Monthly Archives: April 2006

What would I do?

I’ve been thinking this morning about a quote I heard somewhere, and it is loosely this: What would you do (or attempt to do) if you knew you could not fail?

Interesting, no?

There are a lot of things I’ve tried over the years, I think it’s important to try lots of things…you never know what you’ll enjoy or be really good at. Thus, there are many things that I’ve failed at over the years and with each failure, I’ve become more cautious. But what would I attempt TODAY if I knew I could not possibly fail?

I’d open a yarn shop/coffee place, a place where I would encourage community. There would be great coffee and goodies, comfy leather seating and lot’s of yummy yarn and tools. There would even be bistro tables where non-knitters could enjoy a cuppa something and check their email on their laptops using my WiFi connection. There would be classes, and knit nights; singles nights and guys nights; book signings and trunk shows. We would sell books and buttons, high end yarn and a bit of ‘starter yarn,’ luxury needles and basic tools and everyone would feel welcomed and embrace and encouraged and successful.

I’d write a novel. I would be able to work anywhere, travel the world and call it research and carry a spiffy briefcase without looking stupid. I could have my own home office, could leave a message on the phone that said “please leave a message, I’m listening to my muse” and folks would know I was working. I might be prolific like John Grisham or Danielle Steele or have one huge success and call it good, like Harper Lee. Perhaps I would sell the movie rights and have a hand in producing a motion picture.

And I’d by a lottery ticket.

What would you try????

Okay. Today’s Favorite Foto is from one of my favorite places in this world, Estes Park and in this case Rocky Mountain National Park. Each autumn we make the trip up to the Park for a few days of camping and elk watching. The colors are magnificent, and weather is usually lovely and the elk are oh so close. As the sun begins to go down, the meadows are filled with these incredible animals, calling to each other and claiming their territory. Sometimes you catch a skirmish between bulls as one tries to take over another’s harem. The young ones stick close to their mamma’s and none of them are bothered by our presence. In times past I’ve been as close as 10 feet or so, and the elk merely looked up and kept grazing. It is my favorite time of year hear in Colorado, and although we’ve been to the park at all times of year, autumn is by far the best. There’s nothing like waking up to the sounds of elk in the meadow, or even nibbling on the bushes right next to your bed. Fabulous.

Have a wonderful weekend. Try something new!

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Is it time to panic yet?

I’ve just gotten back from ‘sitting’ with a sick friend, where I got a bit a knitting done between running up and down stairs fetching things. I was working on the red cardi and I think I have another inch and a half or so to go on the back section. Concern over how the sleeves will interface with the body has been eclipsed by the worry that I will run out of yarn. When I did the math in the beginning, I figured out how much the sweater should take, and added 10%, perhaps 15%. I haven’t reached full out panic yet, but the thought that I may need to make a call to KnitPicks has crossed my mind. Tell me what you think….I just started a new ball a couple rows back, and I have four complete balls left.

(sorry for the crummy photo)

As I was packing up projects this morning to take along to my friends house, I looked for my Project Spectrum sock….it has gone missing (or more likely I did not perform the most thorough of searches). I am loath to admit that I’ve been ignoring the poor sock, but truthfully, I’m not enjoying it. The yarn (Cascade Fixation) combined with the pattern is just not doing it for me, it’s hard on my fingers and doesn’t really show the lace pattern at all….another poor choice made when I was a younger knitter. It’s clear to me that it will not be finished before the month is out, if at all any time soon. Life is to short to knit things you really are not enjoying, don’t you think?

Now I really must go and get a few things done that were neglected while little dude was here.

And maybe find that #$%^&* sock.

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Is it time to panic yet?

I’ve just gotten back from ‘sitting’ with a sick friend, where I got a bit a knitting done between running up and down stairs fetching things. I was working on the red cardi and I think I have another inch and a half or so to go on the back section. Concern over how the sleeves will interface with the body has been eclipsed by the worry that I will run out of yarn. When I did the math in the beginning, I figured out how much the sweater should take, and added 10%, perhaps 15%. I haven’t reached full out panic yet, but the thought that I may need to make a call to KnitPicks has crossed my mind. Tell me what you think….I just started a new ball a couple rows back, and I have four complete balls left.

(sorry for the crummy photo)

As I was packing up projects this morning to take along to my friends house, I looked for my Project Spectrum sock….it has gone missing (or more likely I did not perform the most thorough of searches). I am loath to admit that I’ve been ignoring the poor sock, but truthfully, I’m not enjoying it. The yarn (Cascade Fixation) combined with the pattern is just not doing it for me, it’s hard on my fingers and doesn’t really show the lace pattern at all….another poor choice made when I was a younger knitter. It’s clear to me that it will not be finished before the month is out, if at all any time soon. Life is to short to knit things you really are not enjoying, don’t you think?

Now I really must go and get a few things done that were neglected while little dude was here.

And maybe find that #$%^&* sock.

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White Space

I love the little guy, really I do, but this morning he’s at ‘school,’ the house is quiet and I’m enjoying what DH and I used to refer to as ‘white space.’ Loosely defined, white space is that time when you are–at least temporarily–free from the responsibilities of parenting. It’s being able to shop, get a massage or just go to the bathroom without company. White space is best enjoyed all by yourself, but can also be enjoyed at Starbucks with a good friend. Mom and Dad come home this afternoon, and then it’s back to my ‘no life’ routine.

