The Crossroads of the Universe
November 15, 2006
Oh, sure, you’re up there in the crossroads of the universe, with every Sally, Sissy, and Sue who comes through New York City calling you up for a pint of coffee with ya.
Well, Nashville is a crossroads, too, you know. Grant writers LOVE coming to Nashville–the place is just rotten with ’em. Those grant writers just can’t wait until it’s time for an Association of Grant Professionals throwdown–they pack up the Power Points, sharpen their pencils, and head to Music City for a few days of wild and crazy nonprofit fundraising strategizin’.
Fortunately for me, Larissa Brown is one of those nutty grant-writing experts who came to town from Portland, Oregon. Which meant I got to hang out with her on Friday after she finished her talk.
She is more familiar to us online knitting types as the author of the blog Stitch Marker. Larissa ought to have three heads, because she is not only a granty expert, she is an artist as well the author of a forthcoming book. She and her husband Martin (Pause. Imagine writing a book with OUR spouses. Chew on that one for a minute.) are at work on a book about knitalongs and community knitting.
At the moment Larissa is at work cooking up a knitalong for the book. Here’s the Knitty piece she wrote about the hats she is encouraging folks to knit. Go poke around her blog, knit a hat. There’s so much to see over there.
I find all this fascinating. Larissa is one of those people whose boundless creativity is inspiring to me. Her art uses office supplies as the material; she does things like make quilts out of people’s Day Timer pages. Hmph. Love that.
I don’t know how Larissa got through her conference without her name badge, which I just found in the bottom of the Mom Bomb. I’ve been wearing it around town, and people keep stopping me, asking how I can get Bill Gates to fund their cat rescue program.
I keep forgetting to take photos at the library knitting circle, but here are a couple of highlights of what is turning out to be a very cool be-in for middle Tennessee’s knitting fanatics.
Mamsey! (say it Mumsey and you’ll have it!) Mamsey finished her first hat. Mamsey is in Nashville with her husband who is part of our church’s sabbatical priest program. All the way from Johannesburg, South Africa. Imagine her surprise at ending up in a room full of Nashville knitters, learning to decrease.
Francie Owens, of mitered polymer clay fame, has taken to messing with thrift store sweaters. I think this bag takes the prize as Best Adaptive Reuse of a Sweater That Ought Never to Have Been Made in the First Place. Very cool! She says she got the instructions off the Web someplace. If she tells me where, I’ll pass that along.