My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Weekend Update

[Disclaimer: When I'm not quietly at home, I suck at taking photos! So thanks to everyone who took my camera away from me and took photos this weekend. Also, follow the links in this blog entry to see more photos, far better than I could have taken!]

Wow — where to begin? Here’s the synopsis of my NY/NJ weekend:

Friday

On Friday morning I took a train to NYC — arrived Penn Station mid-afternoon. My blogless friend Margaret met me and led me out of the station, true Manhattan Goddess that she is. I might have mentioned that I have absolutely no sense of direction, so this was a very good thing indeed!

We grabbed a quick lunch and then headed to Habu and School Products. Habu was everything I expected, but I didn’t buy anything — I was a little overwhelmed!

At School Products, however, a couple of things insinuated their way into my affections. One’s a gift, so no pictures, but the other was a pile of handpainted laceweight cashmere. *drool*

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After the quick yarn crawl there was just time enough for us to dash to my hotel, check-in, leave my stuff, and then Blogless Margaret and I headed down to the Blue Ribbon Bakery in Soho, to meet my publicist Liz and editor Jessica for an early meal before my Friday night signing. Then, over to The Point.

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As soon as we walked through the door, I saw the group of knitters hanging out at the big table and spotted Cara. But for some reason it didn’t register with me that that was, of course, Ann sitting next to her until Ann introduced herself to me. I was so excited to meet Onslow’s mom. Ann, if I remember correctly, I signed your book “Love to Onslow.” Sorry about that. There’s always Wite-out.

And then a lovely woman with a beautiful smile presented me with a gift bag containing a jar of apple butter and a jar of apricot hazelnut preserves, a gift from Snow, made by Bakerina. It took me a couple of moments to realize that the lovely woman was Bakerina! Yes, I am slow.

Anyhow, hijinks ensued. I was welcomed warmly by The Point owner Helane, I did my reading from my book, went around and signed books and talked to as many people as I could. Then Bakerina phoned Snow and we all talked to her. Snow, I apologize for screaming in your ear “SNOW!!!! WHAZZUP???” I hope by now you have regained your hearing.

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I think we left The Point a good hour after the event was supposed to over, but we were having so much fun. What a great knit hangout it is — with gorgeous yarn too! I think I started to hyperventilate at the sight of the Fleece Artist stuff. Publicist Liz managed to stuff me in a cab and send me back to my hotel before I did any permanent damage to myself. Or to others.

Saturday

I was scheduled to spend the day in Montclair, NJ and was told a car would pick me up at my hotel and take me there. I don’t know what I was expecting, but at the appointed time, there was a black Lincoln limo, complete with tinted glass windows and driver in dark suit, waiting for me outside the hotel, with a sign in the front window with my name on it. How cool is that?

The driver leapt out and opened the door for me, and off we went.

First stop was Modern Yarn. The driver had a bit of trouble finding the shop, but find it we did, although we were at the wrong end of a one-way street. I said “Oh, that’s fine — let me out here and I’ll walk down.” (It was like half a block.) Nothing doing — he backed the limo down the one-way street and parked in front of Modern Yarn, leapt out and opened the door for me. (This is a far cry from my usual modes of transport, but I really think I could get used to it.)

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I was a bit early, so I had some time to look around this fabulous shop. Owner Paige was wonderful! Modern Yarn has a lot of beautiful yarn that you don’t see just anywhere — I spotted some yarn from Tintagel Farm and Terra, and I bought some one-of-a-kind handspun wool:

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The brand name on this is “Handspun on the Web” and I’ve got about 300 yards.

Modern Yarn also has a lot of my favorite yarns. This is a shop I wish was in my neighborhood!

Shortly thereafter, Deb and Risa came, with Risa’s two adorable little ones. We had a nice conversation about yarn and spinning and dogs, etc. and posed for photos.

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Deb and I got silly and took pictures of each other taking pictures of each other:

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Deb, I covet your hair!

I also met Ann in CT’s mom — Ann is a frequent commenter on my blog but was unable to come herself, so sent her mom to get her book signed. So Ann, this photo is for you!

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It was a lovely visit and I think I stayed quite a bit past my time at Modern Yarn. I had a schedule to stick to, so I finally packed up my stuff and headed over to Stix-n-Stitches.

