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
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
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
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
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
My first attempt at learning to crochet gave me new appreciation for the challenges of my beginner knitting students.
I'm happy to report that Mom's been home for a few weeks and has regained her pre-pneumonia strength and balance. It helped that she was quite fit before she was hospitalized and that we walked with her around the hospital floor several times a day whether she wanted to or not. Last week, we introduced … Continue reading New Normal for Now