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Textile Art Show This Friday

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Barbara Abbott wrote with information on The Old Art Building in Leland, northern lower Michigan. They will be having a “Fiber Festival” textile art exhibit and the opening is this coming Friday, October 6, from 5-8pm. Details are on the website (click photo bottom right on main page).

Here’s an excerpt of what they say:

Artists with original fiber art will exhibit and sell their work in mediums of paper, wearable art (clothing), tapestry & woven handbags, weaving, quilts, knits, fiber sculpture, painted silk, and fiber critters. Admission is free and open to the public.

This year’s featured artist is Lynn Spitz-Nagle of Omena, with “Animals Unlimited”. For more than 33 years she has been working magic creating animals and folk art people in fibers. Lynn hand weaves the fabrics used in her original-designed patterns. She often uses fibers she has handspun of wool and dog hair. At our festival, Lynn will demonstrate all stages of creating people’s faces; showing how these delightful creatures come to life and take on a personality of their own. She will also give weaving lessons on a floor loom.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I’ve been knitting lately. With guests, I could not really dye yarn or do polymer clay because they take up so much living space in my house when I do those things. However, I can knit with little elbow room.

Parade in Williamston MichiganI finished one sock and started another, in the heavy weight Socks that Rock. The first one is lovely. I made fast progress on the 2nd one but could not figure out why the colors were patterning so differently from the first. Whoops! I figured it out. That is, after knitting the whole second foot and nearly ready to start the cuff.

I knit the foot on the first sock on size 4 needles. Then, since I was doing a slip stitch pattern on the cuff, I switched to size 6 needles to complete those. No surprise, then, that when I started the second sock I started it with the needles I’d just used to finish the first sock. I’ll be ripping out that whole foot and starting over. Good thing that only took me a day (between knitting other things).

My Equilateral Vest is beautiful. I finished all the full sized triangles and started sewing the strips together (the front pieces are already done seaming). It appears, though, that my gauge tightened up considerably from the back which was the gauge swatch, to the front panels.

It does fit around me properly, and it is beautiful so I will not rip out. However, I’m considering another strip of triangles on the bottom edge of what I’ve already done, to lengthen the vest a bit. I like sweaters tunic length and though I rarely wear vests I think I’d like this one if it went past my waistband a bit. So that will need some planning, though the knitting and sewing parts won’t take long at all.

Parade, Williamston, MII’m almost out of one of the ribbon yarns for a wrap I started a year and a half ago. I will have to figure out how I want to end this piece, very soon. I’ve been contemplating that for a year and a half, so we’ll see how I end up working that out soon.

Tonight I needed to finish something and I was cold so I looked for something to put on my lap. I pulled out what was intended to be a rug that I started maybe in 2002. It is made of Peace Fleece which is a very earthy, “rustic” yarn made from wool and mohair. It makes my eyes itch if I work with it too long, though once I wash it I have no trouble. There must be a little of the sheep still in that yarn, as I’m allergic to the animal (not its fur).

I could only work on that rug about 3-10 rows at a time and then put it away. I think I finished the knitting last winter but put it away again. Tonight I just worked in all my yarn ends. Now I just have to wash it and I can use it. It would be a fine rug if felted/fulled just a little (I knit it too loose, really, for a good rug). But I think it is the perfect size for a lap blanket for this winter. It is two strands of worsted (?) weight yarn held together as one, and knit in seed stitch at the edges and checkerboard in the center. It was my first attempt at a rug (the next attempt became my Basketweave Rug pattern).

So at least that is done. I did need to finish something.

My first houseI also am working on the last 25% of a bulky weight yarn footie/slipper in wool/alpaca. I need at least one pair of these each winter to get my feet through the season (I wear them out and that is how I plan it). I don’t like slippers, they make my feet perspire, so footies are more comfy. They knit so quickly and take so little yarn that it’s OK if they are one-season items.

I’m letting the sock-to-be-ripped rest overnight before I do the ripping. I usually need to let things like that “age” before I dive in. But as ripping goes, this is a relatively low stress version.

Oh, I also took photos of my Cushy ColorSport half-pound skeins of yarn today. I finally was home during sunshine hours with time to photo. I have been doing a tug of war with the new shopping cart software… the minute I think I understand then I find a new screen with things to fill out that I did not even know was there. Ugh.

I may just have to give up this time and sell it the old way (where people sent me emails rather than placing orders in a web page shopping cart) or I may never get my work out there where you can get it. At least on October 14 I will be participating in the in-store booth sales event at Threadbear, so I will be able to sell some yarn there. I just had intended to give you guys a shot at buying it by now!

