Cabin fever

Over a foot of snow fell here last week.  One day we got 9 inches, then a few mornings later, we woke to 4 more inches on top of that.  The temp has been in the deep freeze until today.  The streets are a mess; the sidewalks much worse.  I’ve managed to get out for some snow walk/runs, but I’m really ready for an actual run.  Hopefully this weekend.

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I confess, Winter is getting old.  I’m ready for Spring; the wind, the rain, the tornado warnings.  Okay, not the tornado warnings.

A couple of weeks ago, while stuck indoors, I started cleaning out my yarn stash, and boom.  The knitting muse struck.  I got this sudden urge to use up as many yarn scraps as I could.  I also wanted to get some more use out of those ridiculously expensive size-35 circular knitting needles I had to special order for the Katniss cowl project.  So, voila.  An unusual neck scarf.

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I’ve worn the scarf on errands a couple of times, over my red down coat.  It gets noticed, and I’ve gotten some compliments on it.

And here’s a sneak preview of the cardigan I’m working on.  I need to finish the front closure and the sleeves.  Then I’ll post more views.

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And, when this free download pattern for knitted USA mittens came in the weekly Lionbrand newsletter, I couldn’t resist.  I’m working on the mittens while watching sports on TV.  One mitten is done; I’m about halfway through the cuff on the second one.

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The pattern can be downloaded from here.  (You might first need to register with Lionbrand which is free.)

Have a lovely, lovely Valentine’s  Day!

Long Time Gone: the autobiography of David Crosby

By David Crosby and Carl Gottlieb.  First, a Crosby song to play while reading if you choose.

Man, I really disliked this book for the first 150 pages.  I’m not sure why I kept reading.  Those early pages covered his days growing up as a school boy, so it shouldn’t have bothered me so much.  Heck, nearly every memoir starts out with the childhood.  But I found him particularly cold and unlikeable as a youth, and that bothered me.  I felt the written account was either lacking something to make me see his human side, or that he had more problems than just the well-publicized addiction of his adult years.  I almost stopped and gave up on the book several times.  But then I started to get into it, and eventually it became a compelling read for me.

The book was co-written in a unique format.  It was a compilation of recollections from the people in David’s life, and then David’s take in his own words, on these same events.  This was often confusing, in that it required effort to keep track of who was telling the story at any given time.  But it was interesting, being able to read parallel versions of the same events; and sometimes hilarious, when two versions of the same story were wildly different.  There were many moments when I was reminded of this old SNL skit.

He wrote about his beloved boat and his love for sailing.  He wrote about the significant women in his life, the way he used them, and how they used each other, and the impact of a devastating personal loss.  He wrote about his guns, band mates, producers and managers.

This video opens with a taste of his stage persona in 1967.

The hardest parts of the book came in reading about all of the times David shafted his friends who reached out with their own personal resources and support, with staggering generosity, to save him from his addiction.  David has had some amazing, loyal friends in his life.

The most insightful parts of the book were his description of his progressing addiction from the addict’s point of view.  Those stark truths would give anyone cause to reflect.  The most fascinating aspects of the book were reading about all of the other famous rock and roll legends that David has worked with or hung out with in various settings throughout his career.  This book covered a mind-boggling who’s who of 1960s and 70s California rock music, and in David’s case the connections were real.

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David has since written a second memoir that is still on my to-read list.