(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
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 (!):
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!