Saturday, September 22, 2018

My love

Happy birthday to my darling father type.

I am so lucky to have you as my husband, as the father to my children, as my everything.  Yes, we have aged and changed through the years, but our love is still there and always will be.  I love you with all my heart.  Have a wonderful day celebrating another year of life spent well.  Love you.

Monday, September 3, 2018


I seem to have missed posting any knitting updates in August.  Whoops!  Well, I did finish a couple of things.  Here is my Like a Cloud.

I used the called for Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud held together.

And here is the Lucerne hat, which I finished while on vacation.  I used the new Brooklyn Tweed Peerie yarn from a kit they sell online.

Both kids tried it on, but the girl child claimed it in the end.

Vacation is my excuse for missing an August knitting post.  It was wonderful to be all together again with both kids, up in our favorite place to be, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

While there, I started and finished one sock of my Basecamp Socks -- my first ever socks.

I'm using Mondim by Retrosaria Pomar, a non super wash yarn.  I'm really enjoying the knit.  I'm on the leg of the second sock (the pattern is toe up).  Not much farther to go till the socks are finished!  Then I want to knit more socks.  And get back to sweater knitting too.

Here are a few pictures from our vacation.  We had at least three days where it was unusually hot and humid.  But it definitely wasn't as hot as it was back in New York.  It was interesting to notice how even a lot of businesses and restaurants didn't have air conditioning.  They aren't used to this unusual weather everyone has been having this summer.  Anyway, here are some pics.

And here is Mia, very happy that we are home, checking out my Mason Dixon Knitting tote.

Girl Child was back to the city by Saturday, but we had our boy child for another day before he had to leave for his life upstate today (Monday).  Mia was quite mad at him for having abandoned him for so long, but grudgingly cuddled with him anyway.

I'm sad that vacation is over.

I've been enjoying watching the US Open when I can.  It's fun to see the new Louis Armstrong stadium.

I hope everyone in the States has a great Labor Day.  Come on Autumn!  (Did I mention it's hot and humid again?)

ETA:  I finished my socks!  First pair of socks est fini!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

My girl

I've shown these pictures before.

Of my sweet girl,

and the beautiful woman she's grown up to be.

Here's to my girl child.  We love you for who you are.  We love you forever and always.  We've watched you grow up, watched you become the woman we are so proud of.   Looking forward to all the good things ahead for you.  Happy birthday, bunny.  Love you.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


ETA: Oops!  I didn't remember that I hadn't shown my finished Strathendrick.  Here it is.

I do love it.

I also started the Lucerne hat by Jared Flood.  Had to stop because I ran out of one of the yellows in the kit I got from Brooklyn Tweed of the Peerie yarn.  BT came through and sent me more, so sometime I have to pick that up and finish it.

Now back to where I started before.

Here is my current WIP -- Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli.

I'm using the yarns specified in the pattern -- Shibu Cima and Shibui Silk Cloud held together.  The combination really is like a cloud.

This past weekend, the father type and I went to see the Punch Brothers in concert, along with a pre-show Q&A session.  What a treat!  The best part of the experience (we were lucky enough to be in the third row center from the stage) was when for the second encore, the band performed unplugged -- no electric, no amplification, just them.  It was magic.  (They came right up to the edge of the stage.)

These guys, and especially Chris Thile, are my heroes.  Such talented, intelligent, fun musicians.  Yes, I'm a big fan girl.

Mia had a nap in father type's hat.  Silly cat.

Can't believe tomorrow is August!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

getting there

I've been working on my Strathendrick by Kate Davies, slowly but surely.  And I'm finally finished with the color work and am working on the sleeves.  By the time July rolls around tomorrow, I'm hoping to be working on the neck ribbing and bottom ribbing.

ETA: I finished the second sleeve today!  Yay!

This is a fun project to work on.  I'm looking forward to being able to wear it!

June is our anniversary month -- 35 years married.  It's hard to believe it's been that long!  But I guess if you look at our picture from our marriage day, it's believable.  :D

Mia says hi.

Keep cool!  Here in the northeast, it's going to be way too hot for the next week.

Friday, May 25, 2018

A finish

I have finished my Kirigami sweater by Gudrun Johnston.

Sorry it's not the best picture.  I used Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in the Sashiko color way.  It seems to fit, atlhough it's probably larger than planned.  I like loose fitting sweaters, but of course they don't always look the best.  I will know more once it's finished blocking.

My arm and wrist seem to be mostly all better.  I tried a row of color work and seem to be able to do it with no pain or discomfort.  Hooray!  My plan of finishing Kirigami first to help my arm and wrist heal worked!  The plain knitting was good for it, and once I reached the yoke, my arm and wrist were ready to go.

Mia hopes you have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

One of those months

First off, here is my Rams and Yowes all finished.  That border didn't work out, as predicted.  So after removing the offending border, I just knit an i-cord bind off directly to the color work and called it good.  It's living on my stitching chair now.

I also finished my Sockhead Cowl, knitted with a potluck Hedgehog Fibers skein. 

Then I tackled the Peerie Flooers hat by Kate Davies.

And I swatched for and started the Strathendrick by Kate Davies.

And then things screeched to a stop.  On April 14th, I somehow took a fall and injured my knee and arm, both on the left side.  I ended up going to the ER just to make sure things were ok.  The ER sent me home with a splint on my left arm, saying there was a possible "occult" fracture of my elbow.

Thankfully, come Monday (the accident occurred on a Saturday), I went to the orthopedist who said there were no broken bones.  Just take it easy and bend and flex three times a day.  So I started back in on knitting the day after that.  Slowly, just a bit at a time, cause it still hurt.  (My wrist was also affected by the fall.) 

So slowly but surely, I've been knitting and working on getting my arm back to normal.  I've gotten to where I can knit pretty normally.  But color work is too much for my arm still.  (I knit two handed with color work, so my left hand is used a lot more with color work.)

As a result, I've started a couple of new projects as I've been healing.  Here is my knitting basket.

I did manage a row or two just to try color work out.  So you can see my Strathendrick progress.  I'm waiting to work more on it.  My wrist and elbow need more healing. 

The first picture shows the start to my Polka Dot scarf from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.  I'm using Isager Alpaca 1.  The second picture shows my start on Kirigami from Gudrun Johnston.  (I'm actually much farther along than this by now, but I haven't taken another picture recently.)  I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, my first time using this yarn.  Love Brooklyn Tweed!  The color is Sashiko.  It's a bit darker in color than in the picture.

Right now, the straight stockinette body of Kirigami is good for my arm, so I'm sticking with it.

Mia has had at least a day or two where she could enjoy the fresh air.  Spring is coming!

It's supposed to warm up this coming week.  I know Mia will like that!