Cap it off

In a "what is time anymore?" moment, I realized recently that it's been nearly two years since I've knit a sweater for myself. That gave me the spark needed to finish the body of On the Grass and move on to the sleeves. I've knit sweaters with raglan sleeves and set-in sleeves, but this is … Continue reading Cap it off

All sorts

During what I think was my first visit to another person's home since mid-March, my friend Barbara gave me some wound sock yarn that she no longer wanted. During her sock-making efforts, she hadn't been feeling like the Fearless Knitter she is -- the repeated laddering was vexing her. The ball bands were missing, so … Continue reading All sorts

Early May Musings

The weekend here in Greater Boston was gloriously warm and sunny, the kind of weather that makes you want to be outdoors even if you're just sitting on the steps. Because you can. You don't need to be doing anything (although you might). You don't need a jacket or hat. You don't even need sleeves! … Continue reading Early May Musings

Unplanned Design Elements

The "mistake" tag gets a fair bit of use on this little blog. As I tell fellow knitters -- whether in a class or a friend or knitting group companion -- the reason I'm able to fix a lot of knitting mistakes is that I've had an awful lot of practice. Recognizing your mistakes and … Continue reading Unplanned Design Elements

Bit by Bit

Adding to the sadness and loss of this wacky time we're all living in is Mom's slipping away. It's a normal part of dementia's progression, but it is truly brutal, especially since we've not been able to visit her for the past six weeks or so. The wonderful staff at her memory care residence have … Continue reading Bit by Bit

Practicing Patience

I remind myself at least once a day that I'm grateful to have developed a meditation practice over the past year or so. In the midst of the uncertainty and fear of this global pandemic, I'd be a hell of a lot more cranky, anxious, and weepy if I hadn't learned how to bring my … Continue reading Practicing Patience

A Game of Yarn Chicken

Every knitter gets there eventually -- pulled into a game of yarn chicken, wherein the amount of remaining yarn and the amount of project yet to be finished are too close to call. I played recently when I had this much yarn left just as I was about to start the toe of a second … Continue reading A Game of Yarn Chicken

Restless

If you'd asked me a month ago what I'd do with two weeks at home with no outside obligations except my regular freelance work which is done from home anyway, I'd have given you a list of projects. Knitting projects to finish and new ones to cast on (duh!), recipes I'd like to try, a … Continue reading Restless

WIP: Still a Sock

The first Vanilla Latte sock is done, finished on Saturday evening at an old acoustic music club where Patrick and I had gone to hear some blues. I managed to graft the toe during a break after the opening set. As usual, I followed TechKnitting's novel technique, which I've found makes a smoother toe. I … Continue reading WIP: Still a Sock

Non-knitting Lace

My knitting time has decreased significantly over the past six weeks or so because I'm no longer spending hours every day with Mom. I'm delighted to report that she is adjusting has adjusted really well to life at her new home, a nearby memory care residence to which my brothers and I moved her. She … Continue reading Non-knitting Lace

Knits and Votes

As has been my practice the past several years, I spent much of Election Day working at a nearby polling place. Turnout was strong because of the presidential primary -- Massachusetts is one of the Super Tuesday primaries -- and a local ballot referendum. Being a big fan of democracy and the right -- and … Continue reading Knits and Votes

Loving Reminder

I didn't follow through on my Valentine's Day tradition of knitting and giving little hearts. There's been a lot going on. It's not that people in my life aren't in need of reminders of how much they are loved. They most certainly are -- sometimes to the point that it takes my breath away. Frankly, … Continue reading Loving Reminder

WIP Wednesday: Sweater & Sock

The last time I knit a sweater for myself, the process revealed some longstanding and non-rational emotions about body image. All that time alone with needles and yarn can do that to a person! So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it's been nearly two years before I've started another one. But the lovely … Continue reading WIP Wednesday: Sweater & Sock

Friends’ Knits

I love when friends send me updates on their knitting projects. Sometimes it might be an emergency (don't laugh. Knitting emergencies are a thing). More often, they'll be looking for a consultation. Sock Knitter Judy, who doesn't yet believe that she's a Fearless Knitter, texted last week with a dilemma. Can you spot it? If … Continue reading Friends’ Knits

Well, That Took a While

I must confess that I was a bit stunned to discover that it'd been nearly six whole months since I'd written about a little "stealth project," one that I thought I'd put together quickly on a whim. But there it sat in a bag, completed but not assembled, tormenting reminding me of its presence whenever … Continue reading Well, That Took a While

Yet Again

A quick glimpse through my stash might lead you to conclude that I only knit with sock yarn. You'd be wrong but only somewhat. Sock yarn is so easy to buy because I always know what I'll make with it. As opposed to the two skeins of Tosh DK, one orange and one dark grey, … Continue reading Yet Again

WIP: Shawl and a Secret

With my latest socks blocking, I've got two WIPs, only one of which I can explain in detail at this point. Several years ago, I swore never to knit mohair again -- too fine and fuzzy for my fingers -- but I was swept away by the Pretty Perfect Square on display during a visit … Continue reading WIP: Shawl and a Secret

Knitting Meditation

I've been meditating pretty regularly for the past six months, and I can honestly say, it's been life altering. I'm quite confident that I'd be a much grumpier and less accepting person without this 10- or 15-minute daily practice. Am I completely mellow all the time? Nope. Do I glide through each day radiating goodness … Continue reading Knitting Meditation

The Answer to Everything

Apparently the Hitchhiker scarf got its name from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a book that I may have read at some point but have no recollection of. And I certainly don't recall that, in the book, the number 42 is "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything." What's the … Continue reading The Answer to Everything

Here and There

My routine for the past year or so has been pretty, well, routine. Early morning exercise, a few hours of business -- my consulting practice and/or household business -- then off to Mom's for the afternoon, and home again. Weekends are similar -- more Mom time and usually less work time. But over the past … Continue reading Here and There