"A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."
~George Moore

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Love and other things...

Ok, when my uncle was a young man, there was this girl who lived across the street from him and he was completely in love with her, but her never talked to her. But he knew in his gut that this was the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. My uncle watches this girl waiting for the right moment to approach her, the next thing he knows, he gets drafted. He thinks this is perfect. ‘I’ll come back, I’ll have a career, I’ll have served my country, I’ll be worthy of her love.’ When he gets back, she’s gone - moved away, no one knew where. He never saw that girl again. Now my uncle didn’t say much to me, but the one thing that he did say was that if there’s something in you gut that you know you feel is right, you gotta go after it, no matter what.

Gilmore Girls:
Max Medina's story about his uncle he tells Lorelai in his desperate attempt to woe her into dating him. Yes, I do realize this is a fictional story from a television show, but it is my favorite television show and the story still has a good message. If you feel something in your gut, in your heart, go for it. Or you just might regret it.

Story of the Founding of Stars Hollow, the town Gilmore Girls is set in.

This, boys and girls, is the story of true love. A beautiful girl from one county; a handsome boy from another. They meet and they fall in love. Separated by distance and by parents who did not approve of the union, the young couple dreamed of a day that they could be together. They wrote each other beautiful letters. Letters of longing and passion. Letters full of promises and plans for the future. Soon the separation proved too much for either one of them to bear. So, one night, cold and black with no light to guide them, they both snuck out of their homes and ran away as fast as they could. It was so dark out that they were both soon lost and it seemed as if they would never find each other. Finally, the girl dropped to her knees, tears streaming down her lovely face. 'Oh, my love. Where are you? How will I find you?' Suddenly, a band of stars appeared in the sky. These stars shone so brightly they lit up the entire countryside. The girl jumped to her feet and followed the path of the stars until finally she found herself standing right where the town gazebo is today. And there waiting for her was her one true love, who had also been led here by the blanket of friendly stars.

Poetic Tragedies

Romeo and Juliet
Star-Crossed Lovers
Untimely Deaths
"O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright"
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1.5

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

"Then I defy you, stars!"
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.1

"For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.3

Star-Crossed Lovers:
Thwarted by a Malign Star
The stars are working against the relationship
Astrological Origin
Stemmed from the belief that the positions of the stars ruled over one's fate
Not always but often doomed from the start

"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life."
-William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 5.6

Struggle in one's life builds character.
Art comes from suffering
Struggle can bring beautiful things to life.

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.

The choices that you make lead you down the path you are meant to take.

Artist Spotlight

Some wonderful Artists I would LOVE to have the opportunity to work under:

Silver Wheel Yarn- Weaving and Dyeing
Hound Dog Press- Print Making
Twinrocker- Paper Making
The Little Loomhouse- Weaving, Lou Tate History

Some wonderful Artists I have had the opportunity to work under:

JoAnn Adams of Sweet Home Spun- Spinning and Knitting
Adrienne Callander of Weathered Heights- Knitting and Felting
Susan Kute- Basket Making
Lida Gordon

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Stocked up on yarn for Knitting on Vacation!!!!

I subconsciously stuck to three wonderful brands of yarn: Cascade Yarns, Berroco, and of course Noro.
Now what to knit...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Knitting Rut Over!!! ...Finally

Knitting up my Kettle Dyed yarn. Seeing how beautiful the colors are reaffirms that I want to dye more!!

Making my own pattern for leg warmers!!