April 30, 2007


Do you hear a strange scrabbling, thumping sound which seems to be growing ever fainter? That’s me rapidly backtracking from a link I posted last week. Thanks to sharp-eyed Dear Reader Laurie, now I know—and now you know—that the $108.95 for this possum-merino yarn is for 10 balls of yarn. A very important clarification, methinks. Thank you, Laurie!

As penance, I spent time trying to find what was actually the most expensive yarn I could find online...and it was a $70 ball of qiviut. No surprise there. (Notice the deliberate lack of a link. Any more rapid backtracking, and I’m guaranteed to pull some very important groinal muscle.)


Do you have some Dulaan projects languishing unfinished in a closet?

Do you feel guilty about that Dulaan project that just needs one measly end woven in to be complete? (Been there, done that.)

yellowyarn.GIFDo you have nightmares about that fleece blanket that has three-and-a-half of the four sides knotted, and you suspect you may never get that last half of a side done?

Do you have a two-hour Dulaan hat pattern that really would take only two hours if you would just cast the darn stitches on? And yet, somehow, you haven't?

Did you promise yourself that after all the Christmas knitting was done you’d knit for Dulaan...and haven’t started a thing? And are painfully aware that it's now the end of April?

Have you finished some amazing items for Dulaan and would like to share them with other like-minded Dulaaners?

Would twelve hours, or one, or two, or three, of non-stop knitting be your idea of heaven?

Would you like to spend time with other Dulaaners, sharing tea, snacks, knitting, good times and good vibes?

Have you promised yourself time and time again that you would go to Village Yarn & Tea, but have just never gotten around to it?

Are you already a big fan of Village Yarn & Tea and would like a legit excuse to spend more time there?

Have you ever had a fantasy about shopping in a yarn store in your pajamas?

And our biggest selling point: Would you like to see what TMK actually looks like?

Then, local Dulaaners, mark your calendar for:

The First Annual Dulaan-a-Thaan

Pajama Party!!

When: Saturday, June 2, 2007. 6 p.m.–6 a.m. (you read that right, 6 p.m.-6 a.m. We weren't kidding when we said this was an "a-thaan.")

Where: Village Yarn and Tea Shop, 19500 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline

Bring: Yourselves, your finished and unfinished Dulaan items, a tea mug, and a snack to share.

To give credit where credit is due, the Dulaan-a-Thaan is entirely the brainchild of Kim Myhre, a dedicated Dulaaner if I ever saw one. And armloads, piles, mountains of “thank yous” have to go out to Victoria Chase and the good folks at Village Yarn & Tea for lending us their space for this party and for supporting the project. And they’re not just lending us the space, they are very involved in the event.

(Important Note: Parking is iffy at Village Yarn. Their Web site says, “Parking in the front lot is limited to spots that are labeled with our shop name and two 30-minute spots on the east side of the lot. Please do not park in any of the Allstate spots on the west side of the lot. If our spots are full, you can park anywhere along 25th Ave." But don't let this deter you. In fact, just use this as an excuse to come early!)

There are lots of kicky things in the works for this party and I’d love to see it be a bang-up, productive success so think, think really hard, about joining us!!! (There’s no need to RSVP but if you think you might be there, I’d love to hear from you, just cuz’.)

Posted by Ryan at April 30, 2007 11:26 AM

Here I am in Ohio, dying of jealousy.

*cough cough*

I'll bet you didn't know jealousy was a respiratory ailment!

Posted by: Julie on April 30, 2007 12:37 PM

Big tease. I wanna play! I wanna see what TMK looks like! I wanna know how much yarn I can buy if locked in a yarn store overnight!

Posted by: Carrie on April 30, 2007 01:10 PM

I'm *seriously* considering driving up there from Portland. Am I crazy? Yes... I am.

Posted by: Lexy on April 30, 2007 01:16 PM


Posted by: Jenn on April 30, 2007 01:24 PM

If I weren't moving that day, hell I'd walk there if I had to, all the way from San Jose. I'm so freakin' jealous!! I just hope you all take pictures and post about it a lot.

Posted by: no-blog-rachel on April 30, 2007 01:31 PM

*whine* I'm jealous! I would LOVE to go to this, but Texas is a *leeeeeettlllle* too far away. Hope to see lots of pictures.

Posted by: Nancy O. on April 30, 2007 01:47 PM

Well, if this just isn't taking a Dulaan knit in to a new level, I don't know what! What a fun idea -- of course I'll be there, although probably not for the whole time. I mean, all night? Are you nuts? (Don't be in big hurry to answer that, we all know the answer.)

I'm thinking we can park in the Allstate spots at 1:00 IN THE FRICKING A.M.?!!!!! I'll try it and hope I don't get towed. MaryB

Posted by: Maryb on April 30, 2007 01:49 PM

It'll be right after I move, but I will try to be there for at least part of the time! Maybe with brie. *G*

Posted by: moiraeknittoo on April 30, 2007 01:50 PM

If I can get the hubbalicious to stay with the kids, then I am there!

