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Gerunds

Raise your hand if you know what a gerund is. Sue and Roberta don’t count—we talked about gerunds at dinner the other day.

I hear rumblings from the audience. Don’t you talk about gerunds at dinner? How about Second Law of Thermodynamics? No? Clearly we don’t eat with the same kind of people; but I digress.

Once I spent a year as a high school English teacher. The previous teacher had adorned the walls with posters illustrating parts of speech. Since I didn’t have any decorations of my own, I left them up.

On the first day, one student bopped into class, looked around and exclaimed, “Oh, no, I forgot what a gerund is.”

As I greeted the others with a cheery smile pasted on my face, I secretly cringed. What in the world was a gerund anyway? I looked it up the first chance I had and sighed with relief when I discovered it wouldn’t come up in class for a few weeks.

A gerund is the noun form of a verb formed by using the “ing” ending. For example, if the verb is “to ski,” the noun form is “skiing.” Jan skis every weekend. Skiing is Jan’s favorite sport.

If English is your primary language, you use gerunds all the time without needing to know this obscure word.

I have noticed a new trend—making a verb out of a noun. Like crater. The meteor cratered the ground. Then we transition to the gerund form. Scientists noticed many craterings in the area. I scratch my head. You could have just said “many craters.” That is part of what makes English such an exciting language, and since it is my language, I will continue to go with the flow.

All this is here for the purpose of letting me get used to my new tablet. The touch pad is very sensitive, and I need to avoid touching it while I type. I am trainable and I am learning. It is a great tablet, small and handy, and much easier for carrying around than my laptop. I can fit it in my purse. My husband got it for me the other weekend, and I am delighted with it so far.

I have finished another project off my DO list. My husband is now the proud owner of a pair of green kilt socks to match his vest. I have 14 projects left out of 22. I think I am doing quite well. How are you coming with your DO list?

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Time for Knitting

March 8, 2016

I have been busy lately, but not working on writing projects. That’s okay, sewing and knitting projects are important too, especially paying orders.

I am also working on designing knitted mitts. I love mitts, and I have a few designs with features that I like, so now I am working on coming up with a pattern that incorporates these favorite features:

  • I like a shaped thumb. This allows for some length to be added. Hey, my thumbs need to be warm too!
  • I like a little fancy to them, so I am designing a space to insert lace or cabling.
  • I like a snug cuff.
  • I like the hand part to cover my knuckles.
  • I like the hand part to be smooth with the texture on the back.

When I’m done, I should have a pattern that I can adapt for different purposes and seasons, and even leave plain when the yarn is special and needs to shine on its own.

I have some yarns that I’m looking forward to making into mitts:

  • Self-striping wool in brown, beige and strawberry pink—just like an ice-cream cone.
  • Cotton blend in pastel colors.
  • Wool and silk that is as soft as a cloud
  • Variegated pink
  • Speckles

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These will be going into my Etsy store soon–Misty heather, extra long and very warm; Denim Dream, cashmere and silk, so soft; Spring Blossom, carefree cotton. Which is your favorite?

I had a busy week, and totally forgot to post this last Tuesday. I put it off because I wanted to include some pictures. I got my phone out this morning and grabbed some pics. I also took a picture of my latest completed project. I started this sweater last summer, now it is finished just in time for hot weather. Oh well, it will still be here in the fall, and there may be a few cool days to come.

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I’d like to hear what you look for in a pair of mitts. I might even use your ideas some day!

O is for On the Road

August has been an “on the road” month for me, even if I didn’t wander far from home. The first trip was the farthest—my husband and I drove to St. Louis so I could attend Realm Makers 2015. This is a conference for writers of speculative fiction, and it has become my favorite conference. I love connecting with my tribe and the teaching is fantastic. As an added bonus, we can wear costumes to the banquet. This conference has grown from 75 people the first year, to 150 this year.

After I got home, did my laundry and caught my breath, I was off to the Sunbury River Fest with a couple of friends to set up a booth to sell our books. Tonya sold the most—she happened to see the most people she knew. Susan dressed her brand and got comments on her Barrel Racing prize buckle. I thought my Realm Makers T shirt would gain some attention, but alas, not. The comment I heard the most was, “I didn’t know any authors lived around here.” We always countered with a comment about our local critique group West Branch Christian Writers, but inside I wondered where they thought authors lived.

I thought I had some time to breathe, but last Friday one of my friends called to ask me if I had decided not to go to Women of Faith. I wrote it down wrong in my calendar! She said they were all at the church waiting so I grabbed my toothbrush and a bag and off I ran. I felt a little like Bilbo—off in an adventure without a handkerchief. I am so glad I made it. This year is the last for the Women of Faith tour; they are changing things up next year. It will be called Belong and is geared to meet the younger women. I soaked up the farewell messages from my favorite speakers: Thelma Wells, Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, and Sheila Walsh.

No breathing this week either. Next weekend I will be able to join West Branch Christian Writers at their first Book Fest. I got a tent and a canopy so I’m good to go. I hope it is not too hot. We were saved at the River Fest by the stand next to us that sold lemonade by the quart! I will be prepared this weekend with a thermos of water.

This is a new venture for our group, but I think it will be a good time to showcase our authors and what we write. Let me tell you, there will be something for everyone, every age.

I hope I sell a few books too.