I took more photos today. When will I ever find time to edit them? It seems I just never get home alone anymore. Brian’s other band, the Scarlet Runner Stringband played at Sweetie Pie Pie Shop in Dewitt this morning, and they plus our friend Paul played at Altu’s tonight. So I took photos and have not even downloaded them to my computer yet.

Progress, not perfection, as they say…

Photos: Homecoming parade just over a week ago, Williamston, Michigan. I was there for the Sally Melville Creativity talk and got there just as the parade started. I lived in Williamston for 12 years starting in 1979. At that time it was a town of only 4000 and was a quiet place. Now it is getting to be a cool place to live (and growing fast), 25 miles east of Lansing.

The first two photos are the parade. The third photo is the house in Williamston where I lived for 11 years. It’s a two-flat duplex. I lived in the smaller upstairs apartment for 10 years, during my first marriage. It was a solid home with wood floors and wood trim (unpainted), built by the owners after the 2nd World War. They lived in the garage while they built the house from whatever used lumber they could find (this made it more sturdy as all the wood was already seasoned well).

In 1982 we planted white pine trees in the back/side yard which were not knee high, and they are now about 4 stories tall. Time passes while we are not looking, my friends!

I once thought I would retire in this home. However, I sold the house and moved to Lansing in around 1991. It took me years before I could look at the house again, but now I’m so happy in my new life that looking at it is more of a history lesson than a regret. I could not move out of the city, now that I’ve been here so long. I’ve been a citygrrl in Lansing for longer than I lived in Williamston, and I would not trade it for anything.

What Do I Do Now?

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

I went to the farmer’s market. I bought cabbage, kale and “red grilling onions.”

I know how to cook cabbage and have a recipe for kale. But what are red grilling onions and how do I cook them? They are 2.5″/6.3cm in diameter.


Friday, September 29th, 2006

Temesgen Hussein (an Ethiopian musician, the house musician at Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine) writes:

My music eStore is now live at www.temesgen.com – please stop by and visit.

Look forward to a fusion of Reggae, Ethiopian, and Indian music.
Temesgen Hussein

I appreciate your support in helping me continue to share my unique heart and outlook though my music.

I plan to release my exclusive album by the end of 2006 (which is right around the corner now).

Please spread the good word to cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, church groups, friends, co-workers, teachers, in-laws, out-laws, etc … Forward this on.

You can only find my music at www.temesgen.com – for now …

Listen with your heart.

Temesgen is a truly good man, as well as a musician carrying on a very old music tradition (one which is dying out in Ethiopia). I’ve known his wife, Carol, for nearly ten years (longer than I’ve known Altu). They are good folks.

Temesgen contributed to Wikipedia, the entry for the Begena (photo above). This is one of the instruments he plays, which is something like a lute. Temesgen also plays a smaller instrument, also a sort of lyre (with a body that looks like a relative of the banjo to me), called a Krar. There is an overview “Ethiopian Music” page at Wikipedia as well.
Perhaps you’d like to check out the new site, and support this new venture.

When I just now went to the page (which is still in early development) I clicked on “enter” and then it presented me with several album/CD covers (this page may require a plug-in such as Flash to display properly, as it has moving images on the “front cover”). No matter which cover I clicked on, I got to a page where I could listen to a handful of his recorded songs. At this point it appears you can not order a CD yet but he is accepting voluntary donations toward the project. (Don’t feel obligated, but I can vouch for how much up front cash it can take to get a new CD produced.)

Donation or not, you can listen to the music. It’s definitely worth the time.

Photo: Temesgen with Begena at Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine. I took this photo perhaps in 2004.

The Life of Wild (Photoset on Flickr by Poablo)

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

I just searched for otters on the web… and instead found this incredible photoset including landscapes and closeups of wild animals (including an otter and something I have NO idea what it might be). There are closeups of a fall leaf and some flowers.

These are so polished, so colorful. I enjoyed my visit, perhaps you will as well.

A Wonderful Show!

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Lil’ Rev is here. What good company he is, what a great showman he is! We had a great time at his concert (at Altu’s) Wednesday night and the place filled up nicely. I took about 150 photos.

StudentsI am trying to catch up. I am editing photos from last week, as far back as the 16th, and I haven’t even looked at the Harvest Gathering photos yet. I will have to do only part of them and get on to the photos of my yarn which has been ready to sell since Tuesday last week but still has not had photos taken.

