One leg must freeze.

Raven is horrified by the cold. I understand that, as a native Alabaman Alabamian (is that really what they’re called?), she is more sensitive than me, but when she talks about last winter, you can tell she’s very disturbed by the idea that it’s going to happen again. She has come up with some layering ideas that will shield her from the impending Arctic Tundra (full-body long-underwear, Uggs, snow pants, legwarmers, bonnets…), and I think it’s helping her cope with the scary flashbacks. To further enable her cold-weather phobia, I made her a pair of leg-warmers. I just knitted up two ribbed rectangles out of reclaimed wool, then (when I tried to fit one around my calf and couldn’t) I made two little triangles of worsted weight wool for the backs. When I say I made them, I mean that in my mind, they are done, but in reality one still needs to be sewn together.

I just really hate threading that tapestry needle.

Even though the Very Scientific and Reliable Facebook Personality Test says that I am way less neurotic than, say, Raven and David, tasks like threading needles make me question my sanity. Tapestry needles in particular have the ability to make me almost cry—like I have to put it down or else I will have A Fit. Plugging things in behind the bed will do that to me, too. I just get so FRUSTRATED by it, which is why I will sometimes put off an easy project like leg warmers—even though I want Raven’s legs to be warm. It’s very Jekyll and Hyde of me.

I know that this whole inconvenience could be avoided if I just learn to KNIT IN THE ROUND, but I will not do that. Again, there is no reason for this, but I don’t even like to think about knitting in the round. Or making Cables. Or “Crochet Cast-On” whatever that is. Those are all things that make me nervous.

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9 Responses to “One leg must freeze.”


  1. 1 Courtney Cloud September 26, 2008 at 1:39 am

    I love the leg warmers!!! Rae – Your leg looks fantastic in that picture!

  2. 2 Courtney Cloud September 26, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I love love love the leg warmers! Rae – your leg looks fantastic!

  3. 3 Raven September 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

    This is a test.

  4. 4 Andrea September 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Helloooo – love the blog! Knitting in the round is not as scary as it seems. It’s just like regular knitting except when you finish one row you just go on to the next needle instead of flipping the needle and going over the same row. There’s a good article on marthastewart.com that explains it (that’s how I learned). Once you learn it, there is a world of new possibilities, like christmas stockings and knitted cupcakes 🙂

  5. 5 Anna September 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I think you should learn “knitting in the round” it sounds like fun.

    All I know is that there better be a vest for me under the Christmas tree. Can you make me a beer cozy?

  6. 6 David Pascale-Hague September 26, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Awesome first post. Now you just need to finish the other one…eventually.
    I agree with Mom… I want a beer cozy.
    You guys are fab!

  7. 7 Courtney Cloud September 27, 2008 at 12:29 am

    I’m sorry that I left duplicate comments! Please disregard one of them!
    You girls are too cute!

  8. 8 Anna October 2, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Raven, along with the crafts you should tell some of your stories. You tell the best stories. I especially like the “He was a handsome man” one. Your wedding story was great too.
    Jillian, Remember when I tried to thread the seweing machine and I had to watch the video 20 times and kept pausing and pausing to try to make sense of it. I now use Nery the Tailor for all my sewing needs. You get your mechanical inclinations from your Dad.


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