Sunday, July 31, 2011

Notable quotes...

Saw this on a bumper sticker in the parking lot after yoga on Wed.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”


I looked it's attributed to Jimi Hendrix.  Love it!!  Yet another reason I love yoga....great parking lot reading.
In another bit of irony, this morning's gospel in the lectionary was Matthew's Loaves and Fishes account.
Peace....(Hear that ye naysayers on Capitol Hill?)

Anyway...I'm busy getting ready for Michigan League of Handweaver's Conference.  (My chance to get away and leave everyone else here to hold down the fort and sling the hash..woohoo!)  I'm taking the Crackle workshop with with Susan Wilson which means a new warp on the Mountain loom.  Then the weekend brings Jennifer Moore's Tessellations one day workshop (I don't see it listed under her workshops tab) and two more half day workshops.  There's a lot of art supplies and scraps of yarn to assemble for those.

But there's plenty of time and I'll be posting more before then.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

While I'm making lists...

I suspect that most of you are like me and are trying to avoid/ignore the political drama being carried out on Capitol Hill.  It really makes me angry that these people are sitting there on the hill, collecting salaries paid to represent us, with the promise of a fat, happy pension including health care benefits while they are only sitting there playing partisan politics rather than actually representing the needs of the people.

So, I've decided to compile a list of famous people and groups with ideologies which refused compromise:
  • the Taliban
  • Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge
  • Augusto Pinochet
  • Stalin
  • Hitler
Do we see a trend here?  What names/groups would you add to the list of the uncompromising?

Making lists...

The Man Booker long list was published this week and there's been some talk about it on Library Thing.  I like discussing books that I've read with others who have read them, so I took the bait and joined the Booker Prize Group on LT

Then I proceeded to list the number of books I've read that have received the prize or have been listed for it.  I'm surprised there are this many:

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2002)
The Sea by John Banville (2005)
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2006) (still on my shelf..unread)
The White Tiger: A Novel (Man Booker Prize) by Aravind Adiga (2008)
Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000)
Disgrace by J. M. Cotzee
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (1998)
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (1987)

The Longlist:
The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer (2001)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2003)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke 92004)
The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson (2006)
The Gift of Rain: A Novel by Tan Twan Eng (2007)
Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin (2009)
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt (2009)
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer (2009)
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (2009)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel by David Mitchell (2010)

The Shortlist
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1993)
Atonement by Ian McEwan (2001)
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (2002)
Unless by Carol Shields (2002)
Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell (2004)
Arthur and George by Julian Barnes (2005)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2007)
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt (2009)
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (2009)
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue (2010)

In general, books nominated for the Booker are not happy stories.  But they are usually well written and show beautiful use of language and have an atmosphere about them.  Most are great at character development and theme.  I would say that they are not generally plot driven novels.....but I guess that's my opinion.

So....what have you been reading that you would recommend to me?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Make mine cherry, topped with orange....

My newest acquisition:
A cherry Turkish 24gr. spindle by Jeri Brock purchased from The Spinning Loft. The fiber is some merino top that I dyed a couple years ago.  This is such a sweet little spindle and a perfect companion to my Jenkins Turkish Spindle.  I love them both!

Just noticed that this is the first proper blog post for July.  There have been fiber happenings, but like most of the central U.S. it has been unbearably hot.

There is a beamed warp....
 patiently waiting for me to thread it through the heddles and reed:
This is handpainted bamboo warp from this year's  guild dye day.  In fact this is the warp I'm painting in the photo.  It will be a scarf woven in an 8 harness false damask twill.

Last Thursday our Cross Borders Weavers group met to get ready for the Michigan League of Handweaver's conference coming up in a couple of weeks.  Our hostess, Marilyn graciously supplied a synthetic indigo dye vat for us.  I over dyed some slub cotton warp chains and skeins, but the pictures aren't coming out right now.  Perhaps once they start moving onto the loom they will be more photogenic.

And I am still knitting on Devonshire.  I've decided to ignore the color variations for now and decide what to do once the garment is finished.  Maybe washing will make a difference....maybe not.  Maybe it will just be a casual jeans sweater.  Time will tell.

I've also been doing a lot of reading, but you can check in on that at my LibraryThing link.

The next few weeks promise to be quite busy...and hot.  Hopefully the activity will create blog fodder. 

Any dream interpreters out there?  Yesterday morning I woke up dreaming that our garage was almost empty (yep, that was a dream alright!) and in it was a huge kangaroo hopping around and throwing a snow shovel around like a javelin.  I was clearly stumped on what to do about that kangaroo, so I woke up.
Any clues on what my subconscious was trying to tell me?  Or maybe it's just the heat.....

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Enjoying a summer day....

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one, wild precious life?"  Mary Oliver