Obsession Thursdays

Obsession: Sunshine

Oh, how I love the sunshine. It feels like we haven’t had a lot of it over the past few months, and I’m craving it. Sunshine makes everything better. It improves photographs allows for easy outdoor knitting and it gives us warmth. Roll on, spring! We’re ready.  

Obsessing over knitted toys

I finally get to meet a little girl I last saw when she was still on the inside. And I want to knit her something huggable, so I sent out a call today on Twitter for well-received toy patterns, and got a flurry of great recommendations! I thought I should share my favorites with you… From Knitwhits:  Bramble or Sakura [30% goes to Japan Quake relief, btw] From Rebecca Danger: just about the whole catalog got recommended! From Knitty: Flo and Sheldon From Debi Birkin: the whole shebang From Hansigurumi: the Anglerfish From Penwiper: Extermiknit! From Blue Sky Alpacas/Bobbi Intveld: Baby Bobbi Bear From Ysolda: ...

Now we’re just getting nosy

We’re getting near the end of Loooooove week. What? Here…we explain it all on Monday’s post. The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your fictional town” contest, chosen by Rachael herself: Becca, who wrote, “I would name the town Lester, as a bad joke on the pronunciation of Leicester.”  Congrats, Becca — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME! Today’s the last day of our probing questions with Rachael. Tomorrow, we have an extra-special surprise for everyone and the biggest prize this week! ...

Obsession Thursday: Whut’s a Wovel?

[This is Amy, really. I occasionally write stuff about things I like. This is one of those posts. There’s no financial gain in this for me…I just want to share, because this thing has solved a problem for us.] Okay, so whut IS a Wovel? A wheeled shovel. It looks like this: It made the gadgety press in 2006, but didn’t appear in our house until last week. See, what you don’t know is that my hub has been going through some heart-related stuff recently, and shovelling was banned by his cardiologist. Me? I’ve got hand problems and my back can never stand the strain of shovelling. And with ...

Obsession: affordable online eyeglasses

Are you a lucky single-vision eyeglass wearer with a reasonably simple prescription? The online eyeglass world is your oyster. You can get complete pairs of glasses for $10 and up at all of the websites I link to in this article.  One of the cutest websites I’ve seen is Warby Parker. Everything is $95, all included, AND they give a pair to charity when you buy a pair. They don’t do progressives, though. Most everyone over a certain age [cough40cough] knows that your eyesight is one of the first things to be affected. I was always farsighted — I needed glasses to work on computers from age 23. ...

Obsession: Hot Drinks

For me, as for many others, knitting and the kettle are inextricably linked. I love me a hot drink. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate – even hot water in moments of desperation. If it’s warm, and served in a mug, I’ll drink it. Although it’s very cold where I am right now – and has been for several long weeks – my love for hot drinks is absolutely not weather-dependent. It has to be pretty darn hot for me to drink iced coffee. And if I’m going to sit down for any length of time to knit, I put the kettle (or the coffee machine) on. A couple of things have made my life better, as a ...

Obsessing about travel

I love to travel. I love the planning to go, when anything is possible and your adventures have yet to start. I love the part when you’re right IN IT and enjoying what you came for [whether it turns out as you planned or not, and it’s often not]. And I love the part when you’re finally ready to go home and turn the trip you’re on into a juicy memory that you can chaw on for a long while. And unpack the cool stuff you collected on your trip to help you remember. I’ve had all of those moments in the last 2 weeks. The hub and I just got back from Heather Ordover of Craftlit‘s London, ...

Obsession Thursday: The S

When I knit or spin for long periods of time, I get knotted muscles in my back in a particular spot – between spine and shoulder blade, just below my shoulder. You know the spot? Many years ago a co-worker introduced me to this funny looking S, officially called the Backnobber II.   You hook one end  over your shoulder, centering one of the knobs on your knotted muscle then pull down. It puts deep, concentrated pressure on your muscle and releases the knot. It breaks down into two pieces, so I take it along to spinning and knitting classes, where I tend to be tense from the learning, sitting and working of ...

Obsession Thursday: Spreadsheets

It’s no secret that I have a background in numbers: I have a degree in mathematics, and I spent 15 years working in product management in the software industry.  I’ve spent many, many hours working with numbers in spreadsheets, sometimes in Microsoft Excel and sometimes in the Open Office spreadsheet program. No matter which program I use, spreadsheets are my best friend, and I love how they can help me even though I’m no longer in the software industry! I use them for a surprising number of things. Yes, spreadsheets are good for working with numbers, and I take advantage of this by using them to ...

I’m obsessed with plastic glassware.

This is the dumbest post I’ve ever written, but I guarantee someone reading it will have used these things and agree…Tervis Tumblers are awesome. A year ago, my sister and my mom took a vacation in Venice, FL, and kept driving past the Tervis Tumbler factory. “What’s a Tervis Tumbler?” we wondered. So we made mom stop [yes, we can still do that when we’re in our 40s…oh, the power of children over the mama] and went into a crystal-clear plastic wonderland. Tervis Tumblers are kind of a stupid idea, and yet I love them. Understatement. I love them. They’re a hollow-space ...