Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Oh what pretty Links you have.

So, I am working on a fun project that is taking a lot of my free time. The finished knits parade is not quite over (groan from the crowd.) It will pick up again in a bit.

Rob and I are headed up to New Hampshire this weekend for the NH Sheep and Wool festival. This will be Rob's first fiber festival and well, he is not so excited. Shocking! I know!

In fact, Elisa and I had to bribe our respective partners into attendance with promises of "boyfriend alone time" (background here: Mike and Rob have many of the same interests and sincerely enjoy eachother's company independet of Elisa and my friendship. This is great and we have all dubbed their affection for one another as you would if they were dating one another.) (Kellee is still working on hers).

Their expected reply was: "Grumble, Grumble, well, I GUESS I'll go if he's going. (Sudden smile) HEY! I bet there are MUSIC stores up there." Dear Mike has mapped out a thrilling weekend for them both. I'm hoping that Rob will spend some time at the event, just so he can get a taste of the fun sheepy goodness.

Maybe he'll even make it to the TGKWB* lunch event (details here if you're interested).

Here's your opportunity to lend him some of your best advice.

Leave a comment with one (or both) of the following:

1 - Why he should attend.
2 - Survival techniques for negotiated the hysteria that may occur when Knitters (and Spinners!) are faced with SO MUCH FIBER.

They funnier the better. I will have him pick the most compelling and we will send you a bit of something from the festival.

Deadline for responses: 6pm Friday, May 12th. We'll announce the winner that night.



On another note,

I ran into two interesting items in today's papers. Check them out, some food for thought.

Poll Gives Bush His Worst Marks Yet
Graphic of Poll Here. via NYTimes. Generally Polls drive me crazy. I have a background in statistics and the media's warping of the statistics behind the polls is, more often than not, really quite irritating. This is true no matter how I feel about the topic. However, general trends like these and the details about perceptions is quite interesting.



Scraping to fill the shelves of the Bush library Op Ed in Today's Boston Globe.


* The Gaggle of Knitters Who Blog.
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14 Comments:

Blogger Carole said...

I think Rob should go so that he can meet Dale of the infamous Budvisor naming.
See you Saturday at the picnic!

5/10/2006 10:41 AM  
Blogger wenders said...

1) Does he really not realize how much he'll be fawned over as "the man who braved the TGKWB"?

I mean, I'm seeing a Dateline special here, with interviews and footage of how he survived and maybe, just maybe, even a book deal...?

-->In a Katie Couric voice: "Tonight, we'll introduce to you a Kentucky native who not only is brave enough to move 'up North' and live with Yankees, but on who is also brave enough to venture to a fiber festival that has cause knitbloggers to write fake newspaper articles prior to the event itself."

2) As for survival techniques: "Whoa, look over there! They just found another box of Socks that Rock!" (Now run, to the men's room, cause it will either be empty, or filled with others who have tried similar techniques to get some air.)

That is all. See you Saturday! :)

5/10/2006 11:01 AM  
Blogger maryse said...

joe's coming.

i know, sorry, not very funny.

hmmm i have to go shopping for picnic fare? when am i supposed to do that?
when?

5/10/2006 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Cara said...

Dude if G could brave Maryland, tell Rob NH will be a freaking breeze.

I've used up all my alotted funny today.

5/10/2006 12:00 PM  
Anonymous susan said...

Rob should attend because he'll get all sorts of female attention; from the chicks and the livestock.

To keep thing interesting he should eat lots of fair food, visit the livestock pen often, ('cause he can get lots of sympathy from the male critters there) and find a great place for a nap.

5/10/2006 12:08 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Three reasons why he should go:
- Lamburgers.
- Smart dogs.
- Cute knitter chicks (rule 1 of fiber-festival scoping: you don't go home with everything you see).

Two survival strategies:
- Carry a box prominently labeled "Moth Farm."
- "Honey, how much was that cashmere two barns over? $20 a pound?"

Man, I wish I could go. Have fun!

5/10/2006 12:47 PM  
Blogger CynCyn said...

The best reason for Rob to go: Because it makes you happy.
The REAL reason he should go:
so that he can realize that you are not the most freakish knitter out there (when he sees all the women fighting over Brooks Farm and Socks That Rock, he'll appreciate you more and think that you at least approach quasi-normal).

