Blogger’s Medley

Or Chan’s Epic Post. 

Get a beverage and a hearty snack, then settle in somewhere comfortable, because this is going to take a while.

Chan, Kelly, Lisa, Ann, Lisa B.

Chan, Kelly, Lisa, Ann, Lisa B.

Stitches was awesome.  Ann coordinated the event, and I only had met one of the other gals briefly at Montpelier, but in no time at all, the whole group felt like old friends.  We laughed until I snorted, someone else announced she was about to pee, someone else coughed, etc.  (My apologies on the red eye; Flickr’s Picnic doesn’t always play well with this antique computer at work.)  Not pictured is Mandy, Lisa B’s Tomtom, our intrepid navigator and source of much laughter.

We ate lunch at the Wharf Rat, where Lisa introduced me to the new love of my adult beverage life, Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider.  I haven’t found it locally yet, but that’s probably a good thing; I reported to work sober and am coherent enough to blog for you.

Representing all my RCK friends...

Representing all my RCK friends...

We arrived right as the River City Knitters were de-busing, so I got to wave, hug, smile and otherwise greet my other knitting pals.  (Don’t you love Cat‘s sweater [left]??)  I hear they had a ball on the bus, but I needed our rather regular stops in the van, and we ended up leaving at lunchtime, which suited my back just fine.  Plus, I’ll see them all this Saturday…

We went right in and started shopping, and Nancy found me while our group made the first purchases of the day.  She was on my “must meet” list for the day, and sadly, she was the only one of the three I got to see.  My back and the concrete declared war on each other before I got to see Dianne or Alison, much to my dismay.

Yes, yes, I’ll share some of what I brought home!  Actually, Ann started me off right before we even left her house.  We are sharing a Wollmeise club membership, and I chose the green and the pattern from the first shipment.  She also brought fiber loveliness from Rhinebeck too…

The mission for the day was Malabrigo sock yarn.  I found it at Gaylen‘s LYS’s booth, ironically.  (I hope they brought some home for you to pet, buy or both, G!)  Of course, I’ll be knitting soon and sharing my opinion, but based on the touch factor, it’s Mmmmmalabrigo!

I also had to grab up some of Diane‘s new base yarn.  If you haven’t tried Creatively Dyed’s yarn, you don’t know what you’re missing.  I have three different bases now, and will soon be giving one a whirl as a Christmas present to be knitted.  That little pink doo-hickey is a point protector for my circs.  I had hoped to pick up all kinds of neat knitterly knick knacks, but I didn’t see anything I wanted to snatch up for me or for those of you getting gifts from me…

That was my other disappointment.  I’d hoped for more indy dyers I’d never heard of (or had the chance to squoosh their yarns in person) and lots of fun little knitting tools and/or accessories.  But nooooo…

However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t find more goodies.  Kemtee announced she was “JUST” looking for THE perfect shawl pin.  Well, she found it, which led me to decide I needed one too…  (I can’t recall who had the sweet bowl of sample yarn sitting out, but it sure is soft…)  The whole thing is rather shiny.  I don’t know what  caused that dull haze over parts of the photo.

Then, there were the patterns.  The two white ones are from Lisa Souza, and I will be ordering her yarn for them.  Le sigh.  That red shrug REALLY called to me, and the green one is just so very impressive too.  Who knows when I’ll knit either of them, and that’s part of why I didn’t lug home the yarn for either project.

The pink one is a Chris Bylsma design I’ve been looking for since I saw it on her website a few weeks ago.  There’s something about a neck roll pillow that makes me feel like a queen.  Plus, I figure if I make a felted one for my bed, it should withstand the Knight’s teasing of two wild and crazy dogs…

There’s so much more to share, so bear with me.  I’d planned on sharing my Fredfoot FO report today, so even though Alison didn’t get to see it in person, now all of you can see it.

(Hmmm…  I think I need to clean my camera’s lens…)

photo by MJ

photo by MJ

Pattern:  Bigfoot, from Alison Jeppson Hyde’s Wrapped in Comfort.  LOVE this pattern.  It was easy to memorize, once I got to the body of the shawl, and I am now a HUGE fan of the more circular-shaped shawls.  It doesn’t need a pin.  It doesn’t have to be tied to behave.  It just drapes happily around my shoulders. 

I called it Fredfoot, because this whole shawl, from yarn to pattern, was done in memory of my dear Fred.  The Knight sometimes called his dear boy a big-footed … when Fred’s massive paw crunched across a bare, human foot, so it just jumped out at me, even before I’d decided to try my hand at lace. 

Yarn:  This is my custom order gift from sweet Jessi at Alabama Fiber Dreams, in the Fred colorway she created from photos of our old, dear boy.  The Knight has his Fred socks, I have a shawl, and will likely do socks for me too at some point. 

Needles:  Us #8 Knitpick Harmony tip Options. 

Verdict:  The only thing that keeps me from saying I’ll make this again is having a whole book of Alison’s patterns at my fingertips.  I also love that this shawl is chocked full of memories…  Fred, Mugsy, Sissy and Gretchen all are connected to this shawl.  Jessi and Alison played pivotal roles from the beginning too.  It’s just a happy, COMFORTING work of yarn!

I’ll stop there, although there’s more to share.  There’s always tomorrow, right?

26 comments on “Blogger’s Medley

  1. gaylen says:

    Did nobody else have the mmmmmalibrigo sock or did you specifically hunt out MY LYS? I think it’s funny and man is it beautiful!

    Sounds like you had a great day. I love your Fredfoot – too bad you didn’t get to see Alison and show her. g

  2. Sue says:

    So that’s a Fredfoot. I’ve been wondering for months.

