My mom was one of those women who bought her clothes by the 'outfit'. Shoes that matched the dress that matched the hat that matched the purse that matched the gloves that matched the earrings that matched the watch. You get the idea. It was an 'outfit' and it didn't matter if any of the pieces went with anything else. For her time, I think she was very stylish.
As her only child, she looked upon me not only as her progeny, but as her prodigy in the fashion world. In high school I remember owning nine pairs of Keds--all in different colors. Knowing mom, I probably owned every color made. I had something to match whatever I pulled from my closet. Getting dressed in the morning actually was pretty easy---because everything I owned had all the accessories and parts to 'go with it'. And heaven help me if I came to breakfast without the right matching watchband!! (I must note here: I had no black. She had this thing aboutblack. No black anything graced either her closet or mine.)
You may see where this is going. Too much of anything---even if it's a good anything---sometimes leads one to go awry. (And anyway, I was a child of the '60s. I was destined to go awry.)
These earrings have been in my knitting queue since 2010 when they appeared in Knitty. (Coralie by Sarah Punderson) This weekend I decided to knit a couple, and two turned into quite a few (the rest still waiting their rings and hooks).
Yes. They match. (Necklace: Sea Lace, also by Sarah Punderson)
There are actually words in this book...a whole lot of words. Unfortunately, the only ones I can read are 'page' and 'let's knit!'. But, it's a beautiful book---full of patterns that I would love to knit; illustrations abound. Charts are only slightly cryptic. Someday I might tackle something. Until then, I'm just enjoying it as a picture book of eye-candy and inspiration. I have no idea what the title is. It's from the Let's Knit Series; with any luck I'll be able to track down other equally beautiful knitting books that I can't read.
On the needles...
some leaf earrings. I've made these before and while they are a little fiddly, they're still much fun to make. I think this wire is #27 (although it's lost its tag...but it's very very fine gauge, flexible wire); the needles are 00 or 000....size really doesn't matter much.
Discovery Park of America sets in the middle of no-where Tennessee. The old addage---build it and they will come---certainly holds true. This interactive, educational park was the dream of the Kirkland family---long time residents of Union City, TN. They felt it unfair that all the big, fun, educational complexes always sat in the middle of huge metropolitan areas; difficult, if not impossible, for rural kids to get to. As we waited in line for our tickets....bells clanged, lights flashed....the 100,000th person just entered. (the opening was last November 1st) (The CandyMan was beside himself....he really wanted the free lunch!!)
There were stuffed things and bones...
Interactive things...inside and out...
Local history was featured in one exhibit. An earthquake simulator allowed you to'experience' the New Madrid earthquake of 1811-1812; the Mississippi River flowed backwards and Reelfoot Lake was formed. In the same area was a 20,000 gallon aquarium that you (that's the 'royal' you...not me!) could climb into, showing Reelfoot Lake's ecosystem today.
Nature, science, technology, history, art...we all had a great time.
Haven't we all been on the search for the perfect 'something' at one time or another? The perfect pie crust recipe? The perfect, flattering pair of jeans? For me, it's the unending search for the perfect purse. I want it to 'do-it-all'....hold all my 'stuff' + a knitting project + a book, not be too heavy, have that broken-in soft leather look and feel--yet not be mistaken for a weekender bag. I think I spotted it once about 10 years ago at an open-air market in Denver. It was casually tossed behind a booth with piles of handspun yarn....and quite obviously belonged to the artist. I've lusted hunted for a similar one ever since.
So, in the meantime, I've been searching out the stuff that will go in the perfect bag when I eventually find it. I've found the wallet. An itty bitty Hobo that holds credit cards, money, change, ID all in a 3 1/2" x 5" little leather thing-y. I have another cute little zippered bag that keeps lip gloss, bandaids, nail file, and motrin handy. And now, thanks to a friend...I have the perfect purse project bag...
It is small....just sock size. It has drawstrings to keep the yarn and needles inside (without snagging on a zipper), BUT, it has an ingenious outside zippered pocket that holds stitch markers, snips, needle, and whatever. It's purse p-e-r-f-e-c-t.
It has a cocker on the outside. Freddy thinks it's pretty perfect, too. He keeps dragging it out of my purse. (maybe I need to remove the granola bar.)
(If anyone sees that perfect, beat-up leather messenger bag somewhere---------P-L-E-A-S-E let me know!!!!!)
And do tell......has ANYONE found their 'perfect' purse????
I really loved Still Life with Breadcrumbs, last week's book. A little mystery, a little romance, and a whole lot of beautifully written words. I just started Paris Letters, the true story of (and by) Janice MacLeod, who burned out at her uninspiring job and moved to Paris after doing a 'little math'....how much money does it take to quit your job? So far, I'm enjoying her writing style a lot.
On the needles....a prayer shawl----for our church pews. Several of us have decided to knit these shawls to combat the old, inefficient heating system in the winter, and protect us from the icy, cold air conditioning in the summer. Our goal: 36. We are most definitely on the 5-year plan for this project. (So far we have 0.)
(I'm afraid this is not going to be the last photo you see of this pattern. sorry. in advance.)