August 26, 2005

Blast Off!!

See my fingers wiggling? See my hand barely sticking up out of the avalanche of responses we got for Dulaan after the Monday/Wednesday posting? Amazing! And the 75 comments don’t even take into account the emails that also came popping into my mailbox! A big hug—the type TMK’s family gives, not a namby-pamby Princeton hug—to everyone!

Although it may be premature for me to start my obsessive-compulsive counting, let's just say that, according to the comments, there're already 32 Dulaan items ready to go. Bodes well for the long term, eh wot?

Mostly right now I need everybody to get the word out. After all, if we stagnate at the 63 people currently on the Brigade list, we’d each have to knit 71.714285714285714285714285714286 items to reach our goal of 4,518. Spread the love, people, spread the love! I want the people in the International Space Station to look down and see that overnight the world has become blanketed in Dulaan flyers. That oughta keep the scientists busy.

A few questions came up, some Dulaan-specific, some really not:

1. Wool? Acrylic?

I don’t presume to be able to answer this never-ending debate here but I have to take my cue from F.I.R.E. seeing as how they’ve actually been to MongoLEEa and they say anything goes. Personally, I sent a mix of wool items and acrylic items last year, knitting with whatever I had handy and whatever fit the yarn weight required by the pattern, although, the truth be told, I gravitated more and more toward wool as time progressed.

noclothes.JPGSome people argue in favor of acrylic because they are concerned about what might happen to wool items when they are washed (pilling, felting, shrinking) which compels me to make clear that, especially in the case of the children living on the streets and in the heating ducts, the clothes will never be washed. We are talking desperate circumstances here, where the children may not have anything at all to wear. Remember the child in the photograph to the right? The photo was taken when the temperature was 20 degrees. Twenty. Twelve degrees below freezing. We cropped this photo for modesty’s sake but, trust me, this child is wearing nothing other than that light jacket. In short, these people do not lie awake nights worrying about which scent of Bounce to buy.

And some people argue in favor of wool because it is warmer and will last longer.

And then there is the cost issue. Wool can be spendy while you can frequently get acrylic for next to nothing.

While all of these arguments are valid, I just encourage people to think in terms of thickness, bulkiness, warmth, as in thrummed mittens, thrummed socks, double-knit hats, items knit out of doubled yarn, items knit out of bulky or chunky yarn… Which reminds me of Norma’s blog entry about the properties of cold. Have a read, if you haven’t already.

2. Elizabeth D asked if she could send me a pattern to add to the Dulaan list.

Absolutely, Elizabeth! The fact that, last go-round, people designed items specifically for Dulaan was the biggest and best surprise of the project. And the patterns just kept on coming! All told, including the Zud Hat, we added nine Dulaan-specific patterns to the list and, this year, I would love to see more. MORE, I tell you!

3. Nathania asked, if CommuKnitty has a special Dulaan event, will TMK and I take the train down for a visit in the spring?

For you, Nathania, we’d even fly.

4. Laura asked how to blog, although I suspect it was a little tongue in cheek…

Two pieces of advice Laura: Don’t have Your Son the Web Programmer reinvent the wheel. Instead, just get blogging software like MovableType or Typepad or Blogspot. And may I humbly suggest you read this Mossy Cottage entry which details what I had learned about the trials, tribulations and rewards of blogging up to that point?

5. Patti asked what “woot” meant.

Ever the person to jump at the chance to do some research, and having had this question percolating around in my brain myself although I didn’t realize it until Patti brought it up, I got on the Net and discovered it means three very different things. It is:

  • A Scottish exclamation of surprise, shock or joy (this is the version of “woot” I’m familiar with).
  • According to, “When hackers had achieved "root access" on a target, they would shout "root!" Eventually, as mistyping and slang took over, this became "woot". This evolved into a yell of accomplishment.”
  • Also according to, “An acronym in team-based gameplay, meaning: We Owned Other Team.”

Who knew?

And Susanna, I considered your suggestion seriously and looked long and hard at the Dulaan flyer and listened to what TMK said, but I think it works as is. It’s designed to be mostly informational and not to promote one project participant over the other. We did add the Mossy Cottage URL in one more place so it would be more prominent and visible, but that’s about it. Thank you, though, for your thoughts about the role that Mossy Cottage, Cuzzin Tom and I have played in the project! And an extra big thank you for taking flyers to Stitches East yet again!

Lastly, TMK and I are working on the Dulaan items for CafePress. We'll be sure to let you know when it all goes live.


