Monday, September 24, 2007

Lunch with Louisa Harding




On Friday, my local LYS hosted a yarn tasting with Louisa Harding. She came all the way from England to talk about her yarn line, her patterns and designs.

Jen, one of the owners of Close Knit Yarns opened her home to area knitters to enjoy great food, good wine and cheese and of course tales of knitting and yarn.








Louisa was very candid about the challenges she faced blending family and career, artistry and business. She also shared an enchanting story about her time at Rowan.

















It was a really fun afternoon, I even got to meet a fellow blogger, Beate

Beate is a serious knitter, that's her beautiful shawl. She brought it along to wear but couldn't because it was too warm out so Phyllis fished it out of her bag and showed it off.
There's my pal Phyllis with Beate and her friend. Isn't Phyllis' tank gawgeous!



I brought some knitting but I was too busy taking pictures and chatting with other knitters to even remember to take it out of my bag. This lady though, knitted throughout the afternoon. That looks like some really lovely wispy cabled something she is doing.









Kim is one of the owners of Close Knit. Here she is with Louisa. Many, many thanks to Kim and Jen and the staff over at Close Knit for such a fun afternoon. Now you know why Close Knit Yarns is my favorites LYS', promise me that you'll come to visit them soon!

19 comments:

Janice said...

Sounds like such a delightful afternoon!! Looks like you just enjoyed yourself tremendously! Lucky you!

The Crafty Weasel said...

What a lovely day!! I wish I had known - I would certainly have come by as well!!

gina said...

The shawl was beautiful and the fact that you can knit and tour a museaum makes me sad we did not meet when I was in NJ! That deck looks like the one on my old house in Edison! (*sobbing softly for my old house*)

Sheila said...

Hello Deborah and thanks for stopping by. Oh cookouts are definitely hard work and made harder when family and friends do a repeat cook-out the next day... I am totally exhausted today. What a lovely day you had and the shawl is gorgeous.

Ellen Bloom said...

Sounds like an excellent event! Welcome to Ravelry!

Calling on Kahlo said...

Oh man, I wish I had known as well. It sounded wonderful and the photos are great. I definitely need to make a trek out to Close Knits, sigh, so many shops and so little time.

eve knits said...

wow!! looks like you had a great time!!

Beate said...

Yeah.. a realy lovely afternoon.
I wish I could rewind it - repeat it sort of.
Great pic.

WandaWoman said...

it sounds like a wonderful time. How exciting to meet Louisa Harding.

Vera H. said...

Looks like you had a terrific time.
My LYS carries lots of Louisa Harding yarn. I have some Nautical Cotton to knit a baby sweater.

Virtuous said...

OMG! What a beautiful event!

I so wish I could have experienced too!

Glad you enjoyed yourself! You could knit any ole time!

Patricia said...

Ah, the joys of living in a northern town. Looks like the event was a wonderful way to socialize and learn at the same time. Lucky you!

hakucho said...

Glad you enjoyed your day. Sure looks like fun to me :)

del said...

That looks like a perfect day--and what fabulous knitting all around. Lucky you!

CrazyFiberLady said...

Wow! That looks like a fab day!

I was in Close Knits a week or two ago. Kim might remember the slightly harried mother with the two little kids. She generously gave them lollipops and set the ground rule that they sit on the couch while they ate. Didn't work too terribly well and I had to take them outta there!

knitseashore said...

What a wonderful day! I would enjoy meeting Louisa Harding too -- she sounds like such an interesting person, and her designs are lovely.

Mary Anne said...

It must have been a wonderful afternoon. The photos are delightful.

Sky said...

what a wonderful afternoon! thanks for reading my blog...

Jeanine said...

Wow! What a GREAT afternoon. Looks like alot of fun. Clearly, I need to get to Close Knit soon.