Posted to UFO August

Finally completed Tilia – was up until about 5 am finishing it. When I get that close on a Saturday night, what’s a knitter to do? Missed church this a.m. though. Not good. I also finished the moebius cowl scarf with another yarn, and blocked a large square of pink knitting that was going to be Madison’s baby blanket in 2000 and will not be a poncho in ’06 for first grade, LOL:). Hey, never let it be said I waste anything:)
Blocked the sweater, scarf and “poncho” this morning. Here are some pics (I hope they come up!).
Sooooo… that leaves me with the following – let’s recap from the entry earlier this month:
1) (This is really a repair – don’t know if it counts as a UFO, but can’t wear it ’til I fix it!) Fix dropped stitch on back of var. red cotton top (Melissa Leapman, Hot Knits) DONE:)
2) Put fringe on scarf DONE:)
3)Frog back to armhole shaping and complete baby cardigan for Ruby
4)Finish sleeves and neck band for Dan’s oversized green pullover
5)Complete sleeves, construction and finishing on green Lavold pullover DONE:)
6)Finish second sock of various pink/purple/greens
7)Tilt cardigan from
8)Mosaic cardigan/jacket from Knitter’s.
9)Second big grey kneesock.
10)Moebius Cowl Scarf by Cat Bordhi (Knitty Gritty) recently added (shame on me)FROGGED then reDONE:) on other yarn.

I’ve added two more projects: (11) Started the grey FLAK cardigan (FollowtheLeaderAranKnitalong – ) ; and
(12) a Fair Isle vest I’m designing myself, using elements of other designs, so it’s not 100% mine.
Do you suppose I have a problem? Constantly added new projects before the old ones are done? I heard Jen Adorno say to Vicki Howell on Knitty Gritty that she stuck with one project at a time before moving on to the next one. She must have a great work ethic or can’t multitask. I’m still trying to figure that one out.

Well, now I’ve got something for cooler weather. But my house is a pigsty. Time to clean and do the wash. Sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do.


A break from court today:)

My colleague, Ann, is covering the only (uncontested) case that I have this afternoon. I’ve got a lot of paperwork, hence I am at the desk, at the computer, and taking a break to write this blog.

Cross posted this pic from the UFO August Blog:

Have one sleeve and the finishing to go. Since getting back to my “old way” of knitting which I didn’t realize was “combination” knitting, it seems to go faster. Let me explain (and to you non-knitters out there, you might want to take a little nap…):

