Monday, December 05, 2005

If you get Caught between the Moon and NYC...

Way, way, back in the summer (before snow storms and lightening storms happened at the same time) a woman from Elisa's and my work asked us if we would be interested in renting a Peter Pan Luxury Coach (aka: A Bus with a Video Player) to go down to NYC for the day. Leave at 6 am return at 2 am. It did not take us long to say Hella! Ya! (Hella is Elisa's wine filled version of Hell Ya!), this proves to me that we are not as old or farty as we think we are.

About 0.2 seconds later we sent an email out to the Boston Knitter Crew To Whom We Are Acquainted (BKC, a distant relative to the TGKWB) challenging them to take Manhattan (Standard Bookish Girl Disclosure: if you did not get the email, please do not take offense. We only sent it to those that we knew in person (thankfully an ever expanding circle.)) As you well know this is a hectic time of the year, fa la la, and many could not come with. The few, the proud (Elisa and Kellee), and the crazy (Me!) ventured out at ass-crack (official time of the crazy) in the morning last Saturday. We hobbled onto the bus and promptly started knitting socks.

Three hours later we were in Macy's checking out all of the Holiday place settings on the fake tables, marveling that Hush Puppies can look cool, and laughing at the Santa-Land Diaries and the Christmas Scene that so inspired David Sedaris.

Kellee and Elisa in front of Macy's

An hour later we were greeted and hugged by Cara who is, by far, the best NYC tour guide in the world. Elisa, Kellee and I had few wants for the day, we had all been to NYC before and really, the weekend after the tree lighting is not the best time to be sight-seeing. Our Luxury Coach Driver, Chris, told us that NYC will see 30,000 tour buses during the 48 hour weekend. Thank goodness the city was built to absorb people.

Elisa and Cara in Bryant Park

Here is Cara with her list. The list of Yarn.

Kellee contemplating her Chipotle

We are extraordinarily lucky to have a plethora of wonderful knitting stores here in Boston. However, NYC is lucky to have a plethora of unusual knitting stores and notion stores. Like a store that has ribbon, lots of ribbon, ribbon up and down the walls. And fur, and feathers, and more ribbon. Ah, heaven.

Kellee in Habu Textiles

We soon met up with Marne. Marne is one of my best friends. we lived together in college and she is an extraordinary knitter. She was exercising a surprising sense of self control in the yarn stores. It was fun and weird to see my virtual world and real world collide. I think they melded nicely. Marne mocked the blogging and the knitting but I am pretty sure we won her over with our wicked ways.

We ran around a lot, we laughed a lot and we had a great time. I loved traveling with these fools and truly enjoyed their company.

Our day ended with a mad dash to a restaurant that Cara had chosen. Elisa had gotten caught under a pile of Cherry Hill Tree Sock Yarn,

Cara had forgotten her purchase in the yarn store and the cab driver just wasn't NYC enough for us - so, we were late. We pretty much fell into the Restaurant, loaded down and giddy and there was Kay waiting for us at a table with a bottle of wine. Have you ever seen a more welcome sight?

Did you know Kay's fingers are blue? Why didn't I get a picture of this?

We ate. We drank. And we ate warm chocolate cake. Cara very sweetly accompanied us back to our bus pick up location. We had feared the bus would leave without us as we were late. Thankfully others were later. We had a wonderful time chatting it up on the bus ride home. Kellee and Elisa are the best kind of travel companions. Not only because our interests are the same (if you can believe, the interests go beyond fiber) but because they are honest and open and truly fun!

Once again the kindness of these knitting blogging people has me blown away. The click of personalities and the underlining feeling of warmth is really incredible. It sounds kitschy but it's true. I've already started looking at airfare for another trip down there. New York City is an incredible place and I adore the people that live there.

Go see Cara's Warm Hand Warm Heart Post and Elisa's Alcohol Keeps Lying to Me Post for their travelogue...

PS - I am trying to get better about taking pictures during my adventures. Now, I just have to get better about posting them in a timely manner....

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Anonymous Cara-ISH said...

Mi casa, su casa my love. Any fucking time you want.


12/10/2005 3:49 PM  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...


Knitters rock, there's just no other way to say it. I do, you do, look at the girls in that photo... they ALL do (for sure!). OMG, isn't Cara the BEST? I swear, she does it great by phone, too, but in person is the BEST!!!

Glad you had a good time.

12/10/2005 5:10 PM  
Blogger margene said...

It's fun to see what fun you all had even if it's down the road a piece;-)

12/10/2005 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

How fun!! Give me shout when the Peter Pan gets fired up again :-)

12/10/2005 9:22 PM  
Blogger wenders said...

Uhm, hello?! I want to be included next year - maybe we'll cross paths in real life in Boston in 2006 so that can be possible! Looks like a great time was had by all!

12/10/2005 9:28 PM  
Blogger Carole said...

Sounds awesome! And next time, count me and Blogless Sharon in on the fun. Now that you KNOW us, too.

12/11/2005 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

I was so with you in spirit--I was ready to pay your tolls :-).

That song always reminds me of a family trip we took in my parents' 1978 Mercury Bobcat (the sister car to the Ford Pinto--yes my parents had a Pinto) down to my Aunt and Uncle's house in NJ. We must have heard that song 83 times coming and going. Good times, good times.

12/11/2005 8:51 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Big Apple knit tour! So sweet! Great company too ;) I wanna do this someday - it is like a knitting pilgrimage to visit all of the NYC knit shops!

Habu looks fabu!

Take care, Wendy!

12/11/2005 8:58 AM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

Well, that just sounds like the best weekend ever!

12/11/2005 12:40 PM  
Anonymous dianne said...

looks like great fun...friends & yarn!!! what more could you ask for?:)

12/11/2005 1:36 PM  
Anonymous elisa said...

Good times, good times...

I'll get up at the ass crack of dawn for you anytime, babe.


12/11/2005 7:09 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

There is NO @#$% place you can go in a few hours from Dallas that has the panache of NYC. ...pout pout pout.
And look at the lovely things you'll start and the many that you finished.
Please accept my apology for goading you into posting... Now, I understand.

12/12/2005 4:26 AM  

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