Monday, August 31, 2009

Knitting Culture Club - SFMOMA

Adrienne decided to put a call out to Bay Area Knitters - to meet up at the SFMOMA for a morning of knitting. Recently, the SFMOMA built a new sculpture garden on its roof. And, to sweeten the deal, they added a cafe which serves fancy pastries and cakes as well as the Bay Area infamous Blue Bottle Coffee. Sometimes when I drink it, I feel like I am floating - sometimes I see sparkles. Earlier in the week, Leah Garchik, a reporter for the SF Chronicle, included this most recent exploit of Adrienne's in the paper. Adrienne was running around the studio yelling "I'm in the paper. And, my name is even in bold". Otherwise, she had put a call out to Ravelry. Funny enough, we have 3 knitters join us from reading about it in the paper - which was really cool - and adventurous of them. Knitters came from as far south as San Jose and as far north as Larkspur. Also, many people who were there to look at art, asked to take our photo, as if we were a 1970's performance art piece - and we were just knitting - imagine if we were spinning?!Knitting Culture Club - SFMOMAKnitting Culture Club - SFMOMAKnitting Culture Club - SFMOMAKnitting Culture Club - SFMOMAKnitting Culture Club - SFMOMAKnitting Culture Club - SFMOMAKnitting Culture Club - SFMOMA
Knitting Culture Club - SFMOMA

I am not sure where Adrienne will gather the next group - or when. But if I find out more, I will be sure to post, and you be sure to come :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Beginning

ClothildeHere is where the love affair begins. No fights, no tears, only the anticipation of what will happen next, the potential of sheer delight just a few rows away.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Taco Tuesday: Carne Adovada

I have arrived. I've been living like a monk for the past 2 years while starting my business. I saved and saved and finally took the plunge and bought a camera. Prior to this, I was borrowing Adrienne's 5 year old digital Nikon point and shoot, Ol' Trusty. Or shall I say Ol' Crusty! Oh sad! Point being, I really wanted to feel excited to take photos and to share them with you - so here we go.

We've had an amazing garden this year.

This year we chose tomatoes with our cooler Bay Area weather in mind. One of the varieties we purchased is from Siberia.Our Garden 2009

Serrano ChiliesGarden 2009

Hopi Black Dye SunflowerOur Garden 2009

Last night, Marlowe, Caitlin, Jose, and Kathleen came over to our house for dinner. It was Caitlin's last Summer night. About 2 months ago, I bought Adrienne a new cookbook Tacos by Mark Miller. I highly recommend it. The recipes are delicious and straight forward.

Last night, we used ingredients from our garden for our meal. I love that.

We made fresh tomatillo-avacado salsa, green rice, and carne adovada (pork in New Mexican red chile sauce - which we made from scratch). Taco TuesdayTaco TuesdayTaco Tuesday - Carne Adovada

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sock Summit 2009

What more is there to say? Hard to know where to begin. This show has been monumental to my business. Since the beginning of March, when I learned that I would participate as a vendor, I have been working my ass off. Doing this show required that I focus, that I bring extra help, Adrienne and Nam, that I expand my product line, and that I bring my best colorways forward - which happen to be some of the most beautiful yet challenging colors to create yet. I put myself out there like I never have before - and as painful as it was at times, it was worth it.

I have to admit that I am horrible taking photos at these events. To me, there's something romantic about the mind's eye but then I come home and want to tell you all about it - so, I hijacked Adrienne's camera. To her, I owe her gratitude for the following photos.

Michael, Marlowe, Kathleen, Adrienne, and myself drove up to Portland with all of the goodies. We arrived a day early and started to set up the booth. Loved that we had the booth set up early! Also, there to meet us was my Mom, Aunt Mary, and Cousin Katherine. They took the train all the way from Minnesota to help us work the show. Love!

The shoppers! This was the view from our booth!

My favorite part of the event was the opening night ceremony. For an hour, Tina, of Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and Stephanie Pearl Mc-Phee, the Yarn Harlot, regaled us with tales of putting on this show. They were funny, sincere, and focused of their pursuit. Three qualities I find admirable. They started their speech with quotes that led them through the process. One Stephanie shared was "Tread lightly, you are walking on my dreams." I could not find a better quote to sum up my relationship to the world and to my company. Mostly their speech was about conceiving a dream, and the process of bringing that to dream into existence, inviting other to join, and watching it grow into something unimaginable. I love knitting, the action, the mechanics - but it's the philosophical approach that the fiber community brings forth that melts my heart. That time and time again, the fiber community supports fully new ideas, dreams, and creativity, really blows my mind.

Beyond the booth, I took 2 classes from Judith MacKenzie McCuin, Sock Exotica and Using Handspun for your socks. This is the 1st time that I have left my booth to take classes - it was pure luxury. As I sat in class, it dawned on me how grateful I was (and still am) for the ability to spend time taking classes - that my folks who help me, and who were busy working the booth, are so awesome. Of course sitting for 9 hours and spinning with Judith was amazing - but even more amazing and meaningful to my life at this time - was having to focus on only 1 thing. My brain took a serious break. Through this experience, I have decided to completely re-structure my spinning classes at the studio. More to come about that very soon.

One of the most amazing things about the marketplace were the notable figures strolling the halls and marketplace. We get a but of this at Stitches - but the marketplace is so large and there are so many shoppers that they are not as easy to stalk, I mean spot ;) Here's Anne Hansen, a contemporary lace master, looking at yarn. Yikes! I hope that we are making materials that inspire these great designers and teachers as much as their patterns inspire us.

The Sock Summit gave me the opportunity to see some old friends, like the Rav crew, that I haven't seen for a couple years which was great. Saturday night, we took the Portland's FREE subway to the Ravelry party. I wish I could remember what we were laughing about - probably a state of delirium, we were all getting a bit punchy by this point.

What better to lighten up a sleepy Sunday morning: Voodoo Donuts! I so wish I could have one right now! And, in the case that you are getting married, and looking for a place to exchange your vows, you may be happy to know, that Voodoo Doughnuts may be just the place for you!