The Space Between

My husband commented on my blog name the other day.  I describe this site as “a little about knitting, and a lot about nothing”.  He kissed me and said I “fill the space between knitting and nothing nicely.”  I thought that was a sweet thing to say.  My hunny has such a clever way with words, and he is never at a loss for saying things that just melt my heart.

What have I been up to?  A question that has been burning in your hearts, no doubt.

Scoreboard Cowl - Steelers

In the knitting department, I finished my third Scoreboard Cowl.  Who isn’t nutz about those Pittsburgh Steelers?  Black and Yellow.  The Killer Bees.  This year, I noticed a trend:  the team I pick has a losing season.  Next year I will knit one in the NE Patriots team colors.  I did something differently than in previous years.  Typically I delineate between games with a row or two in white.  This year I played with colorwork, while leaving the white out.  I wasn’t nuts about knitting with the three colors and this seemed like a cool way to show where one game ended and another began.   I am really pleased with the results and future cowls will use the same technique. You can find the details on my Ravelry page:  Killer Bees Scoreboard Cowl

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Other projects completed in 2018 were Bodhi Knit Washcloths from Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 7:  Ease.  If you have not had the pleasure of owning one of their guides, I suggest you do; each one shares a collection of knits from some very talented knitters with each guide based on a theme.  The Bodhi was one of the most addictive, enjoyable and portable projects I have ever knit.  The highlight of this project was having them shared on Instagram by the designer as well as the Mason-Dixon ladies!  I wrapped each cloth around a handmade soap from Merriweathers in Rhinebeck and gave them as Christmas gifts to my “knit worthy” friends and colleagues.

In other news:

Take a minute and check out the latest in “Razz…” and “Things I Love” for more on what I have been busying myself with lately.

What’s in my glass:  A Bourbon Negroni (look it up, it’s divine!)

What’s makin’ noise:  Oh, just 50 mph wind gusts!

Saint of the Day:  St. Tarasios – he was the first secretary to the Emperor Constantine and his mother, Irene.  Apparently he was a pretty big deal in his day.  One of the things he advocated for was that the practice of veneration of icons be restored in the church.  Personally, I would like to thank this man.  I love gazing on icons during prayer or meditation.  They are beautiful, inspirational and a tangible manifestation of the history of the faith.  Good job Tarasios, good job!

May you give and receive all that is good!

Love,

Regina

Hiding a Multitude of Sin

Daddy and me at 3 months
Daddy and me

Let me explain the title of this post.  My daddy would often use this phrase to describe the benefit of things like heavy sauces and long overcoats!  This was not an original saying, obviously; it originated from the Bible.  If you knew my daddy, you would have guessed this, I’m sure.  Five years ago on this date, daddy left this world to the sweet sounds of supplication to the Blessed Mother by his ‘favorite middle child’.  (that would be me, y’all!)  May his soul and those of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and may divine assistance remain with him.

I should have finished this post two days ago, but I was too cranky to write.  You all deserve better.

Back to the blog, and the title of the post.  I have been craving a pair of socks on the needles since I frogged my Cheese-head Socks (you can see why in my previous post.)  My intention is to do something a little different with each pair of socks I knit, and this latest WIP is no different.  After participating in Knit Stars 3.0, I was inspired by Arne and Carlos to try Norwegian knitting.  Norwegian knitting is done in the Continental style but with less movement between the yarn and your left index finger.  I can’t explain better than the fellas, so please check out their You Tube channel for a video tutorial (sooo worth it!). How to Knit – Basics of Knitting – Arne & Carlos.  

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Hermione’s Everyday Sock

I chose a lovely yarn by the equally lovely Connie of ChileKnitz.  The color is Blue Jean.  The pattern I chose is the “Hermione’s Everyday Sock”.  Both offer the opportunity to practice skills and, in the case of the yarn, hide a multitude of sin!  I’ll admit, I have made a number of mistakes, and I have ripped out the heel at least 3 times.  To be honest, I don’t mind; I am continuing until I have a successful pair of sock.  This is a great learning experience.

Wanna know what else is a great learning experience?  Knowing my daddy!  I talked to him a lot this week.  I asked him about how to be a good spouse, a good parent, a good colleague and a good Christian, because I felt like I was struggling at all of them.  As in true daddy form, he was a man of few words!  What he did tell me was to turn to God and put my troubles at the foot of the cross.

