Friday, December 15, 2006

Episode Thirty-three: The Kindness of Strangers

This week--Chapters 6-7!

Okay, and you're not really strangers but y'all sure are kind!

Some fun with You Tube and Dante

Julie's socks (whoo hoo!) and 1400 A.D. knit pic

More Organic info from Dawn (worth a look-see)! Seventh Generation and Land Stewardship Project

Janet's pomo fun

And then--That Darn Governess and her latent class and boy issues!!!

BTW: we didnt' have time for these which I got off of a Knitter's Review forum. Did you know these superstitions:

** It's bad luck to leave a project unfinished. The intended recepient will get bad luck from the unfinished item.
** Stabbing your needles though your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn.
** Don't knit a pair of socks for your boyfriend or he'll walk away from you.
** If you knit one of your own hairs into a garment, it will bind the recipient to you.
** Knitting for children you may have in the future, but before you are pregnant, is bad luck (it may prevent one from getting pregnant, or bring ill health to the baby).


Interesting Latvian beliefs about mittens

1. Mittens and socks should be knitted in summer, then they will be warm, soft and strong.

2. One should not wash new mittens when there is an old moon,
they will lose their color and let through the wind.

3. One should not wipe their nose in a mitten. Whoever does that never gets rich.

4. One should not give their hand to another with a mitten on, otherwise they will give away their luck.

Many thanks to Nikolle Doolin for her SEXY reading of Henry James' Turn of the Screw.


  1. I love the superstitions! you can tell some of them were made by mothers who didn't want their children to wipe their noses with their mittens! LOL

  2. Hey, how do I get to the gallery???

  3. GOOD GRIEF! The link disappeared!
    It's back now, up in the right hand margin, under the spinning wheel.
    Thanks for the head's up!

  4. Loooovely Heather!
    There is, of course, the Swedish myths about knitting circularly counter-clockwise and use of knots, both being unlucky. And items knitted left-handed virgins, which will get me no end of hate mail from both left-handed virgin knitters out there. So, be it... my Nona was probably lying to us anyway. And it wouldn't be the first time.

    Everyone who is not knitted for for Christmas by now, gets IOUs and freedom of color choice. This includes the unexpectedly hot guy from the fourth floor of my office who has begged (BEGGED!) me for socks and is perfectly fine with the 12 month time frame and will swap me a set of his lovely handmade tea bowls in exchange and is forbidden to ask me to join any party committee until 2025. (I was really taken by such enthusiasm.)

    Great fantastic splendid marvelous and downright squiffy show, my blossom. You were so right about Columbia fleece. Sproingy beyond belief.

    Pardon the mispellings, fragments and lack of sentence structure. Simply too weary and so will you be after you unpack your large collection of ukeleles.


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