Slipping out of 2016


I finally jumped in with an Instagram review of 2016.  I have been inspired by Louise (knitbritish podcaster).  While she admits that 2016 dumped a fair amount of rubbish into our lives, there were also moments of love and joy.  So, let’s focus on the good.  In my little part of the world there was news of a Indy person, traveling to New Orleans, San Francisco, and New York City, hard work done at the gym that let me run another half marathon, a trip to Oregon and quilting with my friend Lori, and of course the arrival of our tiny person. 

My one little word for 2016 was SEE.  I actually had to go back to my old blog to find that words so I guess it wasn’t a great choice.  This week, I have been auditioning possible words.  JOY, CHOOSE, and REST were all rolling around in my head.  Last night, my daughter sent me a link to a podcast where Ali Edwards talked about choosing a word.  She talked about not choosing a word that will change your life.  Instead, choose a word that lets you ask the question, what does this look like in my life.  Almost immediately, the word TREASURE came to mind.  I love this verse, “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬. I’ve been thinking about this a lot this month, the things we ponder in our hearts, the gifts but also the trials.  And then this verse, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬.   This is what I want to explore in 2017, what does treasure look like?  

My new hat is on the needles and I am watching videos to learn the picot cast on for a new (and probably challenging) shawl.  Plans for travel are in the works.  Dad is on the mend.  I am making a list of books I want to read and projects to knit and sew.  I have a beautiful family and work that I enjoy.  There is much to treasure.

Words, yarn, looking ahead


This year is coming to a close.  It will take me awhile to sort out everything that has happened in the last month.  What I do know is that I have much to celebrate.  I have so much lovely yarn, quilting projects to keep me entertained, great books to read, and an amazing family.

I finished Commonwealth and have been enjoying listening to Ann Patchett read Truth and Beauty.  I picked up an Ann Hood book at the library and hope to sink into that this weekend.  And yesterday, this beautiful book arrived – Royal Mail, I love that.  I am eager to read everything I can about Shetland before I head across the pond for an amazing Grand Shetland Adventure next summer.

I cast on (again) the Annabel cardigan.  Next up will be the Rob Roy hat followed by a new-to-me cast on – picot edge cast on.  

Finally, I saw this fun idea on Nancy’s blog and thought I would play along.  This week is getting better already!

circles and swatches


Yesterday I started putting my projects for #17ufosin2017.  I have plenty of choices but I am trying to focus on projects that I really want to finish.

These circle blocks were inspired by a 365 project.  I have not been successful beyond about 35 days when I have tried these 365 projects.  I did enjoy playing with these little blocks because I love appliqué and I love circles.  I have 62 blocks finished and another 45 cut and ready to stitch.  This is a great UFO.  I can chip away at it in the evenings and on weekends and it will make a very fun little quilt.

In the evening, I sat down to do some swatching.  I don’t do a lot of swatching because I mostly knit items where gauge doesn’t really matter.  But I know I will be much happier if I make gauge on a few upcoming projects.  I was able to get gauge for my RobRoy hat using a #7 needle.  I am planning to get this one cast on in the next few days.  Next up is another ball of orange yarn that has been lingering in my stash for a few years.  I bought this yarn to make the Annabel cardigan and I am determined that this sweater will get made in 2017.  I actually got to the separate for the sleeves stage on this sweater but realized it was going to be too tight.  I expect this will go fairly fast since the yarn if bulky and the needle is 10.5.  

I am hopeful that my UFO piles will get some well deserved attention in 2017.

Yesterday, tomorrow, today


The weeknd was full but low key.  Christmas Eve was wonderful and Christmas Day brought some much needed time to sit and knit.

Tomorrow I will move my dad back to his apartment and let him get settled into his routine.  He has worked hard with the therapists and is getting stronger every day.  I am so thankful that the stroke was small and did not do the kind of damage we have seen in other elderly friends.

Today will be for making lists, picking up and putting away, cleaning out the fridge, a bit of laundry and some precious time with our tiny person.

Fiber Friday


Hello Friday.  I have been looking forward to your arrival.  The gifts are wrapped and under the tree.  Christmas Eve dinner is planned and prepped.  I have found a few minutes here and there to work in a test knit cowl for Laura.   The coffee pot is full and I have a lovely new read.  

This week l learned that my almost 24 year old nephew has been knitting.  He made a beautiful sweater with amazing cables and is working on argyle socks now.  Yesterday we had a fun conversation about yarn and hat patterns.  He talked about how knitting at the airport has brought a new perspective on traveling for him.  You know I will be gifting him something yarn related.  My daughters are my knitting buddies so I am blessed with a family who understands the importance of fiber Fridays!

NExt week, Kat and I are casting on the RobRoy hat.  We would love to have you join us for a very casual KAL.  

Stay strong


The Think Write Thursday prompt for this week is to write about the ways I stay positive when it feels like everything is going wrong. What do I do to get through those times and stay focused on the good?
I am a planner.  I like to have a schedule.  I can change my plans or adjust my schedule, but I still like to know where I am headed.  Lately, I have found myself in a new place.  Lots of waiting for someone else to tell me what will happen next and when that next might be.  So I have been practicing a loose grip.  I grab a bag with knitting, a book, a healthy snack, and my water bottle and head out to see what this day will bring.  I am also practicing the gift of presence, being with another person without expectation of anything in return.  Let me tell you, it is not easy for me.  But I am learning something about what it means to be compassionate and kind, faithful and strong.  I am learning to walk toward instead of away.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Yarn and books, the orange edition


I thought I would be done with this book by now but this last week took a few twists and turns that didn’t leave time for reading.  I am anxious to get back to this story although it is nice to savor those last chapters.

And this yarn – so lovely.  This skein was a gift from my sister and purchased at a yarn shop she discovered in NYC.  I don’t have a pattern in mind yet but I know it won’t linger in my stash for long.

I am enjoying my #peaceproject cowl.  Today is Worldwide knit for peace day – check out the Ravelry page to see all the places people are planning to knit today and join in the fun.

And visit Ginny for more yarn and book inspiration