Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Ah, shucks :) I'm supposed to nominate some other bloggers of distinction, but I have to admit I read about um... (quickly checks favorites sidebar on web-browser) 60 or so craft blogs (THAT'S where all the time goes!) and I've been seeing these cropping up everywhere so I know it would take some time digging around to figure out I wasn't doing any duplicate nominations AND (is this a run on yet?) I'm about to head out of town... so I'm going to echo Octopus and say how much I enjoy the blog community. You all inspire me! Y'all rock!
I have a little confession to make. The other day I went to the bookstore and was just browsing and I saw a BIG book on the shelf. Just out of curiosity I opened to a random page and started reading. Okay, interesting, but I can walk away. I've heard about this stuff before. But that page stuck with me. I just had to know, even if it was hundreds and hundreds of pages long...
Who was the real Shake-speare? H*rry P*tter fans don't kill me. In college I had two excellent professors for my Shakespeare classes. Opposite in temperament, but both witty, engaging, brilliant, and insightful. We laughed (Shakespeare sonnet set to punk rock guitar) we cried (Macbeth set in the context of the Holocaust... no, it wasn't sad, it was just that bad). We read and read and read and in the end we loved the bard even more. However, these two men could not agree on the identity of Shakespeare. They took opposite sides of the debate. At first I felt that this "looking for the real author" thing was bosh. But now I'm starting to wonder. Sorry Dr. Hamlin.
Anyway, I've got my snacks packed and my new book in hand so it looks like I'm ready for those 11 hours of travel I have coming tomorrow (no knitting, as I am afraid those TSA people will take away my needles). I'll have limited internet access while I'm away - I'll be back August 7th :)
btw - you can visit the web pages of one of those two professors here and here. Lots of great stuff for linguaphiles and curmudgeons.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Just a note to say that I came across some more summer contests. This one asks you to supply a suggestion for a non-pooling sock pattern (hmm... considering that I have yet to ever knit a sock, I probably won't be too helpful here) and this one asks you to describe how lucky you are! Well, maybe someday I'll be lucky enough to win a contest...
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Front view: please excuse the thing hanging off the left maiden - someone wired an old leather piece to it to prevent it from getting lost - the leather piece (the shape of a guitar pick) is actually inserted in a slot in the maiden and then the end of the flyer/bobbin sits in a hole punched in the leather. You can see that the one on the left has been repaired.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Our friends we were visiting live in a town that is so small that the little stores multitask to stay afloat. The video place at one end of town is also an ice cream shop - the video store at the other end does take-n-bake pizza. It cracks me up. Rural life is one of those special things that will always be with me. I'm no farm girl, but growing up in a little town in the richest wheat country in the world has rubbed off on me.
Monday, July 2, 2007
I'm back! Utah and Arizona were lovely. We had a great time photographing Upper and Lower Antelope canyon, The Wave, and The Burr Trail... as well as reading each other three Nero Wolfe mysteries (its a looong drive). My knitting project came of the needles on day 3 and the dropped stitches ran like crazy. After that I didn't have the heart to try fixing it, so not much was accomplished on the crafting front. However, I have a feeling I will be crafting like mad now that I have some time at home. There may be an FO later today or tomorrow if I can control the urge to start 3 or 4 new projects...
Yesterday brought my little contest to a close so there is, of course, an announcement: Senora Fuerte and Octopus Knits are the winners! If you ladies would email me at englishmajor AT hotmail DOT com I will send you the superfun knitterly prize questionnaire which (combined with a close reading of your blogs - squee!) will allow me to unerring select the bestest of prizes for ya.