One must be an inventor to read well.
There is then creative reading
as well as creative writing.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson]
Since I live in relative solitude, my blog gives me a place to share things that one would normally share with a person in the same room. This is a, “You’ve just gotta see this…” post. The thought has crossed my mind that I’m likely the last to learn all of this, but I’ll share it anyhow. I’ll make bullet points of my disjointed thoughts.
- The image is a screen shot of one of my iPad folders.
• I’ve never seen non-Apple devices, but am confident that they have reasonable counterparts to this.
• It is worth the effort to learn how to organize apps in folders so you can find your stuff easily on one screen.
• The desktop image is either (a) my backyard or (b) a tourist stop near Cardiff, Wales (UK). HINT: I have no backyard.
- About the first row of apps in the image—these are primarily text readers. iBooks reads books from the Apple store, Nook reads Barnes & Noble books, and Kindle reads Amazon books. The apps are free and many books can be obtained without cost as well. There are also sale priced books available from such sources as BookBub.
- The second row of apps in the image—these are specialized readers. Audible (an Amazon company) is an audio book reader and not only reads books from Audible.com, but also reads non-Amazon books from iTunes. Overdrive accesses the local public library. Using my library card, I check out both text and audio books using Overdrive. GoodReader could also be called Knitter’sHelper. I use this for my PDF knitting patterns because it allows me to easily mark my place and make notes.
- The third row shows apps from Blackstone. These audio books are well produced and are now available with a built-in player as apps—one book per app. I bought these in the App Store for reasonable prices. There are many choices. One of my favorite mystery writers is Louise Penny. Her books, set in Quebec, present characters in such depth and with such sensitivity, that they make me want to jump into my little roadster and drive to Canada in search of imaginary friends.
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But Mary kept all these things,
and pondered them in her heart.
At Christmas time, my thoughts always turn to Mary. My first child was born close to Christmas and, while we were stalled at a rail crossing on the way to the hospital, I thought of Mary. I was so thankful I wasn’t riding a donkey. While I was admitted to the hospital, I thought of Mary being cold and hungry with no place to rest in comfort. I cringed at the thought of going through labor and delivery in the conditions described in the Bible. Mary was made of sterner stuff than I am. Ever since then, motherhood and Christmas have been inextricably linked in my mind.
Speaking of mothers, the rocker in the photo was my mother’s. I bought it for her as a Christmas gift with my first Navy paycheck 50 years ago. Sitting in Mama’s chair is Maisey, my grandmother’s doll. Grandma got her for Christmas 130 years ago (here’s a link to that story). As I decorated the tree last weekend (and shoveled snow), I thought of Mary and Mama and Grandma.
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… a date which will live in infamy.
[Franklin D. Roosevelt]
Today, I have been listening to the audio book version of Pearl Harbor by Steven M. Gillion. This is my way of remembering.
The thought struck me that my blog readers might not know about the Audible daily deal nor the Audible app—two pieces of technology that bring me hours of pleasure. I knit (or clean, or cook) while I listen and I’m put in mind of the radio as it was when I was a child. The Audible website offers a service where by they email an offer at a greatly reduced price. Many of their offers don’t interest me. but this one did. I use the Audible app on my iPad and a Bluetooth speaker to listen to the books.
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It is easy to say how we love new friends,
and what we think of them,
but words can never trace out
all the fibers that knit us to the old.
I shared my website, A Time to Knit, with JoLene for over a decade. I’d met her when she started designing and was so impressed with her talent that I was delighted to support her growth as a knitting designer in whatever way I could. She was a fast learner and was very organized in her approach to the design process. I used to tease her about her swatch notebooks. While lots of knitters dread knitting a swatch, JoLene thrived on it. Her lovely work is a tribute to her. I am thankful for her friendship and inspiration all of these years—the fibers that will knit her to my memory even though she is gone.
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Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
[Oliver Wendell Holmes]
Veteran’s Day, 2013—The photo on the left was taken in Albany, GA in 1968. The photo on the right was taken a couple of weeks ago in Savannah, GA. There are 45 years, three children and a number of pounds between the two photos.
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Did you ever get the feeling
that the world was a tuxedo
and you were a pair of brown shoes?
Here is a photo of one of the designs I have developed for autumn knitting classes. The fingerless mitts are knit using sock-weight yarn, a palm increase, and an interesting cable treatment. The short mittens that add outdoor warmth to the mitt, are knit back and forth using worsted weight yarn. To finish, they have a subtle seam up the back under the buttons. The combination of mitt and mittens reminded me of a tuxedo in some way.
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It is difficult to see why lace
should be so expensive;
it is mostly holes.
[Mary Wilson Little]
Marianne (inset photo) knit this lace picture hat.
Other knitters inspire me to knit, to design knitting patterns, and to teach knitting classes. Some would call that ‘peer pressure.’ I call it ‘great fun.’ Here are examples that make my point.
Marianne contacted me from her home in Tennessee to ask questions about a lace picture hat pattern I’d designed for the book, A gathering of LACE (Swansen, 2000). We spoke on the phone several times while she was knitting the hat, and a knitting friend of hers sent photos to me. I was thrilled that she enjoyed the project so much, and that I could be of help to her. We didn’t know each other before, but I was inspired by her enthusiasm.
Michele took my twisted stitch knitting class a couple of years ago. Last year, she contacted me for help designing a sweater using the same technique. I encouraged her to buy the Schoolhouse Press translation of the classic book Überlieferte Strickmuster (Twisted Stitch Knitting) by Maria Erlbacher. Then we met and I helped her pick patterns and plan her sweater. You can imagine how thrilled I was to see her results. Her attention to detail was impressive—the way she blended the patterns as she decreased the sleeves is a good example. I was inspired by her perseverance well as her thorough grasp of the technique.
Michele designed and knit this breath-taking sweater.
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