I hope that the sunny day we're having today bodes well for the remainder of February, which in my experience tends to be a month that feels very dark and gloomy here in my part of the world. To be honest, March typically does, too. It's like the shine of the first few months of… Continue reading Hello, February
The beginning of the semester has been quite hectic; the shorter-than-usual break meant that I wasn't able to "prep-ahead" as much as I normally do, so now I'm stuck prepping while teaching 4 classes (and running, so far, 4 extra workshops just in the first 2.5 weeks). And one of those classes is a class… Continue reading Things on and off my needles
I actually finished these mitts (and took these pictures) a little before Christmas, but I finally had a chance to give them to my friend yesterday! https://flic.kr/p/2o6MrfD Pattern: Joy, by Ysolda TeagueYarn: Lichen (from my Ysolda Care Package) in a natural grey, plus scraps of Rauma Finullgarn and Knitpicks PaletteNeedles: Size 4 Chiaogoo circulars (magic… Continue reading more Joy
One week from today, I'll be teaching my first day of classes of Spring Semester. This "break" has felt so, so short, and I don't really feel ready for it to be over. Not least because my classes aren't actually set up yet! My kid went back to school on Tuesday, so I spent Tuesday… Continue reading one week until Spring Semester
As a "start as you mean to go on" sort of thing, I suppose having a finished project on January 1st ain't so bad! I actually bound off my Pressed Flowers Shawl on December 30th, but the blocking process pushed it into the new year. https://flic.kr/p/2o97aCM Pattern: Pressed Flowers, by Amy ChristoffersYarn: Ysolda "Lichen" yarn… Continue reading Hello, 2023.
2022 was a hard year. It was a year of loss: two of our three cats died 3 weeks apart during the first half of the year, and their deaths cast a long shadow over the rest of the year. And there were the more ambiguous losses that came with Twitter being taken over by… Continue reading Farewell, 2022.
Hello from Between the Years! (A phrase that always occurs to my brain in German before it does in English, hence the title of this post.) This weird space in between the Solstice and the New Year where time doesn't really make any sense and I have no idea what day it is (it's Tuesday,… Continue reading Zwischen den Jahren
In my last post, I mentioned the "calm before the storm" and the impending onslaught of portfolios to grade. As of a few moments ago, I have now graded all of the portfolios that could be graded (turns out that when you have a somewhat significant number of students who didn't finish the classes, this… Continue reading Flowers in the eye of the storm
In my move onto Mastodon from Twitter, I ended up connecting with some new fiber arts folks, and learned of the #FastenOffYAL that was taking place during December. It's a celebration of designers and yarns who offer their products off Ravelry, and a space where those who aren't able to use the site anymore can… Continue reading The calm “Beelore” the storm?
Just in time for kiddo's 11th birthday, I finished the Professor Meow pullover! https://flic.kr/p/2o2vXet A very happy new 11 year old in her new kitty sweater. Pattern: Professor Meow Pullover from KnitpicksYarn: Knitpicks Wonderfluff in Goji Heather and Beehive HeatherNeedles: Size 10.5 circularsTime to knit: About 3 weeks, including ripping and reknitting the front Just… Continue reading Professor Meow Pullover is complete!
Welp, I made a whole bunch of progress on Professor Meow this weekend, but then made a disappointing discovery: Professor Meow's face is off-center. https://flic.kr/p/2o1Cz6v Look closely - there are 21 stitches on the right of the nose and only 19 on the left. Curses! Between this and the mishap with the Joy Mitts that… Continue reading Apparently I cannot count.
Yesterday, we had our very first snow of the season! It didn't stick, but it was beautiful to watch it fall. It started while I was in a space with other folks from my UU church who are interested in learning more about nature-centered pagan practices for celebrating the turns of the seasons, and I… Continue reading first snow and other delights
Time changes, like the one we just experienced this weekend, are always difficult for me, and I am predictably feeling all sorts of discombobulated today. The light outside my window is lovely but it's not when or where I expect it to be, and my brain is very confused about whether I'm feeling hungry or… Continue reading discombobulated
This weekend, as evidenced on Instagram, much of the online knitting world was at Rhinebeck. I was not, and I'm fine with that. I'm glad to have gone in the past, but honestly...the crowds were always overwhelming, and the fallout from the Ravelry stuff has left me feeling pretty disconnected from much of the online… Continue reading Mid-October.
Last week, I completed my 5th round of “100 Days of Practice”. For those who don’t know, the “100 Days of Practice” hashtag was originated on Instagram by the violinist Hilary Hahn, who is one of my very favorite human beings in the entire world, and who helped create a really wonderful and supportive community… Continue reading 500 Days of Practice