Sunday, March 14, 2010

march happenings

March is quite the busy month this year. I've been spending a lot of time away from home, but I can't complain because I'm getting to travel to some exciting new places!

The first week of March was spent in Amsterdam, dancing, seeing some performances, and meeting several wonderful people and new friends.

I can even relate the trip to knitting! I found a cute yarn shop called de Afstap filled with Rowan yarn. They had a couple other brands, but primarily Rowan. So, I got some fuzzy alpaca/wool and their new recycled Rowan PureLife Revive to try out some new designs.

I also started another Herbivore to serve as my travel project. I finished surprisingly fast, resulting in my yarn purchases at de Afstap. The yarn is uncharacteristically bright compared to my usual color palette and it's 100% BFL fingering weight from an indie dyer on etsy. I'll share more photos on ravelry when it's blocked.

I also managed to find a local knitting group that meets at a gorgeous cafe by one of Amsterdam's canals. It was a wonderfully diverse and interesting group of knitters and I hope I get to knit with them again soon!

After my week in Europe, I had to come back for rehearsals gearing up towards a dance performance in Chicago this weekend. The performances were held at Links Hall, which is a great space for independent artists to present work. I'm headed home to Urbana tomorrow, but only for a few days before my Seattle trip!

I'll be in the Seattle area for about 10 days. My first stop will be at Village Yarn and Tea Shop in Lake Forest Park, WA this Saturday, March 20. I"ll be at the shop all day with a trunk show of my designs. I'll also be teaching a little workshop all about shawls!

The next week I will be taking a week of workshops with Cat Bordhi on San Juan Island, focusing on book design and publishing because I'm working on a pattern booklet to be released later this year! I will share more bits of information and perhaps some sneak peaks as this project progresses. In the meantime, I'll be sure to share photos of my knitting adventures in the Pacific Northwest.

Wrapping up my trip will be another event at Wild Fibers in Mt. Vernon, WA Sunday, March 28. I'll have a trunk show of my designs as well as another shawl workshop Sunday afternoon. If you're in the Seattle area, I would love to meet you soon at one of these events!


Cory Ellen said...

Dang! Cool stuff always happens in my hometown just when I can't get away from college. Have fun at Village Yarn and Tea and in the San Juans!

SIONA said...

¡que buenos recuerdos tengo de Amsterdam!
en madrid tambiƩn tenemos un grupo de tejedores, te invito a conocerlo
un abrazo,

Maggie said...

I love reading about people's travels, especially when they involve San Juan Island, where I live! Have fun at the workshop, and for your sake I hope the weather continues to be as nice as we've had it recently, with this very early spring. I'll put some info about the workshop at my site, asap!

PNWBookGirl said...

If you have a free day during your Seattle trip, try to come down to Portland for the day. We have lots of really nice yarn stores within walking distance of the train station. Plus there's Powell's and VooDoo Donuts. :-)

Laura said...

de afstap means the descent...thought you might like to know that :)

Deb said...

I think I was first to sign up for your class at Village Yarn! So looking forward to it!!!

Paula said...

Great travels! That's very exciting that you are going to publish a book, too!

Shelda said...

Oooo! Exciting news about the pattern booklet. I can hardly wait.

And I really enjoyed seeing Amsterdam.

Anonymous said...

Had a great time in your class today at Village Yarn & Tea. Thanks for the new techniques and tips… it was a real kick to finally meet you in person and to see your shawls and other projects in person.

See you this summer!