Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Knitting Socks, a Poem

I found this poem on a website called The Great War~


The Boston Transcript reprinted the following poem in 1917, just as it appeared in that paper November 27, 1861.

CLICK, click! how the needles go
Through the busy fingers, to and fro--
With no bright colors of berlin wool,
Delicate hands today are full:
Only a yarn of deep, dull blue,
Socks for the feet of the brave and true.
Yet click, click, how the needles go,
'Tis a power within that nerves them so.
In the sunny hours of the bright spring day,
And still in the night time far away.
Maiden, mother, grandame sit
Earnest and thoughtful while they knit.
Many the silent prayers they pray,
Many the tear drops brushed away.
While busy on the needles go,
Widen and narrow, heel and toe.
The grandame thinks with a thrill of pride
How her mother knit and spun beside
For that patriot band in olden days
Who died the Stars and Stripes to raise--
Now she in turn knits for the brave
Who'd die that glorious flag to save.
She is glad, she says, ''the boys" have gone,
'Tis just as their grandfathers would have done.
But she heaves a sigh and the tears will start,
For "the boys" were the pride of grandame's heart.
The mother's look is calm and high,
God only hears her soul's deep cry--
In Freedom's name, at Freedom's call,
She gave her sons--in them her all.
The maiden's cheek wears a paler shade.
But the light in her eyes is undismayed.
Faith and hope give strength to her sight,
She sees a red dawn after the night.
Oh, soldiers brave, will it brighten the day,
And shorten the march on the weary way,
To know that at home the loving and true
Are knitting and hoping and praying for your
Soft are the voices when speaking your name,
Proud are their glories when hearing your fame.
And the gladdest hour in their lives will be
When they greet you after the victory.

Royal Roundup: Saturday Morning Cartoons

A friend of mine shared this link on Facebook - what fun! Now, you don't have to mourn the fact that you're busy and can't attend the Royal wedding, and can knit your own.  I love it!

funny wedding photos - royal wedding - knitting - kate middleton - Royal Roundup: Saturday Morning Cartoons
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Monday, April 4, 2011

The Hero of Canton

The Hero of Canton, originally uploaded by danregal.
Love this photo!

Featuring various knitted Jayne hats.

Title: Last of the Summer Hummocks; Artist: Kit Lane

Photo note:

Title: Last of the Summer Hummocks
Artist: Kit Lane
Size: 5.75”x4”
Medium: Wool, Beads, Mini Button, Embroidery Floss, Glass Eye, Pins

This tiniest of unsuspecting Jacabobs enjoys some last warm rays of summer sun perched atop a grassy green and mushroom clad Hummock of Strangeland.

On the surface a Hummock seems quite benign but lurking behind the pink and cheerful mushrooms is a deep and soulful eye. It might suggest that not everything is always as it first appears, that sometimes there’s more to a thing if one takes the time to really look, or we could make certain conclusions about a being that always prefers to look away from the world and gazing into dark corners while presenting a lovely flower laden smile to the audience. Or…it’s just a Jacabob and a strange eyeball. You choose :o)

This little world is quite sturdily made by the needle felting method which involves poking wispy wads of fleecy wool a bajillion times with a special barbed needle which tightens and knits the fibers together. With the exception of the Jacabob's little beady eyes and nose, nothing is sewn. Nested deeply in the heart of the Hummock, in the pit of its belly is a 100% wool chunklet from a world traveled and well loved sweater, felted and infused with a lifetime of stories from far away lands.

The whole kit-n-kaboodle measures 5.75" inches tall by 4" wide. (apx 14.6cm x 10.2cm)The 11 pink dress makers pins can be rearranged to suit your own design sense :o)

This artwork is part of Bear and Bird Gallery's "Small Stuff 3" Art exhibition in Lauderhill, Florida. Exhibition runs November 22, 2009 - January 9, 2010, for more information visit our website www.bearandbird.com

coraline gloves

coraline gloves, originally uploaded by asacco9642.
Love the colors in these Coraline gloves~

Photo note:

"For Steve"

Comic Relief Knickers

Comic Relief Knickers, originally uploaded by WildCat Designs.

This knitter says:
"Stripy felted lambswool, frills and ribbon...what more could you ask for!"

Hand made knit Cthulhu hat

Hand made knit Cthulhu hat, originally uploaded by Roninspoon.

Very cool hat!

Comic-Con 2009 Day Two

Comic-Con 2009 Day Two, originally uploaded by whaleosaurus.

This wasn't in Seattle, I don't think. . . unless I missed it.

Photo note:

"San Diego Comic-Com 2009, Day Two"




knit ghost

knit ghost, originally uploaded by octopus_mountain.

Very sweet, for a little knitted ghost~

crafty wonder woman

crafty wonder woman, originally uploaded by stutefish.

Photo note:

"She hand-knit her whole costume! It was very impressive."


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