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December 25, 2009


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YEAH! The world needs more light rail systems. Phoenix now has one after decades of battles and many years of being turned down by voters. I don't live in PHX so have never used this light rail but I am very glad it is now in existence.

We had many wonderful opportunities to use the light rail system while in Germany this past summer. It was fabulous: inexpensive, convenient and everyone used it. The trains were always full: we talked to many interesting people every time we took a train, we saw more of the German countryside than we would have seen from a passenger car, and none of us on this trip had to drive. Wunderbar!

Lindy (AZ)

L.M. Cunningham

I quite like the entire Rotis family for wayfinding uses, and glad to hear there is now rapid transit out to SeaTac from downtown.

Otl Aicher's work was very distinctive, particularly his logos for the Munich Olympics.


What a fun photo of the cousins and their computers 'talking' to one another. :)

Things are very quiet here, but your photos of Seattle reminded me of wonderful vacations and yes, beautiful type! :) Thanks for the post.


I live in a state where we deeply believe that everyone should have their own car. This city had 4 auto factories for generations.

We will never have rail in Lansing, at least in my life. Detroit has "people mover" but it takes tourists between highlights, and takes absolutely nobody to work. Expensive and useless, though I've ridden it to say I have.

I collect "subways" and the best one was in Cairo. That city is cluttered, overcrowded, dusty. the subway was clean, air conditioned, lovely, and super cheap. Loved it.

Have not been to Seattle yet. Would love it, I'm sure.

And the font is wonderful. Wish I knew more about typefaces. Grandpa was a printer/newspaper owner. He knew what could be known in the 40's and 50's. Dad learned to type while setting metal type for Christmas Cards, about age 6.

Sounds like a good trip! We're not going much of anywhere. Liking that, as well.

Deb Robson

We have less population density, although I suspect that there are several mass-transportation options that would make economic and environmental sense along the main travel corridors. No, I dont want to give up my car. I love road trips, and I enjoy everyday driving. But I want more choices. For example, my bike, for around town (Im antsy for the ice to melt off our street so I can ride it again, and Ive been muttering, sometimes out loud, about a mountain bike with grippy, maybe even studded, tires).I would *love* to be able to knit or read instead of driving when Im going to Denver! Its a boring stretch of highway.


Deb, you are my kind of geek. :)

and YAY! light rail! they are talking about it here in central IL. hope something happens.


Yea! Seattle lightrail! I live a block from a downtown station and, since I have a pass anyway, just get on to go for a ride and knit.

I got rid of my car, and while I sometimes miss my little red Subaru like a lost pet, I've been happy with my decision. I rent a car occasionally to go out of town and use Zipcar.com when bus or cab won't do around town. I consider myself very lucky to live where it's possible to be carless. For most people it would impossible or a major sacrifice of convenience.

By the way, is there any plan to teach your UK Knit Camp classes closer to home? I could swing a trip in the US, but Scotland it out of the question. Bummer.

Deb Robson

Congratulations on living near the light rail! I saw a couple of Zipcars while I was driving around Seattle. Being carless here in Colorado is not very feasible. I have had friends who have not had cars, but even with extreme self-sufficiency they end up being in some parts of their lives dependent on friends who do have cars.

Good question about the UK Knit Camp courses being taught at other locations.I love teaching this stuff. I cant travel a whole lot and still get the other necessary work done.

I think I will be teaching something related to the wools at the Spinning Loft in Michigan in the fall of 2010 ( http://www.thespinningloft.com/ )--November?

OtherwiseI dont know. Ive actually been thinking about ways to maybe teach online . . . for starters, Ive been taking Stephanie Japels course on teaching online, which has given me some idea of what the possibilities are. The trick is to manage something as tactile as fibers that way, but I think it might be possible. If enough people might be interested in an online version.

mary jane

Happy New Year, looks like we were ships passing in the night in Seattle! I love your font-detectives story.

Deb Robson

You were in Seattle? So we may have to meet in Scotland at UK Knit Camp instead! I hope the instructors have time to at least say hello to each other.

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