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  • I am salivating over the indigo linen!!!!! How beautiful! That pattern would make a beautiful blanket.

  • Well, just so long as you little old ladies don’t stop posting, I’ll be happy.

  • My grandma got one of those ‘granny carts’ from Dad for her birthday. She refused to ever use it, saying those are ‘for old people’. She was just 93…

  • I’m the same age as you. I like to say “My Heavenly Stars!” which embarrasses the bejeesus out of my 9-year-old.
    Re Banana Republic link: “Call me a liberated woman, but with so many great fits, why should I have to settle for just one pair of pants?” WTF does that mean? Do libbers demand the freedom to own more than one pair of pants? Gee — I thought we demanded the freedom to wear them in our corner office…

  • I just saw in the newest issue of People magazine that high waisted jeans are the new fashion “thing”. What happened to being told only months ago that high waisted pants are unflattering (and that we should wear pants that barely cover our private areas)?! Do I hear mom jeans making a fashion statement?

  • Just had a look at the wide legged pants on BR – why is it that the wide legged one look as though they’d just about go around my wrist???

  • I just love how the model with the contoured “fit that appreciates a woman with curves” has about as many curves as a pencil!

  • Life is a circle in many ways. I’m fast approaching my 7th decade (daunting, indeed), but have just welcomed a new grandchild who is most juicy and interesting. Her name: Mabel.
    Love your blog and your book.

  • Sorry “dearie” but the youngest sibling is going to have to spill the beans on this one. The “approach” folks is only 2 months away in March. Guess what date and I’m sure she will scarf you up a scarf. By the way, I love mine. All the peeps at my job compliment me on it all the time πŸ™‚
    P.S. You left out a key old fogie phrase that is on Most Moisturized Mom’s Top 10 list.
    “Well For Heaven’s Sake!!!”

  • I remember another test of old age was whether or not you could hold a pencil under your bra-less boob… that was in Cosmo believe it or not! I have always been able to hold a pencil under my boob…. but now it is trapped somewhere in the neighborhood of my navel…. so sad.
    Loved the song.. there were a lot of ladies of country as back up singers there.. very impressive!
    Just remember Kay… I will always be older and I still feel like I am 27 (on the inside.)

  • Wait a minute, about that “granny cart”, my DM used to have a double wide and haul 6 packed grocery bags with an entourage of five kids blocks from the grocery store. It may be a granny cart to some but for people without cars or those who wish to free us from oil, it’s a “Freedom Cart.” What a challenge it is to use age words only in factual ways, not as derogatory adjectives…and, yes, I include myself in the challenge.
    As for current knitting: for Pete’s sake, don’t be mentioning a headstart on Red Scarf 2008 when I’ve got so far to go on 2007!
    Gerrie

  • Havin’ two fits and three queer spells, are we? I think it’s safe to say you’ve gone over the edge with this middle age thing:) Stop worrying, for heaven’s sake…You. Do. Not. Look. Old. You. are. not. old.
    Ang

  • I love the Argosy scarves – so pretty!
    Re: the granny cart – I’ve seen more college kids (and I’ve been one fairly recently) using them than I have little old ladies. They’re actually really great when the grocery store is a bit of a walk (say 10 minutes or more away) and you need to buy heavy things – milk, apples, laundry detergent, etc. It definitely beats the backpack and hand carrying options which result in sore arms and neck/shoulder cramps.

  • Love the link to Mrs. Slocombe…but if I have to turn into a woman of mature years from British TV, I want to be Jean Pargetter Hardcastle. πŸ™‚
    The Argosys (Argosies?) are beautiful!

  • Yup, you can’t call it a granny cart around here. We have always called ours our “wheelie cart” which sounds pretty juvenile to me… Or we call it the family car. Since we no longer have to haul our kids around in a stroller, we need the cart for stuff like getting cans of paint home from the hardware store. Actually, I broke a stroller with several cans of paint… Anyhoo, long live the wheelie cart!

