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Ingrid
12-30-2005, 08:24 PM
Amy, Lisa (Sogrammatical) Jeremy and I met up at Fitzwillie's restaurant in Northampton this afternoon. I was so glad to meet everyone--as nice in person as on here. ;) We didn't do too much knitting, lots of chatting, and then off to Webs. Jeremy had gone there first, but joined us afterwards, too. What a place! Just the main part of the store is bigger than any shop I've been in, and there's a warehouse with rows and rows of yarns, coned and bagged. At first I didn't think I'd leave with much because it was so overwhelming. WRONG!! I won't be spending any more money on yarn for a while, but I don't regret anything I bought, which has happened at yarn sales I've hit in the past. Here are some pics that I got.

I can't tell you how glad I am that I went. It took about two hours each way, and the only trouble I had was finding the restaurant. :rollseyes: I would do it again in a heartbeat!!

Vendie
12-30-2005, 08:35 PM
ahem, and WHERE are the pictures of YOU, my dear Ingy?


Looks like you had a blast!! Vendy is soooooooooooo jealous!

Jenelle
12-30-2005, 08:35 PM
:shock:

All I can say is.. Wow...

:shock: :shock:

wewantmore
12-30-2005, 08:37 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

Ingrid
12-30-2005, 08:39 PM
ahem, and WHERE are the pictures of YOU, my dear Ingy?


Looks like you had a blast!! Vendy is soooooooooooo jealous!

I was behind the camera! Other pictures were taken, though. ;)

Jeep_Girl
12-30-2005, 09:01 PM
WOW!!! That looks like a great time & what great loot!

Angelia
12-30-2005, 09:40 PM
Wow!!!

I'm amazed any of you left the store--I would have melted into a puddle!

And Ingy, you made some fantastic stash enhancements!!! :inlove: :inlove:

I wish someone would invent feel-o-vision...I want to pet that yarn...

Glad you all had such a good time! :cheering:

Ingrid
12-30-2005, 09:44 PM
If I let you pet it, you wouldn't let go. I don't know if I'll ever be able to knit with anything but alpaca or merino, ever again. :heart:

Angelia
12-30-2005, 09:49 PM
*sigh*

They are luscious. :heart:

*sigh*

KellyK
12-30-2005, 10:03 PM
HOLY CRAP THAT PLACE IS AMAZING!!! :shock:

Im SOOOOO jealous! I wish we ALL lived TOGETHER in a HUGE house! :heart:


Did Amy tell you I called on her cell to check on y'all and say HI??

Ingrid
12-30-2005, 10:06 PM
HOLY CRAP THAT PLACE IS AMAZING!!! :shock:

Im SOOOOO jealous! I wish we ALL lived TOGETHER in a HUGE house! :heart:


Did Amy tell you I called on her cell to check on y'all and say HI??

Yes, Amy passed on your message. Wish you could have been there in person! I will say that there was no drinking, puking or pajamas at our get together! ;)

Angelia
12-30-2005, 10:16 PM
:shock:

KellyK
12-30-2005, 10:18 PM
There should have been AT LEAST pajamas! :(

mintdee
12-30-2005, 10:19 PM
I will say that there was no drinking, puking or pajamas at our get together! ;)

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Man you guys look like you had fun~! I demand more pics ;)

Ingrid
12-30-2005, 10:21 PM
Those are the pics I have, well there's one more but Lisa would hate me if I posted it. Amy and Jeremy have some. I also have a little video, but I don't know if I can post it here.

Angelia
12-30-2005, 10:22 PM
I think we should plan a great big knit-together, and we should hang out in our pajamas and just knit chat chat knit, knit chat chat drink knit....

Ingrid
12-30-2005, 10:25 PM
If only airfare was free! :heart:

Jan in CA
12-30-2005, 11:03 PM
Ohhhh that looks like so much fun!! Beautiful yarns you got!!

Vendie
12-31-2005, 09:30 AM
man, i just can't get away from the whole puking thing! hah, i'll be sober and well the whole time next weekend so there! :roflhard:

punkhippiemom
12-31-2005, 09:48 AM
There should have been AT LEAST pajamas! :(
:roflhard: I agree totally!
Wow, lookit all that yarn..... :inlove:

margie
12-31-2005, 10:02 AM
:cheering: I'm glad you all had such a great time. I so wanted to be there! The yarn that you got looks wonderful, Ingrid. I drooled over some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino a few weeks ago at a shop I was in- I WILL knit with it someday!! :thumbsup:

Ingrid
12-31-2005, 10:05 AM
:cheering: I'm glad you all had such a great time. I so wanted to be there! The yarn that you got looks wonderful, Ingrid. I drooled over some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino a few weeks ago at a shop I was in- I WILL knit with it someday!! :thumbsup:

So will I, someday! :rofling:

knitkat
12-31-2005, 11:01 AM
Oh what fun, lucky for all of you! I may join in next time, I am only about 2 hours away myself.
Well... what are you using first from the treasure trove?? I would have a hard time deciding, maybe just pile it all around me and roll around until inspiration strikes. Knit on!

