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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

self-portrait Tuesday


oh BOYoh. October. She’s at the half-way point. When did that happen?

There’s some kind of weird interval acceleration that happens after the age of 35, isn’t there? Like someone cranks the handle of the Time Machine and you’re zooming into the next day just when you’ve barely said good-night to the last.

Add that phenom to jobs with a deadline and at some point you just have to Sit Down. Stop. I see people where I work running down the hallways sometimes with sheaves of paper in their hands, and I want to yell, like a hall monitor: “No Running!” But they’re on a mission, they have to deliver. If what they do doesn’t get to the target, the show does not go on.

Luckily, my personal show can grind to little halts here and there.

Here I sit on the couch this weekend. Sprawled actually, feet right, legs akimbo, one under, one flung. At some point, as I was knitting along on a lacy sleeve, I looked up and realized I was in the middle of most of my WIPs, so suspended in the magic that is the Weekend Afternoon, that I didn’t even notice.

Scattered the way you see someone with the Sunday paper, there’s a sweater to the left, one beyond that in a heap, patterns everywhere, a tee shirt I just traded for (I love trading have I hit you up yet just wait), pillows, and bits of yarn (and popcorn) from Last Week’s sprawl. There’s spillage on the floor because it’s a slippery old sofa

12 responses to “Tuesday, October 16, 2007”

  1. Marg says:

    It ain’t 35, Honey…it’s 21. At least, that’s what my mother said — that once you hit 21, life speeds up and time flies by — and in my experience (I’m 55) she was right! P.S. your shrug is gonna be **gojus** in that cranberry!

  2. ~S says:

    DH would complain if I took over the couch like that but I do have a coffee table in front of the couch and a side table to my right that are all mine for knitting. That and a few bags that organize everything and keep the cats from playing with the yarn. Looks like you had a great weekend for knitting.

  3. margene says:

    Ah, a glimsps into the life of Bonne Marie.

  4. Michelle Dakuras says:

    I emailed this “thing” about time drifting faster than I can to Carolyn and she wrote back to tell me that as our metabolism slows down, time speeds up! So she says and there ya go. I haven’t researched this phenomenon but works for me. Love to you Carolyn!

  5. meg says:

    Oh, man – I hear you. I also remember when 10 minutes was an eternity (that must be why kids seem so hyper). Sounds like a little slice of heaven, your couch! Resembles my place, too. I have to shift around the active & inactive wips, find homes for the books, but I love my little rats’ nest!
    Love that pic, the snugly wool-ribbed wrist, more everywhere! What a great word-picture, too. :)

  6. Karen B. says:

    Add me to the chorus of those wondering what happened to the time clocks. Zippity-zip and 2007 is hurtling headlong toward completion since we are right smack in the 4th quarter of the year.

    Love the visuals of WIPs to the left and to the right, with some beautiful knitting in hand. Way to stop time for a few moments.

  7. Deb in PA says:

    My Mom used to say that as you got older, time went faster. Darn! Another thing she was right about .

    I love the way you decorated your living room. It’s comfy, cozy and any knitter would be willing to pull up a chair, couch or even a piece of the floor to join you.

    Enjoy! As long as you aren’t buried under the yarn (you have to be able to buy more…) it’s ok.

    Deb in PA

  8. Silvia says:

    I see no mess, so it can’t be that bad. I like what you’re knitting on though!

  9. ann says:

    Hi Bonne
    I am amost finished with my cottonease ariann-beautiful and was looking for a cabled sweater viola-twist. but I see you have added a hood. does the pattern still come wtih the unhooded version. Just checking before I purchase. THanks for all of the great patterns a fun blog.

  10. Tracey says:

    Yes, I have a corner in the living room like that. I get testy if the hubby lingers long and starts “picking up”. Grrrr.

  11. Bonne Marie says:


    Hubby lingering and picking…

    [BTW, the new version of Twist still has the collar instructions from the original…]

  12. Patty says:

    Ah…how I absolutely live for the sprawled moments. Just had one in NJ…could have driven home like a maniac (4 hours) but stayed in the hotel room and started that sock. Oh boy – to hold on to that mindset! Heading to WEBS next week for yarn for that Twist!

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