First up, knitter friends, please click here and buy a copy of K*tog: Oklahoma Tornado Relief. You can read all about the project on Holly Barcello and Lars Rains' blog, Suburban Knits. Holly and Lars have collected projects - from socks and hats to cowls and toys - that you can knit while making a real difference in peoples' lives. Good karma all around!
This ebook features 20 knitting patterns from 19 designers who graciously donated their work in order to support the efforts of Other Options, Inc., an Oklahoma City charity that provides food and other services to the people of Oklahoma who lost so much in the recent disasters that affected the area.100% of all profits from the sale of this ebook will go to this charity. Cost: $20.00 US
I've been spinning on my wheel, top-whorl spindles, Turkish spindles, nearly anything I can get my hands on. Here's a picture of one of my toys - a teeny tiny Turkish spindle from Threads Thru Time. The arms are made from holly, one of my favorite woods -- sprigs of holly in the home are said to provide a place for fairies to play. (You have to act fast to catch a teeny TTT, but if you're new to Turkish spindles, start with a medium and work down.)
I've aspinnerated (taught spindle-spinning) or assisted in aspinneration for a few people lately. It's a good thing.
Reading: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I'll review it on Goodreads one of these days. I read it on my Nook, which means I was deprived of one of the books' delights: a glow-in-the-dark cover design. Delightful, funny, witty, and wise.
Knitting: socks. More socks. Including these socks, in a Moose Manor colorway called, for obvious reasons, "Watermelon Radish."
I'll save the other stuff - politics, the psychology of retirement, letters, and The Great Tea Scare - for another time.
For now - please, knitters - let's help knit peoples' lives together. Thanks!