Tonight I teach Perfect Hug Shawl at Rae’s from 6:30-8pm. Saturday I teach Basketweave Rug at Threadbear from 2-4. Sunday I teach ColorJoy Stole (how to combine unmatched yarns in both color and texture, into a beautiful fabric) at Threadbear from noon-5.

And today my printer won’t print until I go buy yelloPolymer Clay Projectsw toner. Mind you, it won’t print in black and white until I buy yellow. I’m very unhappy about this, it feels like being held up for ransom and I’m inclined to not buy an HP printer next time because of this. For now it does make really great prints and was quite a big investment a few years back. So for now I go to the office supply store and hand over a chunk of money I’d rather spend on something else… and then come home and print the handouts for my class tonight. That’s life, huh?

In any case, we have had enough sunshine in the last two days that I’ve not been too bummed out. Rev is the best company there is… relaxed and down to earth, but sharp as a tack as well. And since he’s from Wisconsin (I was born in Minnesota and have many relatives in Wisconsin) he feels comfortable, almost like family.

And: Tonight Rev is going to cook dinner. You know I’m thrilled about that! He knows how to cook things I can eat… I’m eager to try something new for a change.
Photos… not about today but over a week ago… Crystal, Barb and Sandy from Polymer Clay Class at Threadbear Fiberarts, on September 16. And then a tray of a few of their creations made in class. It was a wonderful time!

Music and More Music, and Food and Knitting

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Our friend Bob stayed an extra day and while I’m typing this, he and Brian are jamming on ukuleles in the living room. It has been a day of great music. We did uke stuff, then tuned in to Progressive Torch & Twang, then did more uke stuff.

For dinner (for the three of us) as we hung out here in the house, I made some chicken and carrots and onions and homemade barbecue sauce in the crockpot and it was really good. I was smart enough to do it in our larger crockpot so we had more than enough for the 3 of us, and then there were still leftovers for 2 more meals for the 2 of us.

I did a lot of knitting today. A lot. I helped watch Rae’s shop while she had to be at Wharton Center and I knit between customers. The sky was blue and the sun shone, and her shop has big windows so I drank in the light and it really helped my mood turn around

My Lucy Neatby Equilateral Vest is really really coming along. It is so fun, like eating potato chips, when you knit a triangle and then another and another. It is really looking lovely. I finished the right front yesterday and I knit all but 5 triangles on the left front today. That’s something like 20 triangles in a day, almost the whole front in about 3 days. It was really satisfying.

I have 5 more equilateral triangles left to knit on the whole thing. Then I sew it all together (it requires mattress stitch… right now it is just basted together, but it won’t be a big job to sew it properly and I do love handsewing).

The next task will be to knit eight odd-shaped triangles, and last I will knit attached I-cord edging to the whole thing. I hope it stays interesting through the odd triangles and the I-cord. One day at a time, right? I did start it in August 2005 so it will be done when it is done. It’s not hard knitting, but I do have to actually knit on it for any progress to happen. That’s life!!!

Tomorrow Lil’ Rev comes and we have his show at Altu’s. I’m really looking forward to his presence as well as his show. It’s not technically a concert since it’s a restaurant doing normal business during his performance, but he is so fine of an entertainer I keep calling it a concert. It will be great fun!

Time to SLEEP. I stayed up till 3am last night just because it was so quiet and peaceful in the house I could not stand to give up that peace and quiet to go to sleep. I knit and read a few magazines and then I slept. I don’t regret the tradeoff, it helped my day today immensely.

Nighty night!

Thanks for Support

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The sun shone LynnH Feeling Bettertoday and I got enough food. (I think part of my recent funk was hunger or low blood sugar, though I can not be sure.) I taught my computer students at Haslett. They love me and they make me feel good by surrounding me in their affection.

I cleaned house… the task makes me grumpy but the results make me feel much, much better. Then our friend Bob came in from Ohio and we (Bob, Brian and I) had dinner at BD’s Mongolian Barbecue which was very tasty and the company was delightful as well.

After dinner, I went home while Bob and Brian went out. I needed alone time without a deadline. I sat and read a few blogs and listened to one KnitCast back issue. And knit my Lucy Neatby Equilateral Vest. With the back and the right front finished, I can now try it on myself and it is looking very promising indeed.

I really-really-really need to knit and knit and knit right now. I’m absolutely driven to make one more stitch, and then another. (I did not knit a single stitch until 6:30pm today but I caught up after dinner.)

