Dateline: Four Various States in the Midwest
May 9, 2006
I hope to heck you make it back from Omaha in one piece. I feel like I’ve left a trail of wreckage. I just located my camera’s USB cable–finally!–which had wormed itself into a shoe which was hidden under a bag of yarn which was crammed in the bottom of my suitcase. Which was full of clothes. Which are grubby. Plus one leftover sweet roll from your mom, which I will treasure like it’s the Nun Bun.
I sure do miss being on TV. The glamour! Trying to figure out whether the Frisbee-catching dog is going to get top billing, hoping against hope that there’s a chef in the next segment, learning about traffic patterns in major metropolitan areas. Hearing the sentence, “Knitting’s not just for grandmas anymore.” Hearing the question, “So why do you think knitting is so HOT right now?”
KSHB Action News Channel 13 Or 41 If You Have Cable was great for hanging out with our peeps, Wheel of Fortune stars Pat Sajak and Vanna White and our really great new friend that guy wearing brown clothes. I was grateful that this station had the appropriate shrine so that I could make my daily devotional.
I keep thinking about Meredith. Meredith, the heart and soul of “Kansas City Live.” Do you think Meredith really liked learning how to knit on the air? She seemed like she wanted to learn, but frankly, I think she was a little more excited about the Frisbee-catching dog.
Talk about lucky–KSHB Action News Kansas City Live Channel 13 Or 41 had TWO chefs! It being Cinco de Mayo, we participated in a Salsa Showdown. Here’s Chef One. Here’s Chef Two. Guess who won!
It was great to drive from Kansas City to Omaha, which meant in one day I was in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska–a four-state day. While you and Brother Van were in Van’s car ahead of me, I was driving poorly and singing the lyrics to every single Dixie Chicks song. I still miss that Schlotzky’s Deli with the computers. All that face-to-face interaction with you was starting to get to me. Thank heavens for email, you know?
The Plot Thickens: Omaha
This cookie was less distressed when it was sitting on the cute table at String of Purls with its other Nebraska-shaped cookie pals. String of Purls is a beautiful shop, and we were warmly greeted by
felted boxes (note the contrasting edges!) and
a deeluxe washcloth, not to mention the supergracious Anne and Robyn and Louise and Becky One and Becky Two, and a bunch of fantastic knitters who had come many miles to sit, knit, share, show, shop, and spin.
Salem just knocked me out–her first project, this buttonhole bag, won First Place in the Iowa State Fair. A BLUE RIBBON, people. Let me tell you, a blue ribbon is NOT SO EASY TO GET (she said bitterly).
Her mom likewise knocked me out with her Kiri shawl. Gargeous.
This wonderful woman gently suggested we get ourselves a copy of Color Works: The Crafter’s Guide to Color in order to help us avoid a future of knitting hideous-looking Moderne baby blankets. Man, can I take a hint.
That’s Calamari Knitting, y’all. This is the first example of this book project I’ve seen–this enterprising knitter chopped up eight T shirts and is making herself a rug that is almost an inch thick. The colors are great together.
And here’s some juicy-looking Scribble Lace. From a very new knitter, no less. Love it.
The Plot Gets Really Thick
People kept coming up to me at String of Purls who were your family. Brother Guy. Sister Amy. Your friends from days gone by. And, finally, after four years of blabbing away the days with you, after this, that, and the other, finally, I finally met Most Moisturized Mom. The Mother of all Moms. She’s just amazing, Kay. Lucky you. Lucky me!
PS I can’t get over all the projects you guys are showing us at the Mason-Dixon Knitalong. So much fun!