At long last, dear readers, I'm ready to blog all about my recent travels. I was delayed a bit by my aforementioned food poisoning and going to press on the spring issue of the magazine (the former did not make the latter very easy for my colleagues, I tell you. When the editor comes to town to make going to press more efficient, it defeats the purpose when said editor is unable to eat solid food for three days. I love the people I work with. They are infinitely patient.) Ok. Onward!
At the Mall of America for the Knit Out & Crochet Too, I bumped into the lovely ladies of the Lion Brand Yarn Craft podcast in their booth (Cecily was there!), and chatted with them for a few minutes. They put a handy minute-by-minute guide to the episode at the end of their post, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't listen to the whole thing. Vickie Howell caught me on video in the Interweave booth. I wore my Icelandic Turtleneck, baby. Vickie and Annie Modesitt together are entertaining. Evidence:
Ok. The MOA, people! It is huge. It is absurdly MALL. The Interweave booth was sandwiched between Baby Gap and the Apple Store (I met a MacBook Air. It's sloped like a Mint Milano cookie. Yum). Gotta say, I've never had more fun in a mall. Not even as a suburban teenager. There were crocheters and knitters everywhere. So many that it seemed totally normal to walk around chatting non-stop with perfect strangers at loud volume about yarn. It's like the civilians didn't exist. (Hm. Maybe it was more like being a suburban teenager than I'd thought.) It was awesome.
I met Dawn for the first time in person, which was as much fun as I'd ever hoped. That we spent a couple of lovely and truly hilarious meals with skydramini and none other than Bubbo and her pants was icing on the cake. Here they are (Bubbo won a knitting machine, thus ensuring she'll never have to pick up needles, ever):
I had a busy day in the mall. I gave a demo on how to make the double crochet granny squares that make up the Babette Blanket (more on that another time), I emceed the children's fashion show (so cute! I talked about it on the Yarn Craft podcast), I sat on an author's panel and then signed copies of Crochet Me. It was really exciting to meet so many people who love the book and the site. I also met a couple of designers I've worked with on the magazine, which was a delightful surprise.
There was a gorgeous Infinity Wrap at the TNNA booth. It was made with Noro yarn (I think it was Silk Garden) and was simply beautiful.
Ok. This is a long post! I'll sum up: The KO&CT event rocked, even though I got terribly sick on the airplane on my way to Colorado. Look for the spring issue of the magazine at the beginning of April!
I'll leave you with a photo from this past weekend, when I had to be in Colorado but didn't have to do much work. Eunny was there, too, and we went to Rocky Mountain National Park. We saw many elk.
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