atwitter: march

March 8, 2012

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It’s been a long while since I’ve written one of these what’s-got-me-worked-up posts.

Finished knitting projects! Finally! Last year, sometime mid-summer, my knitting mojo got lost. But thankfully we were reunited in late fall, in time for me to dig out the sweater I’d started for my hubby, and to finish it in time for Christmas. I’ve dubbed it the Hoppípolla Pullover, in honor of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós. Ever since he first saw the band’s documentary Heima, in which they play their music in obscenely gorgeous settings in their native land, often wearing similar yoked Lopi sweaters, Chris has asked when I’d be knitting him his own Icelandic sweater. Apparently the response should have been Why, by Christmas 2011, Sweetie! The random shirtless child in the following photo looks like he dropped in from a Sigur Rós video himself; too bad Chris didn’t have his guitar for the photo shoot.

For lack of other photos, I’ll decorate this post with a few other recently finished project shots. Ravelry site is down; links to come.

An article in print. I started this post in show-off mode; may as well keep going! I have an article in the March/April issue of Life Learning Magazine called “How Do Kids REALLY Learn to Write?” Gee, does that sound familiar? Yep, it’s a rewrite of the post I wrote back in January. Wendy Priesnitz, Life Learning’s editor, kindly tweeted to me after reading the post, and asked me to share it in the magazine. What a world we live in now: on any ordinary morning an editor might send you a totally unexpected message in 140 characters or less, and suddenly your day is made! The article is a more thought-out, clarified version of the blog post, influenced in no small degree by your thoughtful feedback in the comments.

Anne Lamott’s new book. It’s just a few weeks away! This one is a follow-up to Operating Instructions called Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son. There’s a nice LA Times interview about the book here. I’ll never forget having Anne sign my copy of Operating Instructions at a reading on my very first Mother’s Day, in May 1993. I’d gone into labor with H the day after Mother’s Day the year before and, as I inelegantly tried to explain to Anne as she signed my book, I’d had to be a mother for a whole year before earning my Mother’s Day badge. I figured she’d appreciate the sheer injustice of it all, and after seeming a tad confused by my nervous babbling, she did. More Twitter talk: Anne’s on Twitter now! She manages to be funny and endearing and poetic in 140 characters. Do I scroll ahead when I see her photo show up in my feed? I do.

Another good book. Devotion by Dani Shapiro. A memoir in the form of a spiritual quest. I’m just a short way in, but it seems a fitting read for the Lenten season. (Not that it’s about Christianity; it’s about finding a spiritual center.)

A mesmerizing video. This film of making pesto by hand puts me in a trance. It’s so slow that it almost verges on parody; the, how shall we say it, pestaiola dries those basil leaves like they’re the bare bottoms of a beloved one-year-old. But by the time the gnocchi hits the table–make that by the time the gnocchi is bestowed upon the table like an offering to the gods–I’m ready to pull out my mezzaluna.

Resolutions update. As much as I miss being here with you more often, the decision to post less in an attempt to write more has been a fruitful one. I’ve written that article; I’ve made fine progress on my e-book; I’ve written a few conference proposals and am thigh-deep in a new article. I’ve been writing lots and lots and lots and if I’m atwitter about anything, that’s it.

So, what has you all worked up these days?

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6512 and growing March 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I just read through some of your posts here. Good good stuff. A balm for my fevered homeschooling mind. Thank you.


patricia March 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I’m so glad that the posts were helpful. I swung by your website, and realized that I’d been there before, quite a ways back. Nice to get reacquainted! It’s always a particular joy to read the blog of a writer.

Thanks for saying hello!


Donna March 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

The sweater is gorgeous! Love the scarf too, have you been able to post pattern info on ravelry?


patricia March 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for the kind words about the sweater, Donna!

I haven’t updated my other Ravelry projects yet; I’ll try to get to them this week. Meanwhile, for my scarf, I copied the instructions for this project: Beautiful, huh? She frogged hers (!) because it came out short with one skein, so I used 1.25 or 1.5 skeins or so for mine.


Kristin March 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

Love what you’ve been up to. The sweater makes C look handsome. Your photographs look really good.


patricia March 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

The old guy does look pretty good in that sweater, doesn’t he? (I’m calling him the old guy because he has a birthday coming up this week, so he’ll be a year older than me–for two whole months!)


Carrie Pomeroy March 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Congrats on getting your knitting mojo back AND the Life Learning publication! Yay! What fun to be approached by the editor. I love that magazine and your work is a perfect fit for it!


patricia April 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Thanks, Carrie!


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