“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

Dateline: Chicago

Dear Kay,
Well, the last semi trailer has arrived in the West Loop, ready for the load-in tomorrow morning for the Windy City Winding Party. We borrowed the set from the Country Music Awards, and it’s going to be one awesome evening. Mary Neal is working on her Fiona Apple songbook; I’m going hardcore country, myself. Kitty Wells and June Carter Cash all the way. I hope everybody’s going to like the show. We’re expecting bloggers, knitters, quilters posing as knitters, friends of knitters, suburban knitters, city knitters, people bearing dip, people bearing yarn–it’s a regular reenactment of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Oh, I feel a haiku coming on–
Upon Greeting Folks Who Arrive at the Windy City Winding Party
Yes, the stairs are steep
If you lean against this wall
You’ll catch your breath soon
What is your name, hon?
Just tell us your URL;
Grab yerself a beer.
Come early, everybody, and stay late! Can’t wait to meet you all.
Kay, dearest, it’s just killing me that you won’t be there in actual person. We’ll wind a ball of denim in your honor.
Love,
Ann
PS Have I mentioned how much we’re loving Chicago? Upon arrival, I simply had to watch Chicago’s Favorite Adopted Daughter Oprah this morning as I had my ritual Morning Muffin of Life on the Road. Oprah didn’t disappoint, lemme tell you–she had not only FAITH HILL, the prettiest country music singer, but FAITH HILL’S HAIR which really was outstanding. (Faith Hill Hair Watchers: It’s gone deeper blonde. Memo to us: go deeper blonde). And Faith brought along the hard-workin’ mother of five from Stoughton, Massachusetts, who wrote three of the songs on Faith’s new album. Oprah: crying. Just totally slobbercrying. Mother of five: crying like she just found Jesus. Faith: preserving that Revlon contract by appearing to cry yet not actually spilling tears over the boundaries of her mascara. Pure stinkin’ genius how she managed it.
I can feel the Oprah in the air, I really can. I keep waiting for an Oprah staffer to tap me on the shoulder and say, “Ma’am? Are you a hard-workin’ mother of five? Or two? Could you by chance help us show our studio audience how to knit?”

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12 Comments

  1. You just Keep Hope Alive honey, on that Oprah thing. Lemme know if you need any help teaching Faith Hill how to knit. I can get you some people. xoxo Kay (shriveling up, in a most unattractive fashion, with envy at not being in CHICAGO TOMORROW)

  2. I’m getting very excited! I might have to polish my party shoes!

  3. Seriously. You’re making us NY Knitbloggers look bad with our meet-ups. (And I can call myself a NY Knitblogger even though I reside in NJ the same way the NY Giants and NY Jets can call themselves NY even though they play in NJ.)(Don’t know why I just commented on that. Forgive me.)
    Have a FANTABULOUS OPRAHRIFIC TIME!

  4. and suburban knitters bearing wine!! i’ll be there, cheap wine in hand…Mariah on my back, as long as zipper gets installed, and fair isle mitts on, well, my mitts. and brining yarn to wind. whew. super thin laceweight. NEEDS a swift. i cannot do it on my own.
    see ya then!

  5. I quiver in the Deep South. Unable to knit with any of you. Note to others who can: Go to Chicago in winter! Learn why scarves were invented! Stay warm, ya’ll.

  6. Note to self: Bring dip, partridge, and shrubbery.

  7. Surely Oprah will want the whole lot of you when she hears about the party? Yarn winding, and dip, and beer!? Whoa, this will be fun. Have fun, y’all.

  8. I wish I could justify the 3 1/2 hour trip from Davenport, Iowa to Chicago to knit with you ladies, but I’m pretty sure my family would look at it as the final lapse of my sanity. Hope you have fun! :-)

  9. Go SEE Oprah! KNIT IN THE AUDIENCE. BRING A FEW KNITTER FRIENDS. I bet some staffer notices and talks to you at which point you can casually mention that knitting is the new yoga and oh by the way I just wrote a book which totally came about because I BLOG, BABY. I bet you dollars to donuts that the staffer mentions it to Oprah, and there you go within weeks, sitting on the very couch that Tom Cruise jumped on like a little shaved monkey.

  10. I am keeping a warm (yet windy) happy thought for everyone that is meeting (or has already?) up to wind yarn! If it were economical, I’d have hopped a plane to be there – but after some research a cherry swift and automatic ball winder were cheaper. (I’ll continue to use backs of chairs and my wrists though, it keeps me honest.)

  11. Oh to be in Chicago! Have a blast ladies. I best get on the ball for the NoVa/MD/DC Winding party- apparently I have fallen behind!

  12. I saw that episode of Oprah the first time they showed it…that stay at home mom who wrote the Faith Hill songs…made me bawl!