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Back from Kansas… June 25, 2008

Filed under: Life — mintlatte @ 1:37 pm

Well, we made it back.  It is good to see the family, all of my cousins made it back and it was WONDERFUL to see them all.  It is so fun to see the kids of the kids you grew up with.  So many of us have little mirrors of our selves….and to see them all was just…nice 🙂

It’s odd how normal you can feel around family.  My neurosis are only half as neurotic.   It was strange to see my parents generation though. They are all grandparents now… (or will be soon)..at one point I was playing with DS on the floor and wanted to get mom’s attention, so I called out “grandma…” only to have like five heads turn…. on the other hand none of them look like grandparents to me.  I don’t know whether my own age hides things I don’t want to see or what, but I just don’t see any of them at the age they are.

I knit up a new set of dishcloths, with no picture as they were immediately gifted to an aunt who hosted me and my annoying runts for the whole time.  I also finished a branching out scarf….for what I consider my first “real” lace, I am very happy with it, but I have to get the picture out of dad’s camera… so you don’t even get to see it now 🙂

Grandma decided this year we (the grandchildren) were to have her quilts.  This I totally get.  Hubby though it was creepy when his grandma gave away a lot of her stuff, but it was just stuff.  I totally understand why you would want to see your hard work go to someone else and know they would love it and care for it. So If I get off my fanny I will have pictures of those too. 

Nothing fascinates me more than vintage quilting.  I don’t know of a quilter today who could tell you a quilt was an easy thing to make, and we have the advantage of machines.  Imagine hand peicing and quilting an entire quilt….. Imagine saving sacks from the flour you bought to do it.  In fact when you think of all the work that went into an old quilt, it’s almost enough to make you wonder where things went wrong.  In our days of hurrying and rushing and technology many wouldn’t even consider it plausible.  When I hear about sustainability and green… I think of this.  I would not in a million years toss something I had worked that hard on.  Never ever. Not even if it got old and ratty, I would just fix it.  I certainly don’t have that feeling about the things I buy.    I know for a fact that those of us who “make things” are in the minority.  I often think of “disposable society” and what it means.  I am not an environmentalist by any stretch of the imagination, but sometime I do feel the ache of consumption in my own home.  I think that making things is part of the solution.  That we as a society need to see value in what we have, and in what we are capable of. 

Anyhoo, hopefully soon I will have a picture laden post… if nothing else, I hit a yarn store in Gove Kansas that was beyond unique, and I have some acquisitions I should also come clean about 🙂    

  

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