Gentle Reader yesterday was a big day.
A teacher and friend had a book signing of her newly release Respect the Spindle. A book with all her years of experience poured out on the pages.
The signing appropriately happened at Mecca.
It was a banner day, why even the Canadian Factor showed up.
So honored was I to attend attired in clothing I had both spun the yarn and knit the garment. None of which would not have been completed so nicely if I had not had lessons from Abby.
I found it humorous that Abby was afraid no one would show up.
They did… in droves.
Her book flew off the shelf, as did a goodly sum of fiber and, yes… plenty of spindles.
Therefore, when Abby announced that her husband had gotten her a henna pen, because “someone might want their breast signed”…who was I to resist.
I present the only known Franquemontized breasts.
I have a spinner’s soul in a marked body.
Life could not possibly get better.
What an amazing weekend! From start to finish it was just amazing! From Friday night with The Yarn Harlot to Sunday with Amy and Jillian and a bit of work in between it rocked!
But, I have to tell you that Sunday was simply beyond belief! Ann, Sandy, and I headed out to visit Mecca for the premier of More Big Girl Knits. It was a transforming day. Truly transforming.
Personally, weight is something that I have struggled with for a long time – a lifetime, it seems. And, living in a society that tells us daily that the norm is to be a thin, svelte size 6 makes being the exact opposite of that a challenge. As friends have blogged about, shopping for clothes for those of us who are not societies norm is not much fun.
When you get to my age (yes, the ripe old age of 47) there are things that you want to change, but changing them in reality just ain’t gonna happen! I mean, get real. I am not likely to start training for a marathon next week – or even next month. Hell, lets be totally honest here – marathon training is not ever going to happen! So, shopping consists of finding things that “cover” you up.
Then, yesterday happened.
Amy and Jillian brought with them to Threadbear a volume of samples to try on. A volume I am telling you! How awesome is that?
But, what is even more awesome is the fact that each item I tried on flattered my overweight, middle-aged body!
These patterns are well written with amazing instructions to help fit each garment to me! I spent the evening reading through the book and I am more in love with it than I was at Threadbear! If I could make a recommendation to you about a book to by if you are a beautiful big girl – get this book! Usually, I am lucky if there are a couple of patterns in a book that I might knit. In More Big Girl’s there is a list! A long list! This could provide me knitting for a good long time!
I am not the only person who this “Aha Moment”. There was much excitement in all the women who were trying things on. And, it was truly amazing to be with women who were like me…. and watching them be transformed as I was.
Add to that the fact that there were some divine cupcakes and astonishingly delicious cake – and a building packed with yarn – you can understand why Threadbear gets the title of Mecca!
Matt and Rob were charming as ever – and they had amazing sales as well yesterday! And, I mean AMAZING!
So, what was so amazing you ask????
Ummmm, how about a little Shaeffer Clara on sale – think – Liberate Your Laceweight!
And, can you even pass up Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb on sale at 50% off – I cast on last night for a new Clapotis!
And, the best of all – a sweater’s worth of Garnstudio’s Silky Wool that will become The No-Gap Wrap from More Big Girl Knits!
Yeah – a great day. I will leave you with some photo’s of what you all were missing!
Sandy and Ann with some new yarn for a scarf for Ann!
Tracey casting on something new from the book! I am so fortunate to have her as a friend! And, I am loving her sweater – you looked awesome, girlfriend!
Jillian and the “Wall of Collinette”. If you are not blessed to know this woman – she just rocks!
Amy knitting away on a gorgeous sweater. I don’t know what the knitting community would be without knitty.com. She is awesome!
And, last but certainly not least – Carla! She is knitting the same sweater in the same yarn in the same color as me. It is a sister thing!
Whew – after a weekend like this I need to get back to work! But, just to keep the “knitting glow” going. The S.A.B.L.E. group is on my agenda for the evening. What could be a better way to end – with knitters with the same obsession as me!
Have a great week all!