I meant to write a nice little blog post about how great Tulsa Mayfest was several days ago and somehow the week slipped by and now the weekend has slipped by as well.
To catch up…
Last weekend was Mayfest, not just any old Mayfest but Tulsa’s 40th Mayfest International Art Festival. It’s held in – well – downtown Tulsa. My hometown and the city where I’ve lived most of my life. Of my 53 years I’ve lived about 40 of them in Tulsa. Tulsa’s the place where major events have taken place in my life. Everything from my birth (that was major despite the fact that I don’t remember it), my daughter’s birth (which I do remember), to meeting Christopher. Oh – and I learned to knit in Tulsa! (How’s that for a slick segue?)
The night before we sat up for Mayfest was Beer4Chicks (B4C). It’s a monthly event at a locally owned restaurant. Each month a representative or brewmaster brings a selection of beers which are paired with small dishes for the ladies in attendance to try. We discuss the IBU (international bittering units) and hoppiness of each selection and other things beer lovers like to discuss. I’ve attended several of these events with my knitting group, The Beerknitters. The brewery for this last B4C was Marshall Brewery and we were treated to some fine Tulsa brewed beers. After B4C our table walked over to Jo Momma’s for pizza and – more beer.
Starting on Thursday the Lost City Knits booth at Mayfest had visits from numerous local friends and long time customers. A hometown gig is like that.
This is Danny. He’s the man who not that many years ago said, “Hey look at what I learned how to do!”
Danny taught me the long tail cast on and the knit stitch. I think it kind of blows Danny’s mind that I’m still knitting and have a yarn business.
Then Stephanie came by! Stephanie owned the coolest hippest yarn shop that Tulsa has ever seen. String! was located downtown in what is now considered the arts district. Basically a knitting cafe, you could buy yarn, sit on sunny yellow couch, and have a great latte while you knit.
Stephanie was instrumental in my progress as a knitter. Early on, when I wanted to knit socks, someone else said, “Oh, it’s too soon,” but Stephanie said, “Come in tomorrow. We’ll get you started.”
When I had my eyes on my first lace project, the Icarus shawl, I asked if I was ready for such a task and Stephanie said, “Sure. You can do it.” She was right, and lace is now my passion. Every knitter should have a Stephanie in their life.
Rori, the new KNIT guild president stopped by too. Rori has great plans for the guild! Oh you notice the t-shirt too. Rori is a big Thunder fan! If you aren’t into basketball that means diddly. But for those who are – Thunder Up!!
Long time customer Melissa stopped by with her daughter. Melissa snagged a skein of silk and while she wasn’t sure what it’s going to become – I know it will be good! The woman has talent!!
There were plenty of new faces, too, because MayFest draws a diverse audience. In this photo, an impromptu group of knitters watch my method of adding beads as I knit lace.
Chris had visitors too. He took his wheel to Mayfest for demonstration purposes and who turns up the first day but his spinning teacher Ann!
What I got a great big kick out was how many men were mesmerized by the wheel. “It’s a elemental machine doing an essential job,” as Chris says. Kids were interested in the wheel, and some women, but the guys were very drawn to it.
There was a small amount of progress on the new shawl design as well. Progress photos next time…