Another fabulous thing that happened at TNNA was that we got to meet Lisa M. Barnes. We were sitting there at the Sunday morning seminar, and I spotted this beautiful young woman wearing the cover shawl from the current Noro Magazine.
Mary and I, unapologetic Noro addicts that we are, went over to her and commented on it. Turns out, she's the designer, Lisa M. Barnes. So sweet and gracious, she agreed to pose for a picture with her adoring fans.
She told us to stop by the Noro booth later on, because she is partnering with Noro distributor Knitting Fever to lead a knitalong for the shawl. Lisa also asked her friend, Ann Tudor, an amazing glass artist, to create a limited edition set of stitch markers for the knitalong that coordinate with the yarn and have exactly the right number of markers for the shawl's pattern repeat. Exquisite.
We were head over heels in love with the whole shooting match and committed to it right away. I ordered the markers, as much of the yarn as was available, and a frightening number of Noro magazines. It's been really fun to put together! The kits are available on line, and in the shop in two beautiful colors.
The shawl is gorgeous, but it's especially meaningful when you hear how Lisa to designed it for her friend, Yvonne, who was going through chemo. It's a beautiful story, with a happy ending you can read on her blog here.
If you already bought the magazine for the July First Friday project, you can get the yarn and stitch markers separately. We have the pink colorway used in the model garment, and a beautiful purple and green colorway that's also been very popular.
Knitalong starts August 8th with Lisa M. Barnes - don't miss the fun of knitting along with your fellow Noro addicts. Our own Mary will be leading the Crazy for Ewe Mirai Knitalong group Wednesday afternoons, kicking off Wednesday, August 10th. So get your kit and be part of the fun!