I still knit.

I’m aware that I probably have at least fifteen previous blog posts with the same title, but it still fits.

On top of the Azalea Shawl I have been working on the Brea Bag, pattern by Norah Gaughan. (If you’re not familiar with the book Knitting Nature, now is the time to look it up. This pattern is not in the book, but it is free and if you search for “brea bag” on google you should find it right off). The front/back pieces pictured to the right take only a few hours each. Right now I am working on the strap, which takes a bit longer because it goes all the way around the bottom as well.

It always gets tedious to work on long and skinny pieces, but fortunately I have the solution. I always fold and tie the tail so that it doesn’t twist and so the weight is centered.

I have been reading a lot of Harry Potter, although I ran out of resources yesterday. I borrowed three and four from my host brother, five and six from the Baobab Center, and-of course-I have no way of obtaining seven without spending sixty dollars. (And I thought hardcover books were expensive at home…) As you may have guessed, that’s not happening. The upside is that I found Othello for five dollars, which ought to keep me occupied for a little while. I really miss theatre.

p.s. It’s still way too hot to be January.

8 Responses to “I still knit.”

  1. kayak woman Says:

    I emailed this but just to say that I wore (carefully) one of your shawls to work today and the knitters there were enthralled!!! And, of course, there are knitters even in technical occupations and these knitters were cogitating on how they could manage to knit at meetings. I encouraged them. I hope that wasn’t a bad thing for me to do…

  2. Cait Says:

    Happy New Year!

  3. Pooh Says:

    I knit at a meeting last night, but it was a (sparsely attended) School Finances 101 meeting sponsored by the BOE, not a BUSINESS meeting. I even managed to write a few comments too.

    Mouse, I’ve subbed in fifth grade classes 3 days this week, and they just started a unit on Africa. I showed some of them your pix on sourisedanslafrique at Flicker. They seemed especially interested in the aminals and the market with melons. I liked the mosque pictures the best, especially the latest set. I hope you don’t mind. Flicker.com is blocked by the school’s security, but I got the override code from the tech person.

  4. Sneak Says:

    i miss yoooou

  5. JJ Says:

    I liked Othello.

    Yet when I went to Stratford to see it live, I nearly fell asleep :/

  6. kayak woman Says:

    In truth, in the meetings I go to these days, I wouldn’t dare knit or doodle or do anything but listen with my entire body. So much to learn, and not just the facts and figures. Who is who and what kind of personality they have and how to effectively work with them. Not that there are problem people (that I know of), just unknown personalities.

    Laughing about blocking flickr, remembering when our old cable modem was malfunctioning and I got on to the public school wifi here (we’re adjacent to a grade school) and youtube (where I have some lame little videos) was blocked.

  7. mouse Says:

    the trick is to be able to do both. knit in the meetings, *and* watch people. just think, you’re knitting the information into your sock, and when you finish and wear the socks you can re-absorb it all…

  8. kayak woman Says:

    Is *that* how it works! Anyway, we have some pretty serious fiber artists around there. Should be interesting.

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