One of the many reasons I opened gather here was because I just didn't want to make things alone. I have always crafted in my studio, spending days creating with just NPR and audio-books. I missed my afternoons in the costume shop at all the schools I was fortunate enough to study and work at. There is something special about the camaraderie of a summer-stock-theatre shop stitching all night long for that season's rendition of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
above: Danielle, Carla, Maggie, Sophie (she's actually happy) and Stacie (focused knitter)<PREVIEWEND>
I've gotten to know so many awesome folks. Particularly the talented and fabulous folks that we have hired. Hiring is the hardest thing we do... we don't always hit the mark but wow, we always manage to have an excellent team at gather here. They are friendly, hilarious, generous, gifted crafters that choose to make gather here a part of their lives. I can't even believe how fortunate we are.
above: Maggie in a Wiksten Tank and Alison in a self-drafted Briar Rose & grey Jersey T
We don't often get to celebrate ourselves especially since we're only closed a few days each year but we wanted to do something as a team and there's really no better way than cheering on your home team. For us, that's the Red Sox. Even though I'm a Cubs fan. And Sophie's a Tigers fan. And Noah's a Blue Jays fan. And for all we know, Maggie is a Mariners fan. And in honor of the World Series I thought I'd blog about our day at the Sox game back in September.
above: Noah (that's his "what are you doing?" face) in a Negroni in Andover chambray and Sophie in a vintage Simplicity pattern
Alison (manager extraordinaire) made a casual suggestion that we all wear something made from the strawberry print in Heather Ross's latest collection, Briar Rose. The suggestion became a mandate and we all arrived at Fenway in matching fabric. Just call us the "Von Trapps"! From jersey to button-up shirts to gorgeous shorts - we rocked our strawberry fabric.
above: Carla in a self-drafted jersey tank with bias straps with her awesome boyfriend, Robby and Mo knitting in a v-neck Renfrew.
And yes, there was crafting happening at the game. Socks and sweaters were knit. And beer was drunk. And Fenway Franks consumed. And even though the Tigers won that day... we had a pretty awesome day.
above: my favorite picture ever. Waiting for the rest of the gang.
Here's to being winners! And to winning teams! Go Sox!