Friday, September 25, 2009

We Did Fun Stuff with Guys

Hi everybody it's Harry! So Franklin is still figuring out which evening kimono to pack for Portland and he said hey, would you mind writing some more about what we did on the trip to Washington State and I said sure can I write about the men's retreat and he said okay sure. So here I am doing it.

So after our visit at Renaissance Yarns we went to a knitting retreat that was kind of like a sleep-away camp except everybody was grown up and a guy. There were no ladies which as you know is kind of unusual.

The place we stayed at was right by the water but that didn't bother me because I am superwash and I got to go down one day when the tide was out and take some pictures with my new camera that I bought off eBay with the money I made this summer from sellling lemonade on the days they have games at Wrigley Field which is right near our apartment.

So anyway this is how pretty it was where we stayed.

Dumas Bay

Dumas Bay


But weren't there all the time because we had field trips. The first one was to Skacel which is where Addi Turbo needles come from, and when Franklin found out we were going there he got all red in the face because don't tell him I told you this but sometimes when he doesn't know anybody is watching he pulls out the case with his Addi Turbos in it and he touches them and he has this look on his face like Dolores gets when she is looking at the new Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue.

First this pretty lady talked to us and her name is Karin and she owns the place so she told us a lot of interesting facts.

Karin at Skacel

And we got to look around the Garment Room which is where they keep all the pattern samples and the guys had a lot of fun trying things on and they kept saying "I want this one" and "I have to have this one" and "This is so fabulous" and it was also like when Dolores is looking through the new Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue. Here is a picture of Keith and some garments.

In the Garment Room

This is Stephen who loved one of the sweaters so much he decided to model it and I said you work it and he was quite fierce don't you think. Miss Tyra Banks if you are reading this I think you should have Stephen on your show next time he is so sassy and versatile kind of like Linda Evangelista but funny.

Stephen is a Model

And we had a tour of the whole place, first we went into the warehouse. They had this sign on the door and I think they were being funny but as you know I am yarn and to be honest it made me kind of nervous.

At the Skacel Warehouse

Well I was relieved because inside there was no flying happening that day but boy there was so much yarn. Think of all the yarn you have ever seen in one room and it was more than that. No really I am serious, look here is a picture of my buddy Joe who writes a famous blog.

Joe Likes Yarn!

Joe is tall but the yarn is even taller than he is! And see, he has that look on his face which is like the one Dolores gets when she looks at the new Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue.

And then we went into the needle room and this is a picture of Rob who is the marketing dude and he is very nice too and smart.

In the Needle Room

So in the needle room they keep all these thousands of Addi Turbo needles and Addi Lace needles and like every kind of Addi needle including some we never saw before. You know what it was like it was kind of like that wand shop in Harry Potter or maybe it was more like the goblin bank except no goblins.

And Franklin said it was not how he imagined, he always thought there would be a moat around it or a vault door or a retinal scan or something, and when we were leaving he asked if there would be a body cavity search and Rob said no and between you and me I think Franklin was disappointed.

So then if that wasn't enough we were hanging around at Skacel and who shows up but Cat Bordhi, who writes the books about crazy ways you can knit stuff , and then suddenly she and Franklin climbed up in a tree. I don't really understand what happened but I am pretty sure it was Cat's idea.

Cat in a Tree

Candice from Skacel sent us this picture. Shout out, Candice! Thanks girlfriend!

And Franklin said to me afterward when Cat Bordhi shows up you never know what will happen so be prepared and just in case wear grippy shoes.

Let's see, then the next day was another trip and we went to a farm where they raise alpacas which is called Moonshadow Alpaca Ranch, and I was excited to go because I think alpacas are always so cute don't you?

This is a picture of Deb and Nancy, the ladies who own the farm, they were so friendly and told everybody about what it is like to have alpacas and I think maybe some of the guys would like to have their own farms. I saw one alpaca that was not so big like maybe you could keep it in an apartment and I asked Franklin and he said if I can figure out a way to make Dolores move to a remote corner of Idaho he will buy me two alpacas!

Ranch Ladies

Here is one of the cute alpacas.

They Were Not Kidding

This is picture of all of us guys at the very end of the weekend. Franklin is in the front row next to Mike who was the dude in charge, I am in the very front near the center wearing the new Persian Poppies ball band I made after I took a workshop about color knitting from cute James who came all the way from New Zealand for this!

All the Guys

The whole weekend was so much fun that when it was time to leave I think Franklin maybe cried just a little bit but I said hey it's okay, they will have one next year so we can come back again and he cheered up, and plus we still had a trip to Paradise Fibers in Spokane to look forward to, but I will let him tell you about that next time because it's time for me to go to bed because we have to be at the airport early tomorrow to fly to Portland.

So this is Harry signing out. Bye!

64 comments:

Maria said...

Please tell me you have a blog Harry. This is the funnest entry ever!

Kristen said...

Oh, Harry, I have soooooo missed you! You're even better than a new Abercrombie and Fitch catalog!

Abbie said...

Harry, I heart you. I'm laughing so hard I've got tears running down my cheeks.

(PS: Tell Franklin that picture of him and Cat Bordhi is just awesome.)

Randi said...

I live in a remote corner of Idaho--send Dolores. My neighbors have alpacas! You can can come, too, Harry. Franklin is welcome to visit as well.

