Sunday, November 05, 2006

Yes, Jenna, there really is snow in Mongolia.

This afternoon I braved the cold gray weather and drove out to the Dulaan knit-in hosted by Franklin. Several important things happened:

I got to see Schecki and catch up a little. Whee!

There was big important news to be shared with the knitfriends (missed the big important news? You'll have to email me.)

I met Franklin! And hugged him! I was, of course, so nervous about this hug that I leaned in too fast and bonked him on the head, in a weird platonic replay of the first time I kissed a boy. Smooth, 'Trope, real smooth. I'm sure he'll remember you as the woman who put a bruise on his skull. He is understated in person and quite funny, and has a camera that is not to be sneezed at, and walked around a few times with plates of cookies and brownies and made each and every one of us feel like he was genuinely glad we were there.

I won some yarn! Lovely, lovely sock yarn! El says it is shawl yarn, but I disagree. I can't wait to swatch it up. (Did I just say that? The girl who has knit maybe twenty rows in forty days? Yes, I did. Because...)

I knit a mitten.

Even better, I knit a kid's mitten that is going to go to Mongolia and get worn by a kid who will then keep her hands warm and stuff them in the pockets of her coat (please, God, let her have a coat) and wipe her nose on them and eventually lose one and go get another from the good folks at FIRE. I saw a little documentary, which is how I know this is likely. The doc described a bunch of FIRE projects but spent a couple minutes just talking about Dulaan, and showed some footage of a bunch of kids milling around in a classroom with hand-knit hats and mittens and a couple sweaters. And suddenly, I knew what I was knitting for and it seemed like a darn good reason to knit. Nothing in the last several weeks has been reason enough to knit, but this other mitten just might be it.


Blogger Emily said...

It was great to see you!

5:50 PM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

I didn't realize you were at Franklin's knit in too, or I would have sought you out. Sooo many knitters there.

Thanks for the blog comment re my Libby.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Hey, Trope! Thanks for the comment on my bag -- I think they're OK together, and I love your fashion philosophy! Hope to see you soon...and that you're doin' great!

6:29 AM  

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