Kristin Nicholas

Husband and I made a date out of my visit to R.J. Julia's to attend a presentation by guest author, Kristin Nicholas. What a wonderful inspiration Kristin is! I bought a copy of her newest book, "Color by Kristin" and can't wait to jump right in and give two-color knitting a go!

Unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I already have a black (okay, Onyx Heather by Knitpicks) sweater vest on my needles. It's in the Rooibos pattern by Amy Swenson. It seems like it's a baby step up from the little green jacket I made for my grandson. If I really apply myself, I can breeze through the vest and jump fearlessly into COLOR, or COLOR, or COLOR!

Okay, less fearlessly...something for the house, maybe? I'd love to make one of her shawls or coats but I'm not the kind of girl who can walk into a room draped in gorgeous, multi-colored woolly loveliness and feel comfortable about it. I can't even wear red without someone making a remark about the "lady in red". Bright clothing evokes responses like, "I could see you coming a mile away!".....cringe, hide, leave...Even my darling husband asks me if I'm going out to bag a deer when I wear my red winter vest.

I do highly recommend a date night like we had last night. First we had a nice, light meal at the bar at Cafe Allegre in Madison, before which we enjoyed a lovely pasta dish at their Happy Hour with a glass of wine. Then, across the street for cappuccino and biscotti before Kristin's talk started at 7 o'clock. It was my (and my Husband's) idea of a lovely Friday night.

And I almost forgot, I won one of the door prizes Kristin brought - a pack of her cute sheep in dog's clothing postcards! Thanks again, Kristin!


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