22 Feb 2010


I’m struck this week by the amount of time I am not saving by not knitting. What I mean to say is that, despite my hands being free from knitting during the day, I don’t really seem to have any more time on my hands. Which leads me to realize that I never really knit that much during the day, unless I was working on a pattern. It was, in fact, those evening hours in front of the telly that were the most productive knitting hours. I still haven’t found anything yet to replace knitting in front of the telly, and this is when I miss it most of all.

If it’s not time I’m saving, then I suppose it’s brain real estate which, in my opinion, is just as valuable a commodity. I don’t think about knitting much these days, because it’s rather pointless. Planning the next knitting project is akin to planning my outfit for the talent portion of the Miss America Pageant. Neither are likely to be useful anytime soon.

The space in my brain that’s not thinking about knitting anymore has left room for me to think a great deal about other things. Thinking is the thing that precedes the doing for me, so I am getting a lot of things done in my head. And some thoughts, such as those regarding the application of paint to paper, have actually made it out of my head and into the real world. Painting for me is pure play. Ars gratia artis. (Which, when you think about it, makes about as much sense as gin for gin’s sake, but what the hell.)

In that vein, this week’s Multi Media Monday video is Art, by Andrea Dorfman. Astute listeners will recognize this as a tune I liked well enough to play on the podcast a while back. I love the video that Andrea made to accompany the song every bit as much, and I hope you do too.

Posted on February 22, in Blog


  1. Laia wrote:

    The multimedia video is excellent! Gave me a smile on an otherwise grumpy Monday morning.

    Posted on 2.22.10 ·
  2. Barbara in Santa Barbara wrote:

    I loved this song when you podcasted it, and I love it even more now with the wonderful visuals. I’ve shared the video with the artists in my life, hope they like it too. Thanks, Brenda. I hope your healing is going well. I think of you when I pick up my knitting and imagine having to quit cold turkey as you’ve done. I think it would be torture at first, but as you’re discovering, ultimately the creative juices will just flow along different channels.

    Posted on 2.22.10 ·
  3. Lisa in TN wrote:

    Loved the song and now I love the art with it! Miss you.

    Posted on 2.22.10 ·
  4. Penelope wrote:

    Hi Brenda,

    Just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you, hoping that you heal quickly.

    Penelope in Connecticut

    Posted on 2.23.10 ·
  5. Ruth Temple wrote:

    I love, love, LUFF the song and the art that goes with, thank you.
    Love and exercises and healing to your shoulder, dear Brenda! I’m still working out from a frozen shoulder since last July – repetitive motion strains plus trying to catch the canoe when it tumbled off the car roof once we were safely back home from a week at the Lake* last summer… it comes back, it does, it does, even though today is (a little) achey.
    Healing to you and PT at least as good as I’ve experienced, from the good advice to the ice-packs.

    Posted on 2.25.10 ·
  6. kim wrote:


    thanks for posting the art video again. it is a great song and a great manifesto.
    i like your entries. hope you are healing. I can’t imagine not being able to knit, as my life spirals out of control, it is the thing that keeps me sane.

    Posted on 2.27.10 ·
  7. Colleen wrote:

    Glad to see you’re posting more frequently! I’m really enjoying the updates.

    I’ve been following this blog, and it reminded me of the series you did on “Make Do and Mend”, particularly “Sixty-Six Coupons”.

    This particular blogger has a strong interest in vintage clothing and does her research. She writes well and it’s an entertaining read.

    Check it out when you get a chance.


    Posted on 2.28.10 ·
  8. Leslie wrote:

    Hi Brenda – beautiful shot on the beach! Miss your podcast – I would be happy to listen to your podcast even if you weren’t talking about knitting! So if while you are recouperating….and you feel like pulling up to the microphone…just talk – you have a gift for it!
    Take Care 🙂

    Posted on 3.1.10 ·

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