October 04, 2006

The Tally, and Two Knit-Ins

Because of the goodness that is Excel and because of the brilliant and sainted geek out there somewhere who developed the COUNTA() function and whose poster I would have over my bed if I knew him or her, without lifting a bon-bon-smeared finger, I can tell you the following:

  • 129 people have signed up for the Dulaan 10,000 or Bust event. (I originally wrote “Bust push” but I knew a few of you wisenheimers out there would've read that all wrong and the comments would have taken on a decidedly adult flavor, and not for the first time. And, yeah, don’t laugh about the number; a girl can still dream).

  • As a result, 645 items will be knit.

  • We still need 1,878 people to sign up (you there, with the knitting needles, stop laughing) and 9390 items to be “claimed.”

The miracle that is Excel also tells me that these 17 people have already knit 5 items (or more) and some have already mailed their boxes, which I find stunning.

Catherine Braeuer
Debbie Bland
Debra Foster
Flora Hicks
Ginger Carter
Judith Rosa
Julie Ann Morgan
Kathryn Kienholz
Margot Schips
Melinda Morrow
Nancy Overland
Nancy Sullivan
Norma Miller
Sue Fuss
Tasha McGimpsey
Tish Dudevoir

Keep ‘em coming, homies! I'm especially gunnin' for the 4,000+ of you who signed up for the Knitting Olympics. I figure if Stephanie (now Goodwife Stephanie) can get all a' y'all to sign up, surely I can get a measly 2,000 of you to sign up for The Scam? (Don't make me post the picture of the crying child in the orphanage again. I'll do it. You know I will.)

In the meantime, announcements about two knit-ins, one in Chicago, courtesy of the hostess with the mostess, Franklin, and one in Seattle, courtesy of the Great Northwest contingent of “Dulaan Knitters Who Can’t Believe We’re Heading Into Year Three of This Insanity.”

Here are all the details on Franklin’s shindig (again, was going to write "hoedown" but it has the word "ho" in it and blahblahblah, wisenheimers, blahblahblah). And, yes, local knitters, if you somehow make it to Franklin’s party in Chi-frickin’-cago and don’t make it to the Seattle one, I will find out. I have my ways. They involve a tree, a table which is placed 11 feet away from the tree, chocolate which is placed on the table, and a chain which is 10 feet long.

Here are all the details on the Seattle party, hosted by the #1 Dulaan Fan, MaryB:

What: A casual, open house-type gathering of knitters who want to knit for Dulaan, drink, eat, chat, watch TMK spin and see MaryB's beautiful, newly remodeled kitchen!

confetti1.GIFDate: Saturday, October 28, 2006

Time: 1pm-6pm. Again, this party will be open-house style, so feel free to come and go as your schedule allows.

Where: At MaryB's house in conveniently and centrally located Madrona.

How Many: Mary says her house can accommodate about 12 people at a time.

How to RSVP: Contact Mary at maryberg2@mindspring.com. She will email you her address and directions.

confetti4.GIFWhat To Bring: The party will be a "snack luck" so bring snack food to share, plus your beverage of choice; a pillow to sit on, if that's your lounging style; yarn and patterns to share with others; and, of course, any Dulaan projects you want to work on.

Note to Folks with Allergies: Mary does have two kitties, so if cat dander, cat fur, and you are mortal enemies, you may want to take that into consideration when deciding whether to participate. Her house has hardwood floors and no drapes and she says in the past she’s had guests with cat allergies over with no ill effects, but she recognizes that some people may be more sensitive than others.

Posted by Ryan at October 4, 2006 03:23 PM

Kitty sensitive people shall be forced to sit outside and knit in the cold cold rain.

Posted by: Carrie on October 4, 2006 03:51 PM

Hi Ryan - My calendar says that Saturday October 28th is Free, so I will sign up for the knit-in at Mary B's. Yippee Yippee - I get to meet the rest of the PNW Dulaan crowd!!!! Thanks again for the Bag'o yarn! again, lovely colours to work with - now I need to figure out the numbers for the small steppe sweater and get that over to you. You can add me to the Dulaan list and the 5+ items are DONE, with many more on the way!


Posted by: Irina on October 4, 2006 04:56 PM

So here's my bright idea, to give Goodwife Stephanie (I love that)good marriage mojo... I'm pledging a batch of mittens, in honour of the whole Latvian knit a bazillion pairs of mittens for your wedding thing (since I'm thinking between the book, and the shawl, and the gansey, she wasn't knitting mittens. Anyone want to join me??

Posted by: Tasha on October 4, 2006 05:01 PM

So, like, if *I* go to Chi-frickin'-cago, will you be mad at ME? Of course it's only in my dreams, but WOULDN'T THAT BE MAD FUN????????

Posted by: Norma on October 4, 2006 05:35 PM

I want to go to Chi-frickin'-cago. AND Seattle. Because two of my favourite people I've never met are not going to Rhinebeck and dammit, it's just not fair. :-(

(Okay, so the chocolate on the table sounded good too. Sue me.)

Posted by: Lee Ann on October 4, 2006 06:04 PM

hey ryan, i even mentioned it on my blog. let's hope it helps, eh? and last year? i sent in 9 items. i'm going for 10 or more.

Posted by: minnie on October 4, 2006 07:09 PM

Please accept my RSVP for the October 28th Knit-in at Mary B's. My kitties want to know if they can come, too. Looking forward to it!

Posted by: Karen on October 4, 2006 07:40 PM

You know ... I'm free on the 28th. The van is running. I'm paid on the 27th so I can even afford the gas for the trip.

If I can get childcare, I may well just do something stupid like drive down there for the day. Wearing underpants on my head.

Posted by: Rabbitch on October 4, 2006 08:08 PM

Sorry, but I think my kitties wouldn't play well with your kitties, Karen--but we would love to see you. And Rabbitch--we're all dying to meet you so if you DID decide to come, you would be most welcome! We'll know you by your (ahem) attire! MaryB

Posted by: Mary B on October 4, 2006 11:18 PM

Man, I wish I could go to Seattle! Knit something for me and a big hug to everyone! :)

Posted by: Nancy O. on October 5, 2006 06:00 AM

I wanna meet Ryan and Rabbitch! Unfortunately it's a bit of a drive from CA, so I can't. Rats.

Posted by: no-blog-rachel on October 5, 2006 09:06 AM

Have fun at Mary B's. From one of the lucky Chicago area knitters who's going to Franklin's Dulaan Knit-In.

Posted by: Jennifer in Oak Park on October 5, 2006 10:31 AM

Since I mailed 14 last year, I'm shooting for 15 this year (ok, including the the things I didn't get to mail in time). You can always count me as three people if that helps.

Posted by: Emily G on October 6, 2006 10:59 AM

Damn, why can't we all live in Belgium or some other really small country so these festive little get-togethers wouldn't involve massive plane fare or 3-day road trips? Have fun, guys!

Posted by: kmkat on October 10, 2006 07:58 PM
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