• Knitting

    FO Friday | Starboard Rock.

    The pattern – it’s called Starboard Rock – that I tested for Lori Versaci is now available on Ravelry. I can’t say enough good things about it! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to test … and to Katie for taking photographs last weekend. That neckline detail is what first attracted me to the pattern. Lori nailed it … and I love how it showcases pearls 🙂 The fit is relaxed, but still flattering. I love the length – just long enough …  but not too long. It’s fun to knit – the cuffs, hem and yoke feature an irregular rib … with plain stockinette in between. The construction is…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making.

    September is always a month I look forward to – back-to-school, college football, cooler temperatures (sweater weather!), Charlie’s birthday – and this year promises something new. My mom invited me to accompany her on her first trip to Europe; we are headed to Vienna on the 24th for a cruise on the Danube River! I’ll have a lot more to share about our trip – but for today (after all it is Thursday) – it’s three things I’m making to wear while I’m there. We’ve been stalking the weather forecasts for Vienna (we’ll be there for three days at the beginning of the trip) and Nuremberg (two days at the end)…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    My afternoon got off to a most unraveled start but the power is back on now (2:48 pm) and I’m hoping it stays on this time … it’s already gone off and come back twice. So I’m typing fast! On the knitting front, I finally finished the first of my two afghan squares for the team project that Kat is coordinating. This is my first time knitting a mitered square (or anything remotely log cabin). It’s fiddle-y and there are lots of ends, but it’s an excellent course in picking up stitches. It also looks pretty cool! But mostly, it’s wonderful to be part of a project along with so…

  • Just Life

    Labor Day Weekending.

    Those three photos I shared on Thursday gave you a pretty good idea what the rest of our “long weekend” looked like. But pictures always tell a better story, right?! Lots of games. both inside and out. Toddler cornhole, which is apparently way more fun than the grown-up version. Relaxing outside and enjoying beautiful views in all directions. Kayaking on the lake. Enjoying meals together (once the little boys are asleep). A very special early birthday celebration, which began with hotdogs and hamburgers and ended with ice cream sandwiches! And finally, on the last evening, a bonfire at the beach, complete with s’mores and one last sunset. The whole family…

  • Food & Drink,  Knitting

    (un) Unraveled Wednesday.

    Whew! The third time was a charm for Soyokaze … and I am now well into the second half of the collar. I had hoped to show you a little more progress (the next step is really cool – you pickup stitches along one of the long edges and re-join the first half of the collar to start the yoke #knittinggeek), but I’ve spent most of the morning in the kitchen. Holly and I are joining up with our annual family reunion at the lake later today and my biggest assignment is to bake a cake. The recipe is Aunt Betty’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake (fondly known as CCPC).It’s an…

  • Just Life,  Sewing

    Tiny Moment Tuesday.

    I hope you weren’t expecting to see a third – successful – attempt to start Soyokaze 🙂 I did wind that mess of yarn into a neat ball, but that’s all that’s happened with that project since yesterday. maybe tomorrow I’ll have a good (un) unraveled story to share! But for today, I have two tiny moments … that tell a different part of the story I’d like to remember about what’s happening in my life right now. I joked with Kym last week that this blog seemed to be morphing into mere-et-feets. and I wouldn’t blame y’all for rolling your eyes at one more reminder that I broke a…

  • Knitting

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …look a little messy. Thankfully, many things today have gone quite well (I finished the test knit for Lori and it looks great. I had my first PT appointment and got cleared for yoga. Kirsten reposted our Monday knitting group photo of the finished mystery shawls). But the beginning of Soyokaze was not one of them. That mess of yarn means I mis-read the instructions – not once, but twice. Instead of working ribbing on the right side and purling the wrong side, I worked ribbing on both sides. yep. oops! I guess I should be glad I realized my mistake before that pile of yarn of ripped out yarn…

  • Just Life

    Happy 80th!

    My mom celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday. …with us! We enjoyed a lovely lunch out and then gathered again in the evening for a party, with cards and gifts. My sister gave her a fun little book that included this quotation. I can’t think of a better way to sum up 80 years! Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend!!

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    I finished the last book to cover my Summer Bingo* card just after 6 am this morning. Moments of Seeing is a wonderful collection of essays to savor. I highly recommend Katrina Kennison’s blog … and her granola! Hands down this was my best summer of reading in quite a few years. I still need to collect my thoughts – and maybe a few statistics 😉 about the whole thing, but that’s going to wait for another day. Because I spent the rest of the day visiting my aesthetician and my nail tech (yay! my ten toes now all sport the same color) … and watching the team from Georgia advance…