Mea maxima culpa, friends, I got behind. Again. But, I mean, each time I try gets me closer to actually getting down to this being a regularly scheduled business! Never failure, always LEARNING.

These last couple of weeks have been wonky. The kitchen was in shambles, dogs were nuts, snowmageddon hit and the days were full of my annual doc appointments because this is how I show love to myself and my family. I love getting older, there is something about just owning your own space in the world. The older I get, the more of it I happily take up. Also, I’ve been told I have a “really well-developed fuck-off”, which also seems to increase year over year. Because life is too short to care whether your presence/thoughts/opinions/voice/ideas/physical appearance/choices pisses other people off or not.

So, here is a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to!


The shenanigans continued, and after multiple folks coming in, we finally got the cabinet build, countertop installed, microwave installed and the cabinet painted. My kitchen is finally my own again!

Hooray! It’s done.

And, lest anyone forget the trials and tribulations, please see previous posts on Big Red. She was beautiful and completely nonfunctional. Bye, girl.

Big Red, going away

So, what would be the first thing you would cook when you finally have burners again? Well, aside from the grilled cheese demanded of me by my uber-picky and super adorable 9 year old dude? The way I saw it, if you really wanted to test the new burners, you needed to have a recipe that demanded consistent temps. So, I made risotto. I hate risotto. I KNOW. I know it’s unpopular. I’m Italian and how dare I blaspheme like this? Well, friends. It’s true. I grew up eating southern Italian, but I also remember many holidays with my Nona, cooking this mushroom risotto. It was a thing that brings good memories, but also too rich food. I don’t like starchy food, I don’t like bread much, I gravitate to the vegetables. Give me eggplant any day over this mushy hot mess.

Stir until your arm falls off, that’s what I call risotto, for short.

But, it did work, so the cooktop is magnificent. The husband and girl child loved it, the previously-mentioned dude did not. I predicted this, and since I also wanted to eat dinner, also made this quiche, with the world’s most gorgeous fresh eggs from a friend’s family farm. Scroll down for drool-worthy pics.

so so good
Ham, brocolli, tomato and cheese quiche

That does it for the kitchen stuff. Other than this atrocity.


Have I mentioned my son is a blessing? Oy, but when I go to the pantry and find what I think is an empty box (I still don’t understand why they leave empty boxes there, the trash is RIGHT OUTSIDE the pantry), and I roll my eyes and open it…to find…one. JUST ONE. What kind of a monster leaves ONE OREO?? My child kind, I guess. He was not ashamed. Not at all. He couldn’t, in fact, be shamed. He was proud. I have clearly failed in parenting.


But then he did this for hours when Snowmageddon hit here. We got a bunch of ice and then 8 inches of snow. And everything shut down a full 24 hours before the storm. It was 50 degrees and they closed schools, probably because they didn’t know for sure when the ice would hit. But it meant I had three days home with my demon spawn beautiful children who played video games the first warm day. But, then this happened.

Igloo building
trying to sled down while avoiding the tree and the street (child of medical folks here)
Me with the kids, WHO SHOVELED and played in the snow for hours!
Mabel’s Butt

Yall know my dogs, Mabel and Lester.

Pic for attention

Well, Lester loves the snow because we rescued him when we lived in MN. Mabel didn’t know what to think of the snow. Until 30 seconds before this pic. She finally understood it was fun and started tearing around the yard. She’s kinda dumb, but she’s real cute. She loves her toys, and licking her people nonstop.

I also had time to do some reading, and finished this one! It was awesome. Highly recommend, felt a little M Night Shayamalan to me. But in the good way, not the bad recent movies way. You know what I mean.


You can see my Fiber adventures here or I will post separately to a Year or Projects page specifically for the fiber goodness. If you don’t really want to read through my babbling.

First up: The Neifling Hat

I was so proud of this. I wanted to learn brioche. I also learned to fix a mistake or two at a time. I was chugging along so happily.

Happy brioche

But then…three stitches in a row dropped. God, ya’ll. I tried for ages to save that. But i couldn’t. And ripping it back also wouldn’t have been salvageable in the end (I didn’t think), because the double knitted brim made it so hard to pick up appropriately. Please, view my sadness, and cry for me.

The blackness of my soul matched this pile of depression

Next time I will throw lifelines in, because frankly, I can’t think of anything else that would save you if you make the same mistake. I recently got this GORGE set of Chiaogoo Interachangeable needles, and they have a built-in hole to run lifelines as you go. OMG. So amazing.


Next up: DRK Everyday Sweater

This one is chugging along beautifully. I might be in ribbing hell, but it’s nothing compared to brioche murder referenced above, or to sleeve island which I’m sure I’ll be on as well soon. But I love love love this yarn, the Purl Soho Good Wool. It’s sticky enough to know it’s going to bloom beautifully after blocking, but it’s nice to work with and not too smooth. I know it will soften, but it’s actually not a scratchy wool anyway. I’m glad I chose it for this sweater.

Yep, forgot to put a bra on. Whatever, just being myself! It fits well!

I love working with Andrea Mowry patterns, her notes help immensely and her videos save me hours of guessing. I do so love that helpful addition to more modern patterns. The cast on here is the tubular cast on, which is the same as the Italian Cast-on, and it really does give you a much more polished edge. I love it! You can see it at the collar here. I was aiming for a bit longer of a sweater because again, I’m Amazon sized, but looking at it makes me wonder if I should rip back and stockinette a bit longer before beginning the ribbing. But I’ll keep going first to see how long I actually like it, and then place some markers about where I think I’d like it to be instead. That way, it’s not totally ripping willy-nilly.

