My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Hot! Hot! Hot!

It’s summer, with a vengeance.

I dragged myself home through the heat and humidity yesterday. I unlock my front door and am greeted by a welcome blast of cool air. Ah, blessed a/c!


Lucy comes bounding toward me, bright-eyed and fluffy-tailed, happily meowing. She’s as cool as a cucumber. Why shouldn’t she be? She gets to wallow in the a/c at home all day, while I take the subway to an office where the air is tepid at best.

Life just ain’t fair. I think it’s time for me to start buying Powerball tickets again.

Socking Along

Lest you think that I abandon all my projects, here is proof that I don’t:


I am still knitting on the pair of socks I started before I went on vacation. I finished the first one the morning I left and started the second one there, though I didn’t work on it much — I spent most of my knitting time on Parched. I picked up the second sock again on Monday and have done a wee bit on the train.

But mostly it’s just too darn hot. The a/c on the trains often leave a lot to be desired.

Something I Keep Meaning to Mention

I recently joined the Knitbloggers Reading Group. I had already bought a copy of Life of Pi, our first selection, andstarted reading it in the airport returning home from Toronto. Did a bit more reading last night, and I’m about three-fourths done with it. It’ll be fun to hear the other group members’ impressions of the book. I always wanted to join a book discussion group, but knew I’d be too lazy to actually attend meetings. A virtual book group! What could be better?


  1. Homer Simpson says:

    “Life of Pi?” Mmmmmmmm, pie!

  2. I love my new central A/C so much, that I’m actually considering taking its picture and publicly confessing my love on my blog. Without it, there would be no summer knitting chez moi!

  3. I was wondering if you had changed your mind about the reading group…I looked yesterday to see if you were listed as a member/Yahoo Groups but didn’t see you there. Glad to see you are in!

    I’m thinking, as large as the group is and the options the forum Jerry has set up allows, that maybe the group picks two books next time and you choose which book you want to read. Haven’t put that out there yet…

  4. Teresa, I’m registered in the Yahoo Group AND I signed up for the discussion board that Jerry is so kindly hosting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. A friend of mine has a theorem:

    Your satisfaction with your job is inversely proportional to the number of Powerball tickets in your wallet at any given time.

    I’ve never had the chance to test it. The socks look great. I just finished a pair myself.


  6. I now have 4 Powerball numbers in my wallet. Comne on, 250 million!

  7. Connecticut’s pretty Powerball nutty too – we’ve got a pool among the 6-7 of us in the office and I bought 5 more on my own for the hell of it. It’s my birthday today, so that’d be a really amazing present, dontcha think???

    Oh, and Wendy, I started my own blog at, if you would honor me with a linkswap :). It’s not as pretty as I’d like it to be, but all in due time…

    I know what you mean about certain yarns straining your wrists more than others – it’s odd for me since it doesn’t seem to be due to one specific type of yarn content or another or even needle size. But that’s always disappointing when you find a really cool yarn you’re dying to try out only to find that it makes your hands feel like cramping within the first row!

  8. I have a hold on Life of Pi at the library but I don’t think they even ordered the book yet so I may end up getting it elsewhere. I haven’t signed up for Knitbloggers Reading Group yet but I plan to before too long. I like the idea of a choice of two books as I tend to visit our local library a lot and it might be easier to find a book if I have a choice.

    I love AC, too. We only have it in the den and it is nice and cool in CT today so it isn’t needed.

  9. Welcome to Australian public transport. Here in Sydney over half our buses & trains lack AC. Summer is long, hot & humid here & commuting can be very uncomfortable. However, it’s a good opportunity to read. AC at home?? Wow! I’ve read about that in books. hehe Lots of windows open & an electric fan is common here along with sitting outside as much as possible.
    We’re having a glorious winter BTW ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. Life of Pi is a great but really traumatic read. I mean, the zebra part stayed with me for months. Fantastic book. Maybe not a good sign that my boss bought it for me for Christmas though (we lawyers appreciate the qualities of Richard Taylor).

  11. I would never have read Mann’s The Magic Mountain – which is an astoundingly wonderful book – if it hadn’t been for a reading group on Livejournal where we tried to do around 100pp per week. Sometimes I had to force myself to do those pages to keep up, but it was worth it.

    Nonetheless I think I’m going to have to hold off on the knitbloggers reading group. No time right now, trying to pack to move and write a novel at the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