Monday, April 14, 2008

Coming Up!

I'm home - I got home late, late, late last night, crawled through the door at 1:45 am. But I liked waking up home (with a little red-headed boy in bed between his Daddy and me - heaven!) and being in my own room is a special joy. Yay.

I missed breakfast Sunday because I had to run, but here's a shot of my breakfast on Saturday morning. So meaty! And very tasty, too!

I stayed at the Ashford Manor sleeping in the Safari Room, best described as Out of Africa meets Master Harold & The Boys. Or, Martha Stewart visits Soweto. It was unusual and unexpected, but a LOT of fun!

My front door overlooked a wisteria covered porch. [Sigh.]

A quick drive into Atlanta on Sunday morning and I was in a funky, chic part of town and ready for my next engagement.

I loved teaching at Knitch - a lovely, lovely city-shop in Atlanta with possibly the BEST lighting I've experienced as a teacher!

Kim, the owner, was wonderful, so it's little wonder with the draw of the beautiful yarns, helpful staff, funny hangers-ons & well-wishers, the shop would be FILLED with MANY happy knitters.

After a quick dinner with two of the best men - and best knitters - I know (Hey Lou & Doug!) I dashed off to the airport so I'd have a full FOUR HOURS to wait. As I told Lou, I can never REALLY rest until I get my bags checked and I'm at the gate.

I actually enjoyed just sitting and watching the luggage cards winding by as the sun set over Terminal B. It was poetic.

Right before I left town Gerry took me to Target to look at a bike on sale for $99 - a 28" VERY simple 7-speed woman's bike. I succumbed. After all, I'm sure we can sell the used Sears bike on Craig's List, it has real retro-chic appeal...

I had been walking so much in St. Paul in the past few weeks, but in Atlanta I was NOT walking at all. So my stroll down to Grand Ave this afternoon left me more winded than I'm used to. Back into the saddle! Tomorrow Max wants to ride his bike to school, and I think I'll let him (if I go with him!)

Moving On
I have about 10 days here at home, then I'm off to Portland for my first visit to the - what's it's nickname? - Rose City? Beertown? They both sound pretty good to me...

I'll be teaching at Abundant Yarn and Knit, Purl - it should be FUN because I seldom teach on the West Coast and I've NEVER taught north Petaluma. Woo-hoo! And I've heard the beer is very nice.

I've been hearing from more and more shops, asking if I'm teaching 'again,' wanting to bring me out to do some classes. Yay! That feels good - it's always nice to get some engagements lined up for the coming months.

I may be coming down to Tennessee (Memphis and Nashville) sometime this Fall, and there's been some interest in my classes from Omaha and Rhode Island. I'm working on my collection of quarters from each state where I've taught - I'd like to collect all 50.

MN Retreat
In my monthly newsletter I asked who might be interested in a MN retreat, and the response was VERY good. We're still talking through the details, but it looks as though there WILL be at least one retreat in 2008 - yay!

Tentative dates are set for May 2-4, Oct 17-19 and Nov 14-16 and the location is the Medayto Rose Cottage on Green Lake in Spicer, MN.

It's not terribly far, just a little West of the Twin Cities.

If you're interested in more information on this, contact the Medayto Cottage and mention that you're interested in my retreat weekend, May 2-4.

Ol' Shep
Also in May, I'll be teaching at Shepherd's Harvest Festival (and also hanging around and signing books and making a general nuisance of myself...)

Please come by if you're in the area, or go to the website and sign up for a class (I'm not sure how many spaces are left - there are some great classes there taught by a lot of good folks!)

Click on the image to the right for a press release.

Yes, I've done it! I cashed in my frequent flier miles today for two tickets for Hannah and I to go to Paris.

We're both beside ourselves with glee. I figured in light of the upcoming merger of NWA and Delta I should go ahead - who KNOWS what the status of miles and awards will be...

This is the bonus from all those flights (and from taking advantage of every mile-enhancing opportunity I could find.) I use one of those the airline credit cards to grow my miles, but I pay off the card every month like clockwork. With all the traveling I do it works well for me.

I also stumbled on this promotion at NWA where you can gain an extra 2,000 miles per flight for $20 (I get 2,000 instead of the 1,000 mentioned on the webpage because I'm using my airline credit card to charge the $20.)

Another thing I do is before a trip is check to see if there are rental car deals at the airlines website which would garner more miles (there usually is - I got a nice car this weekend at a discount AND earned an extra 500 miles this trip to Atlanta, for instance.)

So little by little the miles have piled up over the past few years until I had enough to get two round trip coach tickets from Minneapolis to Paris, right before Hannah's birthday. This is the trip I've been promising her for 5 years. She's been such an amazing kid this year, she deserves this!

I wonder if there are any English speaking knitting shops or groups that would like to have a class while we're there...? Sacrˇ Bleu!
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Anonymous ML said...

Come to Omaha, Annie!!!!!!

April 14, 2008 8:17 PM  
Blogger Yarnmama said...

I am delighted to hear you might be coming to Nashville! I hope it won't be when I am out of town though since I have a lot of fiber shows in the fall.

April 14, 2008 8:44 PM  
OpenID kmkat said...

Woo-hoo! I signed up for your lace class. It's my Mother's Day gift to myself.

What a wonderful time you and Hannah will have! I traveled to England and Scotland with my older son when he was 11 going on 12; I will treasure those memories forever.

