Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Tip for Bleary Eyes

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At my last eye exam, I complained about how bleary my eyes became when doing lace. My doctor had some good, painless advice that does not involve giving up lace knitting, thank heavens.

When we do handwork, especially fiddly lace, we tend to stare unblinkingly while we concentrate, without realizing. This causes a build-up of oily film on your eyes, making things look smeary.

There are two cures: 1) blink more - d'oh! and 2)failing to remember to blink more, use some eyedrops. Your doctor can recommend some.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Hermione Hat

The very brilliant Jackie Lauseng noticed a cute knit hat on Hermione in a production still from the Harry Potter film in production. She studied the hat and succeeded in reproducing it in pattern form for knitters. Here's the Hermione hat I just made for my 16 year-old Potterhead:

I love it! I love it's three-inch ribbed brim, the eyelets, the cables, the color. Thank you, Jackie! You can see the still and get the pattern for free at Jackie's blog.

And now for a sad, sad picture ...Photobucket
We came home from taking our older daughter to college in Ohio and found this devastation. Jack the beagle was not on garden patrol since he was staying at a kennel while we were away. Here's Jack on duty:Photobucket

Who done it? Had to be squirrels. Who else would maul sunflowers this way? Photobucket

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lovely Hamsa

When I bought the pattern for Anne Hanson's Hamsa, I just liked the pattern and happened to have one skein of rose Sea Silk. I had no idea what a hamsa is or what it symbolizes.

The Hamsa (Arabic: خمسة, Khamsa‎, literally "five", Hebrew: חמסה, Khamsa‎) is a symbol used in amulets, charms and jewelry to protect against the "evil eye." [1]

An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima or Eye of Fatima, in reference to Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Muhammad. An alternative Jewish name is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. It is a kind of "protecting hand" or "hand of God".

In recent years some activists for Middle East peace have chosen to wear the hamsa as a symbol of the similarities of origins and tradition between the Islamic and Jewish faiths. The fingers can point up or down.
- Wikipedia

If you google hamsa, you'll find many beautiful, inspiring, graceful ones. Here's a closeup of the scarf pattern, hands pointing down:

The pattern is beautifully-written and the chart just the right size to follow easily.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


How fun is this! You can make your own word collage using words from your blog. To see my collage much better, just click on it.