Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Superbowl Poem #3

2008 was a very fine vintage
Obama made history at home
Phelps at the Olympics

2009 so far a bit less certain
a sure sign the economy is hurtin'

featuring two teams
no less polar

The winter-hardened Steelers
versus the Cardinals
powered by solar

rewind a minute
to bygone yesteryears
when FDR urged us
to rise above our fears

in 1944 two opponents
joined lockers and played as one
as the country stood united
vs. the fascists to overcome

stitching together what men they could
Card-Pitt lost every game
until the boys finally came home
and they became opponents again

fast-forward to the present day
past all those Steeler championships
lined up along the way

Not so for Arizona
who have suffered long and hard
whether in Chicago or St. Louis
it was never easy to be a Card

a wise man once did say
through loops and twists and turns
the Cardinals might crochet

A Superbowl Shocker
a bold new look
proving that Larry Fitzgerald
is certifiably off the hook

But Mike Tomlin and his D
have spent a lot of time knitting
Terrible Towels into a Steel Curtain
they hope #11 will be hitting

Whether the Knitters or Crochet-ers
are bound to come out on top
there is only one place in Park Slope
they would both agree to shop

For the quality materials
and knowledge they need to prevail
there's Stitch Therapy: proud sponsor
of the 3rd Annual Superbowl Sale -- by John Lovrich

Monday, January 5, 2009

Brooklyn sidewalk stalker

The other day I was running errands and I spotted the most chic hat on a young woman rushing up the sidewalk ahead of me. It turned out to be one of my customers - this is not the first time that this has happened. I felt myself picking up the pace, pushing my laundry cart faster and faster in front of me, trying to catch up to her.

She was walking at a good clip -- in a hurry on a Monday night to get home from work, or rushing to get past the Häagen-Dazs shop and it's daily, delicious temptation. At the red light I caught up and tapped her shoulder, "Excuse me, did you make your hat?" She recognized me from the shop and said that yes, she had made the hat.

This hat was so beautiful, the body was knit in a fluffy rich black angora that rolled under at the bottom, creating a french curl of a brim and giving the hat a cloche look. The fluffy angora made most of the hat crown and two other yarns topped off the hat with two wide bands. Above the black was a yellow and green tweed that knit up a bit stiffer than the angora, followed by a tomato red. The crown was shaped in a mirrored decrease squaring the top off.

I am always amazed at what my customers come up with -- this hat was a feast for the eyes! Unfortunately, you'll have to use your imagination because I did not have my camera with me. But then, sometimes life is meant to simply be lived and savored!