Knitting in the Dark

Matt and I went to see Thor 2 this weekend and I realized I didn’t have any “easy” knitting so I grabbed a ball of sock yarn and 2.50mm DPNs. Matt thinks it’s pretty incredible that socks are what I consider easy knitting — as opposed to a scarf — and I think this is because a scarf requires a… Read more →

Seed starting, maple sugaring, and hope for the end of the season of slush

We tapped out maple tree a week ago.   It cost us $4 for the tap; the jar and spare wire were found around the house.  Talk about Yankee frugality!  I have done a bit of reading and talked to people who do this more seriously and I know my one little tap is not going to give me much,… Read more →

“The Weed” by Elizabeth Bishop

It’s Imbolc or Brigid’s Day and Brigid was, among so many other things–saint or goddess, depending on who you ask–a patron of poets.  I love poetry so very much!  My future sister-in-law just finished a master’s degree in English Lit and for her thesis studied Elizabeth Bishop.  So I have been reading Bishop of late.  I am tickled that Bishop… Read more →

Proof that Dr. G’s Memory Vest Makes People Happy

Mission accomplished! Being a goal-oriented person, I am pleased to have not only finished my husband’s Dr G’s Memory Vest (pattern by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops), but also to have accomplished my goal of knitting a sweater for each person in my immediate family this season. Except myself.  I am not neglecting myself.  I do not buy into… Read more →

Well, well, well…

It has been a quiet year (here, anyway) with a beautiful, but hard-to-read theme. How about we change things up? A new theme and renewed purpose. After thirteen years–lucky, lucky thirteen–working in traditional publishing, I am stretching my wings to encompass the online realm.  Right now, let us simply enjoy each other’s company, shall we?  In two years’ time, my… Read more →

Stripe it like there’s no tomorrow

In my experience, creation falls into two categories: quick and slow.  Whether one is writing a story or building a piece of furniture, some things come together in a flash of frenzied inspiration, while others must cook for a long, long time.  This sock pattern falls into the latter category.  I have noodled out and knit up versions of it… Read more →

When Life Gives You Lemons…

…you knit a doll blanket with ridiculously cutesy yarn! Today I went to the yarn shop — with my preschooler — thinking to indulge myself in a single beautiful skein of something to make something with.  (I was deliberately keeping my options open.)  And there she was, being such a good girl in such a grown up store, skipping down… Read more →

Piedra Del Sol / Sunstone

In observance of Brigit, a poem (actually, part of a poem because this is a very long poem): Piedra del sol (Sunstone) by Octavio Paz I want to go on, to go further, and cannot: as each moment was dropping into another I dreamt the dreams of dreamless stones, and there at the end of the years like stones I… Read more →

Mental Note: Remember this Forever

This morning my almost-three-year-old daughter climbed into our bed, vaulting herself into that much coveted nook between mom and dad.  As she snuggled in deeper, she beamed at both of us and said: “You guys are my BEST FRIENDS … ever!” What a nice way to wake up in the morning! If you’re here for the knitting, rest assured I… Read more →

Review: The Native Star

I like weird books.  Not necessarily weird for weird sake but mainstream fiction about sad people having sad sex and going to fourteen funerals is kinda why I couldn’t stomach the thought of an English degree.  The world is a crazy place!  The glass is half full!  And reading is for entertainment.  The first thing the Sumerians wrote about was… Read more →

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