Monday, October 14, 2013

Minimalism and Knitting

Indian Feathers
I have just completed two projects using lace weight yarn.  One was my travel knitting project for Britain, the other was the above project with the leftover yarn.  I got to thinking about how lovely it is to have a whole project's worth of yarn or two in one small ball.  And how I loved to work with fine yarns and spin fine yarns.  Then it occurred to me, I could minimize my knitting as I've minimized my wardrobe.

From now on, I will seek out only those projects that use fingering or lace weight yarns.  No longer will I need to purchase heavier yarns for a "someday" project.  In actual fact, I hardly ever use them for anything but always find a use for my sock yarns.  And let's face it, sock yarns are often the best looking yarns and most inspiring in a shop.

The benefits of this are many:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Britain Through Fiction

The desk at 221 Baker Street

When I knew that we were going to Britain, I wanted to learn more about the country and the history.  So I decided to read my way through British history from as far back as I could go to the present.  The books I chose were based on what I already had in my kindle library for free, what I could get for cheap or free and what I really wanted to read and was willing to pay for.  And also, what I felt like reading at the time.  Here's the list:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Lost Dog Found

Last night I dreamed that we drove to Scotland with our dog in the car.  We played at a park and I think I had some sort of task to work on.  When it was time to go home, I called for our dog and a different black and white one came running.  Someone had taken our dog by mistake and left theirs.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

One Carry On, One Hand Bag

"Two short sleeved shirts, two long sleeved shirts, one cardigan, two pairs of pants, one pair of capris, a skirt and three pairs of shoes."
    "That's less than my daughter brings home for a weekend from college."
    "We were gone two weeks."

It can be done - one carry on bag and one hand bag and you can survive for two weeks.  Why would anyone want to attempt this?