Sunday, October 29, 2006


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Top down raglan for Dulaan and mixed caps for Caps to the Capitol and Dulaan
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Looks much better, thanks to Angelika's advice. Here are some colorful and booooring knitting pics.

Monday, October 23, 2006


I've taken lots of pictures of new finished projects and lots of Dulaan projects. I'm trying to find an appealing way to post them. I hate the way my posted pics look. I just need to take some time to learn about arranging the pics on the page. The blog is looking a little sad and tired. Any and all suggestions welcome as long they're constructive.


Ok, I know my opinions are not always those of the majority, but honestly, I hated Rhinebeck.
Blasphemy, you say? It may well be.
Why I hated Rhinebeck:
1. People with wheelie suitcases in jam packed aisles who swung them around behind them without caution or care.
2. Several shoppers who had no problem shoving or inserting their arm and ultimately their body between you and the yarn that you were looking at.
3. People who asked rude questions and didn't like the answers.
4. People who are oblivious to all but their own immediate needs (see #1)
5. Groups that travel in packs and will not be moved to walk less than 4 abreast, when there isn't room for even 2 way walking traffic.
6. The same groups, who shop as a team. Some will get in line, the rest will do the "full contact shopping" for those in line, as they shout rudely back and forth. "make sure you grab that skein if that woman puts it down"
7. All of those above who bray and crow about their "hard fought for" bounty.

I'm sure there were many well mannered lovely people who attended. There were just too many of the kind I described above. I made exactly two purchases. Both times, the booth owners had to intervene as I was being pushed and shoved. During one purchase, another shopper grabbed the yarn from my hand and then sneered at the price, dropping it accidentally back in the basket from which I had taken it. The shop owner politely but sternly told her to notice the scarf I was wearing and said that "of course this yarn is appealing to her". The woman then decided that she needed the stand owner's undivided attention to describe each yarn type and justify her prices. All I wanted to do was buy 2 lousy skeins of yarn. Luckily the stand holder wanted to sell them to me. This might be fun for some, but not for me. I never liked Filene's basement and I didn't like this mob scene either.

I had decided to go to Rhinebeck because my daughter and her boyfriend live in Brooklyn and his parents live in Poughkeepsie. It was a perfect fall weekend. Absolutely lovely drive up from PA. It was terrific to see my daughter and BF. They even tolerated the mobs until I yelled "uncle" after 1 1/2 hours. The 3 of us met his parents for dinner at this wonderful place in Germantown, north of Rhinebeck called RESTAURANT.
"So how did you like the play Mrs. Lincoln?" comes to mind. If I hadn't gone to the Sheep and Wool Festival, the weekend would have been perfect.

That's why I've decided to go to Stitches East in two weeks!!!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Why Do We Give?

I read a review of a book about charity knitting today. Reading this well balanced review and some of the comments that followed has emboldened me to openly state my opinions about the "let's knit some shawls for the Amish" group. I know these people mean well, but they have gotten caught up in a wave of sympathy without doing their homework.
First of all the Amish eschew charity. They are indeed accepting the fact that people want to help and they have designated specific agencies to accept monetary donations for medical bills. How many times do these people have to ask outsiders to go away?
These families are Old Order Amish. Their clothing does not even have buttons because that is too fancy. The outerwear is woven, not knitted or crocheted.
I attempted to contact the woman in New England who is organizing this and asked her nicely to contact the appropriate people and agencies before continuing. Because I got no response, I posted the contact info in a comment on her blog. They have narrowed it down to one shawl pattern that she has deemed plain enough and black yarn "because the mother's will be in mourning for a year". If she had done her homework, she would know that these women wear ONLY BLACK, no matter what the circumstances.
Don't get me wrong, I know they mean well, but what is the real motive behind this. Does she really want to comfort these people who don't want her comfort? There are plenty of deserving charities who are in need of knitted items. Guess none of those is quite so "au courant" as the Amish.
I think this bothers me so much, because I have lived among these people for over 30 years. What few realize, is that every sect and church within these sects have different rules. Please don't ask an Amish person in Ohio about the rules for the church in Lancaster County. They may not know anyone from that church or sect. One thing I'm sure they would tell you if you asked, is that they want to be left alone by the "English" at a time like this. They have endured as much intrusion as they can bear.
I guess I see this movement of "shawls for the Amish" as pure arrogance. They claim to have the input they need, including that of a part time Episcopal minister, to know what they're doing. I seriously doubt it. Perhaps the shawls will be auctioned off by the Mennonite Committe to raise money for medical bills, or for the education fund for the murderer's children.
Sorry, but sometimes fiber is not the answer.

Friday, October 06, 2006


Susan Manning on Knitlist has offered to send some of her excess stash to knitters in need of a little extra. I left a message on her live journal offering to augment her generosity. Just leave your email address with your comment. No need to justify your need. I'll contact you for yarn destination. Thanks Susan for setting such a wonderful example.