Yarn Along! – February 13, 2013

Happy Ash Wednesday!  I guess it seems sort of odd to wish someone a “happy” Ash Wednesday, since Lent on a whole isn’t a very cheerful season of anticipation, the way Advent is.  And it seems like we JUST finished Christmas a few weeks ago.  I am really hoping, after the disaster which was Easter 2011 (D acted like a jerk all weekend) and Easter 2012 (D told me he wanted to separate), that Easter 2013 is a resounding success and a reminder of just why I used to love the holiday so much.

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I am working on a Honey Cowl on US 8’s with a skein of Noro Chirimen that my friend Drea bought for me last year at a closeout sale for $5 a skein (I know, Noro for $5!  It’s unheard of!).  It’s a very soft blend of cotton, silk, and wool — not very stretchy but still nice and soft.

As for what I am reading?  Well, of course, The Behemoth, but at over 1,000 pages (including notes and bibliography) it’s not exactly something I take with me to work, so I leave it at home.  On my Kindle, I am reading Why You Think The Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home by Dr. Glenn Sunshine, who just happens to be one of my professors.  Dr. S. is big into the whys and wherefores of worldview, and the book is (thus far) very good.  I’m only into like…chapter five, I think?  But I am enjoying it.

Random bonus picture of me with Tabby, my little kitty:

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She was not thrilled to be part of the picture.

Hooking up with Ginny over at Small Things

Yarn Along! – January 16, 2013

I haven’t done a Yarn Along in months, and I don’t think I’ve ever done one on this blog, but two years ago I would quite frequently hook up with Ginny over on Small Things for her weekly blog post.  Since I am both reading and knitting right now, I thought I’d do it again, and hopefully try to get back into doing it weekly.

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I am still plugging along on the Noro Silk Garden hat that I started last week.  It is ridiculously simple and easy, but with school and work and whathaveyou I just haven’t really had the time to sit down and really plug away at it.  Though I was watching She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth on Youtube recently, and getting some knitting done.  Female monarchs fascinate me; female monarchs in the time before feminism was recognized even more so.  It’s amazing what these incredible women had to overcome in order to take their rightful places as rulers of one of the most dynamic and sophisticated courts in Europe.

Unsurprisingly, I am reading a novel that takes place around the time of one of these notorious women’s reigns — Queen Isabella — and it’s Ken Follett’s World Without End, the sequel to his epic novel The Pillars of the Earth, about the people who live in the small village of Kingsbridge, England.  Like all of Follett’s fiction, it’s long…over 1,000 pages, and I’m about 51% of the way through with it, according to Goodreads.  It’s very good, but slow-going — it’s not quite up to the standard set by Pillars, which I read in January of 2011 and fell in love with (review can be read on my old blog, here), but it’s still an excellent book.  I admire the way that Follett seamlessly blends historical fact with historical fiction, and the way you can never quite tell if his characters are good, evil, sympathetic, sociopathic, etc.  He is a great talent.
Do you read or knit?  What are you working on today?

Fragile Days

Today I am feeling fragile.  This is not a completely alien emotion, but it certainly is an unwelcome one.  It’s one of those days where, as Crazy Bruce, my therapist, says, “the goal is just to make it to bedtime in one piece.”  That is how I feel.  No going above and beyond today, just get through the work day, and everything else will fall into place.

Some of that has to do with the emotions swirling in my head from my last entry.  And some of that has to do with just these feelings of convolution and being lost that I’ve been experiencing since Sunday evening.  Certainties aren’t so certain anymore.  I don’t know which way is up.

When I get in these sort of moods, I always go back to my default: simple knitting.

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My friend Drea gave me two balls of Noro Silk Garden for Christmas this year, and I’m using it to make a simple hat.  I’ve never knit with Silk Garden before (just Silk Garden Sock, which, ironically, I made into a pair of socks for Drea this past year).  I’m knitting it in a simple 1×1 rib, that will eventually give way to stockinette when the brim is done.  It’s about all I feel capable of right now.

Tonight I have my great-aunt’s wake, and then I plan on going home and putting on pj’s, watching SVU, and knitting.

At least my makeup looks good today (I think so).  I sort of half-heartedly tried a semi-smokey eye.  Not perfect, but…I’m getting there.

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More tomorrow, when I’m not feeling so fragile.

Struggling through Hurricane Sandy

It’s been a scary day in New England today.  The roads in Connecticut were closed at 1 PM.  We’re all treed in our houses, and the worst of the storm hit at 6 PM (supposedly).  The wind and the rain are howling pretty badly.  Every second we have power, I’m grateful for.

This is how I’m combating the hurricane:

Barefoot Pink Moscato and squares from the Giant Sock Yarn Blanket.  I started the Blanket a few years ago, but unfortunately the squares I made have gone missing.  Ah well, no big shame, they’re fun to make and take almost no time at all per square.

Everyone stay safe!