The Lantern Moon “Beat the Winter Blahs” event on Thursday was really fun! They were well organized, and that’s saying a lot for a first time event. Nine local yarn shops were there, each featuring something from their stores. Twisted featured socks and local designers, and I was thrilled to see my patterns and Athena sample there, too. Thank you, Shannon & Emily!
Yarn Garden was giving away yarn and patterns for chemo caps and scarves, and I scored a ball of Katia Cindy, a worsted weight acrylic.
The other yarn pictured is Lantern Moon Silk Gelato, a silk taffeta ribbon that knits up to super-bulky gauge. Leigh Radford was there signing books, and I believe she developed this yarn in collaboration with Lantern Moon. She asked me if I had ever knit with it, and offered me a ball to try. Sweet! It’s really pretty; I’ll have to find a good project for it.
Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks was there, too. I visited their shop last Friday for the first time*; Sellwood is a long haul from my neighborhood! They have beautiful yarns, and their staff is loads of fun.
There were about 200 knitters there, including many of my favorite knitfriends (knitfiends?). A fabulous party! (I forgot my camera; no party pix.) Shopping in the warehouse; that was a great opportunity to see the full product line. I am in love with the Bindi tote, but resisting so far. There were raffles throughout the evening, and I was a winner! Didn’t I say that I feel lucky? I won a Lantern Moon Gidget bag!
It’s gorgeous. And it holds a lot. I think it’s going to be my new teaching bag, for my supplies when I’m teaching at Twisted. Or going to knit nite. Or wherever!
I really am lucky. Lucky to win, lucky to live in Portland, which is a knitters’ mecca with so many great yarn stores and the home of Lantern Moon, which makes my favorite needles and bags. Lucky to be supported as a fledgling designer by my LYS. Life is good.
*Oh, my trip to Abundant? What could lure me to Sellwood before I knew about the Butternut Farms Super Sock Yarn? Deb Accuardi was having a launch party at Abundant for her new newsletter about spinning, cooking, gardening…she does it all! She even made a fabulous vegetarian risotto for us that evening. She’s multi-talented; check out her blog at Deb on the Web!