community and caring

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Tonight I went to hear Stephanie (a.k.a. Yarn Harlot) talk at her book launch. There is a lot I’ll probably leave out. Hi A! It was great to see you again. I do love that shawl. :) Thank you for your tape measure.

It was awesome. But I’m not going to talk about that. I want to talk about the community I experienced and the outpouring of caring. Between the publisher (Storey) and the Craft Yarn Council and who knows who else there was a nice care package on our seats. Inside was a pair of 10" straights (5mm) and a ball of Patons SWS (I had natural navy and as there were some bags left over took it (I’ll use the needles to teach a coworker or donate them to a school, this bag had the colour is Natural Geranium [i’ll review the yarn on sunday, hopefully]).

Why? To knit a square for Warm up America. As its purpose was introduced (I had honestly just looked inside and thought it was nice and didn’t think about it too much) the majority of knitters put aside what we brought and started making squares. I hadn’t quite finished mine when it was time to leave (I finished it when the train hit Park Slope, there are advantages to living further out. I had room to cast off. :) ) but the number of squares that were given in at the event was beautiful and I know many more will be sent in. Not to mention the hats! There were also many donations to Medecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without borders) by Tricoteuses Sans Frontières. How beautiful.

I don’t want to knock any knitter who didn’t and won’t knit a square. I have no idea why nor do I care nor is it any of my business. They are your reasons. I chose to. It was nice and I got to play with yarn that I have sitting in my stash. :)

There was also something else quite beautiful and I’ll let Stephanie write about that. :)

Anyway.. Stephanie, I doubt you’ll ever see this post. (though I just posted two comments and you do actually write back to comments and when I saw you in Park Slope you “recognized my name & PG”. You are awesome.) Thank you. For so many things. Self Esteem is a big one. A big sister to look up to with similar goals (write, enjoy life, make some money and share it, love friends and family) and a smart head on her shoulders with awesome hair (mine’s covered for more than one reason) You and the whole community are awesome. Thank you for making this misfit and her purple punky penguin (who really enjoyed the night) feel welcome. Even if her swatches lie more than 50% of the time. Even if it takes her 3 months to knit a sock or two. Even if she twists every stitch for months. Thank you. Thank you to your family as well for sharing you with us. I look forward to reading your new book this weekend. It is taking every cell of my body to not open it now. I need to sleep tonight.

Anyway, here are some HORRENDOUS cell phone photos of the evening as I didn’t want to schlep the camera. Seeing so many knitters. WOW. :) PG and I really enjoyed it. There is a bonus me-sock photo at the end. :)

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two socks commuting, which they’ve done every day for the past few weeks. they like it. they do prefer the circs to dpns as it makes when i shove them back into my bag a less painful experience for them.

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I’m VERY close to finishing A sock. :)

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9 Replies to “community and caring”

  1. Wow, it sounds like it was truly amazing and inspiring. I have to admit to some deep envy, but I’m so glad you got to go!

  2. If Purl runs out of needles, try Knitty City or Yarn Connection. They both seem to have a good selection every time I’m looking for a new needle.
    The Point never seems to have the size I need when I need it.

  3. Thanks so much for posting about the FIT event! I wish I could have been there. Instead, I was at home in KY, beginning my Pesach preparations and thinking about y’all. I’m grateful to have woken up to posts like yours this AM so I know it was a success!

  4. It sounds like just the best time ever. I’m looking forward to seeing her in Illinois in just about two weeks. Thank you for writing about it (and the pictures!). Hugs to you!

  5. Nice post! I got there late so I didn’t hear about the Warm Up America thing, but I will be knitting my square and sending it in. BTW, what is CHOKE?

  6. It sounds like it was an incredible event. I still wish that I could have been there, but I will just be happy that she is coming to Portland. We will knock their socks off when she comes here too.

  7. How cool! I would have loved to go. I’m glad you posted about it. I’m hoping to go when she’s over on the west coast.

    If you want to do more square knitting, feel free to check out my traveling blanket. Should be fun. No presure or anything.

  8. It was great to see you again last night and to catch up! Thank you for the inspiration and advice that I needed to finally set up my own blog.

  9. Hi from Kimberly! NYC was a blast, wasn’t it? Please check out the Flickr group I created “Knitters Representing in NYC (and Everywhere Else)” when you can. And feel free to add photos or discussions because we want everyone’s stories!
    Bunny hugs!
    =:8

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