Based on a True Sweater

Aug. 13, 2006

Still Here

Hello again.

This is my Giger bear, which I bought last night at Voltage. Rachael and I found this awesome store last night by accident, and barely escaped without far, far too much stuff. Actually, she managed to buy nothing, which was impressive. It was a great night - we poked around in exciting vintage stores, had delicious food with great conversation, saw really amazing art, found the aforementioned fantastic store, and bought me a new camera, all in under 5 hours. I even picked up the new VK, IK, and Threads magazines. What more can you ask for from an evening?

I've been having a hard time even thinking of blogging lately. Lots is going on, and I haven't really felt like talking about any of it. I should tell you a bit about BlogHer, though.

First of all, thank you again for being so generous with your stories. If you haven't read through the stories that were left in the comments, I would encourage you to do so, they're lovely and interesting. Even more stories were sent to me via email. I was pretty overwhelmed by the response.

Unfotunately, the panel didn't really go the way I had hoped it might, and I wasn't able to share your experiences with the audience at all. The session could have used a moderator, but we didn't have one, and chose to let audience questions determine the course of the discussion. In the end, I felt that I wasn't really a good fit - the session was on group blogging, and I don't have a group blog. The idea to put me in that session was an inspired and interesting one; the coordinator's thought was that the knit-blogging community functions, in some ways, as a large group blog. When we (the coordinator and panelists) discussed the session in a conference call beforehand, the discussion was really interesting and it seemed like a good fit. However, the audience ended up asking a lot of practical questions about running a group blog, so I ddn't have a lot to contribute in the end. Ah well.

I did enjoy BlogHer, though. I attended a couple of really interesting session, which I'll write a bit more about later. For now, though, I have to get back to work. The fall issue of Knitty will have some really lovely sweaters, and unfortunately (or fortunately, or I wouldn't have a job) the patterns for these sweaters aren't going to edit themselves. (Man, I hate it when people say things like that. I'm afraid I've been reduced to irritating clichés. Even my title sucks.)

I'll write more soon. I just wanted to drop in and let you know I'm still here.


At 8:47 a.m., Blogger spaazlicious said...

Cute bear. That is a bummer about the panel, but I look forward to hearing about the other sessions.

Clichés, smishés; you're allowed to take the easy road and not be a mind-blowing font of creativity with every post. I grant you permission. ;)

At 9:58 a.m., Anonymous Ande said...

There you are! So glad to hear from you. You were in good hands while you were away, I see. Sorry it didn't go the way you would have liked. Keep your chin up!

At 9:59 a.m., Blogger goddess_spiral said...

How do you like the new camera?

The next time we go to Voltage I will porbably not have the same level of self-control to not buy anything. I want at least one of those t-shirts.

At 11:39 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachael just likes the Cupcakes T-Shirts.... ;)

Nice to see you back!


At 10:04 a.m., Blogger Robin said...

That's too bad your participation in BlogHer was disappointing. Maybe you will be able to use the info shared by other bloggers in some other way. Good luck with the work!

At 5:00 p.m., Blogger ladylinoleum said...

Voltage sounds awesome. And yes, you couldn't have asked for a more entertaining night! Sucks about the panel.


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