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Sunday, April 03, 2005

What Would Ben Do?*

Or, Stuff You Learn Hanging Out With Crazy Ass Knitters.

Maryse said she didn't call us that, but she did.

After yesterday, I'd have to agree.

A bunch of us crazy ass knitters wandered a little north of Boston yesterday and found ourselves at Stitchy McYarnpants' house yesterday for food, fun, knitting, laughing, and one sweet yarn swap.

We all toodled down from Stitchy's gorgeous condo to her awesome rumpus room before Maryse arrived, but never fear - a note was left for Maryse that pretty accurately summed up, well, everything:

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Are you starting to get the picture?

We had a great yarn swap, which we did up Yankee Swap style, and no matter what Debbie might say (she hasn't said anything yet, but she will, she will), it was perfectly legit for me to take the yarn she had chosen, which just happened to be six skeins of Classic Elite's Inca Alpaca:

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Now, all the swap yarn was gorgeous, but when I felt this stuff I just wanted to roll around in it, so I decided that the gorgeous alpaca yarn had to come live at my house.

So there was about five hours of hilarity before the picture taking began, but when it began, we had pretty terrific subject matter. Namely - Wendy and her Tips For Meeting Bloggers.

Maryse brought the Sharpies, Wendy supplied her belly, blog-feeding ensued:

Melanoma Uberalis:
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Bag n' Trash:
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Um, me:
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Stitchy McYarnpants (Scary ghost style):
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And finally, the picture that made me fall down laughing:
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Good times, ladies. Good times. Thanks for your fabulous hostessing, Debbie - I hope we do it again soon.

*I don't know if you've had the good fortune to meet Benedetta, the author of Sgomitolando, but I finally had the pleasure of meeting her yesterday. More than once during the course of the afternoon, Ben came to the knitting rescue, and I thought I'd like it if we had colored plastic bracelets that said "WWBD?" because well, Ben's just rad.

Speaking of rad people, there's another supremely rad person that I need to thank. Nancy, author of Got Ewe in Stitches (you *do* read her blog, right? She's freaking hilarious, and cute as a button, to boot), sent me a really wonderful RAOK:

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I should tell you first of all that what isn't in the picture is the pen she sent me (from the college I graduated from - how cool!) and the 2nd Bordeaux that well, hardly made it all the way out of the box before I snarfed it up.

Nancy sent me a Peep pen, an "E" bookmark, a very funny notepad, two See's Bordeaux, a small lunchbox shaped tin filled with Atomic Fireballs, and a really lovely card.

Thanks, Nancy - you made my week.

Okay folks, have a terrific week, and happy knitting!


  • At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What would Ben do - words to live by, my friend. I had such a good time with you guys - can't wait to do it again!!!

    By the way, your blog background is all freaky and misaligned today. What gives?


  • At 9:06 AM, Blogger Bookish Wendy said…'s like a drunkin' haze (despite the lack of drunkin'-ness) and now I look at my tum-tum and think - What was I thinking?!


  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger Nancy said…

    It looks like you crazy gals had a great time!!

    Glad you liked the gifts. I had to really restrain myself from eating one of the bordeauxs. :-)


  • At 9:27 PM, Blogger um said…

    hello there, soon to be houseguest o'mine. dude, that guy in the car needs an enema of some nice piping hot magma. i'm sorry you had such a scare. he sucks ass. i'm glad you're okay. he blows. i could go on.

    i'm so excited that you submitted your poem! how cool is that. i told you that you'd be on an album one day, reading your own works. you're getting closer to my dream. that sounded perverse. oh well. you know what i meant. i hope. :p

    i have to admit that when i saw all the belly pics, i thought, "wow, they all have the same type of belly, how odd." then i realized that it was all one belly, many signatures.

    i hope you have a good night & day, or day & night, depending on when you read this. *hug* for you!

  • At 10:35 PM, Blogger Jay said…

    Looks like a fun time had by all.
    And lucky you to have someone send you such nice gifts. How did you finagle that?

  • At 11:17 AM, Blogger Jackie said…

    I saw that picture of you over at Stitchy's and you have quite the shit-eating grin over the alpaca grab.... ;)

    Sounds like you had an awesome time, as of course I was sure you all would, and if I couldn't be there, I'm glad that you all got silly enough to take such funny pictures. :)

    Hope you are having a fabulous week!


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