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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Puppets are Magic

My oldest son is thoughtful and contemplative and he can be reticent when it comes to responding to questions like, "What did you do today?" or "How are you feeling?"

That is, unless he's talking to Guissepe the puppet (who is a sausage-maker from Naples).

When Guiseppe, in classic stereotypical Italian accent, asks my son, "What-a you do-a today-a my friend?" my son's eyes light up and he becomes animated and chatty. He can hardly wait to tell the puppet about his favorite toys and the details of his day-to-day life, like what his Batman toothpaste tastes like, how much he loves "puffy" pancakes, and how hard it can be to have a baby brother. He'll even open up about fears and disappointments we'd have to pry out of him if it weren't for our Neapolitan friend.

For nosy, chatty parents like me, a reserved child presents a special challenge: I will do almost anything to hear what's on his mind. Thank God for Guiseppe and his puppet friends.

You may remember that the puppet theater has been on the list since late last year. I finally made the time to do it.

I ask you, is there anything funnier than a puppet show by a 4-year-old?

The Surplice Lace Top has been s..l..o..w to start. The hunt for the perfect yarn has been a bit silly. I ordered what I thought was the perfect yarn from Elann, but alas, I wasn't paying attention and it was aran instead of DK
weight. My latest brainstorm: I am making a huge mess unraveling peek-a-boob so I can attempt to get gauge with the eggplant Euroflax linen. I'm hopeful. I do love that yarn and I long to see it in a sweater that is not a miserable failure. When I finish unraveling the massive knots, I'll let you know how it works.

Meanwhile, I was hunting around online yesterday and I happened upon this loveliness:

The Cable and Lace Kimono-Sleeve Wrap @ Sweaterbabe.

Don't worry, I remain devoted to the Surplice Lace Top, but it's hard to stay focused in the face of such a convoluted start...

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Perhaps your viewers would like to see a photo of Guiseppe. . . .
oh my dear editor husband, you make an excellent point. (as usual)

Meet Guiseppe everyone.
Sweet boy!! What is it about puppets?? I would do the same thing to hear what is on his mind. Mine just watches me talk instead of looking at the puppet. Maybe in time she will decided it's more fun to watch the puppet.
Oh I love that kimono wrap sweater. Sundara also has a kimono pattern that I have been eyeing. I think our (virtual) yarn store needs a yarn bar (just like Artfibers) where the customers are allowed to try the yarn and knit up small swatches
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