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More fun and hijinks ensued! I spent a couple of hours hanging out at the back table with a wonderful group of women. I met Monica, who took a great photo of the WendyKnits banner that L-B made for me hanging in the Stix-n-Stitches window — photo is on her blog. Scroll down for it.

And I had such a good time with Julie and Sheri and Remy and the others whose names I’m afraid I’ve forgotten, in my excitement. Here I am with Sheri:

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And a group shot of me with some of my new friends:

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This shop is also fabulous — lots of my favorite yarns and a bunch I never get to see in person. I bought some Claudia handpainted sock yarn and some Shaeffer Anne:

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I was having so much fun there, that when the car came to pick me up, the driver had to come in and get me and drag me away. Different driver for the trip back to Manhattan.

I got in the car and he said: “It looks like you were having fun. You spent the day with friends?”

Me: Actually, I was doing a book signing.
Him: Oh, and your friends all came. That was so nice of them.
Me: I’ve never met any of those people before today.

This impressed him a great deal — seeing as how we were all acting like old friends. And that’s what we felt like. This is another shop that I want in my neighborhood. Sheila, the owner, encouraged me to come back soon, and I sure will if I can.

So. Back to Manhattan. It was early, and by pre-arrangement I phoned Blogless Margaret who very kindly invited me to her home. So I uptown, where I met her gorgeous husband and stunning Siberian kitties, Kiki and Teddy. As soon as I came through her front door, the baby, Kiki, ran up to me and head-butted my hand, just like Lucy does. What a way to make me feel welcome! This is Kiki:

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This is Teddy:

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And me holding Kiki:

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Blogless Margaret and I went out to dinner at Citrus Bar & Grill on Amsterdam Ave. Mmmmmmmmmm . . . dinner:

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Okay, I did actually eat some food as well — extremely good sushi. And after that, we watched a movie on DVD at Blogless Margaret’s home and indulged in some knitting — a wonderful way to unwind after an exciting day!

Sunday

Checked out of the hotel and headed to Knitty City. Wow! another fun, friendly shop that I want in my neighborhood. I was warmly greated by owner Pearl and made to feel completely at home.

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Shortly after I arrived, author Mason-Dixon Kay came through the door. I’ve long considered Kay a Blog Goddess (even more so now since she posted a photo of me on Mason-Dixon Knitting that makes me look like I have only one chin), but I will from this day forth consider her a Food Goddess as well, for she brought me a tote bag containing a delicious deli lunch (complete with ice pack) from Zabar’s to have on the train going home, and a bag of H&H bagels for the KOARC.

I had eaten breakfast at 8am, and would not arrive home til 8pm, so the deli lunch was the most thoughtful and most useful gift I can imagine. And Kay include a bar of 82% dark chocolate in it. Swoon.

I did a reading, signed books, and we had a lovely informal discussion. Mary, who I know from my comments, took a number of great photos and sent me the link to them — here. They are much better than the ones I took so please go see!

Too, too soon, I had to leave, because I had to catch the train home. Blogless Margaret, (did I mention that she is a true Manhattan Goddess?) took me on the subway and got me to Penn Station with 10-15 minutes to spare before I had to board my train. If I had attempted that by myself, I’d still be on the subway platform. Whimpering.

Lucy had had a wonderful time while I was gone, playing with her Daddy.

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But she seems content to have me home!

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Tomorrow? Back to work. Talk about back to reality with a thud!

Thank-you to all of you I had the good fortune to meet over the past few days. I had an amazing and unforgettable weekend thanks to all of you!

Comments

  1. Heike of “Handspun on the Web” is a friend of mine–neat lady. She’d be so pleased to hear how much you like her yarn! Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! (Oh, and I got your book as a birthday gift last Friday, and spent the day reading it. Great book–I really enjoyed it.)

  2. Oh, I covet your real New York bagels. Perhaps even more than all your new yarn. COVET!

    I think it has got to be a sin to raise a child in NYC, because if they ever move away, they will spend the rest of their life coveting the food they can’t get any longer. *sob* Torture!

    (I also covet that handpainted sock yarn. But not as much as *real bagels*.)

  3. Teddy isn’t a small kitty, is he?

  4. gee, wendy, you were very perky at knitty city on sunday for all those earlier appearances. wish some of us had held up the knitted “wendy knits” banner for photos–missed photo opp. i was very moved by your generosity with your knitting…a model for us all. thanks for answering our questions, revelant and otherwise. enjoying your book’s description of growth of your knit consciousness.

