Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Do Ya Love It?

What do I love about where I live?
Part of downtown Athens, Georgia.

I don't know how many times I've told someone that Athens is great if you're a college student.  If you're older than that, it doesn't take you long to realize that you aren't the demographic for economic development in town.  Bars, apartment complexes, street festivals, bars, food take-out and delivery, nail salons, waxing shops, bars, football weekends, bars.

There are things I like about Athens:
quirky, interesting stores downtown (but finding a parking space to get to them is a nightmare)
summer (UGA students are gone, meaning traffic is immediately lighter)
the local restaurants (wide-ranging menus city-wide)
independent bookstores (yes, there's a B&N, but there are also little blink-and-you'll miss them treasures)
being "close" to Atlanta (for big events as well as one-day trips.)

Monday, May 23, 2016

What Would You Say?

What is your favorite handmade purchase?
Oh, my.  This is a very tough one.  Maybe a little hoop embroidery piece made by my cousin's daughter.


Kathy wants to know
*Are you more likely to wear a 
poncho or a shawl?
I'm more likely to wear a shawl, though I like ponchos.  It scarcely ever gets cold enough here for a poncho, though.

*Which brings you more joy, 
Casting on or Casting off?
Casting on.  That's easy.

*Are you more likely to knit a baby a hat or booties?
Honestly, it's about 50/50.  Strictly a mood thing with me.

*Does anyone in your family fall asleep in a chair or do they fall asleep in bed?
Bed.  Even when my children were little, they were unlikely to fall asleep in a chair.  (Car seats exempted, naturally.)

*Would you rather win a hot air balloon ride or a dinner cruise? 
Neither interests me.  I suppose the balloon ride doesn't interest me less than the cruise.

*Do you watch the awful news or do you avoid it?
I'm a bit of a news junkie --- I check headlines lots of times each day, and watch the evening news every night.

Do you go to the movies or wait for them on cable?
Again, this is sort of a difficult question.  There honestly aren't that many movies that can pull me into a theater, and if they can't do that, I'm not going to watch them anywhere.

ETA:  Kathy also asked how we feel about Noro.  I adore it.  If I could only have one yarn the rest of my life, that would be it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Day in My Life

My days are nothing if not all the same.  In fact, one of the first things I do when I wake up is try to figure out what day it is.  I feed the cats, take Rupert out, dose Madeleine.  Then, usually, it's straight back to bed.

When I get up the second time, I take Rupert out again, then sit down for computer stuff.

The rest of the day, I knit or read.  There's almost always a movie or TV show playing on the computer.

Some days, there are doctor or therapist appointments.  Some, I need to go to the grocery.  And, honestly, that's about it.

I'm, basically, the poster child for an out of work depressive.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Makers' May. Day 21.

It's a gray day here.  The animals and I are fighting over couch space.  I think that they have developed a highly organized, sophisticated plan to deny me use of any part of it.  They have banded together despite their species difference against the common enemy, The Human.  I struggle  for a seat, and am granted one only long enough to answer the next MM question.  They demand chicken- and pork-flavored treats in return.

What gets you excited about your work?


I'm definitely a process knitter, rather than a product one.  The physical process of knitting is what I enjoy.  The feel of the yarn, the satisfaction of getting through lace repeats without screwing up, the motion of the needles, and the still hard-to-believe idea that an entire garment can be made with two sticks and what amounts to one long piece of string.

Friday, May 20, 2016


"Show off your friendor crew."

Makers' May, I'm 56 years old.  I know what a "crew" is, though I don't have one.  However, I have no idea in the world  a "friendor" is.*  Which is proof, I suppose, of my not having one.

Let's move to terms and phrases that I do know, shall we?

"Life of Riley"

"Don't take a knife to a gunfight.  Even if it is all fancy, and has your name on it, and stuff."

"Is the glass half-full, or half-empty?"

It isn't a 'man purse,' it's a messenger bag!"

"Never go to sleep angry."

*Okay, I can break the word down for its definition, but that's not as fun to write.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What Color Is the Sky. . .

. . .  Oh.  Did someone use that already?

Today, Makers' May asks, "What is your color palette?"  Well, Makers' May, let's go to the chart for the answer:

If you think of the above as a clock, my palette starts at 10 o'clock (the purples, naturally), and sweeps under to about 5 o'clock.  Purples, blues, greens, greys --- which, sadly, are unrepresented.

I've nothing against yellows, but they just aren't quite in my wheelhouse.  I do not like orange.  You might be able to get a peach or an apricot by me, but I'm gonna whoa you up before you get to the true stuff.

Now, red.  I've nothing against red at all.  For some reason, red's simply not been a color I go to.  Clothing-wise, it's because I don't look good in it.  Knitting-wise, my attention always go to my purple-to-green colors;  I scarcely pay red any attention.

"Sorry" is one of those words that begins to look like a truly non-word the longer you look at it.