Ingrid
12-31-2005, 11:06 AM
Oh what fun, lucky for all of you! I may join in next time, I am only about 2 hours away myself.
Well... what are you using first from the treasure trove?? I would have a hard time deciding, maybe just pile it all around me and roll around until inspiration strikes. Knit on!

We're definitely going to do it again come spring/summer. Please come!!
I don't know what to use first. the large skeins of hand-dyed alpaca are beyond soft. I handed one to different family members, and the first reaction is Oooooooh in a higher pitched voice. I am determined to finish what I have on the needles first, though. Otherwise I'll make myself insane. Meanwhile, I have been rolling around in it! :rofling: <---that's me rolling and smiling!

Angelia
12-31-2005, 11:28 AM
:inlove: :inlove:

You're fondling it as you type, aren't you?

Ingrid
12-31-2005, 11:30 AM
:inlove: :inlove:

You're fondling it as you type, aren't you?

No, but I did fondle in the car. ;)

Angelia
12-31-2005, 11:32 AM
:shock:

:roflhard: :roflhard:

Ingrid
12-31-2005, 11:39 AM
:shock:

:roflhard: :roflhard:

THE YARN!!!!

feministmama
12-31-2005, 11:51 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

amy
12-31-2005, 03:47 PM
We had so much fun!! I wish it could have been LONGER, it went so fast!

Okay, here are my pics below, and HERE is a video! (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/images/forum-posts/noho/noho-dec05.AVI) of us being goofy and saying "hi to everyone!" (I'm afraid it's huge, fast to watch but big to download, 27 mb, I hope it works for everyone, it's not in my usual video format.)

We met at Fitzwilly's restaurant. Poor Ingrid said she got a bit lost trying to find the place, and then had the not-uncommon experience of being yelled at by a self-righteous Northampton pedestrian ("I didn't know it was a state law here to stop the car for pedestrians!"). But she arrived unscathed by the local wildlife :lol:, as did Lisa and Jeremy, and we had a wonderful lunch and knit session!
Ingrid took this one for me of the rest of us:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/images/forum-posts/noho/lunch.jpg

Here's Jeremy
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/images/forum-posts/noho/jeremy.jpg

Here's Lisa/sogrammatical and I
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/images/forum-posts/noho/lisa-amy.jpg

Here's Ingrid (dawning a GORGEOUS sweater she made--recognize the pattern on it from her old avatar?). Ingrid and I compared techniques for weaving in yarn in the back of knitting. *swoon* (Ingrid's my new soul mate.)
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/images/forum-posts/noho/ingrid.jpg

That's all for my pictures. We had lots of fun drooling over yarn at Webs. Jeremy and Ingrid both purchased a great stash at Webs. Lisa and I, being spoiled locals who often shop at Webs, were more modest in our purchases, and mostly lived vicariously through Ingrid and Jeremy, enjoying all the goodies they got!! :inlove: That alpaca that Ingrid got was exquisite, we could hardly tear ourselves away from that rack, it was SOOOOO yummy.

Thanks Lisa and Ingrid and Jeremy, it was so awesome hanging out with you! :waving: We're planning on meeting up again in Spring or Summer. :D

VictoiseC
12-31-2005, 03:58 PM
WOW WOW WOW, you guys did it up right! What a nice thing to do for the holidays! I want to go to WEBSSSSSSSSSS ! Maybe we can do this next summer when it's warm and the drive won't be so daunting for me.

Hey Ingrid! Isn't that Cleckheaton yarn you got? It looks like it, the yarn I'm using to do my little blue socks. And yes, I bought my first alpaca yarn this year and it's to die for, sooooooo soft and luscious. I can't wait to get more.

Wonderful pix you guys, thanks!

Ingrid
12-31-2005, 04:01 PM
I didn't get Cleckheaton this time, but that's what I used on my Fassett sweater and I love the feel of it!

For the summer jaunt, if you are in the city and want to take the train to Poughkeepsie, I'll pick you up and we can go from there.

Angelia
12-31-2005, 04:02 PM
Great pics, Amy!!! :thumbsup:

Thanks for the video--I wish it were longer! (It didn't take that long to download it; 30 secs maybe?)

