(...and, it seems, a bit of a linkfest!)
It seems that the stars are aligning and colliding and mushrooming and the heavens have practically parted and I'm poised to experience some sort of knit-blogger utopian nirvana weekend of unbelievable proportion (for me, at least) beginning tomorrow afternoon when I arrive in Newark. Yes, folks, knitting nirvana begins in Newark! That is where I will be met by a certain purlingswine (aka, the hostess with the mostest -- that's how I think of it, Katy) and then whisked away to Long Island via Onslow (that's traveling in style!) to meet Poe and all his furry cohorts. I will visit knitters' Gettysburg -- the exact site of the infamous cake plate incident about which we mostly remember the cheesecake and to which there may someday be a commemorative bronze memorial erected at the end of Ann's driveway with an on-your-honor admission box and everything (but please don't feed the animals), but about which I hope not to be setting any precedents by staging a reenactment. Please, don't let me break anything! I may be staying in a room there that could very well be identified with a plaque on the door that reads, "Small Hands Have Slept Here."
On Friday, we'll pick up Cara and head to a hotel in Poughkeepsie where, I'm told, lots of bloggers stay and where, I'm told, an additional room had to be booked for our ever-growing party! I don't even know who-all is in that party! Speaking of party, it will all begin with Norma's celebration of Nathania's Nuptials -- or something like that. The weekend will be full of Sheep and Wool in Rhinebeck and with a little taste of The Sheep Shearer. I don't know about anyone else, but my motto for the weekend is, "What Happens in Rhinebeck (or Poughkeepsie), Stays in Rhinebeck (or Poughkeepsie)!" Heehee.
I am just thrilled that the featured breed is Tunis -- a redhead! I'll definitely have to get some of that wool. I'm really looking forward to meeting bloggers at the meet-up (see Cara's sidebar). It ought to be a blast. I'm bringing Sharpies, Wendy!
I may get a chance to post tomorrow morning before leaving, but I may not. I have lots to do and decisions to make about what to pack. I'm bringing my Socktoberfest sock, of course (hm, I'm still the only "V"), which travels in a bag with the long-neglected (but not forgotten) red Tivoli-T -- so that's a DPN project and a circ project. On straights, I'm swatching some Mission Falls Cotton for that Shirley Paden Cabled Shrug (IK) which I want to modify, so I'll be bringing the needles, yarn, pattern and other inspiration for that. I haven't received my Weasley stuff yet, but should I start a different sweater for M*c? And what to wear. I won't have a new sweater for Rhinebeck, as hoped, but I do have my new-ish Caryl's Kerchief and my favorite Shawlette, and I'll probably bring Oatmeal and St. Brigid, too. With the wonky-legged hat or without?