Friday, March 29, 2013

Discovering Knitters Everywhere

When WWKIP day arrived, I was knitting a sock and trying to navigate a Polish GPS system for my husband. The trip that day took us and our dear friends Sally, Gayle and Brygida, to Sobibor's Extermination Camp.
That was such a life changing day. The camp was closed but the care taker, a very kind man with a weary job, opened it up for us anyways.
I had packed in my suitcase yahrzeit candles, candles for the soul the Ner Neshama, to light at various places we visited. To recite Kaddish, the mourner's prayer.

It was raining so hard and there were these HORRIBLE HUGE mosquitos, which I never read about as they were the least of the worries when there. I however was bit next to my eye, which swelled shut and made me look like a victim of spousal abuse for several days.

In the museum I read about the Sock Knitters of Sobibor. This article came from what I learned there and from the book I purchased at the museum as well, the reflections by Regina Zielinski, my new hero, recorded by her son, Andrew. These are some of the most amazing women! My grandmother always said the one thing she was proud of was raising "Strong Women". After learning of these Sock Knitters, girls ages 14-18, I know I have a long way to go to achieve their steadfast strength.

With the encouragement of my friend Donna Druchunas, I submitted the article, and eventually the pattern as well. I had teased Kathleen that one day she would write about me in her Knitting Daily newsletter, I WAS SO SURPRISED when it actually happened last week. Read it Here

Lizkor, Rememberance Socks
You can find Piece Works' Knitting Traditions Magazine at your LYS, Barnes and Noble, or order a copy online: Digital or Print The magazine will be available COINCIDENTALLY on Yom HaShoah- Holocaust Remembrance Day.

And to Regina Zielinski, I admire you and pray for you. I am so pleased to have learned that you continued knitting. may all your days be blessed!.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

tea leaves

I love tea. A lot.
I love tea so much I really could marry it.

Even after the 10oz of hot tea, dumped into my laptop and fried it, I still could not give up tea!. I sobbed over the laptop with another cuppa.

So imagine how happy I am that my hotel in Ireland says: "All bedrooms have television and tea-making facilities and we also have self-catering and laundry facilities, along with lounges where you can relax and make yourself feel at home."

Do you see that?! TEA-MAKING FACILITIES in my room!!!!!!!!!!

When walking the damp and heavy palces of Poland, I carried a fab tea thermos I found at Barnes and Noble. Sadly you can not get them anymore, and mine has been dropped, dented, borrowed by kids. So it is not up to the Ireland journey.

So I found THIS:

And it was only $11! (At Raley's, $16.95 on their site)

You thread your tea bag thru the slit in the "leaf" bump.

Brew water to the right temp for your tea.

After it steeps you yank the tea bag string and pull the bag into the lid! This keeps the tea from getting bitter and you don't have to figure out what to do with the tea bag while you are out and about.

Oh Happy Tea Day!

Find one here :

Monday, March 11, 2013


I know I said I would post the winner yesterday, but 3 funerals in one weekend wiped me out!
I am now somewhat stable, (stop laughing!) and ready to declare the winner!

jody hildebrant

Let me know if you prefer DPNs or Circulars for your Karbonz and I will mail it out to you.

Thank you to all who gave! I will be doing another raffle April 1st.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

In which we fund a plane ticket

Greetings Knitters!
Friday I have to buy my plane ticket to Dublin. I had planned to use tax refund $, but Uncle Sam is a bit slow these days. I find myself about $250 short.

Between now- 9am March 6 and 8am PST Friday March 8, a donation of any amount will be entered in to a raffle to win a Mitten Gift Kit. What will it contain?

Karbonz DPNs
2 colours of fingering weight yarn
Rose of Kindness Mittens Pattern
LOLO to go of Wild Rose (the scent created by Bar-Maids for the trip to Ireland)
Slipped Stitch Studios bag
CD by Sally Klein O'Connor
Meagheen's Downton Abbey Ebook

(unblocked and in progress Rose Mittens)

Donation Button located on the top right under the Microproccesor Sock.
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