Oh, I've been grumpy! I don't know what is going on, exactly. Things have seemed a bit bleak, and I feel kind of isolated, brittle, and worn out. But I've cheer up a lot when I think about a few things:
- The small horse we saw tethered to the sidewalk in Portland! It seems there is movement afoot (ahoof) to take advantage of the horse rings found embedded in the sidewalks of the city. Check out the link to bring a smile to your face. Here's a purloined photo of one horse:
- The return of Rachael's dearly loved cat, Digit, who had been missing for four months! Never give up hope.
- Knitting Camp! In less than two weeks I'll be flying into the Minneapolis-St Paul airport and from there driving off with a friend in a Volkswagen Bug, heading off to the middle of Wisconsin for a few days of knitterly enjoyment and a chance to see Meg Swansen, always an encouraging presence. She has a new DVD on lace knitting coming out soon.
And here is my dear friend Greg with Meg at Camp last year:
- You sweet readers who sent such cheering comments after my visit to my mother-in-law. Although I tried to answer everyone, I just know that while working from different hotel computers I probably missed responding to some of you. Thank you, even if you didn't hear from me.
The Denim sweater is moving along nicely. Thank goodness for those plain rows! Traditional Fair Isle patterns generally evolved to be quick to knit--geometric, repetitive, plain rows here and there. I see the attraction now!
Amy Detjen has begun knitting the Celtic Knot Cardigan, even though I have not finalized the yoke design. I thought I was safe because Amy is notorious for not getting around to the sleeves. Foiled again: She STARTED with the sleeves and is about to launch into the body. She's a pretty fast knitter, too. I'd better get back to it!