Go Steve!
Wednesday May 16th 2012, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Friends,Politics

A few years ago I bought several skeins of Cascade’s Eco Alpaca at Purlescence, a very soft undyed baby alpaca for a project that was never to be.

Heading out the door tonight for the Mountain View meeting to defend the continued existence of Milk Pail–for the record, it was the Environmental Planning committee meeting in the council chambers, not the city council itself–I decided I needed a mindless project for it and I didn’t have one. Needed two circs in a size I didn’t have available–well, then, 8s it would have to be, what goes with 8s?

And so I grabbed two leftover half-skeins of that baby alpaca and decided to knit them doubled, hoping I would have enough. I weighed them: 50 and 52 g. Sounds okay.

I cast on as the meeting began at 7:00 sharp. Hmm, too short, rip. Started again, guessing at the eventual size and give of the ribbing; it wasn’t a gauge I normally knit hats in. Sixty stitches. Okay, hope, go.

The seats in the chamber were filled. There were people along the walls and a few sitting on the floor, the place was packed–and you know which side they were on.

The meeting started out sounding really bad, though: the developers went on and on and didn’t seem to get challenged much. Gradually, though, I started to breathe as person after person got up to speak from the audience when it was our turn. (I didn’t; not being a resident of that city, I didn’t think they would allow me.)

The thought came to me, you know, this yarn is about the color of Steve’s hair, I bet he’d like it…

One elderly fellow had to be told he couldn’t speak again, he had to let everybody else have their four minutes. He waited patiently till all were done and then he came down to the podium a third time, and this time a gentle chuckle went around the room. The subject at hand was only the commissioners’ first of the night and we were well over two hours in, but they heard him out.

Dang–in my town they’d have cut the mike. They never did.

I had no scissors, I had no sewing needle, and even individually, those two strands refused to break for the amount of effort I was willing to put into it.

Well then. I wound in the first end with my knitting needles and somehow managed to get a tie-off, and then a second tie-off on the top of the hat. Turned it right side out, done, with the two almost-gone balls of yarn inside still attached.

Afterwards, Steve let me catch him for a moment. I apologized for the lack of scissors and told him he’d have to snip the yarn but it was ready to go, done. There’d been a lot of cold wind blowing his way of late, and… I hope it fits.

We won! The worst round, and there will be more rounds to come, but, we won!

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sweet! and you must knit REALLY fast! so glad you won the first round — cheering for more victory in future rounds

Comment by Bev 05.17.12 @ 7:51 am

I hope few rounds are needed for the victory… It’s still amazing to me how strong your communication link is with yarn!

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 05.17.12 @ 8:00 am

That’s quite a yarn! I mean, both of them.

Comment by Don Meyer 05.17.12 @ 8:55 am

Hoorah!! Congrats on round one – and the hat.

Comment by Channon 05.17.12 @ 10:17 am

How wonderful to give Steve such a concrete gesture of support. And he can enjoy it remembering all the supportive comments that were spoken while the hat came into form.

Comment by twinsetellen 05.17.12 @ 8:19 pm

Yay, Steve! It’s wonderful when a community supports a local business, isn’t it?

Maybe Steve can wear the hat with the yarn still inside… it doesn’t sound like you would have much left over… 😉

Comment by Pegi 05.17.12 @ 8:42 pm

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