This wonderful picture of Amy Singer giving me a "funny" pose encapsulates the delightful personality I met yesterday. Yes, much to my surprise, when I arrived HOURS early to Webs, there was Amy sitting in a chair, knitting. I introduced myself and we chatted and it was SO lovely to talk knitting with someone who doesn't knit with wool either. We were able to focus on all the great yarns there are for us now instead of mooning over wools we can't use, although there was a moment's shared grief over the absence of anything remotely NORO-esque for wool free knitters.
Amy was working on a baby legwarmer (so cute) trying out WEBS new interchangeable bamboo circular needles (which she says are great) and she told me about another sweater she's knitting in Berocco Comfort and how she really recommends that yarn even if it is an acrylic. Of course I bought some -- you don't get a tip from someone as knowledgeable about wool free yarn as Amy without acting on it. And she's so warm and personable and easy to talk to that I could have sat and chatted for hours. But she urged me to go and shop seeing as it was my first visit to Webs and it might take me awhile. She was sure right about that.
Amy's presentation, "No Sheep for You" based on the same title as her book, was wonderful as well. This is one smart lady who knows her yarn well (in part due to all the yarn research she's done with her "geeky things" (Get to Know your Yarn swatches).
Her current FAVORITE cotton yarn is Rowan Calmer and I think, after listening to her extol its many virtues that it shall soon become a favorite of mine also. I'll have more tips from her presentation to share when I blog tomorrow, but for now I want to go and touch the new yarn I bought. Wouldn't you?