little homes everywhere

Today I’ve been making myself at home in familiar places.  Going back to things I know really well often takes the edge off a bit.  If you read back a day you can tell I’m a little on edge.  These certainly helped:

my playlist at work today:

consisted of albums i’ve been listening to for…

greetings-from-timbuk-3-e127358423311125 years…

joni+mitchell+-+ladies+of+the+canyon+-+(front)15 years…

Rabbit Fur Coat…and 5 years.  There’s nothing like knowing all the words from beginning to end to get anchored.



I also managed to get to the book store on my lunch break, seeking out another tome from Geraldine Brooks, whose writing I was recently introduced to, I basically love her.  I’m glad I found Caleb’s Crossing as a pre-owned hardcover, because those look cooler on the shelf and I’m nervous about reading the one she wrote about the dad from Little Women since I never read that.  And I feel like I’d need to read Little Women in order to read it.  So I’ll read the one about the plague next… then decide what to do after that.  I know little girls are supposed to love Little Women… but Alcott, Bronte, Austen… all snoozers to me.  Go figure.  Oh yeah!  The used hardcover was $9.97 but the guy at Bull Moose rang me up for just under $7.00.  I guess their used book prices are constantly changing, so in the event that they’re less the cashier can give you the lower price.  If it’s higher?  No sweat, you get what the price tag says.  That’s so awesome!  Buy local.



Lastly, one new thing — for Christmas, we got my mother-in-law a pattern for this cowl from Quince & Co., a Maine-based yarn/pattern company, and when she finished it I offered to block it for her at work since we have industrial steamers here.  I found it surprisingly easy with the help of the steamer and this online tutorial that really took the mystery out of blocking for me.  I used to use pins, towels, etc… but I might just throw down $180 one day for a steamer of my own if I really get in to knitting.  I’ve been voracious in the knitting department, practically devouring this blog for the last couple of days.  I love this girl, and I don’t even know her!  I’m working on this dress for Kiley right now, and hope the pattern goes smoothly so I can add my own modifications the next time I make it.  I paid $2 for it a week ago, but it looks like it’s a free download now, so get it while you can!  Totally worth the $2, by the way, but free stuff still rocks.

Christmas Wishes

"miriam" cardigan from Quince & Co. Click to view/purchase pattern.

Aww geez, just when I contented myself with manufacturing little socks, hats and headbands I see a thing of beauty like this.

The simplicity kinda makes me think I could make it and not have bunchy armpit, bulky shoulder and wavy neckline problems, and if you’ve ever been to Knit Wit on Congress St. and touched Quince & Co.‘s yarns… hoo boy.  That’s a nice sweater.

Click Here to view "Chickadee" yarn from Quince & Co.


I think I’m gonna make mine orange (nasturtium).  The apricot totally caught my eye but I have a really special talent at dropping food on my clothes.  I’d also love it in navy or olive green.  What the heck, am I making four sweaters now?  Jeez, focus Audrey!

If anyone out there in internetland wants to partner up and make this sweater for themselves at the same time as me let me know!  Daring to make a pattern for something bigger than 6″ long is a big step, and it wouldn’t hurt to have a buddy to talk to when the going gets tough!