The vest is very satisfying to me in this knit-crazy phase I’m in. (I learned from Sally Melville on Friday about how the act of knitting repetitively fits into the creative process. That information helps me not feel as guilty for being so focused on product right now. More on Sally later.) I think I will like the finished vest very much.

The best thing that happened, though? You folks sent me encouragement, both as comments and as emails. I can’t tell you how comforting that was.

I had a better day today. Much better. Thanks for being part of it.

Photo: Me with an imperfect smile, but a smile nonetheless.

Lil’ Rev at Altus this Wednesday Dinnertime!

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Here’s the coolest news in a while. Our friend Lil’ Rev, who we know from Ukulele events for several years now, is coming to Lansing! He will be doing a Uke workshop at Elderly Instruments on Thursday, but he’s coming into town early enough on Wednesday to do a very special intimate performance at dinnertime, at Altu’s restaurant, in East Lansing, Michigan. Here are the details.

Wisconsin Folksinger of the Year 2004,
Lil’ Rev
will be doing a special performance at Altu’s
Wednesday, September 27,
from 6pm to 8:30!

No Cover, CD’s Available for Purchase

Join Altu, Brian and I for a truly special musical event this coming Wednesday. A musician known for expert blues harmonica as well as Old-Time music (and amazing ukulele performances),
Lil’ Rev
is an entertainer’s entertainer, and yet he is
also warm and engaging on stage.

– Voted Best Folk Singer in Wisconsin — WAMI 2004
– Inducted into The Traditional Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame – 2003
– Voted Best Instrumentalist Harmonica — WAMI 2000
– Voted Best Acoustic Act in Milwaukee 1996-1997 Shepherd Express Reader’s Choice-Hohner’s 1996 National Blues Harmonica Champion

“Listen to this! Lil Rev is Great!”
— Pete Seeger

Lil’ Rev is an immensely talented and entertaining performer whose fast-paced shows cover a broad range of musical landscape. His concise, eloquent and witty introductions add to the fun! This man knows music, instruments, history, cultures, and most of all, how to engage and captivate an audience.”
— Dave Humphreys, Two Way Street Coffee House Director; Past President, Folk Alliance

I Get the Blues When it Rains

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

The title here is the title of a flapper-era song I sing with Brian. The song is about lost love, but for me the title is about fall. We have had more cloudcover lately than in a long time (sometimes the entire sky is white, not a hint of where the sun might be in the sky).

And as much as I do love wool, I am sad it is time to get out the sweaters. I guess having to go up into the space I call my closet and dig around to find the wool instead of my wonderful African summer dresses… well, that made me both get clear about the season change and also about how much “stuff” I have brought into my life. The stuff which now clutters my space, my house, my world, even my mind at times.

Throw-Away-Five-Things Day

The good thing was that today after I got home from teaching knitting, Brian had already started a sort of “fall cleaning” process and I joined him. I have SO many things in my house that are intended for other people/organizations! All week I’ve been telling myself “Sunday is Throw-Away-Five-Things Day.” I don’t know why, it just sort of kept coming back into my mind.

So today I did in fact throw away more than five things. And I put more into boxes for giving to charity.

Chauffeur to “Stuff”

I also realize that I still have at least two boxes of yarn next to my door, that was sent or given to me, intended for the CityKidz Knit! program. That is, waiting for me to be inspired to put them in my car and drive them over to Foster Center where the program happens. (Starting in 9 days, whoopee!!!) Except it seems that I only remember I need to do that on days I do not work at Foster Center.

I really would love a day where I could just load up the car, drive things to wherever, drop them off, go home, load up again, drive and drop off, etc. However, it takes a lot more time to sort and cull and box than it does to drop off. So I need lots of time in my house, much more than driving around. In my “spare time,” right?

But today was, in fact, a day when I threw away five (or more) things. The kitchen is much improved, for example. And this is a good thing, because it looks like we may have company on Monday night, and then definitely a different guest for three more days later this week. In a small house that does not have a guest room.

Changing Gears for a While

My yarn biz sort of takes a halt when we have guests, for the most part (I do that work in the kitchen and living room, other than the actual dyeing which is a basement task). We are not very fancy. Guests stay on an air mattress in the living room (which does have a privacy door from our own sleeping space upstairs) so I’m working to get my work things in the living room boxed up and down in the basement until the fun/guest-time is over.

Let’s face it, the people we love are the most important thing we have in our lives. Brian and I have these friends from out of state, both people we met in the Ukulele Circuit, and we love seeing them. It will be great to have them here. But for an inefficient workaholic like me, it’s hard to just stop a while and enjoy my friends. Once they are here, I’ll do just that. Thank goodness it will be clear when I see them in person.


