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Twist Out & About: Stitches
Hard on the heels of Rhinebeck, I found myself able to go with friends to Stitches East, the biggest retail show in the business right in my own backyard (practically) in Hartford, CT. Once there, I quickly happened across Stephanie of Handknit Heroes and Allison of The Knit Princess sharing a booth.
I purchased a kit for a superhero mask from Stephanie, hoping that I might have enough time to get this knit by Hallowe'en. I mean Hallowe'en, 2010. You can get one too on her website.
The rest of my Friday in the big market was spent reeling from one fantastic booth to the next, admiring the goods of local (WEBS) and not-so-local retailers (Modern Yarn), yarn manufacturers (Kollage), indie dyers (Ivy Brambles), and handmade yarns by the spinners of
Indie Spun, all while renewing my acquisitive interest in things like a complete set of dpns from
Signature Needle Arts, a Boye electic ball winder from Yarn Bazaar (helloooo Santa),
and actually buying two of these goodies for knitters on my own Christmas list, Knit-out boxes from Lantern Moon that I had originally seen at TNNA.
I also got to knit on The Big Sock. I look a little demented in this photo, but it is an action shot, after all. I mean, that knitter is moooving.
Seen and Noted: Got Knitting?
Have you knitters out there seen this yet? It's Quebec's answer to the Got Milk? campaign, complete with knitting grandmother and a cursor smashing knitting game.
Click on the different icons to the lower left to zoom in on the room to see such things as a knitted wall art, rolling balls of yarn, and my personal favorite, the knit telephone cozy, complete with curly i-cord.
It's interesting to know that someone with creative power somewhere still thinks of knitting exclusively as the province of slightly daft grandmothers who knit superhero outfits for themselves (however fun the idea of knit superhero outfits might be. See the cape and mask on the mannequin? Do I have time before Hallowe'en to duplicate that? Maybe it's because I'm more of a daft grandmother than I would care to admit). Watch the tv commercials on the French version of the site to see Grandma in her superhero outfit, complete with tricked out Vespa.
Design Process: Urbanite
by Cher Underwood Fosberg, originally posted to her blog, The Amazing Adventures of Tom and Bel
My dad is the world's biggest clotheshorse. Seriously: the man must look good at all times.
After conferring with Kate, we decided to make the sweater a crew neck rather than the turtle I'd originally conceived (my husband and pop are both rather warm-blooded, so this made sense to me), and she selected the Soft Brown color in delicious Valley Yarns Amherst. I'd never knitted with this yarn before, but it is lovely. Soft and smooshy (yes, that's a technical term), easy on the hands, yet it shows off complex stitchwork beautifully. I am a big fan of yarns you can knit by touch, and Amherst delivers on that score. It's reasonably priced, too, which rocks my socks.
Twist Contributors at Rhinebeck
Julia here. I carried my camera around the New York Sheep & Wool festival fully intending to document every familiar face, and the day started out well enough. Right away I ran into Cheryl Burke (designer of Cottage Garden) with her pal, Nicole.
I hung out with Alison Green Will (Tiveden), found Margaret Atkinson (Botanical Lace), Anne Hanson (Artichaut), Véronik Avery (Papineau), and Clara Parkes (Swatch It!), but that's about when I forgot to take pictures. It wasn't until sometime during the Ravelry party, where I spotted Kay and Ann of The Problem Ladies, and heard tell of Pam Allen (Vaganova) knocking about the place, that I remembered myself, and got Team Rav together, all sporting sweaters featured in Twist! Don't they all look fantastic? Jess, you need to make a blue Vaila: Gudrun's really set off your lovely eyes. Three words: Malabrigo Azul Profundo.
And now for two of the most photographed things of the weekend: the Ravelry party cupcakes:
And Bob. No doubt you've seen Ysolda's Bob head on the blogs by now, but Irene got some special attention while we were waiting for the bus . . .
a special Bob kiss. I love this shot. I may make it my desktop for the next month. Cheers!
Twist Out & About: Rhinebeck
Once upon an October, Julia and Irene went to Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival to hand out buttons and maybe see a Twist sweater or two in the wild. Neither of us were prepared to see quite as many as we did, so it was thrilling day for us. Here are a few.
RavelryJess and RavelrySarah in original Twist sweaters Vaila and Vivian. Now these I did expect to spot because Jess had graciously agreed to sport Vaila for us because she hadn't managed to finish her own Rhinebeck sweater in time for the weekend. I brought Ysolda's original Vivian along to return it to her, and the chilly forecast inspired Texan in Sarah to add another layer. I have a much better picture of Sarah in the next post. She's much cuter than this, I assure you.
Somebunnylove Kim's Vivian, knit as a duster, closed with a shawl pin.
A much talked about Sylvi by SeaandMe Kate. Everywhere I went in my own gray one, people asked if I had seen this one too. It wasn't until we stood in line for about an hour for Artichokes French that I finally saw her.
Yet another great Vivian by Habsgirl Sarah. I was beginning to think perhaps Vivian was the Rhinebeck sweater this year, each of them unique and lovely on their knitters. I had little idea it was so adaptable, with zippers, buttons, hood or collars. I did a little dance for Ysolda.
And Spindlbratt (aka Twist contributor Margaret Atkinson) in Jaali. Margret was intent on her lunch, so the photo was not as flattering perhaps as I would have liked, but she let me take one anyway. On Sunday, she was wearing a beautiful Audrey that she knit in indigo colored Cotton Comfort that look like velvet, but I didn't get a photo (sorry). Thanks so much, Margaret!
More Rhinebeck to come. Stay tuned.