Thursday, July 19, 2007

Showing Mom a good time

Hi knitters!

I'm back from Canada, I've *nearly* finished those cabled socks from the last post, and Mom is here. We've been running around showing Mom a good time - we went to used bookstore Saturday, walkies at Shoreline on Sunday and a drive-by at Bobaknit. That was the weekend. Then we were off to knitting guild on Monday for modular scarf knitting, had Pizza Chicago on Tuesday and headed out for Knitting meetup last night. Whew. It's a good thing Mom gets to relax during the day with a full roster of chores and stuff to pester me about.

Coming up next on the Mom-dule (Sched-mom?): Dinner out and Harry Potter movie tonight. Dinner in and Harry Potter book release party at Printers Inc tomorrow.

I wrote a looong writeup of what happened at knitting Meetup last night, which I am now just shamelessly copying into my blog, because it has a bunch of upcoming knitting related events you may want to know about. If you want to know where to find me and Mom over the next 10 days... refer to this handy guide. I hope to see some of you out & about with knitting in tow.

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July 18 - what happened?

BIG (!) group of 27 knitters at last night's Meetup, but the little side room at Panera handled us just fine. Here are the notes of what I remember.. I am sure I have missed some names or made mistakes, please correct me!

In the south west corner: Mary Wiz (cabled socks) and Jo Wizz (red scarf) arrived late and cozied up to Karen (tiny hat in the round) , Renee (large felting project), Jasmine (socks?) and baby O. (no knitting, just gazing adoringly and trying to get moving). Due south, we had Megan (dude, what were you knitting?), Scottie (2 color garter stitch scarf), Allison-the-first (cabled hat in the round), and Lori (blue Panda Wool socks)

In the south east corner: Caroline and ... 2nd time gal with cute curly hair. Stacey? were knitting... what? At the next table Suzanna was helping Lin adjust a Caron S/M sized shrug to fit her petite XS frame and dwindling yarn supply.

To the north, we had Kristina swatching for a dress for her 1-yr old and Marilyn visiting us for the first time - Marilyn organizes 2 other meetups, so it's nice to have a some meetup crossover!

And the in the center of the room: The Big Table. I didn't get a chance to see everyone's knitting and I may have forgotten some names. Keep me honest here.... Pam is working on a multi-directional scarf for the Red Scarf project AND a pink felty pig purse. Oy. So much energy in that gal. Christiane, Margaret, and Tracie were all there.. and I have no idea what they were knitting. Shyamala has cast on for a 2 color throw pillow in a very interesting stitch pattern. Alison-the-second and Lisa were consulting on the Lady Eleanor stole - great to see Lisa advising other knitters, now that she's passed her one year knit-iversary (and braved her first socks!)

Who else was there....? Let's see..... Lauren and Allison-the-third (hope I got the L count right for all y'all Allisons') were first timers rounding out the end of the table with Jessica... and Brit was there early but took off before I could see her.

That's 26 names. I think I'm missing one or two. Can anyone fill in my missing synapses?

And now for this week's announcements. There are many knitting-related events and some just plain fun events you might want to check out

Saturday July 21 -- Shakespeare in the Park!
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is once again presenting Free Shakespeare in the Park -- this year it's Midsummer Night's Dream. The play is **free** and features high-quality sets, costumers, acting and direction. AND it's a great place to have a picnic and knit. For extra spice, Rebecca Ennals, one of our members, is the Artistic Associate and Education Director of this company and may be spotted at some of the shows around the bay.

Starting this weekend SFShakes will be performing in Cupertino's Memorial Park Amphitheater (Across from De Anza College)

# Saturday, July 21, 7:30 PM <-- I'm going to this one, for sure, with the fam
# Sunday, July 22, 7:30 PM
# Friday, July 27, 7:30 PM
# Saturday, July 28, 7:30 PM
# Sunday, July 29, 7:30 PM
# Friday, August 3, 7:30 PM <-- I could also be talked into any show after Aug 1
# Saturday, August 4, 7:30 PM
# Sunday, August 5, 7:30 PM

Sunday July 22 - Jazz at Franklin Square Mall, Santa Clara
This is a purely shameless plug for my husband's jazz band who will be performing as part of the KKUP Jazz Marathon at Franklin Square Mall. KKUP is the bay area's tiniest community supported radio station and has lots of different types of programming, including jazz. This event is a fundraiser for their jazz programming and features several different bands playing from noon to 6 pm. Bill's band - Penguin Jazz Quartet - is playing from 2 - 4 pm

Tuesday July 24 - Stitch-n-Pitch at the SF Giants
Yes, knitting is so trendy, they have a knitting night at the baseball park. For $20, you get a seat in the 'bleachers', waaaaay above the ballfield, a chance to visit your local baseball team, and a goody bag. Last year the goody bags were nifty logo tote bags with orange and black yarn, needles and a pattern to knit an SF giants logo hat. Who knows what we'll get this year!

