Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Monday, November 16, 2015

My Happy Place

I've been knitting like it's my job lately, and as a result, I have some FOs to show you. This is the third hat from the Tea Collection: Chai, in Quince & Co. Puffin, as modeled by my youngest daughter, Melissa. She had a little Grey Gardens thing going on last night but I love the twinkle in her eye! She's been dressing with her own distinct style since she was a 2 year old and these photos really take me back.


This is Hibiscus, done in Misti Alpaca Paints. I haven't blocked it yet, so the lace pattern isn't as pronounced as it will be.

The first one I knit, Everyday Brew, also in Misti Alpaca Paints. Stephanie appropriated it as soon as she saw it, which brings me to my exciting news: she is home from Togo!


It was rather sudden and a bit nerve racking, as she was traveling from Lome', through Paris and Brussels, just ahead of the terrorist attacks. She was flying Friday night, which meant we really didn't know for sure if she was able to leave Europe until we met her at the Norfolk airport on Saturday afternoon!

Thankfully she arrived safe and sound and completely unaware of the tragedy in Paris, as she slept on her layover in the Brussels airport!

She brought back a suitcase full of clothes in gorgeous African prints and colors. Aren't they beautiful?


I've already cast on for Lapsang, using another skein of Puffin. I'm really happy about using so much stash yarn!
I think I was able to knit so much due to a short break on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with a group of friends. I drove down on Friday at noon, and was supposed to stay through Sunday, but instead, I drove home in time to meet Stephanie at the airport on Saturday. Even though my stay was short, it was wonderful, partly due to the friends, and partly due to the gorgeous weather. Just look at that blue sky!

I made time to sit on the beach for an hour before I headed home. As my mom said when I showed her this picture, "the beach is my happy place." So true.

Have a great week and love your life!


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bang on the Drum All Day

Remember the Todd Rundgren song? I was thinking of that song Friday, only substituting the words, "I just want to knit on the couch all day" instead of banging a drum. This year is a rough one in many ways and I'm not alone in feeling this way. However, I'm determined not to live each week waiting for Friday, so I won't belabor the point here.

I cast on for the Everyday Brew hat using some stash yarn, a blue shade of Misti Alpaca, that I bought at a deep sale a while back and I've already finished it. I finished my beautiful Wayfarer scarf on Thursday night while I was at my knitting group and I'm hoping to block it this weekend and take photos, if it ever stops raining. I was able to photograph it but didn't block it yet; I used Canopy Worsted from the Fibre Company.

The hat was definitely a quick knit, and I'm planning to gift it to one of the girls for Christmas. I need to make a guy hat or two but the Tea Collection was calling my name. I so rarely make women's hats; not sure why though.


Steve was out of town for work last week from Sunday night until Wednesday night and he's doing it again this week, so I had my Rhinebeck friends over this afternoon for a knitting and tea party. I made spinach quiche and mini cheesecakes, plus it motivated me to do a little house cleaning!

I've made a few Honey Cowls, or at least I thought I had, until I started the most recent one and realized I'd been making them wrong. Every time I've made them, I've done the slip stitch pattern on every row, instead of every other row.

They are fine but I'm really liking the way it looks when knitted as the pattern was written. I'm using my last skein of Cephalopod yarn and I may have to keep this cowl because of the yarn. It's so gorgeous and since she went out of business, it's one of a kind.





I'm also working on the Guernsey Wrap; I love the Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool I chose, both the color, Pumpkin, and the crisp stitch definition.


This week should be fairly easy as I only have students on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Looking forward to it but also to more knitting time. It's time to cast on for another quick Tea hat!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Winter is Coming

I was listening to a podcast last night and heard about a collection of hat patterns named after tea, so I looked them up on Ravelry. The name of the ebook is The Tea Collection and the patterns are adorable, so I bought it. These photos are from Claire Devine's Ravelry page and are the ones I like best, although they're all super cute. The ebook even includes two cowl patterns, the Earl Grey Cowl and the Lapsang Cowl.

Peppermint Leaves

Lady Grey

Everyday Brew
Earl Grey


Check it out if you'd like some cute hat patterns. Remember, winter is coming, which means Christmas is coming too.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

What Fun!

