road trip: day seven

we spent a good

part of today

driving alongside

the blue ridge mountains

‘why are they blue?

trees on mountains aren’t blue.’

this was backseat commentary

from my 5 yr old boy.

who after a little quiet

continued on with,

‘i feel so small when we are

driving beside them.”

and today

i relate as i

am feeling so very

unworthy of having been given

the gift, for that is what it is,

of being allowed to raise another

woman’s infant son.

“oh Lord

am i good enough?

when this world


as hard

as it does

and we both know

how it shakes some people up.

so how did You decide to give me so much love?”

‘raise’ taken from 8:1 in proverbs.

soundtrack of the day: ‘lorraine’ by lori mckenna.

sts on the road: coriandi and some hush, hush project knitting.

road trip: day four

soundtrack of the day brought to you by lori mckenna

“my life is pieces of paper

that i’ll get back to later to tell you a story…”









yarn tags





“my life is

green grass through snow

sweet reckless hope,

and baby i know

what matters

the most.”

eye candy created by esther of jazzturtle.

2.5 hours alone in the van to think and breathe courtesy of all this knitscene fun.

‘matters’ taken from 4:15 out of first timothy.

road trip: day three

no road today,

(which is great)

and still no snow.

even brown leaves

are shocking in lieu of

what we left just two days ago.

snapped these playing in the yard

while the kids darted here and there.

oh how i can miss what is buried

so deeply under the

drifts at home.

my oldest and her cousin

cozied into the couch

to knit tonight.

such fun.

love seeing them

starting up-

so intent, so new.

i was (almost) exactly

their age when i first knit.

taught them today to

add beads w/dental floss.

what a breath of fresh air

as i watched them

with the endless




inside their

young heads.

‘seeing’ taken from 15:31 in matthew.

sts away from home: played with openwork in berroco ‘remix’. kitchenered ‘tamarisk’.

road trip: day two


day one‘s


still ringing

in our ears,

we sallied forth


the remains of

an ice storm

into rain


ending in

the land without precipitation.

‘where did you put the snow, mama?’

i love

that they think me capable

of erasing

every last bit

of the winter whiteness


that we left

this wonderland

at home sweet home.

and let me just say

that we all felt

exactly like this

to be out of the van

hugging our cousins,

settling in for our visit

and peeling off layers for the warmth.

soundtrack of the day: bill harley’s ‘there’s a pea on my plate’:

there’s a pea on my plate that my mother put there
she knows i don’t like peas but she doesn’t care
she says come on try it now it’s not the worst
if you want some ice cream, you must eat that pea first
and i really did put the pea on my spoon
but i made a mistake and my mouth closed too soon
it slipped off the spoon and fell on to the floor
my mom said don’t worry, she’s got plenty more…

‘warmth’ taken from 19:6 in the psalms.

sts on the road: 3/4 sleeves of a cardi done & 2 skeins of noro kogarashi balled.

road trip: day one

we were

planning to leave

wednesday morning,

but decide

to head out early


to outrun yet another

incoming snow.

with a fresh 3 inches

on the ground

we face ‘helga’ due south

and hit the gas.


the following ‘soundtrack of the day’ brought to you by lucy, and good ol’ charlie brown:

and way up there the little stars and planets
make the rain that falls in showers
and when it’s cold and winter is upon us
the snow comes up! just like the flowers!

now lucy, i know that’s wrong.
snow does not come up, it comes down.

after it comes up the wind blows it around so
it looks like it’s coming down but actually
it comes up out of the ground like grass!
it comes up charlie brown!
snow comes up!

oh good grief!

‘ground’ taken from 3:19 in genesis.

‘little known facts’ from the musical ‘you’re a good man, charlie brown’.

sts on the road: final rnds of the new ‘tamarisk’ in the photo. in test knitting now.