Sometimes you go to meet someone and you’re not expecting anything much, but you find more than you’d ever imagined–more things in comon, more things to laugh about, more things to share. That’s what happened with Pam of FlintKnits yesterday.
Honestly, I only recently discovered and started reading her blog. She’s a skilled knitter and sewer, knits a lot of socks, but she hasn’t really been blogging all that long. I didn’t know much about her, but she said she’d be in town with no plans on the weekend, and I had nothing planned for Saturday day, so I said “sure!” I needed to go to Purl Soho anyway, to get yarn for a friend’s socks, so why not do it with someone else?
And so we yarn-shopped; I bought 5 (five!) skeins of sock yarn. First up is the neutral that one of my best friends requested; she is a practical girl and decided that this kind of beigey color would be most useful for her. She also wants lacy; I haven’t settled on a pattern for her yet.
The light’s a little off, but really, the skeins are this beige. I couldn’t believe there was the exact color she wanted available. But I wasn’t satisfied with this plain vanilla. I mean, I do it for my BFF, but it isn’t a dream to look at. Pam and I kept pawing the awesome Koigu, mostly the burnt oranges, when the chocolate brown caught my eye. Now, I know that’s not really a vivid color or anything, but chocolate brown and I are best friends. With powder blue in the mix (like for the mittens I’m still planning), we’re BFF.
I’m picturing blue toes and heels and some sporadic blue stripes. Stockinette, to make them wearable and useful.
We went down the street to Purl Patchwork, where Pam got fabric for shirtdresses and a shirt (I’ll let her show those), and I gaped around but didn’t buy anything.
Hungry, we thought to go to The Point for knitting and eating, but it was really crowded, so we left without doing much (the sock yarn selection there is practically nil), and ended up at a small French restaurant a few doors down. We were there for the next few hours. No knitting, but some yummy food, including the escargots and two dessert crepes. (Forgot to photograph the crepes!) And LOTS of laughing and great conversation, from Buffy to knitting in the round to the portrayals of women in pop culture.
I had such an excellent afternoon! Next time she’s in town I will demand time to hang out. And who knows, maybe I’ll find myself in Flint or Minneapolis sometime. Knitbloggers make the best friends! BFF, if you will.