Thursday, October 19, 2006

It's Raining Yarn

After yesterday's whine and cheese platter, I'm pleased as punch to offer a more upbeat report on the persistence of goodwill and camaraderie among knitters.

As of two minutes ago we have 47 folks confirmed as attending the Chicagoland Dulaan Knit-In and a further 36 who have yet to RSVP. It's okay, we got a lotta chairs and couches. There's still room for more if you haven't yet asked for an invitation.

And such a quality group this is going to be. If you're the type who likes to stalk knitting celebs, here's two for you: Bonne Marie Burns, aka ChicKnits and Shannon Okey, aka Knitgrrl. (Shannon doesn't live in Chicago, but she's appearing at Arcadia Knitting earlier in the day. Talk about lucky timing for us.)

The range of door prizes is lengthy and impressive. A full list will be posted next week for your drooling pleasure.

In addition, the post office has dropped off a donation from blogless reader Penny. Penny now lives in Los Angeles, where wool clothing is not so much in demand as it is in Mongolia. She has therefore–are you sitting down?–sent us her wool stash to be distributed at the Knit-In for use in Dulaan projects. And we're not talking crap wool, either. This is good stuff.

Here's a shot of some of what arrived in large, heavy packing box. I have included a dairy cow for purposes of scale.

Cow and Yarn

Penny, may bucketfuls of silk, linen, or whatever it is you Southern California chicks knit with rain gently upon your sweet head.

26 comments:

junior_goddess said...

Hallelujah!

Penny, you are growing yarny angel wings!

B

Ruth said...

Wow! What amazing generosity.

john said...

Tell me what to knit, and send me the yarn. I'm SO in.

Vicky in Vancouver said...

Penny, may the stash-giving generosity return in whatever form of karma you need.

janel said...

Hey Penny,

I'm in Los Angeles too! You sound like a groovy gal, do you go to any of the guilds/groups in LA?

I would pester you on your own blog... but seeing as you're blogless.

Wow Franklin, you must be having a fantastic time with that dairy cow wandering your house...

Laurel said...

I am occasionally truly amazed at the goodness of people.

Anonymous said...

Yarny blessings on Penny! That has to be years' worth of good karma, just from that one event. May Mongolians hunt you down and tell you how your gift warmed them through the long winters and allowed them to go to school, where they learned everything they needed to become successful and win Nobel prizes right and left.

Anonymous said...

That cow for scale cracked me up. Love Doloros, too. I enjoy you blog very much.

Lurker Cindy

Wendy said...

How's Dolores coping with the cow?

Penny needs a felted halo. Wow.

AuntyNin said...

Penny is definitely the "poster girl" for the notion that knitters are some of the most generous people in the world.

Norskybear said...

The dairy cow for scale was priceless. How do you come up with these things?

loomatic said...

do dolores and elsie get on well.
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is cow one of the 'furs' you can spin yarn out of??? there'd be enough there to make, leg warmers or something!!!!
my verification word is zorda, made me think of zorba the greek!

Lisa said...

Well, I had planned on attending the knit-in on the 4th, but my friend Robin emailed me, (and it gets a little blurry here), but I somehow ended up with an airline ticket to Baltimore on 11/4 for a day trip to Stitches East.

pamela said...

Ack! I would love to come, but I live in California and I have to stay here so I can pay my rent.

Rabbitch said...

Holy crap.

Penny, I bow to your steely self-control. Me? I'd be sitting on that if I lived in Hawaii.

kmkat said...

Wow. Blessings on you, Penny. Your good karma doth pile up as the dust bunnies under the bed. Only yours are made of silk.

I know, it makes no sense. But I kinda liked it. Penny, you Da Bomb.

Wystful said...

Penny - your generousity and your stash is AWESOME! :) Those Mongols won't know what hit them as this avalanche of wool decends upon them... Wish I could hit Chicago, but it's not in the budget. Heck, sock yarn is barely in the budget...

mlj1954 said...

How incredibly wonderful and generous . . . between the people who are knitting for Dulaan and the generosity of yarn and door prizes . . . I am awed, totally, totally awed . . . may all of you never drop a stitch again!

Sarah R said...

To say that's a dairy cow is udderly ridiculous. (Said in a Groucho Marx voice.) She's missing something important and I'm not talking about her stubby little tail.

What a wonderful gift from Penny! I so wish I could be in Chicago and if it was 30 years ago I would be. Happy knitting, y'all.

FiberQat said...

Many fibery blessings to Penny for her generosity and to you Franklin for organizing the Knit In.

Carol said...

Holy cow! That's alotta wool! All the best to the group, & Penny too!

Leeny said...

Guess I should have posted in Wednesday's section but that photo of you is fabulous! Handsome, indeed! I love your blog, btw, you're a wonderful writer.

Sahara said...

All I can say is wo-o-o-o-o-ow.

Sneaksleep said...

I'm curious to hear more about how Dolores and the cow are getting on. Actually, I'm just impressed that none of the three of you have drowned in yarn yet!

Shannon said...

Ooooh! Bonne Marie is coming?! YAY! I was also planning to dig through my stash & bring stuff -- who knows what's lurking there? Maybe I can drop off before Arcadia so the wool's there before I am...

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