I should say “Old woman knitting” but I’m feeling very age-sensitive myself so I’ll leave it as is. This image was sold on etsy from by shop in Brussels, so I suppose she’s probably an “Old Belgian woman knitting” but of course, we can’t be sure. “Old European woman knitting?” And what is she knitting? Is that a sock? Is this “Old European woman knitting a sock?” I suppose it could be a hat, but I get the impression that knit socks (or stockings!) were in more demand, they are, after all, likely to wear out much faster. This “Old European woman knitting a stocking” seems quite happy as well. Perhaps that’s the wisdom the knitter and photographer want to impart to us: knitting is the secret to happiness! A message I can live with.
I’m lucky to live really close to Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio but I don’t tend to get out and about as much as I should, so I keep tabs on their goings-on via social media (mainly Instagram and Facebook) and their blog. The shop and Nicole, the owner, made national news earlier this year for being so welcoming and inclusive. They have classes and workshops and retreats and are in one of the cutest historical buildings in my town. On top of all that, Nicole stocks thoughtful, high quality yarns and fabrics. Finch is the only place local to me (well, without traveling too far into the DC metro area) that stocks Liberty fabrics. Finch is also an authorized Bernina dealer and I desperately need to replace my basic-level 25 year old sewing machine. I’m almost afraid to go in the shop because I know I’ll walk out with an empty wallet but on the other hand, I know I would find a community of creatives there, so Finch is on my stretch list – I know once I start going regularly, I’ll fit right in.
Bonus: today is the day that Finch Boxes launch! I’m really tempted to subscribe even though I could (in theory) walk to the store (in an hour or two) – I would love to get something crafty from Finch in my mailbox!
Last week’s goals with progress indicated:
- Knit 1 or more wedge of Aranami.
Nope. I didn’t pick it up at all.
Do the math to figure out the stitch count for the fronts & back of Aspen since I’m doing a shorter version. I have the vague idea that the cabling should start around where the belt loops (which I’m not doing according to pattern) go.Done, reluctantly and finally yesterday.
Go to TKD twice.
Done! Testing for my yellow and orange belts this week like a superstar. Just need to learn how to count to 30 in Korean.
Add more pictures to Society 6and let my FB people know. Done, except for the self-promotion; I hate tooting my own horn this way.
- Decide yes/no on NaPoWriMo and yes/no on 100 day project (likely writing) since April is Saturday, the start day for both.
Yes. But I didn’t start Saturday, or even Sunday, I’m starting today. And also, I’m making my own personal rules for NaPoWriMo; I get to edit and revise if I choose rather than writing a new poem each day while still keeping it interesting for readers (assuming I have some), which means not working on the same piece 983498372 days in a row.
- Come up with a good (not completely awful and humiliating) April Fool’s joke to play on Ky & the boys.
Or, alternately, rise above it/go into full denial and just call it April 1.I didn’t come up with a big benign prank and none were played on me if I only count people I know IRL. April Fools is my least favorite holiday.
Start a cat cave for Jeff (and later, one for Eevee) since he likes his improvised one so much:Done – the scant details are on Ravelry. They both like the cat cave and have attacked each other in it. Gotta make one for Eevee or make a proper mat/blanket for the cat tree Ky made.
- Knit 1 or more wedge of Aranami.
- Cast on the fronts of Aspen.
- Go to TKD twice – once for practice, once for testing.
- Learn to count in Korean from 11-30 (I already know 1-10).
- Add more pictures to Society 6 and let my FB people know.
- Replace the blog link in Instagram with a link to Socitey 6. And since I’m on the subject, replace etsy shop link in @madgeface twitter account with link to this.
- Write or work on a poem a day. I’m going to be doing separate posts for this; my apologies if poetry isn’t your thing. I have no expectation that anyone will read the poems but rather am posting for personal accountability.