Monday, June 7, 2010

New Hamburg


On this past Saturday, I had the great privilege of attending a trunk show with the amazing Anne Hansen. I don't use that word about alot of people, but she herself is gracious, and knowledgeable and passionate about her subject, which is lace knitting. Over the past couple of years, she has brought out one gorgeous pattern after another, and there seems to be no end in sight- which is wonderful for those of us who are new to this type of knitting.

This photo is courtesy of Anne Featonby, and the lady on the left is my friend Pat. Anne Hansen is showing us her Autumn Arbor stole, which is incredible. She is wearing her Sprossling sweater, which if I ever drop enough weight, I may be tempted to knit. The trunk show was held in New Hamburg, just west of Kitchener, in an amazing Victorian mansion. If she ever comes to your area- go and be inspired.

On the subject of knitting, I finished a very plain jane Peace Fleece sweater, which is the type of thing I like to have, but not neccessarily to knit- like socks, I like to wear them, but they bore the pants off me.

I am trying to keep busy, and not think of the next 3 months of summer looming before me, like grim death. I began a very large book, which I never really talk about, but I do read alot. And being a very fast reader, this one won't last, but for a 700 page biography, is very entertaining, and explores the influences of the Bloomsbury Group of artists.

Laura is scheduled to have all four wisdom teeth removed on the 15th. I am finally seeing a gastro specialist on Wednesday, and I am planning a small bathroom reno- which I have consulted FC about.

I think that Kitten-Chow is missing his friend. He seems to have turned to comfort eating. I am not going to get him a puppy, this guy is very, shall we say, high maintenance.

14 comments:

Gale said...

Oh what a nice road trip! Great looking sweater as well. Practical and ready for the fall.

Jewel said...

Peace Fleece is great yarn, isn't it?? It's nice to see a picture of you and Pat. Hopefully Anne will come to this part of California some day. Give Chow Chops a noogie for me.

Chris said...

Glad you had a great time at the trunk show! I know just what you mean about those simple sweaters. :)

Yay for going to the gastro! *fingers crossed* (Strange, spending a lot of time in the bathroom has me thinking about redoing it, too...)

And sending good luck to Laura on the wisdom teeth...

Anne said...

Anne Hanson was great wasn't she! The workshop on Sunday was perfect - small class size, lots of Anne time if you needed it. She was very entertaining and really made me want to knit lace...me, knit lace....wonders will never cease!

Brigitte said...

So glad you had a great time!

I hear you on the next 3 months... Nice PF sweater - my kind of knit too.

Raspberries to KC.

Linda said...

That looked like such a great event to go too. I too admire Anns work. I just wish I had the brain power to knit lace without it getting in a mess! I hope the hospital/dentist/kitty-chow care all goes well.

miyamojo said...

What a fun weekend! I would love to see all of Anne's treasures.

Hugs to you all, hope all goes well.

Michelle said...

What a fantastic way to spend a day! I'm hoping Anne finds her way to NJ sometime soon! Glad to hear you're seeing the gastro. Stay well!

Carrie K said...

Poor Kitten Chow, he suffers so.

The Ann meet sounds sweet!

That book looks interesting, let me know how you like it! Even if I'm currently pretty much reading gothics.

Jeanne said...

I'd love to go to a trunk show of Anne's designs - I've made a couple and she always does nice work.

Very nice sweater - looks so comfy.

Good luck with the doctor!

Nicole said...

Great looking sweater! I hope it's as comfy as it looks!

Sonya said...

Ann Hanson's designs are always exquisite. I hope Laura's wisdom teeth removal went well. I'll spare you the nightmare story of when I had mine taken out.

I'm totally with you on summer (from a couple posts ago). If it would stay in the low 70s (F), I could deal. Low humidity would be nice too.

mrspao said...

Poor Kitten Chow - he looks like he needs to put on a pound or two - he's wasting away.....

Brenda said...

Glad you had a good time at Anne's trunk show. I really like her patterns too. I got some Slinky Cat (50/50 merino/silk fingering) yarn from Wandering Cat Designs, which is somewhere in Ontario (I don't know if the Toronto area) to knit Rivolo by Anne. One of her easier patterns, but with my short hair, her "little nothing" scarves are great to keep my neck warm.

For reading, you might check out Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew mysteries which take place in 14th century Cambridge. Really well done and written, and they are each 400-500 pages long.