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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

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Imagine no dropped stitches
It’s easy if you try
No twisted cast-ons
Alpaca: all Blue Sky
Imagine all the people
Knitting socks today…
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Imagine there’s no muggles
They all learned to knit
Once we got them started
They found it hard to quit
Imagine all the people
Knitting socks in peace…
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You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will knit as one
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Imagine you saw Harlot
Wearing pants today
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Her hair sans body lotion
And that was kinda disappointing (in a way)
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Imagine all the people
Wearing colorful and very elaborate knitwear
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You-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will knit as one

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145 Comments

  1. So awesome! Even with the crazy east coast cold snap I so wish I could have seen it in person…

  2. Thank you for representing! I also would have loved to have been there with everyone. Great pictures and some comforting words.

  3. Applause! Applause!

  4. Encore! Encore! Love the new version of an old favorite!
    AND THE WORLD WILL KNIT AS ONE! Now that’s my kind of heaven! :)

  5. Good grief, all grown up, seen it all, nothing new under the sun, little old me is sitting here in northern California on my couch looking at the photos (and loving the wonderful, adapted poem – I still miss you John!) with tears in my eyes. It’s a fine thing to be a knitter.

  6. Too cool. I wish I could have attended. It looks like it was wonderful.

  7. Yay for knitters in NY! And those who travelled to NY! Yay for the super-cool meeting place! And yay for the update to “Imagine”. Well done you.

  8. Sniff! John would be so proud!

  9. hah, i got a little choked up. love those knitters.

  10. Thank you! So wished I could have joined you all.
    Jo
    xxx

  11. I can imagine it! I just love the part about all the knitting socks in peace. Fabulous!

  12. I got choked up too….glad” I’m not the only one, some day I’ll join them, when the world will knit as one”….what wonderful pictures, THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing those. I wish I could have been there! I’ve been checking blogs half the night, and here I am first thing this a.m.! Can’t wait till you can write all about it! Thanks again, Wendy

  13. “Imagine there’s no muggles, they all learned how to knit”, Kay that is priceless. Thank you for being there for those of us who could not be there. All the photos show people laughing and having a good deal of fun and I wish I could have been there too.

  14. I have a serious addiction to dish cloth cotton and sock yarn. And I have a smile on my face. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  15. Oh my… here I am all teary-eyed, and it’s not yet 7am! What a wonderful tribute, thanks for sharing it with us!

  16. Any idea what the yarn is on that gorgeous lace scarf modeled by the woman with the unconventional hair color? :)

  17. Thanks so much for sharing the photos and continuing to inspire us non-muggles. The world would be a better place with more knitters in it. We can only hope that the Stephanie and the Harlot Horde inspired others to pick up sticks and string.

  18. This makes me so very happy! Lovely poem (or song, I sang it to myself, ha!) and lovely pictures.

  19. Thank you for that Kay. I really wish I could have been there. Knit on!

  20. Wish I’d been there….

  21. Okay, how did I miss the post that said that was happening????

  22. Wow, that is great!! I know those were the words John really wanted to sing!!

  23. So, so wonderful, empowering… life-affirming! I am so happy for, and yes, envious of, everyone there – please do some yarn crawling for the rest of us!

  24. MWAH! You are wonderful. I’m going to be humming all day. Imagine! Thanks Kay!
    ; )

  25. Hair to match the yarn? Now THAT’S a fiber enthusiast. I’ll look at the indigo vat in a new way this spring.

  26. Great pictures, & great song adaptation! It almost makes me feel like I was there.
    (St. Louis had its own, completely different, knitting event yesterday though, so I at least I got to spend yesterday surrounded by knitters, even if it wasn’t NYC.)

  27. What a WONDERFUL post! I often read your blog but I think I mostly lurk…this just dragged me out of lurkdom. Lovely photos, and lovely lyrics…I think I just teared up a little.
    PS – your book has finally entered my household after much at-a-distance ogling. My sister purchased it and wouldn’t let me go near it while she read it for the first time, I think I would have lost a limb had I tried to grab it from her.

