March 19, 2007

Party On, Dudes!

Today’s “You realize…” moment: You realize you’ve wielded your garden spade with a little too much verve when you get undressed at the end of the day and pebbles and dirt fall out of your bra. Very classy.

But that was Sunday. Saturday was spent in a much more ladylike fashion with Dulaan peeps and peeps-to-be at Janine’s Knit-In. At the peak of the party, I think we had 15 to 20 people in Janine’s spacious but cozy living room, including the usual suspects—June, MaryB, Janine, Leslie, Elaine, LindaK, Diana, Jessica, Evelyn Clark, TMK, me—and quite a few people I didn’t know but all of whom were Dulaaners through and through. I try not to do too much of the blogarazzi thing at these parties, but I did take this one photo of some of the marvelous folks in attendance. Did I not say the living room was spacious but cozy? (Don’t miss Janine’s luscious knitted throw on the back of the empty chair. A beaut, no?)


I managed for this knit-in to remember not only the DVD case for the F.I.R.E. movie but the #%&!@$! DVD as well. (At the last Knit-In, I proudly snapped open the case, only to stare in disbelief at the little round nesting place where the DVD should have been but wasn’t. I was snickered at. I may never recover.) What a genius idea Janine had to show the movie since it’s a ½-hour-long, intense, total-immersion course in Mongolia's culture, government and current struggles, very helpful to the folks who weren’t quite sure what Dulaan and F.I.R.E. were all about. And, of course, there are the priceless 5-7 minutes of footage showing Dulaan items being handed out to the children. That’s usually where the waterworks start for me, although I’ve already seen this movie, what, 6, 7, 8 times?

At the end of the day, the display table was creaking under 83 items, mostly hats but some beautiful sweaters, scarves and blankets as well. In particular, I lost my heart to the orange and yellow sweater you can see on the left, knit by MaryB. Are those not just the most delectable colors? As part of her contribution to Dulaan, LindaK will be shipping all of these items to Arizona for us so THANK YOU, Linda!!!


My favorite discovery at the party—although it may never get a mate, and the photograph I took of it turned out as crappy as is humanly possible—was this tiny sock knit out of leftover self-striping sock yarn. The photograph doesn’t clearly show how small it was but it was miniscule and adorable!


There was food, of course, including (although not shown in the picture) the chocolate tofu pie which, as always, got a lukewarm reception at first but had, curiously, vanished by the time we left, and a tureen of delicious curried, toasted whole almonds, brought by June, which were still steaming and crackling tantalizingly when she arrived.


Thank you everyone, especially Janine, for such a perfect party. We hope to have at least one or two more before the middle of June so keep those needles warmed up, and stay tuned!

The party was also the occasion of the unveiling of the very special Barter Socks. Remember this silk yarn TMK spun for MaryB?


In return, MaryB knit these for TMK:


The socks combine a beautiful purple-y, slate-y blue with some cream and variegated-purple accents. However, the most important design element is, of course, the “TMKs” around the ankle! MaryB, I don’t believe they socks have been off TMK’s feet since she received them, and she still insists, emphatically, that she got the better end of the deal. I will leave the two of you to thrash that out.

Wednesday, the finished Chocolate Sauce hat!

Posted by Ryan at March 19, 2007 11:27 AM

TMK socks! Priceless! Can copies of the dulaan video be bought somewhere?

Also, the picture and description of the food. My mouth is watering all over the scraptastic Avalanche vest I'm knitting.

Posted by: Renee on March 19, 2007 11:36 AM

Renee, you can purchase a copy of the video directly from F.I.R.E. Since it's one of the ways they raise money, it's about $10/$12. I don't remember exactly how much. You can email them at

Posted by: Ryan on March 19, 2007 11:41 AM

Beautiful! The house, the food, the knitted goods - and that eye-wateringly beautiful white shawl on the dear lady up front. That looks like a group I would *love* to be in on. (I'll admit it, I'm curiously drawn to tables o' food.) I'm still a bit muzzy on what Dulaan is; I'll check it out online when I get back. THANKS for sharing the pictures, O Skilful Blogarazzi.

Posted by: Dale-Harriet in WI on March 19, 2007 12:11 PM

Dale-Harriet, the woman up front is truly a "dear lady." She is TMK's and my good friend June, who drives nearly an hour to come to these shindigs. She is a very talented knitter (as you probably deduced from the shawl) and drop-spindle spinner and the kind of person you just feel good being around. Oh, and the provider of the curried almonds!

Posted by: Ryan on March 19, 2007 12:39 PM

"...when you get undressed at the end of the day and pebbles and dirt fall out of your bra."

Pebbles and dirt may get caught in YOUR bra, honey, but I've never had that, what could be the difference???? MaryB

PS I got the better end of the deal, I don't care what TMK says.

Posted by: MaryB on March 19, 2007 12:50 PM

And when you spend days with a toddler, the occasional kernel of corn, bit of popcorn, or green bean may also get stuck in with the pebbles and dirt. Just sayin'.
I covet DH's shawl.

Posted by: Carrie on March 19, 2007 01:17 PM

Chocolate Tofu Pie, good company, and fiber - it simply couldn't have been better.

Posted by: Elaine on March 19, 2007 03:54 PM

I'm so glad you had a good time!

I've finished seven items, and #s 8 and 9 are on the needles. Still gonna hit 20 just to show that MaryB that I can.

Next time I'm taking the Amtrak if the damned car won't work.

Posted by: Rabbitch on March 19, 2007 05:11 PM

Look at all the knit goodies! Love the TMK yarn, and I also really like her socks! What a nice gift in return!

Posted by: Sheri on March 19, 2007 06:07 PM

Thanks - and please tell June she has an Admirer out here -- all that AND curried almonds??

Posted by: Dale-Harriet in WI on March 19, 2007 07:08 PM

i liked the yarn card on the food table. i've always thought some colors were delish, but that was ridiculous, lol.

and that stack is amazing!

that sock isn't a sock, it's an ORNAMENT! just stick a loop on it for hanging!

and TMK? you're wrong. that yarn is luscious!

Posted by: minnie on March 19, 2007 09:13 PM

Love the blog! So glad I'm not the only person who finds reminders of the day's (or evening's) activities in her bra.

Posted by: fluffy geek on March 20, 2007 09:53 AM

Would LOVE the recipe for the toasted curry almonds!
What a haul you all created!

Posted by: Knitnana on March 20, 2007 11:56 AM

I would so love to be able to come to one of your Dulaan get togethers. They look like so much fun. But it's kind of a long way from San Antonio........sigh. And then again, my plain and simple hats and scarves would be no match against the beautiful items you ladies made...........faboo job!

I love the TMK socks, they are way cool! But that yarn........oh, man, I'm *swooning* over that yarn. Is there anything that TMK can't do? gonna go crush awhile in the corner.........

Posted by: Nancy O. on March 20, 2007 12:32 PM

What caught my eye -- besides June's beautiful shawl -- was the color card of yarn on the food table. Food and fiber and friends -- what could be finer?

Posted by: kmkat on March 20, 2007 04:51 PM

Sorry I missed the party!! I'm finally de-lurking even though I see you guys twice a month.

TMK, thanks for the tip on spinning my merino/silk. I tried it tonight and it worked like a charm. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!(no, I'm not shouting at you - just enthusiastic!)

I'm knitting up some hats with my cascade magnum, thanks to your suggestion Ryan.

Have a great week!

Posted by: Naomi on March 20, 2007 07:35 PM
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