Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This Wednesday night, I'll leave for the Denver airport late in the evening for a 1:00am flight to Hartford, CT. It takes two flights to get there, but with the help of an Advil or Tylenol PM, I'll try to grab some shuteye on the four hour flight to Atlanta, where I hope to have time for breakfast before boarding the flight to Hartford, CT, arriving mid-morning. I'll return to Colorado Sunday evening, just as the Halloween trick-or-treaters are making their rounds.

There will be no sightseeing in that New England state on this visit. In fact, I will probably only be outside in the morning and in the evening. The rest of the four days I'll be inside a large convention hall.

Why go to all that trouble for such a short flight, no sleep, and no sightseeing? Because I'll be totally absorbed in yarns, knitters, and all things fiber. I'll be attending STITCHES EAST, probably the largest gathering of knitters & fiber artists in the Eastern U.S. every year. I'm attending as a guest of Gene Ann's Yarns from Barrington, IL, and will be signing copies of the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries at Gene Ann's vendor booth. I met Gene Ann over three years ago while visiting dear friends who live in that lovely Chicago suburb, Lake Barrington. And I've signed at Gene Ann's wonderful Barrington yarn shop for the past three summers.

Last June, Gene Ann asked if I'd like to attend this October's huge knitting expo/convention in Hartford, and I jumped at the opportunity. There was no way I'd pass up the chance to immerse myself in yarns and fibers and talk to other "fiberholics."

So. . .if you or anyone you know will be attending this week's STITCHES EAST in Hartford, please drop by Gene Ann's Yarns booth #1005 on Friday at 11:30am and/or Saturday at 1:00pm. Gene Ann has even obtained copies of the new tradepaper release, DOUBLE KNIT MURDERS, even though the release date is November 2nd. Way to go, Gene Ann! Hope to see some of you there!


Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like a great event. I love going into a yarn store and just looking. Hope you have fun and get a chance to grab a nap along the way.

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signlady217 said...

I'm so jealous! I don't knit anymore (I did when I was a child, and I still have my first project: a pair of red slippers), but I love yarn and other fibers. My mom knits and is trying to learn crochet, too. I know she would love that convention!

Love your books, too. Keep up the good work!

Debra said...

I will be there with you vicariously! (I'm knitting a Brooklyn Tweed hat as I read)
Are you taking any classes at Stitches? I have read all of your books and really like them. Wow can that Kelly drink coffee! Does Gene Ann have a website?

Linda McDonald said...

I would totally drop by if I lived near there. Sounds like a fun time! Have a wonderful time signing your books. That is the perfect crowd for people who would like the Kelly Flynn series.

Maggie Sefton said...

Mason---This will be like the biggest yarn shop you've ever seen. :)

Signlady---You should give it a try. Forget that old project. Try something that's quick & easy like a scarf with chunky wool & big needles that knits up over a weekend. That's what I did and Kelly, too. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Debra---I don't think I'll have time to get into classes because I'll be signing a lot at Gene Ann's booth. In the rest of the time, I'll be walking around thru the convention hall, visiting vendor booths and revelling in all things fiber.

Linda---That's a big reason I like events like this---I get to meet so many new people.

Miki Willa said...

How much fun you will have! There is nothing like walking into a place filled with wonderful textures and colors. I look forward to hearing all about it. Take pictures, if you can.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'll try to remember to take some photos, Miki. I get so absorbed in what I'm doing I usually forget. But I will definitely post about it in November. Maybe next week.

Merry Lu said...

Hope you're having lots of fun!

Aurian said...

Sounds like a great event! I hope you will use it in one of Kelly's adventures. Can't wait for the next paperback to be issued!

I am totally not a fiber or crafts person myself, but I do love reading about it.

Chèli said...

I just started this series in 2010 but ?I have them all on my radar now!
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