Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Potpourri

An Update

Alexandra is still unwell, but all of her test results have come back negative, so that is a huge relief. She is in the midst of a relapse of her kidney disease (nephrotic syndrome, click on the link if you are interested in more info), and complications are always a possibility when it happens. Thank you to everyone for the kind comments left on my last post. Charlie Brown sums things up quite nicely.




A Project

All that time spent at the hospital on Thursday and Friday contributed to getting these off my needles. They are a bit too big, so I am gently felting them while I write this post. Hopefully I don't end up with Barbie slippers. And I have to say, as much as I love Noro, I was quite annoyed with it when knitting these slippers. There were at least five knots in the skein I used. Mukluk Slippers, details here.





A Silly Tradition

Today is St. Patrick's Day. In spite of the fact there wasn't an ounce of Irish blood in either of my parents, our family carried out this weird tradition when I was growing up. If you caught someone not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day you were allowed to pinch them. The pain of that tradition has stayed with me over the years, and I am still careful to make sure I have something green to wear so I am "safe." (Sorry I don't have a link for these socks. They were knit long before Ravelry came into being.)




Did anyone else do this St. Patrick's pinching tradition, or was it just our family? And what on earth does pinching someone have to do with St. Patrick?

29 comments:

  1. Love the St P day socks. They look cozy and warm.

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    1. They are one of my favourite pairs of socks. I really wish Ravelry had been around when I knit them so I had the details of what pattern and yarn I used. I need to dig through some of my old notes to see if I jotted it down somewhere. And yes, they are incredibly cozy and warm.

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  2. Love the socks and the slippers. Not heard of the pinching tradition before. Hope you enjoyed your St Patricks day xx

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    1. We have had sunshine all day, so that qualifies St. patrick's Day as a success! I wonder if the pinching thing is a North American tradition. So far the people who say they have heard of it, both here and on Facebook, are from Canada and the US. I hope you had a nice St. Patrick's Day!

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  3. I'm catching up on my blog reading today and I'm so sorry to hear about Alexandra's illness. I will say a prayer for her and for you.

    As for the pinching...yep, we did that in my family. We are part Irish, but I have no idea why anyone thought up this torturous tradition. My whole town apparently knew of the practice because I would invariably forget to wear green to school on St. Patrick's day and would spend the day unsuccessfully dodging sadistic pinchers....

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    1. Thanks for your prayers for Alexandra. She seems to be feeling a bit better today, so that's a good sign.

      So it wasn't just our family! I don't remember getting pinched at school, but I do remember getting pinched by my brothers. I'm sorry you were the target every year. :-(

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  4. Do you have the "Frazz" comic strip in your paper? Pinching is mentioned for not wearing green, and I didn't "get it" until I read your blog.

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    1. I have never heard of the Frazz comic strip. I will have to Google it. I'm glad you were able to figure out what they meant when they referred to the pinching. It is such a strange tradition!

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  5. I've never heard of the pinching thing. Maybe it's related to the snakes biting? Glad the tests are coming back negative. Keep on knitting!

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    1. Your theory about the snakes biting makes a lot of sense. I bet you're right! I am also realizing that the pinching thing might be limited to North America, judging from the comments here and on Facebook.

      Thanks for your good thoughts about the tests. It has been a huge relief!

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  6. Hi there, thanks for dropping by on my blog. It's nice to meet you.

    Your old Kindle is the one I have now. I'm not going to update unless something happens to it., although my husband has the Kindle Fire which I like a lot! I agree with you about book covers. I can't remember what I've read without the covers. When I start on new book stored on mine, I generally have to go and find it on Amazon again to remind me what I've bought! I thought it was just me having 'senior moments!'

    Never heard about the pinching thing, but then St Patrick's day isn't big over here unless we're Irish.

    Kathy xxx

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    1. Hi Kathy, it's nice to have you here at my blog! Even worse than having to go to Amazon to see what books I have purchased, is when I go to purchase a book only to have a notice pop up telling me I already own it. Ha!

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  7. Hi Kristie, I came here from Ravelry. I'm also your newest follower. I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's illness; kidney issues are very close to my heart as my son was born with malformations of his kidneys, including reflux, hydronephrosis and a very tiny, poorly-functioning right kidney. I will keep your daughter in my thoughts. Your mukluks are really nice! I would love to learn to knit. I only crochet so far.

