lucky duck

August 2, 2010

so life is feeling pretty normal lately.
work is busy,
knitting is going well,
mo and i are happily reconnected.
it’s business as usual here at bitches get stitches.

this of course makes me very nervous.

i feel like,
based on my life experience,
i am better equipped to deal with extremes.
give me a crisis, and i will handle the shit out of it.
or else, drop an unexpected happy event into my lap,
and i shall bask in the glory of good fortune.
these are the instances i know about.
this is when i shine.

this hum drum, calm plodding along. . .
i don’t know what to do with that.

but i think the winds of change are starting to blow,
and some of that irish luck burried in my dna is kicking in.

first,
it looks like,
by some miracle,
i’ll be going to rhinebeck.

the plan is to cultivate something called self restraint,
by which i mean,
i plan to test out a bunch of spinning wheels,
and maybe take a class.
that is all.
no bags of yarn.
no needles i don’t need.
no spending money i don’t have.
coming home with a fleece is just not an option.
(stop laughing!)

the second part of the plan is to knit the obligatory rhinbeck sweater.
i have chosen the beautiful riddari to keep me warm.

which brings me to my second piece of evidence of my “irish luck”:
i was having trouble getting my hands on the pattern for riddari.
then all of a sudden, in less than a 24 hour period,
it turned out my friend david has a copy,
and is knitting his rhinebeck sweater from the same book,
(creepy right? not the same sweater though. we wont be twinsies)
i found a random company online that had a copy and bought it,
and some kind knitter sent me a pdf of the pattern from her book.

pretty lucky right?

third,
a very special skein of yarn came into my life.

socks that rock lightweight, firecracker colorway.


my friend lisa is in the rockin’ sock club
and this was this month’s skein.
she has this new yarn policy
not to purchase/keep yarn she doesn’t love.
i said i loved it.
she said she didn’t.
the skein is now mine.

the beautiful colors and slight scent of vinegar brought back all the memories of yarnie happiness i had last month, visiting blue moon (where tina asked if i was in sock club, and i felt a little shame when i said no) and at the knot hysteria retreat. reading the dyer’s notes reminded me how similar it seemed tina and my sense of humor was, and how great it was to be in the presence of someone who i could tell is doing something important.

it reminded me of these photos tina sent me:



i don’t even know who took these,
but thanks to a skein of yarn,
i’ll never lose this moment.

i really am a very lucky person.
i have family and friends who love me.
i get to knit for fun for hours at a time.
i live with a roomie who makes me laugh every day.
best of all, i can have no shame, and somehow pull it off!

and even though i have some really heavy shit going on in the background (who doesn’t really?) i have the support and capacity to cope with it, and allow seriously joyful moments into my life.

so i’ll deal with hum drum,
and even welcome it.
especially since i have a lead,
a lead,
on beads.

the luck continues. . .

8 Responses to “lucky duck”

  1. lisabee Says:

    (a) best post EVAR. (2) buried. (3) WHAT IS THAT GORGEOUS YARN you’re holding in the photo with tina?? that is the awesomest shade of blue!

    also: best post EVAR.

  2. Gretchen Says:

    Lisabee is right – best post evar. I share your “lucky I am” right now state of mind. Waiting for some kind of shoe to drop – but, man, you made me smile. That’s nice too.

    Girasole done – you’re right – the wires really simplified life. As soon as I can get a decent picture I’ll post it. Red just wants to be orange, and my little point/shoot won’t cooperate.

    Anyway – Good on ya!

  3. babelbabe Says:

    there are worse ways to be than able to deal with crises. I am at my best in a crisis, and the dailyness of life wears me down other days. but i can get by. the people who cant handle a crisis totally flake out. so, you know, it’s not all bad. and you do have lots of people who dig you : )

  4. Allison Says:

    I am right there in the humdrum with you…even though work is super crazy right now, I’m still feeling blah. But at least you have Rhinebeck to look forward to! I am trying my hardest to get there if I am anywhere near the east coast in October. Which is looking like a better and better chance every day.

  5. Juliet in Grand Rapids Says:

    bead lead – need!

    luck o’ the Irish (I got that) It’s a blessing.

  6. Deb Says:

    This is a really beautiful post. The calm is so good. We just don’t often get it and so don’t know what to do when it comes. Rest, relax, reflect, knit through it all!

  7. Kimberly Says:

    love the pictures :) You look so happy

  8. Karen Says:

    You are a fabulous guy and I was fortunate to meet you at MDSW with the gang of gals…although I wasn’t, technically, with “hotpants” – tee hee

    Hope to see you at Rhinebeck…and will gently remind you that you don’t need ANY MORE fleece, as you’re placing your silent auction bids :o)


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