Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Heads Up, Huntsville

Three WolfsonsDarlings, I write in terrific haste as it's just about time to head up to Wisconsin for Knitting Camp. Dolores will not be going to Knitting Camp this year. Dolores has had quite enough excitement for one month, thank you very much, and if she knows what side her hot rum is buttered on she'll sit quietly in the living room this weekend and watch re-runs of "The Streets of San Francisco."

I've just confirmed with Meg, merry proprietress of Yarn Expressions in Huntsville, Alabama, that the final public shoot for 1,000 Knitters will take place down below the Mason-Dixon line on October 11, 2008. I crunched the numbers and found that there was just enough room to allow for one more trip; and as Meg had been sitting patiently at the top of the waiting list for so long that she'd built a shack there and begun having her mail delivered to it, Yarn Expressions is where it'll happen.

If you'd like to sit, and I do hope you'll consider it, advance registration is requested. Registration will open on Monday, July 28. Call the shop (check the Web site for contact information) and they'll get you signed up and send along a model release. There's more information for models here about how it all works.

It seems impossible that it was just about a year ago that Knitter 0001 (hi, Wyett!) cast on the scarf. At this point, it's so big it takes up about one-quarter of my largest suitcase. I haven't measured the exact length yet. I'm almost afraid to.

There will be dispatches from Knitting Camp, unless I encounter Internet issues or actually drop dead from excitement upon shaking hands with Emily Ocker. Yes, I am told Emily Ocker will be there. The Emily Ocker. How often do you meet a knitter who is also a technique?

31 comments:

ellenspn said...

Franklin,

I found the wireless connection at the hotel in Marshfield to be excellent and reliable. A little slow at times of high usage. Tell Annette to behave and give Amy and Meg a big hug for me :)

ellenspn said...

Oh and I almost forgot....Yarn Expressions has Abbybatts last I checked!

Rudee said...

I want #841's haircut. Cute!

Uh, don't you recall how cute Michael Douglas was back in the Streets of SF? It may not be a good idea to leave her alone with that.

no-blog-rachel said...

Have a wonderful time at Knit Camp! And you know her better than I do (thank god) but wouldn't it have been a better - or at least safer - idea to leave Dolores in a straight jacket or something, rather than allowing her to remain free-range? Yikes.

Bobbi said...

Wave as you pass my part of Wisconsin. Sure wish I were headed to camp as well. Enjoy!!!

Siercia said...

Oh, that is such a delightful shop! They were so nice to me when I was a total newbie knitter and wandered in there while on a business trip. What a great place to wrap up 1000 knitters - I'm only sad I didn't get a chance to sit for it.

Anonymous said...

Have a great time at camp. Emily Ocker !!!! I did not know that she is a contemporary. I really live her cast on. Of course, anything involving Meg and Elizabeth has to be a treat.
Margie in Maryland

anonymous, too said...

You know damn well Dolores isn't staying put in your apartment unless you chain her to the bathtub. Tell her she can make gin in it.

BTW, did you know Tarzhay on Peterson carries Barking Sheep wine? I think the picture on the label may be Victorine.

Misstea said...

Oh Shit.

In the nicest possible way, of course.

My dear friend, also a knitter, is going to be in your city in early Sept., for a brief, whirlwhind honeymoon (a brief prelude to the real one, I assure you) and I suggested that she sit for you, since she was in the neighbourhood, after all.

She replied, "No! Not me! I'm not a real knitter!"

My response doesn't bear repeating. I promise.

If she is so inclined, is there room for one more among the thousand?

She is a knitter. Actually, she is a better knitter than I am. And, I'm a very, very good knitter, if I do say so myself.

Cara said...

Hmmm, I'm missing something... Aren't knitters 841 and 843 wearing the same top? Is this a ravelry? Or is Dolores hanging out in rainy Florida spiking my iced tea?

Sarah said...

I'm going to see if I can gather my courage and be part of this when you come to town in October. Maybe we can get all of the Skanky Knitters to sit for you.

Tiggywinkle Knits said...

I used to live in Huntsville, and it may be a very good thing you're leaving Delores at home; those Southern boys wouldn't stand a chance against her! Although I do have to say I am dissappointed we won't have your company at Oregon Flock and Fiber in September!

