Wednesday, February 12, 2020

WHAT A WEEK


I use to do a lot of pictures and home made cards years ago. I have since put this craft aside but couldn't part with all the goodies I had acquired over the years, I also couldn't believe how much I spent on all those goodies.
They came in handy with B, we made Valentine Cards for her  friends at pre-school! She had a ball- cutting, stamping, punching, and best of all, GLUING!


It has been a crazy week here! Our house has been on the market and we had a contract that was to close the beginning of Feb. It's hard to close on a SCAM contract! What is really crazy,  no one saw it as a scam but my husband and I, we brought it up 1 week before closing. Because 2 BIG banks, three well known realtors, one big title co. and one lawyer were involved with this deal, no one thought a scam was possible. 
SCAMMERS are good and can blindside anyone!

On to what I have been reading:
The Amazing Thing by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
This is a  great LOL book! 
SPM, I relate to this women and her style of life! She is an incredible knitter yet doesn't take herself too seriously! What is not to love.

One for The Blackbird, One For The Crow by Olivia Hawker
 This book left me thinking for several days! Loved it!

Next up on the Reading Scene:
-Bettyville by George Hodgeman
-Parchment and Old Lace by Laura Childs
-The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear



One of many stacks of clothe that needs to be turned into something, to wear by someone, some time SOON! 


Finished stretched pants for GD-B. She told me her favorite color was blue and that she REALLY liked flamingos. Puddle Duck pattern (jumper/vest) is easy, potato chip knitting.
I think this outfit will be great for those winter days trying to turn to spring days here in Colorado.


Negroni shirt for my son.  I need to spend an hour on this shirt daily. I have to think so hard that too much time gives me a head ache. Where is Jill, my shirt making ninja when I need her? 
I can do this, I can do this, said the old shirt making Mom.


Another pair stretch pants for my girl B. 
I had made her space pants last spring and she wore them so much, she wore them OUT.
Wouldn't you know it, I had more material in the back room, otherwise known as 'the store;-]

I have been working on several other projects this  past week, (stress, it can be a motivator), but I'm not to a point to show them yet. And if you're wondering, I haven't left my home for several days and that's OK with me. 

Hubby is getting some new teeth today, he is so excited. We are celebrating with a dinner out this evening.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

WEDNESDAY!!!


I casted the Sockhead Cowl on after I saw it on Highly Reasonable blog. 
I'm not really a fan of variegated yarn, but found this in my stash and said: "perfect."
This is my 'take along' knitting, so it will be slow going and that is fine by me.



Winding yarn for next project -Puddle Duck. Yarn-Malbrigo, Rios, Paris Night color.
The color is so RICH and it's GD's favorite color: Blue.


Negroni shirt being cut out for my son. This will be the fifth Negroni I have made and love this pattern, it's magic! 


Finishing tonight, Neck Down Cardigan by Pure and Simple.



Finished and ready for the post office.
Archer Shirt by Grainline Studio.
I was not super impressed with the directions for this shirt, I had to go to several resources to understand how to sew this shirt together and often felt 'why are you doing it this way?'
I am going to sew another Archer shirt, I have the fabric and since I put in the research time, it should go smoothly.

This has been a wild week thus far for my household-
House contracts
Iowa 
SOTU speech.
I may need to cast on five new projects to keep my BP calm and stable and my thoughts occupied!
Oye Vey.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

BEFORE ME












I have a thing for old things, I do! I love going to barn auctions, flea markets and antique shops in small towns. My house is not filled with ‘antiques’ but, it is filled with furniture, pictures, quilts and dishes from two generations back, from both my husband’s and my family. I really have a thing for ‘family things,’ I can’t  get rid of them. 
When first married I couldn’t afford big  antique items, like furniture or china so I was the girl that family members gifted their old furniture and china to, and now 40 plus years later I have a house full, ( many items are now considered true antiques). Patience was on my side. I love having the connection with our great grandparents, grandparents and parents through their furniture and household items. Thinking about how they used and made a home with these chairs, couches and tables, the family dinners that were served with the china and silver ware sets, that now serve my family. It all makes family get togethers special!
Since I am no longer a collector of household items, I have come to a new interest of old buildings, mostly buildings that are no longer in use, but have not been torn down. Buildings that have stood the test time of usefulness, weather and the prairie. I drive country roads, many dirt roads, to take pictures of old buildings. Who lived in these old buildings and who went to the out buildings to milk the cow and gather the eggs in the predawn hours? 
I believe that my desire for the  connection to the past is in my very soul and that my love for doing things,( quilting, knitting, spinning, canning, etc.) is so much a part of my life. I don’t live in the past, but I do need to pull the past with me in order to live in the ‘now.’
And, who doesn’t want to be remembered when gone by someone in the present? So, I wonder and think of these people of the past and what their lives were like. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

