a Friday list

At the top of my list today is getting this quilt basted. This was one of projects I worked on last week. The animals were a printed panel and a lot of the fabric was used in the baby quilt I made for our tiny person. I tried to let the process be simple and random. I have the backing and the batting, just need to get it done. Out tiny person is going to be in a toddler before we know it.

Here are a few links to share:

This blog post and link to an interview.

Golden milk and turmeric lattes.

I rediscovered this podcast last week.

The cast on date for this knit along is just around the corner.

This book, kind of a beach or sitting on the deck read.

Happy Friday

Unraveled Wednesday

Another week without any unraveling here. I had a funny moment last week. When I was packing for my quilt retreat, I grabbed a skein of the yarn I painted in Shetland last summer thinking the first day of summer would be a great time to cast on one of Gudrun’s Shetland inspired shawls. I also printed the first few pages of the pattern. As I was knitting along on the center triangle, I realized it was the wrong pattern. I laughed when I pulled up Simmer Dim and realized that the center triangle is the same for both shawls so I was right on track -phew!

The retreat time was great. I put together two quilt tops and made a project bag (for another post). Now I am trying to settle into a summer routine, sleeping a bit later, working a few hours, reading, decluttering, getting in my daily steps, and time for making stuff.

Be sure to visit Kat for more Wednesday stories.

Hello Summer

When you are in education, most folks think you get the summer “off.” It’s not quite like that, at least when you are in administration. Summer break is a time to get things done that are hard to do when the campus is filled with students and teachers. So I look forward to a more relaxed schedule and checking things off my To Do list.

I am also feeling the need to make stuff so starting the summer break with a quilt retreat is perfect. I mucked around with one idea for part of yesterday, moved on to sewing triangle blocks, and finished the evening with some knitting. I am also begging to sketch a bit. I did this one a week ago but there are some beautiful wild flowers and trees outside so I think I will venture out and make some more marks today.

I am also working on cultivating a habit of gratitude this summer so today there will be coffee, a bit of time on my mat, and catching up with my quilting friends.

Unraveled Wednesday

I had a very unraveled day yesterday. The kind when you just can’t seem to stay in step, enough out of sync to be annoyed but not enough for others to notice. Finally the work day was over, dinner dishes finished, and it was time for knitting and a glass of wine. Except . . . where was that skein of blue yarn? I was ready to start the next section on a three color shawl but the first color was missing. I searched high and low and then high and low again – for about 30 minutes. I was just going to give up and search Ravelry for a new project when I caught a glimpse of a project bag behind the extra printer paper on the lower shelf of my desk. Viola! The missing skein was found.

Hoping today will be a bit smoother. And then I am off to an annual quilt retreat. Summertime is almost here.

I am off to visit Kat to see if anyone else is unraveling this week.