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Tres Chic Veronique


how I met the Spiders

I've been so busy this week! (I've done everything but write my dissertation...). Not only did I start a blog, but I also decided to meet up with a group of knitters, the Spiders. And to make it even better, these are blogging knitters! Perfect.
So the next thing you know, I'm attending their weekly meetup at The Point . There was only one slight mishap: how would I recognize these Spiders? I ended up going to a random table and asking them "are you the Spiders?". They were slightly confused ("are we what?"). Fortunately, the Spiders were sitting at the next table and overheard me. There were 7 of them! Do you remember the first thing that the Yarn Harlot said at Lord & Taylor's? "I'm sure that individually you're very nice people, but collectively you're a mob". (And then she giggled her first giggle).
The Spiders:
Sarah was my email contact. She was knitting a retro rib sock with some Claudia's Handpainted, purchased at the Point. Sarah told me that Lisa would be there. Lisa bravely turned her first cable! She and Stephanie were both making the same cabled and ribbed socks, as gifts (not in the same color though). Virginia (who I really want to call 'Tina) was bravely making a lace runner of her own design. Katie was making the cover tank top of Sarah Dallas' Vintage Knitting, using Artfibers Chai. (I even recognized that it was Artfibers yarn because of the black foam core!). One latecomer Amanda , was wearing a beautiful Clapotis. Eventually, it was down to me, 'Tina and Lisa, when the girl sitting at the next table introduced herself: it was Marie, a newcomer (like me!) to the Spiders. Marie knits, spins, makes her own jewelry AND sings opera. She also talked about dyeing yarn and nonchalantly mentioned about showing us how. Don't think I'll forget that, Marie...
It was great to be able to hang out with real knitters! Thank you ladies and see you next friday. (And next time, I'll bring my camera. I think that's how you can spot a real knit blogger).

Oh, and I have been knitting: the last sleeve of the Rebecca Apricot cardie is growing and then I can seam and finally wear it! I also started Clue 4 of the Mystery Shawl 2. Here's a pic of what the shawl looks like after Clue 3. Last night, I bound off all st and picked up 231 st along the 2 sides (115 per side plus one at the tip). 231. Good thing I bought a new US4 needle at The Point, 35" long!
Edited to add: Hey, I forgot one of the Spiders... She's making a Clapotis out of the most gorgeous handpainted yarn in Cherries 'n Chocolate from Claudia's Handpainted. I drooled a little. Hopefully she will forgive me for blanking on her name. Sorry!

By Veronique
On Saturday, October 22, 2005
At 10/22/2005 10:32:00 AM