I hope you are having a nice Thanksgiving. Bob cooked. (I made cranberry sauce.) We delivered food to kids. I took a few photos and they look like Portraits of a Pandemic Thanksgiving. I finished a sock and started a second. I knit a present for a friend. I can’t post it because it’s a surprise. I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. My belly is full, we’re watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon, and I’m waiting for my meal to digest so I can have pumpkin pie. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am thankful.
I recently subscribed to National Geographic. I’ve always loved this publication, even though I’d forgotten about it for a couple of decades. It’s incredibly affordable ($3 per month) includes the print copy plus online subscriber content, and I can specify which content I prefer (archaeology, history, science, photography). After I subscribed, I ran around the house shouting, “I’ve been nominated for membership in the National Geographic Society! Only us explorers can get it!” If you can name that film, I will send you something special in the mail. If you are interested in an updated Thanksgiving story, here’s one for you. 400 years on, the Pilgrims get a reality check. “Good History Upsets Everyone.”
Here’s another cool thing that showed up in my inbox today: Native Land Map
I learned a new thing, Judy’s Magic Cast On. I woke up early and decided to use my freshly caffeinated morning brain to do the new thing so I could get rolling on my Mom’s Franca cardigan. This yarn is so soft. I may need to knit one for myself.
This photo is from Tuesday, and in fact I’m posting this Tuesday and scheduling for Wednesday. Dear Future Alissa, if you don’t know the election results yet, don’t dismay. It may take a few days.
I framed my felt piece and I love it. Thanks to everyone who left kind comments and bolstered my confidence. My friend Sharon said (in our Mother Artists at Work private group to everyone) “Be proud of your work!” She’s right. We should all be proud of our work.
2. I’m going to try to make 2-3 more pieces before the end of the year. This will help me gauge if a solo show next September is something I can manage.
3. I mended my favorite thrift store cardigan with the help of a Katrinkles’ Darning Loom. It accidentally? came out in the shape of Ohio. When Hannah told me she liked visible mending, I didn’t think I would like it. I was wrong. I like it! The gold is my turmeric dyed Cotswold. Also, elbow patch.
4. Bob and I hiked a total of 20 miles while we were on vacation. I will be applying these to my Move 4 Fair Trade mileage.
5. I voted by mail. I followed all of the instructions and took it in person to the post office. That was on October 7. I have been tracking my ballot, and it still hasn’t been marked as received. If my vote hasn’t been registered as counted by November 2, I guess I will be voting in person on November 3.
I had so many creative plans for this staycation. Then, at some point last week, I stopped doing anything productive. I read an entire book in one sitting, and I hiked. I don’t regret it.
I finished a piece for the upcoming group art show. I was trying to skip the photo stage and create something from inspiration. I spent a lot of time stitching on it. I enjoyed the process as it was very meditative. It is too big for my barnwood shadow box frames, so I had to order a new one. This turned out pretty much how I imagined it.
I tried felting angora yesterday, as an experiment, and it was a disaster.
I’ve almost finished my first Halloween sock! 🎉 And I have cast on almost all the October things.
Today this blog post about The Doldrums of Creativity was in my inbox. (FYI When I share things, I do not get compensated in any way. I’m not an influencer or anything like that.) It was a helpful read. I really like the part about having faith in your ideas.
It’s Day 1 of staycation, and I want to cast on all the things! I need to cast on my Halloween socks, as well as my Celtic Colours Mitts. And I want to join The Woolly Thistle’s Sweater KAL. And I want to sew my Halloween shirt! So what am I doing? I am painting my nails with The Woolly Thistle’s Castonitis color. If I paint my nails, I will have to sit and do nothing while they dry. And let’s face it. I really need to do a bit of nothing.
Here’s the progress on my Broom Riding Cowl. I think the yarns are too similar for the colorwork to show up. What should I do? Keep knitting anyway? Ok. I’m carrying more floats and not catching the yarn in the back unless there are five or more stitches. This is helping my tension. Once I finish the first chart section, if the design is not showing up, I will rip it out and knit something else with Slutty Pumpkin. Or I will save it for next year.
I just heard Annie Modesitt passed away. I’m heartbroken. I will always remember her fondly from the Knitters Review Retreat when we went to a vineyard and drank wine together. I was nobody and she was a published author and designer, but she included me (and a few others) in the outing and was so genuine. She was a truly lovely person.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics or updates this week. I’ve been sick with the stomach flu for three days. I have felt a little better the past two days, but I’m still fatigued and nauseous. And too tired to knit. I tried, though.
I watched the newest episode of Fruity Knitting yesterday. They interviewed the CocoKnits designer, Julie Weisenberger, who is the designer of the Franca sweater I am making for my Mom. I am so glad I watched the video, because she explains her approach to garment knitting, which she calls English tailoring, and I’m excited to try it. It’s an elegant solution. And now I understand why I started with the back neck piece.
I’m enjoying my PSL sock. The garter stitch heel came out nice. I accidentally picked up the heel flap stitches before turning the heel, so I did it afterward and it’s fine. I find this yarn a little splitty.
We’ve never owned a proper dining room table. The one at the last house belonged to the landlord. We were excited to find this solid oak table and chairs on Craigslist. Now we can host family and friends, invite kids for Thanksgiving, and play RPGs in comfort and style.
My work trip went like clockwork. I’m happy to report I enjoyed the Vampire Knitting Club audiobook on my road trip and I’m going to get the next book in the series. I’m also watching The Spanish Princess, which is surprisingly well done (because Starz — I couldn’t watch White Queen, or White Princess even though I’m a Tudor nerd and Jodie Comer was in the lead) and we watched Seventh Son, which is ridiculous but it won me over in the end. Speaking of Jodie Comer, if you haven’t seen Killing Eve, I highly recommend.
What are you knitting/reading/watching?
Guess what. I’m going to knit a Vintersoll… next year. I have Magpie Fibers Solstice DK in teal (Masquerade) and cream (Fior di Latte.) I still need to figure out the third color. I like this version though. Let me know if you have opinions.
I divided for the sleeves on Arachne. I’m worried I will run out of yarn. Do I wait until I run out? Or should I go ahead and order? What would you do?
I started the heel flap on my second Pride sock. I decided to be lazy zen and knit the rainbow as it presents. #knittingislife
My Shetland Tweed Throw is almost long enough to cover me as I knit it. I still have six hanks of this yarn but I’m holding it double. I only had 10 hanks to begin with, so I think I’m okay. There is an i-cord edging, but that shouldn’t take too much yarn.
There’s nothing to report on other topics except for practice on fiddle and design. No sewing. No fiber art.
Yesterday was Lili Taylor movie day. We watched Mystic Pizza and Dogfight. Neither Bob nor I had ever seen Dogfight. It was poignant. River Phoenix was also superb. Maybe next weekend will be River Phoenix weekend.
This was a bit of a rough week, but here are are some things I’ve fallen in love with in the last few days.
Don’t forget to join us on Sunday at 1PM Eastern (we are currently on daylight time) for our Blogville Knitters Virtual Knit! You can message your Skype ID to me via Instagram @headknits or Ravelry @alissahead. Feel free to invite a friend!