Sunday, April 29, 2012

{Weekending}







This weekend was spent with family. Dad and Fara needed a "Chase fix" and planned to visit for the weekend at the last minute. They actually drove and arrived shortly before midnight on Friday. They're still weighing the pros and cons of long distance travel. Dad is moving around more, but it wears him out.

It was wonderful to have them in town, even for a fleeting moment.

Joining with Amanda.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Knitting Event?

As knitters, we often spend our time knitting for others instead of ourselves. I know that recently as I have been blog hopping, it seems a few of us, including myself, have stolen a few moments to knit something for ourselves, but really, we knit to give mostly, right?


So I was thinking I would like to host an online knitting gift event. The idea is that those who participate will receive a hand-knitted gift from someone else. Neat, yes?

Here are the details I have written up so far.

1) We will knit either a cowl, a shawl, or a scarf with the yarn we are given. It can be any pattern of the knitter's choice.

2) Each participant will supply their own yarn for their own gift. If you have 3 skeins of purple and no idea what to do with it, toss it in! The more yarn you have to put in, the more options your knitter will have.

3) Those participating can send their yarn to me. Once all the yarn has been received, I'll have Chase draw names so everyone gets a stash of yarn to work with. I'll then send out the yarn to the new recipients including the addresses of who the gift will go to. 

4) I figure we'll start this as a summer knitting gift project. That means you can work on your project from June through August. We'll put a deadline on finishing the project as Labor Day (September 3rd). Then we can send our finished projects back to their owners (and if we want to include little goodies from our neck of the woods, that would be nice, too).

5) I'll start collecting interested participants today, and post this every Wednesday for the next three weeks after my Yarn-Along. I would like all the participants to send their yarn no later than May 25th so that I can turn around and send the yarn to the knitters by May 29th (the day after Memorial Day).

6) With three months to knit, this doesn't have to be done immediately. It'll be a nice project to work on over the summer. In case three months doesn't seem long enough, we can bump it out an extra month.

7) This is open to EVERYONE! Mom is going to participate. If you have an allergy to a specific yarn, make sure you make a note of it when you send your yarn to me (so if you have an allergy to wool, I'll make sure you're paired with someone who provides a non-wool fiber).

8) No posting pictures of your projects until September. That way it can stay a surprise as to who is knitting with YOUR yarn!

So I guess the question is.. is anyone interested in doing this? Let me know!

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things...

I can't believe it is Wednesday again already! I'm not quite sure where this week has gone, but I hope it slows down just a smidge over the next couple of days. We're busy spring cleaning for visitors due in this weekend and later next week!


When Lori mentioned knitting pockets for her upcoming trip to Africa, I knew it was something I wanted to take part in. Here are the ten pockets I worked up and will be sending to Lori tomorrow. I actually made another one for Chase to send to his pen pal in Alabama.

You can't tell from this picture, but there are two things different about my shawl. One, I am now on a 24 inch circular instead of a 16 inch (hey.. this is a big step!) and two, there is a strand of dental floss running through my shawl.

Have I mentioned before that Barbershop conventions are great for socializing with other knitters? I sat next to the wife of one of the chorus directors and we chatted between sets about all things knitting. She was working on a lovely dress for one of her granddaughters, I was working on my cardi. I had mentioned how I wanted to work more on my shawl, but I was afraid to take it out of the house for fear of a dropped stitch. Last week at knitting group, my new buddy was working on the last two rows on her shawl and she dropped a section (she was able to pick them up with careful work, thankfully!). And since this is the second go-round of my own shawl (thanks Wolfie!), I am babying it.

Well this wonderful woman said you never ever rip stitches out if you have a back-up. Dental floss. She said after each pattern section (so every 12 rows on this shawl pattern), run dental floss through the stitches and tie it off. Light bulb! Why hadn't I thought of that? When we got back from our trip, I quickly picked up my shawl and finished off the repeat section and strung dental floss through it. I felt so confident with this new tip that I actually took my shawl out to the coffee house yesterday morning and knitted for a bit.

