Saturday, June 17, 2006


Brief entry today, but I had to thank my Dye-O-Rama swap buddy (sounds a bit more kinky than it is) for this, which arrived yesterday:

It's self-striping: how cool is that? After an unfortunate experience with a very long skein, some chair legs and an overactive toddler, I have not played around with self-striping, so this will be a real treat for me. Amy blogs here so I will be sure to add that one to my Bloglines. (She's working on a gorgeous Mermaid sweater, by the way.) If you're interested in dyeing, you should browse through Amy's archives; she's done some excellent posts about the process of planning out her yarn, including experiments with miniskeins, getting a board to wind the yarn around, and so on. A zillion thank-yous to Amy.

And while we're on the subject of swag, allow me to show you a few photos. (Perhaps the reason why I'm so exhausted and feverish this week is because I had to carry about twenty extra pounds of swag home with me from TNNA. Not that I'm complaining, mind you.)

and this:

Would it be in poor taste to also show you these?

Please note, however, that Melissa Leapman's new book is NOT there, perhaps because even though we waited in line for quite some time (and did I mention I have Lyme Disease?), she ran out of books right before us. And -- get this -- her publicist refused to take my home address so she could mail a copy to me later. Hmph.

Melanie Falick, one of my longtime knitting idols, did not run out of books, however. She was signing copies of Handknit Holidays, and when it was my turn she peered at my nametag and said, "Your name sounds so familiar. Why?" Without thinking, I replied "Probably because you personally rejected an item I designed for this very book!" She tried to recover, saying, "Was my rejection letter nice? People say I write nice rejection letters." [Nice try, Mel. Isn't "nice rejection letter" a wee bit oxymoronic? "My fiancee sent me a 'Dear John' letter, but I really didn't mind that she shat on my heart and broke our engagement because it was so nice!"]

Why am I starting to feel like the Kathy Griffin of TNNA?

Oh Geez, did I leave you hanging all week:

Answer to Monday's Reader Challenge:

Friday night: black-and-white tweed jacket, pastel sweater, black shoes of undeterminate ilk, dark pants, watch with something on face

Saturday: Kureyon vest, brown collared shirt, beige clogs, white jeans, yellow/turquoise handbag

Sunday: grey clogs, black pants with applique, white collared shirt, yellow/turquoise handbag

Off to take a huge nap before Tom gets back with the kids.


jillian said...

Swaaaaaaaag (Drool). Sorry about the drool. Really, that's nifty that the swag from the show is so great and getting so many signed books is awesome! Sounds like Melissa Leapman should get a new publicist.

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a playground that must have been.

Janice in GA said...

I really like Handknit Holidays. Is the new Melissa Leapman book "A Close-Knit Family", or is there another one just out?

Charity said...

Sounds like an amazing time. I love Handknit Holidays. I have a hard time buying myself knitting books, but that's definitely one on my list to acquire. (Is that spelled right? It doesn't look right either way to me.)

You are too funny! I LOVE your response to Melanie Falick. It sounds like something I would say.

Unknown said...

Wow...nice shit.

As for Ms. Leapman, it sounds like poor planning and worse manners. Both are unforgiveable. If they added bad grammar, I would have to relegate them all to hell.

Did you come up with the "Kathy Griffin of TNNA" concept? It's really quite perfect and funny.

Carol said...

Why, Joe, you aren't suggesting that I steal my material from other people, are you? (Yes, m'love, I did come up w/ it myself, probably because I just went to see her show a few weeks ago.)

Janice, the Melissa Leapman book is not out yet although I imagine it ought to be shipping soon; it's called "Cables Untangled," (I think) so you can guess the topic. I don't blame Melissa Leapman personally, but it would have been nice if her peeps figured out they were going to run out before we waited all that time.

Stacey said...

Nice haul! Yarn and knitting books - who could complain! (except for the "we ran out" thing - not cool)

amy! said...

Hi Carol --

Glad you like the striping yarn! Of course, it seems to pale compared to your TNNA take!

I was amused to draw your name because I've been reading your blog for a while now and bought a skein of sock yarn from you not too long ago. Maybe if we time it right, we can knit each other's dyejob at the same time. :)

Anonymous said...

What is the Phildar yarn near the new Rowan Country?