Post Election Poetry Volume 2

The Thing Is

to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.

“The Thing Is” by Ellen Bass, from Mules of Love

Post Election Poetry Volume One

I have few words – what ones I did have I have spent.  I was serving as an election judge for 15 hours on the day of the election, and saw wonderful, heart strengthening actions and people.  I will try to hold that close.  Since I have no words, for a few days, I’ll post those of others. If you have any recommendations, please share them.

Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

The last stanza of Dover Beach, by Matthew Arnold

Vogue Knitting Live Minneapolis Edition

I’m still a bit bleary-eyed after staying up for Game 7 of the World Series.  I kept on knitting, but discovered a few dropped stitches in my cables.  Too exciting a game, even if you don’t care who wins!

If anyone is going to be at Vogue Knitting Live in Minneapolis, I will be at the Yarnery booth with copies of Drop Dead Easy Knits on Friday from 3:30 to whenever, and on Saturday from 11:30 to 1:00.  Stop by, I love to see people face to face.

I am blocking an Abide Shawl in Malabrigo Sock to bring along.  It has been finished for at least two months.  I’ve been wearing it at home.  Why am I such a procrastinator about blocking?

Here it is in Quince and Co. Finch.  Kirsten designed a wonderful pattern, and it really is really Drop Dead Easy!  I’ve knit two of them, and may do a third!

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(Photo courtesy of Darn Knit Anyway.)

Girl Clothes and Pockets

Being back east meant some family time.  I have a big (big) family, scattered around, but the core is still in New Jersey and I miss seeing them more.  Especially the littles, as they grow so darn fast.  Here’s a lovely shot of a just-woken-up-by a newly-minted kindergartener-and-her-brother visiting aunt, plus the goofs goofing around.

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In reality, Miss M didn’t want to share me with her brother very much.  After all, when we color together he just wants to grab the crayons and paper.  “Can’t you get him out of here?” She was particularly interested in my ability to make clothing.  It seemed a novel idea to her.  “Aunt Lou, can you make me a dress with pockets?  Because girl clothes have ZERO pockets!”  I agree, and yes, of course I can. We even looked at fabric on-line.  She wanted stars or planets and chose the blue, with the planets second place. I’m sure I can find something like it locally.  If not, there is always Clementine Maine to the rescue!

It was fun to see her think about sleeve length, dress length, and  pocket placement.  “Can you make matching leggings, too?”  This is when I do wish I lived much closer.

Any suggestions on simple dresses (with pockets) patterns gladly accepted.

Revolution in Handspinning

I’m not a spinner, but this is a wonderful video from Hansencrafts.  Animated needle felting?  You may have seen this already, but if not, enjoy!

 

Sheep Con aka Rhinebeck NYSW

My niece, gamer girl and very funny person, told me “Have fun at Sheep Con!” when I was leaving for Rhinebeck, and it stuck.  Totally Sheep Con.  A little over the top, but in good way. People displaying cosplay -like knitwear. People wearing sheep headbands. People pretending to be sheep. (Go look at the pictures on Gale’s post.  She actually took some!)

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Sorry to report that this Rhinebeck report isn’t much of one, as I saw very little of the actually NYSWF. I’ll link to some more useful pages.  Here’s mostly what I saw:

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Fortunately, that view shifted regularly, and I got to meet some people in real life that I’ve only encountered on-line.  Sadly, no photos. The super-talented and funny Natalie Servant.A fellow friend of Jean’s Knitting, Hi Carol!!

My fellow Drop Dead Easy Knits authors Gale and Kirsten and I had the good fortune to share a table with the Mason Dixon Knitting emporium. I never got to do more that say hello and smile occasionally, as Ann and Kay were swamped from the word go, as they deserved to be.

I made kiss noises at Carol Sucolski and her new book across the aisle, and discovered later that there were others there I would have loved to meet and go all fan girl for, but I couldn’t see them. I did get to meet Norah Gaughan, but by then her book was sold out. I felt honored to be in the same place as those knitters. The line to pay for books went right by our table, so we got to see lots of wonderful knitwear, and chat with people from all over. I talked to at least six people from Atlanta, for real. I guess there is no Sheep Con down south.

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By the time I got out of the book barn on Saturday, I had missed both the Knitty meet-up and the Ravelry meet up. Instead, I flopped down on the grass in the sun, with my head on someone’s bag of fleece, and watched the world go by for a while. The food lines were nuts. I just walked till I saw a booth with a small line and bought what they had. Recommendation for future visits if you lack stand on line stamina – bring food and fill in with the good stuff, like apple crisp and cider donuts.

One highlight was meeting the other half of the TwinSet – TwinSet Jan.  TwinSet Ellen is the technical editor of Drop Dead Easy Knits.  (The most fun I have ever had with a tech editor!)  They were kind enough to interview us for an upcoming podcast.

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Not complaining, it was great, but really crowded. Veterans said it was not as crowded as last year. Very glad I wasn’t there last year, then. T

The view crossing the Hudson as I drove back (empty-handed) to my sister’s in New Jersey for family action.  Stay tuned!

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Rhinebeck and beyond

I am so excited about going to Rhinebeck for the first time!  The book signing schedule is below, but if anyone wants to get together post in the comments and I’ll email you back.  Followers of Jean?    Anyone?  I am packing and frantically trying to finish the Parley Cardigan from Drop Dead Easy Knits in Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio DK.

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Parley cardigan

Such beautiful yarn!  So little time!  Where are the buttons? I’ve joined the body and sleeves and am starting the yoke.  Will I make it?  I have other sweaters, so I may be knitting this all weekend.  Working in a fairly tightly plied yarn is really different than the Briggs and Little Sport singles that I designed in.  Glad there will be all sorts of spinners to help me out.

If you want to check it out or even better, come get a copy of DROP DEAD EASY KNITS  signed by me and my co-authors, and touch all the samples from the book, we will be on a teeny tiny tour.

Saturday & Sunday OCT 15 & 16th in Rhinebeck NY at the  NY Sheep & Wool
Saturday 10-11:30 am and 4-5pm
Sunday  10am-1 pm
booksigning and trunk show in the barn where all the author events take place

Tuesday October 18th at Knit New Haven in New Haven CT 4-6 pm (or so)
trunk show & booksigning

Thursday October 20 at Knitty City in NYC, Upper West Side, 6-8 pm
we’ll present a fun slide talk about making the book and all that is in it, along with signing books and trunk show

And while reading the article about Leonard Cohen in the current New Yorker I heard that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature.  How cool is that!