One of the teachers in the English department suggested we all dress up as a literary term on Friday as a way to reinforce vocabulary and to have fun with it. This is a photo of four of us, but almost the entire department participated. I was a metaphor. (As in, "I'm not like a witch. I am a witch."

On Saturday, Steve and I drove up to Richmond, and took a party bus with the Georgia Tech Alumni group he belongs to and went to Charlottesville for the Tech-UVA game. Although GT lost, it was a great day for college football; the weather was perfect.



Of course, I knit all through the game.


The GT mascot, Buzz, came up in the stands for some photo ops.

Since I couldn't talk Steve into a photo with him, I took a selfie!

We stayed at a historic inn in downtown Richmond last night; the Lindon Row Inn, which dates back to when Poe was a resident of the area.

This was the view from our room:

I've almost finished the scarf, thanks to some car knitting, although it's still too warm around here to get any use. But at least I'll be ready for Thanksgiving in Brooklyn!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

It Was A Tough Week

It was a pretty tough week, despite the fact that I only worked four days. This was in my mailbox when I got home Friday afternoon and I have to say, I laughed out loud right there on the sidewalk.

After going through my craft/yarn room and culling more out, I rewarded myself by watching Home Fires and casting on for the Guernsey Wrap using the Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool I purchased last weekend. So happy about the color!

Gracie really enjoyed napping on my 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (mine isn't 3 colors or cashmere, but I love it anyway).

Not sure how this is comfortable, but. . .

Hope your week is a good one!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Quick and Dirty

I find that I'm paying for my four day weekend to Rhinebeck with long days and nights catching up with grading and dealing with a messy house and loads of laundry, but, oh, it was so worth it. Laughing in the car on the drive up, and spending quality time just hanging out and knitting for an extended time was just as much fun as the actual festival! We even talked about planning a knitting weekend that wouldn't include the buying of yarn, just time to knit! Cause I've got to tell you, the knitting time has slowed WAY down since I got home. A row or two right before bed is about the most I've been able to do.

But tomorrow is Friday and I'm hoping to get some knitting in this weekend. After all the work I've done this week, I've earned it! I think Gracie will enjoy it too. But first, I need to put some yarn away before it becomes a cat bed!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hudson River Valley

The adorable house we rented was in Saugerties, about 20 minutes north of the Duchess County Fairgrounds. At first I thought it was silly to go further than we needed to, but it turned out to work in our favor, as the traffic was lighter than if we had been coming from the south.

As a bonus, we were within walking distance of so many cute places, like this bookstore/coffee shop.

Love this original tiled floor!

The shop had loads of comfortable couches and chairs and creaky wood floors where there wasn't tile.

Lots of the houses on "our" street had already decorated for Halloween; another one nearby had a giant spider on the roof.

The restaurant we ate at on Friday night was called Rock Da Casbah, and the food and beer was delicious.


But our favorite discovery was The Perfect Blend, a yarn and tea shop, just around the corner! The shop was open late on Friday and Saturday, and even served snacks, which allowed us time to visit. We plan to spend even more time there next year as it was super cute and inviting.

This little mouse was on one of the shelves, leaning against a teapot. Don't you love his little scarf?

Cute little shop sample; I love the way the embroidery on the shoes match the buttons!

I was excited to see a Guernsey Wrap knit up, as I bought Green Mountain Spinnery's Weekend Wool for this pattern as my big Rhinebeck purchase. I chose the Pumpkin color way and will share my progress as soon as I get started on it.

Two little knit chickens, hanging out with the tea.

On Sunday, rather than eating at the fairgrounds, we drove to Red Hook and ate in this diner. While it was a small place, it was a great choice.

Last but not least, we were lucky enough to eat breakfast at Lox of Bagels on Sunday and we loved it so much that we went back on Monday morning, on our way home. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was outstanding!

The lady behind the counter told us she was a relatively new knitter and she agreed to let us take her picture with us. (From left to right: Melissa, me, our new friend, Lori, and Kristin, although you'll have to click on the photo to see Kristin for some reason). We can't wait to see her next year too!