Saturday, January 28, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
This was my first attempt at blocking something I’ve crocheted. Blocking means using moisture on a finished piece to even out the shape and define the stitches and just generally make the thing look better and, as I read somewhere, look “handcrafted” rather than “homemade.”
Next morning everything was dry, and the pinned shawl looked like this:
Friday, January 20, 2012
Honey being good
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
My mom and me at Christmas, Canterbury Woods
Mom around 1958
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Look at the following two pictures:
Which looks more like an honest and trustworthy man?
Bonus question: Which one looks like he has a hunchback and a withered arm? (Bonus answer: if you said “neither one,” you get a point. If you said “the bottom one,” you get two points.)
Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, this is all by way of introducing my defense of Richard of York, Duke of Gloucester, known to history as King Richard III, last of the Plantagenet line, the medieval kings of England over four centuries. He is the man in the first picture.
The man in the second picture, the one with the weaselly face and beady eyes, is Henry Tudor, known to history as Henry VII, and his sins go beyond fathering Henry VIII and unleashing that evil on the world. His sins include murdering a good king and taking the throne with no legitimate claim.
History has not been kind to Richard, largely due to the Tudor propaganda that Henry began spreading as a means of legitimizing his usurpation (propaganda on which Shakespeare based his play, as he wrote in the age of Elizabeth Tudor).
Queen Elizabeth Woodville
Before it took place, however, the bishop of Bath and Wells revealed that King Edward IV had previously entered into a betrothal with another woman before his marriage to Elizabeth Woodville. At that time such a betrothal was considered to have the legal force of a marriage; therefore Edward’s marriage to Elizabeth was declared invalid and his two sons to be illegitimate and thereby barred from the succession. Upon this discovery Richard was declared king by an assembly of nobles and commons and later confirmed by a Parliamentary decree.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
For most of my career the words I worked with came in between and wrapped around a lot of signs, symbols, and equations. Although I liked my job at a mathematics publisher, I kept longing to be able to sink my editorial teeth into subjects that I could actually understand. So eventually I decided to work for a master’s degree in psychology.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
When I visit my mother at her assisted living, I like to bring something simple, like this dishcloth. It’s just single crochet, row after row, in Sugar 'n' Cream variegated cotton yarn. I actually started this today and did this much while sitting with her. We bring her coffee and a snack and usually stay with her for part or all of her supper. It’s hard to have a conversation with her, as she can’t hear well at all and her dementia makes it hard for her to follow thoughts, but I think she appreciates just having me and my husband there with her. I find it relaxing for my hands to have something to do that doesn’t take too much attention so I can still pay attention to her. Oh, I’m also trying a new style of hook with this; it’s a Clover flat handled ergonomic hook, and it feels great to use. I think I’ll get a set of these.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
I would love to hear from other "constant learners," crocheters, anyone dealing with dementia, or any other topics! I'm looking forward to a fruitful and fulfilling year.