Bugs and bikinis
I meant to write about bugs yesterday; you just never know where things are gonna go. I saw both a lightning bug and a june bug the night before last. They both trigger childhood memories. My parents built a house in the mid-60s and a great feature of that house was a walk-in cedar closet (in those days, building a house with a cedar closet was akin to having, say, a whirlpool today). We lived near a river and there was a ravine in the back and lots of lightning bugs. We'd run around the back yard, catch them in jars, and marvel at them up close in the dark, aromatic cedar closet. Invariably, we'd be distracted by other fun summer stuff and in the fall, when the blankets and sweaters started coming out of the closet, Mom would find jars of dead bugs.
June bugs are just stupid. They're innocuous, but they give me the creeps, anyway. They're big, clumsy, bumbly bugs and they buzz something terrible (one can sound like 20) as they bash repeatedly into the screen door and into each other in an oafish way. They often fall to the floor (knock themselves silly?) and buzz and whirl, tying to get back to an upright position and airborne again, or they bounce willy-nilly off the screen and come dangerously close to, well, me! God forbid that one would get caught in my hair. Eeeeewwwwwww.
Neither of these bugs seem as plentiful as they once were; in fact, it seemed that they all but disappeared for a while. (Maybe it was just my location.) It didn't seem right. Love them (lightning bugs) or hate them (june bugs), I am always reassured when I see them.
That's Practical Macrame by Eugene Andes, published in 1971. I found this at the thrift store along with yesterday's book. Isn't it great? I just have a weakness for stuff made with "string." I am among those who smirked about the knitted and crocheted bikinis in recent publications. How about macrame?? What comes to mind when I think of a knitted bikini is something that, though perhaps prone to stretch, would at least have a bit of coverage. A crocheted bikini would seem to have a little less coverage -- I think of granny squares and all those holes. But macrame? That's like openwork. Yowza! I just love these knots, though.
I finished knitting the cap part of the cabled baby cap last night, next are ear flaps and ties. I'm not sure if I want to do knitted ties. I'm surprised the pattern was written for flat knitting. Though I'm not an in-the-round knitter, this project was perfectly suited to circulars or DPNs. The dumb yarn is Bernat's Cotton Tots -- the friction as it passes through my hand is unbelievable.