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Five years into widowhood, after one year of incredible happiness and nearly 14 years of single blessedness. Have given up perfect manicures and pretty hands in order to resume playing the soprano recorder and to see if I can figure out how to play bluegrass banjo. Singing in the shower. Still really, *really* love to knit!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Warp the chain, cap'n! I don't think she can hold much longer

Yeah, I was a Trekkie when I was a kid. And I love that song Star Trekkin’ Across the Universe. There’s Klingons on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow; there’s Klingons on the starboard bow, starboard bow, Jim.

One of my friends asked recently, “Chained warp...I should know what that is...yes?” As the senior Sugarbaker sister used to say, “Dear me, where are my manners?” I take it as a given that I have to explain knitting terms to the muggles. I sometimes forget that not every knitter makes the leap from want-to-knit to want-to-make-my-own-yarn to want-to-make-my-own-fabric.

So, chaining warp is a way of keeping long strands of yarn or thread under control while warping a loom. Basically, you take a bundle of warp threads and use your hand and wrist like a crochet hook to make a loop and then pull loops through that, one after another, until the excess is secured. Then after you’ve threaded the loom, you release the loops a little at a time as you beam the warp [wind it onto the beam].

Here is a nice, clear illustration of the process: http://www.allfiberarts.com/library/aa99/aa110199.htm

And here is a nice, clear illustration of the crow I am eating tonight, Hollandaise optional. Sorry, y’all. Just smack me next time.

And these are the flags that were flying yesterday. Church was even better than usual. I don't remember Veteran’s Day falling on a Sunday before, but I’m sure that in my 32 years of membership, it must have. We sang The Star-Spangled Banner in Relief Society and My Country, ’Tis of Thee in sacrament meeting. And I got all sniffly.

When I was a little girl and sang America the Beautiful, I always choked up when I sang about the alabaster cities gleaming. It wasn’t until I grew up and joined the church and went to the temple that I began to understand why.

Wikipedia says that Ms. Bates took her inspiration from the white buildings in Chicago at the Columbian Exposition. But what I have always held in my mind’s eye is something like Isaiah and the other ancient prophets saw: the City of God, filled with glory.

I just finished winding the second ball of Gloss for Sabbath Scarf II. This one is humming right along with no arguments. Well, I did have to frog six rows during sacrament meeting, when I got my P’s and my K’s mixed up on half a row, but that was easily fixed before the end of the meeting.

And to leave you laughing, here’s the latest from the Churchboy Dating Service. They sent me a match yesterday! And here’s what it said on his profile, “My introduction has been removed because I am currently in a serious relationship with a special lady. I have also turned off my email notifications.” This is one of the half-dozen local guys who pops up as a “definite maybe” on a fairly regular basis. Sounds like he is headed toward the altar. [Yay for him!] I think we exchanged a couple of emails a few years ago, but nothing clicked.

Time to grab my shoes and my keys; LittleBit and I are heading to the YMCA for a little gentle movement before seminary. She had dance rehearsal for the musical on Saturday afternoon and was moving like an 85 year old woman yesterday.


Tan said...

Warping is a nautical term, too. When they used to have to pull a ship out of the harbor using the anchor and capstan method, it was called warping.

My church knitting was naughty, er, I mean knotty yesterday. Side effect of knitting two socks at the same time using magic loop but forgetting to reverse directions when turning the work around. I was up front hiding behind the organ and could not untangle it without drawing attention, so gave up.

Tola said...

i missed sac mtg, so no idea what hymns were sung. but the RS lesson was on Joseph Smith, so we sang #26 and #27. and the teacher (who is usually pretty good) made a few egregious doctrinal errors. she said it doesnt say anywhere in the Bible that JS was named. but it does say so, in either Isaiah or Jeremiah. it also says so in the BOM (by Joseph) and also Joseph of Egypt mentioned it. (right?)

Lynn said...

Tola, thank you for giving me the topic of study for my Family Home Evening lesson.

I went to lds.org and used the link to the scriptures. I found a few things, but not enough to satisfy me. So I went to the Topical Guide and did a search for “Joseph Smith”; this is the page that came up:


Isaiah, Malachi, and Revelation [though the latter is more a reference to Moroni's mission than Joseph's]. Also the testimony of Joseph who was sold into Egypt, in First Nephi and the Isaiah chapters of Second Nephi.

Were you thinking of Jeremiah 1:5, "before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee"? The latter half is certainly true of Joseph, but first half is equally true of you and me.