Knitting Abides

Know what this is? It’s a sweater I knit in high school! That’s quite awhile ago, folks. And I wore it to class last week! This was the second sweater I ever knit. I still remember the feel of the needles in my hands and the wonder of seeing the …

Fall Break

Today is day one of my two-day fall break. Despite the mountain of papers waiting to be graded, I was determined to get some knitting in. Not the knit a few rows before bed kind of knitting but some actual soul soothing knitting. As an extra treat for myself, I …

Under a Purple Sun*

I’ve never said much about my work life here on the blog, probably because while I felt well-suited to my job, it wasn’t something I cared to think about when I didn’t have to. My intention, many years ago, was to become an academic. I got an MA in English …

More Rain Outside

So I’ve said this before, but The Rain Outside shawl has to be one of the most satisfying patterns I’ve ever knit. The long sections of garter stitch are perfect for finding that zoned out knitting groove, that “haven of refuge and sanity,” that knitting provides, and the lace short row …

Django

One of the only circumstances under which I can imagine posting here without a single fiber-related photo is the one in which I currently find myself, that of having a new puppy in the house! Blog friends, meet Django. He came home with us on Tuesday, his seven-week birthday. Lola instantly …

There and Back Again

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Texas with my mom lately. It’s not easy to get there from where we live. Bad weather doesn’t help. On the most recent trip, there were several hours of this: A couple of hours of this: About half a day of this: …

Spinnin’ wheel got to go ’round

The Tour de Fleece is underway! So far, I’ve been spinning about three hours a day. I think the time for this must be coming from a parallel universe because the rest of life has been busier than ever. It’s been so crazy that my BFFF and I had to …

The World of Leaf and Blade and Flowers

    Hello, friends! I hope the warm days are treating you well so far. After a whirlwind few weeks of work and travel, I’ve finally had a little time to start settling into summer. The flowers are blooming.     The blackberries are starting to ripen.   We’ve tasted …

On The Go

I’ve been traveling, and you know what that means. Knitting! In the airport bar: On the plane heading out: By the light of the full moon during my very late arrival back home Saturday night: I went to Texas to visit my mom and help out with a few things …