A shrug and a smile

Ahah!  Bet you thought I haven’t been knitting, since I’ve been blogging about everything but that.  You would be wrong.  When writing days are the longest, I need my knitting the most. I’m shrugging – no, not doing the bobbing thing with the shoulders, but knitting a shrug.  Remember, I mentioned it in my blog on instant gratification?  I even posted a picture there of the yarn I was going [...]

By |2012-05-05T05:00:54+00:002012|Blog|6 Comments

Instant gratification

What does it for you?  Is it a scoop of peanut butter straight from the jar at nine at night?  A pithy few words shouted at the driver who cuts you off?  For me, it’s a quick knitting project. I’m a sock addict.  But socks take a long time to make and, often, great concentration.  So I was in the mood for something different when I visited my LYS, Iron [...]

By |2012-02-16T10:50:01+00:002012|Blog|13 Comments

What is a stash?

My dictionary defines a stash as “a secret store of something,” and when it comes to yarn, that’s pretty accurate.  Knitters hoard.  They buy yarn they have no business buying, then they bring it home and put it in a place where no one will see it.  They have paper bags stuffed with yarn, closets stuffed with yarn, trunks stuffed with yarn.  Me, I have bins in my basement, neatly [...]

By |2012-01-08T02:00:37+00:002012|Blog|4 Comments

A knitter never sleeps, but she dreams

I’m so bad when it comes to afterwork, like weaving in ends and making pompoms.  So I had six hats, all done but in need of finishing before I could send them off for the holiday.  After procrastinating much of last weekend, I ran out of time.  I had to mail them, or they’d never arrive on time! The Patriots played Sunday.  What better time could there be?  I’m an [...]

By |2011-12-21T11:30:17+00:002011|Blog|4 Comments

Life's little surprises

I love unexpected pleasures.  Some hit me in the face, others are more subtle.  But each is a joy. Take this blog.  I set out today to give an early December update of I write, I knit, I live.  And then, tucked into each paragraph, came a little surprise, turning what might have been just another blog into something really fun. First, I write.  I’m at page 92 of SWEET [...]

By |2011-12-04T10:01:53+00:002011|Blog|10 Comments

Shopping for the holidays

I’m not thinking about Christmas catalogues, free shipping offers or Black Friday hours.  I’m still on Thanksgiving, and it has to do with food.  I've been poring through cookbooks, clipping recipes from the paper, and making lists.  The troops are descending next Wednesday morning, and they’re all staying here, so Thanksgiving dinner isn’t the only meal I'll be making.  I have to keep bellies filled for four days, and my [...]

By |2011-11-16T18:21:46+00:002011|Blog|4 Comments

Working weekends

Yes, we did have the baby here this weekend – and yes, it was fabulous – but I did work, just like I do most weekends.  I never spend hours at it, just one or two right around dawn, in this case before the baby was even awake, and mostly I edited what I wrote last week.  Still, I had a sense of accomplishment.  That’s a nice way to start [...]

By |2011-11-13T16:00:01+00:002011|Blog|12 Comments

The junk man cometh

I’ve decided that the next best thing to steam-in-the-bag veggies is the junk man – you know, the guy with the 800 number and the truck, who comes on a day’s notice and picks up all the stuff you don’t even want to touch.  Seriously.  I have no idea what dead things lie in and around those boxes, carpet remnants, extension cords, and such. We use our basement a lot.  [...]

By |2011-10-04T00:00:09+00:002011|Blog|1 Comment

Getting a jump on Christmas

Amazing, the number of knitting books that come out each year offering speedy knits for Christmas.  I wish they applied to me.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, to judge from the finished product, IMOSHO) I like knitting with fingerweight or DK yarns, which is thinner and finer than bulky, requires thinner and finer needles, and takes a whole lot longer.  So waiting until the last minute isn’t an option. I got a [...]

By |2011-09-26T00:00:51+00:002011|Blog|0 Comments

Comfort food foot

I finished my Kai-Mei socks last night.  Hours in front of the TV helped, because when what you’re watching is emotional, like the 9-11 memorials yesterday were, knitting is a comfort. Part of it’s the rhythm, which is simple and timeless.  But part is the material.  I confess it.  I’m a fiber snob.  I mean, I understand the value of acrylics when it comes to some baby things, and certainly [...]

By |2011-09-12T00:00:13+00:002011|Blog|3 Comments