  28. Dig that boss warshrag over at 2 o’clock. :)
    It was such a pleasure to meet you irl yesterday. As soon as my fellow and I return from our trip to D.C. next weekend, I am so making you a russenzopf.

  29. This was WONDERFUL! Thank you.
    And I recognize Pam, with her beautiful shawl and purple hair, representing London Ontario with real style. Hi Pam!

  30. thank you thank you for the pictures
    you just made my morning you all are so pretty
    poem
    i, fan chih, wear my socks inside out
    everyone says its wrong
    but i.d rather be an eyesore
    than hide my feet under a bushel
    wang chi 590-660
    bon jour elizabeth

  31. Just beautiful. BRAVA! Almost like being there.

  32. Aw, that’s *sweet*! Thanks for the report, not to mention the song. There I was, defiantly knitting away like Madame DeFarge throughout DD’s Fieldston parent conference. Like how she’s doing in school is more important than knitting. Humph.

  33. Wonderful photos and lyric adaptation! Thanks you so much for sharing them. Wish I could have been there!

  34. All day yesterday I was dying to know what was happening with all the knitters in N.Y.C. Thanks so much for sharing, now I feel like I was almost there. :)

  35. Oooohhhh! I so wanted to be there! What a great post, wonderful photos, I am *almost* there, thank you for coming up with those alternate lyrics, they’re priceless!
    “And the world will knit as one!”
    ((((hugs))))

  36. Thanks for the laugh, Kay. Wish I’d been there….

  37. Love it!!!! Wish I could have been there!

  38. When the Harlot posted the first picture, I thought – how COOL!! And how much does it STINK that I have to be at work, a mere few hours drive away in Boston, and can’t be in NYC at FIT. The story you put behind in and the other pics are just awesome! Thank you!

  39. Hooray! Thanks for the inspiration! The world will knit as one. We will try to “represent” when the Harlot hits Chi-town!

  40. Thanks… not often do I wish I lived in NYC, but yesterday was a day I did.

  41. THAT was great. Sorry I didn’t see you – couldn’t get in until after work.
    I love the lone dishcloth in C.P.

  42. That was the best post ever! Looked like fun.

  43. I was there in spirit!! Seeing everyones pictures is making me feel more & more like I was really there.

  44. Excellent cover. Will I see it on YouTube???? XOXO

  45. *sniff* John Lennon can always bring a tear to my eye.
    thanks kay– it was (almost) as good as being there, instead of at home with Zoé and her stomach bug– i see much laundry in my future! um, hooray ?

  46. Kay-
    I was SOOO disappointed I couldn’t make it to Central Park in time, I just knew you’d be there and I would have loved to met you. My son, my friend and I were at FIT, but my little boy was so busy doing laps around the auditorium that I didn’t have hardly time to sit let alone search in the crowd for your face and then make an ass of myself by way of introductions (though to be honest I did look).
    Sooo… when the new book comes out (when is that going to be anyway?) I am going to finagle a stop on your own tour (sans son).
    It was a powerfully rousing talk that Stephanie gave and all those that couldn’t be there – well, you were there in spirit, we felt it.

  47. sock, sock, sock… dishrag?
    Would that be yours, Kay?

  48. Bravo! Bravo! – Since I didn’t get to go in person, I’m glad you took me on a virtual tour. Looks like a good time was had by all. I wish I could have seen the looks on the facers of the passers by.

  49. Amazing… amazing….amazing. I think that is a wonderful version of one of my favorite songs.

  50. Totally awesome! Thank you.

  51. :) Beautiful!

  52. Thank you very much for sharing that with us. You are quit the poet. :)

  53. That was a beautiful tribute. And you’ve got the best pictures cause they’re nice and big! Thank you! Thank you!

  54. Thank you for the pictures and the song.
    I loved it, and was also moved by it.
    Thanks again.

  55. That’s so awesome! Wish I was there!
    Yarn Harlot, please get us some Canadian Dates for your tour (Niagara is very nice…) and bring the Mason Dixon girls too

  56. I have inexplicable tears streaming from my eyes… What a lovely photo (and song) tribute to inspire knitters everywhere.

