Still working on the sock.

I’ve got less than 24 hours left and still sock left to go. And I think there’ll be some yarn to do baby socks for a4a. Not sure I’ll need the insurance after all.


What was I thinking

This morning I’m on the road down in LA (mother’s birthday celebration), and I’m realizing that I brought along a very small project, the Leyburn socks, but I am already on the heel of the second one.  What if I run out of yarn?  Will I need to get an emergency supply?  I knew I should have brought another project…

Anybody got suggestions about this?  Should I buy insurance yarn?

Projects Uncategorized

All’s Well; 5 free things that make me happy

Yes, I am really feeling fine. No lingering exhaustion at all, and I taught water aerobics classes two days in a row, with one of them 75 minutes long. I am so happy to feel well!

And I have a burst of energy for some new things. I’m helping to organize knitting of squares for Afghans for Afghans blankets at my church and the nearest local yarn store, which is a fun way to connect two places that I love. I’m getting my pastoral act together for the congregation, and I’m quitting a part-time job that I’m doing a bad job at and is causing stress.

All of that makes me thankful for employment that has meaning and benefits, for my health, and for the opportunity to make new decisions that will improve my life and the life of others.

One of the things that I preached about today is that we need to get in touch with the things that make us happy that don’t cost us money.  I had folks write down 5 things that are free that they like to do.  Here are mine:

  1. Play with the kitties.  Seriously, it is hard to feel bad with warm softies running around the apartment like maniacs, or getting all snuggly under the log cabin blanket.
  2. Make bread.  Ok, this costs a little bit of money, but under $1 for a loaf of wonderful goodness.
  3. Walk in McInnis Park — it has lovely views of San Pablo Bay, and it’s next door.
  4. Read books from the library.  I call it “the community’s book-stash place.”  They keep it for me until I need it, and then I don’t have to store it.
  5. Singing in worship.  I love to sing, and it’s so great to sing with other people.  And far from costing me money, I can actually say that since I get paid to be in worship, in some sense, I actually get paid!

Add your own free things that make you happy  in the comments!

In the meantime, I started some Leyburn socks with Paca-ped yarn that also includes contrast yarn for the toe and heels.  The pattern isn’t too hard, and I do like the complementary yarn that comes for the toes and heels.  Not sure about the alpaca, but I’ll get to test them next week at Lake Tahoe.

Leyburn socks 1a

Knitting for Good

Sisters, can you spare a square?

Some folks may be aware that Allison Jeppson Hyde ( has been very ill, and almost at the point of death in the past month.

Allison is one of the most generous knitters that I know – knitting shawls for every woman in her congregation, and the author of Wrapped in Comfort. That her body is so down has been very tough for those of us who know her.

I know her local knitters have given some knitterly items, which is so in keeping with Allison’s spirit. Now, those of us who live a bit farther away can be a part of something. A number of knitters are getting together to make squares out of fingering weight yarn to become a lap blanket for her. Details and sign-ups are on Ravelry here.


Why I Cried Today (again)

This time it was the Rev. Joseph E. Lowry, who was part of the civil rights movement, who was attacked in those days in the South. He starts with words from Lift Every Voice and Sing, which is the informal national anthem for African-Americans, and then goes on from there to the most fitting end to the swearing-in ceremony. Can I just say that I hope to grow up and be someone like him someday? He out-prayed the “purpose-driven” mega-church pastor, and out-wrote the poet. He was the equal of Obama in elegance and meaning, and even gave us a couple of chuckles.


If you want to see the text of his prayer, this blog has it.
For the church-types who read, it was a bit like having transfiguration Sunday come a few weeks too early.  Does that mean Lent will be longer?


Why I Cried Today

I love folk music, I love Pete Seeger, so this just sent me over the edge:

For those of you who got here too late, apparently HBO is hunting down all the YouTube clips that feature any performer.  Boo on them.  Unless you happened to have hi-speed internet or the right cable company,  Americans could not  enjoy watching this 89-year-old activist singing, on public land for God’s sake, This Land is Your Land, for the incoming administration.  HBO must have missed the irony, given this verse in the famous song by Woody Guthrie:

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;
That side was made for you and me.

I don’t know how long this clip will survive, here’s another try:


Addition on January 22nd: HBO apparently has seen the light. They sent me this reply to my objection to the removal of the YouTube clips of the concert at the Lincoln Memorial:

Please understand that any HBO programming is treated almost
automatically with the same type of diligence to protect our content.

However, HBO agrees this historic inaugural event should not fall under
the guidelines of our traditional original programming. Consequently,
we will be reinstating any clips of the event, with the exception of
content pieces resulting in the full coverage of the event.

We appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts on this matter
with us.


Trying to groove

I am feeling better, although my chest is painful, and there’s still a bit of a cough.  I did teach water aerobics yesterday, which was probably not a good idea, although the class went well.

Today I’m moving back into preaching mode, and what a weekend to do so.  I hope I can speak “big enough” to the occasion of this particular time.  Tonight I hope to see some knitting sisters, I’ve missed them!



I’m up and feeling pretty good – I made some sourdough this morning, which is rising now in the oven, and had breakfast. I think I’m definitely better!

Here’s the view I’ve had the past few days:
McInnis Park in January

Since I’m not really inspired to knit anything in particular, I’ve gone for “yarnplay.” This might end up as a scarf, or get frogged, I’m not sure.




I keep thinking every day that I’ll be well enough to go to work. But then the symptoms start — headache, queasiness, light sensitivity. Yikes, I’m a walking symptom catcher.

I’m doing a bit better today, and hope to get actual work done for change, right here at home.

And there’s nothing on the needles. How sad is that? I have nothing that is inspiring me. Losing the knitting mojo too? Gotta fix that too.


A Slow Recovery

Although the knitting is going well (because you can do it lying down on a couch), I’m still recovering.
I think the bronchitis and pneumonia are under control, but the meds I took had a lot of side effects. I was dizzy and nauseous after taking it. On the fourth day, Saturday, I googled it and found that this particular antibiotic can cause severe side effects (apparently the Europeans have this as a pretty restrictive drug). In consultation with the Doc on call, I stopped at the fourth day. Sunday I was not feeling much better, and again missed my preaching, although I was well enough to catch the Golden Globes on TV (check out Tina Fey’s hilarious acceptance speech here).

Today I was hoping to feel a lot better, and I wasn’t. Severe sinus pain, to the point of migraine light. Hoping for better tomorrow…