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A lot of the fiber arts I enjoy are things like tatting, netmaking, chair caning, and even weaving, where people will come up to me when I demonstrate and solemnly tell me, "That's a lost art."

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04 December 2008

Asparagus in the Snow

Last week Bells posted a mouthwatering photo of grilled asparagus, and so I was thinking of getting a picture of an asparagus field in the snow. Then I went out to my car and found this: an asparagus stalk in the snow, with a couple of red berries still on it, looking like a Christmas tree.

I haven't been doing a lot of knitting, and what little I have done is of the stealth variety. Not complicated, just secret stuff.

I've been doing a lot of reading. I recently found that William Felkin's 1867 A History of the Machine-wrought Hosiery and Lace Manufactures was up on Google Books, and have been reading that.

Although I take Felkin's speculations on the origins of knitting with the proverbial grain of salt, when he talks about the use and development of knitting frames in the 19th century, that is his own direct experience. He entered the stocking-making business in 1808 when he was 13, and published his history at the age of 72, so what he reports in that time span has to be given some weight.

Actually, when I read some of his quotes about the Odyssey about "weaving a robe of double texture" or "the work of both sides being alike", I wonder if Homer was talking about sprang. The 19th century translators probably had never heard of it, but there are Greek finds of sprang hairnets and vases showing women working on what could be sprang frames.

This is the picture I originally meant to get of asparagus in the snow. After the picking season they let the asparagus grow out to the fern stage, and in the winter it turns brown.

I took the picture early in the morning, but that's our typical winter sky all over. Gray, black, brown and white are our winter colors.

And speaking of winter, this is what I've been driving on lately. I only work two nights a week, and it has been snowing on those two nights.

Yesterday we were down to bare pavement, but this morning we're back to glazed and slippery. My driving-in-snow skills are definitely getting a workout so far this winter!

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Blogger Geek Knitter said...

Pictures like your road make me thankful that I live where I do. It doesn't snow here often, and when it does it generally melts off in just a few hours. I have no snow-driving-in-skills whatsoever, and the idea makes my hands shake!

It's pretty to look at though.

Word verification:slymmi

11:48 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Those are gorgeous pictures! I wish we were closer to snow (which is how it works here; it snows at elevation, and not lower down, so you can go to snow, without necessarily living in it...). But I sure don't like driving in it!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Bells said...

I've got my first little asparagus ferns this year - very exciting. Lovely to see it in snow!

9:42 PM  
Blogger Roxie said...

You are a much better woman than I am. Driving in snow - working at night - you rock, woman!

(My word is hursh - what the gentle drunk says when he doesn't want to hear you.)

10:02 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Um, it's not winter yet. We have two more weeks of fall. But it feels like winter. It's actually snowing here right now. It's early for us but it's lovely.

8:54 PM  

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