  57. That’s so cool!!

  58. I wish I could have been there, too! It looks like it was loads of fun. Thanks for the pics.

  59. Great photos, great song. Thanks!

  60. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous shots. MAN, I wish I coulda gone. The whole several-hundred knitters at FIT was kinda cool last night, but y’all look like you’re having a whole lotta fun.
    Um, and I do think it was a little sneaky and subversive of you to get a warshrag in the shot, but it’s really great and adds a lot to the visual! Go, go, Team Cotton! (and Team “Knit With Needles You Can See On A Cloudy Day”)
    Did I say I love the lyrics? Love the lyrics.
    Thanks for the nearly-there experience.

  61. What a great way to start the morning. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Beautifully written!! My co-worker just asked if everything was ok cause my eyes were gettin all red rimmed. Thank you so much for sharing your adaptation and the pics!
    Btw.. did you sleep at all last night or just sit up re-writing song lyrics? I’m not sure I could have slept after such a wonderful day! =)

  63. I was singing you lyrics while scrolling downs to check the pictures. Almost got a tear… Thank you for the nice summary.

  64. What a great way to start the day! I wish I could have been there, but alas, was even late for FIT. Thanks for letting me “be there.”

  65. Just beautiful! I’m all wistful now, knitting alone on my couch….

  66. that. is. awesome.

  67. Fantastic pictures, and lyrics – thanks much for sharing!

  68. Wow. I rarely post to blogs (barely have time to read them), but this is just amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  69. Beautiful!

  70. What a day! And what a s***-eating grin I have on my face in that picture! But it’s right, I had the time of my life yesterday! To be with so many like minded people, it was sheer joy. The knitting, the conversations, the museum, the shopping, the book launch! Wow. I made it home just after midnight, too tired to knit on the bus, but I did read a bit of the book. So glad I got to meet up with you again!

  71. Amen! :)

  72. oooohhhh… who’s wearing the bias knit fair isle from loop d loop. Definitely on my envy list! Thanks for the fantastic post.

  73. WOW! Great photos and great lyrics!

  74. Thanks so much for sharing that on the blog…almost as good as being there! BTW, I LOVE your book! It is so entertaining and inspirational. I have 28 skeins of different colored yarns (warms vs. cools) just waiting to be knit up into a log cabin afghan…just waiting for delivery of my new Knitting chair (actually should call it a throne…who buys a chair just to knit in?!?).

  75. “imagine all the people knitting socks in peace” …
    that’s beautiful, kay. i sang along with you as i read your lyrics.
    oh, and the pics are great, too. stephanie is beautiful.
    thanks so much for this! what a treat.

  76. You guys totally rock the sock. I love it! And now I need a kleenex.

  77. BTW, can I snag the first picture for my desktop?

  78. Wonderful, Kay! As promised, there’s a terrific photo of you two Knitting Divas over on my blog.

  79. The lyrics will, of course, be on the frontispiece of the new book, right?
    Thank you for sharing. It made me happy just looking at the smiling faces.

  80. I wish I were there!

  81. Thanks for sharing the great pictures and words with all of us unable to get to N.Y. The world definitely needs more knitters and less fighters. Maybe the Harlot and others should be in Washington D.C. knitting on the Mall and making a statement for calmer approaches to politics too! Just imagine…

  82. Beautiful. Wish my Sweet Georgia sock could have been there to be a part of it.

  83. Now that song is stuck in my head. I’ll have to memorize the words and sing it your way though.

  84. Ah, I wish I could have been there… Looks like such a fun time :)

  85. GREAT pics…thanks for sharing with those of us who couldn’t be there…And the song, of course, is fabulous! I shall learn it, and sing it on the way to Victoria when the Harlot comes West. (I’m imagining a sing-a-long on the ferry…could be fun!)

  86. I am sooooo jealous! And I love your version of Imagine!

  87. Great re-write! Great pictures! Wish I could have been there to add a mitered square (currently working on king-size blankie) to the pile, but work and home did not cooperate this week! Thanks for the inspirational post.

  88. What beautiful knitted items these women are wearing! It makes me want to actually finish some of the projects I have around the house. I wish I could have been there!

