Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Still Under House Arrest

<--Our side fence, circa 2004 snowstorm. (I have to walk down memory lane to find snow this year.)

My banishment from the world continues. I haven't picked up my needles for two days and I miss them terribly. I'm all ready to start sleeve #1 -- stitches have been picked up, yarn's all nicely wound into a center-pull ball -- but I just haven't been able to justify the time away from writing.

This is why I stopped keeping a daily journal. My life is too boring for words. Get up. Get to work. Get lunch. Get back to work. Get dinner. Get back to work. Get some sleep. Get up. Get to work--you get the picture. This does not a scintillating blog entry make.

Anyone who ever thought writing for a living is a glamorous occupation seriously needs to visit a working writer when she isn't expecting company. Right now I'm wearing the toe-up Wendy pattern socks I made for the Sock Hop, a pair of furry slipper-boots, grey sweat pants, two long sleeved cotton shirts, one 15 year old bright red zip-front sweater in a kind of faux cable design (not handmade.) My hair is in a Pebble Flintstone top knot. I'm wearing my favorite Balinese dancing girl earrings. No rings. No watch. No necklace. No makeup. I'm drinking buckets of tea and munching pistachio nuts while I watch my characters (a mother and her fourteen year old daughter) argue over lasagna at Olive Garden.

Last night I slept in a different pair of sweatpants, a heavy long-sleeved t-shirt from The Vermont Country Store catalog, a floor-length hooded zip-front robe (yes, I used the hood), two pair of fleecy socks, cotton gloves, and the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran wristers I "designed" around Christmastime.

The Cashmerino Aran pills terribly. It feels great. It keeps me warm. But man oh man does it ever pill. Anyone else have that happen?

And in case you were wondering, yes we do have central heating and yes we are using it. It's just that we're a corner house and it was below zero last night.

So what are you up to? Are you reading? Knitting? Watching bad TV? Good TV?

Better yet: What are you wearing? Right now. This very minute. This is a come-as-you-are party and it's no fair changing into your best outfit before you answer the question.

Oh, and there's this: I haven't purchased any yarn since December 31, 2006!


Blogger Cindi Myers said...

LOL -- fun topic. I'll play. I'm wearing clogs, a pair of Eeyore socks (not hand knitted) I bought at a garage sale, yoga pants, a fleece sweatshirt over a ruffled Chadra (top part of a belly dancer's costume. I started taking belly dancing last month and have to leave for my lesson in about five minutes.)

And my knitting bag, with the last sleeve of my sweater half-done, sits forlornly by my chair. I have to finish this proposal before I even think about picking it back up again.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Cindi! Come back! Come back! You can't say "I started taking belly dancing last month" and then just run away like that! Details! I want details! Do you have zills and everything? I'm incredibly impressed . . . and more than a little envious of the experience.

And btw congrats on the RT nomination!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Your blog is anything but boring! I enjoy reading Romancing The Yarn almost as much as I enjoy a good book! Only problem is I keep checking in for the next chapter and it doesn't get posted fast enough!! LOL
I'm wearing jeans and a pink sweatshirt over a gray A-shirt, white socks because my handknit ones are in the wash, and my bright pink Crocs. I never thought I would like wearing Crocs but they are really comfortable, and when you add handmade socks they are actually warm, even in this sub-zero weather!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I'm wearing a brown All Seasons Cotton sweater that my friend L-B knit for me, a brown print silk skirt, and tan Ugg boots.

By the way, this is the top down raglan from a Knitting Pure and Simple pattern that she was making. The pattern said to make the sleeves 14" long from the underarm down. She made them 19" long and they fit my incredibly average arms perfectly.

Just sayin'. ;-)

2:36 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Jeans & a long-sleeved t-shirt, socks and Dansko clogs. Not a handknit item on me. Finishing a gorgeous pair of socks, though. Um, no earrings, no watch, no makeup, hair flat because I haven't showered today (tmi?).

3:58 PM  
Blogger monica said...

Ok, I will play. I have on hand knit socks (my sister made them for me) fuzzy feet made by me , jeans, a long sleeved thermal top and an a sweatshirt that I embroidered. It has angels on it. No jewlery other than my wedding ring, and I am embarrassed to say my hair has not seen a brush today, but my teeth have, that surely counts for extra points. We are getting snowed in and I am not going anywhere. I haven't bought any yarn since the first week of January and that is really good for me. I keep filling up shopping carts online though and then emptying them. I don't know how much longer I will be able to hold out.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Julie, around here there's no such thing as TMI!

Liz, your note made me go off and Google Crocs. Now I want some.

Monica, LOL on filling shopping carts. I think that's my new hobby. I filled one at WEBS and one at Elann and then came out of my yarn consumer stupor and ditched 'em. But if ever I find Rowan Denim at a good price I won't be held accountable for my actions. (Or if Elann's Denim comes back in stock . . )

Wendy, I love the sweater. I saw it this morning on your blog. L-B is a friend among friends! That's exactly the style sweater I love. About the sleeves: now I'm really freaking out. Goldisox and I are both of the knuckle-dragging arm length persuasion so who knows what # of inches I'll end up needing.

4:24 PM  
Blogger georg said...

