• Food & Drink,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Hard Cider (Mule).

    Hello friends and happy Wednesday! I’m delighted to be joining in with Kat and friends today with a knitting project … and a cocktail! A few weeks back, I posted about Thea Colman’s latest Hard Cider. Since then, the yarn arrived (I do think it’s a very nice pink-red), I knit a swatch and finally, cast on. The pattern begins with 7″ of 3×3 rib, which seems to be taking ages (I started Monday evening and I’m still not to the halfway mark), but the yarn – Rowan Felted Tweed – is nice to knit. and I’m enjoying the size 5 needle. I’m also enjoying the Hard Cider cocktail (pictured…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    It’s Wednesday! which means an update on making and reading … and joining in with Kat and friends. I spent a good part of yesterday on that not-quite-finished Demeter Top, a muslin for the multiple Demeter dresses I plan to add to my wardrobe. The pattern is really oversized, and I wanted my dresses to fit – at least as well as an over-the-head dress can fit. I’ve been stalking the #demeterdress tag on Instagram for weeks and even exchanged DMs with a few sewists who appear to be about my size. I also measured the finished busts on a few of my favorite tops. I trusted the finished bust…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Three on Thursday | Unraveled.

    Good morning, friends. Yesterday was an Opera Wednesday and much to our surprise, Manon is FIVE acts, with a run-time of over four hours. My best intentions to share an Unraveled Wednesday post fell apart when it was almost 6pm by the time I got home and walked the dog. So now I have the wonderful opportunity to join both Carole AND Kat with Three Things about my knitting and reading ๐Ÿ™‚ Thing One. I am still not finished with Blaer. Seaming sleeves, weaving in ends, picking up stitches and knitting button bands is all taking way longer than I thought it would. yikes, y’all. I’ve knit hundreds of sweaters…

  • Just Life

    Birthday Weekending.

    One of my favorite things about fall around here is all the birthdays. Beginning with Charlie in September, we continue to Marc, then Sam, then Rob, then Sara and finally me. That makes for a few birthday weekends … and this one was Sam’s. Friday evening we got to say Happy Birthday via FaceTime and see his new guitar. In addition to Purple Dinosaur Biscuits, he also loves Queen (I’m pretty sure that’s all Rob’s doing ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and has recently seen Freddy Mercury’s performance of We Will Rock You (“Rock Me Out, Alexa”, says Sam). This isn’t a great photo, but you get the idea (and yep, those are…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    My day began with this…which, since you are reading a new post from me, went fine. I have now successfully updated all four of my Apple devices to the new OS without issue. whew! I chatted with my mom over lunch today about getting her phone and iPad updated and we’re in agreement we’re going to ask my sister to do it ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom has an iPhone6 and a first (or second?) generation iPadAir. Do any of y’all have tales of caution from this latest update? please share – I love technology when it works smoothly, but when it doesn’t … well … I just want to be prepared!…

  • Just Life

    First Signs of Fall.

    I know some of y’all have been enjoying Fall for a few weeks … and my mom and I just spent two lovely weeks in Canada – it’s Fall there! But this new season has been slow to arrive here in Atlanta. until this weekend. The temperatures finally dropped below 90 degrees and we’ve even had low 60’s at night (yep, windows open and air conditioning off!) So it’s been a few days and then this morning when I was out with Holly I noticed I was crunching through leaves. We’re not expecting much color since it’s been so dry, but there are a few bits of red mixed in…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends. It’s been an unsettling day. I was expecting the emotion that always accompanies the anniversary of the September 11 attacks … even 18 years later it doesn’t get easier. We visited the memorial in New York in June and Marc shared some wonderful photos and thoughts on his (private) Instagram account. I especially enjoyed seeing Georgia Tech’s post; it makes me proud that the beautiful memorial has a connection to “our” school. Then my mom and I showed up this at the food pantry this morning to pick up the boxes to deliver … and they weren’t there. Come to find out, the volunteer who will be covering…

  • Just Life

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are for getting back into old routines. I am happy to be joining Robin and The Balanced Life (along with Kat and Juliann) to get myself back into daily Pilates. Beginning today, Robin is re-running the 10 day Mind Body Pilates Challenge; the 15-minute workouts are perfect to fit into what’s looking like a full 10 days leading up to our trip. One day down and nine to go! I also enjoyed getting together with my knitting group this afternoon. While I was there, I joined the third ball of yarn for Big Loveย and with luck, I’ll have something actually resembling a sweater to share with y’all on Wednesday. Because…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Late August Weekending.

    When Sara and I FaceTimed yesterday, she told me how nice it was to have a quiet weekend; this was her first weekend since mid-May that wasn’t full of travel, work, entertaining, moving, or settling in. It has been a very full season for her. not so much for me. but still. I did enjoy my quiet weekend, too. Here are few glimpses into what that looked like. Friday night snacks – prepared by me. Saturday night’s dinner – now that we’re back to College Football Season – looked much the same, except that it was prepared by Marc. Picture fewer grapes and cucumber and more sausage and you’ve got…

  • Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Re-entry.

    Hello friends! I’ve got stories to share about Bristol and I will. soon (promise) … but today I’m feeling a bit unraveled as I re-enter “real life”. Thank goodness I don’t have to go to work – just catching up on two weeks of mail, laundry, bills, etc. My head is still a little fuzzy from the flight home and the five hour time change. Yep, I was wide awake at 2 am ๐Ÿ™‚ Holly was certainly well attended while I was gone … but I know we both missed each other’s company. especially our side-by-side knitting time. Thanks to some dedicated chair time this afternoon, I’ve started the second…