Apparently, the way one wraps the yarn around the needle determines the way the loop will “sit” on the needle, i.e. the leading side in “front” of the left hand needle or in “back.” When I was a kid and learned “American” or “English” style knitting – also called “throwing” – in which I used the right hand to wrap the yarn around the left hand needle – I taught myself how to purl. What I didn’t realize I had done was to wrap the yarn clockwise, rather than counterclockwise, thus purling “Eastern” style. My knit stitches then sat with the leading edge in the back, but that worked out fine and gave me a very flat looking stockinette stitch.
Fast forward to college, where I learned to knit “Continental” or “German” – in which I held the yarn in my left hand and used the right needle to pick at the yarn and draw it through the loop. (Believe me, it went a LOT faster that way!) However, I found that purling was very difficult for me as a beginning Continental knitter, until someone showed me how to purl “Western” by appearing to wrap the yarn almost twice (or perhaps a better description would be to say that the needle caused the yarn to appear to wrap around almost twice) in a counterclockwise direction. I was on my merry way to knitting Continental and Western.
Now, in the last couple of years, I purchased the book, Knitting in the Old Way, by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts and Deborah Robson (highly recommended!). One of the early chapters mentions eastern and western knitting. I was intrigued. Then more recently, I saw the incredible Annie Modesitt (or her other blog) on the Knitty Gritty program. She mentioned combination knitting. After watching her knit in her unique style, which by the way, is not just combination knitting in terms of eastern and western, but also in my opinion, a combination of Continental and English style as well. A flash of recognition hit me and I realized, “hey – I used to knit like that – maybe I could do it again”. And I could. After years of practice at Continental knitting, I could now wrap the purl stitches the “old” (clockwise) way without the awkwardness of my youth. Whoo Hooo! Thanks, Annie!
Now the only time I knit “Western” is when I have to purl over a previous knit – it’s still easier that way. OK, back to more interesting stuff:) Of course, now I want to take a serious look at Annie’s books – Confessions of a Knitting Heretic and maybe Knitting Millinery. She’s written other things – a book about wire knitting and another one called, Men Who Knit and the Dogs Who Love Them or something like that, and Better Than Therapy, a bunch of essays about knitting, along with a bunch of magazine articles. Annie has a great sense of beauty and a really cool sense of humor, so I imagine all of these will be good reads. I will let you know:)
It is beautiful outside today. Maybe I’ll get to the park for a walk – and maybe even knit outside! Although, I gotta say, we do need a bit of rain. The grass is starting to get brown.
Backing up a couple of days – Wednesday – we had the organizational meeting for EFM for this year. Rosemary, our assistant rector, was there and shared her experiences with going through all four years and then being called to the priesthood! Quite a blessing to learn about – I am fighting that feeling BIG time! John would probably kill me or divorce me and I would deserve it. My kids would laugh their socks off – and my poor father would wonder what he’d done wrong (Dad’s an atheist). That being said, it was a great meeting. Chris was there ! Yippee!! And Rebecca from Christ Church, Columbia; Bruce from the Lutheran church across the street, Susan and Charlie from Choir (as is Chris), June, Tom our Fearless Leader and his partner Sally, and a couple of other folks. It was great to see such a large turnout! I cannot wait to get started this year:) At times the material can seem so difficult to get through, but when we get together as a group and really share what we’ve learned, go through the exercises and theological reflections, something wonderful happens.
On a similar note, Vicki and I have reconnected. I am so happy for her – she’s to be ordained this year. She has felt called to the priesthood since we were in college together. Unfortunately the church we were both members of at the time did not and still does not allow women to be ordained. Kind of a problem, that…. She’s Dori’s godmother and was my sponsor at confirmation some 31 years ago, and was my maid of honor when John and I got married. She was there for us when we were living in NY, but the move to MD 26 years ago made it difficult to keep in touch. Thank God for the internet! (or should I thank Al Gore – only kidding!)
We are both trying to get tickets to the ordination of Katharine Jefferts -Schori (I spell that nine ways to Sunday – hope it’s correct) on November 4th, with the idea of going together. Vicki would come down to our place in MD and then we’d drive to DC together. I’m sending up hopeful prayers – the request was indeed postmarked 8/15 per the instructions, LOL! Speaking of which, I should ask Vick when she’s getting ordained -and either plan on being there or plan on sending prayers up for her that day.
OK, now I’ve got to get back to work, but before I do, I want to share a flash of insight (they’re so rare with me, I gotta talk about them, LOL):
This morning while I was trying to get my old bum out of the bathroom so Sabrina could get ready for work, I was thinking of a client of mine – a young man I’ve represented since he was a little boy. This kid was removed from his mother as a toddler – she was so neglectful that this kid was caring for his infant brother and he and another brother (whom I also represent) nearly threw this infant out of an apartment window (“mom” had to go buy some drugs and left the kids to fend for themselves). He and the brother I represent were ultimately adopted by this couple and then were removed again because the adoptive monster beat him with a belt for stealing money off her dresser. These “people” (and I use the term advisedly) decided to dump these kids and consented to have their rights terminated. Lovely, huh?
Despite all that, they have been blessed with a wonderful CASA (court-appointed special advocate) who has just been terrific. She’s gone to the high school graduations, taken them out to dinner, has been so loving.
Anyway, in my mind’s eye I fast forwarded to a day in the future. V in a suit and tie, with his wife and kids, living a good life. One Sunday I’m in church and I meet him again. He’s happy. He’s found love and he loves back. He’s contributing to society. He’s what I call a “real man, ” who lives up to his obligations.
A dream? Maybe. But I couldn’t stop the tears. Nor will I ever stop hoping.

Enough with the knitting already!

Since I’m beginning my work day, I’m just going to post quickly about that and then get to work! I tell myself that if I am a good Doobie and get all my tasks done today, I can play flute or do some more work on the FLAK. But today there’s a lot to do and it’s made all the more complicated by the fact that I have a nail, or to be more specific, a phillips screw in my right back tire. aarrgghh!
And I gots a lot to do!
News at 11. Can’t wait to be on the road again – I love my yob:)

Doomsday? Ya gotta be kiddin’ me!

