Knitting in Public...by Ourselves.
Despite the off and on pouring rain on Saturday morning, my knitting group (The ManchVegas Knitters), still tried to knit out in public for "Knitting in Public Day". A different park was picked (one with a gazebo) and it was damp and chilly, but still knit-able. At least we weren't getting rained on...and Marion's daughter brought a big container of Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate and muchkins to share, so it took all the unhappiness away....LOL! I wore something completely unsuitable (capri pants and a short sleeve tshirt) that day...not really thinking that the temperature of the gazebo would be MUCH cooler than the temperature in my house...duh.
But, Chris and the fantastic Melissa came to my rescue. Chris lent me his Zelda sweatshirt and one handknit sock that he'd just finished and Melissa gave me one of her handknit socks (using one of the Knit Picks faux fair isle sock patterns). I was very warm and cozy after that. Thanks, you guys! Look at my cozy toes!
Wonderful Jackie took her adorable, cute-as-a-button little one with us and she was SO GOOD! She watched us knit, sat on our laps and played with Lora's little boy...they ran around with Chris for a while, too. Very cute watching them.
I was not only able to work on my Angel Sweater and get quite a few rows done, but also showed a fellow knitter/spinner how to do the navajo ply on her wheel. It's something you just have to see and, since someone was nice enough to show me, I wanted to do the same. I thought of bringing my own wheel that day, but it was just so damp...I thought I'd probably get lots of fiber wet...as well as my wheel. Next time, though.
Didn't her handspun come out GREAT? She's used Sereknity's "Clownin' Around" fiber. Extremely soft, bright and easy to spin.
Here's what the Angel sweater looks like right now:
Isn't it sweet?? Fabulous Jackie made one last year for her little one and I was dying to make one..but didn't have anyone to knit it for. Now that our friends' baby is a year old, I said to myself, "Now I can make an Angel Sweater!". I'm using the luxurious, super soft Knit Picks Elegance in Wild Rose. I am LOVING this yarn! I may even use this yarn to make myself a sweater sometime.....
Let me show you some pics of the group in our "wet house":
Chris, Ericka, someone with her back to me (Who is this? Someone email me. Is that you, Marion?), GiGi and Jackie
The lovely GiGi, Caroline and Lora
Jackie holding up her Sereknity "Rock Lobster" yarn and Melissa taking her pic
Not one person came to see us knit in the park, but who can blame them? If I wasn't a knitter and my group wasn't meeting together, I don't think I would've been going out in the pouring rain either. I usually try to avoid situations where my lovely knitting projects might get soaked. We had lots of fun by ourselves, though, and it was worth going. As for promoting knitting and socializing....it's not like we don't knit and public every single Wed night at Barnes and Noble...AND that's how we got a lot of our members! (see "Not-So-Newbie" Mike if you don't believe me)
And, as I am a proud mom.....I have to brag a bit. Tim took the IOWA tests in school about a month ago and got the tests back...and guess what????
He scored higher (in all 5 subects) than 83% of ALL the 8th graders in the country!!!!
Great job, my big guy! I am SOOOO proud of you. BIG HUG
Today, I'm a bit exhausted. I've got both kiddies to myself for the next 3 days. Ian is out working on a NASA satellite thingamabob for work in New Mexico. And, the poor guy.....he's got a terrible cold. He's miserable. He was telling me that he had a 4 hour lay over in Texas and I said:
"Don't you wish you'd brought some knitting?" (I taught him the knit stitch about a month ago.)
You know what HE said?
Guess he's not really into the knitting-thing, huh?