a summer bucket list 

Summer break is still a few weeks away.  The students will be gone after next week and the teachers will finish up shortly after that so my schedule will be more relaxed but there is still much to do to wrap up the year.  That doesn’t mean I am not dreaming of summer days.  Today Carole and Kat have asked us about a summer bucket list.  A big part of my summer will be our trip to the U.K.  But there will be time for the summer things.  My top ten would be:

  1. Coffee on the deck in the morning, a glass of wine in the evening
  2. Spend time with our tiny person
  3. Mother-daughter dates
  4. Revive date night with my husband
  5. Take all the boxes from my winter and spring purge fest to various donation drops
  6. Fill some more boxes with craft stuff to be donated
  7. Have flowers in my kitchen every week
  8. Get at least two bingos on my Summer Bingo card
  9. Shop at the farmer’s market
  10. Pump up my tires and take my bike out for a few longer rides 

Thanks to Carole and Kat for a fun prompt.

Fiber Friday


It was a long week and I’m not exactly sure why but I know that it felt long to a lot of people.  But we did see a bit more sunshine this week and even had a few days that didn’t require me to put up my hood every time I stepped out of my office.  That was lovely.

And there was fiber in my week.  I started the sleeves on my Annabel cardigan.  I am almost to the elbow on sleeve #1.  I started with magic loop but after two inches my arms were getting tired so I am knitting the rest of the sleeve flat and will seam it up.  I will follow that same method on the second sleeve to have consistency.  The garter stitch is quite forgiving and bouncy.

I made two pair of pants for our tiny person.  That was very fun and super simple.  His lovely mom put them on him yesterday so I got to see them when I picked him up for a few hours.

Tomorrow I am going to meet with some quilters.  I met these ladies when I joined the Sue Spargo block of the month  last year but have not made it to many of their gatherings.  I am taking some of the red strips I cut last weekend to sew some blocks for the 70273 project.

Hope your week was good.  Happy spring and enjoy your weekend.

Yarnalong – revisiting


I don’t often reread books but this author is an exception.  I have read and reread each of his books.  And then I sometimes listen to the audio version.  I first read Being Mortal in 2014 and began recommending it to everyone.  Recently, our family has been faced with helping dad make some next step decisions.  I kept thinking back to this book, finding guidance in Gwande’s research and stories.  Over the weekend, I downloaded the audio book and have been soaking up his wisdom.

My knitting is also a re-do.  I knit this little hat for our tiny person but it was a bit short and I knew it would not last long.  So last night I pulled out the top section and added a few more inches.  The yarn is very soft and the colors actually match his quilt – not planned.  It is a simple knit3 pearl1 pattern and was a quick fix.  I have been working on my Annabel and have made good progress on the body.  Just the kind of back and forth knitting my brain needs right now.

Happy Wednesday.  I am looking forward to our first book group meeting tonight.  We will be reading and discussions Scouting the Divine over the next few weeks.  Another book I have now read twice.  Hmmm?

Sharing with Ginny and Frontier Dreams today.

Yarn and books: small stuff


My knitting and my reading are moving in a small direction this week.  I have been able to spend some extended time with our tiny person which has been so wonderful.  I am getting to know him, figuring out the different cries, noticing what helps and what does not (very important).  I have to say that I am not anxious about his fleeting moments of distress the way I was when our own daughter was tiny.  I guess that is one of the reasons why everyone says it is so much fun to be a grandparent.

The other night, I knew we had a short time before mom and dad would arrive, not enough time for a bottle or another nap but we needed a distraction.  I pulled out this fun book and we spent ten minutes reading and looking at the pages.  He was so engaged!  I only wish I could have seen his little face.  

On my needles this week are some tiny knits too.  I finished a baby hat last weekend and immediately cast on another one with these small bits of yarn.  Yesterday I purchased the new patterns from Tin Can Knits and cast on a small sleeve.  I don’t often knit with dpns but I am off to a good beginning.  

I have bigger knitting projects and an ever growing pile of books but for this week, I am treasuring the small stuff.  Visit Ginny and Karen for more yarn and book inspiration.

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.