Two weeks away from the blog? I missed you all! I had to remember where the crank was on the back of this thing.
As I type, Kermit has wedged himself between me and the keyboard in such a way that I can barely get to the keyboard. DONT DO IT FOODLADY DONT BLOG NO MORE
I don’t have any fabulous trip photos to share. I’ve uttered the phrase “This is not a hotel” only once, though I think I did let out a seriously crabby “It’s MY staycation, too.” But we have had a fine time having all four of us here together as the end of summer looms and David will head back to college soon. Clif starts his junior year of high school on Tuesday. This seems totally impossible. Yesterday, I drove past the park near where we lived when David was born, 20 years ago, and the trees we planted in that park then are now 40 feet high. The trunks are a foot in diameter.
In Knitting News
I think it’s a great idea to take a break from knitting, every once in a while, because it makes you want to knit so badly.
I’ve been doing a lot of work on the new website and Field Guides, very fun. But I managed only to crank two half-socks to complete two pairs of socks. This has left me with a gargantuan startitis, and I know there are projects coming up that I can’t wait to make. So I’m wallowing in the tantalizing limbo of anticipation.
In Knitting Hygiene News
I have been haunted—haunted, I tell you—by Karen Templer’s Fringe Association post asking how we care for our handknits. The comments thread over there is awash in theories and philosophies of handknit care.
I care for my sweaters by not much caring for them. I have at least two dozen handknit sweaters, so in an average winter, most of them get worn only a few times. There was a terrifying maple syrup incident last winter that damn near killed me, but for the most part, they just don’t get that dirty.
Now, after reading all those comments from meticulous sweater washers, I’m in. My sweaters need a good spa treatment now because they’ve lost their shape. Maybe they’re not grubby, but they do in time become ever more stretched out, flappy, flabby, droopy, and generally not perky.
Up for spa treatment are the six sweaters I wear the most. They’re mostly cabled, so I hope they will perk up a lot. I’m really looking forward to having a batch of tidy sweaters for the fall.
If you have some sweaters in need of a little love, please drag out your bedraggled handknits and share your before and after pix on Instagram with the hashtag #MDKwashalong. I think it will be interesting to see the mighty transformative power of a good soak. I may just jump in the tub, too. Who doesn’t need the mighty transformative power of a good soak?
PS Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who responded to our question about our new MDK Field Guides by reserving a copy. It’s incredibly heartening to hear from you, and we look forward to the glorious day when we all start knitting stuff from the Field Guides.