March 20, 2005


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White Tara, the female Buddhist deity of mercy, compassion, and altruistic activities, watches over a Maine mitten-in-progress. The white thread at the side of the mitten is holding stitches to be picked up later for the thumb.

The White Tara postcard is a gift from Ryan's Cuzzin Tom. He sent a packet of them for those attending the Dulaan Knit-In at Mary B's yesterday. I think she's beautiful. (Cuzzin' Tom, for those of you who may not know, is a Buddhist monk who is going on a mission to Mongolia; the purpose of the Dulaan Project is to benefit homeless street kids in Mongolia's capital city.)

I started a pair of Maine mittens, but got only the cuff done during the Knit-In. I've continued working on it last night and this morning. I'm using the instructions from Beth Brown-Reinsel's class from the Gig Harbor retreat. Her instructions are so incredibly clear, that thumb gusset practically knits itself. Not to mention how fun it is to whiz around on those 52-stitch rounds. The yarn is some stash yarn I'd intended for a felted bag (a gray bag with a pink outer pocket, I'd planned), but never got around to making.

I had just the most fun time at Mary B's! Here are just a few photos of some of the knitters who dropped by (I didn't manage to photograph everyone).

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June shows off yarn she dyed with Kool-Ade. That's a sock in progress. June is one of the faithful Feral Knitters, and is the woman responsible for teaching me the German twisted cast-on.

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Ryan tries on one of the donated hats. (I should know who knitted it, but I can't remember! Likewise, the baker of the tasty muffins -- that's a muffin on the plate Ryan's holding -- remained anonymous, as far as I know.)

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Devorah, another Feral knitter, settles in for an afternoon of hat knitting.

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June and Diana work on their projects.

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It was an afternoon of socializing with old friends and new. I met Patti and Melinda for the first time. Patti brought a couple of finished hats to donate. On the table in front of Melinda is a hat she finished off that morning.

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Supergirl Rebecca (left) is knitting with one of the most gorgeous colors of yarn I've ever seen. She was knitting a hat from a Yarn Harlot pattern -- only 32 stitches per row. Look at the size of those needles! Ellen holds up hats that she's donating.

Sorry I didn't get a photo of hostess Mary B! Mary has already knitted an awesome 15 items to donate to the Dulaan Project, and was working on the 16th item yesterday. (Yes, she counted her pair of chartreuse-and-blue Maine mittens as one single item -- she's no cheater!; she'd also knitted a chartreuse-and-blue striped sweater!) She is urging knitters to reach the goal of 1,000 hand-knitted items to donate to the cause. The current tally is somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 items. Mary and Ryan spread out on Mary's dining room table all of the items that were brought to the Knit-In yesterday -- the entire table was covered.

Posted by Karen at March 20, 2005 12:28 PM

Good Heavens, I look like I'm channeling someone!

I had such a nice time, everyone was very welcoming. There was a picture taken of all the knitting spread out on the table - hopefully Ryan will post that soon.

Can you tell us how to get those incredible brownies?

Posted by: Patti at March 21, 2005 09:55 PM

Oh, Patti, I knew when I took the picture, backlit as you and Melinda were by the light coming in from the window, that it would be a difficult shot.

The incredible Forest Fudge Brownie Mix *is* available, and proceeds benefit my sister's chapter of the Sierra Club. I can fix you up with a package of it. (If you look at my blog entry for March 18, you can see 6 packages of it stacked on my kitchen counter.) Shall we rendezvous?

Posted by: Karen at March 21, 2005 11:06 PM

No, periodically, mainly when the shutter opens, I am possessed by an alien. Not to worry,

I'd love to rendevous for brownie mix! Can you email me? Where are you - I'm in Ravenna.

Posted by: Patti at March 23, 2005 06:10 PM

I had good intentions, short term memory loss! But I have been knitting hats for the Dulann project!

Posted by: marti at March 24, 2005 07:51 PM

Patti: I live in Kent, but frequently get to Seattle. Will arrange to meet up with you!

Marti: Sounds like, with your help, Mary's challenge/goal of 500 hand-knitted items might actually be reachable!

Posted by: Karen at March 24, 2005 08:53 PM

Very colorful and admirable efforts by all these enchanting ladies. Love your pictures of the animals,too.

Here are some contest entries:

Why did the rooster cross the road?
-To try to evade Lady.
-So he would have something to crow about.
-To get out of the way of The Mad Knitter of Kent.
-To prove that he was no chicken.

I can taste those brownies now!

Posted by: Barb at March 26, 2005 09:10 AM

HI Karen, about short rowing for sleeve caps, I wonder if you used 2 row counters, 1 for K rows 1 for P rows whether you could keep track of your decreases that way,it would mean that instead of dec. each end of the same row as per norm you would be 1 row behind. ( you could do it without counters but it sounds like me I need a little extra help with remembering.) Of course swatching would help and save the stress on the proper wool, but I do hate the time itthat takes.
Your mongolian mitten decreases look soo much better than mine... darn! Bunjie.

Posted by: bunjie at March 26, 2005 06:33 PM