? No, I agree, I think not... Wish I had been there, glad you had a great time.

11/15/2007 04:07:00 PM  

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