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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Comes Back Around Again

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Albert Einstein
A long, long time ago, in a land still far from here, my Grandmother taught me to knit. It was the summer I spent with her and my Grandfather, the year I turned fourteen. I learned to knit socks some years later, in a tiny village in Germany. Almost two decades ago, I entered thirteen items in the Sioux Empire Fair and brought home fourteen ribbons. A sweater I knit for my young daughter with blackberries and cables took Best In Show. What a moment that was.
This is my sweater from a class I am taking through Athena Fibers in Sioux Falls. I still love to take classes. I always learn something new, like spit splicing, and I always enjoy the company of other knitters. I enjoy watching others knit as much as I love to do it myself.
I was lucky enough and smart enough to sign up for a sock class. Not just any sock class, but a toe up, short row heel, magic loop sock class. This was a class of many firsts for me. I learned how to do a sewn bind off. It was my pleasure to take this class from a lovely woman named Mary and I am hoping she will give another class soon. Do a great thing for yourself, I encourage you to sign up for a class.
And now...for something I really like. It is no secret I love hand thrown pottery. I have combined this beautiful yarn bowl with my current favorite hobby. Now, if I could just find enough time to get these KoolAid socks finished.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Good Mystery Is Fun

When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'that knowledge is for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.'
George Washington Carver
Kirsten over at Through The Loops is having a Sockoberfest Mystery. It is a fun little lace pattern, very well written. It was very generous of her to share. She just uploaded the heel, week 3, last Thursday. I really do need to catch up. I need to take a better picture of the little pottery yarn bowl to show you. I found it on Etsy in the Soaringstudios Shop. This beautiful little bowl is perfect for the sock knitter and this one was made specifically for me. She will make them in different colors for you.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mr. Woolly Bear

When the bold branches
Bid farewell to rainbow leaves -
Welcome wool sweaters.
~B. Cybrill

It is all about the wool......I was sure happy to see the picture my daughter took tonight of the woolly bear. We have had some pretty dire predictions for the coming winter, including what may amount to measurable snow this Saturday. Nice to know one species is scoffing......maybe I should make some woolly bear socks......

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Mutterings

Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each day, expressed in M&Ms: 250
Harper's Index, October 1989

Free association (because these days, not much is free):

  1. What pleases you? :: Family
  2. Whatever :: Arrrrrggggg

  3. Chime :: Ding

  4. Pleading :: Desperate

  5. Simulate :: 7 of 9

  6. Flashing :: Lightening

  7. Directional :: One Way

  8. Pink :: Grandmother

  9. Access :: Denied

  10. Ugly :: Beholder

Just for fun. Give it a try.....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Scarf

"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." -- Anton Chekhov

I have a new friend. She has just moved to South Dakota from California. I doubt she has ever seriously needed a scarf in her life. This one is a little wider than usual with pockets, made just for her. Welcome to this cold, snowy, windy, beautiful State, Lydia!