Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hood River Adventure

We had the most delightful time last weekend in Hood River, Oregon at Sarah's cutesy shop, Knot Another Hat. We had our first trunk show the week before--here's some shots!

You can see Wiggles, Marsaili, Ciaran, OXO, Woodsy, Flowing Locks, Bobble Cable, Fishernet--the usual suspects.

And here's Sherrod hanging out with another Fishernet, and Mairead getting a little table to herself!

Iain and Calum were also there, and they had a very nice week visiting KAH.

Sarah arranged us a beautiful room at the Hood River Hotel right across the street. Saturday morning we had a casual presentation with six awesome ladies of all kinds of fiber talents, and that afternoon I taught a class on cable knitting.

Here I am at the presentation yammering on about how much I love what I do. Isn't Sarah's shop luscious? I could hang out there all the time! Those big windows overlook the Columbia River and the shop is up off of the street in the heart of the Hood River action on Oak Street.

After this fun time of just sitting around talking about knitting design, then we had a yummy lunch at the restaurant just below the shop. Fred and I got to know Julia, Mary, and Nichole a lot better over turkey sandwiches and such, and then we went back in for a three-hour cables class. Being that it was my first time to teach this particular class, I tried to put in way too much info and made no accounting for the disparate skill levels of the 13 students. Yep, you read right--13. This just shows that there are tons of folks who love cable knitting! I'm sure the attendance was upped by this lovely blog post on the Oregonian. They actually have a knitting blog on the paper's site! Anyway, it was a juggle, and if it weren't for the presence of Nichole and Yvonne, expert teachers themselves, I couldn't have made it through. I was a little under the weather and by the next day, I had lost my voice completely, but besides that, it was a blast! Thanks to all you guys!!

So, listen. If you are anywhere near Hood River, Oregon, go on over and see Sarah. You'll also find a wealth of divine food establishments and cozy places to spend the night, not to mention the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge with its colorful autumn foliage and funky cliffy obeliscal thingys sticking up from nowhere. Okay, I'm not a travel writer and certainly not a geologist, so go here and read more about it. I just know I want to go back and do some hiking and camping there.

Back to getting well, tightening up my cables class notes, working on a hat for Vogue for their upcoming On the Go: Grannies (as in granny squares) book, and awaiting my own copy of Son of Stitch n' Bitch, which some people have and some don't. It's supposed to be "out," but it's only minimally so. Do you have it?

Thanks for visiting!


Emmalee said...

I have SON it is wonderful!!!

Lavendersheep said...

It was an awesome day! So great to meet you in person!

Shelly said...

those are some good looking sweaters and I agree, there is something very warm and delightful at Knot Another Hat,

Helaine said...

I enjoyed reading about your trip to Hood river,Or. Now I want to go visit the area too. I sure wish I could had been there as I want to learn to cable too. I have another blog that centers around bead and fiber art with a few off topic things thrown in.

Hugs, Helaine in Olalla

sarah / knot another hat said...

I am so behind!!!!! I'm just now catching up on some blog reading - thanks for the lovely post. We absolutely loved having you and Fred, and can't wait til Jan when you get to come back!!! -Merry Christmas!