  89. I am just crying all over the place! What a great post! When I first read that Stephanie was planning this, I wanted to be there. But when I read this, well, I just ached. The song, the socks, the warshrag! It’s just too much. Knitter rule! I love this. Thank you for all of it!

  90. I’m so happy to have met you yesterday! Love the kintterly take on “imagine.” That’s some good imagining. Hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future.

  91. I love this! Such a wonderful set of photos and the words work so well too!
    Wish I could have been there :)

  92. Who is the woman with the wonderful purple hair, what pattern is the shawl that she’s wearing, and where did she get the wonderful, colorful yarn?
    Okay, okay, I know I should be telling you how you made me tear up with the song (I miss you, John!) and how I ached to be in NYC with everyone, but dear me, yarn-lust really runs deep!

  93. Fabulous post. Poetry and pictures say it all…and then some. Thanks for this vicarious moment.

  94. *sniff* Bravo! Bravo! I sang it out loud – you did a perfect job with the song and the photos. Thanks for the priceless photos for those of us who were only there in spirit. :)

  95. Oh. This was so sweet. Fabu photos and equally great lyrics. I can hear the piano playing to tune in my head.
    BRAVO! ENCORE!
    It looked like a great time inspite of the cloudy day. Thank you for sharing with us.
    :-)

  96. beautiful, just beautiful!

  97. Yay- such great pics! ALMOST as good as getting to be there. :)

  98. Yes! Finally! Our own anthem, with a sense of humor, yet.
    And am I the only one who doesn’t recognize/can’t make out the brass plate on the Harlot’s park bench?

  99. I don’t know if Jillz is checking back, but the scarf on the lady with the pretty blue and purple hair was made out of koigu.
    I was luck enough to see it in person, and I kinda wanted to run away with it!

  100. That’s twice this week that you made me cry — Mr Rogers and now this.
    And warshcloths are not good for blowing one’s nose on.

  101. Beautiful pictures. I wish I could have been there. I spent the day with two kids having surgery. :( NOT FUN. Is that Lucy Neatby I spotted in the picture? I just got an email from my lys that she will be teaching class for three days this spring and then agian in oct of next year. Hopefully we will get to see both of you sometime here in Michigan.

  102. Beautiful, beautiful.

  103. Sigh. A year and a month ago I lived only three blocks away, and I could have been one of the happy and colorful sock-knitters joining yarn in peace. I think you’ve just made me really miss New York for the first time.

  104. That is a wonderful adaptation. In my head, I sang your words, truly an inspiration. I was inordinately happy to see a ‘warshrag’ there, and in such happy colors.
    I am glad to be here in Washington state, but to be in NY for a bit would have been cool.

  105. I LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  106. I LOVED today’s entry! A knitter, a photographer and a songwriter, how talented you are!

  107. applause, applause.
    fabulous post.
    Stephanie should get a copy of those photos – they are fabulous of her!
    thanks you for sharing with all of us who could not be there.

  108. What a wonderful it would be:)

  109. Fab !
    xxx

  110. You are pretty amazing! Your song is great.
    I apologize for just grabbing you yesterday all ga-ga like and insisting that you pose for a photo with my friends! Forgive me, please. I was so excited about being THERE, and being in New York for the first time, and then finding KAY of Mason-Dixon was right in front of me!!!…. well, I probably couldn’t have held a coherent conversation anyway.

  111. I love the song! Wish I could have been there with all of you! I can’t wait till Stephanie comes to Lexington, KY on April 21st. I get to see her then!
    Again, great job on the song!

  112. Love it – love the generations of knitters – that’s what is all about – as J.L. would agree if he were here. Wish I didn’t live so far.

  113. Sniff.
    That was lovely.

  114. Hi from Kimberly! NYC was a blast, wasn’t it?? Please check out the Flickr group I created “Knitters Representing in NYC (and Everywhere Else)” when you can. And feel free to add photos or discussions because we want everyone’s stories!
    Bunny hugs,
    Kimberly
    =:8
    (The Today Show enabler)

  115. AMEN!

  116. I love the song–the only thing is, if you sing it aloud, people (i. e., your sister) look at you VERY strangely!

  117. Pam!
    I could recognize Pam anywhere! I just about jumped out of my chair!
    Great tribute!

  118. I’m all choked up – what a great rendition. Wish I could have been there….thanks for bringing it to us.

  119. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for posting so many photos… wish I was there of course. The photos help capture the moment, for those of us not there, and I am in awe!

