• Just Life,  Knitting

    Sweater Weather.

    Oh my, 2020 just keeps on giving, doesn’t it? Like all of you, I was devastated by the news on Friday evening of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing. Her memory is a blessing today and will be for all our future generations. I hope my grandsons see a day when our Supreme Court has nine (or eleven? or more?) women justices. In thanks and with love and respect, maybe she rest in power, and rest in peace. and. (2020 is providing all the lessons here for sure!) The weather has turned fall. and it’s glorious. 53 degrees this morning when I took that run. Our windows are open, I’m wearing jeans…

  • Knitting

    Plans for a Rainy Day.

    When I shared my calendar spreads in Monday’s post, many of y’all commented on how full last week was. I don’t think anyone noted (noticed?) that today was empty of plans (until a 7pm board meeting). A full day with no commitments is unusual for me (more so in these stay-at-home times as I’ve added Zoom and FaceTime meetups to my calendar). Of course “no commitments” does not mean “no plans”! I began the day finishing this beautiful book. Then I checked the weather … a full day of rain today (with maybe a short break in the early afternoon … enough for a run perhaps?) … followed by a…

  • Just Life,  Knitting,  Sewing

    Looking Back | August.

    Wow, August kind of kicked me in the backside. and again, I’m really grateful for this daily photo habit because otherwise I’d be looking back at a fog of days that ran together spent mostly at home and lonely, combined with seemingly endless heat and humidity (broken by violent thunderstorms that put a shaking Holly into my lap on many evenings), and nights that brought little rest and strange dreams. I am happy to have these 31 images (plus a few more – see below), to add to that story. both are true. and ♥. 1. What am I celebrating? + we are all still healthy (in a state –…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | A Two-fer.

    Friends, it was a productive week here. Marc and I have kind of forgotten how to be Marc & Mary, and this week we both got back into a few familiar grooves. Marc actually went to the driving range and walked 18 holes of golf (first time for each of those since February?). I got a new pair of running shoes and ran to the lake in record time. and in the midst of new-normal Zoom and FaceTimes, I sewed something besides masks … and finished a sweater and an afghan. The sweater is Notice (again) … yep, the third one of these I’ve knit since March. I used leftovers…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveling a Week.

    It’s been an unsettling week here in Georgia. Our governor has taken his crazy coronavirus tactics (remember when we were the first state to reopen and even the president said it was too soon) to a new level, suing the mayor of Atlanta (a current hotspot) for implementing a mask mandate. Y’all. I can’t even. In between reading news updates, listening to podcasts, talking (and walking 🙂 ) with Marc, calling at risk seniors to ask about Angel Tree wish list items, participating (mostly on mute! PRAISE!) in a women’s ministry leadership team meeting, and having a few sanity saving discussions (not at all on mute!) with friends and family…

  • Knitting

    On and Off the Needles.

    Happy Friday, y’all! It’s been a while since I shared an entire post about knitting (and crochet). Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to … and what I might be up to next. First off – a finish. finally. This is the pattern I previewed for Lori Versaci, maybe coming out next month. It was a pleasure start to finish (even the little bit of seaming wasn’t bad) and I can’t wait until it’s about 40 degrees cooler than the “feels like 101 degrees” it was this afternoon so I can actually wear it. I had on shorts before we took the photos … and simply couldn’t bear to…

  • Books,  Food & Drink,  Knitting

    Little Boys, Knitting, and Books.

    These three things are pretty much my life right now, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Here’s what it looks like this week. First up, it was Week Five of Marmie & Poppa camp.The boys made granola, a few LEGO models, and a set of stepping stones for our yard; helped in the garden (including harvesting the most expensive tomatoes ever 😉 ); learned about electrical circuits (Charlie) and practiced super shooter target skills (Sam). We all laughed and played, and slept well. I didn’t have as much time to knit and read, but I managed some. I’m working through the latest clue of Kirsten’s MKAL, as are most of…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Purl Strings.

    Wow, y’all. and yep, I know, I’m starting many of my conversations with these two words right now. and apparently all the ones I’m having here these days. Maybe I’ll just give up on blog titles altogether and just go with “wow, y’all | day whatever”? 😉 Today’s “wow” was prompted by the realization it’s been a long while since I shared an FO Friday post. and an even longer while since they were photos from Katie’s camera. “wow, y’all” is a powerfully all-encompassing phrase. So … last time I shared an FO Friday post, we were heading into weekend seven, barely toddlers in this whole Shelter at Home thing.…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Marmie & Poppa Camp | Week Four.

    Wow, y’all. I can’t believe it’s been four weeks since we started Marmie & Poppa camp. The boys are definitely a lot more comfortable here and sometimes even Holly seems to be getting comfortable, too.There was less divide and conquer this time (I’m not sure why) and we even did some New Things. The Big Ladder. Stepping Stones (those are for them to take home and we’ll make another set for our yard next week). Meatballs (not pictured) and zucchini noodles. Tried and true favorites included the pool next door (I am so not a pool person, and so grateful for the 1-1/2 hours it fills!), grilled cheese sandwiches (mayonnaise…

  • Knitting

    A Good Month for Yarn.

    Happy Friday! I’m wearing a new sweater today, this morning I cast on a sweet little dress for a friend’s new granddaughter, and this afternoon yarn arrived in the mail. All of that reminded me that May has been a very good month for yarn around here. First up, the Finished Projects*.A second Ankers Summer Shirt (today’s outfit). The (first) Vintage Crocheted Afghan. Newleaf. Mother’s Day socks for my mom. Here’s the beginning of the baby dress. I do LOVE this pattern. I might even finish it by Sunday and then the May FO’s will be an even better! I’m also crocheting another Vintage Crocheted Afghan.I’ve completely lost track of…