Mason-Dixon Portland

Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne, the authors of Mason-Dixon Knitting and Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines, were in town last night for a reading and book signing at Powell’s. I had a work meeting. Poot! How could I be in two places at the same time? Not possible.

But how about *almost the same time*? I finished my meeting at 8:20; DH picked me up and drove downtown. I jumped out at Powell’s while he parked the car. I had missed the reading, missed the Q&A, but I made it for the tail end of the book signing. There were only four people left in line in front of me. But I made it!



Ann and Kay were gracious and charming, and I think I pretty much babbled at them because of the adrenaline rush of just getting there. I hope I made a tiny bit of sense. They signed my books, and posed for a picture with my endless log cabin blanket. I forgot to ask about the rubber stamps!

MDK gals

They brought samples from the new book. These are even more awesome in person, which is hard to believe because they look so good in the book. The back of Liberty (the blue and red scrollwork on this end of the table) was as beautiful as the front, and it was really soft, too. Alpaca! The Kiki Mariko (zigzag rug under Liberty)? Felted fun! SK8R was really cute, and the Rowan Denim feels great.


I didn’t quite get to see everything (it was pretty late), but I did get to try on Margaret. The drape and swing of the skirt are so, so cool.


It was worth the mad dash to get there. Many thanks to PNWBookGirl for keeping me updated on the evening’s progress via text message!

7 responses to “Mason-Dixon Portland

  1. Glad you made it in the nick of time! I didn’t get to go (had to work at the LYS), but a friend took my book for signing. Sure wish I could have seen those samples in person. The sweater looks great on you!

  2. OK, me jealous!

  3. jealous! With the lack of car and the lateness of the event we missed the whole shebang!

  4. That looked like alot of fun, unlike most book signings that I have been to. I hope they make it down to the LA area.

  5. Yet another gorgious finished project by Michele!!!
    I’m in DC visiting Elliott and I am working on 3 projects. Hurrah!! And I am motivated to figure out how to use Ravelry which means I’ll only buy more yarn and start more projects!

  6. Persistence pays off. You look great in that sweater, it looks like it was knit just for you!

  7. That sweater looks great on you!