Man, I’ve got to pick up a paper now and then! Apparently today is being touted as a possible end of the world by some experts, albeit more cautiously and in the usual academically circumspect manner:

According to Princeton Professor and Middle Eastern Social History expert Bernard Lewis, as stated in the Wall Street Journal article of somewhere around August 8, 2006,

What is the significance of Aug. 22? This year, Aug. 22 corresponds, in the Islamic calendar, to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to “the farthest mosque,” usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1). This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind.
A passage from the Ayatollah Khomeini, quoted in an 11th-grade Iranian schoolbook, is revealing. “I am decisively announcing to the whole world that if the world-devourers [i.e., the infidel powers] wish to stand against our religion, we will stand against their whole world and will not cease until the annihilation of all them. Either we all become free, or we will go to the greater freedom which is martyrdom. Either we shake one another’s hands in joy at the victory of Islam in the world, or all of us will turn to eternal life and martyrdom. In both cases, victory and success are ours.”

Wow – serious stuff, considering the slew of people who were arrested over a week ago in England, foiling a plot to kill some 2,500 people aboard international flights. And now Iran is playing with the arms race. Lovely. Just what you want to read about here, right?

That gets me to my opinion on this knitting and crafts craze that is sweeping the nation, nay, the world: Is it a means of escape? Is it a way we soothe ourselves to sleep or to step outside of the insanity that is our world? Let’s face it: we no longer knit by necessity. We do it as a means of creativity, to gain a sense of accomplishment, perhaps control over a microcosm of the universe. I do it because I crave color and shape and visual/tactile expression and results. But I also do it to get away for awhile. For me, it’s also a form of prayer. So my suggestion for today: accept the escape for what it is and use that time to pray for our fellow human beings in whatever fashion works for you. Think peace, but also think justice and fairness and a world ruled by law and truth. Let’s be open to the thoughts and prayers of others who may not think or believe as we do, but who have families, children, brothers, sisters and who understand human connection. That we have in common. For those who have lost that connection, it is too late, but not for the rest of us. Amen+
In that vein, here is a pic of my FLAK, which is also qualifying for my Project Spectrum August
The grey is very plain looking from this picture, but it really has some aqua and red flecks in it – interesting Cascade 220 wool yarn. It is knitting up well. I am actually surprised (1) at how close I am to gauge and (2) how quickly it’s knitting up. I think that even though having to follow a pattern is a lot less mindless than just plain knitting/purling – and therefore more time-consuming, the interest that the pattern generates and seeing it arise before your very eyes causes the time to fly. I’m still at the top of the chest but so far, it seems this thing will fit me, really fit me – not flop around in the breeze, LOL. I decided to use braids on either side of a Saxon braid cable as the center panels, surrounded by the wave, honeycomb and rope cables Janet uses in her pattern. But this is the back. I’m thinking I’m going to make this into a cardigan, which means I will need a different center panel for the front – and some five or eight additional stitches on each end for button/holes. I’m looking forward to planning that. Have read a lot about “sleeve island” amongst the FLAKsters, but I’ve a suspicion that it’s the front that is going to be the biggest challenge:) And I love a challenge!
Am working again on the moebius cowl scarf with another skein of Cascade – part wool, part cotton variegated and it’s really looking much better. I think the yarn I used last time, although beautiful, was too fine. I suspect it wants to be a lacy shawl instead. To be seen soon in a blog near you:)
Oh well, so much for the problems of the world – and knitting. Phew I’m tarrrd…..

Quick Update

I haven’t really had much time to blog the last few days, which may actually be a good thing – a sign I have a life to write about?
Anyway, Thursday was spent in court and then on two visits out in Carroll County. I’m glad I made those visits when I did, because I realized the difficulties I would have in court Friday, LOL. The brief is done and now I need to focus on remaining paperwork, not to get too far behind (am writing this to REMIND myself in case I get distracted by fun stuff like knitting…:)

