St. Distaff and the Shark

Today I picked up the phone and called Stringtopia Fiber Arts Studio, where the Remote Batt Bar was open all afternoon in honor of Roc Day, and I commissioned a little something-something.

We’ll have to wait until a little later in the week to see how it turns out.

I had e-mailed ahead of time so they’d have some idea what to expect; when I finally got through (that phone was BUSY today!) Shelly told me that Abby “has something in mind for you,” and I did not need to hear the giggle in her voice to know that devilment was afoot. Abby her ownself was slaving over a hot drum carder while this conversation was going on, but the whole time Shelly and I were on the phone I could hear her hurling the usual torrent of very audible invective at me from across the room, and I could just SEE the evil glint in her eye. Especially when Shelly said “She does know you pretty well, after all,” and I had to admit “Yeah, I’m afraid so.”

Something wicked this way comes, I am sure of it.

So here is the plan.

Remember I said the Shark Week fund-raiser for hurricane relief would run about a week?

Today is the last day of that week, and I’m still in some danger of getting choked up over the generous outpouring. It’s just started to taper off now, but at this writing the total is well over $19,000. So in amazed and thankful hindsight I’m setting a goal: If we haven’t reached $20,000 by midnight tonight I’m going to extend the period a little longer - long enough to reach that nice round milestone. At the rate things have been going, I’m betting it won’t take long.

Once that’s done, the logistics of moving money will take a few days, and while that’s going on I will figure out a clever way to do the random drawing thing I mentioned the other day. With a twist. I’m still going to be giving away three full shark kits, as promised, but now there’s another layer of cool randomness: A couple of lucky spinners will receive special shark-themed sock batts made by Abby Franquemont. What exactly these will consist of, or look like, I don’t know. The mandate was simply this: “Make something tsocky and tsharky for me, plz kthx.” How she interprets this is entirely up to her. I’m afraid I even told her to have fun with it.

Do I look worried?

Do I look afraid, very afraid?

Yeah, like I said - the woman knows me well.

Seriously… I can’t wait to see what she’s dreaming up. I am confident that it will be entirely awesome - as awesome as the recipients.

And that, my friends, is saying something.

16 Responses to “St. Distaff and the Shark”

  1. Barbara Says:

    I was another one on the phone with Shelly, hearing Abby in the background. I wish I had been there in person, but the phone batt design was fun

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Ohhhhhh, I just snuck in a day late! Must knit these for my daughter as we are moving to Florida. Too funny!

  3. Meg Caulmare Says:

    This fund-raiser is a testament to knitters, and moreso to you as a designer. You’ve enchanted us, Tsarina, and we’re addicted to learning several-somethings new with every pattern.

    I’ve got to catch up wtih things. I’d never heard of the Remote Batt Bar, but I can see from the link that I’ve missed out. Lovely to see Ms. Franquemont working away at the carder.

    This just out the blue, and with all you have going on I don’t want it to be the straw that breaks the writer/designer’s’ back, but have you ever thought about hosting an annual retreat for spinners? Or knitters? Or fledgling designers? Or all of them?

    Best of luck with the final leg of the fund-raising. I’m thrilled to have the pattern, and you’re doing an amazing job.

  4. Kelly Z. Says:

    That is wonderful to hear how much you raised so far. A shark batt would be super cool. I would love to see pictures of it when it is officially out.

  5. Stacey Says:

    Hi, I bought the pattern for the fund raiser but am confused about how to purchase the yarn

  6. Rena McClain Says:

    Just did my part and bought the wonderful pattern. I hope that your total has well exceeded the $20000 mark and you are headed higher. Thank you for the opportunity to help.

  7. Celena Robinson Says:

    Hi there,
    I saw a cool picture of a shark bootie on Facebook and had to e-mail you. Hopefully I have the right person. My son is special needs and there’s few things in the world that he loves more than sharks! He has a hard time keeping clothes on (due to his disability) and I thought a pair of shark booties would be just the thing to keep his feet warm. He wouldn’t want to take them off! We live in Colorado, so it gets pretty chilly and I worry that he is not warm enough. He doesn’t know how to express it even if he could.
    Is there ANY way to get a hold of a pair? I’m a single mom and don’t have much money. I’m sure there’s something I can work out if there’s a place to purchase these. Thank you so much for what you do and for taking the time to read my e-mail.

  8. Beth Johnston Says:

    who won the shark kits? What is a shark batt?

  9. Beryl Mercieca Says:

    My daughter who lives in Australia sent me a picture of the shark socks and wants me to knit her a pair. Can I still purchase the pattern?

    Also I live in England and not sure if I can get this yarn here - can you advise please?


    Beryl Mercieca

  10. marta villa toledo Says:

    que maravillosos calcetines me los envio un sobrino quiere uno como consigo los moldes

  11. Darlene Says:

    PLEASE , tell me we can still buy this kit???? PLEASE?????

  12. hope nightingale Says:

    would love the patterns of the shark socks and he blue willow socks how do i get the patterns?
    thank you hope

  13. LIndsay Lynch Says:

    Is the pattern for the Tshark TSock still available? It seems many cannot use the current link.

  14. Whitney Robertson Says:

    I’m also wanting to buy the pattern, maybe some yarn for it too. Is it out for the public yet?

  15. Beverly Waldeisen Says:

    I have read some of your posts about the horrible flood. My son has just helped a friend try to clean out from the recent Boulder, CO flooding. Devastating. I hope you and your area are well on the way to recovery.

    Have you been able to resume selling knitting patterns/kits? I think I have put my name on a list, but am not sure I did it correctly. Like many others, I am in awe of your shark pattern and would LOVE to knit it for a gift.

    Please put me on your list to notify when patterns/kits become available.

    Thank you.
    Beverly Waldeisen
    Bozeman, Montana

  16. CurliSu Says:

    10/24/2014: Is there any hope of purchasing a Shark Week pattern online?
    Chances of my ever making it to New England are slim to none.

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