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Friday, May 28, 2004

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The past two weeks have been a real weather humdinger in the Midwest. Today is the first day in MANY with clear skies and bright sun!

I KNOW there is great joy and lightness of heart in many, many households today as the flood waters recede and life can start to point in the direction NORMAL.

I’ve spent many hours in the flood areas working and taking pictures of the dedicated efforts of so many – it is absolutely unbelievable how folks draw together during crisis to work for endless hours in the face of nature’s challenge. MY hat’s off TO YOU: from the groups of High School Students, to Churches, to neighbors, to Girl & Boy Scouts, to Sheriff Sheehan’s Work Release guys, to the 3yo who begged his dad to go home and get *his* shovel because he wanted to fill sand bags alongside him, to the drivers of the personal cars who hauled load after load of bags to their neighbors, and even to the drunk guy who showed up at a sand pile at the edge of the river complaining to the cop directing traffic that his neighbor was messing up his lawn and who was met with whistles and catcalls and thumbsdown by everyone else – TODAY the sky salutes YOU…

And just what could this have to do with knitting? In a word: SOCKS…

Do you wear your wool socks in warmer weather? Me neither. Until last week, when I ran out of clean clothes and started raiding the winter storage, pulling out my woolies.

Wool keeps you warm even when it’s wet; it breathes; it really adjusts to your temperature and fondles your feet. And my barkin’ dog-O-feet know whereof they speak as I was on my feet for HOURS & hours, etc, whine, whine, whine, BARK! [And in the northern hemisphere of my bod, I have so many mosquito bites on my head, it approximates a lunar landscape…]

SO, I’m still knitting socks to wear to work. I’ve gone on to Wool/Hemp – some really pretty organic looking sportweight yarn from Dzined and am making these socks whenever I am in a KIP moment when the space is too tight or the time is too short to whip out the Agnes design I’m carrying with me these days.

This yarn makes a really soft, lightweight fabric that I love wearing – I already have a pair from last year that I wear year round…

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My sister, Cat, is the best flea marketer in the universe. On one of her hunts, she found these Argyle Sock Patterns in with some sewing stash. And off to me they came…

Thanks Sis!!! These are really COOL…


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