Friday, I got the most pleasant surprise. Nancy S. called and, like me, was “jonesin” for some Asian food. Don’t have to ask me twice:). As soon as court was over, I ran an errand (brought a couple of clients “Mickey D’s” and visited with them awhile and then headed over to our local Asian buffet. Good food with few carbs and great conversation. I always love to listen to Nancy – and I do my share of babbling on the other side of the table as well. She is so dear to me. There are people who ease their way into your heart. Nancy just galloped into mine. She is a person with great talent and intelligence, to say nothing of her kindness, character and wicked sense of humor! The world just seems that much better knowing her. OK, so I’m corny. So shoot me! But if many of the people who read my blog have been through a lot in their lives and they know how absolutely wonderful it is to have a good person in your life. Thankfully, I am so blessed in that department. I wonder why God has been so good to me. It isn’t for anything I deserve, believe me!
When I got home, I found my beautiful granddaughters waiting for me. My daughter, Kristin’s new band had its first “gig” last night in Baltimore. My daughter, Dori (the mommy of the two grandangels) wanted to go see her with her sisters (and apparently, she was providing the musician daughter the transport, too). Since it was her night with the girls and Donald was going to the show, I got to babysit. It was so late, that we decided to make it a sleepover! It actually worked out OK. The baby knows me pretty well and we put her playpen in our room and the “big girl” slept in the middle of our bed with us. It was like old times, when our own six would climb in with us every so often. I used to joke with John that we needed to get a new “leaf” on our kingsize bed! Oh if the Baltimore County social workers were to read this! Ooohh I’d be in biiig trouble! The girls stayed with us until their dad came to get them and then their mom got them from his house. They have this thing worked out pretty well. I often wondered if I could follow my own advice on how to act in the event of a divorce. So far, so good. Donald will always be family – he’s the grand angels Daddy! How bad can that be?
Well now I’ve gone and done it – in the midst of everything, I cast on for the FLAK! FINALLY! It took me 8 months, but I’ve actually started the back!!! Whoo Hooo! It’s actually looking not half bad. A few errors I can live with. Will have pics up when it starts looking like something, LOL.
Well, I’m going to clean up what’s left of the house and get my fat old grandma butt to bed. Not much sleep last night and I have to get up at a somewhat reasonable hour tomorrow.

Before I get back to work….

There are two items I am dying to start. One from this book-in particular the Green Mountain Gardens Cardigan from The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book. (I’d post a pic, but am concerned about stealing bandwidth.) ‘Twill be my first adventure in steeking! And this time, it will be in a size I don’t have to refigure:) (no pun intended).
This book can be purchased at

The other is the FLAK (Follow the Leader Aran KnitAlong) which can be found at this link: and I will be using as my guide during this process (this picture was downloaded and then uploaded from my own computer, so hopefully I’m not stealing any bandwidth from Janet Szabo by putting the pic here. If anyone reads this and I am incorrect, please please let me know!):

Aran Sweater Design can be purchased elsewhere on the same site (Big Sky Knitting). Vogue Knitting gave it a terrific review in its Fall issue. I have both of these books and cannot wait to get started. I know, I’ve got some UFOs but these have been festering in my mind and I just have to get them started (in one case, started again, so in a sense they’re both UFOs, LOL!)

OK, now really back to work:)

Wednesdays are my manic Mondays or the Zen of a ball of yarn….

Like 50 is the new 30, right? Riiiigggghhhtt. I just love to hear that and it makes me laugh, because honey, when I look in that mirror first thing in the morning, I sure as hell don’t see a 30-year-old! I like being 52. It’s fine with me, considering that so many of my brothers and sisters around the world don’t even make it to 40!
Got to run around a bit today, doing last-minute visits and getting ready for court tomorrow and Friday. Have a lot of calls to return ones I put on hold while working on the brief – which was not great, but M, my colleauge, made ever so much better.

That moebius scarf is no more. Stayed up too late last night to finish it, didn’t like it, frogged it and that’s all she wrote. The yarn was too beautiful and too expensive to end up as something no one would wear. I know it’ll tell me what it wants to be eventually. And that’s OK. One thing I do know: there’s no way it’s ending up as a pair of flippin’ socks! Now this may seem like heresy to some of you out there, but if I’m going spend time and energy and money on beautiful yarn, putting it on my stinky old feet is just not where I want it to go. I’ve got two pairs of socks (or two half pairs, LOL) as UFOs, and I think for now that’s it. The self-striping stuff is about all I’m willing to commit to in the future.
Another thing: spinning fascinates the heck out of me, but it seems to be an expensive hobby. Once you’ve spent about $500 on a spinning wheel and who-knows-how-much on the rovings annd then the time – yikes! I’d rather enjoy the work of others in that department. At least for today, as they say in the 12-step groups.. Never say never!
Well, back to work!