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Who is the Patron Saint of Knitters? May 21, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 4:42 pm

Dances with Wools

Someone on one of the forums I haunt asked this question. Being extremely interested both in knitting and in religious history, it was necessary to immediately start a search. Some say that the patron saint is Fiacre. It seems he was the patron of cap makers, and when knitted caps were “invented”, Fiacre got the nod by default. An early guild for knitters was organized in Paris in 1527 was named The Guild of St. Fiacre. So who was this person with the strange name?

It is said that Fiachra, or Fiacre, traveled to France from Ireland, in search of a quiet place in which to withdraw from society and devote his life to God. The bishop of Meaux granted him a plot of land on which he built a hermitage with a garden and a hospice for travellers, which over time grew into the village of Saint-Fiacre in Seine-et-Marne…

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Guest Post – The Role of Sports: WW II by GPCox

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:05 pm

Echoes of my childhood. During the War Years I was in elementary school. My beloved brother was in the Navy.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

GPCox  shares the role sports played during World War II in entertaining those left at home. Sports was a diversion from the everyday reports of how the war was progressing in the various fronts around the world.

By: gpcox http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com

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The movies and newsreels of WWII provided information and diversion for many at the home front, but none could provide the escape and release of stress for the civilian as much as sports.

South Florida maintained a carnival atmosphere with the Hialeah Race Track and West Flagler Kennel Club, which took in $100,000 nightly – just to prove my point.  And, somehow, travel restrictions did not deter the action at Miami’s Tropical Park.  Horse racing went on, despite the war, in every country.  All in all, racing boomed as the 68thrunning of the Kentucky Derby went off with 100,000 in the crowd.  Unfortunately, this was…

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Knitting New: Knitted Harry and Meghan May 20, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 9:38 pm

Dances with Wools

With the royal wedding come and gone, designer Fiona Goble has designed a knitted version of the bride and groom, right down to the engagement ring on Meghan’s finger. The wedding was spectacular, and what better way to recall it in all its splendor than with dolls representing the happy couple? This design is a follow up to Fiona’s 2011 book “Knit Your Own Royal Wedding” after William and Kate’s. The pattern for the Harry and Meghan dolls costs $4.00, and is available for download at fionagoble.com.

Just curious…. whose dress did you like better, Kate’s or Meghan’s?

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Trip To Westport Washington May 17, 2018

Filed under: Art,Painting,Weather,Westport Washington — Janet @ 2:40 am

This was a trip to the West as the title implies. My husband Ian and I are more familiar with Westport on the West Coast of Ireland.  The 2 Westports are approximately 6000 miles apart and very different.   Westport Washington – a Marina waterfront with many many fishing boats, places to eat, gift shops, a kite shop, ice cream shops, etc.  But the area in the background is one long strip of motels and guest houses – overnight to longer stay facilities catering mainly to RV’s (Recreational Vehicles).  Unfortunately some were in a bad state of neglect and decay.  Others looked more cared for.  An eclectic mix.  And to add to the impression I had were grey skies and a chilly wind.  Contrasting with this I visited the local library – a very clean, modern, up to date, facility and apparently well used by a local clientele in midMay.  The real season for Westport Washington I understand is August.  That’s when all those condos and beach houses are used by their owners.  But as for the more permanent year round population, I was just trying to figure it out.  I think I would have similar questions in many summer coastal resorts in off-season.  Having said all that, I loved the place where I stayed (possibly the only guests).   It had a certain off-season charm.  Glenacres.

IMG_1894   At Glenacres, a path leading down to the more muddy area, note the dark clouds in the distance.  It was overcast the whole time I was there – not really very long – less than 48 hours,  But the host at Glenacres said he was feeling sun-deprived.  A not uncommon feeling in an area near Grayland?

Despite my wet feet and overcast skies, I just wanted to set up my easel and start painting.  But maybe from indoors at a picture window after a brisk walk in the wind on the great expanse of beach.

 

A Finger Weaving Project May 13, 2018

Filed under: Books,Finger Weaving,Weaving,Weaving looms — Janet @ 5:19 pm

IMG_1779 This is the progress so far with my grandson’s finger weaving project

I remembered a book I had seen long ago.  I couldn’t find it in my collection of weaving books.  So I decided I must have borrowed it (several times) from the local library in Dublin.

Through good old Amazon I was able to order it,  It’s a good little book with clear instructions,   interesting and colorful  illustrations, and a bit of history as well.

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After a “bit of help” from dad.        IMG_1771                                    IMG_1772

 

It’s All Coming Together May 12, 2018

9781558499614_p0_v1_s550x406   this book is a mine of information re the settlement of my hometown area.  Combine this with all the information regarding my ancestors – who came when and from where – I’ve got a lot of mixing and matching to do.  Bonanza!

 

Yes, I’m Still Knitting May 11, 2018

Filed under: Color Combinations,Colours,Knitting,Scarves — Janet @ 7:40 pm

IMG_1703  brown and green scarf