In which I start in Pasadena, end up in Nashville, and arrive home with a pair of cowboy boots — part 1

The month of April has been a whirlwind. After being sick as a dog with my diverticulitis, I rebounded just in time for back-to-back shows. I had a marvelous time — even though right now I feel like I will never NOT be tired again.

First up was VK Live: Pasadena. It’s been about 25 years since my last visit to Pasadena, and I’d forgotten how absolutely beautiful the city looks, nestled with the foothills behind it.

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After a cold and wet winter, it was glorious to be in sunshine. And it was glorious to be in a convention center full of passionate knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners.

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First order of business was to scope out where our booth was, and to haul some yarn and other fixings so we’d be ready for business Friday.

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Luckily, we had the help of the amazing Patty Lyons and made short work of the moving in. Then we treated ourselves to Mexican food and drinks under a sunny sky.

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Our booth was small — it’s so expensive to ship inventory and furnishings across the country! — but we did have lots of self-stripers

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and other goodies. (The stripers sold out in a day — woohoo!)

It was amazing to see the reaction of knitters to Lace Yarn Studio. We had copies for me to sell and sign, and many of the samples from the book, and the reaction exceeded my hopes. (I’ve got a couple of copies left, so if you’re looking to pick up a signed copy, go to my Artfire shop!)

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Best of all, I ran into some of my favorite yarn peoples. The Vogue staff is always exceptional, but I also ran into friends I made at prior shows (waves to Connie!) and internet friends that I got to meet in real life for the first time (JEREMY!!!).

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It was a truly wonderful trip, and although I was jet-lagged, I only had a few days at home before I had to pack my bags again…


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