Enough with the fond looks back and the late-night revelry (those kids are not all mine, and we lied to them about it being midnight). It’s time to get busy and pack up afghans for Afghans!
Kelli Ann Strikes Again
I have not met Kelli Ann, but from what I have seen, she is a Force To Be Reckoned With. At the end of November she hosted an Afghanalong Sew-Up Bee in Montreal, just out of kindness and enthusiasm for the project. A crowd of lovely people who, to varying degrees, didn’t know ‘nothin’ ’bout sewing blankets (or birthing babies), but who really wanted to help, showed up. Kelli Ann showed them all How It’s Done, and they made good progress, but a good deal of sewing and bordering was left for Kelli Ann to finish. After a mere month of not finishing it (which is not even a nanosecond on my own Finishing Stuff Clock), Kelli Ann was so consumed by GUILT that she packed the unfinished afghan and took it with her when she flew with her young family to the Canadian Rockies for the Christmas and New Year holidays. On New Year’s Eve (her birthday!), she mailed it to me from a place I’d never heard of, Kamloops, British Columbia. Here it is, in all its glory:
One of this afghan’s many charms– and really, the only evidence that it was sewn together by novices to the Needle Arts– is the fact that it is totally reversible. Meaning that there are as many squares facing up as facing down. Aw, just kidding–the occasional upside-down square is one of Kelli Ann’s signatures. This is Kelli Ann’s second volunteer sew-up job, which is appreciated almost as much as her joie de vivre and esprit de corps in doing it. I do, someday, hope to meet the owner of a blog named Having a Family Is Not Like a Soap Opera. (Although I happen to think it is like a soap opera.)
Kelli Ann writes that the afghan and its story will be featured on the program “[email protected]” (sorry for the missing circonflex, mes amies), which airs on January 24 on Radio Canada. They are doing a story about the popularity of knitting, and somehow they came across Kelli Ann and her Tricot The (sorry for the missing accent again; I am so lame) group. Says Kelli Ann, “They asked which project I am most proud of, and this one wins hands down.” Go Kelli Ann! Teach the world to knit and sew and love one another!
Other Afghanalong News
We still have some squares yet to be sewn into blankets, and luckily two more People We Know and Love But Technically Haven’t Met have graciously stepped forward and volunteered to host sew-up bees. On Saturday, February 12, our sister Pretty Posy Stacy is hosting one in the Denver, Colorado area, from 10 a.m. until they’re done (she must have gotten the memo from Kelli Ann: Lock down your Sew Up Facility until the blanket is DONE!) More details to follow, here and Chez Stacy. (Please don’t start fretting that I’ll re-write the lyrics to Rocky Mountain High. That would be premature, and in any event, would not stop me from trying.)
And then, on Saturday, March 5, for those flying around the country looking for afghans to sew up for Afghanistan, Moth Heaven Julia is hosting a sew-up bee at a lovely inn in the Boston Area. Look for Julia’s announcement, as soon as she finds some buckram for the innards of her gorgeous felted bag. (Julia, try here, and look what a nice discount you get if you order 50 yards or more.)
On January 1, I made a start on my New Year’s Revolution, which is to make stuff that is (a) not square and (b) mine all mine. So I finally got out my Most Fearsome Knitting Implements — oh yeah, the big DPNs– and cast on this:
This is not a God’s Eye. It’s my longed-for French Market Bag, designed by Polly. I am using Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, so it is knitting up BIG. Right now, it’s the size of a tall kitchen trash bag, and just about as attractive. (“What IS that?” said the nervous woman sitting next to me at Weight Watchers.) But I have FAITH in the Power of Felting (and even more in the Power of Polly). It’s going to be deluxe, I just know it. I confess that I did enjoy wielding the Mighty DPNs. (And by the way, dontcha just love Knitty’s Back Issues index? The helpfullest thing ever. One look and you add 10 projects to your WIP list.)
Anyhoo, that’s it on my end. Knit knit knit. Love love love, Kay Kay Kay