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Radio Silence

November 30, 2013

Well, it’s been a crazy month for TCK and so we have had some radio silence. Emily’s trip up the west coast came to a close a few weeks ago so she has been settling back into her regular life in Edinburgh. In October Emily and I (along with Emily Read) manned the booth at Knit City in Vancouver and we were in THE SAME CITY AT THE SAME TIME! It was wild, being able to meet up in person, grab coffee, shop for yarn, all the things we can’t do over Skype or email. Here are a few of the highlights from Em’s visit:

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1. Tea: Emily came into town and the first thing we did was have a meeting about our upcoming year. We talked collections people, and it was so very exciting. We had tea and scones at Neverland Tea Salon and just talked knitting for hours.

Fun with Kim and Joanne!

Fun with Kim and Joanne!

2. Book Signing: Emily was at Urban Yarns signing Handmade in the UK, drinking a little vino, and chatting with knitters. We also went out for dinner with a whole bunch of instructors, designers, and knitters, it was delightful.

Hangin' with Jane and Shannon

Hangin’ with Jane and Shannon

Our lovely booth

Our lovely booth

3. Knit City: I can’t say enough how fun and exhausting Knit City is. Friday we had lunch with Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook (more on their new book Journey later), on Saturday we hung out at our booth with Emily Read and chatted with knitters all day, and we shopped and chatted with knitters all day on Sunday too! By the end we were ready for a few days off but it was fun fun fun!

Meeting the Yarn Harlot

Meeting the Yarn Harlot

4.  Yarn Harlot: I finally got to see one of my knitterly heroes in person. The best part? She was every bit as hilarious and down to earth as I pictured. Her talk was inspiring and hilarious, and her answers to the audience questions had tears of laughter streaming down our faces. After the talk we waited patiently in line for a pic with the harlot herself. She remembered knitting our Antler sweater a few months ago and said: ‘it’s a quick knit, you sneeze and you’ve got yourself a sweater’. It was awesome.

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5. Classes: Emily wasn’t just on vacation here in Vancouver, she was teaching classes! I joined her for her ‘Hat Design’ class at the SweetGeorgia studio. There was a lot of swatching, charting, and math going on!

If you haven’t had the chance to take a class with Emily or I there is an excellent opportunity coming up! The ladies from Knit Social (the genius behind Knit City) are putting on a retreat and I will be instructing! I’ll be teaching classes on the POP blanket, photographing your knitting, and DIY Hat Design. Sign up here (there are only a few spots left!)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2013 11:57 pm

    Thanks for taking us with you on this whirlwind and sharing with us all. It is like we were there. I love to read and see all the photographs. Have fun and happy knitting. :-)

  2. December 2, 2013 1:55 pm

    Hey, that’s me in my Lush Cardigan learning at the feet of Emily! That class was so awesome – it was so fun to meet Emily and see Alexa again. I cannot recommend the class enough. If you can possibly sign up – do it right now. I was so inspired by that class that by the end of it, I felt like I could conquer the world. In fact, soon afterward I finalized the pattern for the design Emily helped me with and just released it on Ravelry. It’s called Smokestack and it’s a lacy beanie/slouch hat. You can see it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smokestack. Thank you so much, Emily, you have created a monster and I’ve never been happier!

    • December 11, 2013 5:18 pm

      It was great to meet and design with you, Trish! Super cool that you went forward and released a design – it looks great! Hope to work with you again in future!

  3. November 30, 2013 9:34 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic whirlwind! I can’t wait to see what you two are scheming .., I’m just LOVING Handmade UK and am knitting my way through the whole book :)
    Keep it up – you are so inspirational!

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