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Watch this assembly!

Watch the mystery of this assembly of MaggiKnits Big Cowl. Today you see the scarf-like pieces knit with MaggiKnits Cotton and Misty Slub. Next post will show the pieces lined up….and then the finished garment. This has been a fun knit and I am eager to complete the assembly. Stay tuned for a summer knitalong on this project.

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Shari of our Saturday morning workshop recently saw the most exquisite knitted dress at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. It is more than beautiful!

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We celebrated! We lunched at Picante’s in Berkeley…we moved to the outdoors as the afternoon moved along. Terry was showing us her Crytal Palace kit shawl when a young man walked to his table. He and his friends were so impressed with her work…we all struck up a lively knitting conversation. They were impressed to meet the “knitting” Fire Captain.

Terry will be moving to Shasta area….she promises to come back and see us on a regular basis. I sure hope so…her knitting energy is surpassed only by her own personal energy! We agreed…we all have many stories and tales to tell and share.

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Freshly off Shari’s knitting needles!

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20120518-200301.jpg When Carol asked us to help her find out the details of a dog show in Vallejo tomorrow (which is now today), we were all over it. We dropped our knitting needles and pulled out our technology! Don’t let Debbie fool you…the one with knitting needles in her hands. When she saw me pull out my iPhone camera…she grabbed her needles. Love you Debbie!

As always….another fun knitting workshop. In just a moment or two, I will post what Debbie has crafted. In the meantime, Mary is finishing a hat for a fellow knitting workshopper who is undergoing cancer treatment, Marsha is working I-cord on yet another one of her versions of her E-Z Tomten sweaters, and Grethe shared the work on her Simple Vest designed awhile ago by Lorna Miser, Carol shared the progress on her Japanese inspired bolero sweater….and I shared the progress on my MaggiKnits Large Cowl design.

We missed Phylis, Debbie G, and Helen!

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Who knew?

I had the best customer phone call this afternoon….I was gardening…the trusty cell phone rang….and there I was talking to Maxine from Cleveland, OH at 4 P.M.  She was looking for a Laurel Burch design listed on Skein Lane’s online store. I said I’d call her right back…needed to look at the listings…I was thinking needlepoint. Oh, the power of the internet….I called her back…she sent me the link…and then I realized we were talking buttons.

Maxine is a button collector and belongs to the National Button Society. Who knew there was a society for buttons? Now maybe Kimberly does but I haven’t heard her mention this when she has talked about her button collection or when she has attended trade shows…maybe her trade show attendance has been knitting and/or beads and not included buttons.

Laurel Burch Button

The conversation with Maxine was so much fun…not only did she find buttons from Skein Lane to purchase….I learned a lot about the buttons and the National Button Society. It seems that many buttons have a history that is recorded on this site. I’ve found the site but have yet to “dig in” or is that “click in”.

We talked about passions…button collecting, knitting, and genealogy (of course I was able to slip that into the conversation). She told me that Cleveland has the Western Research Historical Society Research Center. Really…I’ll be all over that later this evening! Deb K…are you there?

I so enjoyed this conversation/transaction that I wanted to share. Knit onas Elizabeth Zimmerman said and which I often chant now!

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I save almost everything…my grammar school report cards, 1st bookmark I made for my mother, my autograph book from 5th grade….you would think I would have saved the program from the field trip to Fort Mason to the Norway Day Festival. This was just last Sunday….where did I put the materials? Oh well….the power of the internet comes to the rescue!

Vista on our walk from bus to Ft Mason

A few of us knitters and a spouse boarded Bart and headed to San Franciso ….we then hopped onto a Muni-bus…..rode to the last stop on that line….then trekked for a distance from Bay St to Pope passing Aquatic Park on our right. It was a lovely hike and majestic to see the Golden Gate Bridge come into view.

Overlooking Ft Mason view into Golden Gate Bridge

Overlooking Ft Mason view into Golden Gate Bridge

We walked a little further until we came upon the staircase that would take us down to Pier Level to Fort Mason….and there it was…the 20th Norway Day Festival.

Guess what drew us to the festival…yep it was knitting! One of the first vendors we saw was the Lacy Knitters Guild – Spindles and Flyers. The spinners were comfortably seated…spinning. In the background was a woman of 90 arranging knitted works….one of which was knit by her grandmother from an original rayon. This is a bit of family history that I would love to have explored!

Spinners of Lacy Knitting Guild

Woman of 90 years of age arranging display

Woman of 90 years of age arranging display

Display knit piece with original rayon!

We began walking up the first aisle of two…and we were quickly taken with so many visual wonders. The Norwegian arts are bright and inviting. We stopped at RanDisign booth which was stocked with knitted and felted wonders as well as beautiful crocheted jewelry.

RanDisign – Felted Scarves

RanDisign Jewelry

RanDisign – Owner Randi Adams

One of the next booths of visual delight was Viking Pottery….I love pottery.. if I had more rooms or even space in existing rooms I would have brought something(s) home from this booth. I first chatted with the woman in the booth…assuming that she was artist and that she was accompanied by the man next to her…..wrong he was the artist and she was accompanying him.

Pottery by HARALD ERIC NORDVOLD

At random some of the other delights included the tole work, the painted clogs, the Norweigan dress, the skaters….

Skaters

Norwegian Dress

Clogs at Mi Disign

California Rosemalers Assoc

….now I was off  to a “movie” break in the Festival. The rest of the gang was doing their personal tour…the joy of such friendships is that we can travel at our own pace and meet back to share our discoveries.

Will be back in the morning with the conclusion to this wonderful adventure!

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