Archive for May, 2010

thinking_about_knitting_button-p145392460736898609tmn2_210Since I’ve been in this knitting slump I’ve been thinking about knitting constantly. Isn’t that always the way, when you are not doing something, you are thinking about it all the time?  When I am on a diet I think constantly about a tuna sandwich my Aunt Genevieve made for me in 1976, possibly the finest tuna sandwich I ever had in my entire life, with a side of potato salad and a cold glass of milk.  This is like 32 million points on Weight Watchers.

Imagining things to knit has now overtaken the thing I really used to think about constantly – not the tuna sandwich, but Hoboken real estate.  I could spend all day imagining the inside of some of the houses on my walks around town as I do my errands on Saturday mornings, and imagining how I would redo them.

This Saturday, I was on my way home from the library and I had to stop and sit on a stranger’s stoop to compile this list of  Things To Knit When You Are In A Knitting Slump. I used my nice new phone to make the list.

  • Thuje Socks: an easy sock pattern just a little to the left of straight stockinette stitch, but nothing involving counting or a cable needle.
  • Irish Hiking Scarf: some may need to use a cable needle, but I found this tutorial on no-cable-needle cables helpful.
  • Felted Slippers: there is almost nothing better than a long strip of garter stitch that you are going to throw in the washing machine (on purpose this time).  This is a translated from Finnish pattern and you need to read it a few times. Unless, of course, you are such an avid knitter that you have become fluent in Finnish which may be the Official Language of Knitting.
  • Marsan Watch Cap: a clever brim makes this hat fun. And all the men you know, big and small, need a hat like this.

And the big shocker: Crocheted Granny Square Afghan.  Yes, crochet. Sometimes you need to do something completely different to get back in the mood.

Oh, the dreadfulness of the  knitting slump! One minute you’re so involved with a project you are going to work with a cable needle stuck behind your ear and the next minute, well, you are still walking around with a cable needle stuck behind your ear but no project.

It’s not like I’m knitting nothing.  I am knitting a scarf and some mittens, to replace some every day wear things that got lost or shrunken over the winter –  the equivalent of making a giant pot of stew and freezing it for future meals.  Useful knitting. I even found myself thinking this would be a good time to make some dishcloths since the ones we have are a little worn. Or maybe a crocheted potholder!

It’s a low time indeed.

I got an iPhone for my birthday and now I’m ready to learn about the big world of “Apps” that I done heard about, but you might be surprised to learn there are not a whole helluva lot of knitting apps out there. Vogue Knitting has one but I stopped buying Vogue Knitting a long time ago because their patterns are not well edited, and only sized for social x-rays.

This Stitchminder app looks good, but I am not sure how I would be able to knit a row, then get up and find my purse and dig around for the  phone, turn it on, go to the application and then note that I completed one row.   That seems like it would slow the knitting down considerably.  Pass.

I am thinking about getting this Ewe Stash app because of the stash sorting capabilities.  Plus you could take pictures of the yarn with the phone, then load them up on this application, and then you would be able to look at the yarn, say, on your commute or during dull meetings.  By “you” of course I mean “me”.

I’m feeling a little more invigorated already!



Sunday in the Garden

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A busy day here watching the garden grow.

I turned fifty this weekend.

There was a party and it was a hot time, as you can see by this picture of Emily bringing in the Nancy cake with a whole lotta candles:

Hot Flash on a Plate

Hot Flash on a Plate

This cake had so many candles, it was like a hot flash on a plate.   I am pleased to say I blew them all out in one breath because, well, I have a nice set of lungs.

And I thought – you don’t even need to make a wish because look around:  everything a person could ever want or need was right there.



Winding Down

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I couldn’t resist one more purchase – this Persimmon Farms sock yarn, really nice fallish colors.

We are finishing up here – lots of yarn, lots of sheep and I believe we’ve seen every bit of it.

Now that I’ve been to both, I definitely like Rhinebeck better. First – it’s wool weather in October, and there’s a lot more hand knitting on display. I miss the impromptu fashion show – only lunatics are wearing anything knitty today.

For sure the oddest thing for sale today was shepherds’ crooks. My commute to Queenz can be tough, but I can’t see that a crook would make it easier. Still, these things are selling like hot cakes, go figure.

Okay folks, over and out!!
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An old friend

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I just love the look of Brooks Farm.
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My kind of kids

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Quiet.
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First Purchase of the Day

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Here’ some lovely Brooks Farm Solo that was ON SALE. I got enough for a small sweater or several sets of hats and mittens.

The main difference between this event and Rhinebeck is the heat. Its really way too hot to think about yarn, and I have a yarn thought about every seven seconds, so I am really baking right now.

Portable sheep

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This one would fit in the back seat of the car. You wouldn’t mind, would you?

We’re here

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First things first: what’s for lunch? I am not normally a lamb eater, but hey, when in Rome…