Those of you who are as old as I (or who watch sitcoms in syndication) will remember the tv series Rhoda. Remember during the opening credits she said “I moved to Minneapolis where it’s cold and I figured I’d keep better” — yeah, now I get it!
It was not very cold the day I arrived (in the 20s I think?) but got colder while I was there, and it felt wonderful. And a bonus — no allergies! When I woke up this morning (I got home yesterday afternoon) I had that familiar “unable to breathe” thing going on that I had not felt since I left home. This area is really bad for seasonal allergies, and even in the winter I still have some symptoms.
I got to Minneapolis Thursday morning, and was met at the airport by my friend Cat and her mom, Donna. They got me settled into the condo I was staying in. Here are some views of the guest condo (after I messed it up a bit!)
We made a quick trip up to Donna’s condo (she lives in the same building) to meet her kitties, and then Cat and I went out for lunch and yarn shop visits.
Of course, being me, I took no photos, so you’ll just have to imagine.
First shop was Needlework Unlimited. What a wonderful place — it is HUGE and has so much yarn. You could spend hours there — well, I sure could. I can’t show you what I bought there because it is a gift for a friend.
Then we went to Bella Lana, which is a smaller, but exquisite shop. (Unfortunately I had gotten something under my left contact lens in between the two shop visits so I was a bit distracted with that mounting irritation while there, but that didn’t stop me from appreciating the beauty of this shop).
Back to my condo for a couple of hours so I could take care of some business and relax before going to a party Thursday night at the home of Cat and her husband Brad.
Cat and Brad really know how to throw a party and make you feel welcome. And I will forever be indebted to Brad for introducing me to this:
And I of course also have the obligatory photo of the knitbloggers in attendance.
You need to read Susan’s account of the party because she expresses so well how much fun it was. Kathy has a great blog entry about the party as well (with a photo labeled with all our works in progress!)
Karen from Needlework Unlimited and Cornelia from Bella Lana were also there, and it was wonderful to be able to talk to them and tell them how much I loved their shops.
Cat and Brad invited some non-knitting friends as well, so it was a great mix of personalities. This is my new friend Maura.
It seems that somehow I am responsible for Maura signing up (online, during the party) for the Minneapolis Marathon on May 31. We are holding the print-out of her registration confirmation.
I see this as proof that my enabling powers extend well beyond just yarn purchases!
On Friday morning Cat and I took her gorgeous poodle Tache (did I spell that right?) to the dog park for a run.
Then it was back to Cat’s place, where I taught her Judy’s Magic Cast-on, which she mastered faster than anyone I’ve ever taught it to. Then lunch at Bread and Chocolate, and a trip over to The Yarnery. I loved how they had the yarn organized by weight, and I spent a lot of time in the sock yarn room. I found two sock yarns I hadn’t seen yet:
Yarni is a local hand-dye, and Mini Mochi is from Crystal Palace — it reminds me of the Noro sock yarn, but is much softer.
I also bought this great bag!
Back to Cat’s for a bit, where I spend some quality time with her critters.
Isn’t he just beautiful? And such a sweet and well-behaved dog. Oh, and did I mention she has five Ragdolls? Here I am holding Pearl, while Ruby turns her back to me because, I think, she’s a bit put out because I’m paying attention to someone other than her.
But she consented to a photo op anyway. She really was a sweet little girl. She resembled Lucy quite a bit, but her fur is a bit darker.
The two girls were the friendliest — the three boy kitties were more shy. But I did get a photo of one of the elusive boys:
Check out those baby blues!
Then Friday night was The Main Event: The champagne VIP reception for the opening of the Bohus Exhibition at the American Swedish Institute. Once again, Susan has a great blog entry about the opening, here.
I saw Susanna soon after Cat and I arrived — she was just glowing, and rightly so, considering the beauty of the exhibit. She introduced me to Solveig Gustafsson who has worked so hard to re-create the beautiful Bohus designs. I was so happy to finally be able to thank Solveig in person for her incredible work, and also for the kindness she has personally shown me. Then Susanna introduced me to Kerstin Olsson, one of the original Bohus designers and the designer of The Wild Apple, my very favorite design. (I have the kit, but haven’t knit it up yet.) I think the highlight of my trip (if not my year) is that Kerstin Olsson knew who I was.
Kerstin gave a guided tour of the sweaters in the exhibit to the attendees of the pre-opening reception, explaining the inspiration for many of the designs. What a treat!
Then Solveig gave a talk, with accompanying slideshow, about her process of re-creating the designs — so interesting to get an inside glimpse into the the incredible amount of work that goes into re-creating a Bohus for modern knitters. I appreciate Solveig and her efforts all the more for it.
I was so happy to see how crowded the opening was, and so many of the attendees proudly wore their Bohus sweaters. Here is the one photo I took, of several of the attendees in their Bohuses.
The redhead in the pink sweater to the left is my friend Rusty. Hi, Rusty!
After the event, Brad picked us up and we three went to a fun little eatery where we had the best pomme frites I’ve ever eaten and discussed the evening’s events, and all sorts of other things.
And yesterday morning, I reluctantly headed home. Chris very kindly picked me up and took me to the airport, presenting me with one of her wonderful mix cds when I got in her car.
I had a quick and uneventful flight home and was greeted enthusiastically by my sweet Lucy, who has forgiven me for consorting with other Ragdolls. And she still loves her sheepskin, which, incidentally, I ordered online from Sheepskin Factory. This is what I ordered.
“Did I mention that I love my sheepskin?”
So, to close this very long post — thank you, Minneapolis, and thank you to all the wonderful people I was lucky enough to meet there!