Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Shannon Okey again (we'd met earlier this year) and of meeting Kim Werker. Shannon and Kim are, collectively and individually, writers of knitting, crochet and/or spinning titles like KnitGrrl and Teach Yourself Visually Crochet and some others (having messed up who wrote which with whom once before, I'm gonna let you figure it out). Kim and Shannon were finishing up a book-signing tour, promoting Shannon's Spin To Knit, from Interweave Press, and Kim's Get Hooked, from Watson-Guptill.
In addition to getting a lovely dedication in my personal copy of the book, we got to see Shannon's Ashford Joy, which was amazingly portable and adorable, and we got to see Shannon spin on the Joy,
barefoot (you'll be happy to know she reports no problems with fungus),
and we even got to see Kim spin on the Joy
(for only her second time ever spinning, she did amazingly well!).
There was a nice assortment of Rosie's customers who stopped to meet Shannon and Kim and get their books signed, including Sherry, who is knitting with some Black Bunny merino in this photo:
and who already knit up one of the patterns from Spin to Knit, called Orangina (and available on Knitty.com).
And we got to watch and listen as Wendy interviewed Shannon and Kim for Knitty D and the City's podcast.
Silent Auction Win
As promised, here's a photo of the quilted block I won at the silent auction last weekend.
Now I'm wondering whether, before hanging it, we really ought to get around to repainting the hallway like we've been meaning to do for quite some time. (Due to some mishaps with a child gate, we've had to spackle and patch a few large holes in the wall, and eight years of kids and their grubby fingers has also taken a toll.) Yeah, like I need another project....