Friday, September 05, 2008

Autumn Biking

Yesterday I convinced Hannah that she should ride to school (I bribed her with the promise of Jamba Juice after classes) so we huffed and puffed and made it by the bell!

Today she missed her bus, so when I told her, "Well, we'll just have to ride!" the look on her face was a cross between horror, hatred and pure desperation. When she realized I was serious she gamely put on her helmet, pulled her bike off the porch and we took off for a ride to her Jr. High.

We made it before the bell (yay!) and I feel very satisfied that SHE knows that she has the power to get her butt to school in 15 minutes if she needs to. So far so good on the Jr. High front...

We were talking about bikes yesterday, she wondered who invented them and was surprised when I said they hadn't really been around THAT long - just a little bit longer than the car.

The feeling of power and freedom - independence - that I feel when I ride a bike are amazing, it must have been so intoxicating for the first bicyling women, that sense of control.
"Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.
It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance." Susan B. Anthony (1896)
I love my bike.

Color Fast
I haven't been writing about my knitting much because I've been struggling with the same *&#(@ colorwork project - a very small one - for over a week now. It's slow going, but when it works it will be - okay. I'm making a set of wrist warmers on dpns showing a few simple colorwork techniques for Knitting Daily TV, I'll be shooting it in Cleveland on 9/16.

While I'm in Cleveland I'll be teaching some classes at Stitch Cleveland on 9/16 & 9/17 (info's not posted yet, but I'll do an evening and daytime Combo class, and an evening Mitered Bag class) and hopefully doing some book signings!

Speaking of the books, I drove over to the printer yesterday and okay'd the proof - it was terribly exciting! I've okay'd proofs before, but this felt different - so special - and the book is going to look AMAZING! I really like my printer, Bookmobile. They do great work, they're at a good price point, and I can drive over and pick up my books (thus saving those extremely high shipping costs!)

Today if life goes well I will get a bit further on the shaping article (yes, still not done...) and I'll get the colorwork conquered. Small bites, one at a time!
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Blogger Sel and Poivre said...

Your activity list wears me out! I don't know how you do it all!

September 05, 2008 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Luise said...

Go, Annie! Despite the roller-coaster of your life, you're a common-sensical, no-nonsense mom. Indeed, biking can liberate one in many ways.

September 05, 2008 11:29 AM  
Blogger knittingwoman said...

I know what you mean about riding a bike:) I started riding again about 4 years ago at the age of 45 and I love it. I live in a fairly small town where I can ride downtown in about 20 minutes etc.
I love my (silly brompton folding) bike too.

September 05, 2008 11:36 AM  
Blogger grey eyes said...

that is the best graphic ever! you need to use that on your holiday cards. hahahahahahaha


September 05, 2008 12:03 PM  
Blogger Wilma said...

I just returned from picking up my 1972 vintage Schwinn 5-speed from the bike shop. It's had a complete tune-up, and the plan is for my 7th grade daughter to start using it for her school commute. Her school is about a mile and a half away, and the bus ride takes 45 minutes! I'm thinking she will love the freedom of being able to stay a few minutes later to chat with friends, or work on a school project, and she'll be able to sleep a little longer in the mornings too. She's exclted about the "retro" look of the bike (it was brand new when I bought it). Let's start a trend of getting kids to enjoy going to school independently on their bikes.
Good luck to Hannah!

September 05, 2008 2:45 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

Oh, Annie, you are getting to Cleveland a day after we leave! We're going to help Karen shop for her wedding dress (no, I'm not knitting her one, do you want to volunteer?). It would have been fun to meet up away from home, but I hope to see you back here in the TC soon.

September 05, 2008 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

OMG! You are trying to ruin your daughters whole life by riding WITH her to school! Don't you know that Jr. High kids don't want to be seen with their parents...When my son was being a pain, I used to say "Bye Honey" really loudly when I dropped him off at school, and honk and wave. PRICELESS!!

I love payback...

September 06, 2008 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Martha said...

Annie, I just got a postcard from my temple announcing an author event with Annie Londonberry and her book Around the World on Two Wheels. Check it out on Amazon It's about a Jewish woman who rode around the world in the 1890's. Love your graphic

September 06, 2008 1:44 PM  

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