Last Sunday, Ravelers from all around the Bay Area gathered in the auditorium of the Mission District's Women's Building for food, friends, and general fiber-related fun. I always get really excited about these sorts of things, but the moment I actually get there, I realize, "Oh yeah...I'm actually kind of shy. So that's why my heart's beating all fast." But I forced myself inside anyhow, feeling better alongside two of my three real life knitting buds, and had a great time.
After knitting for a little while, enjoying the refreshments (whoever brought the dolma ROCKS), and learning all about machine knitting (seriously, I want one), the free hand massages caught our eye.
Brenda (bitterlich132 to the online world) went first.
Erica (pui), who was also wearing an adorable hat, and I were waiting for our turns when I saw the Lady (theLady) walk in.
She and I have been corresponding, blog commenting, Ravelry favoriting, etc. forever, so it was awesome to finally meet her in person. I also had the pleasure of meeting Kristen (Jejune), whose designs I have long admired, and had a great time chatting with her! (There she is in the upper left-hand corner of the photo below...)
And, I had a lot of fun chatting with San Francisco knitters Erin (nireknit) and Linda (LindaLovesLace) about my two favorite topics: knitting and the San Francisco Giants. I meant to take a photo of them, but I guess I was too busy rambling on about how Brian Wilson's scary pitching and Barry Zito's record (which I'm sure was fascinating ).
I was overwhelmed by the number of gorgeous Citrons in attendance! Here's a pretty green one...
(This poor gal was frantically trying to pass out prizes to the assembling mob when I stopped her to take her photo).
...and a very cool black one, with one extra ruffle section.
(It ends up this Citron's owner knows Erica in real life, and neither had any idea the other was a knitter. Small world!)
On our way out, we noticed a little bit of yarn graffiti just outside the venue. I'm not sure if it the tagging occurred during the event, prior to the event, or if it was completely unrelated, but I found it pretty cool.
The organizers did a wonderful job with this event. I know these things take a lot of work to pull off, and I think everyone in attendance was greatly appreciative. 'Til next year!