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Dear all,
I can’t thank you all enough for your incredibly helpful comments regarding the intervention. So much similar experience–you have all helped put this into perspective for me, and I’m so grateful.
Speaking of perspective, Lori provided me with a link the other day that puts pretty much everything into perspective. If you think that life is getting too tough, just consider this.
As an occasional knitter of clothing for fake chickens, I am a) jealous and b) impressed.
Love,
Ann

28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Could the neckline on that Elvis-inspired jumpsuit be less flattering? Even the chicken’s squawking about it.

  2. Sainsbury’s carrier bags are that lovely shade of orange except they are biodegradable these days so the chicken suit wouldn’t last that long if that is what she’s using. It’s the debate over fashion items vs classic pieces all over again.

  3. Oh yea! It’s the need for texture in the midst of all that technology!

  4. You know, it does put things in perspective. I guess I do feel that I’ve made some worthwhile contribution in life.

  5. Words fail me.

  6. It’s amazing how just four words made my day brighter: Camilla the rubber chicken.
    Thanks for this.

  7. Isn’t Camilla the name of Gonzo’s chicken girlfriend? That’s wonderful.

  8. I’m just loving that the Brits have named a rubber chicken ‘Camilla’! I’m not sure if she looks like the namesake Duchess or not, but really.

  9. Wow. I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t read it myself!!

  10. Oh boy.
    I wonder if the Sainsbury’s bags will degrade as fast in space as on earth. There’s an experiment that needs to be done. We need a control chicken suit to stay on the ground. Apply for a grant!

  11. Knit a tiny chicken. (See Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi.) You will be surprised at what knitting a tiny chicken can do for you.

  12. Nothing like a knitted jumpsuit for a rubber chicken to make your day. The Brit spellings (programme, etc.) just gave it a little extra flair, as did the comments after the article. I was wondering why NASA couldn’t find a good ol’ American knitter to to the job, until the article mentioned that this lady is the first non-USA knitter so honored. Looks like Camilla may be the 21st century mannekin pis.

  13. Nothing like a knitted jumpsuit for a rubber chicken to make your day. The Brit spellings (programme, etc.) just gave it a little extra flair, as did the comments after the article. I was wondering why NASA couldn’t find a good ol’ American knitter to to the job, until the article mentioned that this lady is the first non-USA knitter so honored. Looks like Camilla may be the 21st century mannekin pis.

  14. Good Gawd almighty – I may never stop laughing. I’ve never been as proud as I am at this moment to be a knitter.

  15. Two years ago I was asked to knit a hat and scarf for a bronze penguin that is on a traffic median in my neighborhood, Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC. The penguin (and his mate a few blocks away) had disappeared for a while and then reappeared with no explanation. A neighbor wanted to welcome him back with a photo (with hat and scarf). Last winter, on a snowy day I was asked if I could produce the hat and scarf and meet them in 1/2 an hour for photos to be sent to the local papers. I actually knew where I had put it 2 years ago and the picture did appear. Neither I nor the neighbor’s wife, Patti, who took the picture, got credit.
    PS. I have a nice shot my knitting friend took if there’s a way to send it.

  16. Two years ago I was asked to knit a hat and scarf for a bronze penguin that is on a traffic median in my neighborhood, Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC. The penguin (and his mate a few blocks away) had disappeared for a while and then reappeared with no explanation. A neighbor wanted to welcome him back with a photo (with hat and scarf). Last winter, on a snowy day I was asked if I could produce the hat and scarf and meet them in 1/2 an hour for photos to be sent to the local papers. I actually knew where I had put it 2 years ago and the picture did appear. Neither I nor the neighbor’s wife, Patti, who took the picture, got credit.
    PS. I have a nice shot my knitting friend took if there’s a way to send it.

  17. Janet Kelly, I would love to see that photo!!

  18. That gauge is flattering to no body type. Poor Camilla!

  19. That gauge is flattering to no body type. Poor Camilla!

  20. the thing to keep in mind about interventions is that the recipient DOES actually remember and process the experience-just not in the time/space frame that is offered up on tee vee.
    when and if she does come around to reason do not be surprised to hear your words come out of her mouth. just smile and realize that you do make a difference.
    my daughter is a recovering addict and in her own time realized that she wanted health. she has even quit smoking cigarettes!! but for years she was the addict that you described. it was awful -harrowing-but-where there is life there is hope. keep knitting, keep writing. and be a power of example for others. it is all we can do.

  21. the thing to keep in mind about interventions is that the recipient DOES actually remember and process the experience-just not in the time/space frame that is offered up on tee vee.
    when and if she does come around to reason do not be surprised to hear your words come out of her mouth. just smile and realize that you do make a difference.
    my daughter is a recovering addict and in her own time realized that she wanted health. she has even quit smoking cigarettes!! but for years she was the addict that you described. it was awful -harrowing-but-where there is life there is hope. keep knitting, keep writing. and be a power of example for others. it is all we can do.

  22. As for the support – that’s what friends are for. We’re here when you need us. Must stop watching TV when I knit. Remember what I try to think when things are kind of wonky. Everything works out for the best. It’s always true even when we don’t see how.

  23. Hang in there, Ann! “The Divine is unfolding in every moment”. Life lessons for every single witness ripple outward from your interventionee. Trust her process and your essential part in it.
    And now for a left-field aside. Kay, I was just reading the Yarn Ladies in Twist Collective about terriers and kid mohair, which made me think:
    We haven’t seen pictures of Olive in a while. How’s she doing? What’s she up to these days? Fortunately she’s not given to the proclivities of Franklin’s Dolores, but I’m sure she’s been getting up to something or other…yes?
    With warmest wishes to you both, Maura from Toronto

  24. Ann, what you describe about an intervention is so difficult and sad, but I believe a loving action is always better than nothing. You have no way to know now (as another commenter said) how you may have helped nudge her toward healthier choices in the future. My heart is with you.
    Kate in Oregon

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  26. We all love giveaways! And that looks like a truly excellent book.

  27. We all love giveaways! And that looks like a truly excellent book.

  28. Very cool book!