Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Aunt Eva

I want to thank everybody who took a moment to read my little tribute to Aunt Eva. Your kind comments gave me a smile on a sad day. She was a social creature to the core, and would find your attention enormously flattering.

Double Pointed Needles

I've also had a spate of helpful suggestions about working on double pointed needles. I realized last night that after working on Web sites since the mid-90s, many of which purported to be "online communities," for the first time I feel like I'm truly experiencing an online community. Thank you all!

Shut Up, I'm Counting

I took the London beanie to Stitch 'n' Bitch last night and royally screwed it up. At this time, talking and counting are mutually exclusive activities for me.

So, back at home I frogged it and started it over again. Once again, as with the sweater neckline, I was surprised to find myself enjoying the process instead of muttering oaths at work lost and time wasted. I swear I turn into a different person when I knit. A kinder, gentler Franklin, less inclined to throw things at people's heads.

So Beanie Version 3.0 is now on the needles, and this is the best go-round yet (thanks largely to the advice I've gotten from comments on this blog).

Picture forthcoming. Honest.


leah said...

Your Aunt Eva was truly a gift in your life. You were very lucky to have had each other for the time that you did.

I found that once I became accustomed to using a set of DPN's it wasn't quite the wicked vile creature I'd made it out to be. If I can do it, I'm absolutely positive that your attempt will turn out beautifully.

Counting and talking cannot happen simultaneously in LeahLand either. Actually... I can't count and do anything else at all, especially listen (Husband can verify that).

markknitz said...

i'm totally a different person when i knit, too. i didn't get a chance to do any yesterday and felt very tense and disconnected. something to be said for the zen of it.

Felicia said...

I'm one of those vile creatures who can talk and count at the same time. I get to practice that trade everyday at work-- what, with me knitting, talking on the phone, and working on the computer. Thank goodness my employer doesn't really care what I do, as I long as I come in and answer the phone.

I prefer dpns and circular needles over straight ones. Getting used to the dpns did take me quite awhile, and now-- people think I'm wrestling with a porcupine. I learned to use the needles by making a hat- and that is the best way to learn to manipulate those things. Once I got into the mindset that despite the fact I have five needles in my hand- three are just "stitch holders" and I'm really only working with two- that made it easier to use them.

I like the London Beanie pattern, and I've made a couple of hats from it. What a great pattern, and I think it is written in such a way new knitters as well as old can read it, understand it, and make a great hat from it.

I bet Auntie Eva is smiling right now. If only everybody could have someone like her in their life, we'd all be better off. Actually, based on what you wrote about her, I think she would have been a great president. She'd have focused on all the people who really need love and a hug- and boom! Economy would be great, children would be happy- and there wouldn't be all this discord in the world about who marries who.


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