Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yarn Along


 




Knitting AND reading this week.  I think I have actually done more reading than knitting if you can believe that one.  I picked up " The Knitting Sutra" at the library this week.  I'm halfway done with it. Years ago I would have finished it by now but, like knitting, I find I have to be relaxed before I can dig into my book.

At the NH Sheep and Wool Festival Lisa picked out a sock yarn she liked and asked me to knit her socks for her birthday.  Sounded like an easy plan to me.  I'm using the Whiz Bang pattern by Sarah Shoo.  You need something a little more fancy for birthday socks for a knitter in my opinion.  This is just enough variation but easy enough to memorize.  I, of course, changed it up a bit and am doing it cuff down.  Her birthday isn't until October so I'm way ahead of schedule.  And no, she doesn't read the blog so it should stay a surprise.

What are you reading and knitting these days?

Joining Ginny.




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten on Tuesday - Home Sweet Home


Going away is nice but there is no place like home. At the end of the day it feels good to walk through the door. Here are 10 Things I Love About My Home

1. One of the reasons we bought our home was the view. It gets a bit smaller over the years with the trees growing but we still have it. 
2. The creek in the back yard. I love being out there in the Spring and listen to it trickle. It's so peaceful. 
3. The open floor plan. Our kitchen, dining room and living room is all one big space. That was one of our renovations. I really have to dig up some pictures of the house before we added the second story and renovated. 
4. The butcher block. I always wanted one in my kitchen to cook on and for everyone to gather around.
5. My deck upstairs off my bedroom. We don't use it very often (and now it needs repairs) but it's beautiful up there. 
6. My woodstove. For a variety of reasons. Mainly because it keeps us warm. And it's cozy. 
7. My knitting table. I inherited the tall table from my brother and it's filled with all my current knitting stuff. It overlooks the water and it's a peaceful spot.
8. I like where we are located. Close to the beach, close to most stores yet close to lots of land and open space. 
9. The seagulls.  What cracks me up is that they never land in my yard.  They seem to like my neighbors yards.  Hence they don't make a mess in mine.  I do love listening to them squawk.  Sometimes they get pretty loud!
10.  The voices I hear when I walk through the door.  My loved ones are there 

Come and join us over at Carole's.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekending


We fit in a lot this weekend Especially on Saturday since we knew Sunday would be a soggy day.
Hubby did some late gardening.  Pictured above is what's left of his parsley plants after leaving them out Friday night.  We had such a laugh.  Hubby decided he was having rabbit on the grill for dinner.
Thankfully the rabbit hid all day.
I organized my piles of "stuff" (you know - those piles that accumulate and you swear you will deal with them later) and it felt good.
I started a new knitting project and up to the edging on my shawl.
I checked out our beautiful new library.  I love it but it almost feels kind of "empty".  We had a tiny library for a long time and there are nowhere near enough books to fill this one.  It also makes me sad that my daughter, at 20, is finally getting a library she "wants" to go to.  I grew up with one like this and it really encouraged my reading.  So we plan on going every couple of weeks.  
We had company for dinner on Saturday and my daughter was the cook on Sunday for all of us and one of her friends.  She's a pretty good cook! 
And it's a short week, so I am ready to take it on.

How was your weekend?

Joining Karen.

Friday, June 26, 2015

When Real Life Meets Blog Life

When I started my blog years ago it was for the sole purpose of chatting with other knitters, sharing my projects and seeing what others were working on.  Great inspiration!  I found more blogs than I ever thought I would.  I often wonder how much knitting I would still be doing today if not for blogs. 

Over the years I have been able to actually meet some of my fellow bloggers and chat.  It's so much fun to get to really know them.  I'm excited that Jen is flying all the way out here to go to Rhinebeck and we will get the chance to meet this year.  Steph and I are ships that pass in the night on the Cape each summer.  We are going to try and collide this year if possible.  

Last night I got to hang out with Carole and her husband Dale.  That's Dale on the left.  He has a super fun band and I saw them last year and really enjoyed it.  Knitting friends, music and the outdoors.  What is there not to love?  We hung out at the Common in her town and sang and had a good old time till the sun set.  It was a great summer night.  And that talented guy on the right?  His name is Bob and he could use some good healing energy and prayers.  


Who knew a little blog could go so far?  

Have a great weekend everybody.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Random Thursday


It's Thursday and the week is winding down.  Thank goodness.  It's been a long one!  So what's going on?

1.  Knitting is getting back on schedule.  I'm feeling good.

2.  Speaking of normal - I noticed that after being sick I get this huge surge of energy.  Must be stored up from the days of being a sick slug.

3.  By the way - while I was sick, did I take a sick day?  Hahahaha!!!  No.  Came to work.  I came in a little later but I was there.  The only way they can keep me home is with a fever because it would be dangerous to drive.  Especially over two bridges.

4.  My daughter and I are sharing a car.  Her car is suffering from terminal illness.  It has 200,000 miles on it.  Although I hear Nissans can go over 300,000 miles, this one was not one of them.

5.  Vacation this year?  Not happening.  We have to buy her a car.  She chose to stay home for college thereby saving us approximately $30,000 in room and board.  I think we can deal with $3000 for a car for her to get to class.  

6.  I just realized Tour de Fleece starts on the 4th of July.  My plan was to finish spinning my brown fleece and begin the white one for the tour.  I still have another pound of the brown to finish up.  A pound of fiber to spin in a week.  I don't know if that is possible so those plans may have to be altered.  

7.  It's supposed to rain this weekend.  Apparently the weather man doesn't know the rules around here.  No rain on the weekends.  Save that crap for during the week.  

8.  With impending rain the pound of fleece may just get spun.

9.  See Marlow the chinchilla above?  He's just cute and wanted a cameo on the blog.  I obliged.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Yarn Along





So this is a Weekending/Yarn Along post.  I started my relaxing Saturday morning sitting on the deck knitting on a sock for a while. I made great progress on it and my goal was to finish the pair by the end of the weekend. It was possible. I could do it. 

And it came to a screeching halt. By 10 pm I was feeling kind of blah. I would go to sleep and refresh myself and wake up with needles ablaze. 

I felt like a truck hit me Sunday morning. It backed right over me again Monday and I'm happy to say that today the truck has moved on. Three days later I'm feeling refreshed. And ready to take on another sock. 

Joining Ginny



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Honkytonk


So my Honkktonk fiber from Three Waters Farm was dry by Saturday and I skeined it up. I was ready to knit Zuzu's Petals.


I cast on around 9 AM and stopped around lunchtime to do adult things (you know - clean,shopping, clean some more).


It was going along at a rapid pace. I sat back down around 4 and knit on and off till later that night. 


It was washed and blocking by 10:30. Talk about a fast knit!  It's a perfect project to use for all those 4 ounce braids in the stash. It knits up fast.  I think I found a good gift project for the future. 


Nobody is getting this one but me!



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