Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I'm in Yarnival! (and so is my husband...)

I woke up to the nicest surprise today: Cara wrote to tell me that Knit*Six appears in the November issue of Yarnival! AND my husband, Chris, was named "Hunk of the Month."

He's had quite a good month in terms of fame: He played with Brooks Tegler at Blues Alley (a world-famous jazz club in Georgetown), played AND did all the vocals at Brooks' Glenn Miller Tribute in Wye Mills, MD, and appeared in a photo in Jazz Times. And now this: Yarnival's Hunk of the Month. I don't know how much more of this I can handle...pretty soon he'll be running from screaming mobs of fans ;-)

But he deserves it, for putting up with this:

(The huge stash I just realized I've accumulated...I never knew I was hording so much!)

And this:

(The pile of yarn on the stereo behind "my chair.")

And this:

(The pile of yarn and mountain of needles and other knitting paraphernalia under the table between our chairs.)

Anyway, thanks, Cara, for featuring my blog! And welcome to anyone who comes browsing from (I'm addicted to her blog...from knitting to social commentary, she rocks!). There's a link to it at right...

So, we spent a week in Cape May, NJ, which was absolutely wonderful and relaxing. Obviously, since this is only my second post this first one in two weeks...I'm having trouble getting back in the swing of things. For example, I had a pile of editing to do (freelance writing and editing is my bread and butter), but spent the morning rooting around in my mountain of fiber and taking the pictures above. I also took this's the "eat in" area in our kitchen:

Notice how there's no place to "eat in"? It's been usurped, and now I call it my studio. Thank God for windows. I couldn't have done that in our old apartment, an "English Basement" in Georgetown (think: damp, mold, ant infestations, and noisy upstairs neighbors who stomped around like elephants and used TONS of electricity and gas -- we had to pay 25% of the utilities for the house, and it was SO expensive). Jeez...thank God for more than windows, huh?

If you look in the photo above, you'll notice the umbrella swift and skeins of gorgeous yarn hanging over a drying rack. You might also glimpse and peek of the fabulous raspberry colored sock yarn on the table, next to the bag of batting. Those are all Neighborhood Fiber Company yarns: Victorian Bulky, Duplex (50% mohair/50% merino), Studio Sport and Studio Sock).

This particular batch was headed for a special customer who's starting her own knitting business in D.C. But there's plenty more where that came from. And we also sell drop spindle kits and offer spinning wheel rentals in the District. Check out our new and improved Web site!

Well, the Hunk is home from work, so I'll wrap it up for the day. It's been a long one, and I'm rambling. And, after all, tomorrow is another day...(What the Hell does that mean? Of COURSE it's another day. It's not TODAY is it? No, it's tomorrow!)

Ah. Bon soir, mes amis.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

We're back - in body, if not in spirit...

Once again, Cape May was wonderful. I love the shore during the off-season's lovely and melancholy, and more peaceful than any other place I can imagine.

Now I'm returning to the daily "grind" (that's a bit of an overstatement), trying to catch up and get back into the swing of things. So until I can post "for real" (I'm a perfectionist and refuse to put up a half-assed blog entry), I'll leave you with this...