Barca Viola said...

Camp-man are you lucky. There has got to be some technique we could call The Franklin. The Snowman Hat...wait, maybe The Sheep in the Pocket, that tutorial on how to put a sheep in a pocket??? Ok, while Franklin is busy with Camp, let's have a contest for the technique we'll call The Franklin. Yes, it has to do with knitting. Please.

Congrats on scheduling the end of the 1000 shoots. Good work. For Sarah: really, he's not so bad to sit for; you don't even need anesthesia, really don't even need intense wool fumes; trust me, I am 0622 (I think).

Gerrie in St Paul

Hedgehog Librarian said...

If you can, catch my local yarn maven Betty K from La Crosse. She's totally awesome!! I've told her about your blog. I think she's helping to teach or host or something--she said she was running late with the projects she was supposed to have done. --Abigail

Kristen said...

Wow--almost to the 1000 mark! Amazing.

anne marie in philly said...

ooooh, you lucky boy...knitting camp AND finishing the book!

your book was one of the subjects at my SnB group meeting last evening. see, you are not here and we STILL talk about you (in the nicest possible way, of course).

full report with pictures please regarding knitting camp so that we all can live it, even though we cannot be there!

smooches!

Alwen said...

Ooooh, knitting camp! I was just looking at the website. One day I'll get to go.

Crazy For Yarn In Alabama said...

Keeping my fingers crossed to be one of the lucky ones to get a reservation at Yarn Expressions!!

Now....would Delores prefer a Mint Julep, Mimosa or straight up Jack Daniels upon her arrival????

We good Southern Ladies want to be sure and keep Delores happy LOL!!!!!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Oooooh, I wish I was in Alabama!

Jenni said...

I know it's 1000 knitters, but I do wonder whether you will be #1000 or perhaps 1001? Or will you confine yourself to the book jacket?

Eldronius said...

1,000 already!?
That is amazing you are so close. Considering your charm, I am not surprised. With all the effort you put into the project, and more importantly reaching out to people, you deserve it. Hopefully knitters out there will be able to look at this and see that the knitting community takes all kinds of people. Yay for Franklin!!

And I am honored to have met you and accidently become knitter 0001. (I hope the cast-on edge does not look horrible, and the end has been woven in! Haha).

-wyett

Patti said...

Knitting camp... I'm so envious! have fun, we will be expecting a full report!

FiberQat said...

Have a marvelous time! Emily must have lovely stories to tell.

Melissa said...

Knitting camp...you are so lucky!

Have fun

Ted said...

Emily is lovely. I met her back in '98 and she was a great participant.

Anonymous said...

hello, exactly how do you get to see a pic of yourself if i am one of the 1000 knitters. I was at Ellen's Purl Diva back in dec 07. I THINK I AM # 250.
My name is Laura

trevor said...

well. I would have hoped you'd have left the last few photog's for a trip to the Western Canadian Foothills. You know, cowboys, sheep, cowboys, mountains, cowboys, etc. whatever.

I will shamelessly add that you did inspire me to start my own, somewhat remedial, blog about knitting . I don't really know how to do thing blogwise.

cheers

cheyne923 said...

Franklin,
I'm sure you are having and contributing to a fabulous time at Retreat 3. I went last year and had the same reaction to meeting Emily Ocker--a real double take. Then I realized that half of the folks in the Camp knits and Gathering of Lace book were there. And Debbie New. I'm surprised I didn't pass out.

Remember that some folks are saying "did you know the panopticon was going to be here?" in awe and excitement.

This year I was going to go again but then had to have a surprise major surgery in late June and had to cancel my registration. That was more painful than the surgery.

Meg had told me last year that you were going to be shooting at this year's Retreat 3 so I foolishly put off getting a photo taken at the local shoots in anticipation of the big anniversary camp bash.

Is it at all possible to get my photo taken before you do your final away shoot? I live in downtown Chicago so could easily get to your place or where ever public transportation could take me.

Melinda

rams said...

"There has got to be some technique we could call The Franklin."

Spare our blushes.

LesleyD said...

I'm so there dude!!!

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