W.I.P. Wednesday: A Shawl, A Sock, and a Ship-Full of Crazy


Well, hello. It’s a been a while.
That’s for another post.
For now, let me return to my roots:
yarn, books, gardening,and the like.

The Shawl

I’ve been working on this shawl for some time now. It’s a prayer shawl for my church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. I’m knitting it in Lion Brand Homespun. I think the colorway is “Mediterranean”, but I’m not sure. The shawl is a long stole, knit in garter stitch, and is taking forever! It’s gotten too unwieldy to tote around, so it’s a “couch project” now, and doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

The Sock

I’ve been knitting this sock for a while, too, though not nearly as long as the shawl. These are “plain vanilla” socks in Knit Pick’s Felici. I’m not using a pattern as such. It’s more of a formula that I’ve worked out for my own feet. If they look Halloween-ish, they are. πŸ™‚ The colorway is “Spooky.” I love it! I’m very nearly to the heel, and then it will be smooth sailing all the way to the cuff. They’ve been set aside for another project that I’m not posting publicly yet.

The Ship-Full of Crazy

How have I never read this book?!
I have never belly laughed so hard at a book as I have at The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Oh my word! I’m actually listening to it on Audible, and the version I’m listening to is read by Stephen Fry. I can highly recommend it. He does the voices. It’s hysterical! I’m at a point where something terrible is occurring, and the ship’s computer is warbling “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as the crew panics. When I tell you I guffawed… πŸ˜‚ Being an avid supporter of Liverpool FC (YNWA is their anthem) made it even more funny. I’m going to be a bit sad when this one is over. Dare I “read” the rest of the trilogy?

So, that’s a little update on what’s on my needles and in my ears. What are you working on? Reading? Listening to? I’d love to know.

In The Wee Hours: My Cousin Evie


The sun has set on International Holocaust Remembrance Day this year, but that doesn’t mean the remembrance should ever end. I’d like to introduce you to someone very special. This is my cousin Evie, and she is a Holocaust Survivor.

Photo taken at the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in 2017. Evie worked to complete this memorial site.

Evie was just two years old when the Nazis rolled into her hometown of Vienna, Austria. In the videos below, she tells the story of her miraculous and harrowing escape to freedom with her parents. They were the lucky ones. Most, if not all, of her extended family perished in the Death Camps.

I’m sharing these videos here for two reasons. The first and most important is that the Holocaust should never, ever be denied or forgotten! There are very few people left alive who can give a first hand accounting of the atrocities perpetuated by the Nazi regime. It is our duty — my duty — to amplify their voices and remember their stories. The second is purely that I want to be able to quickly find these videos so that I can fulfill that duty.

It’s my honor to present Evie’s story here. Please give it a listen and share it.