My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Minneapolis!

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! icon smile Minneapolis!

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.

But anyway.

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!)

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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. icon smile Minneapolis!

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:

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And I of course also have the obligatory photo of the knitbloggers in attendance.

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From left to right, me, Kathy (KmKat and her Keedles), Chris (Stumbling Over Chaos), and Susan (The Rainey Sisters).

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.

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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.

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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. icon wink Minneapolis! I found two sock yarns I hadn’t seen yet:

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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!

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Back to Cat’s for a bit, where I spend some quality time with her critters.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

Lucy sez:

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“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!

Comments

  1. Wendy, your account makes me wish that Minneapolis was closer than a 12 hour drive from here in good weather! Sounds like you really enjoyed your whirlwind tour! :)

    karen ws last blog post..Tap Tap Tap…Anyone in There?

  2. What, I’m first! Can’t wait to chase down all of the links in this post. Thanks, Wendy!

  3. How fun to read yours and other bloggers’ accounts of that event. I recently purchased a Blue Shimmer hat/scarf kit from Solveig, and look forward to starting them.

    But I think it took me all of two seconds to click your link and buy a sheepskin — I’ve been looking for one for awhile, since the cats destroyed the last one. Here comes a new one for them to ruin! ;-)

    Marys last blog post..Wigan Athletic F.C.

  4. Hi, Wendy,
    I’m that half head in the Bohus wearers photo, just in front of Rusty. My sweater is the Forest Darkness. Sorry I didn’t get to say hi that night – it was crazy crowded, wasn’t it? So glad you liked Minneapolis – come back soon!

    twinsetellens last blog post..K91tog

  5. Great post! I hope Lucy approved the “other Ragdolls” pics! That trip was worth it for you to discover new sock yarn! :-) But,but,but where’s my timberwolf?

  6. Did you eat the pomme frites at Barbette?

    marthas last blog post..Shameless Inaugural Tie-in: Obamaburgers

  7. Thank you for coming! It was a lovely party, and it was such a privilege to meet you. Lucy was not jealous when you got home smelling of *other* kitties and a dog? Do come again!

    kmkats last blog post..Random.

  8. Sounds like a great time! and you have the Mini Mochi in the colorway I’ve fallen for. Have you seen a picture of the Scottish Fold for which it’s named? Bottom of page

    http://www.straw.com/cpy/yarns/mini-mochi-balls.html

    Glad Lucy has forgiven you!

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..Same song, second verse

  9. Wendy,
    Is it possible to get the book that was done for this event? I couldn’t find any info on the ASI site and I’d love to get a copy.
    Thanks!

  10. What a lovely trip! What can you tell us about the Radiant Knits book? Is it a collection of patterns? I almost thought you brought Lucy with you till I read the photo caption.

    Roseanns last blog post..Joshua’s Top-Down Raglan Cardigan

  11. I loved Rhoda!!!
    :) I’m glad you had such a blast in Minneapolis, and that Lucy forgives you for your evil deeds.

    Speaking of evil deeds, that Mini Mochi is beautiful! But my moral compass says I cannot buy any :(

    Jadieladys last blog post..Weekend update

  12. O! i loooove pomme frites!!! i’m from Berlin and after moving to the US it turns out you guys don’t really have any good ones here :(

    Hunts last blog post..2009

  13. Glad I got you to the airport in plenty of time, even with the unscheduled detour! It was great to meet you. :) Oh, and although it isn’t a sheepskin, Chaos got a new cat bed yesterday, too, and is very pleased with it.

  14. What a wonderful trip with no allergies! Pippin and Merry appreciate the photos of the other Ragdolls and are begging for a sheepskin of their own. Now that you’ve posted the link I suppose I will have to get them one. Spoiled kitties :-)

  15. Sounds like a fabulous trip-friends, critters, parties, and yarny goodness-sounds like heaven to me!

  16. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    What a great post, Wendy! It sounds like a wonderful time. I bet you missed Lucy, though…

    Thanks for the link to the sheepskin. One of those may be arriving at our house, too!

  17. Wow, so here I go again… I have now seen Rustya in 2 blogs that I read. What is really cool is she is one of the employees of one of the LYS that I hit about 1 per quarter. She really is a hoot, and totally talented. So glad you all are having so much fun.

    Cheryls last blog post..I am trying… really I am

  18. Gladl you had a great trip! Your post makes me want to knit a Bohus sweater and get a ragdoll kitty. I’m more likely to knit the sweater than get the kitty right now.

  19. Looks like a good time was had by all, animal and human! I am such a warm weather person, that I don’t think I would survive there or in the Pacific Northwest where the sun never shines. Happy to be in Colorado! But I am envious of your getting together with other knitting bloggers for the camaraderie.

    Lizs last blog post..A Non Fiber Post

  20. Isn’t the Mini Mochi *wonderful*? I bought a few skeins at Yarn Garage (you’d love that place!) on the way home from Minneapolis yesterday. And some Malabrigo sock, and som….

    Glad you enjoyed our fair state and hope you’ll come back again!

