29 June 2021
25 June 2021
It's another lovely day in Philadelphia, but from all reports, the end is nigh so to speak - the heat and humidity are apparently just waiting in the wings, ready to take over. So I'm planning to enjoy as much of today as possible, and I have an appt to get my hair cut at noon, so that is something that always makes me happy - I actually look glamorous (well, for me at least) for a few hours! 😊
So let's add some laughs or at least smiles to today, and get into the mood to enjoy the weekend, if for no other reason than we can.
Maybe you'll enjoy a good book.
24 June 2021
I'm guessing all of us have some "dream knitting" - either things we would love to make, things we are pretty sure are beyond our current skills, things that for whatever reason MUST be made with the suggested yarn, which will likely never be possible given our own budgets.
But that is different than what I am talking about here. I've noticed over the last year - maybe because I have had more time to be leisurely with my knitting during the pandemic - that I have a tendency to "Dream Knit" while I'm working on current projects.
First, disclaimers: any links to patterns are to Ravelry pages, so if you have problems with Ravelry, you may wish to see if you can track them down somewhere else. If I were a good person, I would do that for you. Right now, today, that isn't happening, sorry. Also, any images are ones used on the Ravelry pages, so they belong to the designers/knitters involved.
OK, moving right along, right now - not surprisingly - I am at work on a second sock to a pair I'm making. I'm enjoying the project and even have the stitch pattern in my brain, but while working on it, I have been thinking about knitting these next:
21 June 2021
There is just too much going on in my brain and in my life these days. Sadly, it's not really wonderful, fun stuff - rather it's related to work and finances, mostly. I feel like I'm keeping my head above water, but I can see a LOT of big waves headed my way, and can only hope I'll resurface once those hit. Ugh.
The good news is that I do have things that can help distract me. The bad news is that even when I am completely distracted by those things, the others are always just sitting there waiting, full of self-satisfied knowledge that I have no choice but to know they are there. It's exhausting.
Over the weekend, I was able to spend time on those distracting things - I finished a book I've been reading, worked on a sock, and worked on my summer top. Though I have to tink back two rows on the summer top - which now has lots of stitches - because I am at a knit 1, purl 1 rib section and last night I noticed that two rows back, I did two knit stitches in a row. And especially since it's on the front of the piece, I know it will bug me if I don't fix it. At least it's only k1, p1, and not something more involved or complicated. I fear at this point, that would just cause me to put it away indefinitely, or even just tear it all out and start over someday.
Have I mentioned that I'm not a big fan of 1 x 1 rib? I feel like I can never get into a rhythm with it, and so it ends up taking more brain space than I think it should.
Anyway. I did treat myself to something fun recently:
18 June 2021
17 June 2021
Hello sports fans! (Well, unless you are a 76ers fan, and wondering WTF they are doing, building up huge leads in playoff games and then blowing them in the 4th quarter. Honestly, just lose from the get-go if you're gonna keep doing that.)
Anyway, I digress. My mother used to greet us in the mornings with that phrase sometimes, and it always amused me because I was the only one who cared at all about any sports ever, and my sisters would just give her dirty looks. Apparently when she would say that around her friends, they would lecture her about how not *everyone* liked sports, how they were dangerous, etc., which frankly amused her and amused me when she would tell about it.
Another digression. Whoops.
Moving right along, I have decided to do a post for Three on Thursday, just because I feel like it, not because I have anything important to share. Some days you just feel like posting, you know? So I decided to talk about Three Things That I Wonder About.
1. One of the blogs I regularly read is one written by a woman who writes about health and beauty for women over 50. She is a good writer, and a lot of her posts are both informative and amusing. But every once in a while, she really bugs me. So much of what she writes is ranting about how companies and society at large try to tell older women what they should/should not wear, how they should act, what they should do - you get the gist. Then she will write a post where SHE says older women should so, act, say, etc. and it just kills me! For instance, her daughter got married a while back, and she had all of these posts about trying to find a dress for the wedding. She wanted a short dress, rather than a long one, and one that was also "modern-looking." Fine. So she had all of these posts about Mother-of-the-Bride dresses and how horrible they were, and how you shouldn't wear them, the colors were awful, etc. She ended up with a very short black V-necked sleeveless dress that made her happy. Which is what is important. But she kept showing the other things and making really disparaging remarks about not just the designs, but anyone who would even consider wearing them. Yes, I found some of them awful, but thought some of them were just fine. What do I know, I don't have any kids, so will never be in that situation, but my point it that she was doing what she always accuses "the industry" of doing and it bugged me.
