April 2009

That’s me, shouting across cyberspace, because I have been so very far away from the blogosphere, the echoes are bouncing off the walls in the dark little cave I’ve been hiding in. Oh, sure, I tweet here and there, but mostly? I putter about and knit, spin, read and write–all are endeavors that cause me to neglect you, dear reader.

Ah–Purly News:

  • A woman would like to sell our NeedleBooks in her Needlepoint shop in New York. She thinks they’d be handy to hold thread! How clever–hadn’t thought of that use…
  • I’m working on a cozy+mug=Mozey. This Mozey is manly and uses sock yarn for a great, versatile fit… that is not why it’s manly. It’s manly because of the earthy colorway.
  • I finished my sock! Now I need to start on its mate… oh boy!
  • Our shop has made some sales! That’s really exciting–have a look-see, I knit a bit, but the hot items are the cool knitting gear, etc. that my mother makes.

I think that is all. I don’t even have pictures!

Oh, I finished that yellow scarf. I hope to have pics up soon. It’s Gorgeous.

Books are great, when I have time to read….


Er. Literature-Lane. Not “lit” as in the slang “lit.” Umph. I’m reading as much as possible now that I’m grad-school-bound. I mean, it occurs to me that I’m really not that well-read. I was talking to a good friend on the phone the other night; a friend who, though not graduate-bound is intelligent and well-read. Most of our book-related conversations are peppered with his mentionings of must-reads and classics, famous (to the literate) names and so on–and my responses are always “who’s that?” or “what?” (only sometimes because of cell-phone malfunction). Perhaps I can turn a passable phrase, but I cannot attest to having absorbed the works that (should) impact my writing. I’ve read blurbs and blips, but said friend suggested that I read before the June residency–a good suggestion. I would really hate to be one of the youngest students in the program and exemplify my naivete in not knowing much at all about writing-stuffs.

You see, when I first applied to Goddard, the director of admissions recommended I be prepared, at least, for a rejection, given my young age and the inherent lack of experience that accompanies our twenties. Early twenties, at that. I fearlessly applied anyway, and the director of admissions called to personally welcome me. I relayed this to said friend and after a lengthy discussion of his name-dropping and my refrains “who’s that?” and “what book is that?” and he so kindly said, “you might want to read–people who go to grad school will know these things.”

That may sound harsh. But it’s totally true, and I know B says this only with my best interests at heart. I mean. I already told Stephen Dobyns that I didn’t know who he was, but I was glad I met him… Yes. I said that. To Dobyns. To his face. *God. I’m such a tool.* I blush to think I said that at nineteen and I would hate, at twenty-three, that I would make a different, but equally embarrassing, literary faux pas.

GOD. “Reading” does not even exist in my listed categories of tags. ‘Nuf said.

That would be “Ay-va” not “ee-va” and she’s my new head. Er. For hats and such. I really like making hats. This should be a useful thing.


Also, I was accepted into the low-residency program at Goddard. That is very much exciting and I am thrilled… I am sure to have time to work on my writing now–because it is, you know, sort of mandatory.

If anyone has any suggestions toward the subject of spinning merino top, please let me know! I am quickly learning that a drop spindle could just as well be called a throw spindle when in my hands. Some fellow Ravelers were talking about this (well, they called it a “toss-spindle”–I’m not so kind to mine, maybe).

Spin, drop, spin, spin, drop, drop, drop.

They talk about finding a rhythm.

That would be my rhythm

(spin drop

drop spin…)

Syncopated for a little jazzy-snazzy variation on the theme.

I have come to the conclusion that learning to spin is not an endeavor for the faint of heart–in the sense that it takes much practice and much failure before one sees much improvement.

As for the writing: I am still doing that. I’ve given some thought to my fiction these past few days. Hours. Eh. Time is malleable. Oh, but the spin-subject plagues me. Right now, the subject could go so many different ways. If any of you dear readers have a particular burning curiosity that you would like me to follow up on, I’d appreciate any questions, comments, quips, quotes cares or concerns! (Ahem, Teabird, dear Ravelry friend… L, dear long-lost, hope-to-see-again-soon friend, my favorite commenters!!)

To follow up on the list I made the other day:

1. Etsy sales are up. And by “sales” I mean “sale” and by “up” I mean “not zero.” Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’m finding my “niche,” so to speak. The good thing about Etsy is that, much like Ravelry, it is a world unto itself. Right now? I am finding ways to make super cute and super economical mug cozies… and I’m knitting stuff for our Australian friends because, you know, it’s winter there; it is not winter here, and typically, I think, knitting is very much a warm and snow-covered sort of hobby. If that makes sense.

2. What was # 2 on my list? Knitting? Well, we’ll say that’s it. Knitting is good because it keeps the hand busy and productive. I’ve been knitting a lot lately. Look at the pictures. I think the yellow (at least on my monitor) is almost true to form!The purse is for the class I teach at the big J. Boss M is excited and we are promoting the fiber thing with all the energy our little crafty hearts can muster. I really like the Big J Team, for the most part, and Boss M seems cool– that is a good thing, because I really like teaching, too. I hope my students like that I teach. I don’t know. I sometimes feel like a really bad teacher. And by bad I do mean absolutely awful. I think it’s so natural and muscle-memoried for me (knitting, that is)–it’s difficult to break it down into beginner-baby-steps.

3. Spinning is also good. It, much like knitting, keeps the hands busy. I continue to read about spinning and learn more everyday. I’ll admit, I’ve been a slacker for a few days here. Sorry folks, no spin-fact for today. I’ve got some ideas.

4. I guess I’ll leave it at that for now. The list did help me remember what to talk about–at least partially. Eh. Well. Now I’m going to leave you with some pictures:

img_6503This is the yellow scarf. It’s pretty.

img_6526This is the purse that I made. This is the purse that I teach my students to make in Knit 101, too.

img_6535This is me, holding the purse. You can’t see it, but I am also holding the camera.

I’ve been sick and busy; it’s not a good combination 🙂 But I will write soon, I hope–and have some pictures, too! It’s rainy, dreary here so it makes for not the best picture-taking light.

Things I Want To Talk About (But Probably Won’t)

1. Etsy and its inherent goodness.
2. Knitting and its inherent goodness.
3. Spinning and its inherent goodness.
4. Okay. So I probably will talk about all these things. Until then!

Two hanks and one little bit of yarn that is still blocking… yes, I blocked my first yarn:

blocking: after wetting the yarn and gently squeezing out the excess water, I hung the yarn on hangers overnight...

blocking: after wetting the yarn and gently squeezing out the excess water, I hung the yarn on hangers overnight...

I hanked two of them (a two ply blue/black 16 yd. skein and one 9 yd. 3 ply 2 blue/1 black):

My little bitty hanks, side by side--3 ply on right, 2 ply on left.

My little bitty hanks, side by side--3 ply on right, 2 ply on left.

And that is about it, folks. I’m knitting for a change and then I’m going to read and write about all this fiber stuff.

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