Oh, Ingrid, that sweater is absolutely lovely! :inlove: My head would explode if I had to follow an intricate pattern like that....I wanna grow up and knit just like you! :rofling:

Ingrid
12-31-2005, 04:07 PM
Great pics, Amy!!! :thumbsup:

Thanks for the video--I wish it were longer! (It didn't take that long to download it; 30 secs maybe?)

Oh, Ingrid, that sweater is absolutely lovely! :inlove: My head would explode if I had to follow an intricate pattern like that....I wanna grow up and knit just like you! :rofling:

The sweater was knit on stitch at a time, one row at a time, just like anything else! ;)

Angelia
12-31-2005, 04:20 PM
:rofling: :rofling:

I know...I should just learn to isolate patterns line by line so that they don't look so scary! ;)

Jeremy
12-31-2005, 09:13 PM
What a great time :D . My only regret is that we didn't have more time to hang out. I hope next time we will. I also hope with the better weather we'll get to see even more people. I was also glad to be able to thank Ingrid and Amy for all the help. It was great meeting everyone and they were even more fun in person than they are on line. I'm getting to the point where I'm going to have to start hiding my stash. I actually bought FOUR 2.2 lb cones of Shetland wool (13.99/lb) and 500 yds of bamboo yarn that was marked 40% off the usual $22 per skein price.

KellyK
12-31-2005, 09:53 PM
The Illinois knit-togethers are dangerous that way, too, Jeremy! Well, maybe not THAT dangerous!!

Mrs. Jeremy....please forgive your wonderful husband....he was under the influece of some of the BEST enablers I know!! :roflhard:

Ingrid
12-31-2005, 10:02 PM
The Illinois knit-togethers are dangerous that way, too, Jeremy! Well, maybe not THAT dangerous!!

Mrs. Jeremy....please forgive your wonderful husband....he was under the influece of some of the BEST enablers I know!! :roflhard:

Unfortunately, he went BEFORE lunch and ALONE!! :roflhard:

Jeremy
12-31-2005, 11:15 PM
Yup, I'm my own very best enabler. I did show some restraint since I did not have to rent a trailer to take my purchases home ;)

Angelia
12-31-2005, 11:41 PM
Yup, I'm my own very best enabler. I did show some restraint since I did not have to rent a trailer to take my purchases home ;)

Because you brought one with you, didn't you? Always thinking ahead! :thumbsup:

feministmama
12-31-2005, 11:59 PM
We're planning on meeting up again in Spring or Summer. :D

I hope next summer (August) when my son and I visit Mass (the Cape. but a 2-3 hour drive is much better thana 46 hour drive from Oregon :pray:

amy
01-02-2006, 01:28 AM
Femmy, August sounds like a fine month to me! ;) Maybe we should meet at your Cape Cod house, though. :eyebrow:

DotMom61
01-02-2006, 03:46 AM
What Fun!!! I was just thinking about you guys and your get together earlier today! I'm so glad to see pictures!!

Can't wait to meet you next weekend, Amy!!

WynnieG
01-02-2006, 12:27 PM
I didn't know that store was in Northhampton! Dang - I have relatives up in that part of the state, and they never TOLD me! (I live in eastern MA, btw).

Looks like you all had a stellar time!

Aside to Ingrid: I must knit that sweater. I may not be capable of it today, or tomorrow (I can do the color switches, just not the necklines yet), but I must have a sweater like that in my collection - maybe I can be ready for something like this in time for the winter project in Hildy's KAL. Where did the pattern come from, and what yarn do you recommend?

Your outing reminds me of another nirvana of fiber a bit further north, in Bath, Maine. Halcyon Yarn is the place. If you ever find yourself on holiday on the coast of Maine, take the trip - it's only an hour or so north of Portland. Halcyon doesn't even begin to cover the joy and luxury contained in the yarns they carry. (They have a website (http://www.halcyonyarns.com/), too.) I tend to be better behaved shopping online than when I'm actually in the store. I think it's because I can't actually touch the yarn. That is what usually kills me.

Angelia
01-02-2006, 12:28 PM
In person, yarn speaks...I swear. :shock:

WynnieG
01-02-2006, 12:29 PM
In person, yarn speaks...I swear. :shock:

THANK you! I showed your comment to my husband. He never believed me about that. It does.

Ingrid
01-02-2006, 12:39 PM
Aside to Ingrid: I must knit that sweater. I may not be capable of it today, or tomorrow (I can do the color switches, just not the necklines yet), but I must have a sweater like that in my collection - maybe I can be ready for something like this in time for the winter project in Hildy's KAL. Where did the pattern come from, and what yarn do you recommend?

