These Long Dark Nights


My Christmas Cactus is blooming, and I didn’t starve it of light this year. I moved it from the kitchen to my office, and fed it. I so much prefer this to punishing it in the coal chute. (We live in an old house with a basement that has a root cellar, which used to be a coal chute back when people used coal to heat their homes.)

Sometimes I think we do things that aren’t necessary because it was done once and we got the result we wanted, so our proven scientific method becomes the norm and the expert opinion. When, really, we could take a different path and get the same result.

We’ve had our first snowfall today, just a sprinkle. I’m trying to decide if I should go for a walk in it. I would, but I went on a six mile hike on Sunday, and my body is still recovering. I may do some yoga instead.

Look at this gorgeous pattern on Ravelry:


(Photo copyright Crissy Jarvis. I hope it’s okay for me to post as long as I give credit.)

I’m in love with this pattern. I can’t decide if I want to knit it, though. I love the finished product, but will I enjoy the process? I didn’t used to ask myself these questions, but as a more seasoned knitter, now I know what I am willing to suffer for the final result.  I will think about it.

The days are getting shorter and I get to enjoy more of my favorite time of the day, which is twilight. I love early morning twilight best, because I’m a morning person. I still love the evening twilight, but that’s when I start to get sleepy. I find twilight beautiful and quiet, and I think I blogged about this last year when I started that bobbledy tam in the in-between twilighty color of St. Claire. I decided to rip out the yarn and save it for a cowl that I hope may be inspired by our meandering walk on a mountain biking trail on Sunday.

I wish I were a better Raveler. I love to look at the patterns and like how it helps me stay more organized on projects. It’s also a great place to share. But I’d like to spend more time on the forums. It seems like a great place to go for knitting camaraderie when you don’t feel like leaving home.

Are you on Ravelry? Do you use the forums regularly? What’s your favorite thing about Ravelry?

Morning Knitting

I work retail, so busy holidays mean squeezing in some sanity knitting in the wee morning hours with a cup of coffee. This is “Raspberry Beret” from “A Stitch in Time: Heirloom Knitting Skills” by Rita Taylor.

What a gem of a book. It is divided into sections by traditional knitting history, with a stitch dictionary and a few patterns for each section. This is from the section on raised stitches. I love knitting + I love history = I love this book!

I have never knit a hat flat and seamed it before. Why would I? It seems like a waste of time. But I’ve always wanted to knit a bobble hat, and I figured it was time for me to try something different.

Now is the magical moment when I switch from the smaller ribbing needles and start the main pattern on the larger needles. It’s like twilight for knitting: the in-between time. It is also twilight outside at this very moment.

I love the short days of winter. I can experience twilight twice a day. The world seems quieter at twilight.

This yarn is also a non-descript, in-between color called St. Claire, in Arranmore Light by The Fibre Company. It is a sort of blue grey green neutral. It makes me think of ships in a harbor…

At twilight. (You knew that was coming.)