Saturday, November 04, 2006

I've Been to A Marvelous Party...

With Nunu and Nada and Nell...

(I hope Dolores liked the Coward reference!) Anyway -- MARVELOUS party! A party which will be talked about for some time to come!

The occasion? Franklin's Knit In to benefit the Dulaan project! And everybody who is anybody was there! (Except for Kwiky, who had to work selling yarn, poor dear.)

Anyway, in addition to my beloved Dolores, there were scads of people...approaching 1oo..knitting and laughing and eating and talking and eating and knitting and laughing and eating!

Jonathon & Meg brought a pumpkin cake with yummy icing. J&M: Norbert asked me to ask for your recipe...he'd very much like me to make it for him. (High praise.)

Majors Domo for the day were Buzz KnitNot and Sean. (Sean, who manages a lovely yarnshop in Boston, came out for the weekend! Now that is a great friend!) My lovely Myfanwe worked keeping the kitchen and dining room running smoothly and looking good. (Patting myself on the back, my huge tray of mac and cheese was all gone after only an hour!!) Norbert accompanied us, making him the youngest knitter there!

Norbert won Franklin's "Sheep on a Plane" drawing in the door prizes...we are shopping later today for a frame so we can hang it in his room! I won alovely handmade shawl pin, which means I probably have to start work on another lace shawl to go with it!

Bonne Marie of ChicKnits was there -- we got to sit and talk about her patterns and her website. I like her site because I can download a pattern for like a very reasonable (small) price, I don't have to pay tax, shipping, handling, and I don't have to wait a week for it to be delivered. (And, since I loose things very easilly, I always -- first thing -- e-mail the pattern to my personal computer where the pattern resides in archive but from which I can pull it up and whenever I want.

When I wasn't eating or knitting, I was talking...having an absolutely great time! Such nice friends Franklin has!

Karen, a very thorough blog reader, was there -- despite having to negotiate a neck brace! And she donated 10 balls of CashMerino to the door prizes! Now THAT's generosity!?

I want to do a special shout out to Amandacellist! Hey! Amanda (wink, wink) lives in Printers Row with her husband. She has a great sense of humor, and except for her trapsing off into tech geek speak with a few others for a few minutes, there is little she said that didn't have me laughing! (I think her first conversation with Jonathon will go down in knit-in history as the equivalent of "Who's on First". And Meg stepped in to end it with the polite equivalent of "Please don't mind him...he's special." My sides still hurt from laughing.

I was working (and ripping...and working..and ripping) my second Baby Surprise Sweater for the Dulaan project. The pattern is Elizabeth Zimmerman's, which I am knitting in a claret colored Lamb's Pride worsted weight. It is knit in one piece and, for the majority of the process just looks like a placenta strung on needles. I could not, for the life of me, understand how the pattern worked and how it could ever actually become a sweater. I had a love/hate relationship with the pattern for the first three quarters of the way was both an adventure and an exercize in self doubt...but when I finally just let go and just knit, without needing to control it and without allowing myself to doubt it, I had an epiphanal moment and viola! There it was -- a baby sweater! Pictures later when the finishing is complete.


La Cabeza Grande said...

Aidan, I adored meeting you and your delightful family! The Knit In was, indeed, a great time to connect with other stitchers (new or known).

BTW, the mac and cheese was dee-lish!

Paul said...

Thank you for all the pics and details of the wonderful day! And thank you for quoting one of my favorite Noel Coward pieces.

the fiddlin' fool said...

Jeez, Aidan... I hate to correct you again, but it's actually spelled Jonathan.

Aidan said...

Darn it to heck! I think I'm just going to have to call you "Fool". That's short, easy to spell, and you already answer to it.

Though it does make me sound like Mr. T.

So how's about that pumpkin cake recipe?

Amanda Cellist said...

Wow, my first blog mention. You make me blush.

And yes, that mac n cheez was amazingly good.

texasjackie said...

Would you consider sharing your recipe to for mac & cheese? I'm looking for a tdf version and, on her blog, Bonne Marie made it sound like this is the one!

Glad I found your blog through hers.

Sean said...

One of the portions of my final exam at Culinary school was to take an industrial recipe like this and to pare it down (or vice-versa). But what popped up when reading it was the addition of curry and worcestershire sauce. Delightful, indeed and thanks for sharing.

Having a difficult time of it lately (life) and this may make a lovely bit of comfort on this sunny autumn day!