Rounded off our week at Wembley Arena in the presence of Dolly Parton. She was brill. Slightly frustrated as it was all seated, and, although you can't dance to everything I was itching to get up instead of tapping my thigh like someone in an old folks' home. All very reserved and English I suppose to sit there and nod your head. It goes without saying that for Islands in the Stream and 9 to 5 everyone was on their feet. Funniest bit of the night was the woman behind who shouted for an encore of Stand By Your Man only to be told a firmly by her friend "that was Tammy Wynette!" She did a great set, one of those where you don't realise how many songs you know until you hear them again, the only disappointment was she ended with Jesus and He's Alive! - although having said that it is a great song!
It was a brilliant night, and ended with a bit of a posh moment for both of us on the Tube. Naturally, the knitting was out and after a while someone said, "Sorry, but are you the guys from I Knit London?" Well, how strange, two more Dolly fans on the way home, and on our mailing list! Thanks to Jenny and Laura for making us feel a bit like celebrities for a few moments! Strangely enough, we'd also spotted someone else in the crowd who recently emailed us about teaching him to knit, and he's a real celebrity (ish). All a bit surreal, but we had a good laugh about it afterwards. So, Jenny and Laura, don't be scared to come along and crochet/knit anytime, we'll sort your casting off out for you.
Had an email from Jon today, who has finally got himsef a spinning wheel (above). Not content with dyeing his own yarn with Kool-Aid (what that must do your stomach doesn't bear thinking about!) he's now on a mission to turn fleece into his own yarn. Apparently, he also received some dung-laden fleece too. Nice.