May 31, 2006

The Scam Finally Pays Off

(Picture-heavy post, Dear Readers!)

What you eat for lunch the day after a party and your guests leave their potluck leftovers behind (with no protest from the hostesses, mind):

3 chocolate-covered cherries

4 dried banana chips

3 dried pineapple pieces

16 jelly beans

12 savory crackers

11 peanuts

3 iced animal crackers

A slice of watermelon

A slice of chocolate tofu pie


Speaking of which, take a gander at my favorite surprise of the party: The Dulaan-colored jelly beans brought by Elaine! Seriously; she hand-selected the jelly beans to match the colors in the Dulaan logo. I thought this was pure genius.


The morning of the Knit-In/Garden Party was not auspicious. An hour after breakfast I found TMK lying in bed trying to ward off a cold; the sky looked like this...


..and the rented tents were destined to stay in the garage, shrink-wrapped and folded up like giant, white, metal spiders, until Tuesday morning when they were returned to the rental company, never having seen the light of day.


But no frickin’ cumulonimbi were going to harsh our mellow, no, sirree; especially when we had la crème de la crème of charity knitters arriving chez nous. And just as we predicted, the party ended up being fun, cozy and cheerful (if tinged with a little sugar-fueled hysteria) and even more importantly, extremely Dulaan-productive.

Our attendance worked itself out just enough so no one had to sit on anyone else’s lap (Plan B after the gymnasium risers and bunk beds). Present were Janine, Rebecca, Jessica, Duranee (aka Perclexed aka Moirae), Ginger (new to me but could be a new fave!), Beth (also new to me but could be another new fave!), LindaK, MaryB, Diana, Elaine, April, TMK, me...


...and Frankie, who was so exhausted by the end of the day that 30 seconds after the last person left, she was on the couch in her famous cheesecake pose, and there she stayed.


On a whim, we provided all the knitters with “goodie bags” which contained Dulaan buttons; refrigerator magnets sporting the image of “our” cria, Dulaan; and stitch markers made by TMK and me one night, hunched over the small kitchen table, wielding pliers and wire cutters and fighting ferociously over our favorite accent beads and the concept of form vs. function.


And now for, to put it crassly, the “haul” all of the items I've received from local Dulaan knitters since the beginning of Dulaan 2006:


Proof that everybody wanted to get in on the act...


A picture of just the hats (!):


The sweaters:


Mittens, scarves, socks, etc.:


The Plan is to get this all packed and shipped this weekend so we can add to the 2,955 items already in the F.I.R.E. office!

Lastly, give a thought, if you will, to Cuzzin Tom who wings his way back to Mongolia today! Bon voyage, Cuzz!

Posted by Ryan at May 31, 2006 10:32 AM

How awesome is that stash of knitted wonder!! Sounds like a delicious, er, I mean delightful, time. And goodie bags - you guys are too cool.
As I mentioned a while back, my knitter/crocheter friend and I have been working on our own items for Dulaan. To date we have 8 hats, two neck warmers and a vest, with more to come. We will send a picture before we mail the package.
It's not Nunavut (Nuuunaaaavuuuuut) but hey, it's the Island babee.

Posted by: kate on vancouver island on May 31, 2006 10:59 AM

Dang, I miss all the fun stuff. And here I am, only a few hours south of you. SOME day we are going to get together to knit. And I will bring the greyhounds so you get your fix.

Posted by: Laurie on May 31, 2006 12:12 PM

Ah, shoot -- I'm the wrong MaryB, as I didn't get to come party with y'all!

I shipped off a box of 10 hats just last week, doing my bit toward reaching "our" lofty goal.

Jellybeans? Marvelous. But I'll bet no one would eat them, would they? Too cool they are in all their glory!

Posted by: MaryB in Richmond on May 31, 2006 12:17 PM

Sounds like I missed a great time! The rain was just too relentless - I couldn't face the drive. Boy am I sorry! But I did finish and mail one little hat to add to the list. Good work, Ryan and TMK...

Posted by: joan on May 31, 2006 12:30 PM

I mailed my box to Arizona on Saturday...42 wonderful items,including hats,slipper tube socks,a sweater and several scarves! Yea!!

Posted by: carol on May 31, 2006 12:41 PM

Thank you for having us. It was a lot of fun. I've already started working on some mittens with some of Linda's yarn.

Posted by: Jessica on May 31, 2006 12:50 PM

What a haul -- you guys are awesomely productive knitters. I think I can finish a couple more hats before mid-June when I plan to ship off my head-warming output (all 7 of it, whoop-tee-doo) to F.I.R.E.

btw, how about Cuzzin Tom? That robe he wears looks like it could get a mite chilly come wintertime...

Posted by: KathytTa on May 31, 2006 02:54 PM

Didja see me wave? Didja? Actually, I may very well have been waving at Nunavut, as the flight path from DC to Seoul (from which I'm typing) took us to the Arctic Circle.

What a batch of knitted goods! My-mother-your-aunt tells me that she has so many boxes of Dulaan-bound FO's in her Vermont basement that she has to take up a collection for the postage to ship them. Seriously!

OK, next dispatch from MongoLEEa.

Posted by: Cuzzin Tom on June 1, 2006 01:42 AM

Holy moley, mackeral and Moses!! Impressive pile-o-warmies you have there! Oh, to be a west coaster again.

Posted by: marylee on June 1, 2006 03:11 AM

Well I was just getting ready to take a few pix before I pack off my box - but my Dulaan stash is now intimidated by your Dulaan stash! Maybe I have time for a few more things...

Posted by: MBT on June 1, 2006 06:39 AM

MBT, don't forget that MY pile came from a good, oh, ten or fifteen people. As feverishly as we all knit, no one could hope to knit that much for Dulaan alone!

KathytTA, don't forget--Cuzzin Tom has been packed off to MongoLEEa with a snazzy new pair of Wool Pak socks. And I have a hat knit by LindaK to mail to him, too. Dude'll be okay, even if he has to stay warm by drinking mass quantities of fermented mare's milk.

Posted by: Ryan on June 1, 2006 02:14 PM
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