Posted by: KT on April 30, 2007 02:03 PM

Damn...don't think I'll be able to make and it sounds like so much fun!!! But it's my honey's birthday that weekend...methinks me sneaking off to knit might not be the way to celebrate...

Posted by: Sparkles on April 30, 2007 02:09 PM

I'm sooooo jealous! Do you think hubby would understand if I bought a roundtrip ticket to go from Maine to Seattle for a pajamma party? Nah, me neither. Pooh! Have fun and make sure you take loads and loads of pictures so we can live vicariously through you :)

Posted by: Julie on April 30, 2007 02:20 PM

OK, I have one question: should I wear my blue PJ bottoms with the 2006 knitting camp T shirt? or my pink PJ bottoms with the 2005 knitting camp T shirt?

Posted by: Janine on April 30, 2007 02:28 PM

Well, since I still have some items to complete (read: all five of them), I'll be happy to "than-along" that weekend myself, even if I do it a. in Ohio, b. from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and c. possibly on Sunday. I will, however, break out the cool pajamas for the event.

Posted by: Donna on April 30, 2007 02:36 PM

I live in the wrong state. /pouts

Btw, have you seen this yarn?


Posted by: Cookie on April 30, 2007 02:37 PM

Hey, are there any Ohio/Michigan people who want to organize a Dulaan-a-thaan with me? I'm in Toledo, but I could surely travel. Or we could host here.

Ryan, do you get to see Julie's info (first post)? I'd love to contact her.

Posted by: Abby on April 30, 2007 02:57 PM

Dammit. I can't come.

Posted by: Rachel H on April 30, 2007 03:14 PM

Abby, I'll send Julie your email address so she can contact you.

Posted by: Ryan on April 30, 2007 03:15 PM

Weeelllll, on June 2 we will be kinda sorta halfway to Seattle -- Wyoming is closer to you than Wisconsin, right? But I suspect the rest of the fambly wouldn't be too keen on the extra 100s of miles just so Mom can knit with her peeps. And meet the fabulous Ryan and TMK. (*hangs head in sorrow*) Y'all have fun now, hear?

Posted by: kmkat on April 30, 2007 04:28 PM

So about the parking....Dr Feasle is more than generous about letting yarn junkies park in his spots on the weekends. It IS a blast to be locked in a yarn store overnight, and TMK is someone you definitely want to meet in person. Any further questions can certainly come my way as well, Ryan. Feel free to forward to me as necessary! I can't wait!!!

Posted by: kim on April 30, 2007 04:46 PM

Well, since you all will be right down the hill from me - as in about 4.5 minutes away, I just might have to come on down. Oh yeah - the standard intro (almost forgot). "Hi, I'm Cris, semi-long time reader / lurker."

Posted by: Carissa on April 30, 2007 06:46 PM

Sweet! I am so there!

Posted by: Ginger on April 30, 2007 08:04 PM

I will try to be there...
I know vicuna is slowly becoming legally available. Very expensive and I've only seen it for sale on the web as fiber:

250.00 an OUNCE!!!!!

Posted by: Morgen on May 1, 2007 08:00 AM

You've given me the perfect excuse to buy a Dulaan sweatshirt! It'll go perfectly with my Big Dog pajama pants...fashion maven going shopping now....

Posted by: Gail on May 1, 2007 12:05 PM

I'ts a distinct possibility as I have a long overdue rendezvous with KT--

also Southwest is promising me fabulous low fares-

also I'm in the "yet-to-start" group--

Hope to see you there!

Posted by: kt on May 1, 2007 12:07 PM

lol you're very welcome (although i certainly didn't intend to cause any backtrack scrabbling ;-))

you're a bit far off for me, but i'm sure i could 'play along' here...i'm a night owl so this is right up my alley, and i'm behind on my dulaan production *hanging head in shame*

now remind me...seattle is 3 hours behind michigan right? ;-)

Posted by: laurie on May 1, 2007 04:48 PM

No fair! I would SO love to be there....pity I live in another country. I'm always so envious of people who can get together and knit. *Jealous sigh*
I even know what I would wear...my favourite jammies printed with chocolates. Think of me...I'm just going to sit here and sob for a little while now. *Sniff*

Posted by: Annette on May 1, 2007 07:36 PM

You know what? I'm missing out on so many things that weekend! My first Jean Wong class and now this! You guys need to check with me first before you start scheduling these things when I am going to be out of the country sitting on a white, sandy beach drinking mai tai's!

You seem to have my catholic guilt spiking up!

I'm sorry to miss out on all the fun and actually doing some knitting I *should* be doing....which brings to mind, ever hear the saying "don't should on me!"? :)

I'm digressing. Have fun!

Posted by: Naomi on May 2, 2007 07:28 AM

I live too far from Seattle, but if you and TMK want to take the Dulaan-a-thaan on the road, I bet I could get my LYS owner to let us have a pajama party in her store! We're in South Carolina...don't you want to come visit??

Posted by: Judy on May 2, 2007 10:58 AM
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