N is for Nympholepsy

I have been at a loss for the N post. So I grabbed up my trusty New Century Dictionary (mine is in better condition than this one), and opened to the last entries for “N”… nympha (labia minor, who knew?), nymphaeaceous (loved that, it’s a botanical term), nymphal, and nympholepsy. Which immediately amused me.

Nympolepsy: An ecstasy supposed to be inspired by nymphs; hence, a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable. Nympholept: one seized with nympholepsy.

I looked on line, and oddly enough some of the sites indicate only ancient peoples had this, it is a demonic frenzy, and has to do with the erotic. I like my hard copy definition better.

Anyhooo…

N is for Nearly There

This was my previous title for the N post, for which I actually have photos.

The other night, while in the midst of the knitting funk, I dug out this old project,
sleeves

But I couldn’t find the pattern instructions! After two more days I did find them, and proceeded to finish up the sleeve cap. I was about to bind off last night and thought hmmm, this cable doesn’t look quite right, it’s too tight. A friend was over and she agreed. So I looked a little more closely at the instructions (after wine and fish and iced kahlua) and realized I’d been cabling every right side versus every other. Whoops. RIP Rip rip.

Even so, still nearly there. I had put this down to work on that doomed dh birthday sweater. sleeves2

This is what my friend is working on,
forestpathstole
Pretty stunning, no? In case you don’t recognize it, it is the forest path stole.

Here’s that beautiful Portuguese cotton,
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And as if I don’t have enough yarn, I’ve been thinking about making something with the fax roll from work. So I brought it home yesterday, and on my way home I stopped at a yard sale and found something that seems to need to go with it,
faxroll

I actually think the fax roll would be more interesting as sewn fabric, but the fax roll is from work, and even though we’re a state agency and open to foya, I’m not sure folks sending in a fax would want their information seen that way. It’ll probably sit for a while before I get around to doing anything with it.

The other little gem from the sale,
stampalbumback
Even though our favorite hobby has to do with fiber, it seems that in 1961, the philately folks would have you believe it was collecting little stamps and putting them in a book.

But they are fun to look at,
stamps4
I am amused that the forest conservation stamp sits above the petroleum industry stamp.

stamps3
Kansas is rather colorful for the time, and it is scary that communications for peace looks like a spy satellite.

These were among the loose ones,
stamps2

Does it seem to you that stamps 40 and 50 years ago were more diverse than they are now? A liberal thinker, a Chinese revolutionary, reminders of horror (the refugee stamp), and directives to conserve our resources. Oh, and if we’d pay attention to some of these famous credos, maybe we wouldn’t be in such a mess….

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations, George Washington

Fear to do ill and you need fear naught else, Ben Franklin

Somebody hasn’t been paying attention…

5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    July 26, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    I think stamps now are much more cartoonish and much less “engraved” looking. The mess we’re in now… *sigh* Why is it such a surprise to people that an economy based on people spending beyond their means and on an extremely limited resource is ultimately doomed? I guess more people should’ve taken environmental economics.

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    mia said,

    July 26, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    Hmmm… that just brought a flash back, i used to collect stamps as a kid hehehe and yes, that shawl is freakin’ AMAZING!!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    July 26, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

    Great post – I love the yarn, the stole is AMAZING, and as always, I love to witness your observations and creativity. Looking forward to catching up this week –

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    Molly Bee said,

    July 27, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

    OMGosh! That Forest Path Stole looks like the perfect winter project! I love the ferns! Didja hear that pigs flew up in The County last week? Can’t use the saying ‘When pigs fly’ because apparently it has happened!

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    olga said,

    July 29, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

    I still collect stamps, I have a drawer full of old ones and others I see and rip off of envelopes. I keep thinking that *someday* I will do an awesome piece of art work with them. or glue them on the bath room wall as wall paper, I haven’t decided yet.

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