Sometimes I hang around the house for days without getting in my car.  It’s a far cry from the days when we had kids at home and I spent half my waking hours and a few snoozing ones behind the wheel.

Any regular trips I make locally these days are nearby, so I can hit any of my regular stops– the Farmer’s Market, library, and supermarket in a circular route.  The pet store, beauty shop, yarn shop, pharmacy, book store, and okay… Chick-FilA,  are all within that circle.

It isn’t boring.  If I leave home without my camera,  I usually regret it.  It’s a thrill a minute around here if one isn’t too picky about her thrills.

Yesterday I went to my LYS  (that’s knitterly talk for Charlotte Yarn) to see sock guru Wendy Johnson, in town to teach her sock knitting from the toe up method.  I’m not even close to knitting socks, so I waited until after the class to go to the shop.  I was able to meet her, see her in action, and have her autograph her books.

There WAS no action.  I’ll swear, the woman was using only the tips of her index fingers to make that sweater (nope–wasn’t knitting a sock) grow on her needles.  How can somebody knit using only two joints????  She says she often reads a book on her iPad while she knits, but yesterday she carried on an easy conversation as she worked on her sweater without looking at it.

Wendy knitting.

I could not relate.  I have to struggle to keep from throwing my arm out of joint when I knit.  No talking, of course; my tongue is usually hanging out of my mouth in concentration.  I have to put my knitting down to even read the pattern.  Bifocalitis.

I’d console myself that at least I’m using more calories, but I understand that Wendy has lost about 30 pounds.  There were no Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Diet Coke beside her as she knitted.

My LYS  is in a small shopping center with a supermarket, coffee shop, a couple of restaurants, and a few small  shops.  I’ve never seen a van like this before and wondered what in the world it was doing there.

Are there sock knitters inside?

On the way home, I did a double take at the sight of a couple of friends taking a bike ride.  I snapped this picture of them while I waited at a stoplight.

Man and Man's Best Friend

I’ll bet that dog gets a real chuckle out of watching dog sled races.

If Dearly Beloved would get one of these contraptions, we could exercise together.

He’d pedal, I’d knit.


9 thoughts on “Circling

  1. Peanut Butter Cups…..and a Diet Coke…My kind of snack. I was sitting in the doctors office a few weeks back and this lady was knitting up a storm…She was making the cutest twisted scarf using varigated yarn…very unusual….she said how easy it is to knit and she wrote down the pattern….I don’t knit so I sent it on to daughter….if your into easy knitting projects let me know and I’ll send you a picture and the pattern….Yes, ofcourse I took out my camera right there in the office and took pictures of it! Hope you having a relaxing fun Mother’s Day…..Sue.

  2. Of course, anyone would take up knitting if there was a Chick-Fila on the way. Love that place.

    U.S. Extradition Service….I didn’t know there was a such thing. Now you have informed the world. They will find out and you are next on their list. I’m pretty sure you will be able to take your knitting with you.

  3. As one who is struggling mightily to keep her dog tired enough to be good, I cannot figure out why anyone would want to give their dog a ride on a bike. Pull the bike? yes. Run along side the bike? yes. Ride ON THE BIKE???? NO WAY.

    And hey, Mary Lee- I know a knitter who uses M&M’s tp count her rows!!!

  4. LYS. LSY. LSD. LDS. My. I am so confused. LOL.

    You m’lady, need to get a phone with a camera, then you will always have a camera on you. Provided, of course, that the phone does not fall through the portal that is inside your mysterious disappearing bag.

  5. Circling. You must live in a great neighborhood. I would like to be able to do a circle and hit all those great spots. Your comment about the dog laughing at dog sledders gave me a laugh! Thanks for that…hope you enjoyed your mother’s day, too.

  6. I gotta be thinking the US Extradition van was letting the prisoners stop for a bite at Chick-Fil-A. Can’t imagine they stopped for latte.

    I am so envious of those skilled knitters who knit complex patterns while not missing a word of the gossip. I can either knit or participate in a conversation, but not both.

  7. You gave me a great laugh. Fun read. Keep us posted on the exercise program 🙂 BTW: if your tooling around town in a carriage does transpire, Wallmart has some sun glasses in the fishing section that are also cheeters (1.5 strength) – and they are polorized – bonus! HEE HEE

  8. Wow, I didn’t know the long arm of the AZPost had already snaked its way to NC! They’re rounding those immigrant criminals up by the van-load and sending them back to the erstwhile law enforcement folk at South of The Border. You and I gotta get out more, girl.

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