May 2, 2010
You would think Avenue A was the ends of the earth, for how rarely I get there. I go up and down the West Side like it’s nothing. Is there not an L train? Are there no crosstown buses?
On Friday I was wandering around the East Village like a tourist, snapping pictures. For a treat, I dropped in to say hi to Rita at Downtown Yarns, and ended up doing something I never do: sitting down and knitting for a couple of hours, enjoying the Avenue A breeze through the screen door and a therapeutic natter with Rita. Plus I bought some yarn. Needless to say. And an owl pattern. (Shut up.)
Brooklyn may have its squirrels, but we have our woodland creeturs in Manhattan, too.
This window faces east, so it was hard to get a picture. GO THERE. It’s worth a visit. A window full of handknit owls, each one different, staring with unblinking vintage button eyes.
Rita’s shop is full of inspiration. Real inspiration, not just buy-yarn-now inspiration (but that too). You feel lifted up and energized. For example, there is now a Knitted Apron in Carrie’s future, which is much cooler than it sounds. (I knit Carrie 2 things in January and February, which got a combined wearing of TWO TIMES, both under the duress of maternal insistence. So you would think I’d have learned my lesson. But no. I’m not going to be above telling Carrie that Belinda bought it on the street in London and sent it over–she will basically wear anything that has been bought on the street in London. So mum’s the word on her mum’s knitting. Plan B is to knit them for her friends, who will of course wear them BECAUSE THEY’RE COOL–and because their mothers didn’t make them.)
A DELAY IN OUR PROGRAM
In other news, I am happy to report that Olive’s Quilt is all quilted up, the basting pulled out, and a Controversial Embellishment has been accomplished. HOWEVER, I will not be putting the binding on it until I get to the cutting board and sewing machine, so it may be a couple of weeks. STAND DOWN, dog-crafters. I am ON IT.
Here’s a hint about the Controversial Embellishment:
Don’t worry, Ann. It’s going to be OK.
P.S. Ann, this one’s for you:
A redwork sampler–HAND KNIT–in Downtown Yarns.