Spicy! There has been so much going on I’ve neglected to post. My Montreal trip was infused with color. Fresh ground paprika from my daughter’s Hungarian roommate and….Veronik Avery …. she is spicy and good! I am so fortunate. Veronik took time out of her busy life as the creative genius behind St. Denis Yarns, to spend a day with me, so generous. I met her and her darling husband… don’t laugh… he is! A PEACH! …at their lovely home, where cones of yarn encircle the dining room, elegantly placed like fine china only brilliant like modern art. Don’t you love a fiber zelot bold enough for this? She has a nice studio where she shared her design process with me. She is a wiz, having developed a very efficient and accurate method for this confounding process. She is officially my idol. Then, she served me killer coffee and showed me how she crochets a steek, which she learned from Jared Flood. The method is different than the way I had learned, kind of sideways. She sold me. It is fun. I LOVE it. Forget about hauling sewing machines all over kingdom come, I’m a crocheted steek convert.
And that’s not all! We went down to her local yarn shop, picking up dee-lish take-out sandwiches on the way. Ariadne, owned by the personable Molly Ann, is a great, roomy yarn shop with a wonderful seating area right in the front, which has beautiful natural light shining through huge windows, perfect for knitting. We had a great time talking yarn and shops, color and craft. Molly Ann and I are both from the Pacific Northwest, I’m from Seattle and she’s from Vancouver, so we had the home-town-changes chat, I get a little more homesick than she, but….am I really homesick or just nostalgic? Ariadne has a great selection of yarns, and I finally got to see Nordique on the shelf, and how Veronik’s attention to detail, eye for color and perserverence in getting what she wants is evident. Congratulations Veronik!
So why not take a trip to Montreal, sit by the fire at Ariadne and knit a little, with Nordique naturally.