Saturday, June 11, 2016

Yarn Bombing Day June 11, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Yarn Bombing Day

They’re showing up everywhere, like some kind of psychedelically colorful mushroom that grows sock-like over surfaces like trees and scaffolding and even bike racks. Somewhere, somehow, these normal everyday objects have suddenly become ensconced in an odd wooly growth in amazing patterns. The skill varies widely from incredibly new to fantastically intricate, the thickness of the yarn from pencil-lead thin to thick as the pencil itself. Yard Bombing Day is when fiber-freaks from around the world go on a knitting rampage to embrace the world in warm fuzzy comfort. Grab your needles and go forth noble kneedler, and stitch!
Ironically Yarn Bombing Day started as a simple gimmick at a sewing boutique, as part of their style and personality they knitted a sleeve for their door handle, and from there it spread like the mycorrhizal life form we mentioned above (That’s mushroom folks, most fungi… listen this isn’t a botany class, trust us, it’s shroom-like). From there it started spreading to cover telephone poles, put colorful socks on statues, and bike racks, even trees have received a warm and lovely sleeve to see them through the cold winter months.
It’s all done in the spirit of beautification and fun, bringing a fantastically colorful display to urban areas around the world. It’s not even seen as graffiti by most people in the area, but rather an entirely acceptable and attractive form of urban art. And it’s little surprise, with all the amazing patterns that can come out of a knitter’s craft, and the warm and comfortable nature of the fabric. Of course, they don’t use wool because some people are allergic, but it’s still a fantastic time!
Get out there and bomb some yarn! Take out your crochet needle, your knitting needles, whatever you have and get out there and make the world a more beautiful and comfy place with the work of your craft. If you’ve never knitted before, this is the perfect time to start, there are classes all over, and even if there’s not, you can find an organized Yarn Bombing Day activity to get involved in. Believe us, there’s nothing that these fanatical yarn nuts like to do more than introduce more people to the hobby that dominates their lives. If you have a cat, well, even your worst attempts will provide hours of entertainment for them! Do it for the yarn, do it for the cozy bike benches, do it for your cat! Go out and Yarn Bomb!

thanks, helen

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) The combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume.
Usage:The timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely.


Idiom of the Day

admit defeat

 — To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit


Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847)

An English suffragist and social reformer, Fawcett rejected the violent acts of some of her contemporaries in the suffrage movement, believing that the enfranchisement of women could be achieved by peaceful means. Her efforts as president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies from 1897 to 1919 are considered to have been instrumental in earning women over 30 in the UK the right to vote in 1918

Chagu-Chagu Umakko

People in Morioka, a horse-breeding district of Iwate Prefecture in Japan, hold the Chagu-Chagu Umakko Festival to honor the god of horses. The parade begins at the Komagata-jinja shrine and ends at the Morioka Hachimangu shrine. Using white ropes, people lead richly decorated horses to the shrines. When they reach the shrine, prayers are said for the horses' well-being and the owners' financial success. Chagu-chagu refers to the sound of the bells that are hung on the horses' heads; Umakko comes from uma, the Japanese word for "horse."

What if PTSD Is More Physical than Psychological?

In early 2012, a neuropathologist named Daniel Perl was examining a slide of human brain tissue when he saw something odd and unfamiliar in the wormlike squiggles and folds. It looked like brown dust; a distinctive pattern of tiny scars. Perl was intrigued. 

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1864 - Composer, conductor and musician Richard Georg Strauss was born. 

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1880 - Jeannette Rankin was born. She became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. 

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1895 - Charles E. Duryea received the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.

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1910 - Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born. He was the French underwater explorer that invented the Aqua-Lung diving apparatus. 

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1919 - Sir Barton became the first horse to capture the Triple Crown when he won the Belmont Stakes in New York City. 

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1927 - Charles A. Lindbergh was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross. 

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1982 - Steven Spielberg's movie "E.T." opened. 

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1993 - Steven Spielberg's movie "Jurassic Park" opened. 

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2002 - The television series "American Idol" debuted. The show featured judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. 

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2010 - The FIFA World Cup opened in South Africa. It was the first time it was held in Africa. 


If You Were Born Today, June 11
You think and move quickly and often dramatically. Highly intelligent, you are always absorbing and processing information in some cases to the point of nervousness. It can be challenging to turn your mind off enough to relax at times. Some might describe you as a little eccentric--certainly highly original! Your beliefs are strong and you stand up for them with courage and conviction. You are also very security-conscious and dislike feeling indebted. Famous people born today: Jacques Cousteau, Gene Wilder, Richard Strauss, Shia LaBeouf, Joshua Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Peter Dinklage.

Picture of the day
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Corpus Christi College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1517, it is the 12th oldest college in Oxford, with a financial endowment of £112.6m as of 2015. Corpus Christi has a reputation for specializing in Classics, due to the emphasis placed upon this subject since the college's founding. The college was heavily involved in the translation of the King James Bible.
The pillar sundial in the main quadrangle, shown here, is known as the Pelican Sundial. It was erected in 1581 by Charles Turnbull.

Picture of a drop of water on a Hosta fern

Rolling Green

Photograph by Beamie Young, National Geographic 
A single droplet of rainwater sits on the leaf of a hosta plant, also known as a plantain lily. “The rolling shadows are from a fern growing above,” writes photographer Beamie Young of this photo taken in Maryland.



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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. - Dalai Lama


Long-toed shoes were considered stylish in medieval times—some up to two feet long and reinforced with wool, moss, or whalebone. -------------------- The Bolitoglossa dofleini salamander of Central America can extend its tongue more than half its body length 50 times faster than you can blink an eye! -------------------- Edin mehic was fined after burping too loudly in a Vienna, Austria, park on February 7, 2016!






  1. Cannot yarn bomb in the rain:( Maybe just curl up and watch ET?!

  2. Fried beef bologna is the only way I ever really liked the processed stuff. I gave up nitrate laden meats years ago and as a vegan 95% of the time for the last 10 years, I only rarely indulge in pasture raised beef hotdogs without chemical preservatives. I like them fried.

  3. Oh, my knitting lamp needs a yarn bomb. The plastic sleeve that is supposed to give when the lamp is lowered to illuminate my knitting has split in one of the creases to reveal the flexible metal coil that supports the wires to the light. Would someone kindly consider my lamp as a likely target?