I left my heart in Philadelphia

Last Friday, I took my last exam then promptly drove to the airport to meet up with Ashley, Caro, Christy, Diana, Jennie, Julia, Maritza, Megan, Minty, Nova, Pam and Specs in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, Nova hurt her back and Jennie got sick (and then got a PhD!) so I missed them, providing plenty of reasons to plan another knitting weekend. The rest of us communed over good food and even better yarn for a weekend of knitting-related silliness fun.

KBC v1.0

(check out Flickr for details and photo credits)

I scored an amazing cowl in a little swap we planned. Diana knit me the most beautiful, silky blue cowl in a traveling rib pattern.

cowl by bestitched

Would it be in bad taste to wear it every day? I cannot stop looking at my lovely cowl; the color is very striking!

lovely silk

Look at the stitch definition! Stunning! The yarn is Tilli Thomas Fil de la Mer and its content is 70% silk and 30% sea cell.

eye catching stitch pattern

I knit a cowl for Minty out of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk held together with Plymouth Royal Llama Silk. Actually, I knit three cowls for this swap (more on the other two later). I could not decide which one she would prefer so I brought all three and let Minty choose.

A cowl for Minty

She picked the first one I made! I admit to liking this one the best, even if it is the simplest of the three. Here’s Beatrix modeling it before I left.

Minty's Cowl

Pattern: modified Gloria Cowl

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (in Mandarin) and Plymouth Royal Llama Silk (in #1880)

Needles: US 8

In the interest of brevity, I will save the other cowls and the pair of socks that I started and finished over the weekend (incredible!) for my next post. After Maryland Sheep & Wool this year, Lolly commented the dread she felt about the post-festival blog post: there is so much to say, so many pictures, so many links. I feel the same way about my weekend in Philly. For that reason, I will let Flickr do the rest of the talking. Needless to say, it was great fun and I look forward to a sequel!

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20 comments so far

  1. Amy on

    My gosh, it looks like so much fun! And those cowls are beautiful–nice job on the scoring *and* the knitting. :)

  2. Chris on

    Sounds like great fun! Gorgeous cowl you knit AND received. Oh, Beatrix, what gorgeous eyes you have.

  3. Kristy on

    Wow, it looks like it was a fun weekend! And the weather was great out here, too :) Beautiful cowls.

  4. Mintyfresh on

    I’ll try not to gush and make a fool of myself here, but it was super exciting to finally meet you (who knew you were so short!), discover what a great real life friend you’ll be now, and get my kickass orange cowl. Thanks Elinor!

  5. JulieFrick on

    You mean I have to get off of my butt and blog now? I miss you!

  6. stacey on

    What a great time!!!!!

  7. Jennie on

    I’m so sorry I missed you, but have been living vicariously through the photos. Can’t wait to meet you next time around (or the next time I’m in Kansas, which will actually be this summer… we’ll have to see if I can work in a trip to Lawrence!).

  8. ann on

    oh my gosh, what a fantastic day! I have knitterly envy.

  9. nova on

    Clearly, we need to organize another go around. Or I need to get myself to Kansas….

  10. Jody on

    I love all the cowls! Great job on the orange one – I love the color and the blue one is amazing!

  11. lolly on

    The blue cowl is beautiful.

  12. Maritza on

    Oh my goodness – what fun! It was wonderful to meet you. Hope we can do that all again and soon. Beatrix looks adorable in the orange cowl. (And Minty, too, for the record.)

  13. Lawanna on

    So glad to hear that you had a great time… hope you bring your new cowl on Saturday, would love to see it.

  14. pamela wynne on

    Every time I see those pictures I get all happy all over again! I won’t be going to Kansas this fall :( but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing each other anyway.

  15. tiennie on

    How fun! I’m in Philly right now – a week too late! :(

  16. crimsonpurl on

    What a GREAT time! I was nice to see a familiar face! That Pamela Wynne is something special!! :o)

  17. gleek on

    looks like a lot of fun! and wow, all the cowls! :)

  18. diana on

    I’m so glad you like it! And it was so wonderful to finally meet you in person. Sniff, I miss Philly too.

  19. caro on

    I’m still so whelmed that I haven’t figured out how to blog about it yet. Can’t wait for the next one! Mwah!

  20. schrodinger on

    Wow! Looks like a fun, fun weekend. Beautiful cowl Diana made for you.

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