Your outing reminds me of another nirvana of fiber a bit further north, in Bath, Maine. Halcyon Yarn is the place. If you ever find yourself on holiday on the coast of Maine, take the trip - it's only an hour or so north of Portland. Halcyon doesn't even begin to cover the joy and luxury contained in the yarns they carry. (They have a website (http://www.halcyonyarns.com/), too.) I tend to be better behaved shopping online than when I'm actually in the store. I think it's because I can't actually touch the yarn. That is what usually kills me.

You mean the sweater I'm wearing? It's a pattern from the book Sweaters from Camp. I used the yarn that was used for all the sweaters in the book--someday I'd like to make them all. I'm up to two. :rollseyes: It's Jamieson & Smith 2-ply jumper weight--very thin, kinda rough--but the COLORS are to die for. www.schoolhousepress.com has the book and the yarn. It's knit in the round up to the neck (using steeks) and then after the steeks are cut, you knit the sleeves right onto the body. No seaming at all! :D

I have to agree about the yarn in person thing. I never in a million years would have ordered the hand dyed stuff on line. Too expensive. But feeling it made me HAVE to have it. I bought two there and then was so taken with it, I ordered a third just to make sure I'd have enough for a sweater.

:rollseyes:

Anya
01-02-2006, 04:01 PM
Oooh- you are making me so jealous! But if I am lucky I will be able to get to that store before too long. (yes, becuase I definitely need more yarn, lol). I pass by Bath, Maine from time to time, too, so I will have to try Halcyon, too! Thanks! (But Shhh- don't tell my husband!)

punkhippiemom
01-02-2006, 11:34 PM
OK, that cat just scared the bejeez outta me LOL... I wasn't expecting it!! On a second glance it's kinda cute, tho - and no vaccuuming :thinking:
Have you made him/her a kitty sweater yet??

I am going to the summer get-together... I will make it my birthday present if I have to!!

Jan in CA
01-03-2006, 01:11 AM
Welcome! Your kitty does look a little freaking in your avatar, but I've heard they are very sweet. Do you have allergies?

amy
01-03-2006, 01:46 AM
Aside to Ingrid: I must knit that sweater.

Just to warn you, Ingrid's sweater is knit in a VERY fine gauge. What is it Ingrid, like 8 sts/inch? That's something like 80 stitches per square inch. That's a lot of knitting, and of course it's all in intricate color pattern!

I don't think I could do that sweater. Not that I wouldn't enjoy it, it's just that I would die of heart failure if it got a stain on it.

It WAS gorgeous though, a real masterpiece, absolutely STUNNING Ingrid. :inlove:

Ingrid
01-03-2006, 10:36 AM
:blush: Thanks! Yes, it's about 7-8 st per inch. I think I calculated close to 100,000 stitches. It's obviously a doable sweater--no special tricks are involved. Just willingness to put a lot of stitches into one project.

Anya
01-03-2006, 11:05 AM
Welcome! Your kitty does look a little freaking in your avatar, but I've heard they are very sweet. Do you have allergies?

He's very sweet and as loyal as a dog- follows me everywhere! DH has allergies, poor guy :(

Holly
01-03-2006, 11:26 AM
:inlove: That store looks AMAZING, and what a fun get-together! I can't wait to meet so many of you at the IL get-together :D ! However, the yarn store we will be meeting at may be about the size of one of the bathrooms in that yarn store ;) !!

I can't get over how nice everyone seems to be on this forum, and how many people have met in person. You definately don't see that on other sites!

knitncook
01-03-2006, 11:45 AM
All your yarn looks so yummy!! And Jeremy looks so, um, mature. Yeah. For some reason I always want to picture Jeremy as some young kid. A mature knitter. Like some of us :D Thanks for sharing your adventure and it shows that you really had a good time (and Ingrid you look nothing like your avatar!) :roflhard:

kemp
01-03-2006, 12:01 PM
HOLY CRAP THAT PLACE IS AMAZING!!! :shock:

Im SOOOOO jealous! I wish we ALL lived TOGETHER in a HUGE house! :heart:


Did Amy tell you I called on her cell to check on y'all and say HI??

Yes, Amy passed on your message. Wish you could have been there in person! I will say that there was no drinking, puking or pajamas at our get together! ;) :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: Then what fun could you have possibly had???

Kiddding of course...looks like a FANTASTIC time.

