i guess he told me

i was taking just a moment on the couch

to glance through the new vogue knitting (spring/summer 2015).

i have just read page twenty-two,

when my four year old finds me.

‘mama’, he says,’can i see?’

‘of course’,

i say, as i spread the magazine out onto the paint table.

‘who’s this?’IMG_8888dar(he is pointing to the zealana model at the very top of page twenty-three).

‘that’, i say, ‘is someone

who wants you to see the knitting she is wearing

and smile because you and she both know that you could knit the same thing for yourself.’

‘i like that, mama.  what is this place?’IMG_8889dar(he is pointing to the inside of lys ‘string theory’)

‘that is the inside of a yarn shop’, i tell him.

‘i think that her friends are in thereIMG_8890darand she should go find them.  right here!’

(he is pointing to the front door of string theory yarn company.)

what can i do except to nod my head and smile?

because i think he is

absolutely right.

‘finds’ taken from 119:162 of the psalms.


my friend kat and i

were roomies for vklive in ny.

walking from penn station to central park the next day,

i was struggling to nutshell my feelings about new york city:

the architecture, the experiences and my first time there memories.

as i stumbled over my own thoughts

saying awkwardly

that i felt like i was in the middle of

the histories of so many different cultures and people,

kat opened her mouth and

explained perfectly what i was failing to say well.

‘you are trying to say that new york city’, she said,

‘is like the yarn tasting table swatches at the end of vklive weekend’.

nyc collageever the oblivious one, i said, ‘what?’ and she explained.

at the beginning of the weekend, the yarn tasting tables

each have a full bowl of different yarns

and empty needles.

as the weekend goes along,

hundreds of people stop to ‘taste’.  the first there will cast on.

those who follow will knit or purl or yarnover,

whatever is the most natural to them or

moves them in

the moment.

so, at the end of the weekend,

you wind up with great swatches packed to the brim with

different stitches, different gauges, different personalities

all laid end to end, coexisting in the one knit piece.

those pieces are interesting, a bit quirky, and beautiful in their own way.

yes kat, that’s exactly what i was trying to say

about nyc and my weekend

at vklive ny.


‘walking’ taken from 17:39 of first samuel.