  3. Nancy says:

    Fredfoot is really awesome. Wear it well. You certainly managed to do some shopping in the time you were there! I got some of Diane’s yarn too, among them 2 skeins of, ironically, “Big Pine Key” where Kathy is from. I could not pass them up. She wants me to knit her some kind of lacy top/tank with it.
    Oh, you got your Malabrigo sock yarn! Good for you. I realized I missed a few booths I’d wanted to visit. But all in all I did well. Emptied my wallet, but very happily.

  4. Stitches West isn’t until February, so I had to order MY MMmm sock yarn online! Can’t wait to hear how it knits up. Whatever else, you can always pet it!

  5. Bubblesknits says:

    Yay for Fredfoot!!! 🙂 I love the pattern.

    Hopefully my very first order of Wollmeise is on it’s way to me. I can’t wait to see what people have been raving about.

  6. KM says:

    Fredfoot it so lovely. And I think the ‘wrapped in comfort’ is perfect as a reminder of your sweet dogs.

    What a lovely weekend too. I was thinking someone would have a photo of Nancy…hmmm maybe I’ll have to have her email me one.

  7. Amanda says:

    Oh, the Fred Foot is BEAUTIFUL! I am so happy to see it finally!

    Sorry you didn’t get to meet Alison – I am heading to VT to see her on Friday, and will surely give her a hug for you…

    The Malabrigo you bought is gorgeous. I wish I could squoosh it throught the screen.

  8. StarSpry says:

    Looks like you got some great stuff at Stitches! I’m glad you had fun 🙂

    I love Fredfoot! It’s so pretty!!

  9. Wendy says:

    I love Fred’s shawl. I’m going to have to keep that one in mind. It looks great and sit so well. I think I have that book somewheres around here…. I’ll have to check it out.

  10. MrPuffy says:

    I love your Fredfoot shawl! The circular shawls are my faves and I have a victorian one percolating in my stash that I’ll knit someday…. It looks so nice on you and is suitably special for all the memories it holds.

    Love your new yarn goodies – but like you I can’t seem to find cute notions for knitterly gifts. What up with that?

  11. Kathy says:

    Love Fredfoot! I’ve been wondering what Fredfoot was and I’m impressed.
    So you did get some good loot, yay for you:)

  12. AlisonH says:

    Your shawl is beautiful! Congratulations on finishing! We’ll have to figure out some way to meet sometime.

  13. grace says:

    absolutely love Fredfoot, it came out wonderfully and all of those yarn photos, I am sitting here drooling!

  14. Anne says:

    Oh it looks like you had a ball! So glad to see, and I’m loving all your yarn – yummy stuff there!

  15. Darcy says:

    The wollmeise looks to be the same color as my skein similar tastes gotta love the green;)I love fredfoot just gorgeous!!! I have been wanting some Creatively Dyed’s yarn yours looks to Dye for.Looks like you had a terrific time.Hugs Darcy

  16. Robin says:

    GREAT purchases!!! Save your $ for Diane’s booth at KNITTING at the LAKE in January!

  17. nichole says:

    Fredfoot looks WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! 🙂

    LOVE everything you bought…… the neck roll and green shawl patterns look great! Yarn is gorgeous.

  18. holly says:

    Fredfoot is lovely! I love how all the colors turned out. I know you were glad to get that done. I love all the shrug patterns you got on your trip with the girls, especially the green one. Very cute and sassy.
    My sister is in the Woolmeise Club and I saw and felt that yarn when I was visiting, that yarn is sooooo…… Yummy and the colors are so vivid and bright. Some good stuff.:)

  19. anniebananie says:

    I love the Fredfoot. It is simply stunning.

    And I think we all had such a great time, although I haven’t seen anyone write about “drive Bubba, drive!!!!” yet. Perhaps Kemtee will. She has such a way with words.

    I too was a little perplexed by the lack of knitting trinkets, and need to find some before Christmas time arrives. Perhpas a perusal of Etsy is on tap?

  20. Dianne says:

    Oh, FredFoot looks wonderful. What a beautiful pattern, and you have made it so very special, full of memories of your boys (and girls).

    Stitches was great, but if we had managed to connect it would have been soooo much better! One of these days I’m certain we will meet. I hope your back is doing better.

  21. Miss Me says:

    i’m greener than that sock yarn right now… ENVY!!! looks like you had a terrific time and scored some great fibrery goodness, patterns, etc. but what really struck me about the photo was how GREAT your blue sweater looks on you! MEE-OOW!!!

  22. crimsonpurl says:

    Ooh see you had a great blogger meet up too, but at STITCHES!! Yay! :o)

    You know I am foaming at the mouth at your stonechat!!

    Fredfoot is just wonderful to be done in his memory!

  23. Natalie says:

    The bigfoot looks great!! malabrigo sock yarn!! HMMMM YUMMY!! I’ve been hearing all about Creatively Dyed Yarns…I must order some! Love all the great pictures. We’ve been talking about a road trip coming up…I’m hoping to convince kenny to swing by so we can meet!! 🙂

  24. Anita says:

    Fredfoot looks awesome!! 🙂

    And I love that green shrug pattern!! You got several good ones there. You must tell me what they all are so I can go search them out! Of course all the new yarn goodies are just lovely!

  25. fireflynights says:

    Glad you finished Fredfoot. It turned out very nice.

  26. […] Yep.  Lookie!  I successfully crab stitched on both short ends.  I might go back and do that on Fredfoot too, since the bottom edge rolls just the tiniest […]

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