Monday, July 25, 2016

Thread the Needle Day July 25, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Thread the Needle Day

Can you sew? Thread The Needle Day is a chance to get dust off your sewing skills, or to learn how if you don’t know how.

thanks for all the pics, helen

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A series of entertainments presented in a nightclub.
Usage:The floorshow was spectacular and loud, and the next morning, he had a splitting headache.

Idiom of the Day

grease payment

 — A sum of money, typically a bribe, paid to a government official or business person so as to facilitate or expedite some decision or transaction.


Svetlana Savitskaya Becomes the First Woman to Perform a Spacewalk (1984)

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Savitskaya is a former Soviet female aviator and cosmonaut who flew aboardSoyuz T-7 in 1982, becoming the second woman in space some 19 years after Valentina Tereshkova. She logged nearly 20 days in space during her career, including three and a half hours spent outside the Salyut 7 space station in 1984, when she became the first woman to perform a spacewalk. Before becoming a cosmonaut, she was a test and sport pilot and a parachutist.

Louise Brown (1978)

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Brown was the first baby to be conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF), a procedure used to overcome infertility in which a woman's eggs are removed, fertilized with sperm outside the body, and then inserted into the uterus. Now a commonplace procedure, IVF was developed in the 1970s by British medical researchers Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards and was subject to much criticism before Brown's birth.

Caribbean Cave Art Sheds Surprising New Light on Ancient Religious Collision

The picturesque island of Mona sits isolated between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea. It has no human settlements and is devoid of human life except for Puerto Rican wildlife managers, conservationists and the odd researcher. 

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1850 - In Worcester, MA, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match. 

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1850 - Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in OR

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1854 - The paper collar was patented by Walter Hunt. 

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1871 - Seth Wheeler patented perforated wrapping paper. 

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1909 - French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane. He traveled from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. He was the first man to fly across the channel. 

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1939 - W2XBS TV in New York City presented the first musical comedy seen on TV. The show was "Topsy and Eva." 

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1965 - Bob Dylan appeared on stage at the Newport Jazz Festival with an electric guitar. It was his first non-acoustic set. 

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1966 - The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" was released. 


If You Were Born Today, July 25
You have a wonderful sense of fun and a way with words. Playful, unique, and respectable all at once, you can be well-liked, and more so as you mature, probably because you retain a youthful playfulness throughout life. Even so, there is an element of mystery surrounding you, and others might sense that there is more to you than meets the eye. You do have a developed spiritual side that is not always evident. Certainly, you are an idealist and prefer to see the best in people, which of course can also lead to some ups and downs or disappointments in your social or love life. Even so, you are not one to become bitter. Famous people born today: Estelle Getty, Matt LeBlanc, Iman, Brad Renfro, James Lafferty, Jack Gilford.

Pictures of the day

Glassy carbon

Glassy carbon is a non-graphitizing, or nongraphitizable, carbon which combines glassy and ceramic properties with those of graphite. The most important properties are high temperature resistance, hardness (7 Mohs), low density, low electrical resistance, low friction, low thermal resistance, extreme resistance to chemical attack and impermeability to gases and liquids. Glassy carbon is widely used as an electrode material in electrochemistry, as well as for high temperature crucibles and as a component of some prosthetic devices, and can be fabricated as different shapes, sizes and sections.

Picture of railroad cars aligned in a Houston, Texas, rail yard


Photograph by Jassen T., National Geographic 
Stored railroad cars lend pattern and color to a Houston, Texas, rail yard in this aerial image submitted by Jassen T. When the cars are needed, an engineer will use a switch engine to move them into place.




knit, 3 mths - 6 yrs









photo credit: Weelicious

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Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. - Og Mandino

Most ticks eat just three times in their lives! -------------------- In North Dakota, beer and pretzels cannot be served at the same time! -------------------- Papua New Guinea’s Chimbu tribe paint their bodies like skeletons, a tradition that began as a way to intimidate their enemies.

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The Notable James Norbury

The Notable James Norbury

James Norbury was the BBC’s first knitting expert, appearing on different television shows in the 1950’s and 60’s. He was a rock star knitter, maybe the first rock star knitter. Check him out.
Knitting expert James Norbury begins work on a new garment. December 18, 1950. 

James Norbury really was a knitting superstar. We knitters today owe him because he put knitting out there on TV for the first time. This was post-WWII, an age of prosperity and innovations. The first synthetic yarns were hitting the market. Husbands and fathers were back with their families. People were at home watching TV. During the war knitting was a necessity and a patriotic duty but afterwards it was a hobby. James Norbury was the leading authority for English-speaking knitting hobbyists for two decades.
And now he is almost forgotten. Why? Well, James, excuse me, Mr. Norbury, was really freaking opinionated and painfully serious. For Mr. Norbury there was one correct way to knit, his way. There was one correct tension (aka gauge), his tension. There was one correct way to store your work-in-progress in a clean cloth and how to use that cloth to spread our your lap while you knitted so as not to rough up your wool. And he wrote whole chapters lecturing readers as to how to wash and care for their knitted things.
Because Mr. Norbury might have been a didactic goober but he was also a very talented designer, an enthusiastic knitting historian, and good showman. Here is what Richard Rutt has to say about James Norbury in his book A History of Hand Knitting:
Colorful, gifted, self-centered, for all his faults Norbury was a notable designer and the only person of his day who tried to learn about the history of knitting. Because he lacked training as a historian he made many mistakes but he did open up the subject as a whole.
For Rutt this is the equivalent of fantastic praise. (Rutt was an opinionated and didactic goober himself.)
Here are some nuggets from a few of Mr. Norbury’s books:
  • a good knitter always works as close to the points as possible
  • the tension of double knitting (he means DK weight yarn) with Size 8 (that would be US size 6) is five and half stitches per inch
  • knitting from charts is very simple
  • to knit in the round one uses four needles (He is saying you use double pointed needles. He didn’t like those corded circulars AT ALL.)
  • for baby wear, botany wool (we would call that merino) is a good choice
  • master the basic stitches before your start any design (Btw, he thought the Cable Cast On was the best for beginners.)
  • if your hands are rough, pour sugar into your palm and then rub the grains all over your hands. (Actually that one sounds intriguing.)
  • consider making shawls
 In the course of his career he wrote 11 books. Today most are out of print.
And as I mentioned above he was a regular on BBC television. He has his own show, Knitting, and he appeared in segments on other shows. From what I can tell, none of those survived. I can’t find any copies for sale, for download, there are no clips of youtube… nada. James on TV has disappeared, which is a real shame. In particular I’d love to see episode 1409 of Woman’s Hour from November 1950 which had this segment:
‘The Purl Cow Jumped over the Plain Moon’: teaching children to knit, by James Norbury
If you get a chance to pick up a used copy of Norbury’s books, take it. He may be all but forgotten today but this colorful character is part of our collective knitting past. He was certainly a geek of the highest order and frankly I don’t agree with many of his opinions but a grown man who has Purl Cows jumping over Plain (knit) Moons for the entertainment of children can’t be all bad.

1 comment:

  1. Let's all go over to James N.'s house to knit--I am sure he has air conditioning and high tea:)