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 SALT AIR. The opening pages are always the hardest, since they involve establishing the characters from scratch, so reaching this point is good. It means I’m on track to finish in June. But it also means I’m far enough along to have one of those surprise author moments – I mean, when something happens in the story that I didn’t plan. In this case, it’s Bear. Bear, being slightly scary but totally heart-wrenching, brings something to the plot that I hadn’t planned. Want to know more? Sorry. My lips are sealed.
Second, I knit. Quickly. Of ten hats to make for little heads, I’ve finished six and am at various stages of the remaining four.
Yeah, all four at once. I find it easier to do ribbing on each, then the body on each, then crown decreases on each. That way, there’s less checking the pattern to see how long the ribbing should be or where the decreases come. My surprise knitting moment? The pink-green-purple one above. It’s kettle-dyed Malabrigo, and the colors are so vibrant and the yarn so rich in my hands that I went back to the store for an extra skein. What’ll I make? I don’t know. But … honestly? This little elf is getting itchy to do something beside hats. You knitters out there, how about you? What’s your New Year’s dream? Me, maybe I’ll make myself a pair of mittens with that extra skein. Then again, the December sock club shipment comes from Cookie A within the week. I’m counting on a super pattern, because I’d love to start 2012 knitting a new pair of socks.
I live. Do I ever. DH and I made our annual pilgrimage to Newbury Street yesterday. For those of you unfamiliar with Boston, Newbury Street is one of the prettiest shopping spots in the city – blocks of stores, lots of restaurants, tons of people. At the very top of the street are the Public Gardens and the Boston Common, both lit for the holidays, though we thought the best lights were on the tree at Trinity Church in Copley Square. We walked for several hours, and the surprise here? Street-corner musicians. We’ve never seen them on Newbury Street before, but there were easily half a dozen groups. I don’t know whether it’s the economy that brings them out this year, the mild weather, or the sheer proliferation of amazing musicians in Boston. Whatever, they were great.
There you have it. I’m back to writing tomorrow morning. And knitting tomorrow night. With only three weeks left before the holidays, there’s lots to do on both scores. How about you? What’s at the top of your list of to-dos before 2011 ends?