Saturday, September 16, 2006

Go to Your Happy Place

I should not be blogging today, as there's work to do. But when I logged in to check e-mails yesterday's rant about missing Rhinebeck popped up and I hate the idea of it sitting there until Monday. I don't like whiny blogs and I don't want this to become one.

I know that in the grand scheme of things, missing a fiber festival ranks low on the list of tragedies that can befall a person. I know I haven't exactly been deprived of knitting events lately. My anger came more out of the manner in which my vacation was revoked, and that's symptomatic of much larger issues with my employer. But I don't write about work in here, so that's all I'm going to say.

Here's something nicer to think about. This was taken in a village on the island of Crete called Kritsa. It's not large, but the main business street is packed with small shops selling beautiful handmade needlework. This is one of the reasons why.



There. That's better.

37 comments:

blueprairie said...

where is this? I wanna go.

(I'll even take the spousal unit).

Wetexit said...

Dearest,
you will be missed at Rhinebeck certainly, but posts like this one are WHY people will miss you.
I will probably never be fortunate enough to meet you personally, but knowing that folks like you are out there is inspiration enough.
thank you for your kindness, goodness and humor.

Wet

Mel said...

*sigh* How very disappointing. I must say that I'm less than impressed with your employer. However, since you won't be making Rhinebeck, you definitely need to give me a shout when you come visit Sue.

Sean said...

I love that picture. What a roll of lace she has there and such a contrast of color...the yellow agains the black. Terrific picture! Glad to get the extra post from you.

Cheryl said...

The detail on the work that lady is doing is just stunning. It amazes me to see work that is art.
Your not going to Rhinebeck makes me feel better about my NOT going. It'd be a fun time I am sure --and I still am recovering from Maryland Sheep and Wool!!

rho said...

you know in the grand scheme of things most all of our problems aren't huge -- but you are still allowed to be disappointed and whiny when something you look forward to is snatched away. My rule is that I am allowed to feel sorry for myself for a day if it is something really disappointing. That post was your day - but you are still allowed to mutter to yourself occasionally and the more creative the muttering the better ;)

Great picture by the way...

Ruth said...

What a lovely photo - I wonder how many acres of lace those gnarled hands have created over her lifetime. I don't think emotional authenticity is such a bad thing in blogs, but for my own part it functions as a bit of a mirror: when I proofread too much whining in a post, I cast about for something positive to say - and invariably feel better as a result.

Bridget said...

What a cool photo, and not just the knitting! I really need to practice my "pitcher-takin'"!

I think most of us understood your post about missing the chance to go to Rhinebeck, something similar has happened to just about everyone, I would guess. But I also know what you mean, who wants to be perceived as whiny, even if just for a few days?

My suggestion for the day you are working at alumni weekend? Make up excellent stories in your mind about the alumni you have to deal with - it always keeps me from getting totally depressed about *having* to be there!

Elizabeth said...

You're a better man than I am Franklin.

Or something.

I love the photo.

Marcy said...

She's beautiful, Franklin. Thank you.

HPNY Knits said...

boy, those look like very THICK glasses. I guess it is something to look forward to!

junior_goddess said...

There you go-there's no whining in knitting. Stuff happens for a reason. Knit thru it!

Wetexit said...

but isn't she crocheting? I only see one needle. (nutin' wrong w/ crochet, just wonderin')

hmmmmmm

Donna in Virginia said...

I'd do some serious investigation of this finishing school chain gang weekend and Delores's signing the new agreement. It is mighty suspicious!

~Lori said...

Yep, that looks like filet crochet. Lots of lovely filet crochet everywhere in Europe, or so I've read. And that is one fat roll of edging! Lovely.

Maria said...

Franklin, that reminds me of all the Yiayias (grandmas)we visit in Greece!Did you have any knitting with you? Whenever any of the older women see my knitting they're in shock. They can't believe that we actually know how!
Haven't been to Crete yet. DH is from Corfu so that's where we always end up. Sorry to hear that you won't be at Rhinebeck. Hope that weekend isn't too miserable for you.

jayne said...

Wear your new socks to that nasty event, whatever it is, and smile smile smile. You can grin to yourself at the thought that you might be the only person there wearing socks that you knitted yourself!

Marlene said...

What an awesome photo! The bright, cheerful and decorative edging is such a sharp contrast to the plain, somber clothing of the craftsperson.

Love it.

PuppyMomma said...

I'm sorry, but missing a fiber festival is a GREAT tragedy to me. I feel your pain Franklin, and since I won't be going to Rhinebeck either, I'll mope for the both of us. Hell, I almost missed MDS&W this year because of a cousin's wedding. Thank goodness I got out of THAT huh?

Marilyn said...

You know how much I'm going to miss you. I wish there was something that could be done. I think you and Chris are the only Wolvies who won't be there.

Get your ass east, willya? It's the only solution. As has been discussed...

Beth said...

Franklin, you'll just have to come to the Greencastle (IN) Fleece Fair in April. It's probably not as glorious as Rhinebeck, but any port in a storm, eh?

DK said...

Awww. What a cute little Cretian yiayia. Interesting to think about how much she's created in her life...she's a widow, you can tell by what she's wearing...lace for her wedding, garments for her children, for their kids...amazing. Kind of makes me miss my own yiayia. Thanks, Franklin, that's just what I needed today.

Holly said...

I'm truly sorry you're missing Rhinebeck. Best of luck.

Mother of Chaos said...

Bless you, Franklin. I hate whining, too. Life is just way too short to spend it stewing over the things that don't go my way.

Thanks for helping me collect smiley wrinkles...not frowny ones. :)

marie in florida said...

beautiful Franklin, crochet is my first love. makes me want to start a roll of edging myself. the greatest of cary along ease. thanks for showing us that.

DianeS said...

As with many others, I'm disappointed that you won't be at Rhinebeck. However, the picture is just wonderful. How long did you sit and watch her knit? I just love to watch people doing stuff that they do well.

Linda said...

That's a very moving photo for a knitter.

Just Me said...

Thank you for this honorable image

Jon said...

That picture looks really familiar to me...hmmmmmm

Nelly O said...

I could get you to a happy place.

Anonymous said...

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Julia said...

Much better. What a great photo!

Manise said...

I grew up seeing yiayiathes (grandmothers) in northern Greece knitting, spinning and tatting. Great picture and welcome sight for someone homesick for Greece. Thank you.

mlj1954 said...

I think that the picture is everyone's Grams. I looked at it an saw my gram with her work in her hands and she was always so focused. Of course, this is the same woman that gave me yarn (mohair), needles and a pattern (cabled sweater in mohair no less) for my 8th birthday. It brought tears to my eyes. Gosh I miss her and my Mom and their incredible talents and love.

kmkat said...

In the spirit of anti-whining, here is a snippet I have posted over my monitor: All of life's big problems include the words "inoperable" or "indictment"'. Eveything else is small stuff. I might add "bankruptcy" to that comment (kid in college=tight budget), but otherwise it is right on.

Great photo! It might inspire me to pick up a crochet needle again.

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