good, bad and just because

short hair is

so great, except when it’s not.

those of you with short hair know exactly what i mean.

for those of you who don’t,

i’ll give a quick review on ‘bedhead’.

the more short strands of hair on any given head,

the more likely that in the simple act of sleeping

these strands will meet the pillow in an off-kilter way

producing what my kids lovingly call

‘mama’s morning hair’.

when i had longer hair, the sheer weight of the length of it

would pull sleep related quirkiness straight after a short time awake and vertical.

with short hair, this is not the case.

some times (emphasis on ‘some’), a little water and

a brush will smooth things out,

but my hair is nothing if not stubborn

so more often throwing on a great knit hat

is the best way to go.

but, in the warmer weather, a hat is too much.

irregardless, bad hair days persist through the summer months.'asheville' (1) courtesy of feel good yarn companyasheville‘ is my cure

for turning every warm and sunny day

into a good hair day

or for adding that added extra touch of pizazz

for any old day that the mood strikes me.

the lycra in the silverspun pulls the stitches in just enough

to keep your bad hair secret safe

and the cotton is dreamy soft.

for those of you who have enviably good hair days consistently:

first, don’t tell me who you are

because it will make it hard for me to continue to like you.

second, the ‘asheville’ pattern includes a longer version

that can be worn as a breezy scarf.

because, although i am

a bit jealous,

people with good hair should have nice knit things, too.

‘envy’ taken from 14:30 of proverbs.

photo courtesy of feel good yarn company.  photographer: caro sheridan


one day i

saw this great pic

(i think it was on etsy)

of crochet fingerless gloves.

what caught my eye was the horizontal thumb holes.

98e0f81ebe0e658983cde961b084f17clowerhalfthe thought that an elogated buttonhole could work for a thumb,

led me to leap onto an entirely different train of thought.

it meant sleekness (which i love).

it meant that a stitch pattern could be uninterrupted (which i love).

it meant no fussy shaping for a knitter to get bogged down in (which i love).

all that was holding me back from knitting some up

IMG_4066cropwas the matter of how to not lose

the elegance of the simplicity

when adding curves,

because loose, ill-fitting gloves

i really don’t love.

the lycra in the mix of silverspun

easily solved that lingering dilemma.

so i sketched (albeit badly)

and swatched,

and submitted

and waited

and thanks to feel good yarn company,

carrboro became real.

IMG_4797crop2the look book for the full ‘simply silver’ collection can be found here.

the patterns are each sold individually.

‘waited’ taken from 8:10 of genesis.

let me tell you how it happened

first, the name silverspun

makes me think of spinning a tale

which means i’m going to begin like this…

once upon a time

there was a girl (that’s me)

whose feet were almost always cold.

even in the heat of flip-flop season, her piggies could get icy.

then one day, this girl (still me)

saw these snazzy flip-flops with built in coziness.sanuk3‘whoa’, she thought, ‘those are just what i need, except…

being a mama, she wondered…

how will i wash them clean?’

so she thought, and she thought, and she thought some more

until she realized that she could knit up her own.

yup, sometimes she can miss the obvious.

when she met up with silverspun for the first time,

she knew, ‘this is the yarn for these.’

the feel good yarn company graciously agreed

and the kinston yoga socks were born.
IMG_4823cropflipalthough, truth be told,

i’ve, i mean she’s, never done yoga and has packed her pair

(along with a couple of pair of flip-flops)

for the maine beach town that is calling her name.

more pics on that when i finish packing

and finally get there…

‘graciously’ taken from 33:5 of genesis.