Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Tao of QueerJoe


It never ceases to amaze me how I always end up being exactly where I need to be in life.

Living With Beauty
Whenever I assess my life, I am always very grateful for all that I have and my life circumstances. I live in a very bohemian, artsy town that is filled with tons of intelligent and creative folks. I have many friends who are involved in the arts and even more friends who are associated with knitting and fiber crafts.

I didn't plan it consciously, but I seem to have ended up exactly where I want to be in life.

Current Knitting
I've made very little progress on the Celestine Shawl. I'm working on a new lace stitch pattern, and it's a lot slower than the stitch patterns I used on the main body. Hopefully, I'll have finished at least one repeat of the edge pattern by the time I post next.

Flea Market Find
I can't tell you how excited I am about what I found at the flea market today.



Among a bunch of cheap junk, was a small jar containing some of the smallest crochet needles I've ever seen. The smallest is a number 13. I also never knew that some of the Bates crochet hooks came with metal covers for the tips. That's what's at the top of the picture. All of these metal hooks for $1. I couldn't believe my luck.

QueerJoe Reading
I just finished my favorite book so far this year. This is not a book I'd recommend for everyone, but I think Franklin would absolutely love this book (so I think I'll send him my copy...if he's at all interested). The book is The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst.



The style of writing combined with the storyline is just brilliant. I thought there was some flaws in the plot, but I still want to read
other books by Alan Hollinghurst.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Reader Knit r up asks, "Do you actually finish what you start?"

I probably finish about 90% of what I start. If I decide I don't want to finish something, I'll typically pull it apart and put the yarn back in my stash. Like I always say, knitting doesn't take patience (like most folks think), it takes persistence and perseverance.

Quilt Guru, Liza says about the new Kaffe Kaleidoscope, "Thanks for mentioning our new book. I think it is the best one yet."

If you knew Liza, you'd be surprised that she wrote this. She is usually very self-critical, but I have to agree, the artistry in this new book is extraordinary, and like all Kaffe's publications, very inspirational.

Leticia writes, "I am a Thaddeus fan. Would it be possible to put a picture of him once in a while. He is adorable for letting you knit with passion, so is my hubby."

There are a lot of huge Thaddeus fans out there, and you're right, he is incredibly supportive of my fiber obsession. I will try to get more pictures of him posted.

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