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Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: Found Poetry and Bonus Extra

Posted in Wordless Wednesday with tags , , , , , , on May 13, 2009 by Ms. Ex
Found Poetry

Found Poetry

Spuknof is a great local punk band.  The singer’s son goes to my kid’s preschool.  Click on the photo for an insane music video.  Vaguely David Lynch-esque.  Or something.

First Honeysuckle A.K.A. I seriously need a new camera.

First Honeysuckle A.K.A. I seriously need a new camera.


Virginia Summers

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by Ms. Ex

I was supposed to take time off, but I give up – I can’t stop myself.  I have to tell you something.

I want to tell you what summer tastes like here, what its sounds are and how it wraps itself around you in a heady fabric of humidity and flowery fog.

I wasn’t outside tonight for thirty seconds when I got bitten by a mosquito.  Then I heard the tree frogs and their love songs in the night, and I knew we were almost there – almost to the time when everything just busts out in lush and lusty bloom and hue.

On a night like this, you could sit on your porch drinking wine or moonshine and the neighbors would come out one by one and some would join you.  And you would sit and drink and smoke and laugh until the last cigarette was gone and all the ice melted in the sultry heat.

The older children would be forgotten about, as they played in the moonlight chasing fireflies long past their bed time.  We would hear them, and let them be, just for now, like we once were.

Finally the children would sit at our feet and listen to our boasting and storytelling, listen to the soft murmur of wishes and dreams that seem so close in the moist air.  They are still so we stop noticing them; they hear our truths, set free from the secret places.

On a night like this, you can smell mimosa and its sweetness so fleeting makes you turn your head and wonder what it was.

On a night like this, sticky sweet, moody, you might forget yourself and kiss passionately in front of acquaintances.  You might slow dance in the front yard by the gardenia bush.  You might lay your blanket out under the stars and forget everything you’ve ever known.

Geek is the New Chic: Yarn Theory in Practice

Posted in Fiber Friday, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2009 by Ms. Ex

Growing up, when I heard the word “knitting” I thought of those haloed, plastic-feeling acrylic baby blankets, old ladies in rocking chairs, and the world’s most unflattering sweaters.  If you know enough to have found this blog, chances are you know the needle arts have come a long way.

Not only do we now have thousands of  amazing patterns available for funky clothing, accessories, and even lingerie, but we have BODY PARTS (just in time for Valentine’s Day)!

And in line with our total geekiness, I am writing today about one of my very own LYSs (that’s Local Yarn Store for people like me who are new to the lingo) whose name comes from the field of physics.  Yarn Theory in Bedford, Virginia, owned and operated by Jan Mosely.

The LYS is beginning to take the place of the coffee klatch, girls’ night out, and other forms of therapy.  Yarn Theory is no exception.  Every Thursday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm you can find anywhere from two to twelve knitters seated in the comfortable conversation area in the middle of the store.  The store itself is situated in downtown Bedford, in an old house with a lovely wrap-around porch.

Jan personally welcomes people to the store, which is soothingly tidy and homey.  She seems an unlikely candidate for a yarn store owner, as a former physics major (yes, she graduated), but she joined the cult of the knit and never looked back.

I figured I would pose the same question to her that I posted last week here – where is the strangest place you’ve ever knit?

Like many of you, she didn’t think it was all that strange that she knitted on the TGV (a high-speed train through France).  But when I asked her the oddest item she ever created – well, it puts Baby’s First DNA Model to shame.

While studying physics in college Jan handed in an assignment that included her interpretation of the origin of the universe.  Knitted.  She says it was many-colored, and had a series of ever enlarging triangles in a spiral.  The end was, of course, unfinished (whew!).  I would love to post a picture, but she left it there.  In fact, it was on display at Loyola University in New Orleans for a time, and for all she knows it still is.

While there, I of course fondled every single yarn in the place.  She keeps some Mmmmmmalabrigo, Auracania, some really gorgeous sock yarns, some specialty bling yarns, and some super reasonably priced wool in a great assortment of colors and a variety of weights.  There are really tons of others, but I’m so addicted to Malabrigo Worsted I had a hard time walking away.  As for her favorite yarn, Jan says, “Whatever I want to work on next is my favorite yarn, not necessarily what I’m working on now.”

If you are anywhere near the Lynchburg, Bedford, or Roanoke areas, her store is definitely worth the trip.  If for no other reason than being in a store with such a great, geeky name.

And so you know, I have no affiliation with Yarn Theory or its owner, nor is this a paid advertisement; I just wanted to highlight a local business.

Jan shares tips and techniques with Teresa

Jan shares tips and techniques with Teresa