  • I love that scarf pattern. Somehow I’d missed out on Argosy! Thanks for the great website with assistive devices, too. I love my “granny cart”–somehow I’d missed out on that name, too! Where have I been?
    My hubby and I agree: that Maine newspaper article was dumb as a box of hair.

  • Hold on there, missy–the Nashvillian in me MUST point out that not only is Emmylou Harris in the backup singing group, you’ve got Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, AND the supreme goddess of rootsy bluegrassy SOUL, Patty Loveless. That special, “Women of Country,” was a high-water moment in early ’90s country music. Watching that You Tube (isn’t You Tube the BEST?) gave me a chill to think about how all those singers, for a brief and shiny time, were in mainstream country, on the radio all the time. And most of them aren’t, now. Mary Chapin Carpenter, especially.
    Re the pants, I personally can’t wait for the return of Fred Mertz pants. You can’t MAKE a waist too high for me. I’m talking JUMPSUIT. Never mind holding a pencil under your bosoms–I’m talkin’ BELT under there.
    And yessssssss, I love your scarves. I rilly do. They’re so zigzaggy. Seems not possible for a handknit to do that. BraVO!
    And finally: speaking of high-waisted jeans in People magazine, and positive self-image, I was heartened to see Tyra Banks workin’ it on the cover of People as she proclaims with joy the fact that she weighs 161 pounds. She is still a freak of nature in her groovygal looks. But a person who is 5′ 10″ (I love Google) and weighs 161 pounds has a body-mass index of 23.1, which is healthy. I hope she doesn’t freak out at how unbony she looks and drop that 30 pounds again.

  • Gettin’ old is better than the alternative, which is being dead.

  • Phew, that Mrs. Slocumbe link, while a stitch, is definitely NSFW — pagename verboten.
    would be a stellar christening shawl!!

  • How do you know?

  • You’re right…”contoured” is the correct descriptor for me. You have inspired me to try an Argosy for myself. Thank you, from one little old lady to another, LOL!

  • I’ll take one of those granny carts any day, so long as it’s filled with yarn dearie! I’ll have my next hot flash in your honor;)

  • So why is it that you guys are “middle aged” but Yarn Harlot is in the young-hip category? I mean, not to point fingers but seems to me that you and she and I are all together in that “best-years-of-our-lives” demographic (i.e., somewhere north of 40) (but not too far north).
    All this says to me is that journalistic standards have gone down the tubes. (I am a journalist so I can say that.)

  • I am older than you, and I. am. not. amused.
    I do not have any of that stuff.
    It is how you feel inside that is important.

  • I’ve involuntarily started calling my 3 year old daughter ‘dearie’. I’ve somehow skipped a generation and I’m channeling my grandmother instead of my mother. I’m going to try the previous commenter’s ‘my Heavenly stars’ on her next.
    And I’m still south of 40, even.

  • Argosy did not impress me the first time around. Now seeing it knit in 2 different colorways, I really like it. I think it is now on my knit list. How do the students get on the Red Scarf list? I know someone who was not in foster care but who probaby needs a good knit scarf. His Mom died when he was in High School and his father has been gone for many years. He could use a good scarf and a good hug.

  • I’m 21, I read your blog, love your book (and aggressively pushed it at people when I worked in a bookstore), and occasionally say “heavenly daze and little fishes”.
    Besides, that article is soooo six years ago, so don’t worry about it!

  • I prefer “midcentury modern” to “middle aged.”

  • I’m with Carol – do you know how much YARN the granny cart will hold? Sign me up!

  • Ooh, love the Argosy in the linen…love the hand-dyed linen! You are a scarf-knitting artiste!

  • I likey your Argosies! Great idea on expanding it into a larger format. And the 5 star rating–awww thanks!
    Re: Contour Fit pants–I’d rather tuck my tummy in than have the dreaded muffin top.

