Thursday, October 25, 2012

Few and Far between...

I'm referring to blog posts.  This year October is decision month in our household.  Not just the decision that many (I wish I could say most, but too many people don't vote) in the U.S. will be making on Nov. 6. (or earlier if your state allows..)

The Michigan elections are complicated this year by numerous ballot initiatives to amend the state constitution which have been written and sponsored by special interest groups.  (Yes we in Michigan are subject to a re-enactment of the story of the troll under the bridge)  And there are three state supreme court justice positions to be filled.  And a gazillion other state and local things.

Add to that:  In our household there are two pensions up for decisions this month.  And then open enrollment decisions for healthcare and other employment benefits x2 which are due right after the election (I recognize that's a "high class" problem in this economy).

So I've been doing a lot of reading, researching, and sorting the wheat from the chaff.  I'm always aware that things are not always as they seem  and that market research and pollsters design their messages to influence rather than inform. Then I knit and spin while digesting the information.

Maybe I'll be a better blogger in November....then again, maybe not.  I haven't had much to say.
But I'd like to pass these two open letters along:

What the Health of the Mother Means.

A Special Olympian writes an open letter to Ann Coulter 

Thank you, John and Suzanne, may we all take on the challenge to be "someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything we say"   You are both great examples.

Thursday, October 04, 2012


What happened to September?

I knitted a sea silk shawlette the color of that red tree in this photo to wear to a September wedding in NJ.  But before that I knitted the same pattern in pink linen.  Not the best idea I've ever had.  That pink shawlette just looks like a really big, oddly shaped dish cloth.

The wedding was an excuse for a road trip.  On the way there we stopped at The Mannings.  It's the first I've been there in about 28 years. So much cool weaving stuff.... Someday I'd like to go back and take a class.

After the wedding we headed up New England to view shipyards, mansions, and Cape Cod.  We ate seafood.  We walked and talked and took a boat ride or two.  Then we headed into central Massachusetts.
Stopped in at Vavstuga where I really should have called ahead before stopping in.  But Terry was gracious and gave me the tour and let me browse the shop.  Sigh....Someday I'd like to go back and take a class. 

On Terry's recommendation we had a late afternoon pub meal at The West End Pub.  The flower bridge was still in full bloom, but it was a pretty soggy day so no pictures.

On down the Connecticut River Valley in Massachesetts, where the fall color was beautiful.  Of course we stopped at Webs.  What fun to see the legendary yarn store that has been a great online presence for weavers and knitters.  Someday....(you can finish that sentence.)

From there we headed across the Berkshires, down the Hudson River a ways before crossing over the Catskills, then across lower New York state and across the Allegheny Mountains (sorry...I'm from Pennsylvania and that's the way we spell Allegheny.)  The fall color was beautiful the whole way along that trail.  But many of the small towns still show devastating damage from the floods after Hurricane Irene last year.
So here I am, back home with a lot of local color (all of the photo's in this post).  I have been getting a lot of things done.  In addition to the two shawlettes, I've finished a prayer shawl and I've been designing and sewing soft cornices for the kitchen (at last!)  Not much weaving happening.  But I have plans.....
You would too if you had just gotten this book:
Kelly Marshall's website seems to be down right now.  But there's a good article with photo's here.

Well perhaps I'll do better at blogging in October.