Wednesday, June 11, 2008

goat milk, gals, and hæls

I am so happy to report that the very first meeting of the , um, well, we don't really have a name...these-gals-who-wanted-to-knit-together happened today.

I've been wanting to organize this for awhile and, I should have known, all I had to do was mention it to Mette and, well, DONE.

It started as all good knitting sessions and afternoons with friends should - with a pitcher of goat milk-banana-peach smoothies. Friends, you couldn't even taste the goat.

Not only did this gal mix the smoothies, and pour them, she milked the goat, too.

Pictured here we have METTE (of comments well as many other things), ANNAMIE (of the goat milk well as many other things) and ME. I'm the dark haired one in case you might confuse me for the Dane or the German.

It was a big day. Annamie, who has been knitting her entire life, has never used pattern, had also never knit a sock. Today she turned a heel.

All you knitters know what I'm saying here when I say it was a big day.

Mette, who could knit socks around me decided to teach me to teach knitting socks. She quietly sat back while I tried to talk Annamie through short-rowing in a language that is neither of ours. Being a German, Annamie speaks German pretty well and is learning Italian. Being American myself, I speak (some version of) English pretty well and am learning Italian.

I'd like to mention that Mette being Danish, speaks, well, Danish AND German AND English...she's also learning Italian. I have to ask myself-- was Mette being a kind and gentle mentor in having me teach Annamie, or just a lazy bitch? (Just kidding, Mette)

She did speak up when we were having vocabulary troubles with "heel".

"Go get that big red book from the kitchen and look it up"

The big red book was Danish/Italian.

"How do you say heel in Danish?" I asked once with the big red book.

"hoo#&(#)L". That's what it sounded like Mette said.

I spend a bit of time looking for hoo#&(#)L in the h-section

"How do you spell that?"

"H - that AE thingy - L"

"ok" More looking. If you were the Danes, wouldn't you put the AE thingy in the alphabet right after the A thingy? I would. They don't.

"Where's the AE thingy?"

"Third to last letter of the alphebet."

"Of course."

hæl = tallone

I can't wait to see what I learn next Wednesday!


  1. Anonymous3:29 AM

    Olive - Do you have room at the knittimg table for an old American of German descent? It looks like you are having a beautiful day together.

  2. Anonymous5:14 AM

    I want to be in this group!!

    Love, Cindy

  3. Anonymous5:17 AM

    Actually, I bought some lessons at our school auction and told the lady that I wanted to learn to make socks. How's that for a coincidence?