Ingrid
01-03-2006, 12:42 PM
All your yarn looks so yummy!! And Jeremy looks so, um, mature. Yeah. For some reason I always want to picture Jeremy as some young kid. A mature knitter. Like some of us :D Thanks for sharing your adventure and it shows that you really had a good time (and Ingrid you look nothing like your avatar!) :roflhard:

I shaved for the occasion! Might make a little something from the fleece. :rofling: Jeremy is a gracious, mature lawyer. It was so refreshing to see him unabashedly knitting and discussing techniques.

KellyK
01-03-2006, 04:26 PM
WE WUV JEREMY!

We are lucky to have SO MANY truly NICE guys here at KH!! :heart:

Angelia
01-03-2006, 05:07 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

feltedknitter
01-03-2006, 05:13 PM
:cheering: :roflhard: :blush: :thumbsup: :heart: :heart: :balloons:
where is this wonderland of yarn what state I want a road trip
I can't breath from happines
:inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :heart:

brendajos
01-03-2006, 05:28 PM
WE WUV JEREMY!

We are lucky to have SO MANY truly NICE guys here at KH!! :heart:


i don't know...that trucker guy seems like he might be kinda naughty! ;)

Angelia
01-03-2006, 05:32 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

And we like 'em naughty, too! :eyebrow:

brendajos
01-03-2006, 05:40 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

And we like 'em naughty, too! :eyebrow:


lol i didn't suggest we didn't....just thought it deserved to be pointed out! :rofling:

jsauer
01-04-2006, 11:26 AM
You centers of population density are just not fair. I WISH I had an entrepenuerial bone in my body - and tons of dough - 'cause if I did I'd start a GIGANTIC lys here in BFE middle-of-nowhere Kansas (don't get me wrong - I love where I live) - This knitting thing just keeps getting more and more expensive - I foresee many many flights to parts yet undiscovered just to buy yarn. The DH doesn't know what he's in for.

So where exactly is this nirvana of yarn - Webs???

brendajos
01-04-2006, 11:41 AM
are you in western KS?....or at least far from the KC area?

jsauer
01-04-2006, 12:49 PM
oh yeah - western KS - I know there are great shops in the eastern end of the state - Wildflower in Manhattan, Yarn Barn in Lawrence and Knitwit and The Studio in KC - I hear there's a really good shop in Omaha - Yes?

Nonetheless, it takes a real commitment to venture out. I'm in Hays and we have a small but dedicated quilting shop that stocks more and more knitting supplies every day - but it's frustrating - ya know? So much to knit - so little time. :(

brendajos
01-04-2006, 12:52 PM
there are a couple of great ones in omaha and the one that is my favorite (actually NOT the one that most people know about) is EXPANDING!!! The one everybody knows about is stocked to the gills (though a little less so as they are having a clearance sale and i am doing everything i can to relieve them of their supply of malabrigo!) but is crowded and dark.

My favorite one is bright and sunny with funky furniture and decorations. sorted by color instead of brand (which i like a lot!) and is just generally delightful. AND THEY ARE GETTING BIGGER!!! :cheering: :happydance:

yeah that's what i need :rollseyes:

MaryB
01-04-2006, 12:54 PM
Ingrid, please identify the yummy hand dyed alpaca yarn. I think I'm in love! :heart: :inlove: :heart:

Norman
01-04-2006, 01:15 PM
Missing this thread is what I get for being "Biusy" for the past few weeks..

*laughs* You guys rawk :)

Ingrid
01-04-2006, 05:33 PM
Ingrid, please identify the yummy hand dyed alpaca yarn. I think I'm in love! :heart: :inlove: :heart:

Its by The Great Adirondack Yarn Company. I didn't see it on Webs site, but when I called, I was able to order a third :oops: over the phone. It is luscious!!! Here is a better picture:

KellyK
01-15-2006, 08:37 PM
I FINALLY got to watch the northampton video today...had to download it before it would play....just wanted to say

"HI BACKATCHA, JEREMY!!!!!"
:lol: :heart:

Jeremy
01-15-2006, 09:34 PM
:D :D :D

glucose101
01-15-2006, 10:39 PM
*just realized that Amy is Ingrid*

Ingrid
01-15-2006, 10:42 PM
*just realized that Amy is Ingrid*

No, we are two entirely different people. Amy is the young pretty one, whose picture is also on the home page.

I'm the short haired one in the sweater, no so young. :rofling:

Andrea
01-16-2006, 03:26 PM
*just realized that Amy is Ingrid*

No, we are two entirely different people. Amy is the young pretty one, whose picture is also on the home page.



You're not so bad yourself Ingy!! :eyebrow:
Your stash is magnificant!!

Jeremy rocks---if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have been able to finish my Lucy bag!!! :cheering: :cheering: