Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Some people LOVE ankle warmers.

About ankle warmers, there are only TWO points of view.

I take a perverse pleasure in observing how some people respond to the offer of a pair of ankle warmers. Some people are very hesitant about accepting even a gift of ankle warmers. I can see their minds working to formulate a way they can graciously decline without hurting my feelings.

The people with the other point of view really LOVE having something to keep their ankles warm. One friend who received a pair sent a message that she had hardly had the ankle warmers off for three days (of inclement weather). Another friend e-mailed that she wanted to buy two more pairs!

Well, the ankle warmers are for sale, in exchange for a contribution to the Kansas Authors Club District 2 Conference 2010 fund.

And I'll keep knitting and writing. Three or four dozen pairs of ankle warmers, and a 95% finished "cozy" mystery manuscript, not a bad accomplishment for 2008. And I have a design for 2009!

Monday, November 3, 2008

My Newest Poem

I sit
and knit.

Lots of ankle warmers. Last month I went to hear Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, who has made an astonishing writing career about knitting. She has written several books about knitting. Not how to knit. Not how-to books with patterns and instructions, but about what sets knitters apart from non-knitters.

I knit. A lot. I knit with a writing pad on my lap. If a stray thought about the book I'm trying to write comes into my head, I hasten to get it down on paper. While waiting for stray thoughts, I knit.

Sadly, I must be getting more knitting than writing done. Why else would I have bushel baskets full of ankle warmers? And I've only gotten to page ten on the novel I'm writing.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


He needs a pair of camouflage ankle warmers.

These are fun to knit. It's fascinating to watch the greens and tans and browns and blacks meld into a pair of cool (no, not cool, but warm) ankle warmers.

If the guy in your life has cold feet, maybe he needs a pair of camouflage ankle warmers.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


Don't go around all winter with freezing ankles. You know the feeling -- your toes may be, well, not warm and comfy, at a temperature barly tolerable, but your ankles . . . with only the thin protection of your socks . . . while the frigid winds whip under your pants cuff . . . it's enough to shiver your timbers.

Your ankles need a pair of ankle warmers. Where can you get ankle warmers? I knit mine. Any color I want.

My favorite pair are blue. I dressed hastily one morning. Instead of hiding my ankle warmers under the cuff of my socks, I pulled them up over the legs of my jeans. Thought I looked dumb. Kept my boots under the table. Even in a drafty room, my ankles stayed warm. Was so relaxed, I forgot I was wearing them.

We engaged in friendly conversation when we rose to depart. I was surprised at Marian's question: "Where did you get your legwarmers?"

My reply: "What color do you want?"

Blue is her favorite color as well. I knit two pairs, one pair slightly bigger. Now Marian can be toasty warm, top to bottom. Like me.