My Adventures in Knitting, truly my Yarn-escape!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday's Yarns - I'm back!

   I've been gone a bit, finishing hats for my son's college, for those marching in Boston for the March for Science. 

     Also starting a new Facebook group called - "The Resistance Knitters".  An adventure in itself, interweaving up-to-date news, commentaries, action reports for resistance and knitting for activism. We've become a vital, lively and creative group on Facebook, even mentioned in a PBS article - "Stitch by stitch, a brief history of knitting and activism".  Then there was hip surgery that I needed.  Successful, and taking most of the pain away of the winter.  So I'm back.

     Orange and peach seem to be my connecting theme this week.  My knitting in a lovely peach cotton.  My audio an orange book from my favorite series and the book I'm reading the newest book in Janet Evanovich's Fox and O'hare series also orange, and fun.  I also have a Resistance Action you can take in orange, noted below.

     I started knitting the Yellowstone Cardigan by WeAreKnitters yesterday.  Beautiful, soft cotton yarn in peach.  I really needed a mindless knit after surgery and this is perfect.  Just got the back rib done and I'm into the double moss stitch.  An interesting version of it, a cross between seed stitch and moss.  It is a single stitch of knit, purl across, but two rows deep.  And from my swatch, I need to remember to knit loose to get the right gauge.  This looser gauge also felt softer and more pliable.  A perfect Spring knit, colored like the flowers I remember growing up back East.

     For an audio to listen to while knitting I have Dragonfly in Amber (Audible)  by Diana Gabaldon.  A book I read when it first came out in 1992.  I've re-read the series by then.  It's my all time favorite, but in order to read the last book she published in her series (the 8th book) I have been determined to re-read the series, again.  Years later, I haven't done it and I haven't read the "newest" book.  At this rate her next one will be out before I get to it!  So, I'm going through the books in Audible and it's fantastic!  I love the accents, the sound of her words and descriptions.  Listening adds a totally new layer to the book.  I'll watch the second season of the show when I'm done listening.  More on Diana Gabaldon's books.

     The book I'm reading is The Pursuit: A Fox and O'Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, book 5 in the series.  It's an awesome series.  Funny lark between an FBI agent and the former jewel thief she secretly works with to capture bigger bad guys.  This book starts in Belgium, moves to a country cottage in France, then the action moves to Sorrento, Italy.  At this point I needed to do some research and look up this ancient town. The author must of visited it to recreate the town in her book in such vivid detail.  The description of tiny narrow streets, the smells emanating and the limoncello constantly served.  This drink I knew from a cooking class I assisted where we made it, a strong, sweet lemon liqueur.  

Sorrento, Italy

     This is the first paper book I actually have bought in I don't know how long.  I'm enjoying the feel of a real book and parking my tablet for awhile.

     And last, but not least I have an orange themed protest that's coming up on June 2nd that we can make orange hats for!  On that day Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are asking for people to wear orange to wake up America to gun violence.  We can knit orange hats for the day.  Even an orange PussyHat might be perfect for the occasion.  Check the website for events close to home.

 Last week my daughter Maggie received orange carnations (her favorite) for being in the high school musical.  Surprisingly having a sultry Norah Jones like voice on top of natural acting skills.  I'm proud of her and proud of Mom for getting there closely after surgery.  The director, who I've gone through three kids with her in Drama productions (she's awesome), specially sat my wheelchair where I could see my daughter the best.  I've never missed a performance for any of my kids, usually going to several of one play!  (My oldest son, whose in college now, did 18 performances over 5 years, amazing actor.)  But I made it!  You can only go around once and I wasn't going to miss something I'd remember forever.


  1. Wow, I hardly know where to start. When did you have time for surgery??? I'm glad it didn't keep you away from your performance. Those proud mama moments are precious.
    I joined your new Facebook group before commenting. Great idea!
    The Yellowstone cardigan looks so cozy. Sounds like slow knitting, though. I'm waiting to see what you say about it.
    Heal on and Resist!

    1. Thank you! I actually got on my tablet before and right after my surgery because we had only two other helping me at that point. And working on The Resistance Knitters gets my mind off pain. Incredibly I didn't feel much afterwards, especially since the real bad pain didn't come back. Yeah! So, yesterday I approved you and I'm staring at your pic and I'm thinking, I know her, well, but from where? Mystery solved. Thanks for continued support and uplifting comments! :)