Another Birthday Party

HOW do those needles work?

Today was my MIL’s birthday party.  If you’ve ever been to a traditional Dutch birthday party (and if you live here, you know how OFTEN these events occur so surely you’ve been to one), you will recognize the above arrangement of chairs, in a circle, and the cups of coffee on the table.

What may be different for you is the knitting being held up.  How often to you see knitting in progress being held up and explained?

Actually, my MIL, the woman with the knitting, is explaining her new birthday present (from DB and me), which is a set of KnitPro interchangeable screw on needles.  The Aunties just couldn’t understand the concept of circular needles for non-circular knitting and they had never heard of interchangeable needles.  MIL tried to explain by showing them her knitting.

Then DB got out the needles and tried to explain by way of demonstrating the screwing on and off of the tips.  It’s a great photo.

new KnitPro salesman

How many non-knitting men would know so much about knitting needles?  He’s definitely a keeper.

Actually we went to the in-laws yesterday, Saturday, and stayed over night.  This morning we got up and went running, along with DB’s sister.  Did you know that Den Helder is the sunniest place in the Netherlands?  It is.  But how can that be, you ask, since it sits on the far northwest coast on the continent, poking out into the North Sea?  Precisely because it sits out in the sea, it is always windy, and because it’s always windy the clouds generally blow by and don’t stay long enough to cause gray days.  And let me tell you, it was SO WINDY today it almost blew ME away.

We ran just below the top of the dike that runs along in front of the red lighthouse.  We ran 5km against the wind, turned around, and ran 5km back.  The wind was so strong that it blew my earphones out of my ears.  Twice.  I couldn’t hear anything over the roar of the wind anyway.  When I turned around to head back it was like being in a different place altogether.  I could run LIKE the wind.  I could hear the surf to my right and music in my ears.  Unfortunately, during my last kilometer the one dark cloud in the sky found me and dumped it’s load of water on my head.  I got back to the car 6 minutes later soaking wet.  Thank goodness for the car.  And thank goodness for the hot shower back at the in-laws house.  And then the Aunties arrived and the party began….

2 thoughts on “Another Birthday Party

  1. Ballee November 7, 2010 / 23:49

    Love this post, sounds/looks very familiar for me (except for the explaining husband, mine don’t know how it works). But the aunts and the surprised look on their face, their unbelieve, is very recognizable!

  2. Debbie November 8, 2010 / 01:20

    I have been in Holland for my FIL’s birthday and I loved it! Friends and family members coming to the house at some point, I think its much more relaxed than American birthdays over here. (and if he can explain Interchangable Needles, then he definatly is a keeper! 😉 )

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