Milliners to the Resistance

That’s what my non-knitting long-time dearest friend called me when she asked me to make four more pussyhats!  (I made one for her and one for her sister to wear in DC.) I love that –  we all are milliners to the resistance. Here’s the latest New Yorker:

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Better late than never, here are photos from the Minnesota March.

When I boarded a city bus there were plenty of other hats.  A favorite, but blurry photo, was a knitter finishing her hat.  “I wish I had finished this last night.”  Lament of knitters everywhere.

So many hats, all handmade.  I thought about the images and visual statement of the Suffragists.  Color served as a means of instant recognition then, and now.

The Saturday Night Live on the night of the march used this, when Olga Povlatsky (Kate McKinnon) appears behind Putin.  Everyone in the audience immediately recognized it and applauded.

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The kids I saw and talked with were the most fun, and were happy to show the signs they made ‘by myself.’

I initially had mixed emotions about going to the march, but I am so happy I did.  I was supposed to meet up with friends, but it in a crowd of nearly 100,000  (20,000 expected at the most) that was a challenge.  My friend Jill waited for me at the bus stop, or we wouldn’t have found one another either. (Fort Tryon keeping me bundled up.) And some girls just wanna demonstrate and have fun all around.

One last hat I stalked at the march for a photo.  My Tendrils Hat, seen in the wild!

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DROP DEAD EASY KNITS DRINKALONG✨

Join in the fun and win fabulous prizes!  Over on Instagram it’s the

🌟DROP DEAD EASY KNITS DRINKALONG✨

Through Dec 31, post a picture of your beverage of the moment- tea, coffee, hot mulled wine, or refreshing spring water – on our coaster.

Here’s one with my water glass at work.

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Didn’t get a coaster?  Use a facsimile DropDeadEasyKnits coaster, the cover of the book or even a knitted item. Use our hashtag #DropDeadEasyKnitsDAL .✨

We’ll be doing giveaways of the book, yarn packs to make projects, plus some additional e goodies.

Here’s a jpg of the coaster to use if you don’t have a real one!

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It is supposed to be -20F tomorrow evening.  Knitting at home is the plan!

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!