So there you have it my friends. In case you didn't know, dental floss. :)

And yes.. I have started reading (and trust me, I'm only 20 pages in right now). I bought Wishes & Stitches by Rachael Herron a while back, but I hadn't actually started reading it until Monday evening. Again, distracted with projects and company, so I haven't gotten too far with it. We'll see if I can make a dent in it later this week!

Happy Knitting!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

{Weekending}

Joining up a bit late with Amanda..



This weekend was full of singing. Lots of singing. It was the Pioneer District (all of Michigan and Windsor, CA) spring competition.

Things kicked off with the quartet qualifying round Friday night, followed by the chorus competition Saturday morning/afternoon, and the quartet finals in the evening.

And afterwards.. singing in the halls, the conference rooms, all over the place. Being able to sing with visiting groups from other districts and those within the district.

Oh and seeing Steve dressed in a tuxedo is always a plus.

Congratulations to the Harmonizers for placing third in our district, and first in their plateau! And congratulations to Chordiology for placing third in the quartet competition and to Meta-4 for placing fourth! 

Until next Spring... 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

needle and thREAD



needle and thREAD


I will go ahead and admit now, I haven't started any new reading other than the magazines I mentioned yesterday. I'm starting to feel a bit guilty about that. I think one reason I haven't picked up a book in the past two weeks and have stuck to magazines is that they're quick reads.So much has been going on over the past two weeks, that even my knitting is taking a hit. Okay, enough excuses, on with the sewing!



I'm a plus-sized gal. And I'm not talking "I'm a size ten" plus-sized gal. I see so many cute, little bloggers who post pictures of their simple little tops and I wish I had them myself! This past weekend I was determined after seeing a very nice, simple top over at SouleMama's that I fell in love with to find a suitable pattern for my size. I found a pattern and then found the material on sale(!) and made plans to sew everything that needed sewing (I have been putting a stack together) this week.

It just so happened that my car was in for repairs all day Tuesday so I was at home with a stack of projects to work on. I cut out the pattern before Chase went to school, then I set up everything in the dining room to start working.

I've never made a shirt before. I was just a tad bit nervous. All of our hand sewn pajama bottoms my Mom has made us (it's always been easier to send her the thread and the fabric).

I love this pattern. And I love my shirt! I think that the next one I will make a bit longer, but in the end, I love it so much.

The stack of denim? Those are Chase's pants that have holes in the knees. We're so close to spring weather and shorts all of the time, but a few pairs of jeans need patching. Done!

I didn't sew as much as I had planned, but that just means I have more projects for next week.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things...



Last week Steve was working in Evansville, Indiana again and on his way home he stopped by Mom. He brought home not only a rocking chair, but a box of things she has been wanting to send up to me including her stash of knitting magazines. I have a couple of these already, but I still love going through them for ideas. Mom wants me to decide on a sweater for this year (which I had, but she doesn't love the pattern). There also was a magazine about tomatoes -- growing, eating, everything to do with them. Steve snatched it the other day and I can't find it! He was going to earmark the recipes he wanted to try and the last I heard was "We just need to try everything at least once!" and the magazine is gone.

I'm pleased to say that I divided the stitches on my Queen Anne's Cardi the other evening so now I can see where the sleeves will be. I really do like knitting sweaters top down! For the next 7 inches it's just going to be back and forth so it is still a very portable project. I took it to knitting group last week, but by Thursday I was completely run down and I only knitted one row and instead watched my mom-in-law knit (I'm getting pictures of her sweater tomorrow!) before we ended group early. I'll be taking my cardi with me this weekend when we're off to competition. I can definitely listen to barbershop and knit away the day!

I wanted to include my shawl, too, even though it is just looking like a blob of green. I'm back to where I was when I took it to Delaware last month and before a certain dog decided a yarn ball was a great ball to play with. I'm really liking the charting on this pattern. I hope to make others in the future.

I do have books to read. Stacks of books. I feel bad that I want to sit down with any of them, but I'm fearing distraction. Oh well. It will balance out, right?

