Friday, November 14, 2008

Meeting Alison Hyde

Alison Hyde , from "Wrapped In Comfort" was at my LYS, Kaleidoscope Yarns, for a book signing today! We've been blogging friends for awhile now and I just had to meet her. She is as delightful in person as she is on her blog.

Alison was wearing her "Julia" shawl. It is just absolutely gorgeous!!! This pattern has moved up my queue to 1st place. She had several of her shawls on display, each as beautiful as the other.
We all wanted to see Alison's Kaffe Fassett coat that she has mentioned in her blog. Words cannot tell you how beautiful it is. There are a total of 87 (did I get that right, Alison?) colors in the coat. It took her two weeks to knit it. Can you believe it? Now for all of you who think I get a lot of knitting done, well, Alison has all of us beat by a mile!!!
Here I am with Alison.
The room was filled with so much knitting energy and inspiration that I can't wait to get to my needles and start knitting one of Alison's shawls.
I'm so sorry I have forgotten this gal's name. Alison, if you can fill in for my poor memory, I'll correct the blog later. (It's Mad Angel (a/k/a Paula) (<--click).
This shawl is the "Blue Jay" shawl in Alison's book. At the risk of sounding's gorgeous. The yarn was spun on a spindle. I was in awe!
Kristine , Lucy, (almost neighbors of mine) and Alison. Kristine has been friends with Alison since her California days.
Sorry, that this picture is so blurry but I didn't want to leave it out. Kristine knitted these beaded socks for Alison. Need I say more!!!....ok, gorgeous!!

If you haven't purchased this book yet, you are missing out on some great patterns. I treasure my copy even more now that Alison has signed it.

I'm going on a crazy adventure tomorrow. More on that later! I want to enjoy today for what it was. I'm glad I didn't miss the event!

Happy Knitting!


  1. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I can't wait to see your new shawl when it is finished. :)

  2. Fantastic knitting, thanks for sharing

  3. Oh, you had such a great time! I'm so glad! Gorgeous stuff!

  4. I'm glad you had a wonderful time! I had a long-awaited and much-needed appointment with my massage therapist. :)

  5. It was SO good to see you! Paula is the one who spindle-spun her Bluejay shawl. The shawl I'm wearing in that picture, I took the faster-version Julia as a template and then from the yoke down switched to a different 6+1 lace pattern, the one from the main body of the Michelle shawl, well, just because I could.

    Aren't Kristine's socks gorgeous?! And Paula's shawl?!

    (Oh, and, 86 on the coat. I carefully counted at the time--my husband swiped my first KF coat, so mine was going to have more colors, then.)

  6. Sounda like a great time!

    I'm postponing the trip to St Johnsbury, but I can't wait to hear about your adventure!

  7. Hi, Joansie!

    Like Alison says, that was me, Paula, with the Blue Jay shawl. I love the way Alison's designs just sit so nicely on my shoulders and stay there without a brooch or any fuss. I'm going to be making more from her book, for sure, and while I might undertake spinning the yarn on the wheel, I don't know if I'll attempt THAT much spindling again. But I never say never anymore, not since Little Miss I'll-Never-Ever-Drop-Spindle got hooked on drop spindles in summer of '06.

    It was so nice to meet everyone yesterday. I hard a hard time pulling myself away when it was time to go, and hope I'll have a chance to meet up with you all again sometime.

  8. What a great time you all had! I need to get out to some of the events, too! I can't wait to see your shawl. I don't know that I have the patience for lace knitting.

  9. Oh, I am so glad you had such a great time! I really wish I could have been with you! I have Alison's book and am trying to figure out how soon I can wrap up current projects and start on a shawl!

  10. Oh how awesome, I will have to get that book in a month or two after I get moved and a job and settled in. But how wonderful that you got it signed!!! You know a real author!!! :) I'm jealous, can you tell? :P

  11. How lucky you are to have so many talented friends!

  12. 2 Weeks?? Oh my gosh that is fast!! She must be a speed knitter. I am glad you had a great time!!