UNRAVELED WEDNESDAY






It's been over a month since my last post! I'm still wrestling with, do I like having my life on the open internet? Mind, not that it is a very interesting life, I strive not to be interesting, just normal-low key, doing things I enjoy. I guess, I will give this blog another run and if I get 'trolls' I will rethink "why am I blogging?'

A two sweater finish for January, both sweaters started in October and November, [ I am not a fast knitter, just steady.] The mustard sweater is for my daughter and the green one for my DIL. They both were very happy with their sweaters and I am sure will get lots of wear from these wooly goodness. 

Sent home the quilt,[pictured above] with my kids from Chicago. I am soo privileged that all my children love my quilts and always welcome the 'next one' into their home and lives. Fills my heart with joy. 

Doesn't that tray of snacks look amazing! Caitlin is amazing in the kitchen, perhaps that is why she is owner of a Coffee & Pie shop! The Charqcuterie Board was our meal on Christmas Day watching movies... ALL- DAY -LONG! No one even got dressed on Christmas Day, it was PERFECT!

2020, I have several plans in the 'making' world. Some shirts for my son, quilts, ( finishing up several UFO's), dresses for me and Daughters, and of course knitting! Their will be lots of reading as well. 
First up on theReading list:

Sandra Dallas: The Christmas Quilt
Sandra Dallas:Whiter Than Snow
Miss Read: Village Centenary
(I need some lite reading)

Joining up with Kat



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

MAKING










After up loading the pictures for the Yarn Along post, I realized that we have been doing a lot of making around here. 
Makings that's been happening here:
-Cutting wool strips for wool rug
-Knitting Shore Sweater #4 (love this sweater as does every recipient of the sweater)
-New pillow cases, using some old lace I found at the bottom of a box
-Bread, made fresh (every other week)
-Beef stock
-Play dough (this is Eric's thing to make with the littles)
-A town of blocks
That's a lot of making going on and I love, love it!

Reading
Wisdom Distilled From The Daily : Living The Rule of St. Benedict Today


Monday, November 11, 2019

HELP



It's Monday and snowing here on the Front Range, it's also COLD COLD COLD. A great day to make some soup, watch Veterans Movies, sew and or knit or do some rug hooking, possibilities endless. 
The stripey quilt above is for children on the border, separated from their parents and being held in a building...grrrr!  I thought America was a country that stood for Human Rights? 
If anyone is interested, I will send and/or post about the organization that is distributing these tokens of 'I care and I know what my government is doing, and it's WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!"(my words, not the organizations words.)

I need help! What do bloggers using Blogger do about people visiting your site, people that one doesn't want on your site. How do your protect your blog?
Do I need to move to Word Press? Not post any pictures of my kids? Or, stop posting completely?
Any thoughts, suggestions!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

KNITTING and READING








Halloween was cold here this year and we looked more like an advertisement for 'all things knitwear' than Cat Girl! Mom and Grandma had on far more knitwear to walk around with the littles and we didn't stay out long or go far!
I completed 3 sweaters and a pair of socks last month, not bad for me. Also, working away on my wool rug, this is a slow process but I love to do mindless things over and over again. 

Books I have been reading: Just Mercy.  This book is an eye opener , very disturbing read on our justice system, yet so important to read and change the corruption with in our system. The racial discrimination is nothing short of criminal and heart breaking!  Just Mercy is a book I have to read slowly, it gets overwhelming for me.

FALLING UPWARD: A SPIRITUALITY FOR THE TWO HALVES OF LIVE.
I'm giving this a 5 star. Having become discouraged to down right angry with American Christianity over the past 3 years, this book looks at Christianity from a total different viewpoint. Richard Rohr a Franciscan priest is refreshing to read. 

I'MSTILL HERE: BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS:
Another hard read but needed read! I find it is good to look at issues through others' eyes. So much to think about and learn.

I must say though, I need to find a fictional escape book, I'm feeling overwhelmed with the above much needed reads. I need time to percolate and reframe much of my previous ideas and learn ways to move forward in more meaningful ways. 

Please join me over at Ginny's blog
and Kat


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