August 2008


Thanks to a little tendonitis flare, there’s not much to show on the knitting/quilting front this week, short of posting yet another picture of the Fleece Artist sock in progress (the heel is turned!)

Browsing the blogs this morning, I came across a photo of the perfect, food-stylist ideal fried egg, and it reminded me of something I saw on a cooking show years ago.  The host was in Jamaica, I think, and sampling the local cuisine.  The program also explored some of the local culture, and this show featured a surrealist painter whose subject was fried eggs.  There was one painting of a woman hanging laundry on a line.  The “laundry” was fried eggs.  There was another painting of a rainy scene.  It was raining fried eggs.  Little, perfect, yellow-yolk-in-the-middle fried eggs.  I wish I could remember the artist’s name, because I am dying to recreate one of these scenes in fabric, and I want to give proper credit.  Crazy?  I guess I had better not admit that it wouldn’t be the first time I made a quilt with a fried egg on it.  And bacon. 

While searching for fried egg art on Yahoo!, I found this:

Henk Hofstra’s sculptural breakfast, in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.  See more photos here.

Sunny side up!

That’s right.  The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County manager of library services has banned arts and crafts groups, including a childrens’ knitting club, from using library facilities.  Why?  They want the library to be more “literacy focused”.  Personally, I thought they pretty much had that covered already, what with filling the place with reading material and all.

Clearly, though, I am out of touch with contemporary library management theory.  I must be, because the library manager’s plan to host video game nights doesn’t strike me as being a brilliant literacy-promotion strategy.  I guess I haven’t been reading enough.

The CBC reports on the story here.

On August 14, 2003, my husband and I were on vacation, enjoying a lazy summer afternoon at home.  The power went out.  Of course, we had no idea that the power was out all over the province, in Quebec, and over a significant portion of the United States as well.

I had never had anything more than a short-term plan for dealing with summer power outages:

1.  Take the ice cream from the freezer and eat it;

2.  Break out the handicrafts and wait for the power to come back on.

It ended up being quite a wait.  We had been planning to do some painting in the house, and that kept our minds off of our impatience for life to return to normal, as it did a couple of days later.  In the following months, I found myself thinking about emergency supplies when I went to the grocery store…bottled water, batteries, medication.  I still make sure there’s a fresh battery for the radio (and I even bought one of those dynamo-powered radios that don’t need batteries).

What were you doing on August 14, 2003?  Have you made any permanent lifestyle changes as a result of that experience?  Which reminds me, I’m running out of ice cream again.

For the paving contractors next door, at any rate.  Here at home, not so much.  I’m doing something I haven’t done in a long time…reading fiction.  My taste in books is usually limited to craft books and true crime, but I’ve heard so many good things about this novel, I decided to read it.  This rainy weather is perfect for curling up with a good crime novel:

I haven’t read much of it, but there’s already been one exciting plot twist, and it’s a very entertaining read so far.  Like my bookmark?

Progress on the latest sock has been better than the photo would suggest…I started out knitting it too large, so had to rip it and reknit.  I’m doing a lot of that lately!  The yarn is Fleece Artist merino.  I believe the colourway is Rose Garden, but that could be wrong…it wasn’t marked when I bought it.  The pattern is Wendy Johnson’s Halcyon, a freebie, and it’s my first sock knit on two circulars.  I’m usually pretty loyal to dpns, but thought I’d venture into some new knitting territory.  I must admit to being envious of knitters who knit two socks at a time on circulars, and I’m slowly leading myself into trying that.  Back to my book…

I heard on the radio that we had 22 days of rain in June.   July was pretty humid as well.  Every time the sun shines, and we’ve had a bit of sunny weather lately, I get out with the dog to enjoy it as much as possible.  The rain has given me plenty of time for needlework, so it’s not all bad.

That Patons sock yarn was calling me.  I cast on a toe-up sock and started knitting.  Oh, dear:

It looks like pink camouflage.  What a disappointment.  The yarn itself is so springy and soft, I love the way it feels.  Maybe I’ll try again later with another colourway.  I will be frogging this one, and pretending it never happened.

Working on the crazy quilt block has been unexpectedly difficult.  I painted some lace and began attaching it to the block with french knots.

 

I didn’t realize that stitching through the fabric and fused interfacing on the back would aggravate my tendonitis…I could hardly sleep that night from the pain.  I am finishing this block with great attention to how much stress I’m putting on my fingers, and the next block will not be interfaced!

Luckily, knitting uses completely different hand movements, and I knit loosely, so I can still enjoy it.  Trying to get the recent sock disappointment out of my mind, I grabbed some Fleece Artist merino from stash and cast on.

Ahh, that’s much better.

Oh, have you seen the Twist Collective?  Very stylish, and nice sock patterns are available.  Not a freebie site, but the prices are reasonable.