Monday, January 20, 2020

A Few Favourite (and Other) Things

An old friend of mine from our days in junior school in East Yorkshire - she now lives in the South of England, occasionally sends me fun stuff via her i-pad. By the way, her birthday is one week after my own (same year), that's probably how we came to be seated next to one another in school, but we became fast friends. Friendship continued even when we left junior school to continue our education - she to art school in Hull, me to grammar school in Bridlington. Anyway, here's her latest...LOL!

To commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall. One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favourite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used: (If you sing it, it's especially good, I was told.)

Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,

Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,

Bundles of magazines tied up in string,

These are a few of my favourite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,

Polydent and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,

Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,

These are a few of my favourite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,

When the knees go bad,

I simply remember my favourite things,

And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,

No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,

Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,

These are a few of my favourite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinning',

Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinning',

And we won't mention our short-shrunken frames,

When we remember our favourite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,

When the eyes grow dim,

Then I remember the great life I've had,

And then I don't feel so bad.

Well I (or the husband) haven't tried Botox or golf carts but I have several pairs of "needles for knitting" now, thanks to encouragement from my good on-line friend Wisewebwoman. Below is something I've just cast off and sewed together. It's an easy-knit kimono from a pattern I found online (see here). I made it a bit longer than the pattern stated, but it turned out even longer than I'd expected, possibly because I used a slightly different yarn for cheapness. It was a test run really and the only yarn and colour I could find at a cheaper price, is not unlike the colour of the shawl I knitted a few weeks ago. Maybe I'll splurge on some different yarn and colour, now that I know how it goes, and do another one.

Husband (anyjazz) took these on our front porch an hour or so ago.


anyjazz said...

I think it's great. Color, texture, design. Good photograph too.

Wisewebwoman said...

Wow! I am incredibly impressed with your new found passion and its execution and so well photographed too, I like how Himself caught the details. Knitted up fairly fast and very cozy I bet.

I am currently knitting a "Storm Shawl", it's going up reasonably fast, my own pattern which I can share with you when it's done. Took me 3 tries to get it right. We're still under SOE here but all is well, never seen such camaraderie and assistance and street parties. Cabs are allowed out today and cabbies offering their services free. Military in to help with cleanup.

Worst storm ever. But then we are seeing "worsts" everywhere no matter how the media spin it. Climate change.


Twilight said...

anyjazz~ Photos are well shot - thanks for your patience ("Stop moving for just two seconds!!!") :) Thanks - well the kimono could be better - the extra heavy yarn knitted on big needles tends to stretch when wearing. I like the pattern but might try to make one lighter in weight next time.

Twilight said...

Wisewebwoman ~ Thank you WWW. Yes it did knit up incredibly fast! I had trouble with US# 17 needles at first, seemed like telegraph poles in my hands! It's one way to knit fast, but in the end I think I prefer slightly less bulky yarn and thinner needles (not too thin - yarn or needles - or I'd lose interest! ) There's such a variety of choice in yarns now, online - it's breathtaking! Oh yes please, WWW - your storm shawl pattern - in due course.

I'm happy to know that the worst of that dreadfully dramatic winter storm you endured in Newfoundland is over, barring the clean up. Yes, I agree, such things are going to become the norm rather than the exception as years pass. Scary!

Somewhere said...

Beauties you and your shawl - don't know how you're holding up so well with the Ibrance and your new-found knitting works. Particularly like the last photograph with the five cent statuary - looks like you're contemplating "if you give a nickel" about something. Ask your doctor about an appetite stimulant since you're burning so many calories knitting 🙂 lol.

I haven't acquired all the maladies in the updated version of Sound of Music, but I'm working on it. Arthritis is a given for me and I'm recovering from a long cold, so hey I'm doing good!

Twilight said...

Somewhere ~ Thank you for your kind compliment! Side effects are kicking in (from either Ibrance or Anastrozole, the estrogen blocker) bringing me arthritis-like pain in my fingers and shoulders - doesn't stop me knitting though, thankfully. Left leg seems a tiny wee bit less troublesome now, but the rest of the aches make up for it. Ah well, I'm ever grateful for small mercies. I lost a lot of weight early on in these adventures, but I think weight has stabilised for now and is back to around what I was when I first arrived in the USA.

I hope your cold continues on its exit. As we're in the midst of cold and 'flu time - I'm staying away from groups of people as much as possible. A hobble around the supermarket - when it's likely to be quiet - is my lot these days.

pigeaze said...

Proper Job Twilight. Keep well & keep knitting!

Twilight said...

pigeaze ~ Thank you kindly! I shall do all I can to ensure the former, the latter will be easy to do - can't resist more and more yarn, more and more colours to play with. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy solar return!

Twilight said...

Anonymous ~ Thank you Anon! I'm having another non-birthday-type birthday this year, but I'm still very happy to receive good wishes. :)