I then had the pleasure of heading to WWKIP with Mrs. Knit, co-organizer of our WWKIP day. Here she is, smiling despite the anxiety I'm sure she was feeling. Will people come to the party? What if someone else tries to steal the space in front of the library? What if I can't beat them out of our space with my 10mm needles? - you know, the regular things that event organizers worry about.
All the anxiety melted away when we arrived at the library to find KNITTERS on the lawn. Happy, smiling knitters, who registered for the event and made donations to Bryony House.
There were knitters from far and near:
That's Dolce and Gasman (Ravelry names) - Dolce who is from England, was visiting her brother (Gasman) and stopped by the event.
There were new friends:
Amyjobean and Henry
Note: I think she may have run off with him to the Wedding Chapel if I someone else hadn't recognized Henry and asked for a picture.
And old friends:
Mrs. No Sheep and her Girl
Note: Mrs. No Sheep is allergic to Henry's wooly exterior but gamely held him in place with the aid of a jacket.
Mrs. "My Husband Leaves Town and I Buy Houses" aka, Moe
Note: In May 2005 Moe, the wee Miss Mines and I started the KOL group. Three years of KOL! Yay! Three years of knowing Moe! Yay! She's the best stalker ever. *waves to Moe hiding behind hydrangea*
Note: Ms. Wednesday's adorable boyfriend showed up later to knit on his work socks with us.
Some people met their new BFFs at WWKIP:
Henry: Wanna go trolling for chicks?
Gnome: Aye! But let's leave the trolls at home!
Henry: I'm with ya, buddy, I'm with ya!
There were friends we don't see nearly enough of:
Will you just STOP ripping out your projects, lady?
Everyone's favourite chef-in-training, Jaichan!
And divas with babies who don't like coffeehouses:
The Ninja - shortly before she ran off with my camera.
Here, Henry got a chance to feel Alison's baby kicking.
Awwwwwww...We see the a moment of affection between an experienced knitter with a new knitter in the womb, and a tiny green knitted monster's affinity for them both.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the day was when the yarn started flying, literally:
These little balls of yarn were donated by the Loop and garnered much more excitement than a wedding bouquet toss.
Note: This is the only photo I have of Cali, the other event organizer. If you squint, you can see her on the left, smiling and chucking yarn.
These weren't the only prizes for the day - Tangled Skeins gave a Jo kit for the photo scavenger hunt, there was a Loop bag and LK yarns donated prizes as well. Ilga Leja donated one (or was it two?) of her patterns for prizes.
Speaking of Ilga, here's a photo of her and Henry together:
This photo was taken shortly after they signed a landmark, international agreement to bring peace to the world through yarn and beautiful patterns.
If only, my friends, it could be that easy... Ilga would be the one to lead the charge. And Mrs. Yes, Cali and the rest of the knitters would be there to organize the rest!
Thanks again, ladies. It was a wonderful day. Henry was completely exhausted when we got home and missed his date with Ms. Electron-Knits