The Bag Lady

“Marcy’s Coat” has been put on hold for a couple of days while I attend to higher priorities. This particular higher priority was mandated by a baby shower I will attend on Sunday. The new-mom-to-be is a chorus colleague of mine. She’s been dealing with a lot of physical pain unrelated to the pregnancy, and feeling much stress related to the confluence of pain and pregnancy. I suggested I teach her to knit as a method for reducing her stress. As much as she wants to sign on to this plan, our calendars prevented our getting together during the past … Continue reading

Oh, Pretty Baby

Look at those two photos. If you saw that mass (or mess) of yarns on the left sitting in a pile, would you have any idea that the finished product would look like that infinitely touchable baby blanket on the right? Nope, me neither. I went into Fine Points Yarn Shop on Larchmere in the Shaker Heights neighborhood of Cleveland shortly after my birthday. They had sent me a quite generous birthday discount offer, and I was determined to use it! My daughter-in-law has suggested that I make a baby blanket or two for her photo studio. She thinks her … Continue reading

Another Finished Scarf

A month ago I wrote about a pattern I had started and then discarded, and the scarf that was to take its place. I started the scarf in July. It was to be a two-skein scarf. I took it along on our Independence Day week at Lake Erie, and got quite a bit done. After we got home, I finished the first skein and started on the second. The scarf is 60 stitches wide, and is not what I categorize as a TV-watching pattern. Because of the broken cables, it’s a pattern that requires counting every stitch and every row. … Continue reading

My Go-To Gift

My older son visited from Dallas last weekend. In a Monday evening text, he asked if I’d like to have lunch with him on Tuesday. When I woke up Tuesday morning, I realized I needed a quick gift to send back to Dallas with him. I’ve made a number of Nancy Ota’s Zip It bags over the past few years. My grandchildren’s teachers received bags for Christmas last year. I frequently give them as gifts to friends who will be traveling. My favorite use is for all the adapters one needs in this age of technology. No more digging through … Continue reading

Easy Gifty

In October I’m going to a house party, and need to come up with some elegant gifts to take to the two elegant ladies whom I will join at this party. I’ve been racking my brain for something that would be not too expensive, not too time-consuming, and yet very welcomed and cherished by the giftees. In one of the yarn and yarn shop e-mails to which I’ve subscribed, I read about Berroco’s new super-bulky “Link”. It comes with a free scarf pattern, “Wink”. Now here’s the thing: Wink knits up on size 35s, i.e. whopping big needles. And if … Continue reading