Good evening! Well, I'm sitting in my hotel room, wishing I knew sooner that the Rangers home opener was tonight but still thankful I could watch Downton Abbey on a television, and I'm decompressing. The good news is that the Blackhawks are on the radio (in case you thought all I did was knit). My status on facebook earlier said, "I'm knitted out." Wow...what a fun weekend. Lots of great experiences, new friendships and contacts, some free stuff AND paid-for stuff...and a ton, a TON of inspiration.
In case any of you are curious, here is a recap of the stories I've written this weekend, and there is still one more to come. Maybe two, but most likely one:
This morning, I audited Franklin Habit's "Knitting Tessellations" class, and of course geeked out because I love math and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Then I went to the Marketplace...I waited all weekend to choose if I was going to buy anything, because lord knows I don't need anymore yarn, but at the same time, I have been pretty good about knitting stuff and giving it away. I bought two skeins of sock yarn from an independent dyer named Dragonfly Fibers. Their colors are amazing...I saw her stuff in Chicago and was just 360 degrees of impressed. And indie dyers are a dime a dozen. I chose boy-sock colors this time, since my stash is full of girl-sock- and silly-sock colors.
Then...I bought a copy of Nicky Epstein's The Essential Edgings Collection. Wow. I don't know how her brain works, but I would love to watch the MRI with contrast as some psychiatrist asked her important knitting questions to see which sections went from blue to red and at what lightning-quick speed. The book on the left...a thirty dollar value...was absolutely FREE! So I think I did well, considering how much more I could have spent.
After saying goodbye to Kelly and popping my head in on a few other speakers, I met Peter for a drink and then went back to the hotel to fall over. I actually finished the infinity scarf I was making out of my friend Renee's yarn...Renee owns an Etsy shop called the Carolina Fiber Company. If you shop from her, you too can get yourself a gorgeous hank of her hand-spun stuff and look as fly as I do in the picture!
By the way, I cast on 321 stitches, and then just K8, P8 until I was almost out of yarn. Then I bound off in pattern and was left with...seriously...less than five feet of yarn. It was about 350 yards if you wanted to do it in a heavy DK to worsted weight yarn. The yarn is slightly thick-and-thin, so I'm at about 4.75 stitches per inch, if not a bit more.
If you look at my facebook page (The Fiber Friend), you'll see a photo of me and artist Kelly Fleek. The woman who took it actually invented a knitting tool...more on that later...and when I saw her this morning she said, "Did you see your photo? You're so damn photogenic!" I hope that's true...since my brains don't seem to be advancing my career as fast as I need it to, maybe I can get by on my looks.
My two-year plan is actually going well...I haven't exactly ticked a bunch of items off the list, but I see the vision, and I know where I'm going. That's actually a pretty big deal...it means the pieces will fall into place more quickly. Trust me.
If any of you can get this blog post to Nicky Epstein...NICKY! I LOVE YOUR BOOK! I THINK YOU'RE A GENIUS! (can i have a job?)
Just kidding. Again. But Nicky Epstein's book is amazing...this is the third time I've said that. I mean it. I actually met her for about two seconds in Chicago, and I either said, "Nice to meet you," or "Uhh...err...UMM...ahem..." I honestly don't remember which sentence I uttered.
Oh well. I'm all coherent now so maybe I'll see her on the street before I leave New York tomorrow.