Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crochet or Smokes? And other musings . . .

Of recent times, medical authorities have declared that crochet work,undertaken in moderation, is one of the most beneficial of home hobbies, as it not only occupies the fingers, but the mind, and is soothing to the nerves. One eminent physician has gone so far as to recommend the pastime to men as well as to women, and to suggest that it might be regarded as a sedative and a substitute for a smoke.
--c. 1916, quoted in Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina

Ellen and I both enjoyed reading parts of Crocheting Adventures when she was here this weekend. I liked the little "tidbits from the history of crochet" and she thought the author explained advanced mathematical concepts very well--using crocheted objects like the one on her book cover.

Yes, we read books while she was here! Someone should have gotten a photo of us, the two teachers, sitting at the picnic table with our laptops--she was doing some grading and I was writing a story.

We did get some photos of more vacation-like moments:
eating dinner outside on a lovely evening and visiting Palisades-Kepler State Park.
Our next rendezvous will be in Cleveland the first weekend of November!

1 comment:

wclaspy said...

thought maybe you guys had fired up Dad's Meerschaum or something. :-) YAY for Cleveland in November! ...and when did you ever think you'd say THAT?