Monday, 15 December 2008

Jetlag dishcloths and a gentle man.

Time is gradually slipping back into it's familiar ways and the brain along with it. For most of the week I could only be trusted to undertake the simplest of activies - eating sandwiches and making garter stitch dishcloths. There is a lot to be said for the simple beauty of garter stitch made into a cotton square, especially when topped with these lovely stitch markers made by Ravelry chum Wyndwitch.

I've woken up enough now to spin a little - this is a mix of shetland and rabbit from a local spinner and funnily enough, rabbit owner. I used some of my Kool Aid that was smuggled through customs from the USA to dye it and the mix of a darker shade of yarn with the zing of the Kool Aid creates something rather subtle. Or at least subtle-ish.

The gentle man of the title refers to Oliver Postgate, co-creator of some of the best childrens' television ever. He died some days ago and his leaving makes the world a sadder place. Thank you Oliver, for Bagpuss, for the Clangers, for Noggin the Nog, for Ivor the Engine and for all of the joy and imagination that you brought to my childhood. Here is an obituary in the Guardian, I defy you to read it and not wish that this man had been your friend.


petra said...

Beautiful yarn and dishcloths. Garter stitch is fabulous, as are the stitch markers -- very pretty!

Mary Jane said...

Oh, I feel like I've missed so much, not having grown up with, or even seeing The Clangers! I do have a small memory of Bagpuss, the tiny girls at my London home-stay loved Bagpuss.
Thanks, and welcome home.
I think a garter stitch dish cloth is one of the most satisfying things in the world!
Lovely photography.

soxchik said...

Kool Aid smuggling- you are too funny.

Liz said...

hmmm maybe I should take up Kool-Aid running as a means to finance trips to the UK, you could be my inside contact! hehe ;)

Karin said...

Oh and you take such breathtaking pitcures.
I promise I will read the obituary.