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Handiwork

The yarn bombing wasn't the only graffiti that happened at the Block Street Block Party - the kids had a grand time creating murals in front of The Mustache (pausing occasionally to gather inspiration from a nearby break dancer).


Another art form was a hand-carved wood block for printing at the Himalayan Mountain Shop. I cannot imagine trying to carve anything, much less words, much less words in Tibetan, backwards into a block of wood. This translates into a Buddhist prayer of compassion - I need to learn the patience and dedication to my own belief necessary to be willing to put this much effort and time into an expression of it!


Between the stalls, the stages and the passersby, the occasional yarn bomb showed its cheerful face. I liked how this one skewed gracefully around the pole, the curving diagonals contrasting with the stark vertical texture of the pole.


Another example of beautiful knitting: a collaborative blanket. My beloved knitters overwhelmed me with this masterpie…

Realization

Things you never bother to buy because your mom always has some on hand... and then you move out.


- Cotton rounds. I've been removing nail polish with Qtips for over a year (tedious, rather).

- Thread. Not just plain white thread, either; thread in a dizzying array of colors that will match whatever button you're sewing back on.

- Sewing needles (to go with the thread, for the button that fell off).

- Rags. The only problem with starting fresh is that everything is new and nice and there are just certain things that you feel badly using a good washcloth or tea towel for.

- Twine (don't laugh at me; yarn is different). Again, for tying up things that will be stained, soaked, cooked, or otherwise maltreated.

- Rubbing alcohol (and peroxide, and antibiotic ointment, and something for mosquito bites). Those things that you rarely use, but generally need when you need them.

- A vase. Odd sounding, perhaps, but it's not something you think of until you've got a dripping …

An Invitation To Be Beautiful

"even the grayest of rocks reveal delightful hidden shades when studied closely." -Kaffe Fassett

Adam and I had an impromptu date night Thursday night. He sweetly planned an evening out, and we drove to Eureka Springs and ate at Local Flavor for dinner. Just as we were heading that way, it started to rain and the drizzle had become a downpour by the time we got there. Eureka Springs being the picturesque place that it is, we ended up parking a good walk up hill from the restaurant - and getting pretty wet. But we were together, and that's what mattered. We chose to see the dampness as an adventure instead of, well, a damper.

Sometimes it's the unplanned and the unexpected that's most beautiful, though. I love Tina's completed storm drain project - as you're looking down at the sidewalk, you find a view up Dickson Street in an unconventional place. It also has the effect of making you immediately look up, to compare her vision with the actual street.

Anothe…

FOs and WIPs

Or, to translate for the nonKnitters, Finished Objects and Works in Progress. :)

The quick linen side-project, complete. Fresh Faced is a washcloth - I love how the nubbly yarn and the twisted stitch pattern work together to make a gorgeous texture (that's also gently exfoliating :)


I've been working on Frisco Trail for awhile (a pox upon the allure of sockweight cardis - they're so nice, and then I don't remember why I don't like sweaters until I'm too far into it to turn back). I finished it on Spring's first 80 degree day, but this being Arkansas and all I think it's supposed to be 50 degrees tomorrow so I'll be able to wear it then. At least the warmer weather made for a pleasant photo shoot...


People keep asking me what all I've knitted for Little Bee, and up to this point my honest answer has been "just a pair of duckie booties." I don't knit Other People's Patterns very often anymore (it's easier to justify the purch…