Saturday, April 05, 2008

Knit PH at Maha's: April 03, '08

I showed up a bit early to re-arrange the half-round table at Maha's. I had the lentil soup and zatar bread — Middle Eastern soul food. I also had a walnut chocoalte chip cookie, yum. With the table sitting at 90°s from the wall we can now comfortably fit ninr people and a bird in our group. New member Nancy pointed out it was a bit "cozy" at Maha's. I didn't set out to find the smallest places to knit, our group has just grown and sprouted legs. As Knit PH assembled at Maha's, I mentioned that I was thinking of expanding our seasonal Knit PH into spring and summer in an abandoned phone booth on Underhill. I did leave a few messages at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday, one of them bound to call me back with an answer. I like the smaller groups though, it makes for quality conversation.

I'm not the only monkey in town — so I found out. Esther brought in “Ricky Marc Bones from LA, dude!”, a yarn monkey in progress from the west coast. He's green and blue and stands (or hangs) about 7" tall. Esther is Bensonhurstanite by way of France and Germany. She's a member of the Krafthaus MeetUp group along with Christina, Tomo, and Nancy. There's a lot of cross-pollination through the MeetUp and Ravelry. It's funny meeting people online then meeting them in person. Chris introduced herself and said "You don't look like a monkey" to which I replied "Well, not today". Chris is another person from the publishing world, she works at Scholastic Textbooks (Ancillary Computer Learning). I introduced her to Marci who works in children's books at Random House. Marci was working on her tiny shirts, they are roughly keychain size. Marci was thinking of starting a Windsor Terrace/Kennsington group at Vox Coffee Shop or Connecticut Muffin. I think it's a great idea, WT couuld use a knitting circle.

Erin is new the group. She owns a cool bead shop in Cobble Hill called Brooklyn Bead Box. Her shop has bead kits, chain, clasps, findings, gold, and jewelry making supplies. They also host jewelry-making parties for kids and adults. Sounds like fun. The KraftHaus people were glad to meet her, they make everything from soap to quilts to jewelry. It's good to know there's a local shop, I hate hiking to the city's bead district just to buy large buttons. Erin previously worked in fabric design, as did Christina. They talked shop. So did Scholastic Chris and I — I was the AD at Time for Kids TE, their arch enemy. Both Scholastic and TFK steal employees away from each other on a constant basis. I beleive the euphamism is called "courting".

I finished Caroline's black Hugo, I should have brought my tap light. I kept dropping stitches, then going back to pick them up with a hook. Black is hard to work in low light. I also brought in my titanic spool of wool-silk that I bought from School Products. It was cheaper than buying skeins, but it's not very protable. I was thinking of rolling down the hill. I'm finally getting back to Caroline's gauntlets — I made one. I learned this week that these arm-length fingerless gloves are not called "arm dickies".

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