Weekend at Gudrun’s

Posted on | October 15, 2009 | 4 Comments

I can’t make Rhinebeck this year, so my plans for meeting Gudrun, seeing Ysolda again, and generally getting my yarn geek on were foiled. When I emailed Gudrun and Ysolda to see if they might swing by NYC after Rhinebeck; plans were suddenly set in motion for me to visit them in Gudrun’s beautiful western Massachusetts home. Gudrun and I have been corresponding for a while, so I jumped at the chance to get to spend some face-to-face time together.

Gudrun and Ysolda picked me up Friday afternoon at the Amherst train station and we met up with Angela Hahn, who drove down from the Cape, in the evening for dinner. I’ve gotten together with Angela several times during her sojourn in Como and always enjoy my time with her.

The next morning, we grabbed some breakfast at the aptly named Black Sheep Bakery (photo below) in Amherst before heading off to WEBS, otherwise known as knitters’ mecca.


At WEBS, both Angela and I (as first-timers) were a bit overwhelmed; and it took us a good 25 minutes to get past the first shelf filled with yarn goodies. When we managed to tear ourselves away, both Angela and I found samples of our work on display. Angela found her Vine Lace Beret from the recent Vogue and I found my Henley Perfected (which, incidentally, was sample knitted by Cheryl Burke, who I would see Saturday night).

After looking through the main store, Angela and I ducked into the warehouse in back; where we encountered aisle upon aisle of yarn. I snagged a passing WEBS employee and asked her to snap a quick picture of the two of us to get a sense of the scale of the place.

By the way, that lovely pullover Angela is wearing is her own design out of Tilli Tomas Fil de la Mer and will be released at some point on her blog. The details are exquisite and it’s top down and seamless!

Around noon, we bid a fond farewell to Angela and returned back to Gudrun’s to prepare a Saturday feast for a gathering of knitwear designers. Actually, Ysolda and Gudrun prepared a feast while I helpfully watched ;)

Next post: Saturday Potluck


4 Responses to “Weekend at Gudrun’s”

  1. Sophia Lin
    October 15th, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

    Great pictures Connie! Have fun this weekend & let’s get together soon!

  2. Isabelle
    October 16th, 2009 @ 10:02 am

    Wow WEBS looks like the knitter’s paradise! Wish I could get there :)

  3. Bonnie
    October 17th, 2009 @ 8:45 am

    Designers converging in my hometown – wish I could have met all of you! Hope you had a good time at the Black Sheep – I recognized it in the photo immediately. Love their croissants and scones.

  4. mel
    October 28th, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    Angela Hahn too! Yay!

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