It’s brutal outside, howling winds and temperatures dropping into the single digits in the evenings. Sam and I are all about comfort foods, snuggling with the dogs, and marathoning Netflix this week. (Who else is watching Jessica Jones? I have Such Big Feelings.)
Luckily, I have warm hobbies.
I’m currently working two projects in worsted weight yarn, which is sort of unusual for me— I tend to knit DK or fingering weight projects, but I think I’m in a rush to be as covered in woolens as quickly as possible. I’ve just cast off a gift which I’ll post as soon as it’s blocked and sent out; currently, I’ve a worsted pullover sweater on the needles, although only barely. I’m on the neck, which is where you begin, so I feel silly telling you “I have a sweater on the needles,” but I need some accountability on this one; I haven’t knit a sweater in over a year. I watched Stefanie Japel finish this pattern at Rhinebeck in the prettiest gold and haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since. The pattern will be Daelyn from Swans Island– a really clean, modern pullover with some garter stitch detail. Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Sheridan Circle seemed perfect; I’ve had four skeins in Studio Worsted in my stash for a few months, and I swore that once we settled in I’d treat myself to a new sweater. Karida’s semi- solid colorwork just glows in simple stitchwork.
The other thing keeping me occupied this week are two skeins of Madeline Tosh DK in Dried Fruit, a colorway exclusive to Jimmy Beans Wool . I can’t show you what’s on the other end of that ball quite yet because it’s a design in progress, but it’s going to help keep me warm this winter and I’m super grateful for that, and also the opportunity to design in that color— just look at that. Oh hot damn, right? MY LIFE, friends. What even.
I’ve been feeling pretty fortunate lately, despite the weather (and the promise of an imminent Snowmageddon this weekend); things are simple and I’ve been feeling better than I have in a very long time. I’m beginning to have a bit of a painting problem,* but that hasn’t stopped me at all and the art supply store was having a canvas sale so I have six large blank canvases waiting for me in case we get snowed in this weekend. (I may be rooting for getting just slightly snowed in this weekend.) I’m still working through a backlog, playing catch- up, and trying to work through the last few boxes- okay, and the entire second bedroom, because we just never look at it- but none of that is crushing. that’s just the thing— there are things that need doing, some that really need my attention, and they get it, but there are no do- or- die, end- of- the- world, all- is- ashes list items here.
I hadn’t realized just how extraordinary the stress had gotten before the move. I know I had been setting boundaries, really super healthy ones, and at the time I thought I was doing it out of a surfeit of caution, but wow, I’m so glad I did. I said a lot of gentle, kind “no”s in the six months/ year before we moved. Where did that come from? That’s got to be partly Sharen’s influence. If I turned you down for work, didn’t return a call or email, or worse, if I shot you down for social time over the last year, it wasn’t you, trust me. I’ve been patching myself together, healing, and realigning. I’m happy I listened to those instincts. I should possibly listen to that little voice more often. It is so frequently (almost always) right. The sense of relief in this new space, now that we have settled and are beginning to really adapt to our routines, it’s wonderful. I feel expansive, open, free.
I’m signing off to get busy making a strata for dinner— we have some leftover grocery store challah (avoid the grocery store challah, friends, it never lives up to the hype no matter how awesome it looks) and good farm cheese, a slab of leftover meat, a fistful of herbs that need love before they go weird on us and way too many eggs for two people.
Before I go: what are you working on these days? I’d love to see what is in everyone’s knitting, crochet, & sewing baskets. Ooooh, and let’s talk about reading, too- what’s on your nightstand table? I just finished up Sam Gosling’s Snoop; thoroughly entertaining and exactly the light non- fiction I needed to get me through the worst of the move, but I’m looking for something meatier now that I’m beginning to feel a little settled. Who’s into something good?
Hope you’re warm, wherever you are. I’ll be back with pictures of knitting, and more, soon.
*A Painting Problem, defined: I live in an 850 square ft house, most of my walls are windows, and I don’t know how to price paintings. (If you know/ have ideas on how one puts prices to a canvas, I’d like to hear from you because these things are stacking up. Help.) Also, have any of my readers done any work with Society6? They seem like a possible venue for prints, etc and I’d love to hear real- world feedback/ reviews. Who wants a rainbow puddle on… a pillow, or a duvet cover? Or an iPhone case, I guess? I’m actually sort of feeling the pillows, now that we’re talking about it. They’ll do almost anything, it looks like, wall clocks and whathaveyou, I’m mostly interested in prints, etc, but if you have any experience with them at all, I want to hear it!