  5. That really was a full weekend! I loved the chance to meet and chat with you, too. (And thanks for the compliment on my hair.) I hope Lucy’s having an, um, lovely day today!

  6. Thanks for telling us all about it! I was afraid I’d have to wait until tomorrow to read about your trip. Good thing you took a day off to recuperate. It looks like you had such a great time!

  7. that looked fun and I am so disappointed to have missed it…and so pleased to see it all documented!

  8. Ann in CT says:

    That’s my mom! She’s famous now! Don’t have the signed book back yet. Happily I managed to finish it Friday night before I had to dispatch my messenger. Ah, next tour I’ll make it.

  9. Welcome Home, Wendy! Looks like you had the most amazing time in NYC! Woo hoo! It’s always fun wherever you happen to be–why is that, you suppose? =)

    My first thought upon seeing the photo of Teddy: I’d LOVE to spin his fur!!!

  10. Thanks for the fun travelogue, glad you had a good trip!

  11. Wow! A whirlwind of fun! I’m jealous that you got to meet Bakerina and talk to Snow. But then again, I’m going to Estes and I get to spend a weekend with them (and others) so I’ll get over my jealousy. But you did hang with lots of other blog buddies I hope to meet in person someday. Glad you had a successful time.

  12. It sounds like a lovely, action-packed weekend. So many great people, so much gorgeous yarn. And kitties!

  13. What a great way to spend the weekend! Good friends, food and yarn. Can’t wait to see how your handspun is coming along!

  14. Schaefer Yarns are delicious! You’ll enjoy knitting with them!

  15. Sorry I missed the event at Knitty City! I was planning to go and then a sprained knee had me in the emergency room instead. With knitting of course. Good luck with the rest of the tour.

  16. it was great to meet you this weekend and I am so glad you had successful book signings!! also I am thrilled that you signed my book to Onslow – who by the way, had a bath in your honor today!

    ps. I picked up some of that Schaeffer Anne this weekend too — what are you planning to knit with yours?

  17. Handpainted…laceweight…cashmere? *drool* I gotta get me to New York City. Sounds like a great weekend…so when are you coming to Ohio? :)

  18. Going to that many beautiful yarn shops is a knitter’s dream. And to meet new friends along the way! Lucy even shared her blog with other kitties.

  19. What a fabulous weekend! I wish I could have been there too.

    Just for the record, in my numerous trips to NYC, I don’t recall that Kay woman greeting me with a Zabar’s lunch OR bagels OR nuthin.

    As Napoleon Dynamite would say, “Lucky.” So glad you had such a great trip.

  20. Thank you for coming to New York, it was very nice meeting you. Great intro in your book, I can’t put it down.

  21. Ya know, the world is filled with such goodness, isn’t it? All those knitters, with their kindness and good wishes and lovely gifts …. makes me proud to be a knitter.

    Now get to CA, Wendy! (Poor Wendy, she’s going to slap a restraining order on me for being so pesky.)

    Glad the yarn crawl/book tour was so fun!

  22. Ahh it would be wonderful to have a neighborhood PACKED with wonderful knitting stores! And all of them carrying different yarn and patterns and all of them love to have you come visit and knit? It doesn’t hurt to have dreams. heh Thanks for telling about all the fun of your book signing weekend – I look forward to more. :)

  23. Wendy, before you were just my friend in my head -now we’re real life knitting buddies! Thanks for the most enjoyable afternoon at stix-n-stitches. I’m anxiously awaiting the book signing party for the next book.

  24. I’m so glad you had such a great weekend! What fun to meet all those different knitters! But I agree with Alison, you really should come to California so we can share the fun, too!

  25. Ohh, zabar’s.. Never been, but want to. and so so jealous ofyour NY yarn trip. GOsh, how wonderful to get to visit allthose yummy shops.. Ya, I have more of a chance of making it to the moon, than dragging hubby up to NYC>. sigh..

  26. Well what good would I be if I couldn’t post a flattering photo!

    Miss you already.

    Multiple Chin Sufferer in NYC

  27. Um…you’re not expecting a limo on your Richmond/Powhatan/Carodan Farm tour,are you? I suppose I could put a bow-tie on tuxedoed Lucky to chauffeur you in the jumpseat of the pickup truck.

