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I have been busy with work so not much knitting has occurred.

Although I wasn’t born in Houston, it is my hometown. My parents moved here when I was about 18 months old. So I only remember visits to my birth place, actually mostly just driving through my birth place, Lafayette, Louisiana, on the way to my grandparents place in New Iberia about 20 miles southeast of Lafayette. My accent is much more Texan that Cajun. But there are certain words when my dad would cringe if I said it with a Texas accent, such as “bayou”. I mentioned this on Kelley’s blog The Importance of Documentation. In Texas it is a pronounced bī (y)ō, but in Louisiana they say bī (y)ū. The pronunciation came up since Kelley mentioned using Shimmer in the colorway Bayou, one of my favorite yarns and colors offered by KP. Roy Orbison had the pronunciation correct in his song Blue Bayou. Yes, Linda Ronstadt has the most popular version of this song, but Roy and Joe Melson did compose it.

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New Iberia is a great little town and I love it. One of my favorite authors is James Lee Burke. His series character Dave Robicheaux is from New Iberia. My brother moved back there when he got out of medical school. So I still have ties with New Iberia, but Houston is my hometown.

One of the things I’m proud about my hometown is being the birth place of Knitta, Please. [Click on the birds to navigate her site.] Magda Sayeg began Knitta, Please in 2005. She is now based in Austin, Texas but Houston is where it all began. Pure Romance by Evelyn reminded me of Knitta, Please when she said she would use the Backyard Garden kit to do some yarnfitti. Evelyn stated she didn’t like the term yarnbombing because she doesn’t like the word bomb. So she has combined the word yarn with graffiti. I can picture these lovely flowers, vines and bugs strewn everywhere instead of spray paint. This must be much greener for the environment: no aerosols released; no paint needing to be sandblasted away; and after all knitting is one of the most recyclable art forms around. Wouldn’t tagging be the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day. Wish I had thought of this before last Thursday. Wouldn’t it be nice to not just celebrate Earth Day with planting something new but also to cover up some of the “concrete jungles” we have created in an environmentally friendly manner. Perhaps Earth Day 2011 [April 22, 2011] should be celebrated with some environmentally friendly tagging.

Magda has tagged an organ grinder in Mexico City as well as a whole bus.

Or how about 69 parking meters in Brooklyn?
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If you like, check out some of the press releases:

On my Needles:
Yvette Beret and Mitts. Please check out the discussion in the Entrelac KAL and join us if
you like.

On my iPod: As always: At Knit's End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off, Mason Dixon, Knitting Outside the Lines by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne, The Secret Language of Knitters by Mary Beth Temple. As well as the following videos: Drafting: the Long and the Short of It and Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont, Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann and several Podcasts. I typically listen to several different Podcasts: Electric Sheep; Fiber Beat (sometimes this will include a video podcast); Fiddle Knits (please see Erica Jackofsky’s IDP patterns here on KP); It’s Purl, Man; Knitmoregirls; Let’s Knit2gether (a video podcast); The Savvy Girls; and Sticks & String. The mystery books that have been on my iPod: Nightlife by Thomas Perry, Not a Girl Detective: A Cece Caruso Mystery by Susan Kandel, The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart, Silent Thunder by Iris and Roy Johansen.

Knitting Tip of the Week: Russian Join. Last week I mentioned spit splicing. But that only will work with animal fibers and then not all of them. It has to be fibers that are feltable and have not been treated to prevent felting. Often we are told it is best to join a new ball of yarn when we are at the beginning of a row. But what happens when you are knitting in the round or you miscalculated and you are 6" from the end of a row that is 30 something inches long? Obviously you want to use a join that is as inconspicuous as possible, but you are using a plant fiber or a superwash wool. Well, the Russian join is a possibility. Click here for a tutorial. Or click on the video below:

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What books am I reading?: I have The Knitter's Book of Wool and The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes will be on my nightstand for awhile.

Words of the Week. Seriously! I am having so much fun with words.

1.Yarnfitti a/k/a yarn bombing a/k/a tagging: There are groups all over the word doing yarnfitti or yarn bombing. Many of you know the term tagging from graffiti art. If you have been tagged you have had your property covered with graffiti. Thanks, Pure Romance by Evelyn.

2. Juxtaposition: the act or an instance of placing two or more objects in a close spatial or ideal relationship. This is how Madga Sayeg describes her knitting being placed among our urban environment.

3. Carpe Lanum: In a discussion with Peggy Stuart regarding lanolin, she responded with Carpe Lanum. David Reidy of the podcast Sticks and String closes his podcast with Carpe Lanam. Well, I tried my best to translate "lanum" or "lanam" from Latin. The closest I came up with was lana meaning wool. So if any of you are Latin buffs, please let us know what this "m" on the end of lana may mean. In the mean time: Seize the Wool!
4. Flotsam: something floating or drifting about or as if on the surface of a body of water : as an accumulations of unimportant, miscellaneous, and often disordered trifles. Kerin used this wonderful word in her blog Spring Cleaning, Oregon Style.
5. nether garments: nether means 1. situated down below : lower; 2. situated or believe to be situated beneath the earth's surface. Let's not forget EZ's nether garments in her Knitter's Almanac.
6. Fandamntastic: an Appalachian term used by Susan this last week meaning something extraordinarily fantastic. I think it very important for us to know the diversity of our world-wide membership.

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Comment by wendy on April 26, 2011 at 7:45am
Cheryl, this is a great blog!!!!!  I must have missed this last year while we were on vacation.  As always, you have so much useful information to share with others.  I know I have said it before, but I have learned more about knitting in the last two years, than I ever knew putting all the previous years together.  And that in my opinion is pretty "Fandamntastic!!!!!!!!!"
Comment by Chris Ponak on April 26, 2011 at 7:24am
Thanks, Cheryl, for the tutorial on Russian Join. I have never heard of it and will try it when I'm knitting this afternoon.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 9, 2010 at 8:52pm
Cheryl, Thanks, I just followed the instructions... easy peasy! ♥s
Comment by cherylbwaters on May 9, 2010 at 8:48pm
I should have told you that alt + 9733 would work in a Word document. But more importantly, your join deserves an A+++. ♥c
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 9, 2010 at 8:39pm
Cheryl, I am knitting with Swish Worsted, so it has a lot of loft to it... I think that helped the join a lot. ♥s
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 9, 2010 at 8:38pm
Funny thing! I opened a word document and typed alt + 9733 and got a black star. ♥s
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 9, 2010 at 8:36pm
When I do an alt 9733 I get this: ♣ - so is that suppose to be a gold star. I'll take that! Ha Ha...
So if you can hardly see the join, it is successful? I thought so! ♥s
Comment by cherylbwaters on May 9, 2010 at 8:30pm
Susan, I can hardly see where the join is. Congratulations! You deserve a gold star! Well, shoot, the alt + 9733 won't work here to insert a star, albeit it would have been a black star since they don't have color here.
Comment by HavetoomuchYarn on May 9, 2010 at 7:05pm
Wow! ♥L
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 9, 2010 at 6:19pm
Hey Cheryl, You will never guess what I did this evening! I was coming to the end of a ball of yarn on my shawl, and I wanted to start a new ball, but wasn't too thrilled about weaving in ends on lace. So I think - Russian Join! I thought this would be a good use of the technique. I came back and reviewed the video, went back to the table and here is what I got... it feel very snug when I gently tug on it... so I think it's good. ♥s

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