1) Right now, right here, bobbles are my jam. The twitchy maneuvers and focus are perfectly suiting these twitchy times. Everything about this project is Not My Usual Thing. I think a lot of us can say that describes our lives now.
The yarns are a treat: Fig Lace from Once Upon a Corgi , I don't know the colorway name. She's a local to me CT dyer and soooo talented- go look at that link. The deeper intense solid is from Neighborhood Fiber Co., another of my faves. I rarely knit with skinny singles or skinny mohair and silk yarns so the whole thing is a break from reality. Even the project bag I'm using is out of character- a cheerful indulgence purchase from MinnieMoonSewing. --it's made from a feed sack with canvas apple green lining and is so well made... (and reminds me indulgence is not necessarily wrong).
The pattern is the ShannaJean Cowlette. . Here I am trying on the sample of it at TNNA last June when visiting the delightful BFFs designer Shannon Squire and yarn dyer Knittted Wit (LoraJean) in their booth. Not my usual style or colors but I loved it . The design totally captures their playful spirit. And easier to keep around your neck than a light and floaty shawl.
My blues are a little subtler than the sample colorways. So, as much as wearing bobbles can be subtle, I'm good.
Maybe I should note I am only in my second section of bobbles. When I sent Shannon a message saying how much I was enjoying the bobbles she replied, not very cryptically, wait till you'get to the longer rounds and you're on your 10,000th bobble ....she didn't add BWA_HAH_HAH but I sorta felt it.
2) I can give some love and handwash one handknit a day since I'm not going anywhere. By the end of April my wardrobe will be so clean and fluffy!
This is my Dangling Conversation, fresh and clean. I mean, I have a home office. Normally I'm not near it quite so 24/7 . The whole secret to home offices is to work in them, not mess up your productivity trying to do personal chores at the same time as working. This is a hard learned truth here for decades. Since I'm not running out for any other activities, nor doing any new photo shoots, all work-at-home rules are out the window. Also--I'm homeschooling now...so....plenty of interruptions and a lot less productivity.
3) The one thing we can't live without in our kitchen is a can opener! Guess whose broke? With a huge pot of chili on the stove, 30 minutes before dinner at our full house, the can opener flat out quit just before I got the Ro-Tel into the pot. After A LOT of swearing and unsuccessful attempts with alt tools, I called a neighbor and did a socially distanced borrow. We are super well stocked with food here but that broken can opener brought us to a grinding halt.
4) The Fitness Marshall. A great find if you like to dance and don't mind making a fool of yourself pretending to be a pop music video dancer. He breaks down the moves (kind of like Zumba) . If you walk by at the right time each day (or...maybe it's the wrong time) you might glimpse me and an 8 year old dancing along, with my phone propped on the kayak rack on the side of the house, laughing at ourselves. This week we nailed Poker Face by Lady Gaga. I hope you're finding some fun way to move-- or to laugh at yourself--because it really helps.