(Photo Credit: Korean War Veterans Memorial)
It is Veteran's Day and I am quite thankful for the contributions of service my grandfathers each made as well as too all the other service men and women today - listening to the stories on NPR today were just heart-wrenching.
It is fitting, I think, that while I was out doing my errands today I made one special stop.
And I even scheduled my next appointment in January. Can you?
I also stopped at the local thrift shop and found this:
Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments, for $2! Score! There was some very thin red acrylic yarn that I passed on and I paused to consider some white and cream colored yarn for maybe some dye experiments, but passed on those as well. I think for my $2 I will get some really neat ideas out of this book including things of what not to do, like this:
Aside from the fact that it's an.... interesting challenge to knit I'm sure, who is worthy of my knitting time? and then who loves me enough to wear it? wow. Thankfully, that's just one idea of combining techniques in the end which I believe is called "Clever Constructions". There are some neat things with icord, cables, and edgings.
At the library I picked up an interlibrary loan request (totally working my tax dollars). Erica Wilson's Children's World:
I heard about this on Ravelry - Muppets!!!!
How awesomely weird is that? They are knit too, bonus! I think these might be a must have for Lorelai. I'm trying to get her to learn who Kermit the frog is, but Sesame Street (Happy 40th Anniversary!!) no longer shows the Frog on the Street. Even yesterday's newest episode of the 2009 season had Elmo's World focus on frogs, and there was but a mere glance at Kermit. I thought for sure when it was time to "talk to a frog" Kermit would be there. Oh well. We've also watched a few episodes of the Muppet Show, but holy smokes. It's a lot cornier than I remember and borders on being inappropriate (Sandy Duncan singing in a bar about not being "that girl"?!)
But there's more!
Babar!! The book has other cross stitch, embroidery, sewing projects for a variety of characters - Winnie the Pooh, Water Babies, Holly Hobby-style, Mice. Some of it's cute. Some is weird. Whatever... MUPPETS!!
Today I had a really neat idea for a cowl. Wonder if I actually could get this idea from my head and sketches on paper on to the needles?