So is anyone else fighting the blues right now? Does anything besides music and chocolate help you? I’m staying away from chocolate right now but doing comfort-tea anyway! And I think cleaning will help my mood as well.

Thank goodness we know lots of smile-producing ukulele performers. We can listen to their music right now, and start the smiles. Because as another song says: “If you want the rainbow, you must have the rain…”

I Live a Good Life

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

I have so many photos from the last week or so to develop and show to you, I’m feeling really guilty about being so behind. However, I’m so full of feeling right now I am going to write from the heart. About tonight.

The Fabulous Heftones at Altu'sTonight Brian and I performed at Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine. Now, this restaurant is home to me in more than one way. My dearest friend in the world, Altu, owns the restaurant and that is how we met. But for The Fabulous Heftones, it is also our musical home base.

When we were still developing ourselves as an act, early in the game, we played Altu’s and we had to have 2 hours worth of material in one evening. The first time we played there we had to repeat a few songs at the end of the night. Now, we can easily play for over 3 hours and not repeat a single song (and most of our songs are less than 3 minutes long). Some songs we know better than others, but all are entertaining.

Tonight, there were two dozen people in that audience who we knew, who came just because we were performing. In a restaurant that has a maximum (jam-packed, standing room) capacity of 50, this is a bustling and wonderful number of folks to entertain. There were a handful of unfamiliar diners as well, but for the most part it was a sort of Heftone gathering.

Altu's Restaurant as The Fabulous Heftones PlayThe first fans of the night were Lori and Brenda, with their daughters Ashley and (oh drat, we hadn’t met before and I’m going blank on her name). They are great to sing to, with big smiles and enthusiasm that makes it across the room. Thanks, sooooo much, you guys! There’s nothing like starting the night knowing you have friends in the audience.

My mom brought in 10 people in tonight. My mom ROCKS. Mind you, she’s retired now for more than 10 years… with many friends in her age group, who did not grow up on Ethiopian food. Mom has friends who are willing to try something unusual. One of Mom’s friends, Barb (who has been to Altus for our shows many times now), brought another friend who had not been there before. That friend was from Senegal. I wish I could remember her name but we did have a nice conversation for a short while

LynnH as Also included in Mom’s party: she ran into the Andersons somewhere this week and told them about the show. They came (they are the most loyal audience members of anything artful in East Lansing, of all) and brought three friends.

And then I must mention our youngest fan. We first met at Aladdin’s restaurant when I danced there one night. She loved my sparkly dress so much she followed me around the restaurant, entranced by the glitter (follow link and look for child in pink dress).

I chatted with her mom after the dance show was over and somehow they learned that Brian and I sing. So now she has our CD, Moon June Spoon, and she told a bunch of adults in her life that they needed to come to Altus and hear us sing. This one youngster brought in 8 people to the concert (including herself). I can not tell you how touched I am by that.

And then Susan Luks walked in. I was so delighted she could make it! I know how busy she is and she lives far enough away that this was a big choice to go out and hear us. Then Regina came in, and there was almost nowhere to sit so I made sure they remembered they’d met at the recent party where I’d seen Susan, and they had a nice talk discovering a handful of people they both know.

And Ken came in! Ken Knott (of the former Lansing punk band The Monokulators) has really been supportive of our totally un-punk act for several years now. We have not seen him in a while and it was great to see him there. (Read the April 16, 2003 article in City Pulse about Ken’s birthday show where we opened for 4 punk bands at Mac’s Bar. We (The Fabulous Heftones) were listed that week in one publication as a punk band, which still makes me chuckle.) Kenny is known for many costume changes (an artform in itself) while he and his band perform.

There were a few young musicians there… we met them at a 4th of July party this year. I recognized the young man and figured he was a music person somehow but Brian had to tell me where we had met before.

And there was a table whose faces were familiar. They left before our break so we did not chat but they took our postcard with our schedule on it, when they waved goodbye on the way out of the restaurant.

On the way home I heard Jackson Browne’s cut “The Load Out/Stay” which talks about how important the audience is to a performance. Here are bits of the lyrics:

Tonight the people were so fine,
they waited there in line.
And when they got up on their feet,
they made the show.
And that was sweet…

…People, you’ve got the power over what we do.
You can sit there and wait,
or you can pull us through.
Come along, sing the song.
You know that you can’t go wrong…

I am nobody next to Jackson Browne. I’m just a Lansing grrl who sings and plays a funny-looking bass banjo called a Heftone. Who is married to a really great ukulele player. Who is a relatively big fish (in the tiny “pond” sometimes called the American ukulele circuit) a few weekends a year at Ukulele festivals. Who mostly plays to audiences that are small and intimate, and whose name is known by nobody in another state or who listens to standard radio/television.