Laurie in MN said...

Too. Much. Fun. Srsly.

And Harry? Grippy shoes are always a good idea. Ask me how I know.

Rooie said...

Sigh.

I heart Harry.

TheBunny said...

Is Stephen doing Blue Steel?

mudmaven said...

Thanks so much Harry - you made my day! `

Mel said...

I can hardly wait to read Harry's report about Franklin meeting Rabbitch.

Lynn in Boise said...

A remote corner in Idaho? Yikes! Thanks for the warning. I'm locking up the boys (sheep) in the barn until tornado Delores is over. Perhaps she'd like to meet some of our overpopulated wolves instead?

Anonymous said...

That's it, Franklin, we are firing you and keeping Harry. And damn, he is good looking!

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Lottie said...

LOL at TheBunny - I think it's Le Tigre. ;)

Asplund said...

Great pictures not to mention great reading - as usual!

readingirl95 said...

So funny! Love you Harry!

ccr in MA said...

Thanks, Harry, that was great!

Those are some serious cables on Stephen's sweater, woo.

Roxie said...

Sign me up fpr Harry's fan club. I'm just so happy to hear from or about Franklin that it's like getting a new A&F catalog.

Kathleen said...

"Linda Evangelista but funny" - hehe! She is such a cranky lady. Love your writing style, Harry!

Meg said...

OK ... Delores can come visit her Idaho cousins but they said she has to bring the A&F catalog. Glad you had such a great time!

Laura said...

Thanks for the giggles, Harry!

Gail said...

Harry, great recap, thanks! I'm sorry I missed it, especially the trip to Skacel, even though I am not a guy.
(btw, Franklin's crochet article was awesome.)

Emily said...

Oh, wonderful! I ENJOYED that.

monica said...

LOVE the new ball band, Harry!

Carole said...

I think Franklin looks a bit satyr-like (satyrical?) in the photo with Cat Bordhi.

(And Harry, did you use QueerJoe's pattern for your "ballband"?)

Sarah said...

I love you, Harry!

=Tamar said...

So Harry is superwash, eh? That explains how he can associate with Dolores and stay sweet. It all washes off.

Anonymous said...

Smoochies to you, Harry. A lovely write up.
d2

Anonymous said...

wah! i was visiting my sister in wrigleyville this summer! didn't know you were so close.
poop.
looks like the retreat was amazing!

Lily said...

That's it, I'm going to have to have a sex change, I want to come too!

Ali P said...

This was such a great entry. I have missed thoe whole Habit family so much!!!!
And yes that crazy Stephen CAN work it! Love it.

anne marie in philly said...

YAYZ, harry is back! and looking as cute as EVAH!

(of course, some of the guys in the pix are looking pretty cute too [drools])...yeah, I know, I know...

Eileen said...

Adorable! (sorry, Harry, I hope that doesn't make you blush). I'm glad to hear about the retreat from your perspective.

You're very informative. Thank you! And that warehouse...wow. Makes me think of WEBS in Northampton, MA.

Jennifer said...

yeah Franklin - what a great event. My friend James got to join you from NZ - and I've really been enjoying seeing all these posts. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time.

Sandy said...

Harry, tell Franklin he looks so happy! Our PNW is good for the soul. Wait till he gets to PDX! I hope you get to come too because you will love it here.

(If you need a place to stay when you decide you're not going back to Chicago, look me up. I don't have the Abercrombie and Fitch catalog so you don't have to worry about that...)

karen! said...

I love you, Harry.

Miss Sandra said...

Nice job Harry! How did Cat and Franklin do getting OUT of the tree?

Seanna Lea said...

I love the alpaca with its sign. The sign makes it so much cuter!

evalyn said...

O, Harry, how you do run-on! It's so good to hear from you again.

Anonymous said...

So what is the name of the pattern for the pullover that Stephen is wearing?

Judith said...

I just found your blog on Google Reader and I just wanted to tell you that I love it, you are a very good writer.

Knitman said...

we'll never see anything like this in the UK and if we did it wouldn't be accessible. Sounds like a lot of fun though I'd like to see Cat get me up a tree!

FiberQat said...

Stephen is such a hottie. I love the lower left corner "come hither" look.

What fun!

Pamela said...

Oh, Harry, I so love alpacas, too. They are so cute and I love when they hum. I think they must understand when I hum at them, but I don't speak their language, so I am sure it's just gibberish. That could explain the look of 'aw, look at the human trying to communicate' look.

WonderMike said...

Harry is indeed a good writer. I'd like to hire him to do my MFKR recaps.....

MonicaPDX said...

Eeeeee! I see Joe (knitguyla) in the group photo! Must go squee at him. ;)

Harry, this is a lovely post. Thank you for the compliments about our part of the country. And you look very handsome in your new ball band!

ColorJoy LynnH said...

OK, so I'm reading this a month late but I had to comment.

I thought that the Cat/Franklin photo was the best I'd seen in forever. But then a photo of almost 30 knitterguys? Awesome!!!

My first knitting teacher was Mr. Johnson, my 5th grade teacher. He became Supt. of Schools decades later, but I am still grateful to one knitting man.

LOVE the shot. I bet that was the most incredible retreat ever.

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