Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Running with Knitters!

Colleen, Subway Knitter 9-2008I've been a busy woman lately! Between starting occupational therapy and hobnobbing with the knitterati, I haven't had a moment to myself.

Ha. Who am I kidding? The truth is that I'm slowly trying to get back in the game, reconnecting with friends of the yarnish persuasion and making a few small things, like a baby hat and one (yes, one) toddler-sized fingerless mitt from some yummy fingering weight leftovers. No pattern, just rib, gusset and go.

I did finally meet Colleen, aka Subway Knitter, in recent weeks. We gabbed like fiends over the Sunday buffet at India House. Smart lady with a beautiful smile. I wish that we'd had more time but planes to catch, etc.

The Book Report
Hot off the presses, we have Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne of Mason-Dixon fame "Knitting Outside the Lines". The cross-country book tour hit Chicago this weekend, and I caught up with the FO show and tell at Loopy Yarns. Just one pass through the latest hardcover tome and I've got at least 5 patterns marked. Big plus? They signed one just for me. And the other people standing in line. OK, I may not be special but I do declare (in my best Southern belle imitation), this sophomore effort is worth your time.
Mason-Dixon KnittingPatterns in the book shown here include the Stephen Colbert socks, Dotty, Kiki Mariko.

Franklin and his new book, It ItchesAlso spotted in the crowded two-story store were Mary Neal Meador, Bonne Marie Burns (ChicKnits) and Franklin Habit (The Panopticon) with the first copy of his new baby, "It Itches".

Franklin, beaming like a proud papa, lovingly passed around the new book, delivered late last week after months of intense labor. "It Itches" will be officially launched later this month in upstate New York at Rhinebeck. More tour dates are available here.

This last bit is kinda cool and I rate it as my favorite scene of the night. Here we have Ann Shayne, on her break from the book signing upstairs, shyly asking Franklin for his autograph on the special Loopy Yarn bags he designed.

Franklin signing Ann's bagI do love my knitters! They welcomed me despite my long absences from their midst. I'm just bummed I couldn't make it to YarnCon this year though, on second thought, my wallet is probably grateful.

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Blogger Chris said...

Still, it looks like this was a darn cool book signing to attend!

10/07/2008 08:07:00 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time. I'm eyeing that new Mason-Dixon book - some good patterns in there!

10/07/2008 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

It looks like fun! I'm sorry to have missed out -- I definitely would have enjoyed that more than my semi-mandatory university event.

Sorry to have missed you on Sat., but I don't think Yarn Con was any better than Friday's festivities!

10/07/2008 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Lynette said...

i'm sorry i missed the Loopy event, but i did go to YarnCon. we will see each other one of these days.

glad to hear you're doing well. (((hugs)))

10/07/2008 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

HOW cool is that? All of it. I love the "fan" photo of Ann and Franklin. And you know, he does look like a proud papa, as well he should.

I'm glad you're getting back into the yarn scene!

10/07/2008 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

It looks like you're having some good time! I so wish I could have been there with you for the Franklin Habit book signing. I think it's so cool that he grew up in Hawaii!

10/07/2008 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I'm glad to year from you, I have been thinking good thoughts. How lucky are you that you got to see everyone at Loopy. Wanted to go to Yarncon, but alas, it just didn't work, maybe next year. Isn't Franklin a doll, couldn't you just eat him up?

10/07/2008 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

What a fun time thatt looks like. Ann and Kay speak here next Tuesday. I hope I can get over to see them.

And I hope Franklin can get to this area on his tour. I'd love to meet him.

10/07/2008 09:39:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I'm glad you are bit back into the swing of things. How's PT? Hope it's going well.

10/07/2008 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

How awesome! Some of my friends from here in T-Town went to Yarn Con and Loopy - you probably rubbed elbows with them.

10/09/2008 06:57:00 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

oh! how cool. i wish i would have been in your pocket. or better yet. standing right next to you.

10/09/2008 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Look at all the fun you are having! Book signings and meeting them. Fun!
Be patient in PT. I know it tough but it's good for you. It could make you crochet or knit faster:)

10/11/2008 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous clasca said...

Good to see your doing well, having a good time!

10/14/2008 07:33:00 AM  
Blogger Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Very nice book signing ! What fun !

10/16/2008 02:06:00 PM  

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