Remembering Nora

Nora Nucera Bell

A wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter.

Well loved.

A teacher, a neighbor, a knitter.

A reader.

A colleague.  A friend.

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I took this photo of Nora in my living room  at the Greenfield Holiday Party years ago.

Her radiant smile spoke of her generous heart, her loving spirit, her sense of humor, her easy laughter. She loved her family with her all.

Nora was a loyal blog follower since the beginning of the blog 7 years ago and wrote emails in response to photos she especially liked.

Alaska. Baked Orechiette. The family.

She always had a positive word and expressed gratitude for so much.

This morning. fellow Greenfielders and all those who loved her, gathered together to celebrate her life at a lovely Mass of Christian Burial.

She will be missed.

We will remember.

This is what democracy looks like!”

Women’s March January 21, 2017img_6608   Bronze statue of former mayor Richard S. Caliguiri looks out onto the Pittsburgh March

“This is what democracy looks like”

“Human rights are nonpartisan”

First- two weeks of preparation, knitting pink Pussyhats designed by Kat Coyle

My friends Ann in Pittsburgh  and Joanne in Florida texted and emailed and we knit and knit and shipped hats to various friends and relatives around the USA

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And from Colleen from Nova Scotia in Solidarity

Hats by Ann went to Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Colorado and Washington DC

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My friends Eileen and Linda (midwife who delivered my son Mark almost 41 years ago was knitting in Boston Massachusetts for their march to DC

Eileen knitting -Linda in her knitted hat ready for Washington DC

Hats sent to my teacher friend Jenn and her daughter Wylie by hat maker Kit Wojcik

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Thanks Tara

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Sign makers at the City County Building

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Nia on the left in charge of technology for the event   Ann and Ann on the right

From my blogging friend Stef- on her way to march in  Minnesota-  Her hat is crocheted

Below- March in Colorado contributed by Deb Beozzo and her daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Sean

Here is an excerpt from a poem titled  Knitting Activist my friend Roberta wrote about me

Over under the country unraveling

the old anxiety returning,

she sits and knits

pussy hats for a new generation of women on the march.

A sister, a daughter, some fortunate friends

take this gift handed down from grandmothers

and try to rebind the frayed threads of the republic,

arms linked over under.

Along with these daughters and mothers she has clad,

she rises and knits her way to mindful spirited communion.

Roberta Hatcher

January 2017

img_3025Roberta (in pink hat) sent this image from Washington march

Ambience/Ambiance: Weekly Photo Challenge

It was Margie over at Fueled by Chocolate blog who alerted me to the two possibilities of spelling and inspired the title of this post and Jeff Golenski at WordPress challenged bloggers to post a photo illustrating ambience

And then my neighbor, Joaquin, is always encouraging me to make photographs with the things I have in my home. I took his advice tonight and thought I might do a whole series of ambience/ambiance- creating still lifes to lift my spirits.

I definitely lifted my mood by creating this little scene.  My original intent was to show the tulips in the hammered aluminum pitcher but since I have been knitting all week I went to my living room bookshelf and found the rabbit figurines waiting to be photographed.  Oh and I pulled out the good camera instead of the phone today.  It’s that wonderful Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens that allowed me to take the shot with scant light.

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“Ambience is the atmosphere of one’s surrounding environment. It basically boils down to how one’s surroundings impact the human senses and alter the feelings of an individual. Things like light, temperature, smell, sound, and sometimes taste, all work together to create ambience. The term ambience usually refers to a positive atmosphere that uplifts a person’s mood. As an example, one might say, “Wow, this place has real ambience!”

Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe in Millvale

 

Tupelo Honey Teas 

They’ve been open since Halloween. Today was my first visit.

You know how I zip across the  Allegheny River to get my framing done at Panza Gallery, sip a brew and eat a dinner special at Grant Bar or load up on Brioche and macarons at Jean-Marc Chatteliers Bakery?

Millvale PA posts frequent the blog.

This afternoon I stopped in the Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe and had a delicious ginger tea.

There’s a monthly calendar of activities and events-

January 19th it’s Third Thursday Theater- Steel City Shakespeare- Edgar Allen Poe  7-9 ,

Knitting on Tuesdays at 6:30-9

Book Club(s) local author and mystery,

Brunch and Bluegrass (Devin Moses) on Jan 29th 10-2

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There is a connecting door to the Community Library

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Maura’s Knitting Knotted Up the Wash

This post is dedicated to my friend V who recently spent a lot of time last week untangling a seriously tangled skein of yarn… I thought of her the whole time I persisted on the following mess.

My granddaughter Maura’s knitting got into the laundry inadvertently.

Went through the washing machine and knotted up the load.

Erika was going to cut it out but I spent time Saturday morning untangling the knotty mess. What satisfaction to detangle the twists and knots. Plain yarn is easier to untangle than fluffy yarn.

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Snow Shoot in Sunshine and Shade

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It was about 14 degrees but my app said it felt like 2 degrees and yet the sun was out and the sky blue.

I’d just arrived from Pittsburgh. The roads were clear so I made it in about 3 1/2 hours to Clintonville Ohio for lunch with Charlie and Laura.

They’d just pulled into the driveway and we were going inside to warm up.  He loves the snow.

Just noticing the difference in the light in full sun and then on the back porch deck in the shade.

 

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Multiple Factors Affect the Size of Your Knitting

Multiple factors affect the size of your knitting.

*Knitting needle size and type of needle (wood or metal).

*The thickness and weight and number ply of the yarn you use from a lace weight to super bulky.  Best to stick to pattern guidelines and suggestions or be prepared to do some tricky math calculations. And pray.

*Your inner tension- yes- there are loose knitters and tight knitters and those in between.  Some people go UP a needle size or two and some knitters go DOWN a needle size or two to get the correct gauge.  You knit the way you knit and it isn’t easy to alter the tension.  Everyone is different. You get to know pretty soon where you fall on the gauge continuum.

*Checking gauge is crucial for successful outcomes. Once I knit a sweater for a high school bf and the woman at the yarn store ripped out the ENTIRE SWEATER in front of my eyes.   I am not kidding.

*At the beginning of a pattern you can see the requirements for yarn type, needle size and the gauge is – how many stitches per inch, how many rows per inch.

Here’s a quote from Craftsy site  (and you can click it for more info about knitting gauge adjustment)

Gauge is the number that determines how big or small your knitted project will turn out, so learning how to make adjustments to your gauge is necessary if you want to avoid ripping out your project and starting all over again.

Today after the sad task of attending a funeral together, two friends and I went to lunch on Carson Street on the South Side.

Deb brought her knitted Christmas stockings.

The smaller one was knit 32 years ago for her daughter and Deb added the little knitted skirt to the original pattern. The second one was knit this Christmas for her daughter’s new husband.  A different needle size. Ooops!

Plus, Deb noticed that the first stocking she knit was going a different direction than the one she made for her daughter’s husband. Double Ooops!

I asked if I could photograph the stockings and she agreed- as long as I didn’t put her in the pic.

Deb used a different needle size for sure. She’s already started another one.

And now she has to make the pattern in reverse so the stocking will hang the same direction.    Thanks Deb for allowing me to photograph the stockings you knit as an illustration for gauge today.  Nicely knit!

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I might be waiting awhile

thanks Michelle W at WordPress for the suggestion of stockings hung by the chimney with care –Weekly Photo Challenge anticipation 

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Needlepoint c.1974 by Bobbie, my sister-in-law

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Handknit Snoopy stockings by a woman named Jane G in Clarion PA 1981