You have no idea how hard it was for the writer in me to add on the postscript to yesterday's
It was like tacking extra arms onto the Venus de Milo. It was like adding jalapeno peppers to a hot fudge sundae. It was like tacking a delicate lace border onto a beefy aran sweater.
In other words, it stuck out like a sore thumb (or a dropped stitch as the case may be.)
So, today you get...
Contain your excitement.
Miriam Felton, on her blog, poses the question, “If I knit fast enough, does it count as exercise?” The answer, apparently, according to Health magazine is YES!
There it is, right on pg. 117 of the September issue, under “No-Sweat Calorie Burners:”
“Do your nails or knit while watching your favorite hour-long TV show. BURN 102 CALORIES.”
Lucia corralled me into the Pay It Forward exchange that's been making the rounds. I get a little something sent to me, and in return I make this promise:
I don't do well with deadlines (see Structure post) but this one has a window so wide even the chronically organizationally challenged can squeeze through. I mean, a year! 365 big ones! Surely, even I can make that deadline (but don't bet on it! I wouldn't want to be responsible for you losing your shirt, your home, your kid's college tuition, or...
your yarn money (tragic!)
But when I come through, I really come through. Yesterday I mailed off Tiennie's prize package for winning the 25th subscriber contest. I don't know when I've had such fun! Since I promised 25 things and there are 25 days in December before
I know I'm late (did I mention I was disorganized?) but just think of the fun she'll have opening an entire week at once. Man, when I was a kid, that would have just thrilled the livin' bejeesus out of me. My brother and I fought over whose turn it was to open that little flap of cardboard!
Anyway, she knows about the advent calendar thingie, so I'm not revealing any state secrets here. What did she get? You'll just have to scamper on over to her blog come next week and find out... I had such a good time with this idea that I'm going to do it every year (the advent prize, not the Bloglines subscriber estimate.) Next year, I'll find a different contest angle. And I'll get the prize box off in November (maybe.)
Thanks for enduring my rant yesterday. Hope it wasn't off-putting to anybody. I'm not really a Scrooge. I just find so much more of the peaceful spirit of the holiday flowing through me when I am knitting or baking, anything but shopping. I don't deal well with crowds.
When I am knitting a present for someone, I envision that person, what makes them special, how much joy they have brought into my life, and love speeds my needles on...
You just don't get that feeling standing in line at WalMart.
Well, maybe YOU do, but I don't.
Have been busy entering projects onto Ravelry. Margene kindly suggested it would be a good way to get the word out about Sunflower Designs. It's a brave new world, people.
Speaking of Margene, she has a great post today on UFO's Go read. I'll wait...
And as to that grass I was dashing through yesterday?
It's yesterday's news.
Last night, when I went to bed, it looked like this:
This morning, when I got up, things had made significant progress...
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Think I'll go warm myself by the welcoming fire that is my sun-baked Moroccan holiday.
And Pippin will help...