Wednesday, December 12, 2007

North by Down East

Before I say anything else this morning, I have to stutter my thanks for all the encouraging comments that followed the announcement of the forthcoming book. It's been a dream, ever since I presented my first-grade opus Aaron the Alligator (which I also illustrated) at the Kate B. Reynolds Elementary School Tiny Authors Convention. Once you've tasted literary fame, the craving never leaves you.

The book will be somewhat akin to what you find in here: a bit of doodling, a bit of typing. I hesitate to say much more, but I will tell you it's not a book of patterns. Interweave is, I guess, looking to branch out a bit and I'm one of the twigs. I'm pretty proud to be working with an outfit I've admired from a distance for so long.

And now...news from and about Maine.

I got word from my sister, Susan, that my Exceptional Niece Abigail's® Littlest Democrat Sweater made its public debut at a meet-and-greet for noted Maine politico Chellie Pingree. Abby, shown here pondering a question from a Portland Press Herald reporter about which Democratic presidential hopeful she prefers, was a good girl and did not spit up on my handiwork. I am proud.

Democrat Sweater Goes Public

As usual, I'll be heading to Maine to spend Christmas with the whole beautiful bunch. While I'm there, I'm delighted to announce a...

1000 Knitters Public Shoot: Purl Diva

Oh yes oh yes...the one-and-only Purl Diva of Brunswick has offered to host a shoot for the 1000 Knitters Project on Saturday, December 22, from 4–7 p.m. Directions to the shop (and lots of other information) can be found via her Web site.

As usual, sittings will be on a first-come, first-served basis; there's no advance registration. If you're interested in being a model, there's basic information here on the project blog.

I'm curious to know how many folks might be able to show. If you're thinking about it, be a darling and leave a comment to that effect in this entry, won't you please?

1000 Knitters Goodies

On a related note, I've been able to add a few 1,000 Knitters items to the shop to help support project expenses. I especially had fun assembling the portraits on the bag, which were selected using a random number generator.

1000 Bag Design

More will follow, and of course as the project progresses I'll do up versions with new and different portraits.

In the meanwhile...still got Christmas knitting in the works. Oy!

And by the by, many thanks to the folks who've written to say they like their 2007 angel ornaments. (I wish Knitpicks would get to work on producing those little clouds to float my fair isle strands.)

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Franklin... I'm in Canada, so I will not be at the sitting...but that's the _2_2nd, right? Boy, I can't believe how much hair Abby has! Bonne Chance with the book!

Franklin said...

Ack, you're right. I typed "12" instead of "22" by mistake - all better now.

SpiritWings said...

How fitting that the exceptional Ms Abigail is wearing a specially made sweater for the Great Ms Pingree, whose North Island creations have warmed many a knitting Mainah over the years. Well done!

Guido from Boston said...

Damn... Damn... Damn... I would so go to the shoot, but I won't be in the area until Monday. Darn family wanting me to visit... Perhaps I can explain to them that I want to visit some knitting guy, an imaginary lamb, and a knitting store.

canknitian said...

Ok. *NEXT* time you're in Maine I'm going to come see you. I'd love to this time, but I've got lots of family stuff to do on this side of the border.

I LOVE the 1000 Knitters swag!

canknitian said...

And by "coming to see you" I mean at a shoot.

DutchJan said...

Hi Franklin,
I still haven't overcome the shock that I am not the overall winner ;-)
but anyway..........!!!

Shan said...

Abigail is divine.

David said...

Looks like ENA has her father's hair.

Kristen said...

I love the sweater! Hee!

amy said...

I would *almost* drive four hours each way to see you and be a part of your amazing project, but two days before I have a houseful of guests? Um, no. Shoot. New England is kind of big, isn't it?

I'm very interested in both your book and in Interweave's branches.

Also, I thought the sock with the cable needle was hands-down the closest, eeriest likeness of Dolores. THAT sock rocked!!

anne marie in philly said...

I have all three of your ornaments on my tree at this time.

trying to keep them away from the cats is another matter...they are positioned high up from little paws.

thanks for creating them! and have a wonderful holiday in maine!

Anonymous said...

I am going to try to make it down to Brunswick for the fun!

That Laurie

Seanna Lea said...

Abigail is just the sweetest Democrat ever!

The Other Kristen said...

No way...1,000 Knitters in Brunswick, on a day when I will be within spitting distance! I am going to talk my partner-in-fiber-crime into driving down with me (I'll tell my partner-in-all-other-crimes that my absence three days before Christmas is an early gift to me).

