Friday, May 30, 2008

Nesting

Greetings, y'all, from Austin. 

The trip down was lovely. I flew out of  nasty, rainy, chilly Chicago and landed in sunny, warm (okay, hot) Texas right on schedule. I am almost pathetically happy to be here. The people are friendly, the sun is shining, and it's hot. Super hot. My spicy Arabian blood is dancing for joy. 

The Austinites think I'm insane, and keep pulling me back into the air conditioning, but they didn't spend the winter (which is still going on) in Chicago.

Dolores and Harry have opted to spend the afternoon at the hotel pool. So far, there have been no frantic text messages from Harry so I presume little miss fluffy hasn't groped a lifeguard or done a drunken cannonball into the lobby fountain.

It looks to be a fun shooting day tomorrow. There are piles of people signed up.  I'm typing this from the big work table at The Knitting Nest in company with a delightful group of ladies who have come all the way from Dallas for a getaway weekend with 1,000 Knitters as the centerpiece and stopped by early to say hello and get first crack at all the yarn.

Here's a group shot, courtesy of the Photo Booth program on my Mac.

Dallas Contingent

I'm the bald one. Left to right, with hair, are Annise, Liz, Betty, and Tasha. In the background, Malabrigo and Cascade.

If this isn't heaven, I hope heaven is something like this.

33 comments:

Heather in Seattle said...

Another reason to love you, macman! Have fun in TX, I didn't!

(first)

CraftyCanadian said...

*sigh* I'm so jealous... I adore Austin with all my heart and soul and hope to move there one day... Have fun!

quinn said...

That is the best photo-booth snap I've ever seen!

Have a blast in Austin - a very cool (but hot) town ;)

Bobbi said...

Enjoy the heat! And the Malabrigo...did you hear they had a fire at their place...poor Malabrigo!

Marce (BrownBerry) said...

I think it's wicked cool that there are knitters all over the country that just can't wait to see you, and to be seen by your lens.

JoVE said...

I can identify with wanting to be out in the heat rather than reproducing winter with the AC. Have fun.

kristina said...

okay so those are my friends and what Rockstars are they for being on the blog! I will be there tomorrow with a couple more Dallas-ites ready for some knittin!

Sherilyn said...

I'm coming tomorrow with Kristina and the Rockstars are truly living up to their name to be on your blog. Jealous doesn't quite cover it...I know you are having fun with THAT group.

And I'm really looking forward to that malagrigo. Nobody in Dallas/Fort Worth carries it.

Sharon Rose said...

If you want your afterlife to be that warm, you need to hang out with Delores more instead of doing your photoshoots. :)

Beverly said...

If Delores goes missing, look for her at the Driskill Hotel. It's where I plan to live when I finally fulfill my dream of living in a divine hotel!

Teresa said...

My peeps! How fun to see the Rockstars on a road trip. You will, indeed, have a great weekend if you're hanging with those folks. Drink lots of water! That heat'll sneak up on ya.

Sue said...

you are rockin' the photo booth!

Susan said...

More on Malabrigo - their factory is OK, but their office and all their stock is gone:
http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/

and the update:
http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/component/option,com_mojo/Itemid,45/

Chris said...

Wish I could be there, but Austin is just a bit far for me to drive in one day. It's definitely one of my favorite cities!

Also, you are crazy -- it is HOT.

Heidi said...

Have you had a million emails yet about the season finale of Lost? Jeremy Bentham figured heavily in it. :)
Cheers!

Lista said...

I'm so sad that my evil plan to be there this weekend fell through. Enjoy Austin, it is lovely! Hope Dolores continues to behave!

Suna said...

Thanks for coming to Austin! I was so glad to chance upon the shoot and get to meet you. I don't get down to south Austin much, so I hadn't been keeping up with Knitting Nest activities (I teach at a far north Austin shop). Everyone sure was nice, and I hope you got some great shots!

Suna (the one who used to commute from Austin to Schaumburg)

Terri said...

The Knitting Nest describes you as "a knitting rock star"; that may well be true...

Linda said...

well, you missed a truly gorgeous Chicago weekend! It sure seemed like summer yesterday and Saturday while I was pulling weeds in the hot sun. Of course, I have northern European roots, so anything over 82 is too hot for me. I bet they loved you in Austin!

dale-harriet said...

Now see, it's lovely and warm up here in Madison too! Maybe your being THERE warmed the whole Upper Midwest (can we send you to the Carribbean?). I can't tell you how pleased I am to hear that our Candidate is behaving (that buzzing you hear is me praying). Please tell Harry to call ME on our interstellar communicator IN CASE HE NEEDS TO (he'll know what that means). In the meantime, have a BLAST! Those lucky girls and guys, to have you among them...

Seanna Lea said...

The Knitting Nest looks like a great shop to spend a day. Reminds me that is has been far too long since I was last at my LYS. But soon!

Cheryl said...

Apparently they've kept you!!

angelina (in oakland) said...

they're holding you captive and not letting you blog, aren't they?

I want you to move to San Francisco (or the area...I'm in oakland), meet a nice boy, settle down, and hey, get married! We can get married here now, ain't it cool?

move here and be my bestest friend - I'll help keep an eye on Dolores and Harry.....

Anonymous said...

No, no, come back East, it is Awwwwfully hot here now, Your spicy blood will like it here ;) However Delores, may want to hire a spicy sheep shearer ;)Harry can come to the beaches and vist all the aquariums and Myrtle beach too ;) He'd love it :)

Sharon Rose said...

I'm starting to get concerned... have any of you seen any news articles about sheep running rampant?

Sue said...

Are they holding you hostage in Austin? Do we need to raise ransom money? Where are you?

Sara in WI said...

I just listened to STICKS and STRING with David Reidy and lo and behold, there you were! Nice interview, although it took several pauses for me to explain to my son about Dolores and I still don't think he understands. (Does anyone, really?)
'See you at camp this year? Camp 3, right?
Sara in WI

Barca Viola said...

Well, I'm suspecting that Dolores got in really deep this time: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/09/us/09texas.html?ex=1370750400&en=64abe93d

You know how she likes to have the candles all around to catch the glow of the Cosmos through the glass.

We better get the bail fund going.

Gerrie in St Paul

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