Sometimes an opportunity presents itself, and you just can’t say no. When Brooke Nico, co-owner of the Kirkwood Knittery and knitting designer/teacher extraordinaire, asked me if I would share a booth with Kirkwood at VK Live: Seattle, the show was only two months away. I had some misgivings — mainly about my ability to produce enough yarn and roving to make the show worthwhile financially. On the other hand, everything else about the show was perfect. Brooke has just released her first (gorgeous!) book, and it would be a terrific chance to showcase the book and the designs in it. (Like the Flutter Shawl, knit in BBF laceweight yarn:)
We were familiar with the venue and know the VK staff really well (and love them). We decided to give it a shot, looking at this as a kind of trial balloon.
Which means the reason I haven’t blogged in a few weeks is because I have spent those weeks (well, teaching at Stitches West, which was wonderful!) hunched over the dyepots, producing skein after skein of beauteous yarn (and some batches of roving for spinners, too).
Sock yarn? We got that.
We’ve got the wonderful hardwearing German-style base Tight Twist (that one’s already on its way to Seattle, so no pix); we’ve got some special Seattle team colors in superwash merino;
we’ve got Stella, a sparkly blend of wool and silk in sock weight;
we’ve got Plump Cashmerino (also en route to Seattle).
I tried to create a mix of semi-solids and multicolors, so whichever you prefer, we’ve got you covered.
Did I mention mini-skeins?
I also did some DK-weight yarn, such as this butter-soft Louella — one skein makes a cute hat!:
and we’ve got laceweight, too:
In fact, you can pick out some laceweight to go with your copy of Lovely Knitted Lace, and get Brooke to sign it for you!
Or you can pick up a copy of Sock Yarn Studio, nab a skein or two of Black Bunny sock yarn, and get me to sign it for you!
BUT WAIT: THERE’S MORE.
We have wonderful friends in the industry and we are showcasing some of their fine products. Canadian superstar Barb Brown will be by, with copies of her Knitting Knee-High Socks and Stockings to sell and sign.
We will have lots of Meow Foundation yarn, inspired by real cats and their markings (and benefiting animal charities in the US and Canada), courtesy of The Cat Lady (as my husband has dubbed poor Caroline).
We will have Einband, a lovely Icelandic laceweight, from our friends at Westminster Fibers, and Buffalo Wool Yarns, too!
Have I mentioned that the Sunday of the show is my birthday?
So if you live anywhere near Seattle-Bellevue, please come and see us and tell all your stitching friends. The show is next weekend, March 14-16, at the Meydenbauer Center in lovely Bellevue, Washington. There are all sorts of fashion shows, free demonstrations, lectures and classes, as well as the Marketplace. Details at the VK Live site here.
BOOTH 405!!! See you there!