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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Cari, who is a terrific writer and is documenting her adventure in Japan, recently tagged me to share 7 weird facts about myself. Those who are tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

My husband loves an opportunity to dwell on my weirdness and immediately offered a list of things I might share. I had difficulty narrowing it down.

1. Despite the fact that I'm a pretty together person who can keep track of multiple little things simultaneously (i.e. 2 small, wily children, snacks for said children, lipstick, knitting projects), I manage to misplace my keys
every single day. About once a year I lose them permanently.

2. I have no aptitude for numbers, and math was always my worst subject in school. Despite this, I have an idiot-savant-like ability to memorize numbers. When I was a small child, my mom and dad used me as a walking phone book; I could rattle off the numbers of all my aunts & uncles and several family friends.

3. Once, when I was about 23, I was eating dinner on my couch, using a large chef's knife to cut my food (the butter knives were all dirty). With no table to rest the knife on, I wedged the handle of the knife between the sofa cushions when I wasn't using it, with the tip pointing toward the ceiling. (After all, I didn't want to soil the cushions with chicken grease--that would be stupid!) Later, I got up to wash the dishes. When I finished, I did a running jump onto the couch and--you could see this one coming--the knife sunk into my right ass cheek. The hospital staff who stitched me up had a grand time making me repeat the sequence of events to each and every doctor, nurse, lab tech, and ambulance driver on duty that night.

4. I eat orange peels and lemon peels. (An anticlimax after #3, but odd nonetheless.)

5. When I was in labor with my first son, I couldn't get the word
haberdashery out of my head. At the time, I did not know what it meant.

6. I fall down. I don't do it so much anymore now that I'm carrying children around, but I used to need very little reason to simply
fall down. On one occasion, my husband (boyfriend at the time) and I were standing at the corner of a busy intersection. Note the word "standing." Then I found myself on the ground. My husband was very confused, as he had been looking at me, then turned away for an instant--an instant!--then turned back to find me gone.

7. I can catch anything. My husband likes to keep me sharp by tossing the keys to me when I'm not expecting it, and I catch them every time. I suspect this may be why he married me.

I tag Miss J, Aspen, Philip, Dave, Crystal, Marianne and Morgen.
I would love to tag my friend John from long ago Santa Fe days. He is one of the funniest people I know but I think he's blogless.

In knitting news I happily completed 9 hand knitted washcloths, collected another 18 from other knitting moms and wrapped them up with handcrafted soap for delivery to the most exceptional teachers I've had the pleasure to know. The best unexpected surprise was that my dear friend Heather knit 3 cloths even though her children don't go to my son's school! She just loves to knit and she saw the desperation in my eyes as I fretted about the project. What a gem!

It seems we have some interest in our little Surplice Lace Top KAL. There are at least three of us here in the American Southwest, my dear longtime, sassy friend Amanda in Seattle says she's tempted to join us, Marianne in England plans to join and her photos are so delicious that it should be lovely to follow her progress from anywhere. Also, k-ron who knits and snowshoes with her dog (I love that!) somewhere in the world (I don't know where) is thinking of joining in. Anybody else? Aspen? Julia? Kelena?

I think we'll begin soon...stay tuned.

until then...

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Friday, May 18, 2007
Art in the Backyard


Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Talented Friends, a Summer Top and Mother's Day Tea

During my printmaking days at the University of Washington, I had a friend, whom I shall refer to as Miss J, who made me laugh out loud every day.

Miss J was known throughout the department for her drawings of odd characters (see above) that hinted strongly at a very rich--and slightly disturbing--inner landscape. These characters didn't always stay on paper. On one memorable occasion, I arrived at the studio to find an elderly gentleman ranting at the other printmakers in a thick German accent. It was, of course, Miss J in full costume, including wig, cane, and osteoporosic posture. Miss J had a full array of material--improvised and rehearsed--that kept the rest of us peeing our pants with hysteria as we worked into the night on project deadlines.

Miss J is a wonderful friend and you really should go NOW and see her brand new blog:
The Flying Pencil. There you will find a sampling of her amazing drawings. Those of you who may be less interested in drawing should know that she also knits, sews, and bakes chocolate banana bread like a pro.

Surplice Lace Top by Nashua Handknits

I showed this picture to my friend Heather and we immediately agreed that this sweater would look stunning on both of us. This is remarkable since there is a 7 inch difference in our heights and we look nothing alike. And yet, it's true.

Our friend Chris is also charmed by this lovely pattern and the three of us are gathering our collective enthusiasm and planning a little KAL. This will be my first KAL and I'm quite excited. I'm really in no position to begin something new for myself, what with the 5 or 6 other projects I have on needles, but... why the hell not?

Wouldn't it be nifty if other folks reading this right now feel as charmed by the Surplice Lace Top as we are and collectively we mobilize a real live, online KAL?

This little pattern is no
Simple Knitted Bodice (the Titanic of all KALs), so I don't expect that THE WHOLE WORLD will want to knit it with us. If, however, you feel moved to knit it too, drop me a comment! I really love comments from people I've never met.

Tomorrow I'm off to Mother's Day tea at the big boy's school and I can hardly wait. Rumor has it that the children will greet us at the door, show us to our seats, pull our chairs out and serve us tea and goodies. He plans to wear his tie and has requested that I wear my butterfly skirt and purple shoes.

Happy Mother's Day

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