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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Joining lots of people from around the world, the knitters of Chicago enjoyed for the third year, their annual WWKIP, put together this year by Yarn Con’s Natalia and Sara, in the sculpture garden in fabulous Millenium Park…

I ended up going at the last minute, but took my folding chair and knitting on the #66/147 and showed up just in time for a blast. This year there were more knitters than ever! WHO says knitting is fading away? Here’s some pictures below and there’s more in this Flickr set where you can spy the pile of yarn Lis collected to go to Interim House and Captain’s Bag Portraits!

We were all enjoying the shade around the planted gardens in the area above the Crown Fountains. Three cheers for whoever invented the ubiquitous folding camp chair!

And the City of Chicago built in some stepped partitions that were just A-OK as knitting bleachers! I also enjoyed the fact that the park is on one of the ONLY hills in the city! Chicago is so flat, that when I wait for the bus, I can see 5 miles in one direction…

Old and new knitters mingled in the path of the sculptures and

ya just had to take off the shoes and go barefootin’ in the park with your friends

Monday, June 16, 2008

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Portrait of Excess Butterflies in Stomach & Elsewhere at a Convention

“Butterflies in the stomach is a medical condition characterized by the physical sensation of a “fluttery” or “tickling” (hence butterflies) feeling in the stomach. This sensation can also be an uncontrollable physical sensation related to the body’s fight or flight resonse.”

I had plenty-O last week in Columbus, especially on Friday night when I couldn’t even remember my name (hence the indentifying T) and gave up trying to photograph all the Glitterati because every shot I took looked all OOF and wavy. I even woke up during the night with limb spasms! The hotel room had wireless internet and I tried to find a remedy for Leg Cramps.

Here is what what I found from various sources:

-“Take regular sewing thread and cut into a length long enough to tie around your ankle, but let it be slightly loose. I’m not sure how it works, but the thread will knot up instead of your muscles.”

-“Place a bar of Ivory Soap under the top sheet of your bed at the foot and you will not have leg cramps again. It has the same effect as potassium.”

-“Eat a banana (potassium).”

-“Drink about 1/4 cup dill pickle juice and the cramps are instantly gone. Football teams use this. Drink another shot if needed.”

-“My grandmother was told by my great-great grandmother to take your shoes, turn them upside down and place them under your bed (generally with the toes facing out) It seems odd but works…”

-“Take 1 to 2 Teaspoons of mustard (like you put on a hot dog) when you have a leg cramp.”

Guess which one I did…

Friday, June 13, 2008

Imagine everywhere you look, miles, or so it seems, of yarn, yarn and MORE yarn.

Mix in a few tons of scrumptious bags, a large large measure of accessories, thousands of tools and a cacaphony of voices in wonderment flying gaily up into the high high ceilings…

YOU are at the TNNA.

You are standing far downstream from the Giants of Industry: every large company you’ve ever heard of, continental and international, new and old alike, all of us, singing the marketplace siren song to the current of retailers flowing by.

And you feel Small.

Because you are.

Then you feel Large.

Because you’re a Player.

And I was glad I was THERE: at The National NeedleArts Association Fall/Winter 2008 Show in Colombus, Ohio.

The thought that kept playing through my head was the motto of the Illinois lotto: you gotta be in it to win it!

And was I ever!

Even though I was so plagued Friday night with butterflies I could barely form words into a sentence (please forgive me for speaking/not speaking!), even though my booth was simple and basic and quite tiny in comparison, new heroes and old were within arms reach sailing on by and many stopped at Booth 1157 to, as Capt. Jack says, parlay…

Beginning Friday morning, I was rocketed into a language immersion program using a vocabulary I that was familiar but not agile with. By Monday afternoon and the close of the show, I was fluent. It was the beautiful dialect of the Local Yarn Shop and believe me, your neighbors worked very hard scouring the landscape to discover all the new treasure for the Fall Season that will soon be on its way.

It was really fun to meet all the old friends and new; to extend the welcoming hand and be priviledged to show the collection! Thank You!

Some highpoints: a gentleman coming in cold off the aisle up to my display and proclaiming, “Now that’s what I call a sweater!”; finally having a rendevous with the beautiful Nathania and Sandy and being able to make a wish on Baby Elinor’s foot; being romanced by a Yarn Company; seeing, unexpectedly and out of the corner of the eye, a familiar sweater on display in the Potter Craft booth promoting a fabulous Fall Book Release; being thankful there exists a shoe company called ARCHE and the fact they were on my feet; being less than 20 yds from the ladies room; overhearing sales partners saying to each other, “just look at this, come over here…”; feeling on top of the world while standing on cold hard concrete…”

I can’t wait to do it again…

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