Saturday, January 21, 2012

I Was Only Fooling Myself

I had a fun day today!  The Plucky Knitter was in Boston today having a trunk show with BabyCocktails and Cecily Glowik MacDonald.  It was at Another Yarn which is about a 90 minute drive from my house, in good weather.  I hemmed and hawed about whether to go or not because it was snowing, but in the end I decided that if I didn't go, I would have spent the afternoon wishing that I had!
I hadn't been to Another Yarn before, but I have to say that I was VERY impressed with it!  It had a great layout, a nice selection of yarns to choose from,  was welcoming, and had a couple seating areas for sitting and knitting.  If this shop were closer to where I lived, it would totally be my favorite LYS.

I arrived about half way through the Trunk Show due to slow driving conditions, but I was delighted by the selection of Plucky yarn that was still available!  Hanging on the wall from left to right was fingering, the new sport weight, primo worsted, and the new rustic which was fantastic!
There was also this beautiful basket of sport weight on the table with a few sample knits.
These were just a few of the garments on display.
There was a table of Thea Colman's samples.  Thea is also known as BabyCocktails.  If you are not familiar with her designs, take a quick peek around her blog.  She is incredibly talented!
This is a closer view of some of her samples.  Most of these are knit in Plucky Knitter yarns.  The two pink designs are one of here newer releases.  I liked them on line, but I loved them in person!
I also met Cecily Glowik MacDonald.  She was very charming and happy to talk about her designs.  I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of her table!  It was full of beautiful samples of hats, cowls, and sweaters.
I did buy a copy of her book Weekend Hats and she signed it for me.  There are some great patterns in this book!  It has a wonderful selection of styles. There were 3 very different hats on display that I really liked and they are all in this book.  This book would be a great addition to any knit library!
I went today convinced that I was going for "the social experience" and would only buy a skein or two of yarn for small projects.  While I was standing in front of the  Wall of Crack Plucky, thinking about what projects I wanted to buy yarn for, Thea wanders over beside me and starts pulling colors off the wall to put together.  She told me she was thinking about doing a color work project, and what did I think of this color with that color?  And what about this one? See that collection of colors on the table?  That's what she came up with.  I wonder if they will become something if if she was just thinking?  I'll have to stalk her blog!
While I was talking to her, I told her how much I love the sweater she's wearing and that someday I'd love to make it in Primo Barn Door.  "Oooo, that would be reeeaaaally pretty" she says.  Next thing I know Sarah's sister Hayley has 15 skeins of this color laid out on the table and we're going through them picking out the 7 best matched ones for the sweater.
I also got a skein of Back 40 for a hat from Cecily's book.
When I got home I admitted to Tom that I was weak and that I had succumbed to the power of the yarn and peer pressure.

This is his shocked face :-)
So yeah.  I was only fooling myself when I walked out the door this morning thinking that I could go to a trunk show featuring incredible yarn and two fabulous designers, and come home with only a token skein or two.  My "More Yardage Out than In" goal for 2012 just went into major negative territory.  I'll update that later this week.  I have a baby sweater that just has one more seam to finish, so I'll have some official yarn out yardage tonight or tomorrow.


  1. I like Tom's look! That Hayley is good! I wonder if she was at Sock Summit. Well, no one helped me at Sock Summit and I left the booth with a good loot.

  2. I love The Plucky Knitter! Her yarn is amazing, and her depth of color is divine! That is going to be one gorgeous sweater:)