Sunday, October 26, 2014

Autumnal Glories

How can you tell that the weather has turned?

1)  EVERYONE on my RSS reader list has updated their blog this week.  That's the first time I can say that since the last snow melted in the spring.  Good show, people!

2)  I am grateful for a birthday gift knitted for me by my sister: an extremely fluffy infinity scarf in beautiful, warm fall-leaf colours.  When wound twice around my neck it covers me almost up to my nose, which is much-appreciated when I have to stand for half an hour in a cold wind at the bus stop because traffic is horrible.  (I.e. frequently.)  An interesting fact about this scarf is that my sister did not use knitting needles.  She knit it on her arms, like this:

Neat trick!  What's next - leg knitting?  Whole-human knitting?  Where does it end?

Speaking of that side of my family, I forgot to warn you about Pickle-ball.  Yes, Pickle-ball.  Do you think I might be kidding?  Maybe silly, whimsical Spark is imagining things?  I don't blame you, but Pickle-ball is real.  It's a sport somewhere in between badminton and table tennis, played with equipment and rules that are supposed to make it less strenuous than other racket sports.

Warning: Don't be fooled!  Pickle-ball is supposed to be easy on middle-aged bodies, but my dad and step-mom were both suffering from pickle-ball injuries when I visited them on Thanksgiving weekend.  Soon there will probably be an exposé: "Study shows epidemic of pickle-ball problems.  FDA investigation to follow."  You heard it here first.

What else is new?  Nothing, and it's great.


Warped Mind of Ron said...

No other news is good news! And does pickle ball use real pickles???

Ginny said...

I have finger knitted a scarf. It's pretty fun and easy.

I learned how to play pickle ball in high school. We all thought my gym teacher was a bit odd in choosing pickle ball but it wasn't bad. I can't remember much of the rules now.

DarcKnyt said...

Ah, but mine is a cheat. I updated from work, which tends to be the same irrespective of weather. :)

No pics of the awesome infinity scarf? And, why is it called such?

Pickle-ball sounds like just the thing for a sour-puss like me. ;) Just kidding; with spondylolisthesis, I have no business playing any sort of sport.

Hope you have a GREAT week, Spark!

Gia said...

I used to play pickleball! I called it mini tennis. It was awesome.

Granny Annie said...

It looks like finger knitting would be a comforting hobby. Maybe soothing to the hands.

Pickle Ball? Something else to google. I have never heard of it.

Sparkling Red said...

Ron: Good question. I'll have to look into it.

Ginny: I'm glad that people like you and my sister enjoy knitting. I don't have the patience for it.

DarcKnyt: The infinity scarf is so-called because it is a circular loop. If I remember, I'll post a photo of it next week.

Gia: Mini tennis is a much more sensible name for it.

Granny Annie: I hope that when you search for Pickle Ball you don't find any recipes.

Lynn said...

That is amazing that your sister knitted the scarf like that. I've never heard of that.

...or pickle ball. Could that be a Canadian thing?

Jenny Woolf said...

What I am wondering is where the name pickle ball came from! You get into a pickle or something ?? (G)

Vanessence7 said...

I remember finger knitting when I was a girl, but arm knitting? Sounds intriguing, and something I could do. :)

I have never heard of pickle-ball! It sounds ... like it would get me in a pickle. ;) I hope your mom and step-day are okay!