Sunday, October 26, 2008

Earthly Goods

In these times of great uncertainty ~ economic, political, international, global ~ it's helpful to quiet Monkey Mind with something that seems certain, regular and sublime. After years of holding on to the Monk's Travel Satchel pattern, I'm ready to finally sit down and knit it. I think of my earthly goods. They won't fit into this satchel I'm making. The monks of Nepal and Tibet carry all they own in their large bags. The bags may be large, but I'm sure they still travel light.

Our society doesn't travel light. It wants us to have more. Too much, in fact. It has stuffed us fat and numb. I'm not exempt.

It brought me to tears to see some decent news for once. One woman, site unseen, bought another woman's house off the foreclosure auction block and gave it back to her. The random act of kindness from a complete stranger. That is one less person left homeless. There shouldn't be homeless people anywhere. We all can't live out of satchels.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Didn't anyone post anything about the Sheep & Wool I'm missing this year? Anyone? Do I really have to wait until Monday?

*sigh* Fine!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ted Wong & The Jeet Kune Do Seminar

This is Ted Wong. If you're anyone who knows Bruce Lee's work and Jeet Kune Do, you'd know it's a big deal to hang out with Ted Wong for one 5-hour afternoon in an action-packed, information-filled seminar. It's not knitting, but it's a big deal. Ted Wong studied Jeet Kune Do with Bruce Lee. Sifu Richard Torres was Ted Wong's student. Tom and Ian, as well as a host of others, are third generation students of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do. See. It's a big deal.

People came from quite a few far away places: upstate New York, Long Island, Holland . . . just to name few. Sifu Torres' class is much bigger than I had ever realized ~ there had to be 50 people of varying ages and abilities present ~ and not all were present.

I was excited for the boys. They were trying to be cool. I was blowing it for them so I didn't stick around long.

Here is Ian working a few moves with Mr. Wong.

And Dirk's favorite posed photos with great personages . . .

Photographically, Sifu Torres is hard to pin down, but here is, to the right of Ted Wong . . .

There's more to come tomorrow, but I think Tom and Ian had a good day today.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Hugging One Tree at a Time

It's the time of year we pay more attention to trees in this part of the world. Gentle budding in spring time pales in comparison to the brilliatnt display of color in autumn. I like spring. I appreciate its annual return and the promise of fruitful summers and lazy days at the lake, but I really love autumn. Some of my summer knitting included these tree huggers to add to the autumn color.

This one is from the leftover rip-out project.

This one faces neighbors I don't particularly enjoy. They enjoy us even less.

This one is close to the path that leads to the dam. I plan to add more along the way ~ aiming for a little delightful whimsy in the woods for folks walking the dogs.

And this is the one that started it all: the marker for the still-green, flower-free dogwood.

These were meditation and lakeside knits. They gave my idle hands something to do. I let thoughts, ideas, and dreams get lost in the stitches. Some of them are already quite weathered, which is good. I don't expect or want them to last forever. I don't want them to harm the trees over time. These tree huggers are like Tibetan Prayer flags; the elements will take my knitted prayers.