Today’s Saint is:  St. Jerome Emiliani – he is the patron saint of abandoned children and orphans.  I wish all children could have a daddy like mine.  The world would be such a beautiful and gentle place for the young and young at heart.

Today’s beverage:  Makers Mark Bourbon on the rocks with a slip of lemon zest

Today’s sounds:  The Yarniacs Podcast.  Listen to it on Podbean!

Thank you for stopping by.

Hug a child today, if you have the good fortune (I did!!)

Until next time, may you have peace in your day.

Love,

Regina

So I’d like to know where, you got the notion

OK, soBanshee how many of you have that song by The Hues Corporation in your head now?  For that, I apologize.  I really do.  I woke up the other day with an Elton John song in my head for no particular reason and it wasn’t one of his better ones.   Regardless, it didn’t belong in there and it took the better part of the morning to get it out!

About notions.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites with you from time to time.

I am just about finished with my “Twas the Night Before Christmas” socks.  We all know that knitting with size 1 US dpns can be dicey at times, and I love a good challenge as much as the next gal, but when I discovered these little needle holders, I wondered how I had gotten on without them.  Check them out.  How cute are they???

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Double-pointed needle case
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They are even cute on the inside.  Like me!!

I purchased these on Etsy.  The shop is  Handmade by Jayney  and she has some really sweet items for sale.  They fit 6″ dpns perfectly.  In fact, I secured the needles that held the instep stitches in the case while I turned my heel.  I was like a woman on fire.  On FIRE!

The other super lovable notion I am using with this project is…

A Hello Kitty Lunchbox!!

Hello Kitty Lunchbox
Hello Kitty! Whatcha making?
Hello Kitty Lunchbox
Prepare to be amazed…

I know what you are thinking.  Regina, you have just blown my mind and I need a minute to process.

Take all the time  you need, my friend.  While you acclimate to your new-found enlightenment, let me further impress you by telling you that the stitch markers are kept in a Trader Joe’s Green Tea Mints tin, and yes…my Pilot G-2 pen is wearing a Hello Kitty band-aid to prevent people from walking off  with it.  As you see, it works like a charm.

I prefer using boxes like this because:

1. fancy-pants project bags snag my yarn on the zipper

2. fancy-pants project bags snag my money – have you priced some of these babies??

3. fancy-pants project bags don’t protect my needles against my 85 lb golden retriever’s rump, or protect my 85 lb golden retriever’s rump against my needles.

Win-win-win

Show me your stuff.  What is your favorite notion?

Sipping:  Killian’s Irish Red (Good ol’ Uncle George!)

Listening:  Why this, of course!

Today’s magnificent Saints are:  Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marta.  If you aren’t familiar with the story of Fatima, I encourage you to learn more about it here.  Really awesome stuff.

Have a wonderful week!

Hugs,

Regina

When Lent and Mid-life Collide

My husband is so freakin’ adorable.  He is a really wonderful man and he loves his faith – we both do – and Lent is a very meaningful time for us.  So, imagine my surprise when he lamented the fact that he was exempt from the prescribed days of fast and abstinence because he was a ‘man of a certain age’.   But what a wonderful way to view aging.  To him, though, it is not about what he has ‘lost’ rather, about what he has to gain.  Does that make sense?  To keep it real, even Snoopy had his moments!

On to knitting…

Oh boy am I enjoying the All-Ways Cowl.  I am also enjoying the compliments I am receiving!  Mind you, for all the years I have been knitting, I still look at my work with hyper-critical eyes.  Sure, I have made some oops on this project, but I am reluctant to rip back because the yarn is single ply and with too much fuss becomes wild and crazy!  Honestly?  The beading is really the focal point and if I get that part correct, it will be a stunner.  Wanna see an updated photo?  or two?

The photo on the left reflects the colors best.  Regardless of the outcome, I consider a project, knitting or otherwise, a success when I come away with a better understanding of how things work.  With this one, I have learned I must be very ginger with single-ply yarn.  I have learned that there are multiple methods for adding beads to your knitting and there are reasons for each.  I have also learned that leaving my knitting out at work attracts the curious, which results in the dropped stitches that immediately follow the cry of “oooh!  let me see what you’re working on!”  :cue the sound of beads bouncing off the desk:  I don’t have to tell you that the reason employers use that speckled, low-pile carpet is because it hides a multitude of sin, and in this case, teeny-tiny beads.

