So Close, But So Far

"I wanna go to Vogue Knitting Live!"

 

Right now in Los Angeles, California, knitters in masses have descended upon the city for a weekend of uninhibited knitting and yarn frolicking.

On this day, the doors will open to welcome knitters and crocheters to an upscale experience of luxury yarns, best selling authors and classes taught by some of the knitting and crochet community elite.

Just eigth hours away from where I am are the glimmering lights, sounds and smells of what has quickly become one of the best knitting events of the year. Vogue Knitting Live! http://www.vogueknittinglive.com/

It pains me to know that I live just a state over yet I have no way of getting to experience Vogue Knitting for myself.

I have a design I created for Premier Yarns which I believe will bw a part of the runway show. Go figure, I can’t go, but my design will be there.

I put out a word on Twitter in the hopes that someone with fast typing fingers will tweet all the play by play action while at VK Live!

So, now I need to find a knitting project for this weekend to keep me from wallowing in my own self piety. Maybe I’ll knit a baby blanket to go with me whining like a baby all this weekend. *sigh*

Interweave Knitting Lab

Interweave Knitting Lab

Have you heard the good news? Interweave Press, the company that produces two of my favorite magazines- Piecework and Interweave Knits, is hosting its own knitting conference!

Interweave Knitting Lab is the title of the event being held in San Mateo, California, November 3-6, 2011. Yes, there will be the usual market to do some wonderful shopping as well as how-to classes. But that’s where the Interweave Knitting Lab similarities to other knitting events ends. What this event will bring is a level of talent with the kind of in dept knitting knowledge that only Interweave could provide.

Don’t believe me? How about learning Bohas knitting and its history from Anne Berk. Design skirts and dresses with Shirley Paden. Recreate traditional folk mittens with Donna Druchunas or try your hand at Andean hat scallop knitting to the Chinchero style with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez. This is just a tiny sampling of classes designed to immerse you with the knowledge and technical skills for continued learning and success long after the conference is over.

If you happen to be in the area, I urge you to attend. Classes are filling up quickly so do not hesitate. Seeing the history of Interweave’s other well-known event, SOAR, I’m sure Interweave Knitting Lab is destined to become a ‘must’ for knitters serious about cultural history and techniques in knitting.

Goodbye Mountain View

Today I say so long to Mountain View, California. Here are just a few things I will truly miss about this great little city and the surrounding area:

The Wine & Art Festival

The restaurants that line Castro Street

Mountain View Library

Hot chocolate at Red Brick

Damn good sushi

Day trips to Napa

Airship Ventures

Night trips to San Francisco

China Town

The long ass walk from the last gate to baggage loving dubbed, ‘the green mile’, at San Jose airport

The Comedy Club

Stanford Hospital

The secret government conspiracies surrounding Lockheed Martin and NASA AMES

Dude, Where’s My Yarn?

I’m here in California, packing up what use to be my home for the last three years. Now my entire house is being wrapped up in butcher paper and stuffed into uniform brown cardboard boxes.

It is fascinating to watch complete strangers tear down in a matter of hours what took you years to put together. My life here is now over.

The hard part for me was trying to figure out what to do with my yarn. We couldn’t personally drive it back to Arizona as I was hoping to do. Those of you with a signficant yarn stash would understand the need for your yarn to have personal protection. As much as I tried, the driver of the moving truck refused to keep my yarn securely buckled in the seat next to him and my Boy Toy put his foot down on shipping my stash express mail with $1,000 insurance on it. Instead, I was reduced to shoving it all into a suitcase and having the moving guys toss it into the back of the truck along with the rest of my household goods.

I was shocked to find out that the driver would not be driving straight to the storage place we had selected. Instead, he would be making a few stops along the way- loading and unloading cargo. What if the tag on my bag of yarn falls off and he leaves it at the wrong location? What if one of his stops is at the home of another knitter whose keen noise can sniff out the scent of wool and takes my stash for her own use? What if the truck breaks down in the middle of nowhere and the only way the driver can get some help from the locals is to barter my precious yarn for water and a phone call?

These are serious scenarios that seemed lost on everyone but me. With sad eyes, I watched as the truck started it’s engine and rolled away with my yarn. I don’t know where my yarn is going or if it will reach its final destination. The last comforting thought I had as the truck drove out of sight, “Well, at least I was able to sneak the rest of my knitting needles into my purse”.

The Good and The Bad

Spent the weekend in Monterey with my hubby- Good.

Missed my little one- Bad.

Got free drinks at the bar- Good.

Got buzzed off the first drink- Bad.

Got free Shirley Temples all weekend- Good.

Maintained a sugar high all weekend- Bad????

Got dressed up and went to a fancy ball- Good.

The DJ refused to play ‘YMCA’ or ‘In the Navy’- Bad.

My hubby and I danced to ‘The Electric Slide’- Wonderfully Good!

Had a sickel cell crisis halfway through the evening- Bad.

Remembered to bring my  Percocet- Good.

Woke up the next day with a post-percocet hangover- Bad.

Had a great breakfast at the First Awakenings- Good.

The Paris Bakery of Monterey didn’t have my coconut macroons that I love- Bad!

Brought some of my yarn stash back with me- Good.

Had to leave the rest of the stash behind- Bad. Very Bad!

Blogged every day- Good.

Forgot to publish each blog on time.- Oops! My Bad.