Friday, November 03, 2006

Peculiar Things In My House

Did you ever catch sight of something in your everyday surroundings that you suddenly realize is rather bizarre? I was cleaning the kitchen yesterday and realized that this bowl has been sitting on my kitchen table for a while:

This was given to Gus by his loving aunt for Halloween - it's an "Expanding Hand". You put it in water, and it, ah, expands. We watched it very intently for the first couple of days. Then it lost its novelty, but it is still sitting on the kitchen table. I wonder if it will ever get thrown away. I'm not sure I want to be the one to throw it away - it makes me uneasy. Maybe I will just leave it on the kitchen table.

Speaking of hands, remember a while back when I bought the sparkly shiny supplies to make beaded knitted votive holders? So I couldn't take it anymore and strung the beads and started the project. Look here (pardon the blurriness, but I wanted to capture the prettiness of the beads in the light:

Yes, those would make a gorgeous votive holder - just imagine the pretty beads sparkling in the light of the candle.

The pattern says, "Knitting with wire and beads can be a spiritual experience. The feeling of slipping the beads along the wire...provides sensations not common to ordinary knitting."

I think the sensations they speak of are the loss of blood flow in the fingers and the arthritic-like cramping deathgrip of the hands as you slip the beads along the wire. The spiritual experience must be when you take a break and pray to God or Allah or Shiva or Buddha to please please please give you the use of your hands back, so that you can resume normal activities like cooking and driving and dressing and caring for your loved ones.

Suffice it to say there will be no knitted beaded votive holders for anyone for Christmas this year. Or any year.


Blogger CurlyGirl said...

Um, the expanding hand was not from me. Perhaps it was from the Great Pumpkin?

6:09 PM  
Blogger Liberty Fan said...

Wow! You are the only one I know who can make a new extreme sport -crafty bloodletting!!! Are you sure you won't be giving me a vampire votive for the holidays??? Whaa, haa, haa!

7:06 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Yes, CG, you are right. The Expanding Hand was from the Great Pumpkin, not Aunt Laura.

And ELC, I didn't actually bleed, because my hands had become so cramped up I couldn't move them. Ouch.

8:21 AM  

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