But I digress

I don’t know what is wrong with me here in the early fall. My quilting mojo hasn’t left me, but my get-to-work switch seems to be busted. I can’t face the sewing room. Maybe it is the errand-y nature of the early weeks of school. Gone all morning doing this, signing people up for that, getting home in the afternoon without much worthwhile time left to unclog the sewing room. Mind you, I did unclog the sewing room recently so it wouldn’t be as hard to do the day to day unclogging.

I don’t know what is wrong with me. Malaise and a certain lowness of spirit. Maybe the economy is catching up to me. Maybe local goings-on are leaving me cranky. There have been gun incidents in our local schools twice over the course of seven days. One was with a first grader. The other happened at the alternative school just near our house (and where the elementary school bus stop is) (I would also like to mention that this building would have been our neighborhood school until the population dropped causing building consolidation).

In any event, I’m trying to shake this off and just get to work. Beginning the work is half the battle; staying at the work is easier after that.

I have, ahem, been knitting a little bit more. I swear this will not become a knitting blog. Not that there is anything wrong with knitting blogs. I guess there is something easy about making the knit stitches and the purl stitches that does not involve all of our lovely quilt-y equipment. My spirits need some repetition. I also have hopes of supplanting some of the knitting with some fun hand applique…but when I applique lately, it has been far easier (and more accurate for me) to use starch and heat resistant template plastic (PANIC IN THE SEWING ROOM–I am OUT of big pieces of my favorite plastic and just have tiny snippets left–something must be done). By the time I prep the shapes, it is just as quick to sit down and applique them by machine.

Today, I started a knitting project that uses self-striping yarn:

All of these pretty self-striping yarns made me think about the equivalent in quilting. Self-striping yarns always make a knitting project more interesting because a person wants to know how the thing will look when that next color comes along. Is the quilter’s equivalent gradated fabric?? Something tells me the answer is no–there are lovely gradated fabrics out there, but it seems like it’s a little harder to figure out what to do with them. I am obsessed with the dotty blanket on the left in the picture of multi-blankets (which picture is actually on the right-hand page…forgive me).

Anyhoo, this blanket is from a hot off the presses book:

This book is HILARIOUS. It is the funniest thing–almost funnier than David Sedaris (and I don’t write that lightly).

Someone at the publisher was also kind enough to match the book jacket to my coffee mug.

OK, that is all I have for today. Here’s to uplifted spirits and nose to the grindstone!

I will leave you with a piece of advice. Go buy some of these immediately. Buy four bags. You will need them. We have been discussing potential uses: dropped in hot coffee! Plopped on top of hot oatmeal cookies. They are, as we say around here, num-licious!



  1. MichelleB said

    Showing those kisses are really too cruel. I don’t how many of the mint ones I went through last year – I really don’t need to find another flavor I’m in love with.

    I’ve never read David Sedaris – I might have to try him. Thanks for the suggestion.

    I’m sorry that you’re a little down, and I hope that you feel better soon. I kind of have the same thing going on – I think it’s all of the school things that need to be done, kids to keep on track (with homework) and get places, and the reminder that every year they’re getting older and older.

  2. kathy doughty said

    While you drum your fingers I have been inspired by you to do the ric rac circle edge you “tutored” a few months ago! Thanks heaps for the idea as I am loving it…look for it on MO blog one day soon. Don’t worry about the lost enthusiasm, sometimes we just have to think instead of do in order to progress. Just worked through that myself and am having a riot again! You’re too good to stop for long. kathy

  3. Jackie said

    No wonder you haven’t gotten any quilting done. I think I would be pacing around worried forever. I certainly hope that the 2 incidents at the schools were taken care of and have amounted to only a small problem. These kids are just babies! It sounds as though you are finding some comfort in knitting, which is a good thing. I know when school starts here we are doing the same thing running here, running there, signing up for this and that. Whew! You are just too darn tired to do anything when you get home. I started my studio de-clutter early in the morning yesterday ( when I had energy) so by the time the running started and I was home, I could relax. Anyway, sorry for being long winded, I think the pumpkin spice kisses will help and maybe offer some good quilting karma. I may run out and get some for myself! Enjoy and I hope the rest of your week is filled with sunshine and laughter!

  4. fabricpile said

    Road Trip! (?!) Meet me in Chicago!!!!

    Srsly, I’m trying hard to ignore the news (ostrich–meet sand!) I just can’t take it or my head will explode.

    The kids and I got yelled at by the local elementary principle today as we just happened to be coming back from the farmer’s market near the school and apparently were crossing the street at an unacceptable location (at a CORNER, no less!) I wanted to yell, “You’re not the boss of us!!!” but held my tongue. Crazy home schoolers!

    How about a round robin or challenge to jump start the fall?!

  5. Stephanie said

    Sorry your quilting mojo is on hold but yeah for the knitting project. I’m not a knitter but LOVE things knitty! I have NOT seen the Pumpkin Spice kisses but have seen Candy Corn Kisses (yuck) and I recently bought Caramel Apple Kisses (yuck). Now I’m on the hunt for Pumpkin Spice.

  6. Rhonda said

    I hate it when my mojo is out of joint……LOL…….look through a few magazines or visit a quilt shop……maybe that will kick-start you in the sewing direction.

  7. janet said

    I’m sorry you’re having trouble getting into your sewing room. I have never heard of pumpkin spice kisses – I hope I can find some because they sound great!
    Your blog always makes me smile. nice monkey…

  8. I love David Sedaris. Could it be campaign ennui? You know this has been going on for far too long.

    Texas is now allowing teachers to carry guns to school. Well it is Texas but that seems to me death waiting to happen.

    The trees will begin turning soon and that will wake me up a bit. Perhaps it will you as well. Keep dropping those chocolates into your coffee. Yum.

  9. Lily Boot said

    Oh dear Amy! That must have been really chilling – I’m not at all surprised you feel a little out of whack. Times are surely a bit disturbing over in Election Land at the moment so I’m glad knit1, purl2 is working its repetitive, soothing charm. I’m sending you and Little A a bit hug and will think strong, protective thoughts for you.

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