Notes from an islandĀ 


I am a novice traveler but I think I am flexible enough to make it work.  And of course, this place is just beautiful!  Knitting, hiking, great food, history, tradition, and lovely weather.  The only unraveling was a few rows of cuff!  The internet is not good so I will get back to regular posting next week.

Unraveled Wednesday


We left Seaburn and headed to Edinburgh on the train.  Trains and planes are wonderful for uninterrupted knitting time.  In about 48 hours, I have made great progress on my Chopped Green Ginger Tea hat.  I should be able to finish this afternoon.  I am knitting this hat with a skein of yarn brought to me from my daughter’ last trip to Edinburgh in 2015.  Seemed a fitting travel project.

In Seaburn we met up with Lucy of @lucylocketland.  She has a lovely little shop and hosted a special knit night so we could meet some of her knitting friends.  Fiber folk are so welcoming!  Lucy’s little shop is filled with beautiful wool and handmade crafts.  If you ever find yourself in northeast England, I recommend a visit.  
This morning we dipped our boots in the North Sea.  After a few days in Edinburgh we will head for Shetland.  More adventuring to come!

Thanks Kat for hosting our Wednesday’s

a new project is brewing


I was stalking reading Honore’s posts labeled Me A-Z category.  I finally asked her about this project and she shared a bit.  That triggered a memory of taking an online class with Cathy Z with that title.  I had started the class but never finished.  Now I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.  I stuck a little notebook in my bag and began making a list of words.  This morning I pulled out a photo album and counted the pages – plenty of room for an A-Z project.  I don’t know how long this will take.  I only hope I don’t lose interest.  I am sure I will have plenty of opportunities to collect stories and pictures over the next few weeks.  Best of all, I won’t need to buy anything!  

Goodbye June


Dear June,

You were such a blur.  That is probably a good thing because while I remember some fun times, there were also too many glitches.  Just the other day I told someone that I felt like Rosanne Rosannadanna, if it’s not one thing it’s another.  

But there were hikes enough to get my boots ready for Shetland.  And there was that 10k, the one we didn’t really train for but we finished and didn’t get hurt.  I finished my hat and started a shawl.  The sewing projects used up some stash.  And there were lovely visits from our tiny person who is getting so mobile.  I finished a few books and wrapped up enough loose ends at work to be able to turn off work and turn on summer.  

So goodbye June.  You taught me much.  See you again next year.

Unraveled Wednesday – retreating

Last Friday I headed east to join my quilting friends for an annual retreat.  I am not quilting much these days and with the chaos and stress that has been my life lately, I contemplated skipping this year.  In the end, I was happy that I went.  I stitched up four new project bags, a pair of pants for our tiny person, and a gadget bag that was much fussier than I would normally tackle but since I sewed this one alongside one of my friends so it was fun.  There was a fair  amount of unsewing (the quilting equivalent of unraveling).  There was also good food, catching up, coffee, wine, and plenty of laughter.

Between sewing projects, I made some good progress on my most recent knit.  I don’t think I will finish before I leave but this could be my travel knitting, at least for the first part of my trip.  Then I will need to acquire the materials for another project once I get to Shetland.  I still need to make some final decisions on travel clothing.  I have two smallish books to take and leave along the way and two audio books on my phone.  Departure time is so close!

Thanks for hosting us Kat!