Survival Strategies.
#1) Gain weight. How long does he have to accomplish this goal? Your DH needs to gain some mass so that he can take up more physical space.
#2) Bring a backpack. An empty one. It will not remain empty for long, and will help you keep your hands/arms free (at least until the backpack is full of fiber).
#3) The cheater's tip: stay outside with the furries and food and let your wife fend for herself inside the fiber festival.

Good Luck!

5/10/2006 4:16 PM  
Blogger Peevish said...

1. Dude. A token appearance = big kudos for actively supporting your beloved's passion. Go, smile, wave, vanish for the rest of the weekend. It's all good.

2. Survival strategies: simple - Don't Let Wendy Out of Your Sight. If she's anything like me, she'll be flitting from stall to stall like a butterfly on speed, and if you don't follow close behind her, she'll be gone and you'll be stranded in a very large crowd of yarn-hungry knitters. Not so good.

5/10/2006 5:11 PM  
Blogger Rycrafty said...

1. Stock up on holiday/birthday presents now. Follow her around, see what she pets. When in doubt, there will be no shortage of advice to be had.
2. The simplest survival technique at a fibre festival is reverse-camoflauge. You do not want to be mistaken for anything close to fleece or yarn, because you will be mobbed. Do not wear wool or any other natural fibre. I recommend Spandex. The shiny kind, in a neon colour, so knitters in a frenzy can see at first glance that you are NOT wool. I also recommend shaving your head and any facial hair, which could be mistaken for a new type of wool by a knitter on the run for a bargain.

5/10/2006 5:59 PM  
Blogger Lorette said...

1. Because Wendy will promise you sexual favors if you go. (Come on, I can't believe none of y'all have thought of that.)
2. Cancel Wendy's credit cards before you go. And take the checkbook away. And the debit cards. (Don't really do this, Rob, or Wendy will never forgive me.)

I love the Bush links. I saw the NYT one, but not the Globe story. 985 days till we get a new president.

5/10/2006 7:48 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

2. If it any point, you feel overwhelmed by the crush of knitbloggers near you, merely point off into the middle distance and yell, "Wow, did that booth just put out new stock of STR or what?!"

5/10/2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger Mini said...

PC's going. PC who thought an alpaca was a type of SHEEP. PC who sits outside if I go into CVS... and he's going. In the rain to look at wet sheep
And wow, you got off easy in the bribing category--- well, you don't wanna know what i had to bribe PC with. ;)

OK, why he should go:
1. he can coast for at least ONE MONTH on this....forgot to take out the trash? "but I went to NHS&W!". Don't want to sit through a "chick flick" "but I went to NHS&W!" It can be used oh so many ways

2. Survival: stand back far enough that she can fling fiber to you for you to "hold" while she decides; keep hydrated for those long walks back to the car with tons of fiber; pre-pay the credit card bill an average of 3months of normal charges (makes it easier... they might even owe you money)

See you there! PC will be the miserable one in black and I'll probably be sporting something pink and a hat (either Maui or "get out")

:) Kate

5/11/2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger Earin Marybird said...

1. I love my wife. I do, I do. I can’t get over how lucky I am that she married me. She does so much for me. Going will make her happy. She loves to knit and it’s not like I have to hang out there all the time. Coming with her is a "good thing", I'm a good husband. I’ll be able to use this, “Hey, remember that I went to that fiber thing with you…” Anyway Mike will be there. I won’t be totally bored. It will just be a lot of knitting stuff, I mean, she could be into expensive jewlery. (with what she spends on yarn it might as well be. No, no, bad thought, I’m lucky, really lucky.) I wonder what kinds of beer they serve?

2. Okay, keep loose. Remember to keep a slight smile on your face. Do not laugh, frown or grin excessively. Keep your hands to yourself. Do not touch the stash at any time – don’t even look like you’re moving towards the stash. Move delibertly but slowly. Don’t make any sudden moves. Step back slightly when women lunge in front of you. Know where the exits are at all times. Breath. Whoa! those babes all have sticks with them with sharp ends. How much longer is this thing going to go on?

5/11/2006 11:26 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

No funnies here, I just had to say that I think it's hilarious that you think showing your FOs is such a drag for everyone. I mean, it's not like you have a knitting blog or anything.....

5/12/2006 4:26 PM  

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