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Thursday, October 16, 2008

l. to r.: Amanda, moi, Mercedes, Kristen

One of the very best things about knitting are the new friends one can make across the miles…

It’s even better when those friends come up to the home town and visit. On Sunday, a bunch of us here in sweet home C met up with none other than Runner Extraordinaire Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark for a celebration dinner up at Wishbone after the Chicago Marathon! She came all the way from Birmingham, Alabama, to run and we had a great time toasting (the lovely Amanda, seen on the left above, recommended the “Georgia Peach” cocktail wowee!) and eating some wonderful food (crawfish cakes — thumbs up)!

Besides being a Proud Champion of Marathon 2008, Mercedes is the owner of a fabulous knitting store in Birmingham, called Knit Nouveau. We also have the honor of being the designers of the coats in the new Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines book — Mercedes’ design is called METROPOLE (pg. 23) and it is wonderful!

© 2008 Gail ZuckerYARNCON
If you were over at YarnCon on the 4th, maybe you tried it on. Everyone who did looked adorable! It combines texture and shaping and stitch detailing to make a modern silhouette…

see more YarnCon pix here

Franklin’s booth was a big hit at YarnCon too and you can see him and his glorious new book: It Itches. at his book signing on Sunday, October 26 at Arcadia Knitting

more great pictures and great YarnCon storytelling from Kate @ the Stash Haus

©2008 Gail Zucker

I had a great time meeting and greeting all the knitters that came to the Pulaski Fieldhouse on the 4th and just rollicked the day away with the amazing Ann Shayne (who is more fun than a barrel of you know…)!!! Much of the book was *LIVE* at the show and you could see and fondle many projects. The Kiki Mariko felted blanket (page 68) was there too and it was amazing to see and fantasize the Before & After poaching because it was BIGBIGBIG after ;p

I totally fell in love with the knitted plaid KSH shawl called BELINDA (pg. 17); it uses two colors and I must have one out of dark brown and light blue! Ann was wearing the lime & blue one as a scarf after dark with her coat and it looked great (totally low bulk).

But what was most exciting for me was to see ladies trying on the YANK coat. The gremlins stold my camera but let me tell you that it was just so much fun to see it in the wild; look out Rhinebeck, it’s roaming its way straight to YOU!

7 responses to “Thursday, October 16, 2008”

  1. Sonya says:

    Someday I will make it Chicago Bonne Marie! And Yarn-Con, how much of a good time with a side of ice cream did that look like? Wonderful!

  2. firefly says:

    The METROPOLE sweater/coat looks delicious. It is so simple and down to earth, but has a very classy look as well.

    Thanks for telling us about your friend and YarnCon!

    Best wishes,

  3. Seanna Lea says:

    Wow! I keep telling myself that I am going to run a marathon someday, but I’m still firmly stuck at the half distance. She did an amazing job!

  4. Ann says:

    FABULOUS! I love hearing a) that Mercedes ran her marathon, b) that you guys all convened to celebrate, and c) that you guys had such a faboo time. Brilliant!!!!!

    Lots of luv from Kay n me in NYC, where we’re gearing up for Rhinebeck . . .

  5. Tracey says:

    Nothing like fondling knit items for a good time.

  6. Patty says:

    Such fun in Chicago! I’m a big fan of Belinda as well – can’t wait to see what you do!

  7. Debi says:

    So glad to hear there are other knitters and runners, I thought I was the only one, i am thinking of knitting a merino to go over tech shirts, Chicago winters are too cold.

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