Tuesday night's fun was a reception here at the Knitting Palace for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre
playwright in residence. The looming ice storm (which did not materialize, at all) (of course) gave the evening that cheerful we're-surviving-a-blizzard-together vibe.
So this playwright comes in, Theresa Rebeck
, and I don't know much about her except that she was late to town because she'd been to the Golden Globes for her nomination for Smash
, the TV series about Broadway. She invented it. A Rep person introduces us and announces that Theresa is a knitter. "I love knitting," I say. So I show her my teevee cozy, aka a mitered square blanket I threw over the TV in order to make the teevee not so BLACK, and she tells me all this stuff about how knitting is central to her existence. I say something along the lines of "I'm kind of an obsessed knitter," and we chat in a vague way about how great knitting is. She disappears, then comes back and says, "Beth Curley just told me who you are. I have both your books; they are the only books I have knit multiple things out of." She made two Big Dotty blankets for a friend who was having twins.
Well, you can imagine how that made my day/week/month/year.
Other knitters emerged out of the group, including TWO of the playwrights she's in town to teach, and I drag out the Big Dotty sample so she can show this other woman what she was talking about, and it was all very jolly. If they'd had knitting with them, we would have ended up knitting.
Beth Curley, Theresa Rebeck, etc. (Hat tip to Tennessee Rep for capturing this historic moment.) (Come with me to see the Rep's Cabaret
next month--it is going to be incredible.)
You would have loved it: knitting conquers all. Theresa even wrote a play about knitting, Loose Knit
. Has anyone seen it?
This is the sort of thing that makes life worth living, you know? Knitting lets people put down their guard. It's such a secret handshake. If you're knitting, you have something to talk about.
In the course all the yammering, yarn was a topic. We were talking about favorite yarns, and my instant wish was that I could put this question to the knitters I know out in cyberspace. So, everybody, what is your favorite yarn? Don't overthink it--just lay it out there.