Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yarn Along

Hello Friends! It's another drizzly day. This time it is drizzling a rain/snow mix. How lovely. Right? Ah, well. It's a good sugaring snow for all those Maple Sugar farmers out there. So perhaps I can get excited for them.  But for us we contented ourselves with a delightful visit from neighborhood friends this morning, some yummy treats and some hot tea.

Now it's the early afternoon and I'm about to cozy up with some knitting although I desperately want to take a nap. Oh, those hard decisions.

Do you see my scrappy blanket? Isn't it fun? I'm using the Zig and Zag Sock Yarn Pram Blanket by Debbie Orr. It's easy and simple and fun. Oh, boy is it fun. It's kinda a race to see what color I'm going to add on next. Can't believe I have so many sock yarn ends - but it's those lace shawls I love to knit. And one can never have enough baby blankets on hand to give as gifts. I'm always behind when it comes to baby gifts.

I'm reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and wishing I had all the time in the world to sit down, knit and read. Ah, well. Such is life. It's the little honey in the day when I do get a chance to do that!

Hope your day is going well!

Joining with Ginny!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Drizzle Days

Hello Friends !
It's one of those Drizzle Days here in the Midwest.Cold. Very wet. Slightly icey. Yep! Not the day to venture outside. Unfortunately I had to in order to accomplish the weekly food shop. John was a good sport and I bribed both of us with hot chocolate and a stack of new books from the library when we returned home.

OOOoooo did I pick up some good books! Knitted flowers! Aren't they gorgeous? I'm so inspired to knit some and make a spring wreath! Wouldn't that be gorgeous? Now I have to chooose which flowers! Ahhh! That might be a hard task! And the Happy Home book full of gorgeous color - just the thing to add a bit of spark to these rather gray days we've been having.

And last but not least the "Grand Poobah" of all the books, "The Life and Times of Call the Midwife." Oh, this book is to die for (if you are a Call the Midwife fan like me). Full of the fashion, history, food, life of 1950s Poplar, England and the behind the scenes glimpses of Call the Midwife it is absolutely wonderful! I wish I could sit back and put my feet up and devour it. Alas, won't happen... yet. Maybe at 9 pm tonight!

Meanwhile I have my scrappy Chevron Stripes blanket I'm working on and it's keeping me rather happy. Oh, I haven't showed it to you yet? Well, how about tomorrow?

Til then!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yarn Along

Hello Knitters! This week has been the hardest this winter - at least for me. The cold cold temperatures came back just as we were getting used to afternoon walks and a tiny bit of play at the play ground. Ah, well. There are the winter blues and that's just a fact of life. We've tried to remedied the problem with cups of hot chocolate, trips to the library for stacks of books and indoor tents in which we can play cars.

Meanwhile I finished my blooming flower cushion  It was tooooo much fun to crochet and now I think I need to make a colorful one! Hmmmm! At least it is a fabulous way to use up bits and pieces of leftover yarn!

And then I got caught up in the crochet hook that Attic 24 had displayed in her blooming flower cushion tutorial. So guess what! After trying to find one on etsy that was polka dots and coming up empty handed I decided to make my own! I had so much fun making the first one I couldn't stop and ended up doing a bit of a hurried job as I tried to balance John's demands with my own craving to craft.... so the second one ended up being less than perfect. Ah, well. It was fun!

On the reading front I finished In the Midst of Life and passed it on to my sister. We'll see how she likes it. It was extremely thought provoking. I'm still slowly making my way through Winter Solstice but I'm at that point where you don't want it to end or anything bad to happen. So I'm taking it slow - as if that will help it last forever! Silly me. My main read is "The Secret Keeper" and oh, am I engrossed! Thankfully I have it on CD so I can get a little work knitting done as I listen.

Joining with Ginny

Monday, February 18, 2013

February's Hutch

Hello Friends!
Another week in February! I finally changed my hutch to February colors! I know! So close to the end of February! but that's okay. Pinks will last into March. I never showed you January's hutch did I? oh, well. We did a little baking on Friday so that we could have something for our tea on Saturday & Sunday. And... I've been delving into a little hooky - Attic 24's Blooming Flower Pillow to be precise. Although my version isn't quite as colorful! I'm ready to do a colorful version now!

Today looks promising! Perhaps another trike ride to see how spring is coming along.

ta-ta for now!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

These are a few inspirations that were given to me on Tuesday at my sister's Valentine's Tea she hosted. It was a lovely time full of laughter and catching up. The time went too fast. I think we could have lingered at least another hour. You know how that goes.

I hope you have a day filled with love and laughter!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In The Midst of Life

Hello Friends!

How are you this week? The sunshine is out today giving me hope again for this lovely winter to fade into a lovelier spring. My daffodils are poking out of the ground just a little bit so I know that amazing thing called spring is around the corner.

I'm still working on my lovely Mondo Cable Cardi and Jenny Worth's third book "In the Midst of Life." It is a thought provoking and moving look at death and the end of life and how we should treat it. Reading this book has spurred on a thought I have had in the back of my mind for a year or two now. When my children are grown and in college I would like to go back to school to become a nurse specifically to older people. I know - not many people want to do this and really do not like to work with older people because they say it is depressing. But it is a natural process that will happen to all of us. Why should we not give the older generation tender loving care as we would our little children. Anyways.... deep thoughts I am musing on.

I hope your day is filled with sunshine wherever you are!

happy knitting!

Joining with Ginny

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wishing for my garden

I am really, really, missing my garden right now. It didn't hit me until this week. I suppose we all get a bit of cabin fever every winter. Well, I finally got mine.

I was looking through my pictures from last year and I realized that I stopped taking pictures because things got so wilted and withered due to the extreme heat and drought. I do hope that this is a better year for gardening.

The only garden like thing I've been able to manage this week due to the cold is a bit of bright floral like knitting and some daffodils from good old Trader Joes.

What about you? Are you eager for your garden or for spring?

The yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage, color: Fragrant
The Pattern: Mondo Cable Cardi

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Around again

Hello Friends! I'm back in my old stomping ground again. Wordpress has been giving me problems. Don't you hate it when you just can't figure it out. Ah, well. Thank goodness there is good old blogger to fall back upon.

This past week I've had a knitting class (very informal) in my house - of course accompanied with tea and cookies.

We've had a car repair shop going down in the basement. And a telephone shop in the living room. Every time the sun comes out we hop outside for a trike ride. John is quite a little engine on his trike and loves the exercise!

I find myself dreaming of gardening. Plotting and planning and itching to get out and work in the dirt. It's about now I miss flowers and green grass. Although I have enjoyed this real bit of winter we've had.

And I finished the little granny square blanket I was working on. It's turned out so sweetly. And since it's all alpaca and cashmere it's so soft. Ah, sigh. Wish it was my size! Oh, well.

What have I been reading? I've been working on Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher and wishing I could pop in the story and participate in the fellowship and laughter in the big stone house in Scotland. Ah, well. Such is life.

Joining with Ginny and all the other wonderful knitters!

PS: I used Attic 24's wonderful joining technique to join my granny squares. A friend recommended it and I must say - it is a keeper. Nice and fast and lovely looking.