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June 27, 2008

From Sally — My Little Bolero

Filed under: Uncategorized — surly @ 5:03 pm

Well, actually, it’s my Ode to Joy cardigan. The sides are together and I’ve started one sleeve. For me, with the amount of knitting I can do, that’s progress.

Speaking of progress, my left hand almost feels normal; my right hand not so much. My knitting, therefore, is a bit sporadic. I don’t want to push it and risk prolonging this slow slow recovery. It’s been long enough as it is! That leads me to an important Rainey Sister announcement. *Clears throat and taps side of glass with spoon*

Important Rainey Sister Announcement

It’s the summer doldrums. It’s also a time of vacations and increased family responsibilities. Therefore, Susan and I are committing to blogging at least once a week, most likely on Thursdays or Fridays, through the end of the summer. We just can’t promise to blog more frequently than that, although we won’t hold back. If we have something to post, we will do so. We just need to feel as if we can kick back and relax a little bit so we are refreshed with lots of enthusiasm and projects in the fall.

We hope all of our readers will understand and we hope each of you has a happy and productive summer.

PS from Susan — I echo Sally’s sentiments.  It’s not that we want to disappoint our loyal readers.  It’s just very hard with work and soccer and summer activities to get enough knitting in to post about.  Aaaaghh!  The pressure of it all!

PS2: About the pants:

First, I did have my doubts about the pants.  When I got ready to leave for work yesterday DH says, “What’s the deal with those pants?”  Hmmm, thinks moi.  I shrugged it off because DH has no fashion sense.  Whatsoever.  None.  But, it gave me pause.  So, when I was in line at the cafeteria, I deliberately mentioned the pants to the cashier to gauge her reaction — thinking her reaction might be “polite” and neutral, but less than enthusiastic if she did not like them.  BUT to hear such a clear negative response from both her and the woman in line, it confirmed my worst fears.  The pants looked ridiculous.  It’s one thing to dance to your own drummer with confidence and flair — but quite another to look ridiculous.  At work.  In an important meeting.  So, once my fears were confirmed I could not continue the charade.  So, I lost the pants.


  1. I will miss your posts, but I do understand the need to kick back and relax! I also hope that your hands continue to get better. I can imagine that it must be frustrating.

    Comment by Lee — June 27, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  2. I too will miss your posts, but I do understand the need to relax. I have come to love your blog best, and check it out every day/ I hope your hand continues to recover. Knit on!!

    Comment by Marsha — June 27, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

  3. Have a great summer! Everyone deserves to relax. : )

    Comment by Sarah — June 27, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

  4. Enjoy your summer, and do what you need to feel better. The cardigan is looking great.:D

    Comment by cici — June 27, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

  5. All postings are welcome–don’t stress! We take whatever Rainey we can get. Of course you should relax and enjoy the summer and your yarn. The blog should not interfere!

    Comment by suzanne — June 28, 2008 @ 7:32 am

  6. Ode to Joy looking very pretty!

    I totally understand the need to get away from the computer more often in the summer. Have a great one!

    Comment by kay — June 28, 2008 @ 7:43 am

  7. Ode to Joy is lovely. You have probably mentioned it previously, but where could I get the pattern?
    Have a great summer.

    Comment by Brenda — June 28, 2008 @ 11:02 am

  8. I bet your pants are great ~ the rest of the world just hasn’t caught on yet. You’ve got to show a picture of the finished project! Enjoy your summer! I know how difficult it is to juggle it all. I hope the knit-o-sphere is just on hiatus. It seems like there is something to January One’s post about the death of knitting blogs. It looks like a lot of them are winding down. How sad 🙁 I’ve noticed a decline in the number of knitting magazines at Borders and Barnes and Noble as well. Sewing has definitely become the new trend. Oh well us die hards will remain standing with Custard!

    Comment by Michelle — June 28, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

  9. From Susan to Michelle — the blog-cation is strictly temporary! And not a complete void. We will be posting every week. And we are both die hards. We were standing when the knitting trend started and we will be standing if the knitting trend wanes. Knitting is such a part of who I am — my personal identity — that it will stand the test of time!!

    Comment by lv2knit — June 28, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

  10. Ummmm, I have to say, I think you did the right thing with the pants. Dresses over jeans was really big a few years ago in Montreal, and the only people who even came close to pulling it off were the hip young things with no hips. I’m convinced that you have to be a beanpole to layer up in the summer and get away with it.

    Of course, I never saw the outfit on you, so I’m just going with broad generalizations. Unless you feel the need to share a photo…


    Comment by Natalie — June 28, 2008 @ 11:57 pm

  11. Happy summer!

    Comment by Elise — June 29, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  12. :sigh: I’ll miss you! Have a great summer. 🙂

    Comment by Romi — June 29, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

  13. Summer is definitely time to kick back. An occasional post will keep me happy – and maybe I’ll go off and do some summery things instead of spending all of my time reading blog posts (despite the reported decline, I’m finding plenty to read).

    As for the pants – nice empiricism in determining whether or not they work. The next question – how do they do on their own (well, maybe with an added top!)?

    And Sally, I do hope you can give your hands the time they need to heal, as frustrating as it is. I have been working on a back problem for over a year so can relate. The knitting you are getting in is lovely, at least.

    Comment by twinsetellen — July 5, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

  14. i still vote “yay” for the pants. i like the layered look, as long as you don’t look bulky. perhaps the ladies who contributed their opinions aren’t so ‘fashion forward’ or adventurous. besides, isn’t one of the joys of aging not giving a flip what others think about how we dress?

    Comment by gray la gran — July 12, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

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