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Parallel Universe

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(Zitron Trekking XXL, color 100! These were my first socks!)
Dear everybody,
As I sat in our hotel room in London on New Year’s Eve, watching the boys watch the World Dart Championships (Phil “The Power” Taylor is a god, if you ask me), I thought about the year that was passing by.
I had just had a tasty glass of champagne in the lobby with Anna, who is not only a brilliant knitter but also a great person to drink champagne with. There she sat, as charming and elegant as a cat–somebody I knew only from the online knitting world, but suddenly right there on the sofa. When she showed me her cashmere Print o’ the Wave shawl, I felt a little shiver–a frisson if you’re feeling Frenchy–because hers was the shawl which prompted me to try to make one myself. The strangest thing is that it didn’t seem strange at all.
That’s what 2006 has been for me–the year when strange things didn’t seem strange at all. When in life do you get to go on a three-week road trip with a gal pal, where the agenda is to visit yarn shops and talk all day about knitting? How often do you get to have a book published with your name (spelled correctly, even) on it? It has been an amazing year, filled with new experiences, new places, and most of all, new friends.
I don’t have any resolutions figured out–other than my resolution not to have cosmetic surgery THIS year. So here’s to a new year filled with more of . . . whatever not-strange thing it is we are all doing here.
I have loved reading everybody’s year-end wrap-ups of their knitting year. Can you believe how much red-colored knitting and money-raising and merciless butchering of the English language is going on? And how much we will be doing in the year to come?
Here’s to a year filled with more firsts for us all.
Love,
Ann

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  1. Some of my firsts include reading your book, reading a blog and commenting, and knitting lace (still unfinished). I enjoyed them all and look forward to what 2007 brings. More yarn? Bring it on!

  2. Gasp! The red scarf project! Something else I meant to do, thanks for the reminder. I’ll add it to the ever-growing list. Now, do I have some nice red in the stash? Gee, I’d hate to have to go shopping! (giggle)

  3. I sooooo miss the Darts now that we moved from the UK. It used to brighten my new year to watch the action from Lakeside. I can just hear ‘ooooonnnee hundred aaaaannnddd eighty!’ now.

  4. Dammit I was hoping we could get a 2-fer on the cosmetic surgery thing. Think of SOMETHING. Just a tweak! C’mon it’ll be awesome. xox Kay

  5. OK, I’ll confess, next year I’m aiming for a humongous boob job. A total re-do. You in?

  6. May this year be the BEST year ever…and I hope I don’t have to speak with you about this again! :)

  7. I have a friend (that I met through a beauty board first before meeting years later IRL) that also knits. I said to her that I was starting the Central Park Hoodie. She exclaimed, “woah! I was going to start that sweater too!” We both liked the one Carrioke made and that was the sweater that inspired us. It would be neat if I ever met that Carrieoke and she whipped out that CPH. Of course, she gave it to her sister, so not sure how that would work.

  8. I second that !

  9. Ha. Norma is rallying major knitting for charity, Stephanie is raising major money for charity and we’re composing the worst blog entries ever written! What can I say, we just wanted to do something to help, too. Now I must run off into a private place and check my priorities!
    Happiest of new years. And may the strange continue not feeling strange.

  10. Those socks, that yarn!! What is that yarn??!!???
    I spent my new years eve playing darts with my husband, who took great pride in thoroughly trouncing me, of course…

  11. Can I second your firsts?
    ps Still love those socks.

  12. Our yarn store has a sale every January and July on EVERYTHING in the store, so I finally bought your book which I’ve been coveting ever since it came out. And now my daughter and I are just about to the point of trussing each other up in straitjackets to keep ourselves from immediately casting on at least half the projects in the book. As a busy homeschooling mom (and she a busy college student) with school starting back this week, there is no way I can start any more projects right now! But as soon as I finish one of my “old” projects one of yours will be on the needles pretty much instantly.
    And I’m so jealous of anyone spending New Year’s in London because the British Isles are among my all time favorite places.
    My “first” for this year? I knit my first Faroese shawl from the top down from Myrna Stahman’s book and now I want nothing but Faroese shawls for the rest of my life because they actually stay on.

