Notes from an island 


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 – 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!

Hello June


I am looking for ants.  You see I am anxious to see my peonies bloom and I know that those little insects help unstick the tight buds.  But, in typical June fashion, all I see are raindrops.  June gloom.  Oh well.  Lots of other things to look forward to on this first day of a new month.

Two days until our tiny person is six months old,

Nine more days of school,

One graduation ceremony,

Three more admin meetings,

Two weeks to get ready for a 10k,

Twenty one days until my annual quilt retreat,

Thirty days until #grandshetlandadventure.

Thanks to Carole and Kat for Think Write Thursday

Unraveled Wednesday 


I finally reached the point of placing beads on my shawl.  The first round went well and I am ready for round two.  It is a very subtle addition but fun.

I am re-reading my Shetland magazines, thinking about what to pack, and dreaming of being out of cell phone range for almost 3 weeks!  

This week is getting filled with those kind of tasks that you would rather would hand over to someone else but there is a long weekend coming up so . . .

Thanks Kat for hosting us each week.

Weekending


Someone flipped the switch and we went from winter to summer in the blink of an eye.  Seriously, no time to shift.  My weekend included hunting down some sunglasses and sunscreen, chicken salad with grapes, my first iced coffee of the season, and a lovely hike on a very hilly trail.  In 6 weeks we will begin our Grand Shetland Adventure and there will be a lot of walking.  I’m pretty sure I am up to it but just to make sure, I am planning a longer hike each week.  I do know that I must get some different socks to wear with my hiking boots.  

Hope you had a lovely weekend too.

Unraveled Wednesday – Book Bingo!


I am happy to say that there was no yarn unraveling in the last week.  Believe me, there is plenty of unraveling in the rest of my life.  I did get one more donation hat finished.  I will pick up a few more this week and get the delivered on Saturday.  I am planning to start doing longer walks on the Pipeline Trail over the next 6 weeks to get my hiking boots ready for our Grand Shetland Adventure this summer.

I printed my Summer Bingo card so now it is time to see wher the books on my TBR list will fit.  Visit Mary to get your own card.  I just finished listening to Lily and the Octopus, another great audio book option.

Thank you for the great ideas for adding cinnamon to my beverages.  I tried Lori’s idea and have been very happy with the cinnamon in my smoothie idea.  I am going to try sprinkling some cinnamon on my coffee grounds when I use my Moka.  It sounds like a grand idea.

Thanks again to Kat for hosting Unraveled Wednesdays.