Okay.. I'm off to see what everyone is working on and reading this week!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, April 13, 2012

{this moment} - Relax & Breathe


These days..

The past two weeks, and this week in particular, have held many lessons for my family. I can’t go into detail here right now due to potential legal action that may be taken in the next couple of weeks, however, I can mention a few key points to think on.

·         No child should ever feel that they can openly bully another child.

·         No child should ever be made to feel unwelcome by an adult, or purposely isolated by an adult from other children.

·         No man should feel it is right to verbally abuse or threaten a woman (and vice versa). 

·         An address is an address. It’s a place you may live at, work at, or just receive mail at. It’s a number and some letters. People should not be judged by it.

·         If you aren’t willing to compromise, then you lose your right to complain about the outcome.
 
·         Children are far more forgiving than many, many adults.

Things I am thankful for this week:
·         Steve.
·         Chase.
·         My family (near and far).
·         My friends (near and far).
·         Coffee.
·         Prayer.
·         Forgiveness.
·         A fantastic superintendent.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, peaceful weekend. I’m slowly catching up to what everyone has had going on this week. I just have not been near my computer a lot this week and when I have managed to sit down for a few minutes, the phone rings. Such is life, yes?

xoxo

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things...

I would love to say that I have been getting in a lot of reading and knitting time in the past two weeks, but with spring break a week ago, and some personal stuff going on this week, I'm lucky to pick up my needles right now for any extent of time. I decided to lift my knitting deadlines from all projects. I hate knitting under pressure -- it leads me to not like the piece I am working on. So reading has been shelved for now. I am hoping things quiet down after this week and I can crack open a book and continue knitting.


My two current projects are of course the Sassafras Shawl that I pulled apart and started again (but figured you didn't need to see a blob of knitted green to be reminded of it) and my newest project the Queen Anne's Cardigan being knitted in Quince & Co's chickadee yarn in bird's egg. Ginny had mentioned Christina Wall (the pattern designer) on her blog a couple of weeks ago and I fell in love with the cardigan pattern. This is going to be a present to myself. Right now I am just knitting and purling back and forth on it. It's the perfect project to take with me if I'm on the go. And if you recall me mentioning how it's hard to find knitting time? It took me an hour this morning at the coffee house just to purl one row because my phone kept ringing. *sigh*

I should mention I have met a friend at knitting group. She loves Ravelry and lace shawl patterns as much as I do. It's nice to have another local knitter to chat with! I showed her the sock pattern for the socks I made my dad and she introduced me to a KAL mystery shawl group she belongs to.

Okay.. that's it for now. I'm going to go and try and see what has been going on this week and what wonderful projects are on the needles.

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Break

Chase has been on Spring Break since last Friday afternoon. Up until the night before I was desperately trying to plan some sort of last minute get-away for our family, but it just didn't pan out. Steve was called out of town for work (and will be leaving again Easter Sunday for Evansville, Indiana for three days), and every idea I thought of, I wasn't completely in love with.

We considered going up to Mackinac Island for two days, but were unsure of just how "open" the island would be. April seems to be the only real down time and some businesses are open year-round, others are not. And how does a warmer than usual winter play into that? In the end we decided to wait until possibly later this year.

The bottom line is.. I crave the salty sea. I badly need a trip to Tybee Island again. I told Steve in December that we were going to go in 2012 (hopefully this fall!) no matter what. I want to dip my toes in the ocean. I want to watch Chase run on the beach again. I want to sit and sip coffee with my Mom on a porch and admire the Spanish moss. I could plan a trip to Mackinac, Chicago, or anywhere else, but unless the ocean was involved, I know my heart wouldn't be in it completely.

So instead we have been at home, and that is just fine, I think. Chase and I went to the movies on Saturday so he could get in his demi-god fix (he's obsessed with Greek Mythology). As a family this week, we have been bowling and launched model rockets.

There has been bread baking (habanero cheddar bread anyone?) and various knitting projects. There also has been coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

I'm catching up on everyone's blogs today. It seems everyone has had wonderful things going on this past week.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend.