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September 10, 2012

It's hot, but that doesn't stop the knitting

Los Angeles used to get cool at night. No matter how hot it got during the day, the nights were always cool and crisp.

This weather forecast tells a lie:

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YES, it really is that hot during the day, but I have yet to see anything with a 6 in front of it for a low. Those lows are a cruel lie. The coolest temperature recorded in my neighborhood this month was 74, just before dawn a few days ago.

Where did my Los Angeles go? I want my chilly September evenings back!

Nonetheless, I knit onward and upward. Turn up your A/C, friends, because you're still getting hand-knit gifts from the person who takes pictures of her TV weather forecast. Nothing weird at all about that.

Corey, modeling her summertime arm warmers:

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These armwarmers were knit using Rowan All Seasons Cotton yarn in a variegated pink colorway. I used a size 8 needle, tight knitters can I get a what what! I don't remember how many stitches I cast on. Just start with a swatch and it will work out.

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Once you have the piece long as you like it, seam up the long sides, leaving a little opening for a thumb. SO EASY.

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For a little decoration (and to keep the piece polished at the top) I started with a few rows of seed stitch. I love the look of seed stitch finishing anything, a scarf, a hat or a mitten.

I have several armwarmer orders on my to-knit Christmas list, along with a couple of slouchy hats. My personal Christmas wish is that it gets COLD this winter and I get a chance to wear some of the hand-knit goodness stockpiled in my closet.

What's on your holiday knitting to-do list?

And where are you hiding the weather machine that makes the cool nights?

Posted by laurie at 9:01 AM

September 5, 2012

A year from now you'll wish you had started today

Next September I will look back and think, "I wish I had started a year ago. I would be in a different place if only I had just worked on all this last year..."

That's my theme for September, for right now, for every day. I know myself and so I must remind myself repeatedly that I will look back and wish I had done something, anything to get to where I want to go. I'll wish I had forced myself to stay in shape even when I was too busy. I will wish I had saved more money, shopped less, written more, not taken stuff personally. And then I'll wish I had written a little bit more.

In the movies it's always the grand gestures that make happy endings, but in real life I've found it's incremental change (and the occasional grand gesture) that keeps my storyline happy and percolating along.

Whatever it is I'm hoping will be different in a year, it will only happen if I start right now. I've been tired and undisciplined through the relentless heat of summer and my accomplishments feel small lately, what few there are. I blame my shortcomings on lack of time, too much work, long hours at the studio, but in truth a sort of weary exhaustion has crept in and made me unsure and a little unfocused.

That changes today. My first moves will be little steps. Each day I'll want to build on my small successes, and let the failures go. One year from now I will say, "I'm really glad I started all this a year ago." Let's check back in next September and see if we made something happen in our lives. Let's see what September 2012 did to set in motion a new kind of September 2013.

What do you wish you had started a year ago?

What can you do this week to bring in a change or a newness or a project or a plan or an activity that will change who you are or change how you live one year from now?

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Aha! Finally got comments open! (They will probably be open less time than it took me to rig them to work. Fascinating.)

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When thinking about changing your life, two heads are better than one.

Posted by laurie at 11:47 PM