But I’m a performer and I, too, feel an essential connection to my audience. I need them or it’s not a show. I work really hard to get the word out, so that those who have the time and are inclined to do it, might consider coming out when we sing.

I know that sometimes putting the feet up on the couch is more important than anything else one can do. I know that tonight was the MSU/Notre Dame game, and the game started at 8pm (our concert was 6:30-8:30). I know that it is a rainy fall day and personally I’d stay home on a night like this if given a chance.

That makes it even more sweet to know that we had a couple of dozen people in that restaurant who came just because we were there. It was really good for Altu’s business. It was good for my heart, both in feeling cherished and in being able to be on stage.

And it was good for the people who came, who sang along, who made requests, who danced standing or sitting, alone if need be. Who signed up for our email list, who bought CDs or did not, who left tips or did not. It was wonderful, exactly the way it was.

Thank you to all who were part of that wonderful experience. I know that at least four of you read this blog regularly. I appreciate you, deeply.

It was not that long ago when I was a sad, sad young woman with no hope. My life has transformed as completely as Cinderella’s, but in a much more real and wonderful way. I am amazed. Thanks for joining me in my journey.

And thanks to Fred Beckett for taking these photographs. Fred is always a good sport when we ask him to be impromptu photographer.

Photos: Brian and I (wearing African clothing, my dress from Ethiopia which was specially made for me and gifted to me by Altu’s family; and Brian wearing a shirt I got him in Nairobi in December 2004), the restaurant teeming with friends and family, me showing how happy I really am, playing bass and singing.

Sock Monkey Gown. Really.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

My Mom is one who clips articles for others all the time. Mom has a sense for what interests folks have and she sends them envelopes full of clippings about these interests.

The most incredible one yet? The sock monkey floor-length gown.

Where she finds these things, I’ll never know. She is amazing.

Fabulous Heftones at Altus Today

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

The Fabulous Heftones at Altu'sToday, Saturday, September 23 at 6:30-8:30, Brian and I are singing at Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine in East Lansing. There is a map on her site if you click her link.

We have had a great spring and summer, playing music on stages indoors and outdoors as well as smaller venues such as private parties/luncheons.

We consider Altu’s restaurant our home base, but it has been more than three months since we have performed there. It will be great to be home.

Please consider joining us. Altu’s has veggie and meat dishes, mild and spicy. If you like adventure, try the sourdough-like spongy flatbread. If you prefer to be more comfortable/American-style, you can get your main dish (they are all types of stews) on a bed of rice. I am really looking forward to my dinner, I have been cooking a lot more lately and have not eaten at Altu’s in about a week. Yum!
I know two of my knitting students from Foster Center/Rae’s will be there with their young adult daughters. I’m looking forward to that! And I’ll see my Mom, it has been far too long since we have hugged. It’s a good bet that Regina will try to make it as well, in spite of her busy calendar. I’d love to see other friends there if it works out. Or not, your choice as always.

Altu’s is family friendly. The show is 6:30-8:30, as they close at 9pm. So you can come out for dinner and then find another event to attend after ours. I hope you can make it.

Socks and More Socks

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

LynnH Fast Florida FootieWell, I showed you on Sept. 18 the two pair socks I’d finished on Sept. 14 and Sept. 17. Since then I finished one Fast Florida Footie in size 0 infant, as a shop sample for Rae in leftover Merino Big Print from the last pair.

So today I finished another pair. The first sock has been finished for over 6 months. This is a non-sock yarn, at least it’s intended for wraps and sweaters and hats… it’s not a densely spun yarn. But it’s wool and silk in DK weight and I knit these on size 2 needles to make them very dense for that yarn weight.

The yarn is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in “bright turquoise” which *is* bright but darker than that implies. More like intense/saturated but medium-to-dark with light flecks of wool.

Socks knit by LynnH based on First-Time Toe-Up PatternThey feel like whipped cream on the feet, so I hope they stand up to at least a little use before they give out. It’s definitely worth a try. Silk is pretty durable so it might just work.

Photos: Baby Fast Florida Footie in Big Print and Silky Wool First-Time Toe-Up Socks with 2×2 mock cable rib for a very short cuff.