Knitter's Review Forums
  The online community for readers of Knitter's Review.
  This week: A strong and discreet knot for knitting
   > Have you subscribed yet?
Knitter's Review Forums
KR Home | My Profile | Register | Active Topics | Private Messages | Search | FAQ | Want to make Betty happy?
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your username or password?

 All Forums
 General Chitchat
 Random Knitting-Related Stuff
 A Thanksgiving gift from Fran
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Previous Page | Next Page
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 3

lella
Permanent Resident

9712 Posts

Posted - 11/26/2010 :  3:26:43 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Luann! And I remember this story and the one about the tater tots, too. She was such a beautiful person, through and through.

Fran is a treasure to remember and to have as a knitting companion, via her 10 minute rule. I think of her practically every day because of that simple and lovely little rule!



Lella
Zippiknits
Go to Top of Page

bfaye
Seriously Hooked

USA
721 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2010 :  12:37:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit bfaye's Homepage Send bfaye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I enjoyed reading this so much, it was like a short visit from Fran for Thanksgiving. Her posts are like reading Elizabeth Zimmerman's books for me. Admiration for her skill, sense of humor, determination and perseverance in the face of adversity and love of family.

benne
http://feathersong.wordpress.com
Go to Top of Page

Jane
SustaYning Member

USA
4376 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2010 :  03:58:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, the tater tots story! One of my favorites! I wonder if I can find it...

Jane

Betty deserves everything and more: Make a Donation
Blog: Not Plain Jane
Photos: Flickr Album
Go to Top of Page

purlthis
Permanent Resident

USA
2752 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2010 :  06:53:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Even my husband, who hates any kind of long story, was cracking up!

Rachel
------------------------------------------------------
As I get older, I prefer to knit. Tracey Ullman
http://purledthis.blogspot.com/ UPDATED! WITH PICS!
Go to Top of Page

Luann
Permanent Resident

USA
2661 Posts

Posted - 11/22/2011 :  11:29:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's that time of year again, so I'm bumping this story up. Among the many things I am thankful for this year are KR and Clara, without whom I never would have been introduced to the amazing Fran Marrs.

Knit and let knit!
http://www.luannocracy.blogspot.com
Go to Top of Page

robinstephanie
Permanent Resident

USA
1229 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2011 :  12:24:35 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When I started posting on the KR forums, I also went back and checked out the archived newsletters, which always had links to what all ya'll were talking about in the forums, all the way back to the beginning. Thus, from January 2011 on, I had an online forum acquaintance with the inimitable Fran Marrs. I enjoyed reading about her ten-minute rule, her tater tots, and all her intricate, expert advice to forum members, and even adopted (and quickly came to love) her ten-minute rule. I was shocked and honestly grieved when I read here about her recent death, as I felt her presence here so strongly.

I do ever so much wish I had been lucky enough to know her, and thank you, Luanne, for posting this wonderful story of hers for us to enjoy. Perhaps Fran would have been touched to know how you who knew and loved her keep her memory alive here.

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Go to Top of Page

dschmidt
Permanent Resident

3935 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2011 :  06:41:07 AM  Show Profile Send dschmidt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Luann. Fran was a fabulous woman with a huge heart and I was blessed by knowing her on KR.

Donna in VA

The Honor Roll? It's easier here than in school. Scroll up to "Want to Make Betty Happy?" and be an Honor Roll member.
Go to Top of Page

purlewe
Permanent Resident

1916 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2011 :  08:09:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Every day I seem to remember something Fran said, but this is probably one of my favorites. This and the story about the tree with all the grafted branches to represent her family.

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. ~Myrna Loy
http://purlewe.typepad.com/
Go to Top of Page

Luann
Permanent Resident

USA
2661 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2011 :  08:55:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Robinsteph, thanks for your post, it's further proof that Fran lives on here not only in our memories and hearts, but in the collective wisdom of the KR Forums.

Knit and let knit!
http://www.luannocracy.blogspot.com
Go to Top of Page

AngieSue
Permanent Resident

USA
1606 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2011 :  09:07:12 AM  Show Profile Send AngieSue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I remember Fran talking about Magic Loop and how it could be used for most anything. I took her advice whole-heartedly! Her stories and knowledge will live forever within me.

Angie

Ravelry: AngieSue
Go to Top of Page

Lanea
Permanent Resident

USA
5189 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2011 :  09:36:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Purlewe, thanks for reminding me about that tree. When I read Fran's description of that, it made me feel so warm and happy. She was a wonderful person, and I miss her so much here on the forums.

