16 July 2007

Meeting Notes, 16 July 2007

Hear ye, hear ye--this meeting of the Knit Goddingdom Alliance is called to order.
Courtney the Knitting Goddess (Alliance President, Secretary, Treasurer, Pontiff, Bailiff and Premier Baker) presiding.
*Knit Goddingdom National Anthem is sung*
All members please be seated.

First on the agenda: Courtney the Knitting Goddess will present the Old Business.

I've perfected the art of making a pie crust that is both tender and flaky. I was going to say I've learned the secret, but there are actually about seven steps involved. It's incredibly time-consuming, but the result is worth it. The following pie was made using all organic ingredients! So, the plan was that I was going to cook dinner for my friend and myself, and then we would go see the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Well... the pie takes four hours in the fridge after making the glaze. So we decided that after the movie, we'd come back and eat pie.

The correct Southern pronunciation is... hmm, I don't know how to spell it.
It's some sort of ee-ah diphthong...
like saying "Pah" and "eye" at the same time.

This pie turned out so well that I baked another yesterday. I had to know whether it was a fluke, or if the results are indeed reproducible. Good news--it worked!

Some people went to the Harry Potter movie midnight showing. Some of them dressed up. I'm sure I wouldn't know who this person is:

"Raven hair and ruby lips
sparks fly from her fingertips..."

The Blue Baby Shawl is making progress... it looks essentially the same as the last picture, only longer. I'll post pics once I start on the edging.

Anyway, that's all of the old business. Time for the new business!


Last Sunday I started knitting a pair of Thrummed Mittens at my LYS. Thrumming apparently means to knit in bits of roving in strategic areas, giving the mitten a decorative pattern on the face and fluffy roving innards that will not only naturally felt with wear but also envelop one's digits on a cocoon of luxurious hand-dyed softness. Not that one can actually see the hand-dyed beauty of the roving once it's on the inside, but the knitter knows. Yes, the knitter knows.

These are seriously bulky mittens...
which feel seriously fantastic on.

Maybe the reason everyone likes these mittens so much is that when you slip one on, you're essentially slipping your hand inside a gigantic bit of roving. Perhaps this is how we can convince more people to start spinning: have them put on a Thrummed Mitten. It's sort of like crack. They won't be able to keep their hands off the stuff. They'll want it around them always. It starts with wearing the mittens in April, even when the trees have blossomed and the temperatures are well in the 50s. Then the habit kicks in... starting up the wheel before breakfast, while everyone else is asleep. Slipping a baggie of Corriedale and a spindle into their desk drawer at work. Piling up half-pound bags, neatly labeled with fiber content, dye lot and exact weight in a corner of the stash closet.

fluffy innards.

accurate color portrayal

That's all the new business... Next week we'll have the results of setting in the thumb gusset!

If I have time, I'll put up a brief step-by-step tutorial on thrumming later in the week. Like most things with knitting, once you've seen it done, it's easy.

This meeting of the Knit Goddingdom Alliance is adjourned!


Blogless Nina said...

So... can you send a pie through the mail?

my verification work is "dfaxxo." it's blogger's bastardization of Latin. or perhaps blogger is challenging your right to rule Knit Goddingdom?

Terri said...

Love the mittens!