  13. Questions – questions
    First – what is that sock yarn – is that Noro? I wasn’t going to go to the dark side with socks but now I must. The second question – what is a Faroese shawl? Finally the last question – why doesn’t superfine mohair come with a warning label that you will feel like you are knitting with your own hair – nevermind a mo’s hair????
    Signed – My mohair hoodie may actually be a wig!
    Serafina

  14. My first time posting ~ love your book, love your blog. I’m adding my voice to the others – what is that sock yarn?! (Like I need more sock yarn…)
    Happy Monday!

  15. it’s going to be a great year. I can just feel it.

  16. Here’s to no cosmetic surgery, sending bubbly wishes to all.

  17. Hi, We’re (hub & I) driving through Tennessee next month. We’re doing a road trip to hit knitting and quilting stores (my plan) and was wondering how often you meet at the library. Any excuse to get together with other addicts.

  18. It has been a better year for me having met both you and Kay. You have brought a very human and humorous touch to knitting.

  19. What a year! For me, it was all about the knitting, the blogging and the people I’ve met online and in person through the knitting and blogging. One of the highlights of my year was meeting you and Kay twice in a week here on Long Island! If only 2007 is as good, my head might explode! Just kidding. Got to get that red scarf finished….

  20. At last, someone who appreciates “The Power” as much as I do. This time last year-ish I paced the floor in labour waiting for Taylor to win the semi-final before going into hospital and was back at home with baby Betsy Belle in time to see him win the Championship. This year I watched most of the Championship on German Satelite in a Danish log cabin, owned by a woman who not only has her own yarn shop but is also the daughter-in-law of Vivien Hoxbro. Not enough knitters understand how good darts is to knit to.
    Sarah

  21. At last, someone who appreciates “The Power” as much as I do. This time last year-ish I paced the floor in labour waiting for Taylor to win the semi-final before going into hospital and was back at home with baby Betsy Belle in time to see him win the Championship. This year I watched most of the Championship on German Satelite in a Danish log cabin, owned by a woman who not only has her own yarn shop but is also the daughter-in-law of Vivien Hoxbro. Not enough knitters understand how good darts is to knit to.
    Sarah

  22. Sigh. You really know how to make a girl homesick. The pictures of London are amazing, and I am very proud that my fellow Englishmen gave you such a warm welcome! Isn’t Liberty just the best? Sigh, again.
    I was always an Eric Bristow fan, and never really took kindly to ol’ Phil wiping the oche with him, but I suppose there always has to be progress. As a kid I used to sit with my Dad and count down his 301’s whilst knitting little toys and dresses for Pippa (the poor girls’ Barbie of the 70’s), sigh, yet again.
    I need to snap out of this and go knit something – the washcloths went down a storm, by the way – even my father-in-law commented about how nice they feel in his hand and how well they wash the dishes and he’s Irish and never says more than 3 words in a row! Praise indeed!

  23. First purl this year. Amazing how learning a little backwardsness can open up worlds of knitting.
    And what is that sock yarn!?!

  24. Here’s to a new year and all the great new things to come! (Love the socks)

  25. I’m betting that sock yarn is Mega Boot Stretch, which is my most favorite sock yarn ever.

  26. Thanks for posting the yarn type for those great socks. They’re a great first sock!

  27. Had my first experience watching darts in London on NYE, also while knitting as it turns out! The next day, my brother-in-law was curious as to how popular it was, so he looked up the number of people who watched the championship. It was 100 million.

  28. Happy New Year, Ann and Kay!
    A first for me in 2006: meeting book authors whose blog I read and having their book autographed in person!
    I also learned eleventy dozen new stitches in 2006. Yay, me!

  29. Happy New Year to you too!
    May your yarn always be soft, plentiful and co-operative. May your needles never be confiscated and your gauge not lie.

  30. I adore Anna. What serendipity to have two such lovely knitty ladies sipping champagne together!