Southampton Show And Tell
August 30, 2007
Dear Ann, Yoda and Obi-Wan, Saucepots et al.,
Belatedly, I have some photos to share from the knitting party at the Southampton Historical Society that was so kindly organized by the Rogers Memorial Library. I hope it was the “Second Annual” such gathering. I love meeting the local knitters and knitting-curious, and love the opportunity to yak about my knitting hot pash du jour. (This time I carried on about The Knitted Blanket As Uniquely American Art Form Like Jazz, Tap, and Quilts And By The Way When Is The Smithsonian Going To Wake Up And Smell the Coffee On This One?)
But to every good thing in life, there is a Best Part. And in the case of knitting parties, the best part has got to be the stuff that people bring with them to show other knitters.
Joan the Teenaged Knitting Prodigy was there. This is a blanket she made using Lion Brand Thick & Quick.
An excellent example of Great Grandmother’s Counterpane pattern, I think. This was knitted so tightly, in fine cotton yarn, that it’s practically bullet-proof. In my excitement I didn’t get the name of the knitter, who made it decades ago and is now doing it again, full-size, at a drapier gauge. All together now: group covet!
Jennifer proves, once and for all, that the knitted skirt is a wearable, flattering thing indeed.
This little piece of resistance will absolutely slay you, Ann. A perfect, pristine, plaid-ish knitted coat. Forty years old according to its knitter/owner, Mimi. I begged Mimi to model. With tears in my eyes and that little catch in my voice that almost always works. Mimi fussed about the hem of her floral dress showing, so I wheedled a little more, and she folded it up all the way around.
It was worth the trouble, Mimi. Look at those 3/4 sleeves–the absolute fashion of the moment! I was in awe of the fact that someone could be the same size for 40 years. I asked about the pattern, and all that Mimi could remember was that it was from a women’s magazine back in the day. It’s orange. Think about that. It’s also LINED. Think about THAT.
Cathy and Jennifer aka the usual suspects. Cathy brought her delightful mom. It was a great day. You should come next time.
OK, back to end-of-vacay chaos and boredom for me. Today’s strategy (brace yourself): kayaks. I am slightly concerned about fitting into the kayak. I hope there is a Mom Jeans of kayaks, with a nice elastic waist.