Mississippi Knitting

All the tiny details of daily life are hard to corral together when I travel so much. I get home and I just begin to feel as if I’m in the swing of life again when it’s time to fly drive again. I was knitting on the Mississippi this weekend, and it looks like I’ll be doing it again way down south next weekend.

Tennessee Bound
I’m teaching next Saturday for the Memphis Knitting Guild (at the Cotton Museum) and also on Sunday at Rainbow Yarns & Fibres. I’m SO looking forward to this – it’s my first time teaching in Memphis (actually, in Tennessee!) and it should be a lovely time of year.

Memphis Guild
Classes held at the
Cotton Museum
65 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

Combination Knitting
10/11/2008 10:00 AM
Love your Lace!
10/11/2008 2:00 PM

Rainbow Yarn & Fiber
1980 Exeter Rd
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 753-9835

New Directions in Knitting With Color
10/12/2008 10:00 AM
Double Knitting
10/12/2008 2:00 PM

I hope if you’re in the area I’ll get a chance to meet you and have you in class! I’m always happy to sign books between classes when I’m at a shop, so if you just want to drop by and pick up a book (or some yarn) I’ll sign anything – even one of Nicky Epstein’s books*

Marietta Mama
But before my trip to Memphis, I’ll be making a side trip back to Marietta to see Jan. Before I left for France we chatted and she told me she felt time was short. So, of course I did the loving cousin thing and fled to France (hey, didn’t I do that last year when Gerry had his stem cell transplant?) I spoke with her yesterday, she’s hanging in, but I need to be there pronto.

This past weekend I was so out-of-body – just not feeling like I’m entirely here. It’s not the jet lag entirely, although that’s part of it. It’s just the culmination of so much emotional input; France, Gerry, Jan, the economy, the kids – we all know how things can seem to pile up in an overwhelming way.

I slept a LOT this weekend to give all the cells in my body a good rest, and today I’ll go for a long bike ride (my inner tube had to be replaced, now I’m good…) I’m actually going to be taking the bike with me when I travel to WV and TN so I can get a ride in every now and then – I’ll probably end up walking the bike up hills and coasting down, but that works, too…

The designing, book ideas, marketing my patterns and other stuff – that all just feels like white noise to me as I try to wade through a rough spot. One thing at a time.

River Knitting
One thing I DID do this weekend was spend some extraordinary time with a nice group of knitters on the 3 Kittens Knitting Cruise. It was an extraordinary day, folks had such a lovely time and the weather was amazing! We lucked out because on Sunday it rained, which would have put such a dent into the trip enjoyment. Cis and her staff did an exceptional job of making the trip a success, they worked like maniacs and made it look so easy!

Pam Allen was in town, we’re good friends, so it was with pure delight that I accepted the kind invitation to attend the trip and have a beer (I’m a cheap date – ) Afterward I inveigled Pam to come home with me and we had a nice home-cooked dinner of chicken and rice and brussels sprouts while we reconnected. At TNNA it’s so hard to just talk to someone, this was a nice break for both of us.

The kids loved re-meeting Pam – they remembered her (barely) from the photo shoot 5 years ago when they were in IK wearing my fair isle/cabled sweaters. Pam was so kind to them, and said kind things about them later – something I never tire of hearing!

Gerry was – as always – amazing. He’s such a mensch. He fixed dinner, made great conversation and always makes guests feel so much at home. It meant a lot of LIFE pushed into a week, and it may be why I was so exhausted yesterday (I slept many, many hours) but it was just wonderful to see Pam.

It was also wonderful to see 3 Kittens new digs out on 110 – WHAT a lovely shop! The selection is just wonderful, and I love how they have the yarns divided by gauge, which makes yarn substitution easier for folks who need to find a new yarn for a project. It was my first time at the shop, but it will NOT be my last!

*Once a woman asked me to sign, Knitting on the Edge so I did. I signed it,

I am not Nicky Epstein!
Best, Annie Modesitt
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