Posts Tagged ‘Wear the Lilac’

Remembering Terry and Leonard

There’s not much more that can be said about the loss of Terry Pratchett (12 March) and Leonard Nimoy (27 February), but I think I’m ready to try to say something.  I never had the pleasure of meeting either of them personally (though I did see Nimoy in the distance at some SF conventions over the years).  They both touched my life through their work, and made the world a richer place.  They will be missed.

Because I ran into someone who didn’t know, Leonard was also a gifted photographer and artist.  His family is (at least for the time being) keeping his shop open.

As for Sir Terry, you probably already know that he was a knitter himself.  I’ve noticed a lot of hits on my Wear the Lilac pattern this last week.  If any of you do make it, I would love to see pictures.

Other Life Stuff

I’m never sure how much personal stuff to post here, but my eldest daughter has joined the Peace Corps and will be flying to Senegal this September.  I was going to start a blog, but wanted to get other parents involved and ran into some technical problems – that might or might not happen some time in the future.

Younger daughter is looking into internships in DC and New York.  DC would be wonderful, as she could commute from home or from my mother’s house.  New York would depend on a stipend or scholarship, so we’ll see.

I’ve started seeing a chiropractor.  Too early to figure out if that’s working.  My husband drops me off at the office on his way to work, and I walk back to the house afterwards.  It’s a 4 1/2 mile walk, and I don’t mind having built in exercise, but last time I got turned around on the footpath, and today I slipped on a patch of black ice, so it’s been stressful as well as therapeutic…

Knitting Stuff

Progressing nicely Green Sleevewith the Belle Greene shawl.  I took a brief break to knit up a cozy for a collapsible silicone cup.  As you can see, I made a half pattern, just a narrow band, but it actually works well as an insulator, and fits inside the cup when it’s compressed so that’s good.  Now if I can just remember to bring it with me when I go out I’ll cut down on those disposable coffee cups…

Also working on a dishcloth by Knitting Magic Girl.  It’s a slip stitch and cabled thing and I’m using a mixture of Rowan cotton and Berrocco Indigo (a cotton/recycled denim mix).  It’s knitting up nicely, but I don’t have any in-progress pictures to post.

Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways

I didn’t win the hand dyed yarn from Chaleurlife or the Mai Tai giveaway at Amy’s Thread.  I entered Sandra SIngh’s Vinterbar Cowl Kit giveaway (31 March) and the Sweet Paprika Colour Naming Contest (20 March).


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Adapted from a post I made in the Nerd Wars group on Ravelry – today is May 25th, a day of particular interest to Nerds everywhere.

Legend has it that on May 25 (perhaps in Athens) a young Douglas Adams found himself in a hotel room which lacked towels. He realized that he didn’t even know where his own towel was, and vowed that, from that day forward, he would always carry one with him. Thus today is Towel Day.

As I mentioned in Thursday’s post, May 25th is the anniversary of Ankh-Morpork’s Glorious Revolution of Treacle Mine Road. Wear the Lilac Day also doubles as Alzheimer’s Awareness day.

It just so happens that on May 25th, 1977, Star Wars had it’s theatrical release.

All these geeky anniversaries on a single date… Coincidence, or a confluence of cosmic awareness focused on all things nerdy and geeky.  In either case, it’s something to celebrate.  Here is my crafty acknowledgement this year:


Next year I’ll have to get something more forceful…

In any case, happy Pride Day to all you Geeks out there, whatever your fandom may be!

BLog Contests and Giveaways

Since I’ve heard nothing from the Expression Fiber Arts giveaway for this month, I have to conclude that I didn’t win.  I entered the Tails and Snouts skein giveaway (31 May)


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lilac sprayIn anticipation of Wear the Lilac day (25 May) I’ve thrown together a little crochet project so that I may, well, wear the lilac.

Although this isn’t a ‘real’ pattern, hopefully these directions will be clear enough that you can wear the lilac too.

 Wear the Lilac


jewelry wire

worsted weight yarn small amounts of  green and violet (though I used purple instead, as that’s what’s in my stash)

F crochet hook



I used approximately 5″ of 16 gauge copper wire, which is slightly thick for jewelry making , and rolled the ends with jewelery making pliers.  Needle nosed pliers would work just as well.  A pipe cleaner might be a bit flimsy, but it might work.

chain wireCatch the green yarn in the rolled end of the wire (or roll the end around the yarn) to fasten it. Slip stitch  around the length of wire, until it is completely covered, densely, even twist the chained yarn around the wire to make a spiral.. and roll the far end so that it is covered by the yarn.  Work in both ends.

spiral chain

With violet (or purple) attach to one end with a slip stitch.  Chain 2.  Slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook.  Slip stitch in next chain.  Chain 3.  Slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook.  (2 buds made).  Continue making buds in a spiral down the spire, try to get four buds per turn.

Chain 5.  Slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook.  (Chain 3.  Slip stitch in same stitch)X3 slip stitch down chains back to spire.  First blossom made.  After a few rounds, chain 4 before starting the blossom to make larger trumpets.

Continue making blossoms until 1/3 to 1/2 of spire is covered.

You can stick it in your lapel as is, or glue on a pin back, barrette or bobby pin, and wear it on the 25th to both celebrate the life of Terry Pratchett (and Discworld) and to enhance Alzheimers awareness.

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