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    1. Welcome Jennifer! It's nice to have you here! I'm sorry to hear you also deal with a child who struggles with kidney disease. How old is your son?

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  8. Sorry to hear about Alexandra's relapse, I hope the test results continue to come back with as-good-as-news-as-possible! xxx

    We all wore green for St Pat's yesterday too, although I am actually 50% Irish! No pinching here, although I bought some buttons/badges over the weekend, and one says 'pinch me, I'm Irish' which made no sense to me at all!

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    1. Well, you are 50% more Irish than I am! :-)

      Hopefully this relapse won't last too long. Last year she ended up in the hospital, but this time they caught it much earlier which helps.

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  9. We used to pinch when I was in school, it was common through-out the school if someone wasn't wearing green on St Pat's Day they'd get pinched! Not an irish neighbourhood or anything, so not sure how we all knew it.

    I was covered in green today :)

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    1. There seems to be a clear dividing line. Readers from North America are familiar with the pinching tradition, while readers in other places have never heard of it. Although I haven't heard from anyone in Ireland. It would be interesting to see if the tradition is followed there.

      Happy Birthday!

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  10. The pinching thing happened at both home and school. Somehow the green in our uniforms didn't count as green.

    I'm hoping that Alexandra continues to mend. I'll keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Thanks, your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated.

      Speaking of green - I am green with envy that you now have chickens! :-)

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  11. That disease has a complicated description. I hope the doctors are able to get Alexandra healthy again soon. I grew up with the pinching tradition, but don't practice it with my family. I like it when the 17th falls on a weekend--my green clothes are all casual.

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    1. It is a very complicated disease, and she has a very complicated version of it. :-(

      That's the beauty of green socks. They can be worn with anything, dress or casual, and you are safe. I wonder if the pinching tradition is a thing of the past. Maybe the next generation has moved on. After all, you can't pinch on social media. :-)

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  12. My entire grade school did the pinching thing, even though few of our families were Irish. (On the other hand, our suburb was just outside San Francisco, which was a very Irish town in our grandparents' day). I think it was just an excuse to pinch someone - "Pinchies, no pinchies back!" was the cry - especially as you could wear stealth green, a scarf under your coat, say, to entrap someone into "illegally" pinching you. Then you revealed your green and got to pinch them back ten times!

    To this day I always wear green on St. Patrick's Day, and not just because I'm Irish and because the color flatters me. I still fear the pinch!
    -- stashdragon

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    1. I had totally forgotten about the thing where you got to pinch someone back ten times if they "mistakingly" pinched you! I wonder how many of us there are who are still wearing green on St. Patrick's Day because of that fear of getting pinched? Have you noticed from the comments it seems to be a North American thing? So far nobody out side of the US or Canada has reported knowing about the pinch thing. Interesting...

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    2. Maybe it's from the era just after the great Irish emigrations to North America in the 19th century, when the Irish in the US and Canada were particularly aware of themselves as a strong community, though one often mocked or discriminated against. A child's take on communal pride: if you don't wear our color on our day, you'll be punished!
      -- stashdragon

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  13. We totally did the pinching tradition, but I think ours had something to do with wearing orange, rather than the absence of green... I hope that Alexandra bounces back easily from the complications she's experiencing.

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    1. Orange? That's a new one to me! Thanks so much for your well wishes for Alexandra. She is holding her own right now, and we are hoping she starts to turn around in the next couple of days.

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  14. I hope Alexandra gets well pretty soon!
    Instead of St Patrick's day mid march for us signals the memory and celebrations of teh 1848 revolution, but this year the day came with a bad snowstorm, with terrible consequences for traffic, as literally thousands of cars got stranded on highways...
    As for St Paddy's day, in the las couple of years there was a parade, last year we did went, but for the above reason we didn't left the flat for three days. Great socks and slippers, I so often wonder about NORO, what is it that draws knitters so much??? From a spinner's point of view the spinning is awful, most of teh yarns are scratchy, most of them have nasty knots (I've knitted a scarf from three balls of silk garden light, but two out of the third had the color that really made the colorway missing and I had to tinker with it to make it look kind of acceptable... For that kind of money I would expect a lot better quality.

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    1. I'm glad you decided to stay home rather than risk getting stranded in the snowstorm! I had read on the BBC news site that Hungary had been hit by a terrible storm.

      As for the Noro, I think it is the colours. I happen to be a Noro lover, but this last experience put me off a bit. Usually I don't encounter quite so many knots.

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