You Shoulda' Been There–We Almost Needed Crowd Control
(There's the great Lisa Daehlin standing on the left, chatting with the famous senior activist, creator of Cityworm.com and owner of the get out there and do it! blog, A Little Red Hen–the indefatigable Naomi Dagen Bloom. She is partially responsible for me having a better life environmentally. Check out her blog and Cityworm, so you can too).
Wednesday night was a scene! Only a yarn like Cascade and their companion pattern books: The yarn brand's own 220 Projects for Cascade 220, and Elanor Lynn's Cozy Knits for Cuddly Babies
could provoke such excitement. It sure excited me!
As I mentioned before, the shop carries all 120 colors of the brand; Pearl likes to say that it's like having the big box of Crayola Crayons (remember the box which had all 64 colors when you were a kid?).
Well, in addition to the yarns, we are hosting the trunk show of the garments made from the book's patterns. Remember what I said about Cascade's book having something for everyone? Here's a look in the window.
When I first saw Cascade in New York at The Yarn Connection in the late nineties, I marveled at the return of a well ply-ed, durable yet soft, and inexpensive worsted weight wool. I hadn't seen any like this, since the days of Brunswick Germantown Worsted–now that's takin' ya' back! I immediately bought 12 skeins and designed and knitted a sweater, that I wish I had pics of.
My knitted articles have expanded in direct concurrence with the expansion of their line; so it was really cool to have a–albeit too brief–conversation with the owner Jean Dunbabin, and learn a bit about the color process. I must say–their dye process allows for quick turn around, keeping the color choices fresh and current. I sorely wish I could have arrived earlier for her talk, but you shouldn't rush client meetings, especially with clients who don't knit.
I am totally bowled over by Elanor! It would be wonderful to sit and knit and chat with her at length at some point. I tell you, her book will save me a lot of time trying to find patterns, like the adorable, but not overly cute, baby poncho, for new moms, and other altruistic knitters. She manages to capture everything everyone asks me for, that we cannot find easily. Her instructions are clear, the illustrations large and easy to follow; it's great for beginners, promising that your newborn won't receive their sweater when they're three. Best of all, her knits are beautiful, not cute–there's a difference. These are not patterns that will make your kids go "ew, how could you make that for me," when they're sixteen. And Cascade yarns, especially Sierra, are soft enough for a baby's ---.
Jean Dunbabin, on the left. She is the reason you can now make your favorite sweater in 120 colors, and hip clothes for your teen-age kids–a number of their book designs–including the capelet and sweater in the window–are from Urban Tribal Wear.
And finally, from left to right: my co-worker, the fabulous Amanda, Carol Herbert-Lewis, of the Seaport group, and the author, Elanor Lynn. Now, how can a woman with a smile like that, not make a lovely baby book? I giggle to myself when I think of the possibility of her book, making the birth rate rise in the area.Tee hee.