• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Whoa. Wednesday again. already. my knitting and reading don’t look that much different from last week. but I’m still joining in with Kat and crew … because Wednesday! There is noticeable progress on my mystery shawl. I promised my Monday girls I’d have a finished shawl to share on Monday and after trading emails with a couple of you about my (lack of) progress, I decided to get serious today. It helps that I’m trying to rest my foot a LOT this week. and that I’m listening to another Vera (yep, I’m on #6 now). perfect company until I got to the bind-off… …and needed all my concentration to count and…

  • Knitting

    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    Thanks to my driver Deena, I was back with my Monday afternoon knitting group yesterday after a five-week absence. Karen even baked healthy brownies to celebrate (note the green-topped tupperware)! The projects have progressed a lot since then: Karen had just started the baby blanket (pink and white mosaic on the right) and now she’s on the last repeat; my Natsu (bottom center) is almost to 300 stitches (six weeks ago I was still stalking the pattern test thread on Ravelry and waiting for its release); Deena has started a new baby blanket (purple and white mosaic on the left); Kathy (out of the frame) showed off two finished shawls…

  • Just Life

    Paris Is Always a Good Idea.

    When we were first planning Lydia’s 50th birthday party, my brother suggested “French” as a possible theme. Lydia has always been a Francophile – me too! – and it sounded like fun. Then my mom and I found these cocktail napkins and it all just fell into place from there. Turns out Paris is the perfect jumping off point for all sorts of Good (Party) Ideas: Plates, napkins and centerpiece featuring a smartly dressed woman walking her poodle by the Eiffel Tower (Lydia’s standard poodle Sophie is black, but she definitely sports pink bows! – that’s her on the banner of Lydia’s blog) The menu – Brie and goat cheese, olives,…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, y’all! Friday is one of my favorite days of the week (still, even retired) and my usual rotation of Friday posts – finished objects, Cheers! and TGIF – are always fun ones to write. I did finish a dress this week, and I have a solid plan for new cocktail (once I can visit the grocery store on my own), but for this week, it’s TGIF! Thinking about … zippers and buttonholes. in other words, taking my sewing to the next level. a level that even has me thinking about a mostly handmade wardrobe. Marc has been super encouraging about my sewing (he offered to drive me to Joann’s…

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    Three on Thursday | Saying Yes.

    Wow, I just counted up my time in the boot and this is day 31. I knew it was a lot, but I didn’t think it was a whole month of days. In the big ol’ scheme of my 55+ years, a month is just a drop in the bucket, but it is enough to start a habit. And in the spirit of Three on Thursday, here are three things I’ve said Yes! to in this past month-of-days that I hope to continue: Cottage Cheese. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pre-boot, this was a “sometimes” thing for me. I’ve always loved it – with fruit or vegetables or doctored up…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Joining in with Kat & friends today to talk about what I’m knitting and reading … happily (*knocks on wood*), with no unraveling! I’m still working on the front of Lori’s test knit. She delivered the last installment of the pattern today and I’m excited to see how it all comes together. (I have no new photo to share … it still looks a lot like it did on Monday.) In more exciting knitting news, Deena and Karen came over this afternoon to knit. They’re both part of my Monday afternoon group and they’re both participating in Kirsten’s mystery shawl KAL. Karen has finished hers (I’m pretty sure she was…

  • Sewing

    Sewing Progress.

    All this time at home has been good for many things, but I’m especially thankful for the push to get back into sewing. Ditto the internet for patterns and tutorials … and so many of you with experience for your encouragement and advice! With four solid successes,  all of which include darts and facings, I decided I was ready to tackle the Uniform Tunic. I knew (thank you Kat and Kym) that the Uniform darts would require some adjustments. whoa. no kidding! The Uniform pattern is the one on the bottom. Next is the Esmé tunic (which I’m wearing in the bottom two photos above) and on top is the Willow…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are stay-at-home days because Sunday afternoons are just way too much fun! YAY! but whoa. Marmie & Poppa (& Holly) are out of practice for the pace of an almost-four and almost-two year old. I’d hoped to get to knitting this afternoon, but my foot started bothering me last night and I opted to lay low and rest instead. That’s the front of the test knit I’m doing for Lori Versaci. Cruising along in straight stockinette (for 15″) while listening to Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope #4). Not a bad way to rest up! and probably more to Holly’s liking, I’m sure 😉 Hope your week is off to a good start…

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    Looking Back | July.

    Especially coming after a month like June – an outing with Katie and the boys, numerous meet-ups with friends and a week in NYC – July couldn’t be more different! Looking back, I’m surprised I found as many different things to photograph as I did. (the only duplicate, completely accidental of course, is the planter on our front porch, which shows up July 4, July 21 and July 31. oh well.) Still, it was a good month! full of bright blooms, great books, lots of sewing, a little knitting … and a plenty of time to just be. I’m also reminded that I need to finish the current season of…

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    Three on Thursday | Time Flies.

    Whoa, it’s after 7pm as I start typing this post. Time flies. even when it’s raining. and I’m (mostly) stuck at home in a boot. In the spirit of Thursday, here are three things that made today fly by for me: First, my mom brought lunch and we spent a few hours catching up and planning food – for my sister-in-law’s upcoming birthday party and our Labor Day week-at-the-lake. yes, cookbooks were involved. as was the internet. Next, I’ve reached the first must-think part of the sweater I’m testing for VersaciKnits. Short-row shaping for the back shoulders. in pattern. with neck decreases. before I knew it, two hours had passed!…