When it rains ...
The TNNA (The National Needlearts Assc) is holding it's wholesale show in San Diego this weekend and our local shops are reaping the benefits. That's why Kaffe and Brandon are here. Cat Bordhi is at Common Threads, my LYS, on Monday (if you're local call them, they might have a spot). Annie Modesitt is in town teaching down at The Grove in SD tonight (the owner of that store was in the store today - nice to see the yarn ladies playing nicely). This county is crawling with textile types! I'd love to take the Cat class, but DH and eldest DD are going out of town this weekend and I'm in charge of halfpint. Can't complain since I had last weekend off. Today the artists behind Koigu were at the shop for a book signing, so I thought I'd wrap up in my own Koigu and stop by. Wasn't going to buy anything ... maybe just an odd skein or two. The cat didn't go with me, but I wanted to capture a photo of how I spend my days. Raven's like a little parrot. I spend a lot time providing her a queenly perch as I walk around the house. Rachel, who's always itching to get her paws on my camera, took this shot.
I walked in late and the narrow store was buzzing with knitters. Koigu scarves in every direction. I started working my way to the back room where I expected to find the book signing. A friendly lady reached out and touched the ties of my Charlotte's Web shawl and said "Oh, 436, how lovely." Someone even more crazed than I am, I thought, she even knows the yarn by number! Turns out I was talking with Maie Landra, owner of Koigu. She was there with her daughter Taiu, young granddaughter Kersti (who models patterns in the book) and other lead dyer Rhichard Devrieze. What a nice bunch of people! Very friendly as they circulated around the shop admiring people's knitwear and showing off their own. Shouldn't be surprised ... they're Canadian (Maie is a WWII immigrant from Estonia). Later Rhichard and I were chatting and he reached out, touched the ties and said "Ah, 436." Must be cool to see your work out there in the world.
Knits from a Painter's Palette is great. I read the story of their company over lunch and have that much more respect for them and their wool now. Producing it is an act of love and their passion for color is so genuine. It has a nice tutorial on modular knitting and a wide variety of patterns. I don't see myself making the mitered square patchwork pants - the very thought of me wearing them brings on hysterics. But groovy pants aside, there are beautiful shawls, scarves, jackets and tons of inspiration. Charlotte's Web is in there too, with much clearer instructions than the original version. After last weekend I think my brain's going to explode from the riot of colors I've been taking in.
So, did I buy yarn? What can I say? Maie was wearing the "Floppy Jacket" from the book and I loved it. Adored it. She said hers was 10 years old, worn often and machine washed, but it looked new. Much more interesting worn in person than the book's photo conveys. The design is fingertip-length, lightweight, swingy and simple. I feel instantly in love with this colorway. It's very, very dark around here today (rain ... please) so capturing the colors has been challenging. These photos were taken under halogen lights, so everything is a bit muted. Still, you can get an idea of the colorway of sea foam, rust, wheat, chocolate brown and a touch of dusty plum. I'm in love.
This is it everyone. I'm now on a strict fiber and fabric diet!