Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

Well hello there - it's been a few weeks.  It's nothing personal - I just haven't been very active "socially".  In real life I have been having fun so let's talk about it. It's actually great timing with Carole's prompt today.  Here are five of the best things I did this summer:

1.  Took our annual trip to the Cape.  We made a couple of different stops this time, including Cape Cod Beer and Cape Cod Chips.  We went to a different beach (which I can't remember the name of but it was a small one).  We had our favorite pizza from Joey's, checked out the town of Hyannis and relaxed.  

2.  I did a lot of spinning outside.  Some at events like this past weekend at the Pardon Grey Reserve which is right in my town.  

3.  I spent a lot of time near the water.  I found a lot of peace there.  I love the sounds and the smells (unless it's low tide - ick!)

4.  We worked on the back yard and did some rearranging.  The deck was rebuilt and we spent a lot of time outdoors.  We even got an outdoor heater to extend the season!  Surprisingly we haven't had to use it yet.  

5.  We went to the boat races in our back yard.  It's always a lot of fun and it wasn't nearly as hot as it was last year!

And now the reality is that Fall will be upon us.  I do love this time of year.  And I have some fun plans.

1.  I'm going to Rhinebeck!  I wasn't sure if it was going to happen but it is and can you believe it will be my first Sheep and Wool of the year?
2.  Reading.  I read a lot over the summer and I intend to keep it up now that the cooler weather is coming.
3.  Going back to the Cape.  We will be our there again in a couple of weeks for an extended weekend to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday (I know - how did THAT  happen?).
4.  Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I have already been starting my Pinterest lists.
5.  Knitting some sweaters.  I already started one and hope to get another one done by Christmas (I actually have two that I started last year that I'm undecided on - I will continue with them or rip them back).

So tell me about your Summer (since I have been sorta absent) and what fun stuff you have planned for this Fall.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yarn Along

Long time, no blog!  I kind of took the summer off.  There wasn't a whole lot of knitting done and life became the "summer usual".  But now there is lots of stuff on the needles so let's chat.

I'm working on a version of the Campside Cardi.  I say "version" because the pattern does not have larger sizes (which annoys me sometimes, I have to tell ya).  So what I am doing is using the top of Less Is More and the bottom of Campside.  So I will have a Frankensweater of sorts.  I'm using some of my hand spun stash which is an alpaca/shetland wool blend.  I have had it for years and I'm thrilled to finally be using it.

Reading - there has been a lot of that going on this summer.  Right now I'm reading Casting About by Teri DuLong which is part of the Cedar Key series. Very light reading and I am enjoying it.

So what's on you needles these days?

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Lots of time outside is what the weekend was mostly about. There were times when we took shelter in the AC for a while only to return to the deck until the mosquitos chased us inside. I slept in both days which felt wonderful. Why does the heat knock me out?  I spent a lot of time crocheting, spinning, knitting and reading. We tools stock of how the plants are growing. They just thrive in this humidity. I heard the first cicada sing its song which made me sad. I remember my grandma saying that meant summer was half over. Not my summer!  I'm holding on as long as I can!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Yarn Along

It's Tour de Fleece time which means that while the wheels are turning on the bikes in the Tour de France my wheel is also spinning. And since my goal for this tour is to spin as much of that Shetland fleece as I can it may get boring folks. I have approximately 900 yards spun already. And most days are looking like the photo above. 

I'm reading "A Turn In The Road" by Debbie MacComber. I'm only 5 pages in so no opinion yet. 

So what are you reading and working on these days?

Ten on Tuesday

I pretty much summed up my very long weekend yesterday. In the spirit of Carole's Ten on Tuesday lets get into some detail. 

1. Spin for Tour de Fleece
2. Finished 2 books and started a new one
3. Caught up on podcasts
4. Watched a lot of fireworks!
5. Did some blanket knitting 
6. Cared for the patient - aka the hubby
7. Made an ice cream cake like my gramma used to do. With Saralee pound cake. Yummy!
8. Appreciated the generosity of neighbors. One does an amazing fireworks display every year which I am sure is not cheap. Another came over and mowed the lawn so hubby didn't have to worry about it while he recuperates. 
9. Looked through my collection of bags. Bags of all sorts. Let's just say that yarn and fiber are not my only stashes. 
10. Relaxed. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016


The weekend was not the weekend we had planned. You know what they say about plans though.....

So hubby woke up at 5 AM Thursday morning saying he didn't feel good at all. As a matter of fact he felt so bad that an ambulance ride was called for. After a few days at the hospital he was diagnosed with an ulcer - one that was bleeding so bad a blood transfusion was almost necessary. He was discharged late on Friday with meds and some dietary restrictions and we were ready for a quiet weekend at home. And so we did just that. 

While he rested I started my Tour de Fleece project which is continuing to spin on my Sherland fleece. I worked on a sock that I started in the hospital. We relaxed a lot, enjoyed a Cotton Candy flavored slushy, knit some more and read. 

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Yarn Along

Last week I found a blanket made of hand spun scraps while on Ravelry. Needless to say I started one. I don't have nearly as many hand spun scraps as I thought I did. Hmmmm....  I'll be spending some time in the yarn room organizing this weekend. There has to be some hiding. 

I'm finishing up "Hannah's List."  This is my least favorite of the series so far. In the meantime I got a happy email yesterday from the library saying "A Man Called Ove" was available for download. So I'm listening to that and enjoying the old guy. 

What are you reading and creating these days?


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