Friday, February 02, 2007

Prizers But No Shadow

Happy Groundhog Day, all! In Gobbler's Knob, PA (no kidding), Punxsutawney Phil says "spring is on it's way!" But, I think that's just in the east and south, where all the prognosticating groundhogs reside. While New York, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and two Canadian Provinces each have one, until this year the Left Coast hasn't. But this year, Oroville, CA introduces sunglasses-sporting "Oroville Phil". No word yet as to what he saw.

In other "news", the postman Tom brought lots of goodies from afar. My Girl Scout charm arrived from eBay seller Charming Memories. My bracelet was pretty loaded already, but when I saw this I just had to have it. I was a Brownie in Bellevue, WA, Totem Council (c. 1971?), and a Cadette and Senior in Tustin, CA, Orange County Council (1977-1982). I went to summer camp at Camp White's Landing on Catalina Island (1977-78); I was a counselor at Camp Joe Scherman in Mountain Center, CA (1980-1982) and at Camp Cloud Rim near Park City, Utah (1981-1982); I did the Gold Award thing (1982); and I went on a 'Destination' in Ohio, "Sports 'n Fun in '81" (1981). So I was waaaay into scouting.

Writing this part of the post is kind of depressing though, and proves the old saw "You can't go home again." While researching it to find links, I learned that Camp White's Landing is no longer a Girl Scout camp; it is now a privately-owned for-profit youth camp called The Catalina Experience. The historic lodge at Camp Cloud Rim, built in 1937 by the WPA and the site of more than one of my adventures there, burned down in 1992. Apparently, 'Girl Scout' is no longer cool enough for older girls (not that it was cool when I was doing it, but still); girls age 11-17 no longer go by the moniker Senior Girl Scouts, but by the silly, generic, and confusing STUDIO 2-B. Feh. I must be getting old. At least I didn't find out that I could have purchased my charm in The Shop for less.

But Tom brought other goodies as well, ones fraught with much less angst. Rose sent me the Pilates mags she'd promised (thanks, Yarnivore!) And there was a bounteous box of yarns from Rachel, shown here. You may remember her as Village Knittiot, one of the other Freeform Knitting 365 participants. There are 3 mini-skeins of her handspun in there: 2 blue-faced Leicester (top left, bottom) and a tencel (top right), all 2-plys and *much* more delicate and consistent than anything I've ever made. What patience! There is also a bit of Rowan cotton (the periwinkle) and an unlabeled commercial mohair (the Tequila sunrise). Oh, *and* that great card with the earth mama on it! I am spoiled. AND some purple merino roving she picked up at Rhinebeck!! Thanks, Rachel! Can't wait to work them into my Freeform project.

Off to my crochet class. Ta!


  1. Nice lot of goodies. You freeform is looking great.

    Where are you taking crochet lessons? I'm just curious. Crochet is actually my favored art, although I am concentrating on knitting for now.

  2. thanks becky; i took a 2hr class from Ari at Fabric Temptations in Arcata and got the basics. $25 - i recommend it if you know someone looking to learn, she's a good teacher.

    i like that i'll be able to do more sculptural stuff w/ it. gonna try a parabolic plane at some point. wanna learn bullion stitch so i can add it into my freeform project.

    good to hear from you again!

  3. I never woulda pegged you for a girl scout

    learn something new every day

    remember how we were talking about colors for your living room???

    try this:

  4. i'm chock full of surprises, arent' i, r? that's why i'm so crafty: i made a 'sit-upon' in brownies when i was only 8, and i never looked back.

    thanks for the behr link. i checked it out, but it didn't put weird (e.g., bold) color combos together. maybe i can hijack you one day and take you with me to the paint store.

  5. :) wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  6. Anonymous3:24 PM

    I hadn't thought of my sit-upon in years! It was gingham. And do you remember the song "I've got something in my pocket that belongs upon my face...?"

  7. "...i keep it very close at hand in a most convenient place..." (didn't even have to google it. 'member what came next?)

  8. We still have the really forecasting GroundHog in PA


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