Next up: I will start The Satellite Shawl from Andrea Mowry. I am hoping I can master brioche in a bigger project when it just has panels of it, I think it will be good practice. I will be casting on this week! Stay tuned for updates on this one!

Also, I am all for taking out knitting books from the library, but there are some I know right away I want to buy. I love supporting these newer designers, and especially BIPOC designers. So, I got this beautify in the mail. I don’t knit with enough worsted weight, so I am challenging myself to try something from here to get more comfortable with the bulkier knits. It’s so worth your purchase, iif you can afford it, and our knitting community needs to be represented by all folks. There is so much room for diversity, and I look forward to supporting all of these designers! Also, I am likewise on a journey of radical self-care. This book spoke to me in many ways, even though our life experiences were different. We are all human, and we could all learn from each other.

Knitting for Radical Self-Care

Also, here is your local spotlight for the week! I stopped in at Persnickety Stitchers, Inc in Zionsville, IN recently. My husband is down the rabbit hole of embroidery lately, and I went to check this place out with my daughter, during our Girl Date. We stopped off at The Lemon Bar for the most amazing lattes and brunch, and then meandered down the old village streets. It’s such a beautiful, charming downtown!

Norah’s Mocha

This store was just amazing. It was quite large, had a ton of luxury threads/floss, a separate room for patterns, and then an amazing canvas section upstairs. They were super friendly, and even gave me a website they could order from if my husband wanted anything they didn’t have in stock. They showed us around and were super available for questions. I really enjoyed it!

Persnickety Stitchers, Inc

What are your favorite local yarn/craft stores? How do you strike up conversations? Sometimes owners can be shy, but I have found that just asking them about their store, and what led them to open it, and what their favorite parts of their crafts are, you really get to know the owners and workers, and they get to share their wealth of knowledge, which is really why these people open these shops…it is usually a passion project. No one goes into owning a yarn shop for the money! But I say I’d rather give my money to them and keep it in our communities if I can.

So, anywho. Let me leave you with why I titled this post Coddiwomple. I saw this on facebook the other day. It spoke to me! THIS is what I am about right now. This is good. And it’s enough. Sometimes we feel pushed to be too productive, and honestly, I think I do my best writing work when I’m under pressure. But, the creativity/ideas/inspo doesn’t come from pressure. I have to be free to let my thoughts wander. That’s where I find my happy place, these days.

I hope you guys are finding some time to just be. It helps. It really does!

Happy Fibering!


8 thoughts on “Coddiwomple

  1. You’ve been busy! Loved seeing your kitchen remodel/upgrade – I think many of us are slogging thru that right now (including me). Lots of fun snow pics and it looks like your son had a BLAST outside, which may explain the need for more Oreos than the average linebacker eats in a month? 🙂 So sorry to hear about your brioche project, but yeah…. lifelines are about the only hope. Otherwise, I think you have to knit a lot (x1 million) brioche projects to get proficient at frogging and fixing them. Your sweater, however, looks awesome!

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  2. Looks like you uave a reason for not blogging for a bit. Remodels suck the life out of a person. Boo on the brioche hat but yeah on the sweater. Looks like everyone (human and critter) had fun in the snow. The stitchery shop is amazing. How nice to have a place like that close to you.


  3. Zionsvillle?? Isn’t that close to Lafayette?? I’m a Purdue grad. Way back when we wrote in the dirt with sticks for our homework. Oh God, med school, please say you aren’t IU grads! 🙂 Well… great learning to use lifelines for Brioche projects. Glad you are willing to try again. That quiche looks amazing!! I love quiche although my diet (lifestyle) now requires limiting it. Lusting over your chia goo needle set. I really do need to just buy the tiny short tip set that I’m had on my wish list for years. I think your sweater looks great but can appreciate hard to tell if you want it a lot longer. I think it will look good personally. I love my local yarn shop as that is how I met all my wonderful knitting friends (taking classes together).

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    1. Eileen White

      Yes! Zionsville is NW Indy suburb. I live in the middle of Indy near Butler, but we lost our LYS during the pandemic. There is another on the NE side of the burbs too. I’ve toyed with the idea of opening one. I’m trying to build a stronger network of fiber in Indy, hoping to connect farms and stores, but I don’t think I want to be tied down to a retail location myself given my kids’ ages and the fact that I want to travel. My husband went to med school at IU, I got my masters in Epidemiology there and then went back to nursing school there. Undergrad for me at Notre Dame, and for my husband at U of Chicago! Small world, lots of friends went to Purdue and loved it! The needle’s heaven. Do it!!

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  4. OMG. Can I just say how much I love your writing! I love the humour and in this post I particularly love your “really well-developed fuck-off” line. I am still working on developing mine but I swear I will get there.
    Yes, trying to fix brioche is like nothing else and I have had a pile of hot mess just like you in the past. Knitting is such a metaphor for life isn’t it? I will check out that book you mentioned. I tell everyone that I knit for my mental health. Sometimes it is all I have to hold on to and in my darkest moments it always saves me. Keep writing. Your posts are brilliant.

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  5. Eileen White

    This is so lovely! Thank youuu. I just peeked at your blog and I luv it too! What a cool project you highlighted on the last post. Thanks for reading!


  6. You’ve been busy! I’m going to have to go read the backstory on Big Red. I’ve always wanted an Aga. I look forward to seeing your shawl. Your brioche looks great. Brioche is beautiful, but scares me, lol. I’d have a pile of hot mess that got sent to the closet to become a UFO.


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