August 25, 2006


Note to self: The next time you're driving home from the candy store, and the brand-new box of peanut brittle is sitting there in the front passenger seat crying out to be opened, and when you're stopped at the next red light and the shrink-wrapped package defies your fingers so you reach up to your keychain hanging in the ignition switch where amongst the keys hangs your mini Swiss army knife, and you open up the knife blade so you can cut open the shrink wrap so that you can finally open the peanut brittle and sample it -- and you arrive at home and pull the keys out of the ignition and go jamming them into your pocket, but they won't fit --

the next time that happens, before you jam them even harder trying to fit them into your pocket -- would you look to see whether the blade is still open on that Swiss army knife?

It was an experiment in paying attention. And it is so interesting, the way the mind works. It took perhaps 30 seconds for my brain to stop reading the signal that my thumb was sending as key, and to recognize that signal as knife blade. Sharp knife blade.

Yes, folks, it's my right hand, again. The same hand that only recently recovered from the puncture wounds inflicted by Mr. Nippy. Now there's a cut perhaps an inch wide across the base of my thumb. And my first thought, at seeing the blood, was: Oh, I better be careful not to get that on my knitting! Not that I had any knitting in the car or in the garage at the time. How the mind works.

Somebody else who has an ongoing experiment in paying attention is Rhonda. If you visit her blog, you'll see that she's in the final stages of finishing a Sally Melville Knitting Bag Jacket. I encourage you to take a look through her blog's archives and see how the cardigan progressed.

Knitting-wise, I'm continuing to plug away at swatches, etcetera, for Level II, and gathering up my courage for yet another go at the argyle sock.

Meanwhile, for relaxation, I've been keepig Anne virtual company by knitting on Sandness:


Can't say enough how this is my favorite kind of knitting: size US 3 needles, fine yarn, knitting around and around and around, enjoying the play of colors. Sandness is now about 13 inches long; at 15-1/2 inches, it will be ready for the armhole steeks.

In Two Swans Yarns news: I spoke with Unicorn Books day before yesterday, and Simply Shetland 3 is just in! The woman I was speaking with said she'd just come back from lunch, and "there were pallets of them in the parking lot." (What a vision that brings to mind!) So I'll be receiving my shipment of these books imminently -- perhaps even next week. Here's my favorite sweater design from Simply Shetland 3:

Alcea Pullover, designed by Beatrice Smith.

I've gotten listed on the website the yarns I got in from Rowan for fall -- new colors in Kidsilk Haze, Kidsilk Night, Wool Cotton, Kid Classic, Felted Tweed, and more. Hope you'll check 'em out!

Posted by Karen at August 25, 2006 10:26 AM

Gee, that knitting looks familiar! Thanks for the preview of SS#3, I am drooling already...

Posted by: Anne at August 25, 2006 12:25 PM

that sweater is gorgeous! hope your thumb heals quickly.

Posted by: vanessa at August 25, 2006 01:31 PM

I'm drooling . . . will have to keep an eye out for it.

Posted by: Lola Lee Beno at August 25, 2006 02:45 PM

I'm sorry your finger has another injury. Hope it gets better soon!

Posted by: Jewel at August 27, 2006 04:05 PM

I'm wincing on your behalf, Karen!

Posted by: Ryan at August 28, 2006 10:17 AM

Please don't draw any more of your own blood! It's really not necessary, you know.

The vest is absolultely awesome, BTW. And some day you'll have to share the secret of your jogless jog...

Sending hugs.

Posted by: Abby Wendt at August 31, 2006 10:17 PM