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Buying Buttons in New York City and Learning of Rumi

This is the story of my seeking special buttons for grandbaby knitting projects, (completed and on the needles) while visiting NYC over Spring break.

My sister guided me to the button store I’d found online.

Oh no, bad news.

We got to the address and there was paper covering the windows and the security grill was down-

CLOSED- 

I can’t tell you how disappointed I felt.

Fortunately,  a man on the sidewalk  saw us staring at the storefront in disbelief and he pointed to the place next door.

Lou Lou Buttons had moved just one number over, due to a malfunction of errant sprinklers and being flooded out. Lou Lou Buttons store Phew!

Turned out it was the store owner, Ross, who invited us into the button store. And I found so many interesting buttons. They are from all over the world, Japan, France…you name it!

He said every Broadway show and  opera production has come to his store to buy buttons for costumes.

I believe it! Some people replace every button on garments they purchase, to improve and upgrade the look.

Here are the buttons I bought

and here is the owner Ross, photographed by my sister Mary. I was in the photo but the image looks better with myself cropped out! IMG_8442     Lou Lou ButtonsI took this one with more buttons in the background to give you the idea of the inventory.

When I asked about the origin of the store name Lou Lou Buttons, turns out Lou Lou is like the Boogeyman, so when a child is called in from playing outside the mother might say, “Come in now, or Lou Lou’s going to get you.”

We heard Ross tell The story of the merchant to whom the parrot gave a message for the parrots of India on the occasion of his going (thither) to trade. by the Persian poet Rumi.  It’s here if you don’t know it. Be sure to scroll down for the translation in English.

It was a day when the universe rhymed- the button store still there (just one door to the lef) cute buttons for the baby sweaters and my sister and I were enthralled as we listened to the wonderful story by Rumi. 

It’s said he’s “the best selling poet in the United States.”

Buying buttons and hearing Ross tell Rumi’s story of the parrot was a New York City experience.

We left his store with a lot more than just buttons.


Mom, You Should Knit a Hat to Match Your Glasses

Okay Matthew. Good idea.
Here it is – thanks for the inspiration.

Sure beats my tired brown hat from last year.

And thanks to Molly for the Noro Kuryeon yarn and I used a double strand as the pattern called for bulky yarn.

This is the Handspun Ribbed Hat patternHandspun Ribbed Hat. I knit quite a few of these hats for Christmas with Rowan Undyed Chunky yarn, the color of the breed of sheep. Suffolk and Black Welsh.

(Adjustment– I knit it to 11″ so there is a nice length to fold up and it’s double over the ears ) and I use a size 9 circular needle 16″ length.

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A Knitting Themed Tea Cozy and San Pasqual Patron Saint of Cooks

Returned to Pittsburgh this evening and a package of Christmas gifts from J in Omaha, awaited me.

She stitched a bright colored tea cozy to keep the tea warm as it steeps.

Love the colors and knitting theme as many of you know I’ve been knitting my way through the winter.

I need a patron saint in the kitchen and will put him in a prominent place in the morning.

Thanks J. What a fun surprise.

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Here is granddaughter Anna sporting one of the cowls I knit everyone
for Christmas

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

Warmth is what we seek this time of year.


Warm Ups and Knitting at the Swim Meet Sunday

The day started at the Ohio State University McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

I got there close to 6:30 AM Sunday. The younger grandchildren were swimming in the morning and the two older were swimming in the afternoon.

All the rest of the family got home at 8:30 PM!.  I had to head back to Pittsburgh around 1 as snow was predicted and it’s best to drive in daylight.

There were so many swimmers in the pool at once. How they don’t bump into one another is amazing to me.

swim meet warm ups

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Another Manos del Uruguay Merino Wool and Silk cowl knit up with the Horizontal Ribbed Cowl Pattern from Knitty City.

Thanks Marlene for holding it up while I got an iPhone pic


Spring Day in November, Dropping Thirty Degrees Tomorrow and Happy Anniversary Lala and James

No school today on Veterans Day.  Spent some time outside before the threatened polar vortex arrives.

watching tight rope

watching tight rope

sat on a bench and knit

sat on a bench and knit

Cathedral of Learning

Cathedral of Learning

on the lawn

on the lawn

Conflict Kitchen in Closed

Conflict Kitchen in Closed

Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library

Diplodocus

Diplodocus

the trees without leaves

the trees without leaves

Happy Third Anniversary Lala and James love Ma and MIL Ruthie


Hypothetical Self-Help Books Cover Art

Cover Art- Part two-  A fun weekly challenge created by Pete Rosos- you can check out his blog

I neglected to add a title/text right onto the images.

Today I went to www.picmonkey.com as suggested on WordPress, found some images that lent themselves to the addition of text and went with the Self-Help Genre.

Not that self-help books really help

Here’s the bookshelf of Cover Art of my imaginary titles.

dawn at St george Island

Keep your Marbles

Knit Your Way Through Winter

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Find balance in your life

Baseball in the leaves


My Grandmother Grew Cosmos

At the Farmer’s Market,  I saw bunches of Cosmos and my grandmother Hendricks came to mind.

She used to grow them. I bought a bouquet and put them in a vase.

They just look “old fashioned” to me.

Cosmos Bouquet

This is the grandmother who taught me to knit. My father’s mother.

When I was at Laura and James house,  I took this photo of the tag on the afghan they have in their living room.

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Her name was Mary Alta but she went by Alta.  I have never met anyone else named Alta.

My appreciation for all things handmade  and knit was passed down.

Recently I was led to open the back of her Book of Common Prayer and found this list in her hand.

Here is a list of 26 afghans she knit for others when she was in the Nursing Home in Taylorville Illinois.

I’m Ruthie, Mark is my son and Marian is my Mother and “Roy’s Mary” is my sister.

My sister-in-law Bobbie, sent this afghan below (one my grandmother made) to Laura and James. An heirloom gift

The blue one is the one she made for me.  Her knitting is just beautiful.

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afghan

afghan list


Yarn Bomb on Utility Pole

I was headed home after stopping at East Liberty Farmer’s Market.

Someone is getting the word out in a unique way.

I saw the VOTE yarn bomb sign a few days ago but then today the BIKE sign was covering it up.

Couldn’t the bikers have moved their sign up a bit higher so the yarn bomb wasn’t covered?

I got out of my car and lifted up the BIKE sign to get the picture.

I saw a couple of Yarn Bomb VOTE signs in Bloomfield, too.  Today was the deadline to register.

The tag’s website read Pole2Polls.

It certainly caught my attention.

(And the Weekly Photo Challenge is SIGNS)

Yarn Bomb

 

Highland Park at Highland Avenue and Stanton Ave.

321 Bike Ride Sign


Like a Squirrel Gathering Nuts for the Winter

yarn skeins

Wednesday’s mail was waiting when I got home late.   A box!

A box of yarn arrived from Web*sters in Ashland, Oregon.  Silk Blend.  70% Merino wool and 30% silk.  Manos del Uruguay.  I’ve plans to knit my way through the freezing season.  So soft and the colors like jewels.

Magenta, Aster, Dark Cherry.  I love the names of the colorways.

Spolier alert:  Knitty City Horizontal Cowls (link to their free pattern) for gifts.

I’ve made three already. Oh and an attempt for a circle scarf from a different yarn (the gray)

It can’t just post comfort food.

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I like this particular pattern cause the circular knitting goes around and around and around, getting me to a peaceful place, sucking out my anxiety, making me calm. Trying not to notice the sun setting earlier already.


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