Sunday, May 27, 2012
Hanging with Beryl
Yes, it's true. Tropical Storm Beryl has arrived in NE Florida. I am not sure that this picture does it justice but we are getting gusts of up to 70mph! The power has gone out and come back a couple of times already. We have done all we can in terms putting up extra water and easy fix foods. Our phones & Kindles are fully charged. With those things taken care of, we can relax a bit and see this as an adventure.
The boys are taking advantage of electricity and internet to play video games. Hubby and I are watching The Village. I am knitting (and blogging). We have lanterns and Scrabble for the next blackout. All thing considered. Life is good.
Right now I am working on a couple of basic knit & crochet dishcloths to use as class samples. I have put my Bigger on the Inside Shawl on hold for a bit. While I LOVE the color and feel of the yarn I originally picked out for it (Zitron's Unisono), this is FL and I just can't bring myself to work with wool in this heat. So, I have treated myself to a couple of skeins of Claudia Handpainted Linen in a lovely dark Aurora blue. I know that linen is not for everyone but I really like it, especially after it has been washed and worn a few times.
Did you know that the Shakers used to grow their own flax and spin it into linen? They would weave it into sheets. At first, when they were a bit scratchy, the children would sleep on them. Then, after a bit of wear and softening, the adults would use them. After a long while, when the sheets were super soft from much wear and many washes, they would be put on the beds of the old and infirm. I heard this story as a child at the Hancock Shaker Village (very near to my godparents home), and have loved linen every since.
Anyway, I am working on other things while I wait for the new yarn to come. Dishcloths for class samples, my Simple Joys shawl on Sunday, Toe-Up Socks for hubby, and the Wingspan Shawl (in a lovely unidentified cotton that I found in my stash).
Oh, oh, the lights are flickering again. I had better say my goodbyes.