Sunday, January 22, 2006

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    No man is an island, entire of itself;
    every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
    -John Donne, Meditation XVII

    I am back in Rhode Island, which is not an island. (It's complicated.) It is beautiful, sunny, and cold. Great sweater weather. Great yarn shop weather.
    (Here's the heating vent in my new - but actually really old - apartment. Isn't it a gorgeous work of art? Plus, it brings me heat. I'm in love.)

    In fact, I went to The World's Best Yarn Shop, Sakonnet Purls, yesterday (yes, Sherry, the sale is going on through the end of January). I bought 2 sets of Addi Turbos, one pair of Lantern Moon straights, and some buttons. And I did not buy yarn. Neither, however, did I remember to take photos. I was too busy helping friends pick out yarn, thus discovering one of the great universal truths:

    Picking out yarn for other people to pay for is fun fun fun.

    The new knitter and expectant mother bought Knitting for Baby and Plymouth Encore to make a baby blanket. The less-new knitter bought some cotton to make a striped tank top. An interesting choice for a Rhode Island knitter in January, you think? Well this lovely friend of mine (let's call her J) just informed me that she's accepting a job offer at Cal State Fullerton - approximately 1 1/2 hours north of San Diego!

    (Again, from my new-old apartment - what craftsmanship in the floor of the hallway! Stunning. Too bad all the buildings in San Diego postdate this one.)

    Why didn't I think of this earlier? I can bring everyone to California with me. J, J's husband, and I had brunch this morning with a lovely (but tragically non-knitting) family of four, a family that is already planning a visit to Southern California in July. This would be the lovely family of four who dressed their sons in my handknit sweaters for The Official Family Christmas Portrait of 2005. These are good people, folks, good people.

    Rhode Island is not an island. No man is an island. I am definitely not an island. We're enjoying lots of quality social events, many of which are drowning in nostalgia and remember-whens, so I'll leave you with some photos of the old and new around here:

    The Old Observatory, which clearly predates electricity if they ever expected to see any stars:And then the new:
    Because in this gorgeous modern building that pays homage to the historic buildings around it but doesn't slavishly imitate the styles of old, are the people who bring me my internet connection. Remember that not-an-island thing?


    Blogger Kim said...

    Just passing through on weekly Stashalong patrol--have a great week.

    1/22/2006 11:52 AM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    I love those old buildings. We used to have tin ceilings and stained glass back in Australia.

    No yarn? You're a stronger woman than I am ;-)

    1/22/2006 2:41 PM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Yay, Theresa! Very impressive show of willpower. And excellent that J will be in California!

    1/22/2006 3:24 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've heard great things about Sakonnet Purls. I gotta make my way down there someday.

    1/22/2006 5:25 PM  
    Blogger Elinor said...

    I love the Rhode Island thing. I'm from Cape Cod and, living in the Midwest, I find people are unfamiliar with the Cape's fiesty arm sticking out into the Atlantic. I show them a map. It's an island, they say. I explain that the Cape Cod Canal was man-made, it's more of a peninsula surrounded by water on all sides... I confuse lots of Midwesterners. :-)

    1/22/2006 7:06 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Theresa, The best part of helping someone buy something is that it takes the edge off you actually having to buy somethng yourself. You still have the pleasure of the choices. Maybe that is the answer, drag someone with you and have them buy something. Love your new place. Aunt Carol

    1/23/2006 8:47 AM  

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