Weekly Wanderings: Roadblocks, Detours, and Roundabouts Edition

▪ How many times this spring did I tell myself, “Tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll get up and start writing again. Tomorrow for sure”? Pretty much every day. But as the near-silence around these parts indicates, I never followed through. The #1 reason for this is that for the past several months I’ve found it nearly impossibleContinue reading “Weekly Wanderings: Roadblocks, Detours, and Roundabouts Edition”

Weekly Wanderings: Out with the Old, In with the New Edition

Slightly delayed due to an epic cold (now better)/holiday laziness … ▪ Happy New Year! Like nearly everyone else I know, I am glad to see 2016 disappearing in the rearview mirror; as it was for so many other people, for me it was a year of change and disruption, expectation and disappointment. Not everythingContinue reading “Weekly Wanderings: Out with the Old, In with the New Edition”

Weekly Wanderings: September 23 [er, 25], 2016

With points deducted for lateness … ▪ I’m in Philadelphia for the weekend, here for a quick visit and a 90th birthday party for one of my grandmothers. I decided to fly on Spirit for the first time, which I know has a terrible reputation for customer service, but made this trip possible by sellingContinue reading “Weekly Wanderings: September 23 [er, 25], 2016”

Bookshelf — Knitlandia, by Clara Parkes

I read a lot of books about knitting, and a lot of books about travel, but I’ve never read a travel book about knitting before. There’s a reason for that, as Amazon tells me that this might be a genre with precisely one title in it: Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World, recently published byContinue reading “Bookshelf — Knitlandia, by Clara Parkes”

Getting Things Done: Knitting Box Edition

Last Saturday, I looked in my knitting box and realized two things: (1) the same three projects had been sitting in it for at least six months, and (2) all three were thisclose to being finished. If I just sat down and did the simple work that each needed (but which I’d been putting offContinue reading “Getting Things Done: Knitting Box Edition”

Magic-Loop Mittens, Knit Without Fear

I promise, I will not turn this site into a knitting blog. I actually have at least half a dozen other posts in rough draft form—book reviews! photographs! China stuff!—and need to clean those up and publish them. But first, one last post (for now) about knitting. My favorite knitting blogger is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, knownContinue reading “Magic-Loop Mittens, Knit Without Fear”

Knitters Take Manhattan: Vogue Knitting Live! NYC

(Random side note: although I loved both of my apartments in Shanghai, one thing neither ever offered was quiet, primarily due to the incessant renovations other residents were always undertaking. It just struck me how wonderful it is to sit down with my coffee and laptop early on a Sunday morning and write without theContinue reading “Knitters Take Manhattan: Vogue Knitting Live! NYC”

Out with the Old, In with the New (Eventually)

I achieved my final resolution of 2014 and early on New Year’s Eve finished the dishrag I started knitting over the weekend. Now my mother has one in reserve for the day when my previous creation (c. 2009) truly bites the dust. It’s seen better days, but still has some life left in it. ThisContinue reading “Out with the Old, In with the New (Eventually)”