  21. Oh my. The Yarnery is my FAVORITE yarn store. I went to college in Minnesota, and now my sister lives in Minneapolis, so I end up in MN at least a couple times a year, and that store is now on my list of essential places to go whenever I’m in the state. :)

  22. Thank you for the directions to the sheepskin! Welcome home.

  23. Katherine says:

    Sounds as though you had a wonderful time. I’m not jealous. Not at all. Nope, not me. Nuh-uh!

  24. hmm I was wondering how Lucy was gonna feel with you lovin’ on other ragdolls… She is obviously secure in her status, LOL

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Saturday- Sniffling and Sneezing

  25. Katherine says:

    And WHAT is Sheep Dip??? While I have heard of this, I never heard of a drinkable one.

  26. What a great trip! I’ve also got a Wild Apple kit marinating (have to get past the broken bone stage to really sit down and start it) –
    Thrilled that you had such a sensational time …

    margarets last blog post..Soft as Silk (Garden, that is …)

  27. Is the Sheep Dip a single malt? Since I saw your laceweight in the single malt colorway, I’ve been obsessed with finding some fingering Wollmeise in that color (no luck so far!). Your hair looks mahvelous, dahling.

    Julias last blog post..Collaboration

  28. Thanks Wendy, I really enjoyed seeing the pics and reading about your visit to this exhibition!

    Betss last blog post..Winter Crochet

  29. thank you so much for linking to judy’d magic cast-on. I tried many times to start a sock toe up this weekend and even went to a yarn store to ask for help and even though they tried the results were just not very good. Hopefully I can give it a try with this picture tutorial as a guide and be successful.

    BreannaSs last blog post..Kiddio Giveaway

  30. Hey Wendy – glad to know you enjoyed Minneapolis in the winter. When I lived there, that was the only time I ever had allergies (ironically enough). Turns out, cottonweed gives me mild asthma.

    And why am I not surprised that our favorite Bohus kits are the same? I haven’t seen that quiviut I enabled you into knitted up…. speaking of our mutual favorite color.

    Jill Smiths last blog post..Early riser

  31. I’m so very glad you fell in love with my home town. Though I haven’t lived there since I left home when I married in 1975 and haven’t evern been back for a visit since 2001, it will always be home to me. The Swedish Institute was a favorite visiting place when I was growing up, but I had Swedish and Norwegian neighbors who taught me how amazing knitting is with their native patterns. It was a great place to grow up, and I miss it still. Thanks for the trip!

    Candis last blog post..Ctrl, Alt, Delete

  32. I also had a chance to fondle my first Mini Mochi yesterday and almost bought the same colorway you did. At the last minute I decided I had enough yarn in my hands, so resisted. I already regret it….

    Lauries last blog post..Look What I Made!

  33. Looks and sounds like a fabulous adventure. Until you mentioned the allergy issue, I hadn’t realized that I suffered terribly from allergies when I was mobilized to the DC area for a year after 9/11. Hmmmm. What’s up with that DC? Thanks for sharing your great travels with us.

    Jennifers last blog post..Another Pair of Christine’s Stay-On Baby Booties

  34. anne marie in philly says:

    OMG, those tilted glasses next to the sheep dip…I MUST FIND THOSE! glad you had a nice trip! :-)

  35. Was Lucy jealous that you got to hold some other kitties?

    Marions last blog post..January in a nutshell

  36. Sounds like an excellent trip! :)

    LittleWits last blog post..FO – Laundry Table

  37. I would so love to learn how to knit. I’m okay on regular knit, getting the hang of purl. I started crocheting in 2001 when my daughter was dx with cancer (made her a bunch of hats). I’ve continued crocheting since she died in 2003, but really want to try something new. My concentration isn’t the best. Can you recommend an easy pattern other than a scarf?
    By the way, I adopted a Ragdoll that could be the twin of Lucy. Her name is Dixie Lee…adopted her about 4 years ago. She is now 13. My daughter had a Ragdoll, her name is NEKO, she will be 7 May 15th. She bears a resemblance to the male Ragdoll in your photo.

  38. nice and fun weekend!

    turtles last blog post..Is it just me??

  39. Hi Wendy,

    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Minneapolis. It was such a pleasure meeting you!

    Eryka Jacksons last blog post..Bohus Conversion!

  40. Wendy, spending time with you this weekend was tops! You are a real gamer to have fritzed around in the cold with Tache and me, from the dog park to yarn stores. Thanks for letting me be your handler at the Bohus Exhibit. I felt like a bodyguard for a rock star (“Wendeeeee!!!”) Thanks for teaching me Judy’s Magic Cast-On, it’s a feat of engineering and you are a great instructor. You have a home here in Minneapolis whenever you want one; maybe next time Ian will make the trip. And thanks for the beautiful, beautiful giftie: I dare not speak its name here, the knitters in Mpls. will be scaling the outside of my building even to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous skein. With your help I’ll find the perfect project for Its Loveliness.

  41. Hi Wendy, what a great post. Everything is so interesting. I so glad that you had the chance to go, and had a great time. Loved the pics. Thanks so much for sharing again.

