I'm happy to read that Martin had such a good time at N.Y. Knit Out yesterday. Obviously the difference in our responses comes from the fact that he was an active participant while I was a passive observer. I was expecting to see a lot more "knitting as an Art form" than I did. (This is New York City, after all.) The weather didn't cooperate. It was much too sunny and hot in the City to want to be touching wool, and Union Square is not the green oasis I remember it being the last time I was there. I came away remembering three or four items that I saw. One, a big, "thingy" poncho in browns, as handsome and impressive because of the man who was wearing it as it was in itself. Another favorite of mine was a woman's hat that seemed to be made of preserved newspaper, with a (perhaps) chrochet hat-band. I strolled leasurely through the Knit Out area three or four times. The "show and tell" program might have been fun to watch for awhile if I had spotted a comfortable vantage point from which to observe. When I described it to a friend last evening, he commented, "Sounds like an AA meeting." I saw an awful lot of stuff that made me think to myself,"WTF!". I was begining to remind myself of Queer Joe's blog. The long lines of people waiting in the heat and sun for knitting and crochet instruction were admirable and a real surprise to me. (Good on you, Martin!) I wasn't expecting all of the commercial booths, but when all is said and done, the printed resource guide from the Craft Yarn Council of America, is probably the most valuable thing I took away with me. Make no mistake, I think it's a good event to make availible. I'm glad I went once, but I probably won't return again without good reason.