Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grown

Our first meeting of Stitches in Britches, while sparsely attended, was an unqualified success. We have, at present, four members and a couple of other people who have shown interest, but I didn't give much notice for the first meeting. Franklin had a photo shoot, and Andy had a previous commitment, so it was just Jonathan (above) and me, below.

We've already heard from a couple of people who plan to come next meeting, so we are confidant there is enough interest to allow the group to grow.

We had a great time, got in a lot of knitting, and made some important discoveries.

1. The Borders Cafe, while very accommodating, was loud, crowded, and uncomfortable. And I swear to an awesome and benevolent Dog that if one more person had dragged their heavy metal chairs across the stone tile floor, I would have had to kill them with my bare hands. It was like dragging a rake across a freakin' blackboard...for three hours!

2. Said chairs were a hot commodity. I had to damn-near wrestle the chair I was saving for Jonathan away from a sneak-thieving teenager who had already been told the chair was taken. But as the saying goes, "Age and treachery will always triumph over youth and skill." Needless to say, I won.

3. We had to find another place. One nearby. One that wasn't crowded mid-evening. One with more comfortable seating. With adequate lighting. And we found it! Argo Tea Cafe, located next door to Borders at 16 West Randolph! Jonathan and I went in, checked it out, and talked to the supervisor -- nice boy named Tyler, I believe -- and we were warmly welcomed. I think they may hope for an edgy, hip crowd of young, buff urban knitters, but will be satisfied with us.

(Note: In pursuit of full disclosure, my wife, Myfanwe, doesn't have anything nice to say about Argo Tea -- she thinks anyplace that charges $3 for a glass of iced tea should be shuttered permanently.)

I got another few inches done on the first piece of the wrap I am making for the Akiba fundraiser auction. I am almost done with the first half. Then the second half follows, and then the dreaded finishing. I'm looking for an impressive, simple sizable button similar to that in the photo, so if anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

I am looking forward to completing this wrap because I am not allowing myself any other projects until this is finished. When it is, I want to take up socks -- something I've never done, but I think I would enjoy. And I want to try dying some yarns, too.


Andrew said...

I am a lapsed knitter (20-something years...don't ask!), and considering picking up the proverbial needles again. As an aquaintance of Franklin's, I've been following the latest developments, and will consider attending one of the future Stitches in Britches gatherings (practically around the corner from my office!). In the meantime, if you don't already know about it, check out Tender Buttons on Rush near Oak for button ideas! (

the fiddlin' fool said...

I still maintain that their tea is weird and tries too hard to be the "Starbucks of tea." Tea mochas (in my opinion) are just not going to catch on. The atmosphere, however, is really nice, and I think it makes up for the fact that some people may not like tea. The sandwiches looked pretty decent, too.