I certainly enjoyed myself at Eat-O-Rama -er- Knit-O-Rama! What a great day — kudos to the fabulous planning committee.
Let me get the important part out of the way first: the food. The event was held at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park. I live in Brooklyn Park and have attended many events there.
Outside our room was the snack kiosk. In the morning, it was stocked with a continental breakfast: pastries, juice, coffee, hard boiled eggs, bagels, fruit, yogurt, etc. Wonderful. For lunch, we had the pleasure of sampling their famous buffet: salads, hot entrees, made-to-order grill (I had walleye!), specialty desserts…yum! After that, we returned to our meeting room and discovered that the breakfast kiosk had been replaced with afternoon snacks: cheese & crackers, bars & cookies, pretzels, gummy bears, malted milk balls, and assorted sodas. Okay. I was in heaven!! Clearly, I could live there and be happy for life!
A few months ago, an article appeared in the StarTribune about an American soldier in Iraq who was himself a knitter and taught his fellow soldiers how to knit. Many of us implored the Guild to arrange for him to speak to our group. Staff Sargent John Sorich IV was the keynote presenter at Knit-O-Rama.
Staff Sargent John Sorich IV
It was more than amazing. John started out by describing the role his platoon (? right word ?) played in Iraq building bridges for use by both the military and the civilian population. He talked about the unbearable heat, the emotional toll, and the sense of accomplishment. After that, he talked about knitting — he learned here in the States and brought his yarn and needles with him. Despite a bit of ribbing (pun intended!) from his peers, he eventually convinced a few of his buddies to give it a try to help stave off the boredom of their non-working hours. Several of them really enjoyed it. He had pictures and video of their knitting group and brought FOs to share.
The curved item in the upper right of the last picture is the ammo magazine cover he knitted from parachute cord, using pencils for knitting needles to get gauge! You’ll note that all of his FOs are knit in “army green” using vintage patterns from a WWII knitting book. I believe he said the color is Cascade 220 # 9547. He said his current project is his first sweater, in (you guessed it) #9547 using one of the vintage sweater patterns!!
John was a great speaker, humble and very interesting. It was wonderful hearing his story and we were all very grateful that he shared it with us.
Next was the Ugliest Knitting contest — very few entries!! I think most of us rip out or discard our failures (or gift them….!!), so not many people had anything to show.
Rox Richardson and I were next up for Stump Ask the Expert.
Susan and Rox
Rox is well known on Ravelry for answering technical knitting questions. She writes for the Ravelry Newsletter and has a group devoted to her called Rox Rocks with over 550 members. We answered questions from the audience for about an hour. Last on the agenda was yours truly, discussing how to enter items in the Minnesota State Fair.
All in all, I think everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did. I sure hope the Guild offers more of these events in the future.