The Next Part

So, I managed to post on my first day of vacation – And it’s been radio silence on the blog, although you might want to check out my Facebook and Twitter feeds, where there photos posted.

In short, it was great. There were a lot of different parts of it, and like that amazing tasty salad that has many different qualities to it – crunch, imami, sweet, sour, salt – the whole was greater than the sum of the parts.

First, I headed south to “the Southland” (yes, we really do call it that!) where there were friends and family, some of whom I hadn’t seen in over a year because of the not traveling thing. I stayed with my second Mom, Bonny, who remembers the day I was born because she lived a door or two down from my parents, and took in my brother while my parents went to the hospital. We had a good time, and hilariously compared our eating-alone habits of grazing rather than eating actual meals. So blessed to have her in my life.

Then after a day I went to check in at Vogue Knitting Live! in Pasadena –

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and headed into LA where I had dinner with my cousin Allison, who now lives there with her fiancé Eben. We ate at a great pizza place called Olio at the Grand Central Market. So yummy! Most importantly I got caught up on the Wedding plans. Oh, and I learned about this place:

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But never got to try it out. Next time!

I saw a couple of LA landmarks on my way back to Bonny’s house, including this one:

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Los Angeles City Hall

Vogue Knitting Live

There is much to like about Vogue Knitting’s events: they have top-notch teachers, the event is very well-organized and they obviously care about the knitting world. The students who came in the classes were all fabulous too. However, in spite of magically talented teachers who I may never get to learn from again, the event was a very down-scaled affair compared to last year. No teacher panels in the marketplace, fewer vendors, and while I loved the relatively small size of the classes, it added to a very empty feeling in the convention center. It was clear that this event was not going to be happening here next year (it looks like they’ll be heading to Florida instead). But there were still lovely things like these incredible art installations in the Marketplace:

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Indeed, I had a great time there – I ducked out on a few things I had signed up for because there were friends and family to see instead. Like my friend Lisa who lived a stone’s throw from me growing up who and hadn’t seen in about 30-odd years. She was also at the event, so we went to lunch in-between our classes, and it was great to catch up!

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I had amazing teachers: Steven Be, Amy Detjen, and Franklin Habit. Amy really does dress in purple hair to toes, and StevenB is really like a rock star and out of the box as one could hope, and Franklin Habit has the gentle habits of a true gentleman and wears his heart on his sleeve. I’ve walked away with a bunch ways to play with yarn that can definitely keep my busy for the next year or so.

Which reminds me that yarn was acquired, although I bought only one skein of yarn. Amazing! But it certainly makes a statement (Yes, it has sparkles).

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The color way name?

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But I also bought another cat pin from Sacred Laughter, because everyone should have at least more than one of hers!

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In the next post, I finish up my travels south with a trip to a hipster café, dinner with great friends, and go to a sportsy-event that brings back my childhood in a strong way. When I return home, yarn magically arrives in my mailbox.

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All the knits

Today is my first day of vacation. I might have started a bit early last night:

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I like to joke that a real vacation for me might just consist of lots of knitting, a bit of wine, and a great view. And yes, I will be going to a knitting event – Vogue Knitting Live! in Pasadena. I am taking all my classes purely for the teachers this time – in other words, this is about the entertainment value. I will be stalking taking classes with Amy Detjen, Franklin Habit, and Steven B. It should be a blast, and if I learn something, cool!

In the meantime, I am getting out of that knitting trough. On Saturday, our Sheeper Than Therapy knitting guild met for the first time at the church I serve. It was great to hear how much folks like the new location!

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And there was much knitwear to celebrate completing:

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While at the meeting, I compared notes with my knitting buddies who are also in the 2016 Ysolda Club, and none of us had completed the Banyan stole or shawl – not one! And if you check the Ravelry group, the number of folks who’ve completed it is pretty small. That was enough for me – I frogged the thing on Saturday, and yesterday found a lovely MKAL pattern from 2013 that was in my library, the Meadowsweet Shawl, and cast on. This Triskelion yarn is truly lovely; I’m already through the first chart, and planning to add some repeats because I have a lot more yardage of the amazing yarn:

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Next up is to acquaint myself with the Sara Lace Cardigan project, and then figure out a really easy project to have when I’m social knitting in classes and the MarketPlace at Vogue knitting.

Finally, Clara Parkes Knitlandia book is winging its way to me as we speak. All the knits, all the time!

 

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Knitting Trough

I’m in a knitting trough. The past couple of months have had their stresses, and unusually for me, that has resulted in less, rather than more, knitting.

Oh sure, I’ve been knitting a lot of socks. And a shawl for a friend who had a birthday in March (Reyna, in Zen Serenity Lace Merino-Silk Single).

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Oh, and just finished a twin Renya (by request) for another friend (in Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot in the Harmony Iris color way – merino/silk/nylon blend) whose birthday was in April. It’s blocked:

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Yeah, I know for a lot of folks that would be a lot of knitting. It’s all about expectations.

I do have two larger projects that are biggies, a sweater, and a shawl from Ysolda – and a little stuck.

I can hear all the knitters saying, “What, you are not excited about an Ysolda shawl pattern?” Well, part of the problem is that this pattern kit, part of her 2016 club, had two options, a long rectangular stole, and a crescent shaped shawl. I thought to myself, gosh, I really have so many crescent shawls, I’ll make the stole for a change. Except, when I see the actual finished ones, they end up being a scarf, and almost a goth kind of scarf. Now that’s ok if it is your style, but it is not mine. What I need to do is rip out the stole part (I’m not that far along) and start the shawl.

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I just need to rip this out.

The sweater is one that I really will wear a lot – Vera Sanon’s Sara Lace cardigan, out of a fingering weight blue yarn. I love it, but I have to keep track of all the increases and lace charts because it’s a top-down cardigan, and that stress thing makes me not want to have to keep track of things.

But vacation begins on Monday, and I am sure by the time I go to Vogue Knitting Live! in Pasadena next weekend, I will be out of my knitting trough.

 

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