Monday, August 26, 2013

Small World (I am Lucky to Work in Yarn.)

Every summer I join a few friends for a weekend of fun and games up in Spring Green, Wi. There's a wonderful place up there called American Players Theater. They do a half dozen plays in rep every summer.

We've been going once or twice a year for 15 years or more. This year we're going to see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Too Many Husbands. No Shakespeare. I am not a fan. (I know, I'm a heathen.) But I do love Shaw and his ilk. That drawing room comedy sucks me in every time.

Up until the last couple of years, there was only one, outdoor, stage. That means you're at the mercy of the weather. We saw Cat on a Hot Tin Roof wearing long johns and shivering under blankets. We've also melted under 95 degree sun. Part of the fun is never being sure what you'll get. Nowadays, they have an indoor stage too which makes things a little easier to plan. Of course you can never predict rain, but you have a better shot of being comfortable during that August matinee if you are indoors.

This morning, I needed to call the box office to get a few details of our upcoming trip straightened up.

Me: Hello, my name is Beth Casey. I have some questions about our upcoming visit.
Her: Sure thing, how can I help?
Me: We'll be there during open house weekend. How should we make arrangements for the Inside Out Tour.
Her: Lengthy explanation.
Me: Super, got it! Thanks for everything. We love coming to visit.
Her: Thank you too! You know, I'm a big fan, I love your yarn.
Me: Thanks! (Blush)

I'm not naive enough to think that this person knew my name without the help of caller ID flashing "Lorna's Laces".  But still, how cool is it that? How often do you make a random customer service call and have the person on the other end know your work?

I can't say it too often. I am lucky to work in yarn.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cover Girl!

  We just heard from Vogue Knitting and we're on the cover of the Fall issue!! Yowsa! 

This incredible Deborah Newton design features an applied cable. I saw it myself at market and it took my breath away. I really love how it's styled here with the red lipstick. Great job! 

It's knit in Haymarket and shown here in 51ns Island Blue. 

I'd like to throw down a gauntlet on this one. Actually two. I'll give the  first person who sends me a photo of their finished Applied Cable Fisherman's Rib Top  (that's a mouthful) up to a sweater's worth of yarn for their next project. And the first person who comes up to me at Rhinebeck wearing one will get the same. 

Somehow this one just screams Rhinebeck sweater to me. What do you think? 

Monday, August 12, 2013

My Stitches Midwest Haul

I snuck out of work early on Friday and spent the afternoon at Stitches Midwest. Don't tell my boss. ;-)

I picked up an orange yarn bowl from Pawley Studios. Now I have an orange Jennie the Potter bowl and this one.  I wonder who should be next?

I stopped by to talk with Ron and Theresa from the Buffalo Wool Company and mentioned that I was signed up for a drop spindle class at Rhinebeck and somehow a bundle of beautiful silk/bison fiber ended up in my bag. So did a pair of these cute little bird nesting balls. And yes, we giggled like a bunch of teenagers.

I saw so many friends! If I tell you about it all, I'll just sound like a tedious name dropper, so I'll let your imagination go wild.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I am lucky to work in yarn.