Superman’s mom knew before mine did.
Ok, two months later, I’m finally done with the book/yarn tourstravaganza! I apologize for the lack of posting, especially over the past 4 weeks but frankly, there’s times when a gal must choose sleep. 😉 Sooo, without further ado, here’s a brief, madcap re-cap of at least most of the stops on the southwest/midwest/northeast/east coast legs of the trip!
I spent 18 whole hours in Chicago. I’d never been there before but from what I saw, it looked like a cool place. I told the driver who picked me up from the airport that I’d expected to fly through a glorious golden “O” as I entered Illinois since it is afterall, home to both Oprah & Barack Obama. Alas however, the skyline appeared ordinary.
The best part of the trip was getting to hang out with fellow Craft Mafiosa, Cinnamon, and Brenda Janick from Stitch ‘n’ Bitch–Chicago. Although Brenda and I hadn’t met in person before, technically we’ve known each other for 5 years. Brenda is also the founder of Stitch n’ Bitch.org, and the reason I started Stitch n’ Bitch–Los Angeles in 2002. Due to what would turn out to be a history making storm in the northeast, I made it out of there via a stop in Philly, on the last flight available, before airport shut-down debauchery ensued.
It was touch and go for a while, but I made it into Burlington! My luggage however, did not. Thus began my Vermont adventure of unruley weather, wardrobe borrowing and hoping for the best. Special thanks to B. Original’s Michele Breschen for packing extra underwear and saving my butt! Literally.
This stop was actually a break from the tour to shoot next year’s holiday special. We wanted snow for this one and boy, did we get it! I spent a romantic Valentine’s Day with 5 other craft show hosts and 20+ crew members snowed in at a house for the night during a blizzard that, rated #2 in the all-time history of Vermont storms. In a brief moment of panic, Steve from Creative Juices furiously shoveled snow, thinking that he could dig his way to our hotel miles away. After reality set in though, we all realized that we couldn’t really complain about having to spend a night in a 3-story winter home that housed 2 fire places and a wine cellar. Jennifer and I bundled up and pretended we were in the middle of the movie, Fargo. Well, except for the whole wood-chipper scene which we both conveniently forgot about. All in all, it was good times. Sandy Genovese and I were the last 2 to make it out of Burlington so we used our extra time to sit in our pjs in my hotel room, where I taught her how to knit. Another convert, yay!
Oh, and my bag finally showed up on the day that I was leaving. Good times.
Steve & his shovel. You can’t blame the guy for trying!
Me & Jen posing during a shoot.
Jennifer, Cathie (Creative Juice) and me playing in the snow.
Unfortunately, the great snow-out of ’07 kept me away from a couple of morning news appearances (Thank you Crochet Today’s, Brett Bara for subbing for me!) as well as some other events. The one I’m most sad about missing was at Crafty Planet. I stopped by to say “hi” once I did make it into to town though and, Holy Awesomeness, Batman! Never before has owning a store seemed appealing to me, but Crafty Planet has changed my opinion on the whole retail gig. The shop is packed with all the indie craft goodness one could hope for! There was a wall of Sublime Stitching, Subversive Cross Stitch and Wool & Hoop kits, shelves filled with books from the likes of Debbie Stoller, Stefanie Japel, Amy Butler and Teva Durham, a yarn room with my stuff along with a myriad of selected others and the CUTEST FABRIC SELECTION EVER! Seriously people, if you’re ever in Minneapolis you must visit Trish & Matt at their self-made craftopia!
With Trish & Matt in front of their Craftbot. I want a Craftbot!
Lovely publicist Krista Margies escorted me to the next 3 cities and we were in and out of Phoenix lickety-split. Wait, who still says “lickety-split”? Sorry about that. Anyway, SWTC put on a great warehouse event where I got to meet tons of knitters including, an entire middle-school knitting club. Even their principal came! I loved that. I also loved getting to work out some of the details of the winter line of the Vickie Howell Collection. I’m so excited! These new ones will be completely different from the first three (oh, but we will be adding some awesome additional colors to ROCK), but will also work great with them, and, dare I say, will bring a little added sparkle into the chilly months. Stay tuned!
Once again, time wasn’t on our side. The flight from Phoenix to Denver was delayed and caused us to keep probably the largest crowd of the the tour, waiting. 🙁 I felt soooo, bad about that. Even changing in the airport and doing my make-up in the cab though, we were still an hour late. We kept calling the store, Showers of Flowers, asking them to convey to the crowd that I really wasn’t pulling some diva move by being so late and that we really were trying our hardest to get there. The event turned out well, though. The audience had a ton of questions which is my favorite part of the whole book-signing gig. I really enjoy chatting with everyone. SoF had loads of my yarn in stock too, which I really, really appreciated!
