in the meantime

this was yesterday morning waiting for the school bus.IMG_7509cropthis was today’s wait.IMG_7517cropthings change so quickly.

it’s already hard to remember how warm it was last week

and whether or not winter usually starts this early

or if we just want it to wait,

so it feels too early year after year after year.

on a warmer note,'Lind' by Talitha Kuomi

this free pattern

was released today

both on

the knitter’s pride blog

and in german on knit pro.

tomorrow isn’t supposed

to get above 40 degrees all day.

i intend to put my lind on and wear it, pulled down low,

all day as i adjust to the chill,

or longer (until i dig out

my other hats).

‘yesterday’ taken from 8:8-9 of job.

behind and ahead and inbetween

on sunday, the 9th,

i asked an ‘do you know what this is?’ question.

lickety-split, brenda guessed right over on facebook.

not long after, samm guessed right here on the blog.

you guys are so smart.

i was fascinated, but had no idea at all what it was until i read

the ‘good karma farm’ tag.

that’s the ‘behind’ part (as in i’m behind on giving the answer).

on tuesday, not quite so long ago, classic elite yarns let me

guest post on their blog.

i’m always happy for an excuse to write.

i do so love the process of getting my feelings wrangled

into solid form.

now, for the ‘ahead’ part.

tomorrow a new hat pattern of mine will be released.

a couple of weeks ago (here we go back again),

my daughter took photos of that hat and me.

the graphic pop of her shots i just love.

i didn’t realize until aftewards

how the details of

the hat got

lost.

in the end it works out well, because now i can show you these as

a sneak peek a day early.'hita' collage for fbi also just made this the new header on my facebook page.

if we aren’t friends over there already, let’s fix that right now.

i’m very friendly (smile).

 ‘ahead’ taken from 4:25 of proverbs.

flashing back

Image

so interesting to spend saturday

at one of my old colleges (i skidded through 4 before landing)

for the homecoming weekend festivities.

we, my teenager and i, split our time between munro hall

(where an artisan gallery held works by various alumni)

and the pretty grounds in front of gardner hall (the admin building).

we also snuck in photo taking for two upcoming patterns.

can’t show you fully yet, but here’s a sneak peek

of the rest of the scene with the knitting cropped out.IMG_7061bloga beautiful day with just the right amount of cloud cover

to give us some fun artistic freedom with the pics.

i do love it when a plan comes together.

‘cloud’ taken from 13:21 of exodus.

cey & i: fresh copy

there comes a time when

so much is scribbled out and written in

that you need to just print a whole new chart to clear your head.

at least that’s what happens to me.IMG_6476crop2despite all the ‘3 steps forward and 2 steps back’ over this last design

i have cast on and am all forward motion now.

still anticipating a tangent, or two,

but it’s a good start.

having to chart this one

and longing to be mobile, i have once again

turned to my new knitter’s pride magna pattern holder.

i’m finding that i so prefer this to all the other

more awkward ways i’ve tried to keep track on charts before.

highlighters, highlighter tape and just crossing out

IMG_6471are frustrating compared

to the simplicity

of moving the magnetic strip

to wherever i am

at any given moment.

steady on.

me & the magma,

& my minnow merino,

and these square

‘symfonie cubics’ needles

are going to be best buds

for the next couple of weeks give or take a little,

and i’m chomping at the bit to go, go, go.

‘compare’ from 28:17-18 of job.

(this post is part of an ongoing series,

chronicling my collaboration with classic elite yarns on

an indie collection.  all posts tagged with ‘ artistic differences‘ and titled ‘ useful site cey & i‘.)

have holder, will travel

it’s beautiful outside.

well, beautiful to this new englander.

it feels like early fall, a bit early i admit

but since spring and fall are my very favorites so

it’s all good with me.

the kids want to play outside

(i’m all for this) and i want to watch.

best of both worlds would be to watch and knit,

but i’ve written a new chart to test out and

there’s a breeze.

not a good combo that

normally would change my plans.

that is until i acquired this magma pattern holder from knitter’s pride.IMG_5715the smaller size fits my half page, the magnets keep it still and

suddenly i’m portable!

 this is so great. now i’ve got my sights set

on the larger sized one.

think of all the places i could go with that one.

‘test’ taken from 12:21 of job.

the horizon

three days ago

i dropped my oldest off at camp.

overnight camp – for seven days for the very first time.

surely she’s making friends and having a great time.

the lake was so lovely and the people so nice, that i wanted

to grab a bunk and stay myself.  truly, i did.

her being away just makes home different.

it’s not quiet here as i’ve got 3 kids remaining of my own,

and often 3 or so from the neighborhood on any given day,

but the space filled by my oldest is oddly empty.

this puts me in a thinking mood.

i’m seeing some personal ruts i want to break out of,

some walls i want to break down,

and pondering what new adventures i want to begin…

as a small start, i have this lovely _

(in the colorway ‘confiture’)

from julie asselin.

the adventure part is that i have in mind

a shape that is new to me (although not uncommon)

and i want it to be somewhat lacy.

not this kind of lacy

(don’t get your hopes up), but lacy none-the-less.

since things feel different here this week,

i’m also revved up to try my new square needles from knitter’s pride.

IMG_5601cropi wasn’t sure how they would feel to hold in my hands,

but although they feel different,

they don’t feel square.

the wood is smooth and warm (as opposed to the chill of some metallics).

the grain is very pretty which makes my artistic side happy.

my practical side didn’t really care what they looked like one little bit,

but it’s glad that the artistic side of me isn’t griping.

i’ll need to knit a little more with them

to find the words to describe

just how they feel

‘different’.

maybe i’ll be able to explain

about the same time my sweet girl arrives home

full of stories and new outlooks and penpals galore.  can’t wait.