Since so much of what I'm knitting lately has to stay a secret, it's no wonder I haven't been posting as often as I usually do. Once I get a few more projects finished, I will pick up non-book knitting again and be able to show you what's on the needles. But for now, I'll share with you my weekend. Guess who's in town?
When I found out that she would be staying in Southern California while things get sorted out in Japan (she was living there before the terrible quake), I got in touch with her and we made arrangements to spend the day together on Saturday.
We did some shopping at Knit Culture Studio and went to a button shop a couple doors down that absolutely blew my mind. After, we hung out at the Farmer's Market with my whole family.
I don't even know how we became "online" friends but I'm glad we did. In person, she is exactly as I imagined she'd be. Isn't that so funny? I mean, you get to know someone online and it's a real crap shoot as to how they turn out "in person." And we all know what I'm talking about: Just look at the photos we all use for avatars, Facebook pictures, etc. Of course you'll use a picture that you like or what is a best representation of who you think you are, who you want to look like, etcetera, and if the picture you show is an inanimate object chances are, you're probably hiding something or look like Ernest Borgnine. Not that there is anything wrong with looking like Ernest Borgnine (esp. if you are Ernest Borgnine), but you get my drift. All I'm saying is that avatars and Facebook/Myspace pictures are certainly telling in a backwards sort of way.
In fact, HWWV and I were talking about that very subject yesterday. "The minute I friend someone on Facebook, I stalk all the pictures they post to their wall," he said. "I find it all very interesting, the pictures they choose to share with practical strangers."
"So, you're saying that what they show gives clues to how they want to be perceived?" I asked. "And that based on my avatar, for example, that I want to be thought of as a sex-hungry vixen?"
Then he laughed hysterically.
All that aside, I appreciated very much meeting and spending time with Olga. With her, what you see is what you get. Her personality is wonderful and sweet and her designs are minimalistic and have a definite point of view, of which I am envious. She has a self-published book out called Ori Ami Knits that you can take a look at here. It's available in hardback and digital.
BTW: I've beaten you all to the punch. The answer is "Yes." I have already asked her about that gray slouch cap she's wearing. If the pattern is available, I'll let you know.
ETA: It is a hat called "Wurm" and is a free pattern on Ravelry. Olga used Classic Elite Wool Bamboo.