In March and April I managed to carve out some time to visit a few New England yarn shops. Andra, the area’s sales rep, and I traveled with a trunk show of sweaters in a variety of sizes and encouraged knitters to try them all on. It’s a fun, party-like atmosphere with sweaters and compliments flying freely from knitter to knitter. We’ve done this a bit in the past, and there are always surprises. Inevitably knitters find they look good in a style they previously had thought wasn’t for them. I learned a lot on this tour too:
– I learned that the larger size of Pause (size 42” bust) magically looks good on everyone. (The moral of the story is – It doesn’t matter what size something is – try it on).
– I learned that I should have named Gewgaw something much more pronounceable or at least less embarrassing to say. It has turned out to be quite popular and even I struggle to utter it’s name. Some say Goo gaw and I say Gee gaw, but neither is all that pretty. My apologies.
– I learned from one inventive shopper that Kaver from my vol 10 can look great backwards. Mimi suspected, from experience, that a deep V in front wasn’t for her, so she tried the piece on backwards. The low V in back suited her really well, but if it’s not your style, you can make both the front and back with a high neck.
– I learned, begrudgingly, that Andra is right. I should put on my lipstick before photo ops like these. The proof is here, see how lovely…
I learned that there are an awful lot of nice knitters out there, and I feel at home with them – they are my tribe.