Knitwear Designer//Pattern Drafter//Author//Teacher

when it rains

it pours and the vacuum, the dryer, and the toaster become possessed.  at least that’s what i’ve come to understand this week.  i have a clothesline in the kitchen and i bought a new vacuum and the toaster miraculously stopped turning everything into charcoal.  thank heavens!  we also had our first bird catastrophe.  luckily no birds were harmed in the great cage collapse of 2012.  the cat.  that evel kitty.  alizah and i were off running errands and came home to the cage completely overturned on the floor. the back had broken loose in the fall and some of the bars were bent.  of course, seed and pellets and water were spilled out onto the carpet (like, in a way that would have made me run outside screaming had i not just replaced the broken vacuum).  the birds were fine though and i wonder what sort of memory birds have.  the cage is back on it’s table - and firmly secured to the wall.

speaking of, i moved some things around on the walls…. then i was faced with the sea of holes.  mmm.  i spackeled yesterday.  it was sort of fun in a weird fresh start sort of way… erasing all the previous configurations of photos and mirrors.

and i got my new duvet cover from west elm.  and i began working on screens.

i had to dig the screens from the furthest depths of the closet under the stairs along with all the tools that go with them.  it was a chore for sure but it was sort of sweet and therapeutic getting all that messy stuff out again.  i usually forget that piece of me that had ink stains on every article of clothing and chronically dry hands from all the scrubbing.  i guess i’ve always been a process kind of girl.  horses: curry, hard brush, soft brush.  litho: grit down the line.  knitting: cast on, knit, cast off.  the end product is never the reward.

so, productivity is the word for the week.  another e-mail from homespun has pushed me into production.  by my calculations they are out of - um, everything.  or just about.  this is fantastic news of course.  and the screens aren’t just for kicks either.  i’m expecting my first large delivery of t-shirts and the e-commerce website is buzzing right along.  plan plan plan.  it’s so good and scary and it makes me want to stick my head in the sand mostly but i’m not going to.  i’m trying to keep scorpio on a short leash right now and let monkey take the reins.  let’s go!

the sun had been shining until today.  another bleak rainy one, but this weather has me in limbo.  my natural cycle is completely off course.  alizah and i bought seeds yesterday.  we planted catnip in an indoor container.  i missed growing catnip.  what a fantastic little plant - so prolific.  then we found this white ceramic orb-ish hanging planter that came with basil, oregano, and cilantro seeds and couldn’t resist!  we planted those, too.  i don’t anticipate a lot out of them but it felt good just to do it - to find a sunny spot and go for it.

as for a knitting update?  HA!  right…


this dreary out of focus pic says it all!  saroyan is creeping.  man.  i really love the pattern, too which is the funny bit of it.  i suppose i’ll get back into the groove when other things move aside.  it’s my go-to excuse, you know.  also, truth.  

so.  off i go.  work awaits.  happy tuesday, all! xo

this week

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