Couldn’t update for forever, because a WordPress plug-in was acting up and preventing me from logging in. It took me awhile to remember that oh yeah, I can just delete it. Done!

Still barely knitting. Work’s keeping me busy, and all knitting capacity I have right now is being spent on friends’ delayed holiday knitting and in filling requests. Those damn fingerless gloves for guys never do go out of style, do they?

The other knitting-related project is a lot harder: wrangling a knitting group. I’ve been making noise about it lately, and trying to get it rolling for months, and now that the schedule’s well and truly up in the air because of the holidays, people are asking about it right and left. Bah! I’m a horrible promoter, so steering this cantankerous beast is hard work. Arranging, promoting, telling people, talking it up … all to have just the same few people, me and my housemate and two loyal knitters, show up. They’re actually better at showing up than I am, actually.

But Ravelry and other online venues seem to be stirring a little interest, which would be nice. I know I could just surrender and start going to a knitting group in Alameda or Berkeley or one by my work in San Francisco, but it’s frustrating. It’s too easy to give up on Oakland and head for the gentrified parts of the Bay Area instead when you want something. Not many people are trying to generate culture here, right where we live. There are little clusters of activity centered in the factories-turned-artist-lofts along my street, but they go pretty quiet in the winter, when the residents start to feel the effect of large, drafty spaces and poor insulation.

But we’ve got a heater and four couches in our living room, and enough stubbornness for at least four people, so it’s just a matter of time. I’ll keep plugging away at it, and hyping the comfortable atmosphere, the swift and ball winder, and the ferocious devotion to creativity, and eventually people will catch on.