Before I jump on the Dulaan bandwagon myself, I wanted to get the pattern for the Catalina sock done. Here is the finished Oompa Loompa Sock I used to get my measurements and calculations all figgered out. See the ugly pink? See the funny shape? See the 1"-long foot? But this still turned out to be the perfect way to get my finished measurements and row and increase and decrease counts all figgered out, without having to knit an entire 'nuther sock.


The pattern is posted under Free Patterns to the left. Knit! Enjoy! Report errors!

Posted by Ryan at August 26, 2005 01:14 PM

W00t! Who knew, indeed? Thank you for the multiple definitions, all quite appropriate.

You should have seen Noah's face when I told him he would knit a hat by next July. Just imagine TMK's face if you told HER that, AND you had the parental power to enforce it. Yes, that kind of horrified look. He'll be fine. :)

Posted by: Patti on August 26, 2005 01:31 PM

I am so completely stoked about Dulaan and the possibilities for this year. You can add Laura S. and kids to the brigade. They helped me make the blankets last year and will be of more help this year. Laura has already asked for a patterns link to get started on using up her leftovers. I also have a birthday date on Monday with a group of 3 crocheters who would love to join the brigade. I'll give out names when they have come to their senses and joined. :)

w00t! Dulaan Project will pwn the cold, d00d!

Have a great day!

Posted by: Stalker Angie on August 26, 2005 01:34 PM

Let me add to your deluge of responses: YES! and that record number from last year is SO BUSTED. I bet we get at least twice that this year. Thank you, Cuzzin Tom, Ryan, Meredith, TMK, and everyone else for organizing all of this.

Posted by: Jenny from Duluth on August 26, 2005 01:54 PM

Hey, Ryan, I've been too crazy-busy to keep up with all my blog reading, and am a little late to the party. But please add me to the list, I've got a nice warm sweater almost finished for Dulaan and two more started!

Posted by: jodi on August 26, 2005 03:27 PM

Count me in!

Posted by: Susie on August 26, 2005 04:04 PM

I'm going into town tomorrow to buy color cartridges for my printer. My little slice of Appalachia is about to be plastered with fliers! Lovin'it.............

Posted by: marylee on August 26, 2005 04:19 PM

I lost a URL... and you seem like a person who might have it... what with the Dulaan project. It was a woman in Iceland who was compiling knitted blocks into blankets and mailing them away to a colder climate where resources were lacking. She'd done some log cabin kinds of of designs and quilty looking ones... any suggestions would be welcome. I googled and checked my history... but alas, those stitches were dropped.

Posted by: PainterWoman on August 26, 2005 04:25 PM

Sorry, PainterWoman, don't have it. I Googled a bit for it, too, but I didn't see anything that came close.

Posted by: Ryan on August 26, 2005 04:29 PM

Thank you for the blog hints,Ryan. I lead a very quite life that I don't think many would enjoy reading about! But... that Dulann button is so very attractive...

I am currently finishing up my first Alhambra sock and can't wait to finish and knit the Catalina socks! The Alhambras are in blossom pink and were for my sister-in-law, until she made the mistake of telling me she was allergic to wool. So there. I think I'll give them to my middle daughter on her Sept 1st birthday. She likes blossom pink and she isn't allergic to wool.

Posted by: laura on August 26, 2005 07:24 PM

ok, ok, ok, i give in. count me in the brigade as well. just let me finish the a4a stuff i'm making (it's due in sept 16, and they're requiring all wool), and i'll see what i can round up. sweaters too, eh? um, pants? seems sad that the little one didn't have a bottom covering. let's rock this joint

Posted by: minnie on August 26, 2005 07:57 PM

Thanks for listening.

Next? My brand new set of highlighter pens. Watch those Mossy Cottage urls become hot pink and neon green!

Posted by: Susanna in Seattle on August 27, 2005 12:14 AM

Count me in as one of the brigade. I missed last year so I'm thrilled that Dulan continues.

Posted by: Holly on August 28, 2005 02:29 AM

Count me in! I've already bought yarn for my first project!

Posted by: Kirsten on August 28, 2005 11:13 AM

I have 4 items that I did not finish in time for the 2005 shipment, but are done now and ready to be added in to the count! More also on the needles...

Posted by: Ashley on August 28, 2005 06:12 PM

I followed your link to FIRE and was very pleased with the new page there describing the Dulaan project. The information on the Fall 2005 delivery was eye-opening ... shipping that stuff ain't cheap! It's too hot to knit with wool here in Florida, but for sure I'll brownbag my lunch this week so I can send FIRE a little something toward their delivery costs. Dulaan on!

Posted by: jpt on August 29, 2005 09:16 AM

Yes, yes, yes! I will be knitting socks and mittens for Dulaan '06. Count me in as a Brigadier.

Posted by: Karen on August 29, 2005 10:24 AM
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