March 17, 2006

Fragmented-Topic Friday

shamrock.GIFHappy St. Patrick’s Day, Dear Readers!

This morning I learned how Seattleites differ, in yet another way, from the rest of the American citizenry. Being half-Irish, I was compelled to bring in to work today three boxes of celebratory doughnuts and, as a nod to the more health- and calorie-conscious here, although I was sure it would be mostly ignored, a bowl of celebratory fruit salad. Within half an hour, the fruit salad was gone…and the doughnuts had barely been touched. I suspect if I had brought in a bowl of cold, bland, slimy tofu cubes, they would have been gone even before the fruit salad. And a plate of dry rice cakes would have caused an out and out riot. I think I’ll open up a business selling horsehair shirts; it should do well.


You know those college fraternity pranks where, under the cover of darkness, the over-testosteroned and slightly inebriated men in Group A steal the mascot from over-testosteroned and slightly inebriated men in Group B and convince themselves they are men among men for having done so? Something similar to that, only without the men, the cover of darkness, the testosterone, or the alcohol has happened here. Washington has stolen Janine back from California! Actually, she came back under her own steam but, in an effort to feel like men among men, we Washingtonians have convinced ourselves we’ve conducted the knitting equivalent of a mascot abduction.

Janine, we are so happy to have you back! See you Monday at Ferals, and be prepared for me to start leeching that Fair Isle information out of your brain again like, for you Red Dwarfers out there, an emohawk.


A coupla entries ago, I wrote “[S]peaking of Dulaan, stay tuned for some exciting and fun news about the project!” Now that the cat is officially out of the bag, I can share!! Thanks to Lee Ann of Fuzzy Logic Knits, there will be a full-page article about Dulaan in the upcoming Vogue Knitting.

The most amazing part of all of this: When Lee Ann contacted me about writing an article about Dulaan, she said that Vogue had given her half a page, approximately 700 words. However, once she wrote the article and once she showed the Vogue editors the pictures of the Mongolian children that she wanted to include, they bumped her up to a full page and didn’t cut any of the pictures. I’ve spent enough time in publishing and marketing to know that that is unheard of. If anything, you lose space, you lose pictures, you lose words; they never give you more.

So, Dear Readers, keep an eye out for the article. You can’t miss it; the fabulous title, dreamed up by none other than Cuzzin Tom himself, is “Dulaan To Others.”

Thank you, Lee Ann, for making this happen!


To wrap up this rather fragmented entry, a Kooky Kraft. Last week, major newspapers carried articles about this freaky, newly discovered lobster. And, because crafters cannot and will not be stopped, someone has already made a stuffed-toy version.

Oh, and Carrie, the Wool Pak didn't have its band with it, so I can't help ya'. I even tried to look it up online but couldn't find that specific colorway. Sorry, punkin'.

Posted by Ryan at March 17, 2006 11:09 AM

You can send me the donuts. I won't mind.. in fact I'd be happy to help.

The silly handmade hirsute is making me shake my head in wonder.

Love the title Cuz Tom made up. Congrats on the Vogue article.


Posted by: anj on March 17, 2006 11:13 AM

Ryan, that is wonderful! The project will get such great exposure. I can't wait to see the outcome.

Posted by: Heather on March 17, 2006 11:26 AM

Hi Ryan,
I started a Dulaan vest last night (with Lamb's Pride Bulky) finished the back and am whipping through the front. When the letter from F.I.R.E. arrived, it spurred me on. I'm concentrating on vests.

Posted by: Debra on March 17, 2006 11:30 AM

Dare we ask, in the interest of "fairness and balance," how many of those doughnuts you consumed?

Posted by: Cuzzin Tom on March 17, 2006 11:43 AM

Only because you're genetically related to me, I will tell you, Cuzzin: 1.5. Doughnuts, that is, not boxes. But it's only 11:50am here; I still have plenty of time.

Posted by: Ryan on March 17, 2006 11:56 AM

What great news! We can probably set a new goal of a gazillion! At least that.

I'll have to pin the article up in my cubicle and use it to try to lure team members into learning how to knit. bwa ha ha ha!

Posted by: Laurie on March 17, 2006 12:35 PM

I knew there was a reason I treated myself to a subscription - they have great taste in topics! I can't wait to read it, and kudos Tom on the great title.

Posted by: Elaine on March 17, 2006 12:39 PM

My face turned blue trying to keep this article secret for this long...

I can breathe now :-)

The fruit salad weirdness: I just donut get it.

Posted by: Lee Ann on March 17, 2006 12:48 PM

Woof. Lee Ann. The article doesn't have puns like that, does it?

Posted by: Cuzzin Tom on March 17, 2006 12:57 PM

Before I commence the wailing and gnashing of teeth that I couldn't find that colorway either, I will say: OMG, LeeAnn, that was so bad it hurt me.
But I will gladly repeat it if you send me donuts.
Or even a scrap of the leftover yarn, just a little piece, with the purple. I'll sleep with it on my forehead, where it can whisper yarny secrets to me in my sleep.
Oh, and re: the furry lobster critter: some things should just remain undiscovered. That is One.Ugly.Bugger. And am I the only one who's creeped out by the pincers that look like hands?
And now back to my regularly scheduled program of wailing and teeth-gnashing.

Posted by: Carrie on March 17, 2006 01:36 PM

Gee, deep down I always KNEW I was special--and here it is, my own paragraphs in Mossy Cottage! Sadly the comments don't expand on A. people's joy at my arrival or B. people's sadness at my departure. Sic transit gloria baby.

Have you tried the Top Pot Doughnuts????? Oh my heinie what an experience they are. And near your home, too. I'm a native Seattleite, second generation in fact, but I would no sooner choose the fruit salad over a doughnut than I would choose, um, Red Heart over Koigu.

P.S. I was so happy to see you at Guild!!!

Posted by: Janine on March 17, 2006 03:48 PM

Oh, Janine, we don't need any encouragement--the doughnuts I brought today *were* Top Pot doughnuts, pure glazed and sugared heaven on earth, no lie.

Posted by: Ryan on March 17, 2006 03:55 PM

Congrats about Vogue Knitting!! That's awesome! I can't wait to read it!

I took the Dulaan flyer over to our Toronto Knitting Cafe and hung it up there. :)

Posted by: celtic knitter on March 17, 2006 10:36 PM

What great news about the Vogue article! Please let us know which issue it is in when it hits the news stands, for those of us who do not subscribe.

Seems like I am in the minority here, but I think that new lobster is kinda cute...

Posted by: Denise in Kent, WA on March 18, 2006 09:18 AM

Jeez, that lobster is creepy!

That is so great about the Vogue article. I can't wait to read it.

Posted by: Ranger Susie on March 18, 2006 10:24 AM

That IS great news! I never read Vogue Knitting, but will be making an exception for this next issue.

Posted by: Ruth on March 19, 2006 05:58 AM

Being a former Portlander (born and raised), I totally hear your pain of bringing NW folks deliciously naughty things to eat... and them not wanting a damn thing to do with them. You should have rolled the donuts in nutritional yeast to make them more appealing ;-)

Posted by: Elizabeth on March 19, 2006 12:13 PM

I have to say, I'd pick fruit salad (especially if it's good fruit salad, like with blackberries) over doughnuts. A good chocolate torte, though, or pumpkin cookies...

Also, if it happens that there are three (or more) of us Naomis in the Dulaan Brigade, you could list me as E. Naomi.

--the "other" Naomi

Posted by: naomi on March 19, 2006 03:01 PM

It's a really wonderful article with great photos. I am happy to be a part of the project.

Posted by: Laura on March 20, 2006 07:26 AM
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