This is Mary Beth Klatt, once again filling in for the intrepid Steve Delahoyde for the rest of the week. While he’s busy doing a Funny Ha Ha reading among other things, this writer is focused on more important things, let getting ready for the 2008 Knitting Olympics. Instead of flexing muscles in the gym, thousands of knitters everywhere are sharpening their knitting needles and replenishing the yarn stash for this challenge of skill, stamina, the thrill of standing on the winner’s stand and saying, “I did it. I won.” This Olympiad of the crafty variety, alas, does not take place in smoggy Beijing, but rather on the Internet. In 2006, it was led by the fearless Yarn Harlot otherwise known as Stephanie Pearl McPhee. We can’t find this year’s rules just yet, but here’s what we found for 2006. And the results. Let this all inspire you to greatness and the gold. Yes, it’s quite within the rules to start swatching now, that’s considered “training.”
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This is Mary Beth Klatt, filling in the for the intrepid Steve Delahoyde. I’ve written about architecture and design for Chicago Home + Garden, USA Weekend Magazine, and other publications, but my specialty is historic preservation.
On that note, we’re concerned about the fate of this particular Greenwich, Conn. mansion. Apparently this Richardsonian Romanesque residence will be demolished by the end of May, to the great distress of a family that lived there from 1927 through last year. (Art Malley and his siblings were forced to sell the home to pay the federal and state real estate taxes after their parents and owners passed away.) Malley says the residence is the only remaining example of Richardsonian Romanesque in town. “If we knew that they were planning demolition of this historically and architecturally very important Greenwich home, we would have sold it to another prospective purchaser,” he told Preservation Online.
This is Mary Beth Klatt, filling in for Steve Delahoyde just for today. Posting here is a good thing because there’s lots going in the world, especially in the universe we call Knitting. The buzz is all about Ravelry, an online knit and crochet community. It’s still in beta mode, but it’s getting rave reviews among crafsters who stash yarn, needles and more. It’s so popular that there’s already a huge line to get an account. We’re talking thousands. Last time this scribe checked, 15,911 knitters and crocheters were ahead of her, a lengthy queue that just might stretch to Mars and back and then some. Until this journalist receives her invite in the latter part of 2008 (that’s just a guess), she’s going to do her best to keep visiting relevant blogs like Knit and Tonic and Knitdaily, and of course, stitch up some sweaters to keep the fingers off the keyboard. You know what’s Stephanie Pearl-McPhee would do, but she’s already logged into Ravelry. Sigh.
Yes, the mysterious “Guest Blogger” has returned with her stash of sewing patterns, fabrics, hats, shoes and more. Some of you may remember me, others, well, never mind. Steve should remember me – we met at the book signing for Annie Logue’s “Hedge Funds for Dummies”. If Steve doesn’t recall meeting me, that’s fine. I tend to blend in with the wallpaper, especially when I’m wearing a cocktail hat. Anyhow, my name is Mary Beth Klatt, I live, write and goof off in Chicago. I frequently write about architecture and fashion; you can see my articles in USA Weekend and Chicago Home Magazines, the Chicago Tribune and Preservation Online. I also have a blog like the rest of the world. I’ll be filling in for Alissa while she’s taking the Sound of Music tour in Austria on a pair of skis.