  42. Terrific blog entry, i so want to go to the Exhibit and may before it closes. I am sure it was a blast. having had the grand opportunity to hang out with you at the SF last APril you are a hoot all on your own! I am not surprised people know who you are, in this house even the guys know who Wendy Knits is, LOL. Love love love the hair..

    Cheryls last blog post..A New Day

  43. looks like so much fun! and that yarn looks amazing!
    So many kitties! *cat person heaven*
    It looks like you really enjoyed yourself, and what a lovely bunch of friends you’ve got!

    Cookis last blog post..Finished one sock!

  44. It looks like a wonderful time all the way around! I read all the bloggers you mentioned (so had seen some pics already), and Kathy (kmkat) is a friend of mine; Chris and I know each other through the ‘net, and one of these days we’ll meet in person. Susan and Sally I just know by reputation and blog, and by seeing Susan’s lovely knitted work at the Minnesota State Fair when I’ve been! As you know, I was sad to have missed it, but work-wise I kind of needed to be here. In fact, I should go into work for another hour or so tonight….
    Glad you like the cool weather, and I agree, it’s good for allergies, as long it’s not cats you’re allergic to! And you made it to my favorite yarn stores. Well, although it won’t have the cachet or excitement of the opening weekend, when/if I’m up to the Twin Cities, I still can visit the exhibit, since it will be there for a while. My brother’s house is not far from the Swedish Institute, actually.

    But you didn’t get to throw your hat up on Nicollet Mall…..

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Cow Candy

  45. Your hair looks gorgeous!

  46. I’m glad you liked it here. The cold really isn’t that bad once you put on hand knit clothes!

    Elis last blog post..What have I been doing?

  47. It sounds like you had a great weekend!! Knitting fun is the best fun there is!! I also love your henna-d hair!! I’m going to order some henna and some Wen this week!! You inspire me in more ways than one! Thanks for all your blogging and sharing with us!

    Shama Ds last blog post..My Friend, Kim

  48. FIVE Ragdolls? how does she get anything done in between all those snuggles? And those glasses in that one picture.. there’s just somethin’ wrong about them.. I had to look at them a couple times to make sure it wasn’t just me and my hangover from last night that was makin’ em look crooked!

    mias last blog post..My own little frozen tundra

  49. Loved the account of MN, but I am really here to comment that your hair looks fantastic. I started to research henna after your first post, and was going to try it at some point. Now I can see I’m going to have to place an order soon. It looks great!

    Jenna Ss last blog post..Right, I have a blog….

  50. Your trip sounds just wonderful! Sweet animals, lovely people, yarn and celebrities who know you!

    Jennifers last blog post..Sweater in November?

  51. Ice in whisky? In malt whisky? You do realize that you are killing most of the flavour and all of the aromas? Eeek!

    Helens last blog post..New Patterns

  52. What a wonderful trip! The Bohus exhibit sounds fascinating.

    Anne Marie, those terrific glasses are Nambe Tilt – I like ‘em too.

  53. Your trip sounds fantastic!

    Of course, as much as I love yarn, I really want to eat at a place called Bread and Chocolate! Two of my favorite (non-yarn) things!

    Seanna Leas last blog post..Swatching

  54. Wow. What a wonderful time you had. How thoughtful of you to share it with us, Wendy! I love the poodle – they are such gorgeous animals. I grew up with a miniature poodle (choo-choo) was his name, and he was awesome. And I’ll tell ya, if Lucy had any idea how many kitties you were playing with she would be so jealous!!

    Wonderful yarn acquisitions – lovely colors as usual! Can’t wait to see what you make with them.

    Danieles last blog post..Planning Projects and Spinning Clouds

  55. Where is your book for this event available? The Swedish Institute Shop doesn’t have it.

  56. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thanks for the wonderful long blog entry! So glad you had such a terrific time, so glad you’re back, and above all, so glad that Lucy has forgiven you for consorting with other ragdolls….

  57. Thank you Wendy for sharing your trip.

  58. What did you think of the Sheep Dip single-malt? I’ve seen it in the store, and considered getting it to share with a friend who keeps sheep (we’re both single-malt fans), but if it’s not wonderful I’d rather spend the money on yarn. I fear this may be one of those wonderful-name, not-so-wonderful-taste things….

  59. How does Bohus knitting or Bohus patterns differ from Fair Isle? The finished articles look very similar to me.
    Thanks,
    Pat

  60. ellen in indy says:

    i can’t find “oldbury sheep dip” online anywhere, though i found a scotch w/a different label, called simply “sheep dip.” but not in my state, so i’m outta luck unless i get to mpls or my daughter the server knows a way to order it. i’m not sure i’d even drink it, no matter how good it is — i’d just love to see the bottle sitting on the bar.

    i’d love to go back to mpls, but only when it’s warmer. but thanks for the vicarious winter visit. it fits my budget much better than a real trip would.

  61. sounds like it was a lovely trip! i don’t think i’ll ever stop chuckling over “sheep dip” :)

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