Twice a year, knitters gather at the Mall of America for Knit Out, an event geared towards showing off yarn, learning new techniques and maybe meeting one of your favorite knitting book authors.
Last Sunday, a fellow convert and I hopped onto the bus and the light rail, heading for the Mall of America. We had a lot of fun checking out the different booths. We weren’t really interested in any of the scheduled events save one, but by the time that one rolled around, we were more interested in getting lunch and going home.
We did stand in one of the humongus lines encircling the vendor booths for freebies, but the best two items turned out to be easier to obtain – a crochet magazine’s booth was handing out free wooden crochet hooks and The Yarnery, my LYS, had a kiosk where they were handing out 30% coupons.
We checked out the Patons booth, but couldn’t get in the line since the Mall cops had already deemed it too long.
We did have a fun time cringing at the displayed afghans. Someone should just declare orange off-limits for afghans, it never goes well.
A much more pleasing crocheted afghan was on display at the same booth that was handing out hooks:
I especially liked the dotted-line heart in the middle.
Shelly Kang was at The Yarnery’s actual booth, demonstrating the technique for her miter-square sock blanket, which is visible on the table in front of her. I tried to work up the nerve to ask her to sign my copy of her slipped-stitch hat pattern, but couldn’t quite break the internet/real-life barrier.
Finally, on the way out, we happened to pass a fashion show in progress that was taking place near one of the entrances to the amusement park in the center of the mall.
We had a hard time containing our glee at the huge balls of yarn decorating the stage. I wonder if they were real?
In other news, I’ve changed the blog settings so that comments are now nested. That means that, besides just being able to reply to my original post, you can now reply to other people’s comments.