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Archive for January, 2018

KLL Month 1

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

I completed the fronts of Ketch with their lace inserts just in time for the Month 1 Knitter's Life List deadline. The lace is from a Japanese knitting stitch collection. Most of the stitches in there are combinations of cables, traveling stitches, texture stitches, and a bit of laciness. This is one of the laciest, […]


Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

I suddenly remembered the school I attended in second grade: Lugonia School. I was knitting and binge-watching Monk, and there was a truck driving through the mountains. I remembered riding the bus from San Bernardino, where I lived, to Lugonia Elementary. Strange, eh? The current school was built a couple of years before I was […]

Food, Habits, and Desire

Monday, January 29th, 2018

I'm reading You Are What You Love in Sunday School. I missed Sunday School yesterday, but I read the chapter. The author is talking about how our desires can go astray, and how we can fix that. He uses his own experiences with food to illustrate his point. He describes how, over a period of […]

Ketch Nearing Completion

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Too stripey? I don't know. However, I have completed the lace panels, a January KLL challenge, and in fact have completed the fronts and back of the sweater. Lace looks like nothing at all before you block it. So I'm blocking it. Bisi is helping me. Bisi loves wool with a love that is deep, […]

Real Phobias

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

#2 daughter got back into town, picked up her dog, and went home. In between her arrival and departure, we had her brother and sister and niece in for brunch, watched Monk, and talked about her week in Charleston. The topic of phobias arose. #2 daughter and I both have phobias, and so does #1 […]

Blood Blister

Friday, January 26th, 2018

I pinched my finger in the closet door and I now have a gruesome looking blood blister. It's black and gray, not colors I normally see in my skin. It hurts quite a bit. I did this while walking around to my husband's side of the bed in the middle of the night to adjust […]

DNA: Great-grandparents Armand and Berthe

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Here they are, Armand and Berthe of Pau, in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques. They were the parents of Lole. When I met him, Armand was known to everyone as Bonpapa. He used an ear trumpet, having become deaf during WWI. His father was the mayor of Salies de Bearn. He owned a shoe factory. Cousin Gilles says, […]

The Consequences of an Organized Stash

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

My nicely organized yarn stash has wrought a change in my attitudes.     First, I don’t want to switch from one project to another. Even knowing that my sweet grandbaby has grown out of all her newborn size sweaters, I want to keep making Ketch.   I have a dozen sweaters planned and I’m […]

The Knitting Life List for January

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

  I have a plan to work through the Knitter's Life List this year. Of course, I already have a lot of things checked off and I don't expect to check off all the items remaining. But I am doing one item from each chapter each month, in hopes of becoming much more well-rounded by […]

Sacred Habits

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

I'm reading You Are What You Love in Sunday School. The author suggests that we are less influenced by our beliefs and conscious decisions about our religious life than by the habits we develop from the "liturgies" — the ritualistic repeated actions — in our lives in and outside of church. He claims that only […]

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