We find it familiar to consider objects as useful or aesthetic, as necessities or vain indulgences. We are on less familiar ground when we consider objects as companions to our emotional lives or as provocations to thought. The notion of evocative objects brings together these two less familiar ideas, underscoring the inseparability of thought and feeling in our relation to things.Reading that I thought of a ball of yarn! A proper ball of yarn, hand wound in just the way my Grandma Eva taught me. Evocative? You betcha! As is the swift I inherited from her. How about you, what cherished evocative objects do you own, knit related or otherwise?
04 September 2012
37 An embarrassment of riches ...
Lady Bracknell, to win one giveaway may be regarded as fortunate, to win two looks like greed. I am possessed of an embarrassment of riches! First Wendy from 15 Coast Road pulled my name from the giveaway hat, and then Sophie of A Good Year did the same. That gorgeous wool phone cover is Wendy's work, and would have been quite enough reason for celebration as I really was in need of one, but Wendy also included a vintage-doily-adorned 'zippity' purse (which I can't show you as one of my daughters has snaffled it, cheeky girl). And the delightful Portmeirion 'Dawn Chorus' teacup and saucer and matching cake slice are my giveaway gift from Sophie. O frabjous day indeed! Thank you ladies, truly.
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See how colour co-ordinated everything is? Totally coincidentally, I should add, but so very satisfyingly. The books are Alan Watt's Zen: The Supreme Experience: The Newly Discovered Scripts,which I'm reading for the second time, and Evocative Objects: Things We Think With,a collection of writings by artists, authors, philosophers and scientists that trace the power of everyday things. I'm only a few pages in and already I'm fascinated ...
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Now, many thanks for your previous concern and good wishes (and the lovely compliments on my last post), my hands are much better you'll be glad to hear, quite recovered from the euphorbia encounter and much less sore than they were arthritis-wise. I even found myself thinking about new knitting projects yesterday. And some sewing. To which end I've sent my ancient sewing machine off for a proper service. I really need a new knitting project bag, can anyone recommend a pattern, knitted or sewn?
And a recommendation from me: you've a chance to win a years supply of Blacker Yarns over at The Making Spot. You have until September 28th!
Welcome shout outs this week (one or two of which are overdue, sorry folks) go to Jackie at Dog-Daisy Chains, Cathy at nanacathydotcom, Jan at Door 51, Nell at Nell at cnmakes, Jenny at Myths and Fabrications, Tialys, and Helen and Aly.