a northern summer night

September 16, 2010

today was bad.
i woke up very very late
to the sound of roofers and their nail guns.
later on, i had rage. much rage.
thanks to the power of email.
i muddled through somehow,
came home to my very clean house
and veronica let me know that mo peed in her room.

perfect.

so rather than dwell on the bad day,
let’s talk about a good one.

picture it,
monday:

six and two people were coming over
to block my northern summer shawl.
while i am technically able to do it myself,
i’d never blocked a triangular shawl that curves.
any shawl that is worked top down with six increases
(rather than four) every two rows will curve thusly.

so i thought,
why not make a night of it?

but if you’re going to convince people to get on their knees
you need to pay them somehow.
for pinning wet wool,
a feast is best.

menu:
-soul twin salad.
-panko breaded chicken cutlets,
fried in bacon grease,
served with mushroom gravy
-the famous mac & cheese.
-peanut tofu and broccoli,
served with white rice
-roasted asparagus
-chocolate tart with almond whip cream
(provided by the lovely veronica).

the characters:

nancy

yvonne

david

lee

(anna was in charge of the camera
so there’s no picture of her)

and then there was me,
whose sole contribution to the pinning process

was hovering occasionally over my friends
then dashing back to check on the chicken.

they pinned,



we feasted.

and watched steel magnolias with dessert.

it was lovely.

i didn’t even mind the mess.

it was so
worth it.

so remember bitches
don’t block,
cook!

*note – i had no one else to model for me
and while noon is the worst time to do a photo shoot
i love how this photo came out.

11 Responses to “a northern summer night”

  1. Sally at RivendaleFarms Says:

    Abso-freakin-lutely gorgeous.
    And you have the best friends ever.

  2. Megan Says:

    That looks absolutely beautiful.


  3. 1. I’m happy that I was part of your blocking party.

    2. I’m sorry I was a part of the reason for your horrible day.

    I am going to go to the parp and run like a giselle on steroids.

  4. Glen Says:

    I’m glad the good balanced the bad. Hopefully I can get the same.

  5. Kimberly Says:

    It turned out beautifully and you have such great friends to help you out like that :)

    Love the pic of you and the shawl at the end. It’s perfect.

  6. lisabee Says:

    this looks like so much fun. i am so sorry i didn’t come! next time. dinner sounds yummy, too!

    don’t know why you had a bad day yesterday, but i’m here to listen all about it. or anything else you want to prattle on about. cuz you make me laugh and i’m a giver like that. <3

  7. Jen Says:

    The shawl is just lovely, and the photo turned out great! And the dinner sounds deee-lish. :)

  8. suse Says:

    Did you all chant in unison “The only thing that separates us from the animals, is our ability to accessorise”?

    I do hope so. My favourite line from that film.

    (Lovely shawl!)

  9. Melynda Says:

    Sounds lovely- I will save this tip

  10. Sarah Says:

    So what you’re saying is that people will come block my lace for me if I cook for them? I’ve got to try that one of these days.

    Your shawl turned out spectacularly. Did the pattern issues get fixed so I’m safe to add this to my queue?

  11. Michael Says:

    Absolutely Beautiful! You did a beautiful job knitting it and with friends like those, what more could you ask! cheers to you and cheers to friends!


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