Disneyland for knitters
Thursday February 23rd 2012, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Knit

I practiced taking the scooter apart. The battery pack is the heaviest piece at 40 lbs–bad, but I can do it. I tested the battery over the last several weeks; it seems to be holding its charge. I zipped around the house again and again and didn’t clip any wall edges.

It made me remember my late friend Lynda Lowe, who once was fumbling for her keys with a grocery bag in her lap, and having forgotten to turn her heavy chair off, suddenly hit the switch she couldn’t see and lurched straight through the frame of her front door, leaving it in splinters.  Oops.

But my scooter is a little thing.

I once knitted her a cream-colored Aran cardigan, with sleeves of slightly different lengths the way she needed, in the same yarn and the same combination of cable stitches as the sweater I’d made my husband. He is 6’8″, a large man. She was, if memory serves, 4’8″, and a hundred pounds was a weight she aspired to. I always wanted a picture of the two of them side-by-side in their matching sweaters so I could say, And THIS is why we do gauge swatches!

Stitches West is this weekend. The kind of event where you want to have finished everything you ever imagined knitting and the once-a-year chance to be with knitting friends you only get to see then. It is wonderful, it is intense, it is exhausting, it utterly fries my sense of balance in the visual overload and I can only do it sitting down.

My chocolate is packed. I’m ready to go.

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Go, girl, go! Knock ’em dead (with your brilliant gorgeous work, not with your wheels)! Have a blast.

Comment by Marian 02.23.12 @ 11:36 pm

I had to cancel for this year. Was looking forward to it.

Comment by Anne 02.23.12 @ 11:43 pm

Hope you have a marvelous time! I’m wasabi-green with envy!

Comment by LynnM 02.24.12 @ 1:47 am

Can’t wait to see you!

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 02.24.12 @ 2:20 am

Have a wonderful, wonderful time. I know you will come home with wonderful stories, and more great ideas.

Comment by pat Flores 02.24.12 @ 5:23 am

I’m glad to see that you have packed the essentials.

Comment by LauraN 02.24.12 @ 5:54 am

Have such a good time. Do you need to be warned to slow down?

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 02.24.12 @ 7:10 am

I can’t wait to experience Stitches West through your eyes.

Comment by Jody 02.24.12 @ 7:31 am

Squeeee! Stitches West!!! Have a great time, rest when you need to, show off your gorgeous work, buy great yarn! In other words, have fun! (That’s a lot of exclamation points… can you tell I’m excited for you? :D)

Comment by Pegi 02.24.12 @ 7:33 am

don’t forget the water bottle to go with that chocolate — can’t wait to hear all about your adventures — and your purchases (knowing full well there will be awesome projects to hear about after that!)

Comment by Bev 02.24.12 @ 9:11 am

4’8 next 6’8 — that WOULD have made quite a picture! Do have fun this weekend. I know you’re prepared ’cause you got chocolate.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.24.12 @ 9:37 am

You and your chocolate have a great time!

Comment by Channon 02.24.12 @ 10:46 am

Chocolate! Thanks for the reminder. I was so busy compiling my to-look-for list I nearly forgot sustenance. And Disneyland for knitters sums it up nicely. See you there!

Comment by DebbieR 02.24.12 @ 2:23 pm

Hope you have a wonderful time. I, too, am green with envy.

Comment by RobinM 02.24.12 @ 3:37 pm

Have a fabulous, fabulous time! I can’t wait to hear about it, but of course I want the experience to linger for you so I’ll wait patiently.

Comment by twinsetellen 02.24.12 @ 8:13 pm

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