behind the scenes


Sometimes the photographer is photographed. The cats have been quite the handful this week.. I’m hoping for naps and snuggles this weekend, I have nice reading planned. Maybe even more sunroom time since the temperatures have swung from wind chills in the single digits to at 6a this morning it’s already 33°F with a projected high of 50°F and it could be a rainy 61°F on Sunday! Read More about behind the scenes

some gift ideas for knitters (and crocheters)

Yes, it’s that time of the year. Gift idea lists are everywhere. I had a beautiful series planned to begin over month ago (a few weeks before Chanukah) that would outline what I thought could be great gifts for a wide variety of recipients. Then November came and reminded me it’s always my busiest month for work (yay!) and here we are almost at mid-December and I’m still closing out November’s plans!

What are gifts, that as a knitter and crocheter I appreciate the most? Sure, I’d like yarn, but let’s face it, I have a lot and so do most of us. I’m picky about what kind and colours I like and what I think I need for planned projects, so unless you check out one of my wish lists (*cough* *cough*), something else would probably be more appreciated.

Today I’ll write a bit about bags, pouches, and storage containers. These can be as simple as a box of generic zip-top bags or something more complex and fancy from a draw-string bags, to box bags, tote bags, and stuff sacks.

pouch-bag-assortment ziptop-bags

Pay attention to what your knitter tends to use most and chances are they want another one. I use the 2 gallon zip-top plastic bags to keep yarn stash safe, but they also sometimes hold bigger projects that aren’t being actively worked on. I need to be careful though because buddy likes to eat the plastic zippers so I’ve transitioned away from using those. I have an assortment of different bags and I have preferences depending on my needs for that project. Please stay away from anything that fastens with velcro.

Don’t forget your knitter’s small tools too, there are quite a few different notions pouches and containers out there.

needle-storageI store my needles in a three ring binder with pencil pouches separating out various sizes. This works great for studio storage but not so much when I’m out and about and might need some things but definitely not All The Things.

I have a Knit Kit and love it (and have surprised myself by not loosing most of the pieces yet, and I’ve had it for a few years now). Tom Bihn recently collaborated with Knitty Editor Amy Singer and came up with these new knitting tool pouches. I still haven’t decided which one(s) would best suit my needs. I think they’re a great idea and if you’re in doubt, go with size 4.

Speaking of Tom Bihn, their bags are very well made, in addition to my co-pilot (that after 3.5 years, still looks almost new), I have a swift that I love fiercely. There’s a strong change your knitter has one on their wish list.

Not sure exactly what would make them happy? Gift certificates are good. Pick one up from their LYS (Local Yarn Store), Tom Bihn (they offer wish lists *cough* too), or an Etsy gift card.

Looking for more ideas? The Yarn Harlot is offering her annual ideas and I’m also adding to a gift ideas board on pinterest.

All opinions are my own, I’ve not received nor expect to receive compensation for links in this post.

one more step each day..

Shadow and I have snuggled quite a bit since Monday afternoon. He doesn’t understand why I suddenly scooped him up and scritched his chin because moments before I had told him no and asked him to step away from my keyboard.

For most of this week I’ve retreated from participation in social media or consuming the news since initial reports came in and I heard (safe) responses from friends in Boston. I am thankful though my heart is heavy.

I can’t even begin to process other events. Please, forgive me.

It makes writing here difficult. Again. And Again. And Again. And Again.
(I’m not looking up any others and yes it’s a mix of natural and not.)

So I turn to the words of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

and this quote, one a fellow runner, found and shared:

“Let’s instead do what runners do best. Let’s be strong. Let’s be patient as information comes in. Let’s pace ourselves. Let’s endure. Let’s close the gap and tighten up the pack. Let’s recover together.” ~Kristen Armstrong

Please support One Fund Boston or find other ways to support and make an appointment to donate blood (not right now, next month when donations will be forgotten and needed). Even if you’re not in Boston, please donate blood (or platelets) when and where you can. Please have a thankful heart.

Boston, my heart is with you. My feet run for you.

yes i run

the blank page

While I succeeded in cranking out quite a few words both here and elsewhere last month, I’m staring at the blank page today wondering what to write. I’m using this post as my scribble trick* to get past the vast white page.

While I’m working on writing up book reviews and additional posts about (primarily) knitting and cooking, I’m not sure what else to write about.

My most popular posts for the past few weeks are my reviews on Tom Bihn bags (i have a new bag, are you surprised?, One Year Together, and A Tale of Two Swifts).

Followed closely by of cables and crochet, and sadly there actually isn’t anything useful on that post! So I’m also slowly working on a post about crochet cables.

We haven’t traveled much since purchasing our house. I didn’t get a chance to garden much this summer as caring for family took priority. (mum’s surgeon gave her a very glowing checkup report yesterday!)

Is there something you are curious about? Is there a topic I used to write about on this site and no longer do and you miss it?

Did you know that if you listen to Just the Books podcast (current read: Jane Eyre), you could hear my voice as I offer a Two Minute Tech Tip each week? Do you have a tech question you’d like answered? If so, please feel free to contact me and ask. I can’t promise I’ll answer every question on the podcast, but if there is enough interest, who knows, now that I’m slightly more comfortable behind a microphone, maybe it’ll spin off on its own.

* scribble trick: When I get a new notebook I open it to a random page, turn the notebook upside down and at the inside part of the page I make a small scribble. Then the new notebook isn’t perfect and I’m no longer scared to use it wrong.