A friend of mine used to teach writing to high schoolers. One of the prompts she liked to assign was describe yourself entering a room. So here’s me:
She has chosen the efficiency of a single trip, risky though it is to balance the daily pack load for three people plus several dozen eggs for the neighbors and the baby propped on her hip. She cants her long body against his soft weight and fumbles for the key trapped in the pocket beneath his plump calf. “This is not working out, Mama!” her small daughter announces, struggling with the locked knob. Then the key is in the slot. She braces against the screen door to hold it open while the child deliberately navigates the single step into the kitchen. She executes the pivot up and in, careful not to scrape the baby’s dimpled knee, careful not to dash the eggs against the doorjamb, careful not to tread on the quicksilver dog eeling out into the yard to snuff the freshening wind after a long day of confinement. The baby is snatching at the sunglasses perched askew on her nose. She notes the transfer of sweet potato from his shirt to hers. She sidles through the kitchen — crunch goes a wayward cereal O near the high chair — to deposit their baggage atop the cumulus on the window seat. They are home.
As this vignette reveals, my world is none too orderly nowadays. Against the clutter and the clamor of daily life, I’ve chosen a clean spare slate for my new virtual digs. I want it to be a calming, pleasant place to come after the babes are abed. I hope you’ll poke around and help me give it life through your feedback, though. I expect to be tinkering a lot in the months to come. All the free patterns from Blue Garter are up on the FREE PATTERNS page above the banner, and more tidily arranged than they were on the old blog so you don’t have to scroll through looking for a particular design. There are more free patterns in the hopper, I promise. Over in the sidebar is a big step for me: my first self-published pattern properly test knit and up for sale under the Whistling Girl Knits label. This represents an effort to bring a little more impulsion to my designing, to put it in the terms I’d use if I were riding a horse. Impulsion is forward energy, driven and directed, not scattershot variable kiting about. I have sketches and swatches and notes for more children’s garments — the realm I live in for the time being, but also good practice for working up to adult things that require more tailoring — and I’m trying to commit myself to bring them fully into being.
As part of this identity shift, I’m now whistlinggirl on Ravelry. And you can reach me by emailing sarah AT whistlinggirlknits DOT com. Let’s raise a glass to a new beginning! Thanks for visiting!
I do the same thing–usually up
I do the same thing–usually up or down the stairs. W wants mama to carry him about 70 percent of the time and M is usually yelling about something so we all go up or down together (50 plus pounds of kiddo that is). Love the new look. And I have to go friend the new you! Xoxo
What a lovely beginning you’ve made! After following you for many years at your last bloghome, I’m delighted to see what you’re doing here. . .
I’m glad to see you are back. I always love seeing the beautiful country you live in and your wonderful descriptions and photography. I would have been sad to miss it.
Love the new blog
And the one before,
But love my Whistling Girl
Love the new blog. It is interesting to watch someone shift into a new world that I am now not too sad to be leaving.
Lovely first post Sarah. I’ve been following you at BlueGarter for ages, moving blogs is like moving house, sad to see the old one go and wonderful to get settled into the new one. Best of luck with this new blog, I’ll be eagerly awaiting each new post.
Much love from Australia,
Just clicked on the old blog to see what was up, and found out you have a new one! time to change the bookmark!
This one is beautiful!
I’ve rekindled my old romance with knitting and in so doing have been spending some time on Ravelry. While exploring what my friends have been up to I found myself here. As many have said I’ve read Blue Garter for years and loved it but this new venture is like a breath of fresh air!!! I love it! So “clean and bright”, warm and welcoming! Your new home is wonderful and your first post has my wheels turning!
Congratulations on the new pattern!!! It’s lovely! While no new bairn to knit for, I’ll save it… the occasion may arise!
Sarah, once again I’m inspired!
Light and love my friend!!
It’s lovely, just what I was expecting of you. I need to do the same with my blog, perhaps this will be the kick in the pants that I need!
Your desire for this to be a place of calm really resonates for me. Yours is one of the corners of the internet I’ve long found soothing and beautiful and inspiring. There’s a centered beauty in your writing and your photos so I’m glad you’ve created a new canvas. Thank you.
I’m behind the times. Very cool!