Princess first: I did a whole half a row last night, oh boy! It could, of course, have been the glass of red wine that sapped my motivation and will to knit, but all I know is that I reached that midpoint and just didn’t want to be knitting ANY MORE. Maybe it was the large purring lump on my lap, instead? I’m on the verge of finishing the first chart of the border (am currently knitting row 60, and the chart ends with row 62), and am currently 5 days behind. You would think that those two things between them would drive me onward, but no.

Charl, my fat boycat, has remembered with the approach of cooler weather, that cuddling on mama’s lap is a Very Good Thing, and is taking every chance he gets to do exactly that. And cuddling up to me at night, as well. It’s not easy to roll over when there’s a 15-pound cat snuggled right up against you, you know? Sophie, his sister, takes funny spells. When I got them back from the boarding kennel, she wouldn’t have much to do with me. Then she spent a week cuddling any time I stood still, and now she’s back being aloof again. Charl and I sit in the living room and knit in the evenings, Sophie sits in the kitchen on a chair. Every now and then she’ll “ping” to see where her brother and I are, but when I answer her she shuts up and goes back to sleep.

I went to the grocery store near the office the other day to get components of breakfast, and found myself standing in front of the dairy case muttering in frustration. Because I like my sleep, I eat breakfast at the office instead of at home, and for me breakfast is a glop of plain unflavored yogurt with cereal stirred in. Cheap on the Weightwatchers points, and it holds me pretty well until lunch. Over here, yogurt comes ONLY in individual-serving containers. In the US it might come in quart-sized (liter-sized) containers or so, but not here in southern France. Not much yogurt is sold unflavored at all, and I knew that going in. One has a choice of flavored, of sweetened unflavored with fruit at the bottom, of flavored with fruit mixed in, etc etc etc. For a good picture of a yogurt case, go look at David Lebovitz’ blog.

But plain yogurt? On this day, at this store, I found myself repeatedly reaching for what *looked* like a plain yogurt 4-pack, only to draw my hand away when I discovered it was actually fromage blanc. Fromage blanc is supposed to be a “cousin” to yogurt, but at least to me it’s only a distant cousin. The only fromage blanc I’ve ever had has been incredibly tart, much firmer than yogurt (only slightly softer than cream cheese, while in Europe yogurt tends to be quite soft), and just not the same. After stomping up and down the aisle, I found myself saying “I only want a little bit of butter for my bread!” Those of you who have children probably know the poem… I remember having it read to me, and then reading it myself later, when I was very young ;). Where does it come from? Why, from The King’s Breakfast, by AA Milne and published in When We Were Very Young. The full text of the poem is at Off At A Tangent, who has an interesting blog to read!

On a better note… shortly after getting frustrated by not finding my plain yogurt, I did manage to find it, and snaffled up one of the 4 4-packs they had. A noticeable hole among the serried ranks of fruited, flavored, sweetened, and even drinkable yogurts they had. Perhaps the fact that the unflavored plain type is drawn down in stock while shelves are full of all the other stuff should be a sign? But there we go, frustration eased for the moment!


More Princess

Because all of you reading along at home are just dying to hear, aren’t you??? 😉

Princess is indeed making progress. Not very fast progress, but progress none the less. I didn’t get any knitting at all done on Sunday. Had my riding lesson (I have to leave home at 0630 to make my 0711 train, which connects to an 0759 bus, which leaves me off at the supermarket at 0835 to wait until the store opens at 0900, then after I buy a couple carrots and some water I walk down to the stable to get there at 0930 for a 1000 lesson… this public transit thing is horrible!), got home, talked to my mum, and then fell asleep on the sofa with two cats. Woke up three hours later, had some dinner, sat down on the sofa, and you guessed it, fell asleep again. Woke up at midnight and decided I should just go to bed! So no knitting in between all the sleeping. Continue Reading »

Princess, etc

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve said anything about Princess, hasn’t it? I had gotten myself far, far behind (I think 24 rows, by last night), and was finding it difficult to work on her every night. So yesterday I sat down, counted up the days remaining between yesterday and the day I wanted to have the border done, counted up the rows, and divided one into the other. I can still make it without overloading myself; two rows each weekday and three rows each weekend day will get me there perfectly. So that’s good news! Continue Reading »


Oh dear oh dear. Somehow (following links from Claudia’s blog to Carol’s blog to Susan’s blog), I was lured into the underbrush of pretty shawl knitting AGAIN this morning. And friends, I have fallen hard. What have I fallen for?

The Featherduster shawl / scarf. You’ve got to see it. Really, follow that link, I’ll wait.

Back so soon? Now, can’t you just see that worked in a glowing silk-mohair yarn dyed in peacock hues? Teal, and turquoise, and purple, and indigo, and black, and dark green, and maybe even just a flash of crimson for interest. Sort of a base of this color, with hints of all the others in there to make it interesting. Isn’t that just a gorgeous blue-green?

And you know, there’s no way on earth that I can work on Princess at the bus stop. This shawl, though, would work for bus-stop knitting. So I could, to some extent, multi-task.

I’ve sent off for a ball of KSH to play with in my dyepots, and we’ll just see what it becomes.

In other news… I was lucky enough to do a wee bit of yarn shopping in NYC while on my way back from seeing my parents in August. I’ll have pictures for you soon!

I’ve been spending money like nothing this morning, but at the end of it I’m SO excited! The opera singer whose voice I most admire, whose musicality I most appreciate, etc etc., is Placido Domingo, who this year will be returning to his baritone roots to sing the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. The minute I heard about this casting I wanted to go, and now I’m actually going!

What else is exciting? Well… Continue Reading »

While I was at my parents’ place until last week, I got myself all caught up on Princess. Then I started traveling. Last Wednesday, I did most of a row on my first flight of the voyage (small-town airport to PHL), and finished the row that night in the Newark Hilton. Started another row after I boarded the EWR-FRA flight, and got 10 of 13 repeats done by the time we took off and reached cruising altitude, but wound up setting it down when dinner service started. Hadn’t touched it until tonight. At the moment, I’m 8 rows behind, but if I don’t finish today’s allotment I’ll be 10 rows behind. This is not good.

But hey, I’m 7.3% of the way done with the knitting, and 20.6% of the way done with the border. That’s not bad!

Hello all! I know, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m currently sitting in Newark airport waiting for my flight to Frankfurt and then back to Nice… it’s been a good vacation, but it’s time to go back to work now.

On the Princess front, I’m only a row behind at the moment: I finished row 39 of the border (out of 240) yesterday, and I’m counting on getting at least a couple rows done on the overnight flight. I’ll post a picture in the next few days, but it’s actually starting to look like something!

Hope everyone had a good few weeks…