If you don't have your tickets yet, call for direct sales or call your local yarn shop. Full Thread Ahead, Commuknity, Purlescence, 9 Rubies - all ordered tickets and may have extras. I missed the boat with local yarn shops last year and ordered directly by calling the special events group purchase line

Saturday July 28 - Lambtown, in Dixon CA
See the earlier post on the Meetup message board about this county-fair style celebration of sheep, wool, and lamb... meat.

Lori is going with her hubby and has been for the last two years. It's rather a fun event if you can stand 2 hours driving and a bit of warm weather and the associated farm experiences. (Think warm sheep... standing in the pens... Mmmmm. Delish!)

Saturday July 28 - Sunday August 5: Sweet Charity performed by Penninsula Youth Theater

More shameless plugs for my sis-in-law and sister knitter, Rebecca Ennals. Penninsula Youth Theater will be performing Sweet Charity at the Mountain View center for performing arts starting Saturday July 28. If you like musicals, if you have high-schoolers to entertain this summer, or if you want to support our friend Rebecca -- come see the show. (The whole Wiz gang will be at the matinee on Sunday July 29.)

Red Scarf Project

Tracie, Allison, Mary, Pam, Jo, and more are knitting "red scarves" for the Orphan Foundation's annual Valentine's care packages to college students who have aged out of foster care without being adopted. These students have no one at home to send them reminders of their hometown events or home baked cookies. The Orphan Foundation undertakes to send a Valentine's care package with a hand-made scarf. The project name is "Red Scarf Project", but scarves of any gender-neutral color are acceptable.

Scarves should be 5-8 inches wide, and 60 inches long. Any pattern will do, as long as it is soft & snuggly and shows the care you put into making it. You may want to attach a tag to the scarf stating your name and city and any message you want to send to the recipient. Finished scarves are being collected at Knitting Arts by Niko and Marie Stroughter. The collection deadline is September 30, 2007.

More info:
Nikko's appeal
Orphan Foundation Red Scarf Project
Now Norma Knits Red Scarf FAQ

********* PHEW! *********
That was a lot to cover. Hope you are all having fun with your knitting and had a good time at Meetup last night. Please keep those RSVP's and comments coming!

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... and the end of a long blog post. If any one read through to the end, you get extra big hugs from me. Line up to claim them Saturday night at Free Shakespeare in the Park!


Blogger Bill Walker said...


July 19, 2007 3:37 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wow, that was quite a post! Here's a link to my blog entry when I went two years ago. Sheepy pictures! This year it looks like they're planning on having more vendors and it also looks like they'll be located outside instead of crammed together in a hot, non air-conditioned building.

July 19, 2007 5:15 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

One more thing about Lambtown - it looks like they've changed a lot more about the festival. The location may be different than it used to be and I don't see the sheep dog trials listed anywhere. They mention sheep shearing demonstrations but not the contest and I don't see anything about sheep in the calendar of events. That's too bad. I really liked the sheep dogs and the sheep shearing and it won't be as fun without seeing sheep!!

July 19, 2007 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Thanks for the shout-out...Nikko gets stoked when he sees the press on the Red Scarf Project!

Marie :)
(who also totally digs Pizza Chicago!)

July 19, 2007 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Diane said...

Yarn Place in Sunnyvale also ordered tickets for Tuesday night's Stitch and Pitch game and has a couple left. Call 408.739.7888 if you are interested in going to the game. The seats are in the upper deck between home and 3rd (Section 317) and seated with a group of knitters from Stanford University.


July 19, 2007 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

I was making the duck from Knitted Toys. I have a somewhat self-imposed deadline on it, so I will remember to bring it to the next meetup to show off.


July 20, 2007 2:44 PM  
Blogger Bogie said...

That's quite a wrap up of what's happened and what's to come. Phew is right!

July 21, 2007 9:56 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

My boyfriend, Lexi and I went to Shakespeare in the Park yesterday. We saw you but we were waaaay at the top on the left and there was no way we were gonna make the walk all the way down to where you were sitting, it was way too packed! I started my red scarf yesterday too before the play began. Hopefully I'll get it done by September. I have a bad track record of starting and never finishing scarves!

July 22, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

P.S. Curly haired girl sitting with me at the last meet up is Lisa. Lori helped her with ideas for her felted bag and I think she's also learning to knit in the round.

July 22, 2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger Wiz Knitter said...

Thanks for the plug! Those interested in Sweet Charity can get details at

July 26, 2007 11:44 AM  

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