Stitchin' in the Kitchen
Jodi Starr | 10/1/10
Friday mornings are the Hallelujah chorus of our party week.  Beginning at 9am the “Geezers” trickle in for coffee and conversation.  At 11am “Tai Chi” begins at the other end of the building. 

Sandwiched between the two is a favorite activity of mine, “Stitchin in the Kitchen.”

In anticipation of these activities, my people arrive early to socialize.  Most Fridays Mary Lou Maehr, Dru Sewell or I prepare a heavenly confection of a smackerel of something to be shared during this time.  The Fridays that all three of us bring something are a smorgasbord of sugary gluttony, a fabulous way to end the week.

Stitchin’ in the Kitchen transpires in our dining room when people congregate with their stitching projects to knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, sew, teach each other the same and discuss the important issues of our lives.  These issues include the sharing of vacation details, family woes, politics, religion, cooking and local news.  The women that come are as varied as our projects and are ages from late 40’s to mid 80’s.

As the stitching commences, our non-stitching friends join us mostly for the chocolate chip cookie bars.  We share them happily, along with equal portions of love and light hearted insults, depending upon the visitor.  Husbands bring their wives and end up staying to drink coffee and laugh with and/or at us.

What is the best part of Stitchin’ in the Kitchen?  “The knitting projects and helping each other” answered Anlaug Adams.  “And teaching people a new skill” added Dru.  Mary Lou Maehr enjoys the camaraderie and the recreational lies.  Bernie Sautel enjoys the company, and thinks “it is pretty cool how we help each other. And we talk about our whole lives.”  Some times we talk so much that we drop stitches or count our stitches wrong, or don’t even work on our projects, huh, Bernie.   

My favorite parts are the random discussions.  One Friday, Dru Sewell, our indefatigable volunteer, revealed that she would be moving to Peru.  She described with a wink how she is learning to make everything herself in case the Mayans were right about the impending end times.  Including socks.

“You mean you are knitting Armageddon socks?”  I asked wide eyed.  “Yes, like that”, answered Dru. “After 2012 there might not be any stores to buy socks so you better learn how to make them.  It will be the end of the world as we know it. Don’t worry, I will show you how.” 

My being responsible for my people’s warm feet when I knit at the speed of minus slow made me nervous.  We discussed different apocalyptic views of various cultures and wondered if the end of our world as we know it would be a such a bad thing. I was raised in a Christian home and as a child Armageddon indeed seemed like a bad thing with Satan ruining everyone’s fun.  Maybe I am just a half empty glass thinker.

I thought about how I like the way “Armageddon Socks” rolled off of the tongue.  I made up a word play about it, “Armageddon my socks on” (read “I’m a getting my socks on”).  I deflected my attention by wondering why socks always had to match and asked Anlaug what she thought. The conversation turned, someone came for a piece of Mary Lou’s cake, and Dru began to teach me about sock making.                   
The current Art Show in our dining room features Pat and Nancy Artis who have been active photographers since the 1970s. Their primary interests include sports, nature, and landscape photography. Their works have been displayed at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson, WY, at a variety of other galleries and the Pagosa Mountain Hospital.

In 2008, they were featured as "Artists of the Quarter" at the Holtzman Alumni Center at Virginia Tech. Pat and Nancy have been residents of Pagosa Springs since 1999.

Join us for lunch and view this beautiful collection!

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