Purlescence tonight
Thursday June 10th 2010, 10:32 pm
Filed under: Life,LYS

So it was knitting group night at Purlescence, and some people I hadn’t seen in awhile were there along with the regulars.  Having talked on end there about the antics of the falcons over at City Hall, I brought Hilary’s falcon carefully tucked away in a box for safety–not even thinking till just now as I write this that wow, just like the elevator rides for the misfledged fledglings!

A woman walked in wearing a “Not that kind of doctor” t-shirt; another stood up and they threw their arms around each other.  Something was mentioned about not having had a good conversation since 1994; they were old buddies.

I wasn’t following their conversation, not wanting to be in the way, but the one I didn’t know was working on the most incredible beaded glove in a deep sapphire blue with beads, both sparkly and plainer, and just the slightest brush of lighter shades mixed into the blue. The Milky Way?  There was fine embroidery and I thought, the Big Dipper!

Turns out I got that one right. She was an astrophysicist PhD and she was knitting the galaxies into her gloves.  Wow.  I wanted to stare at the one in her hands and study its emerging skies.  For me, the daughter of a contemporary art dealer, if I were doing a starry starry night, it would look like a Vincent Van Gogh–backgrounds are funny things.

She was visiting from Boston, if I heard right; as their conversation went on, there was a fellow, one of the regulars, who was spinning away at his wheel next to the pair.  He’s been quietly working away at that green wool roving for a goodly number of weeks.

And at some point that I missed but got told about afterwards, he interjected, Oh, you must know my mother!

His mother, it turns out, had been the woman’s thesis advisor.

Look at all those stars. Ours IS a small world!

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don’t you just want to break into a chorus of “it’s a small world”

(got that stuck in your head now? good, my work here is done)


Comment by Bev 06.11.10 @ 8:14 am

Always good to get out and visit friends — old and new. It IS a small world.

Fun –

Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Comment by Don Meyer 06.11.10 @ 8:59 am

That’s fun, but you know I don’t believe in coincidence… 😉

Comment by Channon 06.11.10 @ 10:07 am

Knitting the galaxies into her gloves. I just moaned. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but it was a purely visceral response. How beautiful.

Comment by Lene 06.11.10 @ 5:50 pm

Those gloves sound completely wonderful. I wish I could make a pair – or at least see photos of hers!

Comment by Margo Lynn 06.11.10 @ 6:16 pm

Sigh… you sure know how to tell a story.

Comment by karin maag-tanchak 06.11.10 @ 8:00 pm

Go take a look at my latest blog post honey, to see just how small it is. 😉

Comment by Tiny Tyrant 06.14.10 @ 9:29 am

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