• Just Life

    focus friday. december one little word.

    …december’s prompt was to document facts and feelings about our word. and things we wanted to remember. the final spread – november on the left and december on the right I have a lot more feelings than facts about my word. which makes sense since it was a feeling – having lost my focus – that set me on the journey in the first place. the one thing I’d been putting off about the project was a binder for the completed pages. this morning I chose the easy route and simply grabbed one of the empty target binders I keep for knitting patterns. it might not be perfect, but it…

  • Just Life

    focus friday. november one little word.

    …november’s prompt was about self-reflection through a series of “i statements”. ali provided the six statements and we had three extra spaces for pretty paper collages. when I first watched the video back on november 6, I thought “wow, good stuff”…but as the month progressed, I found it hard to nail down my thoughts. this word, and the process that ali has led us through, have had such an impact on me. how do I sum it all up on six little cards? last weekend, with the 30th just a few days away (of course the focused me was going to finish the prompt by the end of the month!), I printed…

  • Knitting

    another bout of startitis.

    …my last bout of (documented? 🙂 startitis was at the end of august. followed two weeks later by a commitment to stop setting unrealistic knitting goals. followed two weeks later by a set of what I thought would be reasonable goals for the month of october. the good news is that I think I did well by those goals. I met all of them except starting katie’s birthday sweater. But that’s because she won’t be home for thanksgiving after all and my first try-on opportunity will be december 16. (YAY! and believe me, I’ll be ready by then!) I even managed to squeeze in a totally unplanned hat, the beginning…

  • Knitting

    focus friday. a finished project.

    …knitting has been good to me this week. as in I finished a project, have another done except for 38 stitches to graft (coffee work tomorrow morning!) and we got a gorgeous shipment of madelinetosh, including madtosh light, in the shop today. and I got to spend nearly all day yesterday and today knitting with friends (and even captured one of those times with a photo – thanks, karen!) the finished project is creature comforts, the current project crush at the shop (or maybe it was really a knit along, I’m not sure). several of my students are knitting it, too; and really, the knitting along was one of my…

  • Just Life

    focus friday. photographs.

    …I’ve made reference here a few times to the superhero photo workshop. it started september 19 and ends next week. I’ve been a bit irritated with myself because I don’t feel like I’ve been taking full advantage of everything the course has to offer. truly, as of yesterday, I’d only uploaded four photos. yep, only four!! I’d hoped for more like 100. I was even more mad at myself about my lack of participation because ali’s prompt for october is photos. a re-run of the february prompt, we’re capturing nine 2-1/8 x 3-1/8 images that tell the story of our word right now. but then I spent several hours yesterday afternoon updating…

  • Knitting

    focus friday. finished.

    …as in the nantucket vest. which I really finished on tuesday. and wore on wednesday (and thursday 🙂 but saved to blog til today (so I could write one of those very cool alliterative blog titles). when I wrote last weekend about having a day’s more work to do on this piece, I thought I might be over-estimating a bit. turns out, not so much. I finished the back piece – 60 stitches wide x 13 inches long of straight stockinette – sunday evening, but one look at the body and all those ends to weave in… I put it into timeout. it sat there all day monday while I started my…

  • Knitting

    charmed.

    …the weather in atlanta has been beautiful this week (we’re very short on rain, but long on highs in the 70’s and low 80’s with low humidity and a breeze – the kind of weather I imagine san diego has all the time. yes, that beautiful). so when my plans for the afternoon got cancelled mid-morning, I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do than sit outside. and knit. with a friend. (daily list #9 & #10 🙂 joanna and I spent two lovely hours outside at starbucks. and she obliged #8, even helping to “pose” holly. obviously, holly didn’t want any posing! we chatted and we knitted and we…

  • Knitting

    the battle rages on.

    …surrendering isn’t supposed to be hard, right? or maybe it depends on the battle. or the personality of the fighter. my bet is on both. I chose to surrender a battle that has been beating me since I retired and started knitting “professionally” (please excuse the quotation marks – my husband thinks it’s a hobby, but it pays for my yarn, so I think it’s more than that). key point here is that knitting is now the only thing I really do. yes, I still meet friends for coffee, I keep house, I walk my dog, I teach, I read, I study, … but really… most of that takes a…

  • Knitting

    focus friday. choose a battle.

    …for september, ali’s prompt is about taking action. choosing a battle to fight and one to surrender. I’ve been thinking for months about my blog and about how it fits into what matters to me. I realized when I did  june’s exercise that my blog was about connecting, and about telling my story. and I’d like to do it better. so my battle to fight is about my blog. about making sure it tells my story – complete with photos! – the best way I can. I’d like to post better photos. I’d like to write better (most days I’d like to get back to proper grammar and punctuation and some…

  • Knitting

    focus friday. works in progress.

    …I didn’t mean to be a tease with wednesday’s photo. but it was the first time I ever started four projects in four days, and it seemed like I should document that! I think my startitis is the likely reaction to knitting fairly monogamously through each of my last four projects (traveling woman, wispy, damson and westknits mystery kal). I’m ready for more variety and ready to have more fun with my knitting. yes, knitting on only one thing at time – as much time as I spend knitting – just isn’t much fun! part of what led to that burst of monogamy is that two of the shawl projects…