Others have already mentioned the Chellie Pingree knitting connection, ENA's blond locks, AND the little tyke's amazing growth, so I will sign off and say that I really hope to see you in Brunswick.

Anne said...

It just goes to show that this is officially my season of crummy luck--you are coming to a place within driving distance and I will be in Florida. If anything could make me regret going, that's it.

Linda said...

If I don't have rehearsal that day I will absolutely endeavor to be there. Not that I need an excuse for a field trip to Maine, but isn't it nice to have one that's so unusual? :-)

dale-harriet said...

How can it be? Abby is cuter than she's EVER been before! When you're there visiting, will you plumb her thoughts on the candidates? As she is a 21st century Woman I'm gane to hearken to her recommendations. ::Also, thank you for the 1000 Knitter notecards, I'll be ordering me up a set or fove o' those, (And Dolores - I HAVE to have something with Dolores on.)

dale-harriet said...

Oooops...I'm "GAME"; also, I'll be ordering a set or FIVE. That'll teach me to not check my text after the kind of day I've had, sorry....

Mel said...

Excellent! I shall be off the day of the shoot, so I'll get to see you and have an excuse to visit Ellen's store, which I've not managed to do yet (ask her how she met me). Will you need any assistance with your gear/setup, 'cause I'd be a willing flunkie for a day?

no-blog-rachel said...

ENA is cuter every day. I suppose that's one of the reasons why she's E.

And damn, I'm on the bag! I didn't even notice at first - it took Jasmin, ringleader of the Minions of the Pointy Sticks to point it out. Though I am a tad hurt to be selected by a RNG, rather than you being so charmed by my sparkling personality that you had to include me. But I'll get over it. :)

MonicaPDX http://monicapdx.livejournal.com/ said...

The book sounds fantastic, I can hardly wait. (Well, I shall, perforce, but you know. [g]) Hurray for Abigail, she looks wonderful in her sweater! And the 1,000 Knitters items are great, especially the bag.

Geesh, I hope you're taking time to breathe!

yarnkat said...

Belated congrats on the book deal! And your niece is getting cuter by the day!! If you ever want to do a sitting out in Charleston, SC - drop me an email, and I'll get you all set up!

knitnzu said...

Mel sent an email clueing me in... I am so going to try to be at Ellen's the day you are there.

Melissa said...

I will plan on being at Purl Diva!

http://flickr.com/photos/lunaspin/

Saisquoi said...

Oh, yay. Brunswick isn't that far away from me. I'm sure I can make it up there on the 22nd barring nasty weather with teeth. Excellent.

Jb said...

Just had to delurk to drop a comment: that sweater is just adorable, loved it since the first time you posted it, however now seeing the wonderful Abigail in it again now that she's a little older makes me say "Wow!" (how's that for some stunned-ness? what a run-on sentence) Your neice is utterly adorable, Democratic sweater or not. Bravo, and brava to your sister!

nosenabook said...

Love the picture of the bébé, she adds that little something extra to your creations, yes?
The book sounds delightful, very … “you”.
The 1000 Knitters Project is taking shape and it inspires awe!
I can’t make it to Maine for the photo op, too far away. You and the Purl Diva have fun with those who live closer!

rosesmama said...

If I am *not yet* one in a 1000, can I still get stuff that says so? You need to promise to come within a days drive of Baltimore to make me not a liar.

Marlena said...

Yay! I will be there for sure. Purl Diva is actually my favorite LYS (even though I live in Portland so it's not that local), and I'm always looking for an excuse to stop in.

Also, I wrote a book in elementary school as well, illustrated by myself. It was called "Wow!," and involved a young girl and her birthday. I'm hoping it's not my magnus opus.

Kath said...

I love the 1 in 1000 swag - and if Santa does not bring me a sweatshirt I'll have to get my own.

However, if by chance you were thinking about heading to California in February for Stitches West, I'd love to really BE 1 in 1000! Or perhaps another 2 in 1000, if my mother posed also? Oh and did I mention it'll be my birthday too? I'm just sayin'. ;-)

Brenda said...

I'm going to try to make it. I'm so excited that you're taking time out of your family visit to photograph knitters!

Anonymous said...

There's more to compliment about that entry, but honestly all I can think of is how utterly adorable Abigail is, and how much she resembles a Podling child from Dark Crystal, and how much I would like to snatch her up and smoosh those cheeks.

I want to learn to knit so that maybe Delores will visit.

Anonymous said...

The Knitter Portraits rock so hard...
on an unrelated (distantly related??)note, you seem to know a thing or two about restoring spinning wheels...I am getting one for practically nothing, and a friend of mine has offered to help with it (He restores guitars, yeah...not so close...but at least he knows how to treat wood)


any good tips on what to use and what to watch for?
It needs a new foot pedal and drive band...I have no idea how to go about that...



