family, knitting, living

Catching up

I actually have a couple of posts that I need to write, but just haven’t gotten around to it….mainly because I hate uploading photos to this thing.  WordPress doesn’t really make the photo part very easy. 

Anyway, I met Betty Christiansen of Knitting for Peacefame a little over a week ago.  I attended the Preemie Project Craft-A-Thon at the U of Iowa Hospital.  I went after work thinking I would take Grey with me and we would sit and knit a bit.  I wanted her to see that something as simple and as enjoyable as knitting can be a way of giving to others.  She got to see the booties I made and gave to the project.  It gave me a chance to talk to her a bit about doing for others….something I think is vital in the development of a person’s character.  Anyway, we show up and find about 200-300 girls scouts learning to knit.  It was part fo the day.  This gave girls scouts an opportunity to learn about the project and how to knot.  Hopefully many of these young women will do some service work for this project.  Anyway, I found Anne from Crazy Girl in the middle of about 10-12 girls being barraged with questions.  She looked like she needed a hand so I sat down and offered to help.   Grey and I wound up with 4-5 girls being our best buddies for the rest of the night.  Once grey had her fill Henry picked her up.  Then the girls scouts left. At the end of the night Betty Christiansen spoke about the joys of knitting for people you don’t know.  Her book is filled with about 15 different groups who are bringing comfort to people around the block or around the world one stitch at a time.  I’m such a dweeb I had to have my picture taken with her.  I guess she si my first knitting celebrity.  It’s funny, I have no desire to meet famous people unless I think they have something to say.  She does have something to say, so I was happy to meet her.  The Preemie Project Link is on my side bar….check it out.  

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In other knitting news…my hubby has completed his first knitted object.  I have photographic evidence to support this statement!  It is below.  Henry had a project in books arts for a mobius.  It could be made out of any material he chose.  For some reason he decided to go for the yarn and needles.  The photo below is his first attempt.  It did not felt well and was so big that you could not really read it as a mobius.  He is wearing the skinny mobius wrapped twice around his neck as a muffler, though.  He cast on a second time and was much more successful.  He knitted the mobius in a tweed charcoal color cascade wool.  We felted it severely and then wrote family in a continuous script around the and in the mobius.  It was very nice. He felt the metaphor for a family being knit together and eternal was just what he needed in his mobius.  My husband is amazing.  I loved teaching him to knit and it made me feel like my knitting had some value to him. 

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On the acupuncture front, I had my second session last Wednesday.  She tapped one spot on my forehead that sent pain shooting down my face.  She had to take it out because I could not take it.  She said that that spot held a lot of stress.  I don’t know about that, but I did not care for it.  Anyway, the rest of the session was ok. I left feeling exhausted again.  My arms started hurting that evening.  Thursday I felt like hell. My arms were so sore I did not want to knit and I could barely function.  I am not so sure that acupuncture is for me.  I will keep at it for another four visits because I told myself I would.  I just hope it gets better. 

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2 responses

  1. What a great thing to do! You are doing so well in Iowa. Always something cool to do and learn!

    Great job Henry!!

    February 20, 2008 at 3:14 am

  2. becca

    Wow! wow! wow!
    yeah you! yeah henry! yeah grey! yeah betty christiansen!
    what a neat an exciting time you’re having in iowa!!! caucuses, charity projects, knitting celebs, art expos. i didn’t realize nashville was soculturally deprived in relation
    You are so awesom and you have such an incredible husband! You are really filling your family with such love and compassion and strength and courage! I’m so proud of you! Wish I could be as positive a role model for my fam but that’s so not happening! been missing talking to you. i’ll try this weekend. hope you’re feeling better after your visit now.

    February 28, 2008 at 2:00 am