  • I am so glad you knit an Argosy in the Euroflax linen! I received a skein for Christmas, and I’ve been mulling over the idea of using it for an Argosy. Yours looks lovely – I think I will start mine this weekend!

  • You ladies are too funny! I check every day for your newest postings. Keep us laughing and knitting as we all grow older!

  • ref. the ‘granny cart’ – nothing elderly about it. you should see how stylish they get in Europe! sleek designs! animal print fabrics! and oh-such-a-great alternative to sore arms and plastic bags while flitting about the market. love reading the comments! the ‘muffin top’! memories of Seinfeld come flooding back! oy vey.

  • Remember the old expression “life begins at forty?” It’s nearly as old as the ones you’re using, but it’s a cliche for a reason. I have never dated so much in my life as since turning 45 in June – and a man picked me up in the deli just last week! He’s nice, too. You’d be doing the same thing if you weren’t married. Don’t let those young girls find out how much more fun we’re having – it’ll kill ’em to have to wait so long.
    Geritol is not in your immediate future. Lighten up about middle age, and don’t you dare stop bloging, you hear?

  • My heavens, 42 (or even 49,parenthetically) is not old. You are actually entering the best years of your life as shown by your wisdom that you no longer give a damn. Life just keeps getting better and better, and you become more and more wise. It’s grand! (And I could never, ever bounce anything off my bottom except perhaps myself if I fell!) Happy weekend to you, too.

  • As far as the blurb in the paper, at least they got your url right. You’ll notice the Yarn Harlot is the Yarn Harolot in their side bar.
    Love, love, love the scarves. Did Argosy after seeing your first one. In Silk Garden. Beauteous. Agree with your 5-star rating.
    And who says 40-anything is Mid-something-or-another?
    ps the MCC You Tube is way cool, too!! πŸ˜€

  • I know this is OT, but I only just got your book yesterday and had to tell you just how much I’ve fallen in love with it! I stayed up all night reading every single word, sometimes twice!
    The wit and humor just leapes off the pages and had me chuckling madly several times. (my family threatened to call the nice gentlemen in white coats) I’ve been raving to everyone I see about it and I really hope you two will come out with another one fairly soon. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*
    Today I’ve already started on one of your projects and have three more lined up after that. Please don’t be too alarmed but you have a new fangirl stalking your blog. *stalks* ^___^

  • On occasion, I’ve been known to use these two reliable old-lady interjections: “Mercy!” and “Gracious!”
    That is, when I’m not cussing like a South Park character.

  • My 92 year old mother tells me how young I am (almost 63). She also says that old age starts at 85.
    So, from my vantage point, you are just a young chick.

  • If that can be of any consolation, you definitively do not look 48.
    I have to disagree about the granny cart, though. I owned one in my 20s! That was awfully practical to go to the market without a car, and lots of people (including lots of supposedly “middle-aged-person”) would do so.

  • Cristina, you beat me to it. So, again – Kay, how do you know? We need to know now. x x

  • Love the new scarves.
    On #4, as long as you’re not going out of the house in purple sweatpants, you’re fine.

  • Great post- Thanks!
    As I was looking at the scarf I was thinking “hmmm, I wonder how that would go as a baby shawl…”. I’m inspired!! I think I have the perfect stash of verigated cashmere for it too. Yay!
    And I had to think (and someone’s probably said it already in the comments above), but we’re all either approaching 49 or have been there…

  • Argosy is gorgeous, but I must finish Moderne first. Love the post, we put away the granny cart when we left the city, but oh, how useful there.
    Will you be on the east end??

  • I’m about 10 years ahead of you – you can imagine my distress at finding that I’ve been catapulted into late middle age. Never mind, I have more fun out playing with my friends than my kids do, and so should you. Argosy looks great, and would make a fabulous baby blanket.