Other fun things on the needles include two pairs of socks, and a baby sweater for a little girl.  I will post more on these as I make progress; right now they are in their infancy.

20180215_125417.jpgIn my glass:  Coconut water and frozen fruit cubes.  Delish!

 

 

 

In my ears:  INXS Original Sin.  You can read about this tribute album here.

Saint du Jour:  St. Berach, an Irish Abbot.  He is the patron saint of Kilbarry, County Dublin.  I’ll drink to that!

In my heart:  These guys

I am really excited to write to you today

For the past few days, I have been telling the reasons why I have decided not to do a podcast at. this. time.  Today, I am going off track to tell you why I considered it in the first place, and about the revelation I had on the treadmill.

I would say, the primary reason for considering podcasting is to be part of a larger knitting community, sharing what we love to do and a little bit about who we are.  Sounds good, right?  I think so.  I did, however, become a little discouraged when many of the more popular podcasts became hour long episodes of frantic show and tell, coffee drinking and product promotion.  Nothing wrong with that, but I was under the impression that there was no place in that world for me.  I just don’t think that way, and it would not make me happy.  I would never want to make someone feel they need to have all the fancy notions or project bags in order to knit.  It isn’t practical, and in my case, I am very happy with what I use.  Then I went to the gym, and while on the treadmill, I started to search for podcasts that are less familiar.  Enter Michelle Carter’s “My So-Called Handmade Life”  The episode that came up was #3.  I typically search out episode #1 because they tend to have a little ‘getting to know me’ in the beginning.  However, this episode was just what I needed to hear.  She spoke at length about the relationships formed by virtual means such as podcasting, blogging and sites like Ravelry.  She shared how fulfilling these relationships have been to her.  And that’s when I started thinking (typically dangerous, but in this case, productive).  Here’s why.  I live in Rhinebeck. Yup, The Rhinebeck.  In fact, I live directly across from the Fairgrounds.  Yup, The Fairgrounds, yet every year I attend the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival alone.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my company (we never disagree, never argue and we like the same food), but to attend an event like Rhinebeck with my only real social interactions occurring while on line at Miss Babs, is somewhat saddening to me.  Large crowds give me terrible anxiety.  Just going to the event alone is a monumental feat for me.  How wonderful it would be to have familiar faces to look for in that crowd!  Oh, I see many people I know, but they are milling about with their own group of friends, and I am not comfortable inserting myself into their plans…that goes back to my insecurity.  What if I had plans of my own?  That’s when I start to doubt myself.  Would people really want to spend time with me?  Actually, I think they would.  I have a great personality, quirky sense of humor and I’m a really genuine person.  Yet I go to “Rhinebeck” alone.

So, while everyone is writing about #goals and choosing words to inspire their year, I am going to make 2018 about finding a date for Rhinebeck!

Here is where you come in.  Would you consider sharing my blog?  Maybe something I have written will resonate with someone.  Maybe there are people who avoid going because of anxiety or lack of companionship.  Maybe that person is YOU!  We could go and be anxious together!

My husband just planted a yummy smooch on me…

As I was saying… Do you think this is possible?  Do you have the same feelings as me, or do you have a posse that you enjoy festivals with?  Here’s a question for you:  Do you have a friend you only know in the virtual sense?  How about one you met through Ravelry or blogging?  Have you ever met your online friends in person?

I really feel good about this.  I feel like I can finally overcome a hangup that has been gnawing at me for years.  I also feel better about podcasting because I have been watching ones that don’t speak to me!

After listing to her podcast, please take a look at Michelle’s blog, also called “My So-Called Handmade Life”.  I think she is really special and I would like to meet her some day.

On the needles:  Little Bobbins Knits “Twas the Night Before Christmas” sock.  Here is #1, it’s unblocked and really cute:

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Pattern by Dani of Little Bobbins Knits

 

In the cup:  Twinnings Green Tea – Jasmine

On the ears:  Razz’s snoring

Check out the Saint of the Day:  St. Blaise.  He is patron of throat illnesses, animals, wool combers, and wool trading!  I always knew the history behind throat illnesses, but his association with wool really surprised me!!  I am dedicating this post to all my woolie friends, those I know and those I look forward to meeting.

Be well,

Love, Regina.