Ashley

ashleygirl2005@hotmail.com

Sock Knitter said...
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Sock Knitter said...

Oh, ENA® gets more adorable by the minute!

And the sweater is adorable on her :)

Kathy said...

Too many damn comments on your book-announcement post for me to scroll through and make my own so let me say now, Franklin: WOO-HOO! Can NOT wait! Yippee! You ROCK! I knew it ahd to happen one day!

Yay YOU!
Kathy

Laurie O. said...

I will be there with bells on. Okay, so I don't own bells.

Ann (yet another) said...

What Rosesmama said....how about you plan a visit to MD S&W? We can sell you a border collie to help you with that sheep infestation problem you have.

blogless vanessa in maine said...

HI Franklin. 1st time commentor here. I'm going to do my best to make it to Purl Diva...and bring a buddy. Congrats on the book!

Mary Lynn said...

Gosh, Abigail just brings a smile to my face.

I won't be anywhere near New England this holiday season but I am going to be in Chicago in March. Unfortunately, we are at a convention scheduled at ROSEMONT Hyatt . . . blechhhh . . . on the other hand it gets over at 4:00p and they told me that the train station is within spitting distance of the hotel. So tell, me, how well do Chicagoans spit?

Scattered Gemini said...

Holy wow, that girl's got the hair. I'm so envious. All i had was peach fuzz until i was about three.

Anna said...

Delurking to rsvp yes! to the sitting. I'm bringing my mum along as well - I love your blog but am shy online!

Misstea said...

When did Abigail get hair? She just had fuzz yesterday, right?

Lilith Parker said...

I'm going to try to make it up there on the 22nd. It's only four hours away. ;)

Melinda said...

So glad to hear about the book deal (it's about time)! I'm also pleased to hear it won't be a pattern book--I have plenty of those but could really use some witty, intelligent commentary to stretch my brain.

A hard copy Franklin would do the trick (no off color meaning intended).

ErickaJo said...

Franklin, my husband and I will be there. We got married in Harpswell, just outside of Brunswick, because there's a lovely church and it's midpoint between his family and mine. We needed something at the party store across from what I think is Purl Diva, (I'll check) and we both wanted to go in so badly, but had to do the whole decorating the hall thing, and couldn't shop for yarn (I'm so glad I don't have to do the whole wedding thing again). So we'll finally get to go into this shop, and sit for your project! How could we miss out on that?

MollyBeees said...

Have fun in Maine, Franklin. I'll be there too, but 5 hours north up in The County (Island Falls). Give Abigail a squeeze for me. What a sweetie! Here's to great flying weather!

famousthecat said...

ah, we all go "home" for christmas - my home would be chicago, so i was hoping there would be a holiday shoot all up in there around then... but then YOU go "home," too, so yeah - maine! bummer! someday, i am determined to join in on the fun.

Anonymous said...

Loved your essay on Cast-On.

Diane/Bloomington,Indiana

Karin said...

I still want to add my congratulations. That's a big deal!
Thank you for paving the way for the rest of us...:)

firefly said...

If the snow in Maine keeps up through December you might actually see woolly mammoths while you're here.

(That'd be an interesting fiber to knit with, wouldn't it??)

shell said...

I love the pictures of Abigail - she is so very cute. I often check just to see her...and delores of course!

dickie said...

Someone told me that they might have seen a picture of me on the knitting bag... I checked and they were right! =) Of course, I bought one as fast as I could click and type out my credit card number. Thanks for this awesome project--can't wait to see all 1,000!

Congratulations on the book too!

Cobbalicious said...

She is ADORABLE!

wenders said...

I will be in Maine! I will be in Maine! But on the 23rd, not the 22nd. Darn it all. One day, and fate laughs last. Sigh.

Jeanette said...

Hi Franklin,

I ordered 75 of your fantastic ornament for a gift for the local volunteers of my knitting program, Christmas at Sea. They were a huge hit. Thanks for such a great design!

leslie in ca said...

Abigail is extremely adorable, and I say that as someone who has a baby niece herself.

On a related note (knitting-related, that is, not niece-related), I liked this website:

http://www.knittaplease.com

DeanB said...

Maybe I can get to Brunswick -- hope so

suec said...

so- if the planets align and FSM allows, I may actually be in Brunswick and at the Purl Diva. I am flying in to see family in Maine and I think they will be tolerant of a detour on my part to stop in and see you and Dolores. yay!sue

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