  120. Thanks for the pictorial. Wish I could have been there!

  121. There was a nice article about you in our paper this morning. I am looking forward to seeing you at Joseph-Beth Booksellers next friday nite!!

  122. OOPS! I put the wrong address on the last post!!! (it was going to the Harlot) Sorry!! (if you can delete it please do so!)
    Yours was meant to say:
    I really loved this post. I bet you had a wonderful time. I really enjoy the two of you. Hope to come to Pittsburgh one of these days so I can get to meet you! Come to Maryland Sheep and Wool!!

  123. That is soooo cool! Thanks for the amazing pictures of it! I wish I could have been there!

  124. How beautiful is that -wow – it’s such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  125. IMAGINE! It is easy – thank you for sharing this with us *inlanders*… So much FUN & Love!

  126. Perfect. “What a wonderful world it would beeeeee.” (Louie Armstrong) :)

  127. How awesome and powerful. Thanks for the song, the choked up feeling, and for helping to bring our knitting community together as one.

  128. Wow!!! I am so proud to be a knitter!! Thanks for making us all feel like we were there, and the fabulous lyrics to a fabulous song. Knit on everyone!!!

  129. Thank you so much for the great photos and the inspired words for “Imagine”.
    Is that Lucy Neatby with the great coloured scarf/wrap and the HAIR???
    I’ve been learning from her amazing sock DVDs and it looks just like her.
    thank you again
    Ann

  130. Every bit as fabulous a ditty as it must have been to bear witness in person. Wish I’d been there.

  131. Thanks so much for the photos. What a fantastic event!

  132. That’s beautiful! Thanks for making all of us transport-challenged folks feel like we’d been there.

  133. What a great bunch of pictures, good work on the song, I almost feel like I was there.

  134. Truly divine! I do believe John is loving the knitter’s version of, IMHO, his most perfect song!

  135. Awwww… sniff! Lovely lyrics, I had to sing them quietly to myself in my cubicle… brought a little tear to my eye! Wish I coulda been there!

  136. Drat it all. I showed up at 12:30: charging my camera battery at Starbucks and a slow cab. If you were at FIT I was chasing one of the toddlers around. Great, great post!

  137. Crazy. I love it.

  138. In my life, I love you all.

  139. All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing the photos & words of inspiration.
    This passionate knitter just has to know
    who is the lady with the silver short hair with that fabulous scarf shown so prominently. I am drooling, I am quivering, I am hanging from the chandelier,,,,,,
    I really, really, really need to know
    what is the pattern and what yarn & colorway is it?
    I’ve got to have me one like that one too!!!!
    Thanks
    Ronni who waits holding her breath for a reply.

  140. Wow. I’m so jealous. Those are great pics! And great lyrics. :) thanks for sharing.

  141. Another brilliant post!! You two are a joy to read – all positivity and “funniness”. And while I’m gushing… I love your book, too! Thanks so much for the continuing entertainment.

  142. love love love the beautiful day in the neighborhood. imagine is one of my favorite songs and as a mad knitter it’s a wonderful variation. what a fun bunch! i love this scarf/wrap/yarn it looks like noro but i would love to know for sure! yummy! i also like the hair to match and even though it could go without saying, the first “imagine” shot with the yarn and WIPs.
    knit on!
    andie

  143. Thank you for all the bonus pictures! I so wish I could have been there but I had a hard-core work commitment.
    Is that white clean snow I see there in Central Park?
    :)
    Lunch over….

  144. Does anyone know Pam with the purple hair and if so can she be persuaded to share her pattern for that sensational scarf/shawl as well as yarn type and colorway used………
    Perhaps if she would share then maybe the girls will post the info. on the blog for all of us who are drooling and dying to knit it….
    Thanks
    Ronni
    knittingdiva1@aol.com

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