• Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making for Europe.

    Yesterday’s Soyokaze finish was the last “official make” I’d planned for our trip. Doesn’t it look great with the tote?of course you do have to imagine it on me … with no pin holding it in place. and for sure a top. and pants. The tote was a lot of fun to make (even the cutting wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be) and the lining fabric – a Rifle Paper Co print on canvas (purchased at my “local” fabric store – sadly, the shop is a 45 minute drive in good traffic, but still…) – makes me smile every time I see it. Thanks to those finishes, I…

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    Three on Thursday | Fun Things.

    Joining in with Carole and friends today to share three fun things.Thing One. Snagged from a recent FaceTime with our favorite almost-two-year-old. “Watch” he tells Poppa. Also, that’s a Batman cape around his shoulders. Chainsaws are for superhero pirates.   Thing Two. My mom and I spent yesterday afternoon making lists and updating our Google map to include bakeries (Lebkuchen in Nuremberg and pastries in Vienna). I also downloaded Rick Steves’ Travel app. Super impressed with the content and usability. also free!   Thing Three. This photo was taken four years ago. Yes, today is Charlie’s 4th birthday! I have the privilege of baking his cake; and Marc and I are…

  • 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)…

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    Three on Thursday | Counting Down.

    Happy Thursday, y’all!  Hopefully by this point, you’ve found something to be happy about – me, I’m happy to mark another week in the boot … and just four more sleeps until Monday’s doctor visit. Three weeks back, I was mentally preparing for another three weeks, but this time, I’m anticipating liberation! I guess it goes without saying that if I leave Monday’s appointment in the boot, I’m going to be … disappointed … because I have plans. This is a list I couldn’t possibly keep to just three. But I did manage three three’s: Going out by myself. even for a mundane errand. (note that I have not for…

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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…

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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!…

  • Books

    Three on Thursday | Close to a Cover-all.

    I finished listening to The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side (lower right) this afternoon. Pretty much the perfect accompaniment to fixing the mistake I found yesterday and finishing Clue 5. (I was listening to The Woman in the Window last week when I made that mistake and let me say, Jane Marple is a much better companion for knitting lace … maybe because she’s a knitter?!) I’m a life-long Agatha Christie fan, but I was a Hercule Poirot snob. I think this is the first time I’ve actually read a Miss Marple! My library doesn’t have many Miss Marple mysteries on audio, but it does have the first two.…

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    Three on Thursday | Making Me Smile.

    Joining in with Carole and friends today to share three things … making me smile. First up, a card from one of my Friday morning small group friends. I am wearing a bandaid on my toe (ugh, the boot hits it in an uncomfortable place), but my bandaids have anchors and trucks on them (of course). And those do make me smile, but I think the package should include ones with a simple heart, too.   Second, my watch’s never-failing-optimism. (that’s me this morning, waiting for that first cup of coffee …) I’m glad my watch remembers the Me I used to be 🙂   Third, Marc (finally!!!) found a…

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    Three on Thursday | Luxuries.

    Not only is Carole hosting Three on Thursday (as always) this week, she’s also provided an of-course-I’ll-steal-it prompt – luxuries. First up – that’s the scene at my kitchen counter about 9am today … luxuries aplenty, for sure. But the real luxury for me is about the time (and the space) to do what I want. journaling. knitting. volunteering (that pile of notebooks way back there and the spreadsheet open on my laptop are for the women’s ministry at church – my first full meeting as Moderator is this Sunday … needless to say, I have a few to-do’s beforehand) … and top-of-mind right now – healing (that blue pump…

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    Three on Thursday | Hello July.

    Summer is in full swing here. Heat, humidity, and almost daily thunderstorms, the smells of freshly mown grass, sliced tomatoes and peaches, the sounds of laughter coming from the pool next door, the constant whirr of ceiling fans, and a generally slower pace. Hello July! When I started thinking about this month, I was tempted to just go with that slower pace and, you know, just go with it. but no, that’s really who I am. So this morning, it’s Thursday, I set three goals for the month: Stay focused. There’s a bit of “getting my focus back” here, too. I had a wonderful time in New York last month and…