Friday, October 26, 2007

Falling for CAP

It's fall - Autumn in Minnesota, which is exceptionally beautiful! And the best part, I got to share a bit of our lovely MN crispness with Laurie!!

I picked her up and brought her home on Wed for dinner, she met Gerry & the kids & Atticus & the cats. Atticus & Hannah are BOTH in LOVE with her, and the kitten absolutely adored her. Gigi was non-commital, she's that way.

We had some fine apple pie with custard sauce for dessert (Thanks, Amy! Your signed book is at my house!) and we all shared bad jokes and all kinds of giggly stuff.

It was a wonderful evening, and later Gerry proclaimed Laurie, "Delightful!"

And thus, a few new CAP fans were created! Arf!

Gerry was SO taken with her that insisted on going to Barnes & Noble on Thursday night - with the kids - which worked out beautifully. Laurie was funny - so self-effacing and dear and charming - what a treat!

I think everyone in the crowd was ready to take her home and I swear several women were cell phoning single sons and nephews to get their butts over to the B&N to meet this amazing, sexy, blonde best-selling author!

I was amused when Hannah raised her hand to ask what she would do if she ran into Mr. X. The answer involved Target Stores & Raoul the pool boy. (I did mention that Hannah has decided to take her as a role model, right?) Well, she's got to learn about pool boys from someone - who better than CAP?

Gerry took the kids home while Laurie, Jennie (the potter) and I went out and had rich, fatty foods and many, many beers (thanks, Andy!) Well deserved wind-down time for all - especially the hard working Laurie! Fabulous.

A stellar evening, and one to remember! I think if we could have kept her here for another few days we'd have another MN Convert.

Eh - maybe not - she does adore her LA world... And - fires aside - who can blame her? LA's pretty amazing...

Max's Second Sock
I'm enjoying having Max's socks as my on-flight traveling knitting. It makes me feel connected to him when I'm away. And I noticed as I was knitting his sock during Laurie's book talk he kept glancing over at me with a big smile on his face. He likes his socks.

I'm up to the cuff on #2, and then I'll do both heels in some really lovely green sock weight yarn given to me by A Knitted Peace, so that may be the contrasting heel (Max loves blue & green together) - we'll see...

To get ready for CAP I finally cleaned up the dining room, putting away things and reorganizing my books. We can see all of the walls now - huzzah!

Here is my design library - research books, knitting books and books that feature my designs. When I get back from Denver I need to get serious about putting my designs from this past year into my portfolio - ever since we've moved I haven't scanned a thing, so I'm WAY behind.

Light Headed
I flew into Denver today and was picked up by Jane from A Knitted Peace at the airport. I hadn't had lunch, and felt oddly light headed. Airsick, almost - which usually doesn't happen to me.

I chalked it up to having a beer (or three...) last night, not my normal routine before I travel, but Jane reminded me of the change in altitude. Aha!

I'm DEFINITELY feeling the effects. Crazy, man. Bed's looking good...

Jane and I were going to go out to dinner tonight, but instead I'm going to just rest, lay low in my most BEAUTIFUL hotel room and watch some TV.

And knit. I have a project I'm working up in 1855 wool - a new yarn that is dyed using materials that were available before 1855 (when synthetic dyes were widely introduced.)

I like the yarn a lot - it's a little bulky after fiddling with Max's socks, but I think changing from one weight to another is good for the hands. I wonder if they have plans for some lighter worsted weight yarns...

I'm also looking forward to balling up the Red Rocks Superwash using my lampshade trick, and fiddling with some of that for Max's heels. A full night. I guess it's a new yarn, because their website isn't up yet, but it feels very nice.

And then there's that swatch of DELICIOUS Lorna's Laces organic wool that I'm fiddling with (this stuff is so lovely to knit - but no photo yet...) I only have the non-dyed sample yarn - I can only imagine how amazing it will be when it's dyed!

AND a summer top I ripped out last week (all of my Austin knitting for naught) and will try to reknit in the Tilli Tomas Plie (this is some beautifully knitting yarn - and it stands up to ripping out VERY nicely!)

Rest, huh?


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Anonymous kmkat said...

It was lovely to meet you at B&N -- thanks for being such a warm and friendly and funny person who shares herself with the rest of us.

October 27, 2007 12:01 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Sometimes fiddling with yarn is the best rest there is. I'm so glad Max is loving his socks -- and people wonder why it is that I persist in knitting socks for the kids; it's the looks on their faces when they wear them! Good luck with the altitude -- water, lots of water :)

October 27, 2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger janna said...

I wish I still lived in San Antonio so I could have met you at Yarnivore. Of course, if I were still in SA, I wouldn't have been able to go to Peoria today to meet Laurie. You are right -- she's absolutely charming! Maybe you could come to Peoria (or, even better, either Iowa City or Springfield, IL -- no, they are not very near each other!) sometime!

October 27, 2007 9:10 PM  
Blogger Yarn Thing said...

Hey Annie,

Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that Jill and I both will be taking your double knitting class tomorrow and we can't wait to meet you!

I hope you are having a wonderful time in Denver and if you want to grab a lunch after class just let us know as I would LOVE to take you out!!

See You Tomorrow (do you know how weird that is to say?)

Marly aka Yarn Thing
Yarn Thing Podcast

October 27, 2007 11:24 PM  
Blogger lunachick said...

Hey, I saw that you were in Austin and San Antonio, my home town. I am not particularly a knitting enthusiast but my sister is. Oh, and those cookies they left for you with the pecans? My mother in law makes them every Christmas and she calls them Sand Tarts. And, if you had almost any wine from Becker Vineyards, you got some of the best the Texas Hillcountry has to offer. I think my sister would be very interested in your blog and thanks for making knitting seem a little more interesting to a non-knitter.
Anna L.

October 29, 2007 11:30 AM  
Blogger Cursing Mama said...

Annie! It was great to meet you at B&N on Thursday - looking forward to finally getting to take one of your classes & maybe even meeting for a little just knitting & talking.

October 29, 2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Bonney said...

I just found your blog again and I'm SO happy!! I think your RSS feed is broken but I'm so glad I googled you and found you!!

October 29, 2007 3:46 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

Oooooh, that 1855 yarn looks niiiice. *drool* What a great idea, too.

I've always wondered how they got black without synthetic dyes. Real black. You read of it in literature, but I've always wondered how they did it.

That blue would be perfect for blue stockings. ;) They need a sockweight.

And I'm super-jealous that you got to meet CAP. We have to get her to Michigan somehow.

October 29, 2007 6:23 PM  

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