As I've mentioned before, moving to Philadelphia hasn't been the smoothest transition, but it is growing on me. Especially since as a big city, it attracts cool people and events. Like today! My new LYS (local yarn shop), Loop, hosted the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 14 trunk show complete with Jared Flood himself.
|Excuse the creeper picture I took on the way out.|
I convinced Courtney to come with me and we ended up walking to the shop. I really wanted to see Ludlow in person and buy the print pattern for Jared to sign, but by the time Courtney and I arrived, there were no more Ludlow patterns left. On the bright side, I got to see the scarf in person, which (happily) reaffirmed my love for it. Ravelry instant download to the rescue!
Anyway, I loved looking (and feeling) all the samples. After Ludlow, I especially loved the sweaters, but since I'm currently working on my Grace cardigan (with Courtney's sweater next), I didn't want to commit to another large project. Plus one of my October goals is to knit a hat, so I thought a hat pattern would be practical, but still fun.
I ended up buying Hutchin after trying on the sample hats. It looked the best on me and only required one skein of Loft, which I obviously had to purchase. Duh! I picked out a skein in the 'Barn Owl' colorway. It's a nice neutral brown, which should go nicely with my winter jacket.
Jared was super friendly and genuinely interested in people, which I appreciated. He took the time to talk to us a bit and sign our patterns. It was knitting heaven!
Getting to attend a cool knitting event like this helped me not obsess about the fact that the New York Sheep and Wool Festival aka Rhinebeck is this weekend and I could've attended. It would have been short notice and involved a whirlwind trip to New York via rental car, but it was technically possible. After following a couple of the Rhinebeck hashtags (#rhinebeck, #rhinebeck2014, #rhinebeck14, and a couple of others) on Instagram today, I'm totally going next year. I've even set up a savings plan to make sure I have a nice little yarn budget.