  • Regarding #1, the granny cart: Last time I was visiting my mom (my girls call her “Granny”), they had sort of funky updated granny carts for sale at the grocery. They had brightly colored nylon (think rain jacket) on them and, at least in my head, enormous flowers attached to them.
    Send an on-the-ground agent in Olympia Washington over to Bayview to see if they are still there and who makes them. Or, go there. It’s walking distance to a great yarn shop. Sure the flight’s a little long, but think of all the yarn you could put in that cart!

  • My dear grandmother who died at age 101 with a clear mind. Who knitted more sweaters, afghans and yes, a white lacy formal gown for me in college…always said that the first 100 years are the hardest!

  • According to People Magazine, Mom Jeans are going to be the next hot thang.

  • Kay, I checked out the link to the “contoured fit” clothing. I was at first ecstatic to see they had adjusted their sizing for “tall women,” until I saw that it meant only “tall women with waists no bigger around than 33”. What a crock! Even when I weighed 100 lbs less than I do now, I still had a 34″ waist. Good thing I learned to sew for myself. Now, if only I could knit blue jeans….. /jb

  • I recently cast on Argosy to make a scarf for my MIL-to-be’s birthday. I hadn’t had much inspiration for knitting it, just really liking the pattern. Since I cast on and knit for about 30 minutes, I haven’t touched it. But this afternoon, I think it’s the pattern for me. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Thanks for the link to Argosy. Something I liked when I first saw it and then promptly forgot about it. I had to print it out this time.

  • Thanks for the good words re: Argosy. I was just looking at it yesterday and realized I have yarn in stash for it. Sounds like fate, no?

  • That Geritol ad was over-the-top offensive. You’re absolutely right about it turning a bunch of teenage girls into feminists. Because not only did it belittle the man-in-ad’s wife, it also clearly demonstrated the fact that men were the ones running the ad agencies and writing the ads, AND that they were writing the ads to sell product to other men. Women weren’t part of any equation on that ad campaign, except as chattel.
    Okay, I’m done now. Whew!
    (this is why my blog’s called Martita _Rampage_)

  • Kay, this should make you laugh… When I was a kid there you could get this “Pack of Cards” type thing that had stickers instead of cards, but still had the stick of nasty pink, starch-dusted, two-seconds-worth-of-flavour-before-it-turned-to-cement-in-your-mouth gum. They were Garbage Pail Kids (no doubt taking a rise out of Cabbage Patch Kids), and the “artwork” was sort of reminiscent of Mad Magazine. One of the stickers depicted a bottle of Jerkitol! My brother, love him, slapped that one on a book of mine, which I still have to this day. So I live with Jerkitol since I can’t get it off. I wish I could see that old commercial!
    The whole getting older thing is weird in that it sneaks up on you and suddenly it’s there. My parents are 66 and 65, and I can’t quite believe that they’re not middle aged any more. As far as the media would have me believe they’re in their Golden Years! Yeah. Right. If you met my parents you’d laugh too.
    I like David’s take on it. Middle aged is 52. Right on kid!

  • you can call them granny carts, but you look brilliant (and possibly mental) with them at the stormville flea market.

  • I think I have figured out why Ms. Fiorentino thinks you two live on opposite sides of the country–someone’s been doing a little time travel and landed in 1863. So, really, we should all be knitting socks for our “dear boys at the front”, and lace corset covers for ourselves. And since I live in Alaska, and Alaska wasn’t purchased from Russia until 1867, that must make me a Russian, so I’d better knit a Cossack hat. At least now we don’t have to worry about Mom Jeans. They won’t even be invented for another century!

  • Ladies,
    As a MA Mainer, I had quite a different reaction to seeing you noted in our humble little paper. I was thrilled to see that someone else had thought to bring you to the world’s attention. I am a huge fan. Read the blog, bought the book and evangelize about your hip attitude and fearless knitter spirit to anyone who I can run faster than.
    20 somethings have no idea how much it will be to join our club. KNIT ON!!!

