Knittin’ Honey!

Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten,
Daß ich so traurig bin,
Ein Märchen aus uralten Zeiten,
Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt,
Und ruhig fließt der Rhein;
Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt,
Im Abendsonnenschein.

Die schönste Jungfrau sitzet
Dort oben wunderbar,
Ihr gold’nes Geschmeide blitzet,
Sie kämmt ihr goldenes Haar,
Sie kämmt es mit goldenem Kamme,
Und singt ein Lied dabei;
Das hat eine wundersame,
Gewalt’ge Melodei.

Den Schiffer im kleinen Schiffe,
Ergreift es mit wildem Weh;
Er schaut nicht die Felsenriffe,
Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh’.
Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen
Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn,
Und das hat mit ihrem Singen,
Die Loreley getan.

“Die Lorelei”, by Heinrich Heine (1799-1856, written 1822)

It’s been a little while since I’ve really blogged. This past week has been nice – getting back to friends and activities that I’ve been missing. It was great to get back to ringing and singing and I enjoyed that thoroughly. EfM was terrific – seeing people I had learned with before with a whole bunch of new people at various places in the program. This year will be very meaningful – I just know it – as long as I keep up with the reading!

Choir practice was fun – Nancy’s trips to Menchie Music in PA has really paid off with some interesting and beautiful new music. Our music folders were almost all completely new! Sunday’s music was so much fun.
Monday was a very lazy day off for Labor Day – but the “Lorelei” in my life, so unlike
the Rhine sirens beckoning sailors to their deaths was my knitting. I worked a bit on the Aestlight Shawl (above) and finally finished the Francis hat after completing the second of the Green Autumn Mittens. The two-color pattern in the hat does not stand out well, but that’s actually OK.
Of course last week I received two terrific books – actually one is more of a booklet – Jared Flood’s Made in Brooklyn, put out by Classic Elite Yarns, was the delight I thought it would be. If you want to see pictures
and discussions of all the patterns, definitely check out his blog.
Alice Starmore’s book about Fair Isle Knitting also arrived – and what treasure tro
ve of learning was to be found! There were even a few of her now-famous patterns. I am going to try to get to the chapter on color very soon.
The other Lorelei in my life comes from The Twist Collective – another online magazine with lovely patterns. I’ve knit the first inch or so of the pattern – have decided to knit all together to the armholes and then divide. It’s always been better that way in my experience. The yarn is a wool laceweight that I have doubled. It seems to be working out well. It knits beautifully and I’m on gauge, how bad can that be?:) I’ve placed it’s first picture next to the poem of the same name by Herr Heine.
Let’s see, what else is new?
Yesterday I went to another county to cover a hearing for a friend, then we had lunch together, which was delightful. Then to St. Johns to help out with the final bit of the mailings, then home, then bell practice – a lot of fun.
Today was fairly straightforward – work, then EfM, then home:)
Well I’d better quit – I think my 2.5 readers have fallen asleep!:) And since it’s almost 3:30 a.m., I’d better get started on that myself! So folks, God be with you ’til we meet again!

Published by fuguestateknits

Wife of one, mother of six, Grammy to eight (so far) and lawyer for many young persons, I love to sing, read, knit and walk. My politics are somewhat left of Marx and I want to hear what you think, too!

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