This past weekend, Jillian
and I were in the Weird [with a capital W] capital of the USA, Austin, TX. Our assignment: teach stuff to the fine patrons of Hill Country Weavers
This was no hardship.
- Jillian lived in Austin with her family for 3 years. She loved it there.
- I've never been to Texas.
So I was predisposed to love it [having heard stories about the Austinites and the city itself for as long as J and I have been friends]. Let's get this clear: she didn't lie. Austin is one of the coolest cities I've ever been to in every way except climate. [I am not good with hot. Especially in April. Erk.]
So let's get on with the pictures, shall we?
It's all things fibery -- weaving, spinning...and the thing we love best: knitting.
Look how happy Ms. J is to be home.
Old-timey knitbloggers...remember Yentala
? She exists! [she's hiding behind J's Austin-swelled hair] And she is a huge bundle of love and Texas-style mensch love. Deb, you are the best.
Jillian will have to forgive me for this one. It's just too perfect. What is she pointing to that has her pontificating? Why, it's the shelf where the original yarn for Rockstar
was pulled by HCW's owner Suzanne. Suzanne gave the yarn to Jillian, saying [legend has it], "Here. Go design something." And she did. And thanks to that fateful day, I've got me a BFF and you all have an amazing designer whose work you can knit and enjoy. Thank you, Suzanne.
Okay, now we're on the road. Even the ratty weather-worn music posters are different here. Totally frameable. Austin is the live-music capital of the USA, you know. Damn straight.
I felt very at home here. These are bumper stickers you can buy at Book People
, THE Austin bookstore.
I'd been asked what I wanted to do in Austin, and told my generous hostess that I wanted the real Austin Experience. I sure got it! Here we are sitting at Shady Grove
, trying to figure out what's for dinner. That's the legendary Suzanne on the right.
My choice: catfish.
Suzanne's choice: Frito pie [that's the Fritos bag blinding the flash -- it's a bag of fritos with hot stuff on top. too cool.]
The true Austin experience includes live music. Tonight: Bruce Robison
Back at the shop now. This is Suzanne's dog, Stella.
The classroom, set up by the HCW staff, for my first No Sheep class.
Look at all those gorgeous non-wools! Still feel sorry for knitters like me?
Knitters busily swatching non-wools to see how they behave. Notice the deep and intense focus. These knitters are serious!
Okay, back out on the street now...I had to walk South Congress to see all the cool shops.
Boots to die for at Allen's
My new love
That last picture was taken in their washroom. I've never been to a shop that fills the washroom with merch, knowing no one will take anything. I love this place.
The coolest hotel I've ever seen.
Insanely understated, gorgeous landscaping.
Austin seems to have a fetish for penis-signs. This was just one of them. Oh, and that's the Capitol building in the back there.
How could I not be happy here? My own ice cream store!
My choice: Smores ice cream with whoppers [Maltesers for the Canucks and Brits reading this] bashed up by hand and mixed in.
Cost: $5 [including tip]
Calories: don't even ask.
Worth it? Hell, yeah.
Cupcake gifts [back at the shop again] from partygoers! Yum.
And before we left, Suzanne asked me to do something. I was glad to oblige [but you can tell my spray painting skills are quite, um, unpractised. I did my best.]
We were and we'll be back. [Though if it's just me, it'll be in winter. So I can wear my boots next time.]
*Yes, I messed with the sign in Photoshop. Bow to my mad skillz. Bonus points for those that get the shiny joke.
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