Tag: lists

in which we have a guest

This week is all about hand- knit legwarmers, puppy sleep- overs, homemade apple pies (made from the spoils of last week’s orchard run, an annual fall tradition), giant calzones, and desperately waiting for piles of fiber to dry despite rainy days. I’ve got a pan of spices and apple peels simmering on the stove right now while we wait for Sam…

in which we return to our approximately scheduled programming

Everything is coming together over here, but it’s moving quickly, instead of the slow, steady process I originally had in mind. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I’ve got way too many irons in way too many fires, and that’s good & distracting for the moment. Me and my planner are doing some good things. We’re going to pretend…

in which there are small comforts

Despite keeping ties to New England over the years, I think I’d forgotten just how beautiful the summers here are. I’ve been double- checking with friends over the last week, just to reassure Sam (and myself) that it really is going to keep being this good. Folks who’ve grown up here and stayed tend to meet these questions with a…

in which there is anticipation (and pizza)

The crickets are out and the dogs are fed; the cats are quietly pushing at their bowls in the corner of the kitchen, trying to manifest more food now that they’ve finished the clearly inadequate dinner I just gave them. My hands smell like cedarwood oil: I’ve been dabbing it on my spindles and needles this afternoon, along the hoosier…

in which there is a list

I’ve been thinking of adding back my lists of Very Good Things on Fridays– something to finish up the week, a bit of reflection. I recently came across the notebook I used to keep the lists in- a gift from my friend Katey J- and I miss the practice. It keeps getting search hits so it’s obviously something I need to…

in which there is possibly too much talk of keelhauling

You guys. YOU GUYS. I can’t even begin to address the enormous outpouring of love and support you’ve been sending my way over the last few days. It’s really amazing. THANK YOU. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. I have so many comments and emails to respond to, and it’s a little overwhelming, but I needed to tell you how much…


A list of things I’m currently in love with!


Handpainted stockings, because handmade things are awesome, and stockings are awesome, even though I’m not sure this is quite the weather for it.

Photo by meghannash.

Friendship bracelets: I am suddenly really, really excited about making friendship bracelets again. I think it has something to do with the heat wave; I’m transported back to summer camp, and my best friend Kitten in 7th grade, and the bracelets we made for each other. (I KNOW, middle school nicknames were ridiculous, RIGHT?)

I’m so crap at making these now! I can’t seem to keep them from curling- how did I do that, back in the day? They’re fun, though, and I love them.

Jamie and Hazel!

Girls With Slingshots! This webcomic is updated every weekday, and makes me ridiculously happy. It moves between being absolutely, fall- down silly (a talking, alcoholic cactus? ghost cats?) and dealing with everyday issues, and I love it and its creator, Danielle Corsetto, who you can also follow on Instagram and on Twitter.

Wattsolak Designs released Kraken Knuckles last week, and seriously, this is my favorite pattern of the month, and it’s only the 11th. HOW CUTE ARE THESE? I am dying over here. The fingerless version is adorable but I think I want to make the full- fingers pair, because I am a masochist. I have to say, I’m pretty much in love with everything Wattsolak Designs has made so far, actually. I just purchased the Fightin’ Words mitts, too, which are adorable, dead simple colorwork- next up on my needles.

Finally, the best thing of all- I like to save the best things for last. I was always that girl growing up, actually- the weird one, who saved dessert for last, even when my mom wasn’t there to see. I like the waiting, and while I did have a bit of a wait for this, it was oh so worth every second.

Billy, who was my work partner when I lived and worked in Afghanistan, just had his first child this month. He and his partner, Renee, are overjoyed, and all three of them are doing well. That’s about my favorite thing of all summer, honestly. He had a daughter, her name is Elizabeth, and she is perfect. Is there anything better than babies?

I can’t share photos, because they aren’t mine to share, but I’ll give you this, instead- a little music, a song about a father’s love for his newborn child and his child’s mother. The video isn’t a video, really, just a closeup of strange image, something someone made and popped up on the internet, but anything by the Cloud Cult is lovely and doesn’t require a video, anyway. Enjoy, everybody, and welcome to the world, Elizabeth!

in which there are lists, because lists are wonderful

English words that should get more action: tosspot vex pithy doxy whoreson lobbygow bawd troglodyte hirsute gumption speakeasy moxie cull curmudgeon meander lech dawdle bugaboo cur Things that are better than my bed: sex Dipasquale’s sandwiches chocolate tea massages the internet Things I’m grateful for at this exact moment: black IPA beer pumpkin seeds thunderstorms men’s sweatpants cats stomping boots…

the 29th list of Very Good Things

This reads: cold weather! thick socks handspun yarns half- price candy corn cashmere scraps chai massage therapy rosin bags Team Wench pokeberry auctions the Rally To Restore Sanity/ Fear Also, have some Hugo- dog!

the 26th list of Very Good Things, plus a puppy

You don’t need this on Flickr, I don’t think: it’s deliciously simple. Things are stressful. Not bad, but stressful: so much going on, lots of moving pieces and things that need doing. Some of the things on my mind right now: SG Fall 2010 color release SG Fall 2010 pattern releases SG Winter 2010 colors (need 4 more colors, STAT!)…

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