• Just Life

    Weekending.

    …also known as yikes! how can it be Monday (again) already?! Here’s a peek at a few of the highlights from my weekend: I started listening to the backlog of podcasts that had accumulated since I started Book Bingo reading in early June. So now I’ve heard the last of Ann and Michael (and yep, I cried). I also made a pretty decent start on cleaning out closets and cupboards. I have a big pile of books, clothing and other stuff to donate. (Now there’s just one more room to go – my “yarn room” – which also has the biggest closet.) Katie and Charlie spent Friday night and much of…

  • Knitting

    A Tale from the Yellow Table.

    …y’all know how much I love the yellow table at Cast-on Cottage. Hands down it’s the best place to knit with friends. It’s also where we have class – and a whole lot of fun – on Wednesday afternoons. Yesterday morning, one of my students texted that she had roofers at her house and would miss class. I texted back that we’d miss her, and she’d miss all the stories. She replied that I should take good notes. My quick answer back “what happens at the yellow table stays at the the yellow table.” ha! I guess she knew what was in store. The girls had a big surprise for…

  • Knitting

    WIP Week | Insouciant.

    …the first of two sweaters and another project inspired by my “day job” for the shop. The pattern came out three years ago…at the height of my “I’m never going to sew another seam again” thing. And I didn’t seriously consider knitting it until last month when we featured the pattern in a newsletter. Yep, fast forward three years and I’ve lost my fear of seams (some might say I’m loving them with all the fervor of the newly converted…but I digress)…and this simple silk tee stole my heart*. So I swatched and got gauge (had to go down a needle size), cast on and made swift progress through the…

  • Just Life

    Friday Flashback and a Quick FO.

    …five summers ago, Katie and I were headed to NYC to move her into her first post-college apartment. So many things about Sara’s move are very different…but some are much the same. Katie…    and Sara. I am very grateful that it seems both girls have inherited Marc’s handyman skills. Goodness knows I have none to share! And now for the FO part. This is my Linen Poncho. I’ve already written about it for the shop, but these two photos are new (it’s nice having someone home who’s comfortable using my camera!) I am delighted with it. There is surely a third poncho in my knitting future for this fall/winter…

  • Knitting

    five things.

    from instagram – 22. making me smile (colorful ruffles on my ella coat and holly #alwaysholly) …inspired by today’s fmsphotoaday prompt, five things that are making me smile. my response to the prompt (above) was really spur-of-the-moment (and likely much influenced by the gray 40 degree drizzle that has been most of our weather of late) but it got me thinking about the bigger picture. and yes, there are many things making me smile. here are my five favorites right now. Katie’s “bach” girls 1. much of my recent absence here is because I spent the long holiday weekend in the North Carolina mountains, tagging along (with a few of my…

  • Just Life

    working knit night.

    …a few of the girls who work at the shop are taking time off this week. so I filled in at knit night last night. that’s a 5 to 9 pm shift. in the two plus years I’ve worked at the shop, I think this is the first time I’ve been there that late. my alarm goes off at 4:30 am. I am not a night person by any stretch of the imagination! but I popped over to starbucks around 6:30 for my tall bold with a splash of non-fat. that helped. in between customers, diane and I worked on our shop samples. mine is the charcoal and melon array…

  • Knitting

    teaching.

    …my first section of beginner classes* ended last night. it was a relatively small class – just three ladies (although we did pick up a student from sunday’s class – she’s working on extra credit! – and the eleven month old son of one student audited last night’s class). but really, the perfect size to start. I was able to spend time with everyone individually. and we got to know each other pretty well. and even though two of the students were mother and daughter (so knowing each other “pretty well” to start), I think you learn new things about yourself – and others – when you learn something new. me included. I had planned…

  • Just Life

    and another blog.

    …yep, this makes three (and I’m hoping I can keep my blogger dashboard in order and not mess up what gets posted where!) today, we launched the new blog at cast-on cottage. I am really excited about the opportunity to create more of an “on-line community” there. theresa and I have been brainstorming about this for a few months (meaning I’ve been cluttering her email in-box at all hours with ideas and inspirations) and now that I’m “retired” (or as I like to say “knitting professionally”), it’s time to make it happen. …and in the spirit of that “no blog post without a photo” thing, here’s a bit more yarn p*rn to brighten…