in which I am recovering from last week (but that’s a good thing)

Hey, everybody. I still do this, I swear. Last week was a bit of a blur is all. I was in CEUs last week in Arlington, VA, which is just outside of the District (for those who aren’t familiar with the DC/ Baltimore metro).

You know who was in the District last week, right?

Why didn’t I check the news to see if anything was happening in the capitol when I knew I’d be spending all week crossing through? Oh, friends. Friends. FRIENDS. After 13 years in this region, I know better, damnit.

It’s cool. It was actually great while His Holiness was in the city proper; everyone was too scared to drive, I think, but still, the commute was a lot, and CEUs were physical as hell (Thai yoga massage at the Thai Institute of Healing Arts, it was amazing). I basically woke up, drove to class, drove home, spent an hour with Sam, slept, repeated for a week. You don’t even want to know what the house looks like right now. It was absolutely, 100% worth it, but I’m still recovering, without a doubt.

This course was tricky for me; Thai yoga is a hands- on activity, and Hatha yoga is a very low- touch modality. Yoga teachers are generally trained to look at clients bodies from a perspective of there only being very specific, highly limited places and ways in which you touch; Thai yoga encourages creative touch by its very nature and has extremely few limitations on contact areas for both practitioner and client (although there is quite an endearing emphasis on being “polite”, which I just adore). Getting my head around that (and dismissing the image of all my yoga teachers’ disapproval of what I’d been doing to folks’ sacrums that afternoon) wasn’t easy. Once I could shake that off, though, it was so terrific to have hands- on access to that much raw anatomy. We are such remarkable machines.

Aaagh, that’s a different entry for a different day, I have housekeeping to attend to right now, but THAI YOGA, folks. I have things to say about it.

So: LET’S TALK ABOUT YARN.

I have these flat rate USPS Priority Mail boxes ready to go for my brave, awesome video- creators! You’re the best, frosh and Michelle. (I think it’s a pretty cool coincidence that you both chose paper arts for your subjects, too.) You both did really great jobs with your videos and Kiddo will be thrilled— I know I am. Could you drop me an email so we can talk about shipping? These are standard flat rate boxes, so no major surprises— outside of the contents!

Speaking of yarn, I GUTTED my stash this afternoon. There are some seriously good things up in the shop right now, including some Sochi Pride in Traveller, Barber Pole Hopper in Skinny, and Ponycorn in Beastie. That stuff will not last, if I know my market, so if you’re looking for the rainbow variegated stuff I’d get on that now. There are some tamer things up there, too- Montauk Monster in Bugga, Doune Castle in Traveller, a couple skeins of Fire Ant, that sort of thing, if you aren’t a screaming color sort of person.

IN THE MEANTIME:

I still have random odds and ends to get rid of. STILL. It’s getting down to the dregs, but there is still STUFF, folks. I’m looking for creative ideas as to how to clear things out, because I don’t believe most things need to be a drag, even housework. Actually, housework can be sort of soothing at times, performed mindfully; “carry water, chop wood,” etc, etc. Who has ideas? Here’s the next game: inspire a girl, please? I’m too tired this week to be creative on this front. Come up with the winningest idea (or two) for the next Great Yarn Giveaway, and I’ll send YOU the next box of random yarn from my house. It won’t have any acrylic in it, but I can’t promise anything else (but please, do tell me if you have any sensitivities, okay?).

YOU WANT THIS BOX, TRUST ME. I’m an old school indie dyer who dealt in luxury fiber; I may be down to odds and ends, but there are still some fun odds and ends lying around here. Let me know if you spin; I’ll throw fiber goodies in, too!

Drop a little inspiration in the comments, loves. I’m guessing the videos were a little intimidating? I get that. Being in front of a camera gives me the weirds, too. What works better for you? (I’m still feeling the idea of information sharing, so if you can work that in, that’s always a good angle with me.)

I’m taking names this Sunday, so get your ideas in by then!

  One thought on “in which I am recovering from last week (but that’s a good thing)

  1. September 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Photos! Pick a theme and ask people to tag a photo on instagram/twitter/leave a link in the comments.

  2. September 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    How about “What would you knit with the yarn?”

  3. Ela
    September 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Write a haiku about knitting/crochet or about the worst yarn mistake we’ve ever made

  4. Ela
    September 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Post a photo on Instagram showing how they store / organize their hand knit accessories

  5. October 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    As far as housework goes, I like to put on an old movie that I’ve seen a thousand times or so and have it on in the background while I go about tidying, dust mopping, and stuff like that. I get the volume loud enough that I can hear it a couple rooms away. This way I’m able to listen to the story and the work feels kind of mindless. I do this for small craft projects too – like cutting mats for stuff I want to frame & darning socks. I suppose an audiobook would work too, but I like not having earbuds or headphones and sort of moving through the story. Maybe it’ll work for you?

  6. Jody
    October 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    What if everyone wrote about a kindness they’d done or that was done to them. The news is so full of bad thing-let’s hear about good things!

    • October 1, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      This feels especially timely today, Jody. ❤

  7. October 12, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    probably late to the party again – suggest asking us to post a link to ravelry of a project we’ve made that we love and the yarn we used. let’s share our successes.

  8. Bonni
    October 18, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Oh, good ideas! What about a photo of our best knitting inspiration? Showing off what gives us ‘startitis’. It could be a scene, a favourite object or person, or a gorgeous skein just waiting to be cast on. I know that, for me, this changes all the time and is highly connected with the season and colour. I’d love to see what inspires others.

  9. October 22, 2015 at 9:56 am

    What about what season or memories inspires? Certain chores I do are inspired by a season. Mine is fall. Though I love apron and summer for their bounties, fall brings some peace.

  10. October 22, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Favorite season and a memory. My chores are based by season. Spring and summer bring so much bounty, but fall brings some peace.

  11. Megan K
    November 1, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I’d like to hear others Christmas or holiday traditions. I have added so many things to my family’s traditions because of what I have seen or heard others doing. It enriches lives to do things that bring you together as a family – things that mean something.

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