Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Samhain!

Samhain is the name for the pagan holiday that has now morphed into Halloween. Traditionally, you honored your ancesters who had departed this realm for the other realm as the threshold or veil between these realms was the thinnest on this evening. I plan to light some candles and set a place at the table for my grandmother, Clara. I wear two bracelets, one she left in her jewerly box for me when she passed on with bracelets for my sisters that our grandfather, Clyde, had reportedly made from melted silverware. The other my mom recently gave to me. This one has grandma's name inscribed on it. I wear them every day and if I leave the house without them, especially the braided one I've worn for years, I feel a little off. Maybe it's just the feel of them on my arm that I'm missing. I don't know. Remember your dearly departed this evening and not just those you knew personally; remember all the family you have ever heard about and those you did not and honor them. Say something simple, light a candle, talk about them fondly with family. It will feel good, I promise.

So my knitting, it's kinda slow. I am now swatching for the beret featurned in an issue of Interweave Knits of bygone days. The needles I have had for some time, bought in a ziplock with a bunch of other needles (crochet and knitting) but haven't used. They are all teeny tiny sizes but it's weird, the sizes don't match up to our current needle sizes. The needles I'm using are equivalent to size 1 today but the package says they are knitting PINS, size 12. Anyone out there know what's up with this? The crochet hooks are incredibly tiny and fragile-looking, what would they have been used to make? I ponder this as I poke along on my swatch.

My gauge will also be off so I think I will try and adjust the pattern accordingly. Wish me luck!

My party this weekend turned out well. My guy and I were John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was fine unless I wasn't right next to him, then you really couldn't tell I was Yoko. She's hard to capture on her own. A few beers later and I didn't really worry about it much.

I wish I had some vegan candy right about now...or maybe I'll just go make me some dinner and wait for the lil' goblins in the neighborhood to come by for their treats. Happy Halloween!