TMI is how I am feeling and the exact state of my health. I want nothing better than to lie on the couch. Unfortunately, I'm just having homemade garlic pzza for dinner before tabbing back to work. I'm wearing fuzzing green socks with frog princes on them, men's lounge pants (they have POCKETS!), and a shirt that says "people like you are the reason people like me need medication." I'm enjoying my heating pad, although my toes are freezing. On the needles is the first toe for pair #4 and an afghan UFO I found in my closet.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Have you ever heard the song that goes, "I gotta get up, 'cause I gotta go to work so I can sleep all night and do it all over again"? Work can feel like one giant circular thing on days when writing/projects are piling up.

Wearing - black dress pants, black socks, gray cable knit sweater, Old Navy pull over performance fleece and my hand knit hat. I'm getting ready to head off to a meeting of a very relaxed Alumni Assoication. It's bitterly cold here in NYC and I'm just looking forward to the car heater!

Love the site! Anything but boring.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

I got an RT nomination? Get out of here. For what?
As for the belly dancing, a friend talked me into doing it with her. It's so much fun! And great exercise. (I hate to exercise, so must trick myself into it with stuff like this.) I do not have zills yet. I still have a hard time doing arm movements and other movements at the same time. My friend gave me a lovely sky blue costume and I bought a coin belt to match. I may never be any good at it, but I'm having fun.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

What am I wearing? Red sweater (not handknit, just a fab buy at Macy*s), old Levis, red-and-blue striped HANDKNIT socks and a pair of clunky old slippers. Earrings - big gold loops - and all my finger rings complete the package. For some reason the hair on my crown is sticking straight up on my head.

Like you, I'm writing. Or trying to, anyway. Weather's beautiful today - 57 degrees. This after weeks of ice and snow and bitter cold. And it's supposed to get cold again tomorrow. Boo-hoo!

I'm still knitting that blankie for my friend's grandbaby. Hope I have it done by the time that baby's born in April!

Congrats, Cindi!

5:59 PM  
Blogger LauraP said...

Wearing - ragged, stained and currently soggy jeans, muck boots, holey boot socks, long-sleeved faded green thermal shirt, fleece jacket, insulated vest, hair in a french braid with leaves, twigs and a bit of mud for decoration. If I were to choose a yarn colorway for today, it would be Snowmelt Flood Mud. And now I'm off across the flooded creek again to check on the dogs and their armadillo...

6:17 PM  
Blogger Lizardknits said...

Our house is on top of a hill - BRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!
I'm wearing a knit cap(noro yarn), fleece sweatshirt, hand knit wool cable sweater, fleece pants, hand knit wool socks, & leg warmers, and ankle high fleece slippers. I've been telling myself for an hour now to go put on another pair of socks because my feet are cold. I haven't put on my watch today, but I never take my wedding rings off. I'm working on the 1st sleeve of my Harmony sweater for the 3rd time! By the time I finally get this thing done, I'm going to be too sick of it to wear it!
Romancing the Yarn is NOT boring! I keep it in my daily folder!
Elizabeth H.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Cindi, I'm thrilled to be the bearer of glad tidings: you're a Reviewers Choice nominee for Best Blaze for NO REGRETS!! Enjoy!

8:46 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

Thank you, Barbara! And hey, congratulations to you for your Top Pick for Just Like Heaven.

9:09 PM  
Blogger LauraP said...

Cindi - Congratulations! That's wonderful news! And on belly-dancing day, too...woo hoo!

9:15 PM  
Blogger kshotz said...

Well, shoot! I read this AFTER I got dressed to take the kids to school! I've got on black pants and a purple cowl-necked sweater with my favorite hand knit Austermann Step socks. I was contemplating at what point in the day I'd like to resemble a Japanese snow monkey and attempt to take my bath.....I'm thinking tonight just before Lost comes on. (The genius who built our house put an old-fashioned, heavy steel/porcelain bathtub on the outside wall of our bathroom and the thing functions as a conduit of freezing air flowing into the house. When you fill it with hot water and hop in, steam rises off everything and you look exactly like those monkeys in the hot springs in Japan that have steam rising all around them and frost on top of their heads!) You really do have to get up the nerve this time of year! I have to schlep my way down to the library to begin research for my next magazine article.....fortunately noone there cares if I've got my hair pulled up in a pony tail so the bath can wait!


9:49 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

You really want to know? Black clogs over handknitted feather and fan socks (Wendy's pattern) with a wedge toe (my alteration). Trouser type pants that I've had for at least 5 years with a couple of small bleach stains (I think they used to be black, but it could have been navy--they're now that faded dark gray color), and a dusty pink sweater from Wal-Mart that was a Christmas gift a few years ago from the in-laws.

On the needles--a baby blanket for the next-door-neighbors (must finish quick, they move in a week) and the Manly Mits from Knitty in double strands of Frog Tree alpaca for the FIL. And the Marialis shawl I've had sitting there for a while. And a pair of socks I'm probably going to give up on and rip again because I'm still not happy with how they're turning out (second try). But I recently finished the Mermaid Socks from Cool Socks, Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby, so according to her difficutly system, I'm officially a sock goddess. ;)

10:50 AM  

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