I got the second slipper done in bed last night…..just in time for sunshine and 70 today (ahh springtime). At least it was knitting, and it was a nice diversion from all the big projects. Later today I might get to the cardi.

Since it’s Wednesday…..it must be time for a New Word. Predilection is a noun which means an established preference for something. This word stems from the Latin verb legere, which means “to gather” or “to read” and is the source of many other English word such as: collect, lesson, sacrilege and legume. I have no idea what beans have to do with reading or gathering, but it is interesting none the less. Of course this word made me think of knitters (you knew I would get around to that didn’t you??). Most of us have a predilection for one fiber or another, one type of needle over another, possibly even one gauge over another. When skimming magazines or pattern books, our predilections determine what appeals to us. In yarn stores, our purchases are strongly influenced by our predilections. In the larger crafting world, our predilections lead us to knitting or quilting, photography or painting, quilting or scrapbooking. From the clothes we wear, to the pets we own, to the places we vacation, our lives are a testament to our predilections.

I think I’ll go indulge my predilection for knitting…..or perhaps reading

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White Space

I love the little guy, really I do, but this morning he’s at ‘school,’ the house is quiet and I’m enjoying what DH and I used to refer to as ‘white space.’ Loosely defined, white space is that time when you are–at least temporarily–free from the responsibilities of parenting. It’s being able to shop, get a massage or just go to the bathroom without company. White space is best enjoyed all by yourself, but can also be enjoyed at Starbucks with a good friend. Mom and Dad come home this afternoon, and then it’s back to my ‘no life’ routine.

I got the second slipper done in bed last night…..just in time for sunshine and 70 today (ahh springtime). At least it was knitting, and it was a nice diversion from all the big projects. Later today I might get to the cardi.

Since it’s Wednesday…..it must be time for a New Word. Predilection is a noun which means an established preference for something. This word stems from the Latin verb legere, which means “to gather” or “to read” and is the source of many other English word such as: collect, lesson, sacrilege and legume. I have no idea what beans have to do with reading or gathering, but it is interesting none the less. Of course this word made me think of knitters (you knew I would get around to that didn’t you??). Most of us have a predilection for one fiber or another, one type of needle over another, possibly even one gauge over another. When skimming magazines or pattern books, our predilections determine what appeals to us. In yarn stores, our purchases are strongly influenced by our predilections. In the larger crafting world, our predilections lead us to knitting or quilting, photography or painting, quilting or scrapbooking. From the clothes we wear, to the pets we own, to the places we vacation, our lives are a testament to our predilections.

I think I’ll go indulge my predilection for knitting…..or perhaps reading

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Ah……Naptime

I’ve got just a wee bit before the little dude is up from his nap…..I tell ya; when you’re used to having your days completely to yourself, suddenly being back in Mom Mode is quite a shock. Given 2 child free hours presents a conundrum; do I knit or nap, read or shower, catch up on email or housework?

We woke up this morning to very cold temperatures, somewhere in the 20’s. After breakfast we turned our attention to Lego and……


…..knitting slippers. I know, it’s not the cardi (or either of the socks in progress), but the dude needed something on his feet and what’s better than handknit, wool, slippers? Yes, yes, superwash wool would be better, but ya gotta use whatcha got. I was really hoping to be done by lunch, but being surrounded by Lego and pleas for help prevented that kind of progress, and I really needed a shower, SO…we’ll be aiming for after nap or at least well before Mr. Brad comes home.

In addition to not getting much knitting done, there’s something else I noticed: I have no idea what’s going on in the world. My routine usually involves watching the news in the morning, and I’m beginning to suffer withdrawals. Perhaps we should suggest to PBS that at the top and bottom of the hour they toss in 5 minutes of news for the grown-ups, I don’t think Arthur and Barney would mind.

I’m going to make this short so I can make the most out of the quiet time I have left…we have a busy afternoon ahead.

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Ah……Naptime

I’ve got just a wee bit before the little dude is up from his nap…..I tell ya; when you’re used to having your days completely to yourself, suddenly being back in Mom Mode is quite a shock. Given 2 child free hours presents a conundrum; do I knit or nap, read or shower, catch up on email or housework?

We woke up this morning to very cold temperatures, somewhere in the 20’s. After breakfast we turned our attention to Lego and……


…..knitting slippers. I know, it’s not the cardi (or either of the socks in progress), but the dude needed something on his feet and what’s better than handknit, wool, slippers? Yes, yes, superwash wool would be better, but ya gotta use whatcha got. I was really hoping to be done by lunch, but being surrounded by Lego and pleas for help prevented that kind of progress, and I really needed a shower, SO…we’ll be aiming for after nap or at least well before Mr. Brad comes home.

In addition to not getting much knitting done, there’s something else I noticed: I have no idea what’s going on in the world. My routine usually involves watching the news in the morning, and I’m beginning to suffer withdrawals. Perhaps we should suggest to PBS that at the top and bottom of the hour they toss in 5 minutes of news for the grown-ups, I don’t think Arthur and Barney would mind.

I’m going to make this short so I can make the most out of the quiet time I have left…we have a busy afternoon ahead.

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