I’m delighted with the color and shading of Oblation Olive ink! 🖋

ink test of olive green ink

This is a fun pattern to knit! 🧶 It will look gorgeous once it is blocked.

close-up of knitting with blue variegated yarn

📚 Reading: “Riverine” by Danielle Jorgenson-Murray, a beautifully bittersweet story about a woman married off to a river. Published in Reckoning, a journal of creative writing on environmental justice.

Can’t get enough of Lo-Fang’s cover of “You’re the One That I Want”. 🎧 Finally, a version that captures the creepiness!

Next on the needles: I’m practicing YO (yarn over) with this drop-stitch scarf pattern. 🧶

start of a knitted scarf with variegated blue yarn

Pen friends: Oblation Papers & Press is having a sale on fountain pen ink, including their own new brand! Oblation Olive looks beautiful. And peep that dusky purple Kyo No Oto Sakuranezumi. 😍🖋️

The one thing I wanted so badly to give FunkyPlaid for his birthday today was a visit to Scotland, our other home. But we indulged in high tea from Lovejoy’s, and a friend sent some lush Scottish treats. Missing our family and friends there so much!

Novel Eats, our summer of local food carts in the library parking lot, kicks off today with Bubbles & Treats! My drink is the Moxie with coconut milk. So good!

Criminy and Crivens love it when I wind skeins of yarn into “cakes” with my swift. 😻🧶😻

two tabby cats looking curiously at a yarn swift

Finished the triangle garter wrap! 🧶 I’m glad it’s done, but I’ll miss getting lost in the pattern’s cozy simplicity.

dark purple knitted wrap around my neck

I stand by the recommendations in this post, Writing On the Go, with one amendment: After using Field Notes for a while now, I’m switching back to pocket notebooks with Tomoe River paper. Paper preference is so personal!

This week has been such A Week that getting my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was the least notable thing that happened. 🩹 The side-effects were milder this time (whew) and I’ll be fully vaccinated on May 4th!

Whoosh! The time machine of music whisked me back to 1989 Chicago with just the first few notes of “Treason” by Naked Raygun. 🎧 I do not know how the sorcery of Spotify found me out, but there I was, and here I am.

I always feel better after a walk in the sunshine. I wish I would remember that.

bright tulips in the garden

On Tuesday, I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 🩹 The vaccination process was smooth and quick. I experienced mild nausea and dizziness plus a moderate headache for ~72 hours, annoying but expected and manageable. Now I feel great!

Today’s tools: TWSBI Diamond Mini fountain pen, Goby Design pocket notebook with Field Notes inside, and an OliClip. Portable, refillable, and a joy to use.

I learned the 5D’s of bystander intervention at the Hollaback training yesterday. Distract is my go-to, and I want to get better at Document and Direct. I highly recommend this training!

Both kittens absolutely lose their minds when FunkyPlaid closes his door to record a presentation. I’m attempting to distract them, with mixed results. (Crivens will just sit here, thank you very much.)

Housing for everyone. Now.

Candace Avalos column: Our unhoused neighbors deserve a safe and clean place to sleep…

I wish Linky worked with It’s such a great app. Does anyone know how I could replicate this functionality in M.b?

Daphne odora, I love to say your name, to catch your not-quite-citrus and not-quite-vanilla scent on a rain-ridden gust. You and the ocean were my first West Coast crushes. One glimpse and I’m all right.

During my lunch break today, I passed the 75% mark on this triangle garter wrap. 🧶 Each side is now 39” long!

Join me in signing up for this bystander intervention training to stop anti-Asian/American harassment and xenophobia. It’s a one-hour interactive training that is totally free.

Masked and walking past plywood and plastic “dining rooms” encasing friends huddled together in the rainy afternoon. Perplexed and envious at the same time. The word “safe” replaced by “safer”. This moment half-bloomed.

During the drive home tonight, Vienna Teng’s “Level Up” came on. This song … Shivers every time. “If you are afraid, give more. If you are alive, give more now. Everybody here has seams and scars. So what? Level up.”

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I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.