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Archive for July 4th, 2003

Summertime

Friday, July 4th, 2003

postcard by LynnHWell, it’s Independence Day in the USA. Most places are closed today and many of us are going to gatherings of this or that type. We usually go to a picnic by a small lake nearby, but the couple who usually throws the bash has decided to go out of town for the weekend instead. I must say that I’m not disappointed. As much as I enjoy the people and the music-making that I will miss, I really am in a “space” where I want to be peaceful and quiet right now.

This morning I met Sarah Peasley for tea. She is good company, a smart woman with talent and compassion. I’m so glad we are friends. (Thank goodness that the coffee shops are open for business today… and the one where we chatted was busy).

We did a bit of show and tell. She had not seen my pink froofy stole that I made for the ColorJoy Stole class at Woven Art, and she had also not seen the one I finished from JoAnn Fabrics yarns. And I’m about 1/3 through the second JoAnn’s yarn stole so I could show her that, too.

She didn’t bring much, but she is working with an alpaca yarn that is unevenly spun which is making her stitches look unevenly knit. I used the yarn (different color) for my cropped-finger gloves last January, and I loved it. I felt it looked a bit handspun and I liked that about it. She is working in a looser gauge and feeling that it just looks uneven. I think she may change her mind when she sees the big picture. She did see this sweater knit up in the same yarn before, and loved it. That is a good sign.

She also helped me through a design snag with some sox I’m doing for a friend out of my own handpainted yarns. For some reason I just had a hard time getting a design I liked. I got something started last night (perhaps my third or fourth swatch/draft) but halfway through it looked funny. With Sarah’s help I figured out something I could live with and I finished the motif on one cuff, ready to dive into the second one as soon as I post this note.

Happy Dance for Summer!
Summer makes me exceedingly happy. I don’t care if I perspire like crazy, it seems like a high-class luxury to be warm. It is true that I don’t want to do a lot of physical labor in hot weather, and sleeping is more of an issue, but I love every minute it isn’t cold in this state. I have always been more creatively inclined in the summer, when I don’t feel like I have to protect my body from the environment. I can shed that issue and just create. (Image is a postcard I sent to my friend Luann Udell in March of 1999… I hand-carved all the stamp images except the dotted texture on the underlying card.)

I hope I spend the day knitting in the hammock, interrupted by good food and maybe a little jam session with Brian later on. We are performing for a private party on Saturday Night, and I like to run through a few tunes when preparing for a gig… and besides, it’s great fun.

I’ll leave you with the lyrics to a favorite James Taylor song:

Summer’s here, I’m for that.
I’ve got my rubber sandals, got my straw hat.
Got my cold beer, I’m just glad that it’s here.

Summer’s here, that suits me fine.
It may rain today, but I don’t mind.
It’s my favorite time of the year, and I’m glad that it’s here.

Old man Wintertime, he goes so slow,
Ten degrees below, you know.
You can take your ice and snow,
But let my balmy breezes blow…

Well, the water is cold but I’ve been in.
Baby, lose the laundry and jump on in.
I mean, all of God’s chidren got skin,
And it’s summer again.

Old man Wintertime, he goes so slow,
Ten degrees below, you know.
You can take your ice and snow,
But let my balmy breezes blow…

Summer’s here, I’m for that.
I’ve got my rubber sandals, got my straw hat.
Got my cold beer, man, I’m glad that it’s here.

It’s my favorite time of the year,
And I’m glad that it’s here.