Because of course I am perfect, and so others' imperfections just cannot be tolerated. 😒
Anyway, she wrote another post doing the same thing yesterday and I think I have to stop reading her blog.
2. On my way to work this morning, I passed a woman who was walking a really cute young doggy. I asked if I could pet the dog (this is why my walks take longer than they should), and she said yes. It was a really sweet pup, and when I was walking away, I said, "Thanks for letting me pet him, he is really adorable." And she said, "Thank you! He's adopted," and kept walking.
And I wondered, did she think I thought she was the one who had birthed him? Of course he's adopted!
3. Why is it that when you are knitting something, and you get to the EASIEST part of a pattern, and you started out with the correct number of stitches, that somehow or another after four rounds, you end up with 16 extra stitches?? I'm working on a pair of socks, and I've gotten to the stockinette portion, and though I am not completely zoning out, I am somehow regularly ending up with 10-16 (16 last night - WTF?!) extra stitches. Now I know the answer is that clearly I'm not paying enough attention, but this is the first time this has happened to me for a really long time - I mean, when I first learned to knit anything, I was always adding stitches unintentionally, but it hasn't happened while knitting socks for years. Sigh.
This is why we can't have nice things.
You just have to wonder ...
16 June 2021
10 June 2021
You know I meant to post yesterday, but I was overcome with a huge case of Do-As-Little-As-Possible which of course as a lot of you know, is the type of malady that not only can come on suddenly, but one that has no vaccine and no accepted medical treatment.
But fortunately, it only lasted a day, and now I can actually not just write a post, but get motivated to so things, even if they are not major or not of great benefit to society overall. At least it's a step in the right direction, if you ask me.
Most places in the U.S. at this point are relaxing a lot if not all of their Covid-19 restrictions for people who have been vaccinated. Tomorrow, the City of Philadelphia will cancel the indoor mask-wearing mandate for any vaccinated people. I've been thinking about all of these seemingly sudden changes, and deciding how I want to proceed, and while doing so, I realized that once I got over the intial claustrophobic feeling of wearing a mask, I really didn't mind at all. And so, continuing to wear one - even when the state said we didn't have to - was not a problem for me.
Then I realized when I sat down to write this post, that it was also Thursday, and have decided that I would make this a Three on Thursday post. So here you go: Three Things I Liked About Having to Wear a Mask:
*these are all reasons beyond the obvious ones about not getting Covid, or giving it to anyone else, etc.
1. In the cold weather, a mask helped to keep my face warmer; in the warm weather, a mask helped me not feel my allergies so much, since it blocked a lot of the pollen.
2. I could frown, stick out my tongue, or just place a look of disgust on my face, and as long as it was not too elaborate, no one was the wiser. It was freeing to stick my tongue out at douchebags with no consequences.
3. This one is my most favorite - wearing a mask meant that for the last year plus some months, I have not had to deal with a single random male person of any age telling me to "Smile, honey, it's not that bad," or "C'mon sweetheart, give us a nice smile there." ZERO OCCURRENCES during the pandemic and it has been the Very.Best.Thing.Of.All. Granted, if someone had been stupid enough to say it anyway, I could revert to actions described in #2. But not having to even hear the words at all was the most wonderful benefit.
I would like to think that moving forward, when people have colds, etc., they will decide to wear masks to keep others from catching it. But I also really liked to think that people would band together during the pandemic to do the right thing, and that everyone who possibly could would get vaccinated once the vaccine was available, so I think I may be the only one saving my masks for when I am sick.
In any case, at least a lot of people DID wear masks, and I hope for them there were some benefits other than the obvious and necessary ones. I have to say, for me it has become automatic, so I guess going forward I'll have a new habit to break, at least for every day regular life ...
07 June 2021
04 June 2021
Let's celebrate the first Friday during June with some laughs. My twisted sense of humor finds these worth sharing.
This one made me laugh out loud when I saw it.