Thursday, September 09, 2004

Today I'm catching up on work and concentrating on burning calories while I do it. (yes, I know, it's too late, but my first update with WW is tonight, and I'm feeling a little nervous about it. And hey, it can't hurt to be clenching my thighs under my desk, right?)

But I think I've settled on a name. This comes thanks to Bess, who knew right away the sort of thing I couldn't seem to put into words. Elfish is what she said. And yes, that's just right - exotic, mystical, ethereal, yet still my own culture...

So..... With a moderate trumpet fanfare
I announce the naming of


Loireag is a water fairy, known for her spinning abilities. "...In the Scottish myth of the Hebridean Islands, she is much similar to Hebetrot (A kindly fairy who is the patron of spinsters and spinning. Though she appears to be very old and ugly, with deformed lips, she has been known to help women who have little skill weaving or spinning. She lives under a huge stone in a grassy knoll with her sisters, amongst who is Scantile Mab, who is even uglier. A garment woven by her was said to keep ailments from the wearer.) with the exception of the deformed lip. She dresses in white, and is an expert at spinning, more than willing to punish whoever is lax or careless at it. She also love music, therefore, will cause mischief upon anyone singing off key." (from

It's the line about causing "mischief upon anyone singing off key" that really strikes me.

When I was in kindergarten, legend has it that I was in a dance recital held at the Mall in Columbia. I still remember the outfits - sparkly red and white, lots of sequins, and fake bicycle handlebars. The dance was to a song about looking for my doggy, who had run away. In any event, at the tender age of 4, I danced my heart out in that recital. Most people realize that the average kindergartener is not in excess of rhythm. But I was - I could dance, and right on beat.
So there I was, dancing happily, but the little girl next to me wasn't on beat. She was OFF TEMPO. The heathen.

So I turned around and yelled at her, in the middle of the stage, in the middle of the mall, and made her watch me until she could dance properly on beat.

It would seem Loireag fits into my home quite nicely.

But how's this for a great news story!!! Go ahead, make my kibble.

Oh, what the heck. How 'bout some knitting content?

This is the bag I made for GB's mail when he's out of town. I used some of the yarn gifted to me by my KR Secret Pal. I used no pattern at all - did the highly scientific "yep, that looks like a good place to start the letters" technique, and no seeming either, just did a three needle bind off at the bottom. I'm quite pleased, although next time (and there will be a next) I'll make the strap narrower.


Blogger Amanda said...

I'm glad I wasn't the one in the play with you...I can't dance to save my life (how was it I was on the cheer team in HS?)! I would have cried and never gotten near a stage again :-)

The name you chose for the wheel is perfect!

1:05 PM  
Blogger Fiber said...

I love the male's mail bag.
And just in case you were wondering - I can dance. I can shake what my momma gave me with the best of them. =)

1:13 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Hi Amie,
I am so jealous of you spinners. It is on my list of things to learn. The wheel is beautiful. Is is usable? Good luck at the WW 's tonight. Thanks for the comment about my Peaches. She is the first cat I have ever owned. I remember them saying she was a dilute calico. We are just crazy about her.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I want to learn how to spin! What a great name for your beautiful new wheel! I hope to see some of your spinning creations one day soon.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not the only one who bursts into "uncool" songs. Usually I'm singing something obscure that no one has ever heard of. My boyfriend hates it--he tells me I need to learn to say say, I break out in singing, "I'm just a girl who can't say no". I was in Oliver this summer, and it was really bad--I kept singing songs from it. (I just considered it additional practice.) I just tell myself that the world needs me to keep obscure songs alive!


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