The last time I blogged, I mentioned some super-secret knitting going on, and that I’d tell more in the fall. That’s partly true. If I tell you, can you promise not to tell anyone else?
Somehow, I made it onto a list of test knitters for Stephen West’s upcoming pattern booklet, which is scheduled to come out in the fall. I’m delighted. His patterns have a nice combination of simplicity and interest, and they make great take-along projects. So that’s what I’ve been in a flurry knitting these weeks. Here’s the beginning of a project using the Peace Fleece I obtained in Maryland:
Adding to my excitement, however, was the opportunity this past weekend to meet Stephen in person! My impressions: he’s taller than I thought, as gracious in person as he is online, and overall pleasant company. I loved being near his creative flow, which I got to watch even as we hung out in Loop in Philly. It’s nice to meet another young guy who will stay up later than is wise because of a knitting project. Heck, it was nice to knit with a couple guys at all!
I got to try on a couple of his published shawls, sit around and knit, shoot a couple of photos, and get some opinions on color combinations for one of his projects. (That's Greg vicariously in the middle.)
May I interrupt myself to say that I am grateful for competent yarn store workers who can help me find colors? I had brought my own yarns into Loop, both needing partners, and had excellent success once I asked for help. Yay Kathy! There, you have a happy soapbox.
My sister and I slaughtered made a strawberry pie. It required bowls.
I played harp at a wedding for a couple friends, and caught some nice lighting at the reception.
I also inadvertently gave away a couple of my favorite shawls; the wind at the reception was just cool enough to chill everyone a good deal, and I felt like doing some good with what I had in my car. I got a good bit of satisfaction to see three girls huddled under one of the shawls for a greater part of the evening. I hope I get it back, though. It’s my Daybreak shawl in Malabrigo Twist, and it’s so nice to cuddle with. How ironic, that both 'gifted' shawls are Stephen's designs!