Sunday, April 23, 2006

I Frolic-ed

I swear, I don't know why I carry my camera with me everywhere. Maybe it's the latest accessory and I just don't know it. I come back home - from wherever I've been - and I don't have pictures!! A whole day frolicking at the Knitter's Frolic and I only have these 2 pictures of the ladies in my Finishing class. 20 of them came - can you believe it?
Both classes went very well. I loved it when I made a little funny and people laughed humoured me and smiled a bit. It was great to see people looking puzzled (not the great part yet) while I spoke a series of words, that in some combination may or may not be relevant to the subject or make any sense described a technique, then trying it out (again
with the humouring me - "Crazy lady ... 3 needles to cast off? Well I paid for this & I'm here, might as well give it a shot.") (still not the great part) and then seeing the wonder and delight on their faces when the "aha" moment happens. "Wouldja look at that!" "Hunh - it works!" I love it. You're a great crowd - g'night!

I did learn that 1. I need more time to do the Finishing class and 2. Necklines (and picking up in general) needs to be a separate class from Buttonholes. Everyone was very patient while I went around helping one-on-one and I'm glad that most everyone stayed a bit longer so that we could cover the material. I'm looking forward to the next Frolic.

In lieu of pictures I am going to make the following shout-outs:
Joan & Barb of the DKC (and all of the DKC volunteers) did a rockin' job (and when I say job I mean a whole shitload of work with no monetary recompense - but it's all about the glory, right Joan?) of putting this event on.
Cynthia - I don't know ... I'm still quite certain that we've met before. Next time we'll have to make a plan to hang out together for awhile.
Denise - I would love to be a part of The Back to Back Wool Challenge! I have e-mailed Lorraine ... cross my fingers (when I'm not knitting).
Yvette - Thanks Yvette - I'm really glad that it worked. Drop me a comment or e-mail if you have any questions.
Sandra - That big yellow bag was a great badge. It was great to meet you in person and don't forget the mantra - under, over, around (c-clockwise) and back. Blog something!!!
Danny - Thanks for all the deets on The Challenge. It sounds like a blast (and when I say 'blast' I mean have fun but kick ass).
Julie - Doh!! I forgot to ask if the cashmere had come in. Did it?
Marsha, Linda aka "Nemesis", Carolyn - It's a good thing that there are knitting shows so that I can say 'hey' to you all in person!!
Fiona - Thank you for the book! I will be knitting a lot of these in my head until I get RL time to do them.

You know when you give your speech at the Oscars and do your 'thank you's' and as soon as you walk off waving the statue and you realize that you've forgotten several "OMG - how could I have forgotten ...?" people? As soon as I hit 'Publish Post' it's gonna happen to me. So if I've forgotten you remembered you late, please smack me upside the head with a message & I'll remember to remember you.

I only bought an Addi Turbo to replace the one that Cheeky Monkey nearly got strangled with chewed up. Not that I'm counting, but that's one life down. Oh, and 2 skeins of Koigu Kersti - yellow and royal blue. I made an ear-flap hat from a VK and this is the most not-itchy wool I've ever had on my forehead! I want to make another - it's an all-over fairisle pattern - so I needed some different colours. Just mixing up the same colours from the first hat would not be enough - trust me. And step back from my Koigu!

edited to add: I spoke to Lorraine & I am officially a member of the Toronto Spiders - omg!! does that not just beg for a t-shirt?!! - for the International Back to Back Wool Challenge. Lorraine sounds awesome and I can't wait to get together with the rest of the team to strategize. Yeah, I know ... strategize. If winning didn't matter then you wouldn't keep score. Just like when I play cards, I'm all for having fun; I mean, I wouldn't bet the house or both kids on it, and it's not the Ancient West (STNG reference there) where I'd kill over the results, but loving the game doesn't make winning less sweeter. I'm a fun-loving gal who just needs a goal or a deadline to make it interesting.
This link will give you some history. Yeah, I know ... history.

Also, final score: Tim Hortons 23 Wannietta 2


  1. Oh, looks like everyone was enjoying themselves. I was supposed to go . . . but again, I got too busy :(

    Glad that you had a camera so I could see everyone having fun without me :) LOL

  2. One of these days we are going to be at the same event/place at the same time Matthew. You'll have to remind to take a picture! ;o)

  3. bah, I wish I were there.

  4. Hey Wannietta,
    thanks for the shout out - I had a great time, and I had one of the "Aha!" moments - I got the buttonhole cast on! (The mantra really works!)
    I will blog soon - I've set it up, just have to work some technical details (like how to get my Olympic medal on the sidebar, and such), and find the time!
    Thanks again for a great class!

  5. I'm glad your class/workshop went well. Looks like it was lots of fun. :)

    You think you have it bad with Tim Hortons? I have only won once in nine years!! That's pretty bad, eh?

  6. Hey, my earlier comment didn't get saved. I can't wait to meet with you again Wannietta; hopefully I won't be hypnotized by the whizzing of your needles! Speed spinning; thank god you keep your obssession off the road - go figure a speed freak who drives a bus! Didn't they make a movie about that? Glad your classes went well.

  7. Darn, I didn't get to see you! I knew you would have a good turn out. Everyone looks like they're really enjoying themselves. I never doubted it.