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The Yarn Whisperer

January 20, 2013

Everyone should get a yarn whisperer. Here’s mine:

Yes, she has her knitting project in that white bag, just in case there's a 2-minute lull

Yes, she has her knitting project in that white bag, just in case there’s a 2-minute lull

What does a yarn whisperer provide, you ask? Among other things:

  1. continuous advice on how to use the yarn you have,
  2. unadulterated enabling of buying more yarn that you don’t need, and
  3. companionship to annual “yarn events” (where #2 above takes place with wild abandon)

Yesterday me and my yarn whisperer went to Knitting Vogue Live (or VKL for those in the know), held at the Times Square Marriott. It was extra fancy, by knitting standards, which if you don’t know what that is, think Star Trek conventions for the knitterlati.

We had our very own knitting fashion show:

We are all looking at that hat.

We are all looking at that scrumptious hat.

Just take another look at this packed crowd:

A nicer group of frumpy crafty women from Connecticut you'll never see

A nicer group of frumpy crafty women from Connecticut you’ll never see

I was amazed to meet Alasdair Post-Quinn:

The number of scarf configurations is larger than the number of atoms in the universe.

The number of scarf configurations is larger than the number of atoms in the universe.

Alisdair is the author of the book “Extreme double knitting”:

You gotta say "EXTREME" like a Monster Truck Rally is coming to town.

You gotta say “EXTREME” like a Monster Truck Rally is coming to town.

And he does incredible double-knitting work. I told him he’s a mathematician, even if he wasn’t trained. Here are some examples:

That's *three strands* on the Escher-like scarf on the left!

That’s *three strands* on the Escher-like scarf on the left!

And here’s the back of the trees one:

I've always wanted to knit realistic trees.

I’ve always wanted to knit realistic trees.

I got a huge kick out of staring at people’s backs yesterday:

Don't worry, I asked before I took this picture.

Don’t worry, I asked before I took this picture.

I'm not a fan of glitter but if you go for it, you gotta GO FOR IT

I’m not a fan of glitter but if you go for it, you gotta GO FOR IT

I also enjoyed meeting this man with ENORMOUS KNITTING NEEDLES:

Sorry for the blur, couldn't stop giggling. Note his vest, also made from enormous yarn

Sorry for the blur, couldn’t stop giggling. Note his vest, also made from enormous yarn.

And the yarn sculptures were super:

Is it art or is it clothing?

Is it art or is it clothing?

 

Take this off before eating soup.

Take this off before eating soup.

Thank you, oh yarn whisperer!

Categories: musing
  1. LindaCO
    January 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Cathy, I’ve got your blog in my feed and follow it because it teaches me things. I’m not up to speed on the subjects enough to comment intelligently on most of the things you post, so I don’t. This, though. As a knitter, this I can chime in and say that it looks like a very cool yarn show you went to. Love the sculptures, love the garments you photographed. Good stuff.

  2. Jay Goldfarb
    January 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Cathy, you spin a great yarn!

  3. January 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    there’s a pattern for the intertwined trees
    as a cable pattern
    in one of Barbara Walker’s books
    either volume three or four

    • January 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Yes, it’s a famous Barbara Walker pattern called “twining trees” and it’s one of two or three variations. I just took it and made it a double-knit pattern with reversed colors for the knits and purls, along with a few other edits. I have also long fantasized about knitting a realistic tree using cables, but it’s been on the backburner for so long I doubt it’ll ever come to fruition. Perhaps Cathy will do it instead? :>

      • January 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

        I’ve long had the desire to design and knit a kimono
        with an intertwined tree in cables and lace (mesh background)
        that covers the whole back with branches
        that flow over the shoulders and onto the front
        one completely idiosyncratic design

        • January 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

          love it!

          I’ve recently been thinking about knitting with a see-through yarn, like a translucent plastic string, in order to create a kind of net, and then working in other yarns on top of that to see what kind of effect it would have.

      • January 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

        The man himself!!

  4. Rosanne
    January 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I love the sweater on you “Yarn Whisperer” do you know the pattern or stich pattern used? Great review and coverage!

    • January 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      From the Yarn Whisperer comes an answer:

      It’s Anne Hanson (Knitspot’s) “Leaving“. It was published in Twist Collective but you can also get it from knitspot.com. I used a REALLY different yarn from the one used in the pattern.

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