In a recent issue of the New York TImes is a fabulous summary of the truly miraculous health benefits of knitting and crochet. Larry is getting the URL for me. (I have lousy computer skills). In the meantime, see if you can find it:
....noticing today that the number of young people in the shop has increased substantially since we moved to Farmington. HURRAH. And it's both young women and young men, which is doubly wondrous. Men, after all, were the first knitters....made socks, sweaters, etc., for themselves and for sale, especially in northern Britain.....so it's time they all came home. Hence, our wonderful Wednesday-evening group led by the fabulous fabulous fabulous Nick (one of those young 'uns). But I wonder if many of the younger knitters/crocheters know how vital they are to the survival of these very old and venerable, healing arts. That's one of the things we have to teach, isn't it? There is real urgency, perhaps always, but especially now as we confront a world made less and less personal almost daily, less and less MINDFUL -- that is, living in the present world, the world at hand, and not in some cyber-world. Now and again, I think about the Real Science that has shown knitters who do it every day are virtually immunized against the symptoms of Alzheimers. So. Knit. And do it in the company of others. Up with face-to-faceness! svb
Larry took a picture of the colorful pieces and yarn balls on my footstool -- "It's PRETTY," he said -- so I'm going to pass it along.
What is it, you ask? We'll see. The wee little pictures next to the aqua-blue wool suggest a wee little kid's sweater (in worsted-weight wool) with an orange diamond in the center, front and back. Garter ridges run horizontally in the central diamonds. Reddish edges and seams, all picked up from pieces as I go. Blue and yellow triangles at the corners and then (I don't yet know the color arrangement) on sleeves, with some more orange and deep red lines, probably in cuffs. There will be an opening in the front at the top edges of the orange triangle with some durable bow-ties -- or buttons? We'll see. The pattern will be written in 18" or 20" chest size upward in two-inch increments. I am in the process (under yellow cake) of trying to shape a front neckline. If you're really keen-eyed, and especially if you tap on the picture, you'll see another adult sweater -- a modular-square cardigan tunic -- that's about half done, under the tool kit. Sleeve has been modified in another drawing. And the super-keen eyed viewer will note that my tool kit is covered with brassieres. Stay tuned. I need now to dash off to university. svb