  28. Alice in Richmond says:

    I’ve never been in a limo.

  29. Enjoyed your accounts and pictures of what seemed to be a wonderful weekend. You;ll have to go back to work to rest–if that’s possible. Sounds like a fun time was had by all. Wish I could have been there.

  30. It was awesome to see you again!! And I will forever be grateful that you posted on your blog that you knew me and had no idea who Ann was. Thank you for that! ;-)

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. Glad the ol’ neighborhood (on both sides of river – I go both ways!) was good to you! Come again soon!

  31. Wendy, it looks like you had the most amazing book tour up in NYC! Congratulations. And the yarns–well, need I say more. I’m constantly referring people (who tell me a sock is to hard!) to the genric toe-up sock pattern in your book.

  32. The food, fun, and friends make a trip divine…..glad you had fun…..and can’t wait for you to visit CA…..Sacramento in fact….where we had the VP visiting & crowds of protesters, police, rooftops of more police…..just saying: we aren’t dull here…..so c’mon over!

  33. That’s one bodacious bunch o’ blog photos! And those Siberian kitties are incredible! They don’t appear to be quite as unrelentingly hairy as your brother’s Main Coon, but it sounds like they’re much more sociable.

  34. Thanks for writing such a detailed report of your travels. You make traveling and book signings and meeting people so much fun.
    That royal blue is a great color for you.

  35. What a whirlwind tour, you must be exhausted! But it looks like you had a stupendeous time! Thanks for sharing it :)

  36. That looks like a good time all around. I love the no-nonsense picture of the siberian kitty on the link you posted. And the two actual siberian kitties you met are beautiful and obviously well-loved!

  37. No, seriously. Teddy is awesome.

  38. What a wonderful weekend! I agree–you have to come to California. Two of my four (yep, four) kitties rival Teddy for, ahem, fluffiness! Knitting and fluffy cats–does life get any better? :o)

  39. ooohhh i miss manhattan sometimes; i’m glad you got to see the good stuff! i just purcahsed the “same” color of schaefer anne this weekend on little knits!

  40. Sheri in St. Louis says:

    So fun reading about your whirlwind trip. The best part of a book tour just HAS to be scouting out all of those wonderful yarn shops. Lucky you! And I see that you have more Sheri blog commenters, so I’m changing to Sheri in St. Louis. (Hi to the other Sheri who also spells her name right – ha!) :-) Thanks for sharing your fun trip with us.

  41. I am so jealous. It looks like a fabulous time: great yarn, food, friends, knitting — nirvana in a nutshell!! Oh yeah, and then there’s that whole book thing you got going on!

  42. I can’t imagine how wonderful it must have been! We rarely have yarn shops like that in the UK, I think Colinette is the closest to heaven I’ve seen, but all those looked wonderful. I’ll have to see if I can track a copy of your book down, I’m so curious to see the success you have made for yourself.
    x

  43. Brigitte says:

    Ah yes, Fleece Artist will do that to you… Oh – and Fleece Artist’s Hand Maiden line? You’ll pass out, I can assure you. :)

  44. I hope you’re not tired of hearing me say thank you, because I’m going to say it again. Thank you. :)

  45. Ellen from Tallahassee says:

    Wendy – Your account of your visits to all these fabulous yarn shops made me wonder if you have any thoughts on the best way to organize such a shop. I have seen shops organized by type of yarn, brand of yarn, color of yarn (that was a beautiful store!) and with no apparent organzational plan at all. I would love to know what you think about this. Maybe there could be a book on the theory and practice of knitting retail!
    Thanks for everything you do.
    Ellen

  46. Whew! You accomplished so much in so little time. I hope there was a cocktail waiting for you at the end of the day. Just wish your publisher would schedule you for a West Coast signing.

  47. It was really great meeting you finally at MY. Thank you again for being so gracious and posing with my little ones. Enjoy that Claudia Handpaint. I made my mom a pair of socks that are just to die for from that. Glad you made it home safe and had a good time.

  48. “Oh, I covet your real New York bagels. Perhaps even more than all your new yarn. COVET!

    I think it has got to be a sin to raise a child in NYC, because if they ever move away, they will spend the rest of their life coveting the food they can’t get any longer. *sob* Torture!