The store owner was also kind enough to wind a ball of 4 different yarns together and gave it to me. I promptly knit up this scarf.
Next stop was the Lamb Shoppe. If you’re looking for a cozy, welcoming store with beautiful fibers, a cafe and a nice book selection then, this one fits the bill! It was a really nice evening capped off by meeting up with my friend Amy, who I’ve known since I was 3. I was born in Denver and we spent several years as neighbors in Broomfield. We still keep in touch infrequently but when we do, it’s like not a day’s gone by.:-)
Me & Amy during our, we-listen-to-Pearl Jam-so-therefore-must-wear-flannel stage. 1993
It was a quick trip to New York. I visited The Point Cafe in the west village which is probably my fave store in the city. In case you’re keeping track, this is also where we shot the thing I did for Lisa Loeb’s show, #1 Single as well as the Knit Bits with Debbie Stoller. 🙂
Speaking of Debbie, both she and designer Kris Percival (Speedy Knitting) came to my signing in Brooklyn. After that I had drinks with her and finally got to meet her boyfriend Michael. I like them both so much! It’s always great getting to hang out with her. After that, Krista (see above), myself and some other peeps headed off to some bar in with a Bocce ball lane in the middle of it to meet up with my friend Leo Allen (Who btw is the funniest person I know. He’s going to be in Austin during SXSW opening up for David Cross. By all means, check him out if you can!). It’s probably not necessary for me to mention once again how much I friggin’ love New York. So I won’t. 😉
Boston was was #14 on a 14 city tour so as you can imagine, mama was tired. It will however, forever remain my favorite city in the mix and not only because the word “wicked” is part of the regular vernacular there. Although clearly, that’s part of it. The main reason though, is that my sweet, amazing, handsome man, Mr. Dave Campbell, suprised me by showing up at my hotel and proposing and we are now officially engaged!
After I said yes one of the first things out of my mouth was, “ummm, uh, I need to call Annette O’Toole.” He found this a bit odd but after being with me for a year has grown used to my randomness and shrugged it off. I had a scheduled phone interview with her for Knit.1 for later that evening. I left her a message asking if we could reschedule, telling her that I would totally understand if she needed to do it then, but explaining the circumstances. She called me back shortly after, graciously saying that that was by far the best excuse to cancel an interview. After I hung up I turned to Dave and said, “Oh my God, Superman’s mom knows before mine does.” Oh, and the media escort they hired for me there (who btw, I want to adopt as an aunt because she was such a joy to be around) had the last name, BRIDE! Weird. Sometimes my life is a cartoon.
We went to a vegetarian Chinese place for dinner and then to a club called TT Bear to see The Thermals play. They, btw, sound fantastic live. Seriously. The show was actually sold out but Dave had e-mailed ahead of time telling them that he was flying out to ask me to marry him and that we were fans and was there any way he could buy tickets to cap off the night’s plans? The lead singer himself, e-mailed back that there was no need, that we were now on the guest list. That made me like them even more. 🙂 Thanks, Hutch! You and the band helped make the night perfect for us!
Ok, I’ve totally run out of time. I have to go pick up my kids from school. Oh, but I don’t want to forget to mention Spark Crafts in Boston. They threw a GREAT brunch event for me. Mimosa’s are never a bad thing, if you know what I’m sayin’. It was a packed room with a great crowd in an adorable shop. What better way to end a run?
If you’re still reading, bless ya. Hopefulling your eyes are bleeding from the length of this post.
P.S. Crap, I forgot to mention the Mall of Americas Knit Out. I’ll do it later, k?
Congrats on the engagement – what a cute couple you are (not like I’m saying that’s a reason for a marriage – but you totally are!!)
Love you, love your show, love the yarn, love the blog…I guess I am just full of love today!
Whoa! Talk about a whirlwind tour. And engaged on top of all that! Congrats! Your man is a cutie *and* a romantic. I think you deserve to sleep for a month now. Or knit for a month. Whichever you prefer.
Great to meet you finally! Come back to Chicago and we’ll do it right next time.
Congrats on your Wicked Engagement! 🙂 Boston is a great city and it’s a good one to have on your list of favorites — for whatever reason.
OMG!!!!! congrats!!!! i’m glad your bookstravaganza went well…. i lurve the thermals have you heard the cover of Elliot Smith’s ballad of big nothing????
Wow what a busy time you have had.
CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement!!!
