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Monday, February 27, 2012

Mark your calendar!

So many exciting things are happening, and the Craft Dungeon is humming with activity. (Well, if one person dashing about can count as a "humming" level of activity, that is!) Some things are still secret, and I can't share details yet. One thing I can tell you is that Windy Knitty, my LYS, is turning a year old! Since opening, the store has established itself as a local favorite. Mandy's done a great job of stocking the shop with yarns people love--including my baby, Fleur de Fiber. To celebrate, there will be a party on March 24, and I will be creating four exclusive colorways for the event. The colorways will all be available in Acadian, the workhorse of the line. A nicely twisted, springy superwash merino fingering weight yarn, Acadian is great for socks, accessories, baby things, shawls, etc. I am currently knitting it doubled for a tunic for a 5-year-old, and I love it used that way. Additionally, each of the four colorways will be offered in a different luxury base--ones that are new to Windy Knitty. (Think silk, cashmere, etc.) Details of the colorways are secret, but each is inspired by places and things I love in Chicago. That's all I'm going to say for now...

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Close Knit

I've said it before, and I am sure this won't be the last time, but knitting has afforded me the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people that I wouldn't have otherwise met. Obviously, we all have this thing in common, this yarnlust that draws us in. It's the foundation on which the friendships are built. My yarn friends are young enough to be my children and old enough to be my parents. They are male, female, gay, straight, well-off, just making ends meet, retirees, professionals, stay-at-home parents, in the industry, master knitters, just learning, and so on. Some I see once a year or less, others I see nearly every week. Some have transitioned from knitting friends to friends without the "knitting" qualifier--where the friendship has expanded beyond. I feel so very fortunate.

For the first time in five years, I won't be going to Blue Moon's Sock Camp. I already scheduled myself for CampKIP (session 1), and it turns out that they are the same week. I will miss some of my fellow campers terribly--as well as the Blue Moon and Port Ludlow folk--but it is an opportunity to make some new friends in Missouri. Plus, it is drivable--though a longish drive--and I will be vending my yarns at the CampKIP marketplace. I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there!