Across the Universe at Jeff's last night, and since you must watch movies in the dark chez Jeffrye, I didn't even bring the stuff). The movie was really fun, though, on a big screen with surround sound!
What I wanted to post about today was a nice time I had at Chicks with Sticks on Wednesday. It's almost always a nice time there, but it was extra special because more members of the Texas knitting ladies email list I am on were there than usual. the photo shows all of us (I will preserve privacy by not mentioning most names). It was great to meet Pat, who reads this blog (HI PAT) and is seated in front of me and whose camera took the picture. I do love putting faces to names, so I am glad the roving knitter roved over our way.
Most impressive though is Allison, in center front. Take a close look at her arm, if you are not squeamish. Tonight was the first time we saw her since a pretty bad auto accident she had, made worse by being out of the US. She is a festive collection of pins and braces--we hope a bone graft will fix her up soon. Now, if I had all sorts of pins in my arm, I'd be going nuts because I couldn't knit. I remember how frustrated my friend Cheri was when she broke her wrist and was trying to do craft--working in a yarn shop and not being able to knit! Ugh!
But, Allison was cool. She put her mind to it and figured out a way to anchor one needle so she could knit with the other needle and her good arm. She is not making tenuous garter stitches, either. She was making beautiful stranded colorwork. I kid you not. I was already incredibly happy to see her and verify in person that she was OK, but it was a real upper to see her knitting. I sure am glad she showed up before I had to leave for choir practice! She's a real example of how important knitting can be to members of our community--it keeps us on an even keel and gives so much pleasure that we'll go through a lot to keep doing it.
I am going to start a new pair of socks today, for my friends' college-age daughter, who is stuck in a place where her feet are really cold. I've been wanting to do something nice for them, so when I got that request I jumped at it. I have chosen one of my precious Trekking XXLs, in shades of purple, since she requested purple. I'll just do a 2x2 rib, so it will go quickly for her.
Of course I plan to finish the sweater, too. I want to wear it at least once this year!