Hallelujah, I finished the damn coat. And thank you all for weighing in on the buttons. Purple TOTALLY rocked it up.


When I first put it on, I panicked and hated it. It seemed misshapen and ill-proportioned. So I wore it over to my knitting store for some opinions. Well, it was a hit.

All it needed was a little steam to make things fall flatter, and voila. My ladies saved me. In fact I think a couple of my knitting pals may now make the same coat. Now, to head off the knitting postpartum, I have to figure out what to knit next before I leave for the UK!!

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of the other things that were happening at the big knitting table:

 Yummy blanket


Needlepoint stool cover (we make special exceptions for some needlepointers!)


Skating sweater


Wavy scarf


It's always such great escape to go to Annie and Co. when other projects are stuck or overwhelming. I've been thinking a lot about why I've found this particular new obsession. Besides the calming meditative loveliness,  it's because it's so immediate. You SEE results, and just as importantly, mistakes are absolutely fixable. And as heart wrenching as it is, if you really hate it when you're done, you can rip it out and make something else. So much else in my particular world involves waiting and seeing. Or working your butt off and feeling/seeing very few tangible results. (This is why I will never give up touring. I LOVE the immediacy of the response.)

This same phenomenon may be why I also love doing laundry, I love cleaning, I love making toast. Even ironing. These are such simple things, but it's so gratifying to do them well. To see that sparkly bathtub, that perfect crisp shirt, to put on those cozy clean pajamas fresh out of the dryer.


And what tastes better then buttery yummy toast with a little cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top? (In your new COAT!!)


Music in the HOUSE!
    posted 2020-07-15

    posted 2019-07-10

    posted 2019-04-29

I Love the Dentist
    posted 2018-11-06

Balloon Girl
    posted 2018-10-08

West Coast Journal
    posted 2017-10-24

Home Stretch
    posted 2017-06-07

Hashtag Kitchen
    posted 2017-03-09

This very old house
    posted 2016-12-13

The Big Move
    posted 2016-12-01

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