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Archive for October 13th, 2007

Stitches East

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Wow, that was fun! I went to Stitches East for one day, ran into my friend Sharon P/Knitknacks from Lansing, and a bunch of other fiber friends I’ve met at previous fiberart gatherings.

But the reason I came east was to see Alison Jeppson Hyde, my friend who lives in California. She wrote a book, Wrapped in Comfort, which has circular knit-from-the-neck shawl patterns… and the stories which go along with the creation of the shawl.

Alison is very relationship-focused (as am I) and her stories and shawls illustrate this facet of her very well. The shawls are very wearable, very lovely… and the stories are quite touching. Her blog is http://spindyeknit.com if you want to follow the stories of the week. She always seems to be knitting for someone else, she enjoys giving gifts very much, often as a thank you.

I was gifted with an Alison shawl Saturday. Mine is the softest baby alpaca in the purest white. It’s the original Peace Shawl (story about 9/11 in the back section of her book). I resonate with this idea. Alison knows I dye yarn and she invited me to dye the shawl. I would like to actually paint it with dye and a paintbrush. She will be sending me a little of her leftover yarn from the shawl so that I can test how the fiber takes the dye before I put any color on the finished shawl itself. This will be a joy. I am deeply honored to have an Alison original.

I couldn’t find time to actually knit for Alison so I gifted her with some tiger-dyed handpainted merino socks. They had a sort of peach and pink pattern on them, which went perfectly with the peachy-pink shawl she was wearing that day.

My new laptop has decided that it won’t let me use Photoshop today. I did get a pic of me with Alison, me wearing the shawl she knit for me (you can not believe how soft it is, and how much I feel loved wearing it). I would normally crop it for you but today you get the exact photo coming off the camera. I believe Afton took the photo… thanks!

We went to a good Chinese/asian restaurant together… Kathy, Kathleen, Alison and me. It was good, but the talk and company were better than any meal. I had a wonderful time finally meeting my friend Alison… and her childhood friends. Much fun.