Saturday, 2 November 2013

Top Ten Quotes About Knitting and Knit City pictures

At our recent spinning retreat (Desert Mesa Retreat, Cache Creek, BC), we were encouraged to do something with the number 10, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this retreat. I came up with a list of quotes about knitting.
 
One week after the retreat, I was a vendor at a fairly new event in Vancouver called Knit City.

The guest speaker on Saturday night was Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, otherwise known as The Yarn Harlot. Here is a picture of the organizers Amanda and Fiona, with Stephanie in the middle.
Because 9 out of the 10 quotes were from Stephanie's writings, I felt obligated to get her permission first before I posted this blog, which she gladly gave me. Don't miss the opportunity to hear her speak (or buy her books). She is a hoot!

So here are myTop Ten:


10.  Knitters just can't watch TV without doing something else. Knitters just can't wait in line, knitters just can't sit waiting at the doctor's office. Knitters need knitting to add a layer of interest in other, less constructive ways.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
 
9.    “ I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It's good for them.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
 
8.    “SABLE- A common knitting acronym that stands for Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
 
7.    Advice for New Knitters When choosing a pattern, look for ones that have words such as "simple", "basic", and "easy". If you see the words "intriguing", "challenging", or "intricate", look elsewhere.  If you happen across a pattern that says "heirloom", slowly put down the pattern and back away.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
 
6.    “It is important for knitters to know two things about frogging: that cats are capable of this knitting action, and even seem to enjoy it and seek opportunities to do it; and that foul language is a normal, healthy accompaniment to frogging, whether it is you or the cat that accomplished the task.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
 
5.    “A half finished shawl left on the coffee table isn't a mess; it's an object of art.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
 
4.    The twitch above my right eye will disappear with knitting practice.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
 
3.    “The best reason for a knitter to marry is that you can't teach the cat to be impressed when you finish a lace scarf.”
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
 
2.    “...the number one reason knitters knit is because they are so smart that they need knitting to make boring things interesting. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
 
1.    “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
Elizabeth Zimmermann

Finally, some pictures from the Knit City event.

My booth - it is amazing what you can get into a 5x10 foot space.
 
Some fibre from The Wacky Windmill from Alberta

 Batts to die for.

 
 Michelle Franklin from Hope with wonderful handmade garments.

Got to finally meet Facebook friend Tammy McDow with incredible hand dyed and handspun Bluefaced Leicester yarns.

Just a few of Melissa Nasby's creations (SoulFibre Studio, Salmon Arm, BC)

She liked it so much, she wasn't even going to knit it.

A customer from Fibres West, showing off a cowl she made from my yarn purchased last spring.
 

Oh, did I mention there was yarn for sale?
 
After a long weekend's work, my travel buddy Sheila Grant and I relaxed at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown. A great weekend!