Calming Knits

As I mentioned earlier this week, it’s been a rough few days for me and my family. On that subject, thanks so much to everyone who offered their support.

I’ve been dealing with the stress in various ways, running, ignoring the situation, and knitting. It’s hard to share evidence of how much I’ve been running, but it’s pretty easy to show you my knitting progress.

For most of the week I’ve been working on this Clapotis pattern from knitty. It’s super easy and doesn’t really require that much attention, so it’s good for situations when you might have to toss it to the side to grab an infant who’s trying to crawl out the front door or hug someone. Those are, of course, completely non-specific examples.

This is my second time with this pattern and, after running out of yarn while sick knitting during my pneumonia convalescence, I made sure that I got more yardage than I needed for the pattern. Great idea. Except apparently this yarn is shrinking as I knit it because now I’m not even halfway through and almost finished with my entire stash of this color. So, I’ve spent the morning scouring the internet for a discontinued yarn color. I’ve found exactly two stores on the entire internet that have it. Geez.

Since I’m basically out of yarn for the Clapotis until reinforcements arrive, I’m also working on a Cat’s Paw Lace wrap.

If you recognize this project, it’s because I’ve been working on it since April 2011That’s right. I’ve been working on it for an entire year. Basically this project has been the bane of my existence for a year. Since it’s lace I can’t work on it anytime that I need to talk to people or pay attention to anything other than knitting. So basically, it’s been impossible to finish this project. Good news, though, I think I’m going to be finished with it soon!

For now, those are the only things I have on my needles. Of course, depending on when the yarn reinforcements arrive or when my need for the calming power of knitting fades, that could change.

Thanks again for all the kind thoughts and words.



What do you say?

Those of you who don’t follow me on twitter or know me in real life might not know that my grandfather passed away on Monday morning. He was 91 and had been ill for several months, so this wasn’t a complete surprise. But no matter how rationally aware you are that something will occur, no matter how much you know that an outcome is certain, it’s always a surprise when it happens.

My cousin asked me to write the obituary or a eulogy or something. Honestly, I’m not sure if she even knew what she wanted me to write; I think she just wanted me to write something.

And I tried.

But, for quite possibly the first time in my life, I didn’t have words.

I know a lot of information about my grandfather and about his life. I’ve even blogged about him and his antics a couple of times. But how can one possibly arrange all that information in a way that really sums up a persons life and what they mean to the people who love them?

I still don’t have the words and I’m not sure they exist.

Well. That was weird.

As you may have noticed I took  a bit of a vacation from blogging. Like a six month vacation.


I wish I could take a real-life vacation that long.

I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but I have been thinking about blogging a lot the last couple of months. Thinking. Obviously, not actually doing it. I don’t want this to turn into a post where I’m basically apologizing for abandoning the blog for six whole months, so let’s just say life got in the way. And then, when life wasn’t as much in the way anymore, I was afraid to start blogging again because I was certain that the internet hated me for taking such a long break and no one would read anything I wrote ever again.

You can imagine my surprise when I logged into wordpress this morning for the first time in six months and discovered that the internet doesn’t hate me and you guys have been reading the entire time I was taking my little not so restful vacation! I was shocked. So, before I get into what I was going to post about today, I just wanted to say thank you all so much! You ROCK.

The reason I logged in today is that it’s Earth Day! You might have noticed last year that I really like Earth Day.  I think it’s related to growing up absolutely surrounded by nature and seeing the super gross effects of people not caring about it… I’m looking at you, diaper trees*. Anyway, while I was browsing twitter and my bloglovin feed this morning, I came across a few great Earth Day links I wanted to share.

*I tried to find a picture of a diaper tree for those of you not familiar with the term, but apparently people actually shape disposable diapers into trees now for baby showers and that’s all the entire internet has on this subject. That is NOT what I meant. The diaper trees I was referring to are the trees that line streams and are covered with used disposable diapers after flash floods. Very different. Only a little less weird.  

First, this post from Bohemian Mom about how to be “green” without being extreme. I love to see tips like this!

Next up, from Eco-Yogini book reviews of three how-to-live-an-eco-friendly-life books. I’ll be checking at least one of these out from the local library. (If you’re curious, the one I’m most interested in is “There’s Lead in Your Lipstick”)

For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter (do it now @marthaisbliss), you probably don’t know that I’ve started running. And stuck with it. Except for when I had pneumonia. I promise all that still has to do with Earth Day. And here’s how: Runner’s World had a helpful for people who run long distances (not me) list of how to be earth friendly today.

And finally, some Earth Day Humor from someecards:

I'm hoping our observance of Earth Day will make polar bears hate us less.

Thanks again for sticking with me and Happy Earth Day!

Why my boss is awesome

Scene: Random Wednesday at Noon, Firm Thanksgiving Dinner

Me to person sitting to my left: Are you going out of town for Thanksgiving? (Don’t judge me! Small talk is a good way to start a real conversation.)

Boss (from across the room): The Syrah is open! Who wants a glass of Syrah? Or a white? Martha*?

Me: No thanks. I can’t drink while I’m on antibiotics.

crickets and an incredulous stare

Boss: At all? Or just like 2 hours after taking them?

Me: At all.

crickets, incredulous stare, dropped jaw

Boss: I think I’d rather stay sick.

This is why I love my job. This may also be why attorneys have a high rate of alcoholism.

*Please note I was the first name called out. This is probably due to my general unwillingness to allow wine to go un-drank.

Well said.

I have another post to link you to today. I know I’ve been doing this a lot a lately, and I apologize, but it will probably happen for a while. My life is pretty hectic for the next few weeks: Work is busy, Thanksgiving is coming up, both my grandparents are not doing well, and I have christmas knitting going on (don’t worry they’ll be some posts about that). I’ll be back with some real posts soon. Promise.

Anyway, today I’m linking you over to The Green Phone Booth. The post is about how Canadians are more environmentally friendly than Americans, but that’s not really the point I like about the post. What’s really great about this post is the discussion of lifestyle differences. And by that I mean the reduced focus on driving and matters of the wallet.


Congratulations! …and Thanks!

Yesterday my best friend from high school got married. I’m super excited for her and loved everything about the wedding. The colors were delightfully September-ey,  the decor was sophisticated, and even the beer coordinated! Seriously, they had pumpkin spice ale. The attention to detail was amazing. 

While I loved everything (and kinda want to renew my vows and blatantly reuse every aspect of this celebration), the best thing was the food. They had vegetarian lasagna! It was delicious and, best of all, it was thoughtful. After talking with Mrs. Harper at the reception, I learned that they have several vegetarian friends and decided to offer an entrée that everyone would love. This might not seem like a huge deal, but at most celebrations we veg-a-vores are relegated to cheese cubes and bread (both of which I really like, btw). Thanks for being such great hosts, guys!

I took a lot of pictures, but I can’t find my camera cord. So the only pic I can share right now is this aerial view I snapped with my iphone. This is the reception area. As you can see, it was beautiful! 

To the Harper’s, congrats and welcome to married life!

Busy, busy, busy…

The past 2 weeks have been super-busy in my life. I’m starting my new job on Monday (yay!) and preparing to leave the old job was just exhausting! I was busier at week for the last 2 weeks than I had been in the last two months… I think that’s a little funny actually. Anyway, I’ve been super busy at work, I’ve been doing a lot of weekend traveling, I’ve had no a/c (which really cuts back on the creativity/productivity at home), and I have a few nights of birthday celebrations this week. So, blogging kinda got pushed to the side. But now I’m back with a photo-montage of the last couple of weeks… I’ll do explanatory posts soon. In the meantime you can guess what the pics are from.