First: Charlie (C) is finished. It’s done in seed stitch. (Ignore the little dot in the top white stripe. It’s a stitch marker to denote the right side. Of course I photographed the wrong side! It’s Murphy’s law. But both sides are the same. It’s just that my yarn tails are woven in on the wrong side.
I’ve hit a snag in my knitting. In fact, I was working on a post detailing the extent of my frustration, but that’s going to have to wait. Just like my projects are going to have to wait. Because last night the yarn for my first original design project arrived!
Several years ago L.L. Bean had a quilt of Navy signal flags. I didn’t buy it. Why? I ask myself! Perhaps I thought I would buy it from the next catalogue, but as far as I know, it was only offered the one time. I’ve regretted not buying it ever since. Could I make one myself? Nope. I’ve never quilted nor had the desire to. Quilting seems like a time-consuming process and an awful lot of work. I just don’t have the patience.
I thought about asking a childhood friend (Sam, if you’re reading this!) who loves quilting to make one for me. But she’s got her own stuff to make.
Do you like to stay in one place for a long period of time, or do you like to move around?
As with nearly all things in life, moving has its ups and downs. The upside: you’re forced to pare down your belongings, eliminating those extraneous items that tend to accumulate over the years. The downside? Moving is stressful.
For the first 11 years after college, I never spent more the two years in one job, and the longest I stayed in one place was 3½ years. Moving every few years is a part of military life; and for most of those 11 years, I was in the U.S. Navy.
All things considered, though, I prefer to stay in one place. Which is why I’ve lived in the same place for the past 25 years. It’s a nice, largish condo with two drawbacks. No elevators (and I live on the top floor), and no covered parking. (See photo)
Where will I live next? I’ve thought about moving back to Iowa. I like the slower pace of life there, but the winters can be a bitch. Plus my liberal self is torn. While Iowa recognizes gay marriage (a hot topic currently in the news), it doesn’t recognize the Health Plan for America (i.e., Obama care). Yeah, that’s right. I support Obama Care. Don’t worry, none of my friends do.