I love Sophia.Â Â She is smart.Â She if funny.Â She knows how to make very good French toast.Â But she’s not perfect.
“When are you going to learn to knit?”Â I asked.
“I’m not interested in knitting.”
“Knitting is very hot now as a hobby.”
“Shhh.Â I’m reading about playing Texas Hold-em.Â That’s what I’m interested in.”
“The house is drafty.Â You can knit me a willie warmer.”
“Why don’t you just wear pajamas?”
“It’s just not the same.”
“Use a sock.”
My new approach to life is to look at everything in a positive way.Â Â I need to accept the fact that Sophia was not put on this Earth to knit me a willie warmer.Â Â
Maybe the gods are teaching me a lesson.
“Stop being a man with such a dependent personality structure!” bellows one of tough-ass gods.Â “You can’t depend on Sophia for everything!”
One of these knitting bloggers is Laurie.Â She writes the popular Crazy Aunt Purl.Â Â Her blog isÂ about knitting and cats…Â but mostly aboutÂ her life.Â Â She’s very funny.Â On paper, I have as much in common with her as I do recent guest poster NSC.Â But that’s what makes the blogosphere such a special place.Â Â You learn to relate to all different types of people with all different types of interests, and you can connect in ways that would never occur in real life.Â Â
Recently, I’ve been bad-mouthing blogging as “inferior” to actual real-life interaction, but I’m changing my mind.Â On Monday night, I had dinner with Hilly and Karl.Â We had a wonderful time, and I had to remind myself that I wouldn’t even KNOW these friends, orÂ even hadÂ met them if it weren’t for blogging.Â And I wouldn’t have “met” Laurie, even though we live in the same city.
Laurie just wrote a book that is now in pre-order at Amazon.Â It is titled Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split.Â
Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair is the irreverent first-person narrative of a contemporary, displaced Southern woman facing life after her husband leaves her to “get his creativity back.” With infectious humor and heart, she explains how she gets her groove back after finding herself alone in a rented house with four cats, a mountain of boxes and a slightwine-and-Cheetos problem. Reeling from the sting of divorce, it is the hobby of knitting — and the adventures it leads her to — that keep her from “directing traffic in her nightgown.”
Readers will laugh and cry with her as she gets dumped, makes new friends, gains weight (aka The Divorce Diet), travels abroad, and navigates the ins and outs of the modern dating scene. With her sense of humor and broken heart, she chronicles how “picking up sticks” helps her to pick up her life.
Most of you know how much I hate pimping my blog out to promote someone else, so you can just imagine the huge crush I have on Laurie.Â I will even make a one-time unique promotional offer — the first person who tells me in my comments that they have ordered Laurie’s book through Amazon, will also get a special gift.Â I will kick my dependent personality in the butt and I will KNIT YOU A WASHCLOTH by myself!Â That’s right, although I have no idea how to do it, I will learn!Â Neilochka of “Citizen of the Month” will use his hands for something other than typing on the keyboard and uh…uh… well, whatever — to knit you a first edition “Citizen of the Month” washcloth.Â Imagine — you can be the envy of all your friends.Â
Right now, I am just offering one washcloth, since it will probably take me three months to do it.Â Once I get really good at it, then I will open up my online store.