Things That Never End

The Pete and Repeat joke:

Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off, so who was left?


Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off and who was left?


Pete and Repeat….

The story about the Cowboys Sat By A Campfire Bright:

Three cowboys sat by a campfire bright and one of them said, “Joe, tell us a story!” and this is what he told:

Three cowboys sat by a campfire bright and one of them said, “Joe, tell us a story!” and this is what he told:

The story about One Dark Night Outside The Gates of Paris: (Too long. Plus: I don’t remember exactly how it starts. I’ll get Mom to tell me and post it another time.)

This song:

blueknittingMy knitting.

Lucky for me, I knit because I enjoy the process. This scarf has a pattern to it so, every time I make a mistake — or suspect I may have made a mistake — I have to unravel it to the beginning so I can start counting rows all over again. The paper you see there is the pattern, which I impaled on one of the needles so it can’t get away from me. The red and white thing is my row counter. The neat winding is the lot I haven’t gotten to yet — indeed, may never get to — and the messy lot is my unraveling. The tiny little bit on the other needle is the pitiful amount I have done this time around.

If I ever finish this scarf, I will definitely post a picture.

What else can you think of that never ends?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: How does your main character react to a setback in a project? Does the size or importance of the project make a difference, or is a little one as bad as a major one? ~cough~Mr. Monk~cough~



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Things That Never End

  1. Jane

    April 11, 2013 at 8:33am

    Remember my crochet project in college? Thought that would never end, didn’t you? Secret: It didn’t. I just decided it was done. 😉

    Yeah, I did the zombie college kid thing with it. I would sit on our British TV night and never take my eyes off the screen and just kept on crocheting by touch. Proof that it can be done. (But don’t make me try that these days!)

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      Marian Allen

      April 11, 2013 at 10:49am

      That was a wonderful project! I can’t imagine working by touch. I can barely work by touch, sight, pattern, row counter, two hands, and my teeth.

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  2. Mike Carlson

    April 11, 2013 at 11:59am

    This reminds me of my cross stitch project during school days. It was really tiring but I was glad to see the results that I worked hard for so many nights.

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      Marian Allen

      April 11, 2013 at 3:13pm

      I think cross stitch would wear me out! I enjoy the actual procedure of knitting, so it doesn’t bother me if I have to undo it, except for being frustrated with myself for making a mistake. 🙂 It is nice, though, to be able to wear something I made myself.

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  3. Bonnie Abraham

    April 11, 2013 at 1:10pm

    Have you heard about a wonderful little trick called a lifeline? You take a yarn needle threaded with a different color yarn (usually lighter weight, but not too lightweight; you what it to hold stitches in place if needed). When you get through one repeat of your pattern (or 2 or 3 if not many rows), Run the contrast yarn through all the stitches, next to the cable (and mark the spot on your pattern if it isn’t “repeating”). If you make a mistake later, you can simply rip to that point and slide the stitches back onto the needle ready to cont. Repeat every few repeats (you can use the same yarn each time) so that you never have to reknit a lot. Wish I had known about lifelines when I made my first lace shawl!

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  4. Aaron Brinker

    April 16, 2013 at 12:16am


    The never ending mailbox/phone calls/ e-mail solicitations telling me

    1. I have won 1 million dollars

    2. 52 ways to lose 25 pounds in 2 days

    3. My time-share is waiting “just” for me in the Swiss Alps.

    4. 1600 Easy 10 minute recipes using only Spam.

    5. My long lost relative from Timbuktu needs my personal bank account to help transfer funds into the United States (Bonus time: They will give me a percent for using my account)

    6. An asteroid protection insurance policy with a special message attached, “Did you know that your home is not covered in the event a meteor hits it?”

    I could go on and probably make a nice post out of this. In fact, I might just consider it when I get to the letter “S”.

    Thanks for the great laugh,

    Aaron Brinker aka DadBlunders

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