Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Birch Bark

We're having slow days here.  If the sun shines, I run to the window and turn my face towards it, my eyelids glowing and orange from the inside.  I wait for the snowplow to thunder by.  I read and knit and read and knit.  There are three sweaters in progress, and all three of them are at the same point--endless, soothing miles of round and round knitting as I work my way down the body to the hem, the book propped up in front of me.  I get so much done that way, honestly.  Sweaters knit themselves when the book is good.  This kind of project is also perfect for a string of evenings staring at the Netflix box--this is my latest binge, oh my goodness.  Doc and I both think we are so funny now.  We keep working on new bits, cracking each other up, slapping the table.  He had one at breakfast this morning about Alternative Sanitation.  We worked up a whole hilarious idea about a coffee shop that only had decaf, called "Sleepy's", and we were breathless with laughing.  Every single thing seems funny right now.  

[edited:  I had a question about how the reading + knitting thing works--basically, I sit at the kitchen table (we have comfy chairs there) with the book propped in one of these, and blaze along on the long stockinette parts of socks or sweaters, which I can do without looking at it.  I learned to knit without looking when I got tired of having to decide between reading and knitting, just by practicing until I felt confident. It's one of the most useful tricks I've ever learned!]

14 comments:

  1. I'm worrying about you and cabin fever!!!It's only started snowing here today but already it's stressing me out!

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    1. Ha! The struggle is real, isn't it? Last week I realized I had not been outside the house in FIVE DAYS. That is not healthy...

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  2. Enjoy knitting, reading and laughing! What else could you do?
    Better to have a good laugh together than to argue, isn't it.
    Take care,
    Sigrid

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  3. You have to keep your sense of humour, no matter the situation. We get lots of rain here, today we are in for the rain wind combo. Not pleasant when you have an umbrella. I always am thankful for all the crafts that I can do when housebound. I also have the dogs to entertain me :)
    This to shall pass and you will be able to get out and about again. Thank goodness for knitting and hot chocolate. :)

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  4. You're starting off 2018 with a productive bang! I am now wondering what it would be like to be stuck in the house for days on end. Maybe I'd actually get something done around here!
    The book stand is a good tip. Looking into that one.

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    1. It's so useful! My multiple pillows/old book with broken spine strategy was just not very efficient. ;)

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  5. Knitting while reading a book - amazing - I can't imagine that! I wonder how many miles you have knitted stocking stitch without looking! Love that yarn. How many feet of snow in your yard? Temperature? I've been watching national weather reports. Unimaginal cold and blizzard snow!

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    1. I wonder that too--it's a lot, I'll bet. The snow is piled pretty high in some places, and scoured away to bare grass in others--it's very windy here, and the snow on the ground moves around a lot. We've been luxuriating in the 20s this week! :D

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  6. It has been in the low 20s the past few mornings.....in Florida!!! As a former Rochesterian, I feel your pain.....I stayed in for 2 days and felt like I was in Alaska! Better today.........I'm quilting my fingers raw but accomplishing much! Soon, soon......

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  7. I love slow. That's a pretty project bag in your photo. Here's a photo of your sock yarn scraps all sewn together.

    https://stillparenting.blogspot.com/2018/01/we-are-songs.html

    Thanks again!

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    1. What a thrill for me to see it all finished, and being loved. Thank you so much for taking that project on, and for doing all the arduous bits, and for giving it a good home. xoxoxo

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  8. I try to go out just to the porch take a deep breath, stay out there to look at the mountains and then I come back in. I feel that winter is truly hibernation for so many of us. It is when my creative juices flow freely since there is nothing holding them back... gardening, decluttering and the like. Your space is always so inspiring. Hang in there... spring will come here soon enough :)

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