Congrats on your engagement Vickie!! Your show has really inspired my knitting habit, you’re the bomb! Also, LOVED your “pearl jam” flannel picture, reminded me of my flannel/Ren & Stimpy tshirt faze (sad but true).
-Amanda from Pittsburgh
Girl, congratulations on your engagement!! This is just too neat! Congrats!!!
If you have knitted favors at your wedding, let us know, some of us would like to help knit some 🙂
Yay!!! Congratulations mama!
congratulations on your engagement. I missed you when you were in New York, but work calls.k
Hey, Vickie! Congrats on your engagement. Will we see a knitted wedding gown on the show? In wild colors with some fun fur edgings, perhaps? LOL
Well doesn’t that just ROCK!…A great way to wind up the Road trip.
A lace veil would a great knit for the ensemble.
I think maybe a knitted lace shrug with some crystal beads…look, we are all planning your attire already!
Love the show and
you rock, Vickie. Wish you had come to the DC area.
Was such an honor to meet you at Spark Craft Shop in Boston. I really enjoyed your presentation and listening to you speak. You’re so down to earth, and a real inspiration. Thanks for sharing your time and giving everyone time to speak to you personally.
Amanda from NH “NHKnittingMama”
Wowsers! Such a big bunch of great information! Sounds like you had a great tour, despite the weather! And an engagement to cap it off. Congratulations!
(now waiting on “knitting needles” for your new line to come out!)
Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the well wishes. I can’t even keep up with the work-related knitting I’m supposed to be doing so the thought of trying to incorporate it into the wedding gives me anxiety! 😉
Brenda- Yes, sleep will be good.
Great meeting you, too!
Isela-Thank you for the lovely offer! I may take you up on it. 🙂
Knitxcore-I downloaded the song. Is that the bassist singing? Good stuff.
Vickie-I was serious, if you have an idea of what type of favors you want–maybe some little felted flowers :), let me know and I’ll get knitting.
Aww, congratulations!! What a beautiful ring he got you. 🙂
Congratulations to both of you! That’s great!
Congrats on the engagement!! That is wonderful news and most deserving…having met you in person, I know what a wonderful person you are. You deserve the best and I send to you the best wishes.
Congratulations on your engagement! Glad Boston turned out to be a happy place for you, we New Englander’s like happy stories of our Beantown! lol
CONTRATULATIONS on your engagement!!! You look so happy!
You have been a great inspiration to me and I try to watch you everyday. I am trying to start my very own home business (so not easy as it sounds!). I’m a stay at home mom of 3 and i do alot but I must make time for my Knitty Gritty shows. I even kick my hubby off the tv because he knows how important it is for me! -even if it is a rerun! (he doesn’t know) tee hee hee! check out my site..btw it’s pretty bland cuz i’m just starting so be kind in your thinking!
Anyway, YIPPY FOR YOU! I wish you mucho-mucho happiness-o!!! Bless you!
Congrats on the engagement- may you have many years of wedded bliss, and a whole lotta fun, too!.
Bummer to miss you when you w re here in Minneapolis, but we’ve had such crazy weather… I may be a hearty Minnesotan, but still, that string of sub-zero-ness, followed by 2 weekends of blizzards, each with 18″ of snow… a girl’s gotta thaw out.
Anyway, enjoy a little time of refreshing,
Isela-We probably won’t have a wedding, more like a post-elopment party. I’ll keep you posted, though! 🙂
Catherine- Thanks. That’s really nice of youto say. 🙂
Dave-Want to start taking bets on who, between the two of us, will get married first? 😉
Ali-I hear ya. I was ready to thaw out just being there for a couple of days!
Vickie — congratulations on the best tour wrap-up ever. 🙂
Thanks for coming to Crafty Planet — it was the best night ever for me. I just hope we’ll get you back to the Twin Cities again for your other adoring fans!
congratulations! what a cutie he is 😀
Congrats and best wishes on your engagement.
Congratulations on your engagement! I live in Burlington, VT and I enjoyed reading about your recent visit. (I actually work at the hotel you stayed at but didn’t realize you were with us until after you left. I would have loved to meet you in person, maybe next time.)
Sarah–Aww, too bad we missed each other. Actually, all of us crafty hosts were staying at the Stoweflake Inn! It was a blast. I love that there are fireplaces with timer’s in every room. 🙂
This is a little late but congrats on the engagement! I totally enjoyed seeing you in Denver (at Showers) For doing your make up in the car you looked amazing! Seriously, check out the pictures on my blog!
Maybe the next time you are in the area we can go and grab a beer and some yarn (what better combo is there, really)
Catch ya later,