See proof of insanity: http://crazylanea.com/
Read my audiobook reviews: http://booksforears.com/
Buy handmade sock knitting bags: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5031570
Join the KR Webring: http://www.crazylanea.com/fiberarts/2006/07/the_knitters_re.html
Go to Top of Page

Ceil
Permanent Resident

USA
1731 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2011 :  1:17:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I remember reading this story, maybe a year ago? Very fun to read again. Yes, we lost a really knowledgeable knitter in Fran, and I join those who have benefited from her experience. It was she who helped me transition into Combination knitting by suggesting that I knit a dishcloth that way. Everyone needs a dishcloth, and we don't care how they look (in fact, the current one in the kitchen needs to be replaced now).

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! (And Lord have mercy: I am in Santa Barbara CA this year, cooking dinner without a microwave! My DH just found some metal nuts and a quarter in the garbage disposal--his son just moved here last week--and we have yet to know if the oven works! That plus a 10 lb. $40 turkey in the fridge from Whole Foods?) Fran must be smiling right now.

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
Go to Top of Page

mjhealy
Warming Up

66 Posts

Posted - 11/24/2011 :  09:23:52 AM  Show Profile Send mjhealy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sharing Fran's story, Luann. I'm sorry never to have met her, but admire her resourcefulness and cheer. Not sure I'd could pull off a last minute Thanksgiving dinner with such grace, but that's the point of the tale, eh? We knitters can do anything...

Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the kitchen and around the table today.

Martha H.
Go to Top of Page

Luann
Permanent Resident

USA
2661 Posts

Posted - 11/21/2012 :  08:13:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My annual tradition is to bump this topic up, as a memorial to our dearly departed Fran and also as a happy thought to assist those of us who are crazily preparing for American Thanksgiving tomorrow. Though she's been gone three years now, and it's been 9 years since she shared this story, I still miss Fran. She was the most giving person, and she's still giving after all this time - I laugh every time I read this. Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

Luann

Knit and let knit!
http://www.luannocracy.blogspot.com
Go to Top of Page

Lanea
Permanent Resident

USA
5189 Posts

Posted - 11/21/2012 :  09:18:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you for bumping the thread, Luann!

Fran was an absolute treasure, and I miss her kindness and humor and knowledge. We're so lucky that she shared so much with us here.

See proof of insanity: http://crazylanea.com/
Read my audiobook reviews: http://booksforears.com/
Buy handmade sock knitting bags: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5031570
Join the KR Webring: http://www.crazylanea.com/fiberarts/2006/07/the_knitters_re.html
Go to Top of Page

Ceil
Permanent Resident

USA
1731 Posts

Posted - 11/21/2012 :  7:01:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
LuAnn, that's a good idea. I didn't try to read the story again because I remember it so well. Fran was such a wealth of information, and she always freely shared. May we all follow that model. That is what makes KR so special.

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
Go to Top of Page

anderknit
Permanent Resident

USA
2594 Posts

Posted - 11/22/2012 :  12:05:04 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for bumping this thread. Fran was the most patient, most honest, most accomplished poster. I wish I had the chance to get to know her "off-line"; I bet she was a hoot. I hope her family finds peace and solace in memories of her. Happy Thanksgiving, all.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
Go to Top of Page

imamshua
Chatty Knitter

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2012 :  2:11:08 PM  Show Profile Send imamshua a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I hope Fran's family comes and visits the forum on occassion. I'm sure they would be pleased to know how Fran impacted so many people beyond her immediate family. I join in as one of the group that misses Fran. I can't believe it has been 3 years.

Sally

If you think you're too small to be effective you have never been in bed with a mosquito - Bette Reese
Go to Top of Page

donnawatk
Seriously Hooked

761 Posts

Posted - 11/24/2012 :  04:57:44 AM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Luann, I read this a week ago thinking about Fran. I always cook Thankgiving dinner with my Mom, this year she is sick I cooked. alone. We always cook more because someone always shows up? This year it was just two. I hope we all had a Happy Thankgiving. I sure Fran's family had a good laugh as they sat down for dinner. Donna
Go to Top of Page

Shalee
Permanent Resident

USA
2042 Posts

Posted - 11/25/2012 :  02:24:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Luann for re-posting her Thanksgiving experience. When I remember Fran it is with such adoration. With everything she experienced she kept us grounded with the knowledge that everything has a bright side. She has left us a wonderful legacy of love and her knowledge of knitting.

Sharon in NW PA
I always wanted my own library but I didn't realize it would be all knitting books!


Go to Top of Page
Page: of 3 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Previous Page | Next Page
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Knitter's Review Forums © 2001-2014 Knitter's Review Go To Top Of Page
This page was generated in 1.11 seconds. Snitz Forums 2000
line This week's bandwidth
kindly brought to you by


and by knitters like you.
How can I sponsor?


line subscribe to Knitter's Reviwe