Monday, August 31, 2009

First Day of September

Standing on the precipice of September, I wonder about the month ahead.

What student doesn't think the year always begins in September?

New clothes, new shoes, a pencil bag full of new pens and pencils, new textbooks, notebooks with stiff spines and doodle-free pages.

Since I worked in education, that sense of new things happening in September never left me.

So it is this September.

This weekend, I'll put away the perfect bag and step up the search for the perfect black purse. Sometime during the month, sandals will be exchanged for shoes with toes and sweaters will be bought.

As much as I wish it could remain my August birthday forever with its sunny, airy days--life keeps happening. Things change. We deal with it. It's September and that's what we do.

What does this mean for my knitting?

Stay tuned. There's yarns ahead. (BWHAHAHAHA!)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sleeping with the Stash

Pulled the stash onto the bed looking for the perfect yarns for the new project

Miss Kip says, "I think this one will do just fine."

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Perhaps it's because I finally finished the Summer Lake Shawl. Or maybe, despite the heat and humidity, I'm beginning to feel that fall is impatiently waiting to arrive. The summer-sales are long over and sweaters and coats are on display in the stores.

My knitting vacation seems to be over. I suddenly want to knit something cozy and warm. And different and new.

Last week, I received the following two cards. One is a prayer card for a dear, deceased aunt. The other is a postcard from the Great Smoky Mountains from vacationing Sonja.

I threw both on my coffee table and couldn't help but be struck by the colors. Turquoise and red----blueish-green and red. I can't get these colors out of my mind. That red--oh that red haunts me. And putting it with a blue-green and/or turquoise. Will it work?

Keep tuned. Later today I'll be going through the stash to find these colors. And to see what warm, cozy thing they want to be.

Can it Be?!

Can that possibly be the Summer Lake Shawl without any knitting needles in it?

Yes, it is. It only took me six weeks to knit the final six inches. But, no matter--it's done.

Or is it?

Blocking and end-weaving still wait.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Taking a Vacation

No, I'm not back in the mountains
at the beach.

Though I wish I were.

But I am having fun. Getting together with friends, reading, taking walks, playing mah jongg, doing Pilates, going to movies.

What's missing?

I've been thinking about knitting. Bought the fall Interweave Knits. Even did a Sundara sock yarn trade.

But actual knitting--nope.
And it's OK!

I know I'll be back. My fingers are getting itchy.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Birthday--Part 2

Today was perfect!

Hubster and I took a walk in Central Park where we saw

a lake


an artist

and a couple posing for wedding photos.

We ate lunch.

No, not here!


I have a thing about eating outdoors (or semi-outdoors) on my birthday. The restaurant must be airy and light and have a beautiful view. I did OK with this for this birthday!

And finally, at home, there were


and birthday cakes!

Thank you, everybody, for your warm birthday greetings! You all helped make this such a wonderful day.


Today's birthday festivities began yesterday with

A Broadway show AND a Yankee game!

I keep humming the music from that wonderful show. It was a lot of fun!

The Yankees gave me the best birthday gift ever! They not only beat the Boston Red Sox--it was a four-game sweep!

And the hubster arranged this terrific birthday surprise!

I can't wait to see what today brings!

Meanwhile I wish my Birthday Twin a happy one!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Chugging Along

Haven't reached the destination yet.