  • thanks for showing me another great pattern. it’s rather like the corner start crochet stitch i’m using for my “this year’s Red Scarf”. except; while i was swatching it to learn the pattern, i was watching “vanishing point” and i didn’t count the rows and i ended up with rows of purl blocks on top of rows of knit blocks, which made an interesting texture. LOL…now that we’ve been called middled aged ladies we’ll never know if that is laughing out loud or little old ladies, but that’s ok, we B both!

  • “argosy” is the pattern i meant. thanks again, this time i’m watching the Three Stooges. still funny after all these generations , eh?

  • ‘Life is so chewy and juicy and interesting at any age’ hoo-ray, tell it, amen, or insert any other word of staunch agreement and fervent support here. Those are words to live by – love them. Age discrimination (maybe it should hither to be referred to as Stage of Life Perception Disorder, hmmm?) well it just bites the big one hard and achingly long. As a 32-year-old who has 3 children ages 14, 6, and 18 months – one for every damned reproductive decade – I have had my fair share of the other side of the coin. Speaking of coins, if I had any form of coinage for the times I have heard ‘I could be your mother.’ Got one already, thanks. She is all I can deal with. Smile politely. Well, I guess I will just have to go and sink my teeth into life.

  • Oh, how I love Mary-Chapin Carpenter. She rocks. And while my life might not be made complete by them, I’m quite sure that a pair of Emmylou’s boots would make the walkin’ a lot more rockin’…it might even make me forget that I really, honestly don’t know where my natural waist is.

  • kay, i thought you knew: over twenty = middle-aged. true, it sounds less engaging than old,
    my own category.

  • hi to you both – here in cambridge uk i did my second mitred square to the homespunstrains of Garison Keiller at the lentil festival last saturday night- all we were missing was the porch and the swing! – on the age thing – i am often accused by people my age of not being their age – but i say that’s because there’s no hubby or children!! – argosy looks great – i did want to do it – but charts scare me! bye for now!

  • My dad (who’s 70) says that women don’t even get interesting until they’re at least 60. Anything less than that and they’re just kids, I guess!

  • Love the scarves! And, as an aside, my favorite rubber stamp? “Old enough to know better, too old to care”–it’s me. πŸ˜‰

  • Oooh, I have the same birthday coming up. I’m already planning a bash for next year’s Big One.

  • I’m with you on Argosy – fab pattern – awesome for showing off special yarn! Yours are beautiful! I finished one in my homespun a few weeks ago and look forward to starting a second when I get around to spinning some more.

  • Ditto on Argosy. It is so addictive and so easy to do once you understand the pattern. Like you I used only the charts.
    I’m making one out of yellow Malabrigo (mmmmmm Malabrigo) and can’t put it down because I want to knit just one more row, and then just another, and another and another, because I want to see how the varigation will play out. Then at the end of the knitting day, I lay it out on the red couch and admire how it zig zags, how the red shows up through the lace holes that goes one way while the purl rows and varigation goes the other.
    Get this. I get up early, just to knit a few rows before work. This thing will be done in no time. Then I can make another with the varigated Manos.

  • Thanks for making the Argosy scarf look so inviting. Had been thinking about it, but your scarves sent me over the edge. Doing one now and having so much fun. Even got up at 5 a.m. this morning wanting to finish it up. If you do it in Malabrigo or Manos, do you go up a needle? I know: “Gauge, gauge, gauge”. I do have to say that the one row about ktog and slide back on left needle, threw me, until I realized that you then counted that stitch in your next ktog. I guess for a while my brain went numb. BUT… I am 63 and you are only 49. My sister says we are at the age when we can hide our own Easter eggs πŸ™‚
    Rosemary in San Jose, Ca. (chilly!!!)

  • were you able to make the euroflax argosy scarf out of one skein?

  • Your Argosy scarves are beautiful. I am very, very glad to hear that the charts served you well. πŸ™‚