April 14, 2008 8:55 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

It is so wonderful that you and Hannah will get to travel together. I'll look forward to posts on it.

April 14, 2008 9:06 PM  
Blogger Alyson said...

All due deference to Portland, but Seattle has better beer (especially at MY house!). But Portland yarnshops rock, and Knit, Purl especially. If you value your credit rating stay away from the wall of Koigu and ShiBui.

April 15, 2008 12:02 AM  
Blogger Auntly H said...

I have SUCH a crush on Paris. You and Hannah will have a wonderful time!

I know of someone with an apartment to let. Let me know if you're interested (and when you'll be there) and I'll track down more details.

April 15, 2008 5:11 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Before a trip to Paris last April I did some research on knitting and yarn shops and found that most were run by ex pats from England - the same community in Paris that populates the local knitting groups and guilds.

I was shocked to read of one traveller's search in Paris for the above in which she was told by a Parisienne that "Parisiennes don't knit in public!"

Even that can't wreck the magic of that city though! What a wonderful mother daughter adventure you will have!

April 15, 2008 6:49 AM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG! please, please, please come to omaha! i'll be there in a new york minute! can i ask which store is interested?

April 15, 2008 7:02 AM  
Blogger Geek Knitter said...

The beer in Portland is pretty good, but personally I think it's better in Eugene. hint, hint, hint

I can't wait to hear about your trip to Paris!

April 15, 2008 8:25 AM  
Blogger Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

That's a great choice for a MN retreat! I grew up in Willmar and am heading back tomorrow for a visit. I'm planning to hit the lovely shop in New London while there.

April 15, 2008 9:06 AM  
Blogger Marnie said...

I'm so excited you are coming to Portland, OR. I love it here. If you plan to do any knitting get togethers anywhere, please let me know.

Also, if you have any interest in going to a japanese book store, there's one very near my home and I'd be happy to play sherpa :) Really, it'd be such torture to be around all the japanese craft books. hehe

April 15, 2008 9:59 AM  
Blogger Stephanie M said...

Stumptown. Portland OR got the nickname from all the logging. Stumptown Roasters make excellent coffee, and they are right by Voodoo Donuts, just a short walk down the hill from the store.

And then there's Powells Books. Bring money.

I won't get to see you this time, but I'm carving out childcare time for the KnitandCrochet show in the fall. Have a wonderful trip, and we hope to be over our late winter weather when you get here.

April 15, 2008 3:17 PM  
Blogger suzenew said...

Hurrah for Annie and Hannah going to Paris! It sounds like a great trip. You both deserve it and I hope that you enjoy every minute (and that Max and Gerry have some great "boy" time while you are away)

April 15, 2008 6:38 PM  
Blogger Cher said...

The Rose City, Stumptown,'s all good. The Seattleites may argue, but I haven't found better beer anywhere. (Rogue, Widmer's, Bridgeport, McMenamin's all offer some first class drinkin'.)

And Marnie's right: if you can, squeeze in a trip to Uwajimaya. It's *so* worth it.

April 15, 2008 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Pomegranate said...

You and Hannah will LOVE Paris! Wear comfortable shoes because it's a fabulous city to walk in. You can rent bicycles on the street too.

My favorite yarn experience was at Le Bon Marche (imagine the little accent over the e). The clerks spoke English and were very charming.

I went to Paris last September with my mother (we're 45 and 65) and we had a magnifique time. We walked for hours every day and stopped several times a day to drink chocolate in the cafes. Sadly, I didn't have much time to knit during our trip, but I taught my mom how to knit on the flight home.

BTW, I took your class a few years ago in San Diego at the North Coast Knitters Guild. I learned a lot and had a great time.

April 16, 2008 12:19 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

If you are going to do any teaching in Paris, I'd like to tag along... It's true that knitting here is done mostly by older women (whoa- that may mean me!), in the privacy of their own homes-- long live the internet!

April 17, 2008 8:25 AM  
Blogger Noemi said...

You are really going to enjoy yourself in Paris.

Knitters in Paris usually meet on Saturday afternoons at Brentano's, an american bookstore in Paris. (it is in Avenue de l'Opera) Maybe you could ask them if they would be interested in a class...

You could also look at french knitters groups on Ravelry.

I know there are "tricot-thˇs" (knitting and tea-drinking) in Lille, and in Strasbourg.

And we do knit in public in Paris or elsewhere in France. But right now people don't knit as much in France as they do in Germany or in the US, there are fewer yarn stores, and fewer knitting groups.
(but I've been knitting all my life, and I've knitted many times in trains, or in waiting rooms, or in the staff lounge when on call at the hospital)

When are you coming???

April 17, 2008 8:26 AM  
Blogger Mlle F. said...

Annette Petavy told me you are to come in Paris, it's great !! I'll be happy to meet you there and help you to meet some french knitters, help to build a teaching class. It's very funny what people say about les tricoteuses parisiennes !! Some are true, some are totally wrong. For example, there is absolutly not a single yarn shop runned by expat, but it's true that a public knitting group was build buy expat : paris tricot built by Marie in 2004 (482 members today)
For Brentano"s, I don't remember who had the idea... You'll find a list of LYS in Paris Tricot forum. sophie_stmarc[at]hotmail[dot]com write me if I canhelp you.

April 17, 2008 10:30 AM  

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