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For Love of the Glove

Blog pix 1856 It begins.

It began well enough too. Look at the darling beads and how nicely the rosewood dpn's (double pointed needles) look with that stitchmarker. Sweet, eh? 

(The beads are left from my Georgia O'Keefe Beaded Scarf kit I won (and have already knit up, thankyouverymuch) in a contest at The Fairy Godknitter's - she's now got an Etsy site, btw, Cupcake Fiber Company for "beautiful batts of hand dyed spinning fiber".  (I quote because that's a perfect description of those lucious swirls.)  Hmm. I think I need a closing parenthii. Parenthesis? Parenthetiwhatchacallit? Yeah. I do.)

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Uh oh. The beading - that originally I hadn't planned on doing - is coming along nicely. It only took me approximately two weeks two days a couple of hours to figure out how to get the beads on the yarn (Cabin Cove's Merino/Nylon in Olive). 

Julia's instructions for using thread & a needle to place the bead on the stitch as you knit (and not pre-stringing) is probably faultless but.....it took me long enough to realize I could use a bead needle, much less something new.

So. Where was I? Oh yes. The two stitch bead cable is winding nicely and I'm clipping along......uh oh. After the hem turn, there's a four stitch bead/cable. As the pattern reads. It appears to be missing.

Hmm. Anyone seen any good movies lately? I can't wait for The Mechanic  to come out (Warning: a slightly starling clicking noise but no music, thankfully. Why do sites do that? Do they think we're all at home surfing the net?), even if no one can replace Charles Bronson and they've already tried in the Christian Bale version - whoops, no, I'm thinking of The Machinist.

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  Sigh. Do I always do this? Is it on purpose? It is fun to unravel the stitches and then work them back up differently - it's a small version of magic -  but it's got to be faster to do it right the first time.

So. Read any good books lately? I finished Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities by Martha Nussbaum. I agree with her premise but.....I started arguing with her in the margins. It was taking me weeks to finish a 158 page book. (Actually, I think it was 143 pages but who am I to argue with the Library of Congress?)(Incidentally, awesome link to find out the actual published date of a book. It's maddening to look up say, Pride & Prejudice and read that it was published in 2004. Really? Really?

Blog pix 1880 Oh sure, re-published. I want to know when it was written. Voila, Library of Congress catalog.)

Anyway. Not For Profit...I completely agree, we need to have liberal arts/humanities in the schools. It's important for scholarship and citizenship. I'm not sure where anecdotal evidence vs a representative sample falls on the proof side but I concede her point. We shouldn't teach solely for the profit of the economy. Society needs more than that. I'm just not sure how far we'll get if we don't have jobs to support our philosophical pursuits. I'm sure the target audience travels in more rarefied circles than I do in any event.

Blog pix 1887 There are the followers and the followed. The sheep & the shepherd. The wolf & the lamb. The fiber & the dye.

The metaphor and the muddle.

(I admit, the point where that might have come close to making sense was rewritten but I'm too enamoured of it to edit it out. Yeah, I'm like that. It was deliberate. So there.)

Now I'm reading Eifelheim. Cool! Takes place in the present and 14th Century Germany, I'm not quite sure how yet.





Yeah, yeah, yeah. Are the gloves done yet?


Kristi aka FiberFool

Those socks are going to be beautiful!

I've mostly been reading fluff and/or freebies or cheap reads from Kindle. In general nothing terribly earth shattering :-) Love the LOC web site and use it pretty regularly.


The Not for Profit book sounds very interesting - I'm going to check it out!

The gloves are looking fabulous!


I was going to tell you it was not a mistake; it was a design element, but you fixed it. I bought yarn for my first pair of stranded mittens. I will probably make them in, oh, July because THAT makes sense. The lady who wrote "Not for Profit" said that people IN the Humanities need to defend their position rather than just snootily assume everyone else would recognize their value. Something in that, I think.

Isn't Jane Austen one of those New Age writers? 2004, indeed!

Mary Lou

Beaded gloves? Very Jane Austen. Not for Profit Book, sounds worth a look. I just finished Tana French's newest Faithful Place. Really good.

Cheryl S.

That movie looks really good! Now I must re-watch the Charles Bronson version. I had a big crush on him in the early 70's.


Love your new gloves. And with beads too... you rock!
Hez is looking very content...


Clipping right along, indeed! With the gloves AND the cinema AND the books.


For the love of glove? Or looooove glove? :D One prize not claimed. Gave her an ultimatum and she didn't respond with her address... YOU WON!!!! :D If I ever find my address book, Ill send it out to you.


Love that catchy title and the glove. What's that pattern?


Love the gloves, the beads, the stitch marker, it is all so coordinated and pretty! Thanks for mentioning the Nussbaum book. I think she had a similar essay in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, or someone did. As a recovering English major, I completely agree with you :)


Lovely! I've still never tried the beading in my knitting, but then I've never been fond of beads, but that is really beautiful. And I love that stitch marker!

What a nice picture of Hezekiah too.


The arts make us human, and give us a language to express that humanness. The obvious solution is for our culture to recognize their importance and make them profitable (one way would be to teach the business of art to artists). My, we are philosophical today. Good (but not fun) movie: The Last Station, about Leo and Sofya Tolstoy.


Those are going to be gorgeous gloves!


Hmmm, that's a book I've thought about reading, although it's rather seemed like it might be preaching to the choir. The distinction that I wish we'd make is between "education" and "training". And I think we should get to the "education" part of things sooner and better, so that people can then choose to continue (or not) in "training" for whatever work they wish, while having already the "education" that they need to make informed decisions within the context of a representational democracy. Hmph.

Sorry, I'll get off the soapbox now...


The gloves will be lovely. Can you wear gloves where you live? I know you WILL wear them, I just wonder WHERE. Heh.


Those will be nice gloves!

Love the artistic Hez photo.


I'm so confused...I rarely read titles so I thought they were socks. Pretty either way though... Hey, are you going to post finished object shots of these pretty, cabley gloves? Pretty please? At least put them on Hez and shoot quick.

Try Mostly Martha for a good movie. No books...too much work.


Look at all the knitting progress, even with the dramatic fixing!

Awesome picture of Hez. :)


Love how Hez looks in that photo. The glove is gorgeous :)

I'm hoping to see the King's Speech soon. It looks like a great movie and what with Colin Firth in the lead...


I'd like to read this book (or peruse it anyway--I'm more of a fiction reader) since it pertains to my work in the arts. I'd talk more about the importance of arts, but I've got cowboy poets showing up next week. Talk about undervalued professions.

The gloves are beautiful. You always make such intricate and pretty things.


Carrie- I was too dazzled by the stitch markers, and the rosewood needles.


but really did you finish the beaded glove? and more metaphored muddles please... I always love a a good book title driven tangent... but the glover? and the beads?


Did I miss where you disclose the pattern?
Or are you designing these lovely things I'm aching to knit?


I'm just waiting for the Mechanic because of Jason Statham. But you know. Not to distract from the awesomeness that is your glove! And beads! Two words together that would send me screaming (beads/gloves).

But really. Jason Statham.

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