Today was the day Kate, Em and I went to be photographed for Franklin's book. In typical Wood fashion, it was an adventure. Kate and I left the house at 8:30 and headed for the Commodore Barry Bridge into Pennsylvania.
This crosses the Delaware River. We were heading to Wool Gathering in Kennet Square. This is a quaint, small town. All of the streets are one way and very small. We found the store right off and then went to find some parking. This is the front of the store with some knitters outside doing their thing.We found public parking lots but they were closed off. Something about a Spanish film crew being in town for the weekend. We used all of our parking karma and found a spot right out front. We were amazed and almost kept going because how could an open spot be there right out in front? We chalked it up to clean living and got out. Emily was stuck in traffic and told us to go ahead and sign in. I was number 49 and Kate was number 50. We found chairs and sat outside in the beautiful, perfect spring sunshine and took out our knitting. After about 45 minutes (and several phone calls) Em arrived and signed in. She was 65. Here we are sitting outside squinting into the sun. The time seemed to fly by and before I knew it, it was my turn.
Franklin is as nice in person as he is on his blog. And he's shorter than I imagined. He's probably not taller than I am. He introduced himself and handed me the famous scarf to work my row. I was nervous about posing but he said, let's just have a conversation and I'll take some photos. And it was quickly over. I watched as Kate got her photo taken and then we waited and chatted with other knitters until it was time for Em to get her photo taken. We all made some purchases. Well, we had to support the yarn store that sponsored the event, right? That's only fair. And then we went next door to a cafe and had some lunch.


After lunch we headed home. While it only took an hour or so to get there, it took a little longer to get home. We took the "scenic route" and wound our way through rural Pennsylvania and even into Delaware. We saw some of the most beautiful houses and land! After asking directions twice, we finally found Rte. 95 North and were home safely.
It was an absolutely lovely day. The store was small but the selection was good. I got some cotton sock yarn for the coming warm months. I've never used cotton sock yarn so this will be interesting. But the best part of all is that I got to spend it with my girls. And I didn't have to worry about Peter Kevin because he went to a "tool swap" up in Trenton. He's sitting around with his galoots (people who use hand tools) and talking tool stuff. I'm glad he went. Sometimes I think there is too much estrogen in his life and he needs a shot of testosterone.
I hope you are all having some of this beautiful weather this weekend.

Comments

Bells said…
What a fabulous write up! I'm so very jealous. It's a brilliant project and I want to be part of it too!

Great photos of the road trip, too. But no photos of rural Pennsylvania? Aren't there Amish people there? As soon as I read that's where you were I hoped for photos of Amish people! he he

Good for PK getting out to do a boy thing.
Jeanne said…
Sounds like fun! I totally forgot about it, or I would have heckled my knitting group to go!
Sheepish Annie said…
We have now knit upon the same scarf. Isn't that kind of cool?
Galad said…
It sounds like a wonderful day to have shared with your girls. Have a great rest of the weekend.
Rose Red said…
Sounds like a fabulous day for you all and PK as well - I told my husband that he's a galoot. He took it as a compliment! So envious of you all being in the project, hope Franklin shows your pics on the blog!
amy said…
I doubt that Franklin will ever be close enough for me to go, but I think it's so cool that I know some bloggers who have participated. Your day sounds just about perfect.

I am knitting my son some socks with Cascade Fixation, which is cotton/elastic, right now. I can't say it's my favorite stuff to knit with. But what can I do? He's so sensitive. :)
Alwen said…
That thing must be getting pretty long by now!

I think it's just amazing how we are all connected by this, whether we've gotten a chance to knit on it or not.
It was lovely today, wasn't it? It sounded as you had a great day. Must be the weekend for road trips!
TinkingBell said…
So envious - what a fabulous day and the scenic way home is always the best!!!

Love Galoot - I always thought it was a 'Swallows and Amazons' made up term - I'm glad it's real!
Roxie said…
Oh, what a splendid day! Franklin seems like such a dear. And now you get to be in the book!
Dianne said…
It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I love the picture of the three of you!
Bezzie said…
How sad is it that I think it was coolest that PK found himself a man-adventure to go on while you did this?? Very cool!
Em said…
Thanks for lovely company for an afternoon, and for the directions! I'm excited we all get to be in the book together. And I love that picture of us out in the sunshine together.
Amy Lane said…
What a wonderful trip--such a beautiful, inspiring family of knitters!!!!
catsmum said…
oh so so jealous!
you've met Franklin
somehow I doubt he'll ever come over here so Bells, Tink, RoseRed and I can get to meet him so we'll just have to live vicariously through you and Sheepie
MadMad said…
That sounds like a perfect, perfect day! (And I'm sure you could enjoy it more after hearing the news from your child surgeon! 1972! My goodness! But anyway, I"m glad to hear the news was good! Hope today goes well, too!)

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