Unexpected Inspiration

Posted on May 23, 2007. 6 comments

The Goods: Enough Chunky Rowan for a classic pullover (or so I hope), and some Cherry Tree Possum Lace weight. I may despise the Possum, but the yarn is lovely. If anyone has some suggestions for lace shawl patterns please leave them in the comments.
Nixon Library

I went to Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda expecting more out of my yarn shop visit than Nixon's Library and Birthplace. Funny how inspiration catches you off guard like that.
Nixon left office before I was born, so in reality I knew nothing about him other than the Watergate fiasco (for those that are curious, there is no exhibit for Watergate but there is a gallery being built). I had no idea he ventured to China and other parts of the world in the name of Peace. It's a shame his Watergate legacy overshadows that.
I didn't get to peruse the Museum as carefully as I'd like because Maya was Cranky Fussypants, but I did get a lot of time in the Gardens.
Nixon Flower Garden

I also spent considerable time in the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit: More Than Words. It awoke a part of me that has been put aside for a long time. I'd like to play around in the arts like I did in the past.
That's how you measure a good exhibit.


  • Posted by Jennifer on May 24, 2007

    Well, in the immortal words of Spock’s Vulcan Proverb:
    “Only Nixon can go to China.”
    It’s cool that you got to go there. I used to pass the house he lived in in NJ, before he died. Caught a few glimpses of kids and grandkids, and once thought I saw him outside as well.
    History rocks.

  • Posted by Kim on May 25, 2007

    I just finished a Possum Lace scarf. It’s not the same possum as a north American possum. It’s from New Zealand. I didn’t think CTH sold it anymore, as I couldn’t find it on their web site.

  • Posted by Janelle on May 23, 2007

    My brother and his family live in Anaheim Hills, not far from the Nixon library. I haven’t had the chance to go yet, though. Your pictures are lovely!
    Are you looking for a rectangular or triangular shawl?
    Here’s a list of rectangular shawls:
    And here’s a list of triangular ones by yardage needed:
    As for me, I’ve done Cozy from Knitty and have started Icarus. So I don’t have a lot of experience to go on!

  • Posted by Miriam on May 23, 2007

    I have more suggestions for lace shawl patterns than you could ever have enough laceweight yarn for! Any of mine, or I’ve got a link in my sidebar of lace shawl lists. One for triangular by yardage and one for rectangular ones.

  • Posted by Becky in Iowa :O) on May 23, 2007

    Nixon is an interesting fellow. I have to admit though, I’m distantly related to him. lol
    For shawl inspiration, check out Renee has some lovely shawl patterns for sale. I’ve made 3 of them now and have plans to join the newest mystery shawl later tonight.

  • Posted by Roberta on May 23, 2007

    I like the donkey in you banner. It’s funny.
    And that is such a cute little 5 month montage of Maya. She’s loving the camera and working it. Like Tyra would say, something different in every frame.
    As for head bumps, you know you and Maya are just gonna have to get used to it. It’s a symptom that never goes away. (I can tell you ’cause I bumped my head today…)

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