Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, October 22, 2011

TGIS (Because I Am Late)

Whew! That week flew by. It was the best of weeks, it was the worst of. .

Okay, enough with the cliches. It was probably just a normal week. Except for the two cortisone shots in my shoulders. And that I had my first working day without my boot on Friday. And especially for the fact that I've been up since 4:45 a.m. doing some last minute homework for today's gifted class. Wouldn't my students love to know what a procrastinator I am?

I haven't done as much knitting as I'd like, but I have been working on the second Fussy Cuts square. Turns out I don't have any more Noro Silk Garden in my stash, and no one in this area carries it anymore. The closest place is Knitting Sisters in Williamsburg, which is about 45 minutes away. I'd love a quick visit, but it's not going to happen anytime soon, since I have these classes on Saturday. Because of that, I tried a different yarn that a local shop recommended as a good substitute, and while I like the colors, it's too splitty and I don't think it looks like Noro Silk. So now I have a log cabin square that I probably won't use in the blanket. I think I want a pure Noro blanket, you know? (Even though the original pattern isn't even pure Noro, since you use Brown Sheep to join the squares, but you know what I mean.) I think I'll work up some of the Kureyon I have and see if that will work.

I'm having a Craft-OV-Rama at my house tomorrow. (The OV stands for Ocean View, which is where I live.) Although I wish I knew lots of local knitters, I don't, so I just invited some friends over for food, conversation, and a craft other than knitting. One of my friends is going to show us how to make a tied fleece blanket. My youngest daughter was given one as a gift when she was in middle school and it's so nice. I'm hoping this is a "gateway craft" and we can do these get togethers on a monthly basis. I'll be sure to take pictures so I can share it with you.


  1. Have a wonderful time, it sounds like a lovely way to spend the day.

  2. Oh how I wish I were closer - I'd knit with you! I could use the inspiration. Your squares are beautiful. Perhaps mail order the yarn? (Not as much fun but it does look like gorgeous yarn). We recently lost a wonderful yarn shop in our area. Think I'll stop at the remaining shop today to get yarn for a hat for a friend starting chemo. Now warming the head of a beloved friend is a good reason to knit. Congratulations on getting out of the boot. Hope your healing is complete soon.

  3. I'm not crazy about Silk Garden, or even Noro, but you cannot beat their colors. They are simply amazing. If you go to Webs (, you can get a good idea of color on their Noro page.

    I wish I was close. I'd bring my gateway craft to you (spinning wheel), and we'd do some foot rehab with the treadle.

    Have a great Saturday, Rose.

  4. Noro is beautifully dyed. I love the colors but have to agree with Rudee on the knittability. Fortunately, all knitters are different.
    Since I've taken the Stash Pledge, I've had to use substitutes for almost everything. Some work better than others. And some work better than the originals.
    Foot rehab with the treadle? Tha sounds like a good plan.

  5. Wow, I don't know how you find time to knit at all! You make me feel so lazy. I understand that it can be difficult to find other people to knit with. I'd love to find a daytime group, but it doesn't look as if that will ever happen.