    (I also covet that handpainted sock yarn. But not as much as *real bagels*.)”

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha! I don’t think it matters if you’re born in NYC–all you have to do is WORK in NYC for a few years, and you’re hooked on the food! Sigh…the bagels…the pizza…the delis on every street corner…the convenient vegetarian-friendly foods…

    Try getting those things in Virginia!

    Wendy–I’ll be your neighbor if you find a way to live in a place full of these beautiful yarn shops. What a realtor’s dream that would be–easy sales to eager knitters looking for the perfect knit-friendly neighborhood. I might even get my realty license for that scenario. :-)

    I’m going to be in Richmond for the Yarn Lounge signing–yahoo! Now that I’ve read about how great the NY/NJ tour was, I’m even more excited to be in Richmond. Hooray!

  49. Liebe Wendy,
    (this is prob’ly only the 2nd time I’ve replied to a blog-I think the other was yours too-when your Izzy was alive or had just passed(and I think so was mine,alive I mean, but…)I was looking forward to going to fridays??sundays? on W79th event,but since I am-seriously-in the midst of smthng like a nervous breakdown &agarophobia etc.It didnt happen.Im sorry.Ive read your blog since before it was one (just pix).Too bad you didnt see NYC up until a few yrs ago(it was bad even then)before “The Attack of the living yuppies ” took over Manhattan&rapidly encroached upon the rest of the city-but seriously,you didn’t have this problem up there/here? I get dirty looks b/c I smoke, from NYC residents who drive 8 m. to the gallon Hummers.)But I digress,(ALL my knitting friends are too poor to use anything but the cheapest acrylic.,we are retrying to reform our knitting group -but its hard,many of the ladies have HIV-AIDS (or some other lovely things. :-( ……so its hard to find time &place that suits all.Anyway,what I really wanted to know is what is it like to accomplish all these great things~like being able to finish objects before being sick of them,(well you are prob’ly not nearly as fat as me soooo theres part of it) ALL if not most projects-,plus having a full time job,writing a bk,and having a house,that despite what you say,appears from your pix,not at all pigstyish.Plus you have an active social life.Sorry, to ask so much,and “talk”so much.I just wanted to know while I was still lucid.I know this is overly long-comes of having no one but a 4 yr old to talk to-but I know I sound nuts,(but Ive secretly wanted to know for awhile-mebbe give me a clue where my own life went wrong-besides the depression,ugliness & drugs(but that was yrs &yrs ago-the latter anyway)OK,now I know I sound insane……..im not ,not theway people who wear shoeboxes on their feet ,save their urine in bottles,,and talk to invisible ex-dentists are, etc….sorry about the tangent,and VERY sorry I missed your appearance(altho at this pt.im sure you are quite glad)&spending my d.h.’s $(altho’ its’ supposedly “ours”HAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!),On your (I’m sure)wonderful book.

    ByeNow,Jo,the crazy crafty crotcheting &knitting bore :-(no,really….guess what my nickname was for yrs from the person who “supposedly “loves me the most(only) in the world……”Useless”-I’m serious-you get the picture)Kissies to Lucy -my kids would just looooove her.Boy,do I miss having a cat…..

  50. Looks like an absolutely wonderful time you had this weekend, but my goodness you must be exhausted!

  51. Mmmmm H&H bagels – now that brings back some memories. I wish I still lived in NY I would have definitely come to see you. I hope the KOARC enjoyed those yummy bagels – I truly believe they are the best in the world… like I’ve been all over the world LOL.

  52. Wendy,

    It was so wonderful to meet you at stix-n-stitches. You are just as I imagined funny, friendly, down-to-earth and extremely knowledgeable. I hope you come to visit us again as I met new people and had a fabulous time!

  53. I’m drooling over your yarn tour of NYC (and the cute kitties you cuddled along the way). Congrats on your successful book and tour!

  54. Wendy I’m so sorry that i missed your arrival into the lovely Manhattan… it sound like a wonderful trip.. so i’m glad you got the good tour :-) yes Kay was truly very smart to give you that bag full of goodies… and Naomi is a doll and i hope you do come back to NYC again.. sooner than later.. i’m looking forward to reading your blog more often now :-) karola
    who tried to start a new blog but now i can’t find it :-(.. my computer at home is on the fritz so it will have to wait till next week or so :-)
    karola