Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"









Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring Break, What I Did On My

The week before spring break was full of issues at work, including me going home sick one day, probably due to stress more than anything, so I was really looking forward to relaxing and resting this past week. And that is mostly the way it went. I hung out with my mom, my daughter, and my stepdaughters, at least a time or two, and my BFF and I were together a lot; we knit at my house, at a couple of LYS, and even one night at the restaurant/bar where my youngest works and calls Bingo games on Wednesday nights! I really didn't do anything except eat out, knit, and nap, so I hope I've recharged enough to make it through the home stretch until June. I did have a bout of intestinal distress and a migraine, so it wasn't all rosy, but I do feel fairly rested and relaxed.

Melissa and I were photo bombed by one of her coworkers!
Lori and I didn't win a thing, but it was lots of fun, especially when Melissa would use her megaphone to give us a shout out!

I also took advantage of being off in the daylight hours to walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the spring flowers. These are tulips from my stepdaughter's wedding three years ago.

 

I think dogwoods are my favorite of all spring blooms.

 
I had hoped to be able to sit on the beach, but although we had some beautiful weather, it was much too windy this week.

I pulled out the sweater I had begun in early fall, and was hoping to finish before tomorrow, but it will take a few more sessions. I only have half of one sleeve (short) and the button band to knit before seaming so it's very, very close.

I also made a couple of "homemade" pizzas, using ingredients from Trader Joe's.

And a lot of the time, I just hung out with my sweet cat, Gracie.

My little shadow; I love her so much!

 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring!

Yesterday was blocking day. I finished a hat and two baby sweaters and decided to block them all today. Was I inspired from this post? Probably. But I'm also ready to gift the two sweaters, so that's the main reason.

This is my third time knitting the One Baby Sweater; I used a skein of Adriafil Knitcol, so it knit up a bit smaller than my last one did, but I love the colors and found the perfect color button in my stash!

 
Shelter yarn really blooms with a soak in warm water. I still don't love knitting with it, but I do like the finished products, so there is that.
 

 

I went to a knitting pajama party last night two weeks ago, which was quite fun. It was a potluck and the shop owner gave out really nice door prizes, plus we did two shower-type games. One was "Guess how many balls/skeins of yarn are in the basket", and the other was the "Don't say the word yarn or pattern or you lose your clip", which is surprisingly difficult when knitting, and was the point of the game. Anyway, it was lots of fun, although between eating and talking, I didn't accomplish much knitting.

Steve and I went out to breakfast and then stopped by the farm market and chatted with my youngest for a few minutes last weekend. Isn't she the cutest?

And yes, that's a hand knit hat I made for her quite a few years ago. Always nice to see her wearing the gift knits. Gracie is super excited about it too!

It's finally looking like spring around here. Lots of flowers, shades of green all over the place, and the birds are really making a lot of noise! I did some closet cleaning this past weekend and took the flannel sheets off the bed. My spring break begins this weekend and I'm hoping to clear out some more clutter and maybe even begin planting some vegetables. My hay bale garden wasn't successful last year, so I'm either going to be more diligent about it or go back to container gardens. So many plans! Hopefully I'll follow through on most of them. Happy Spring!

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Birthday, Darling Girl

My sweet Melissa turned 25 today. Where did the time go?

Who says birthdays are always about cake? She wanted pie, so I baked her a Peach with Creme Fraiche Pie from Smitten Kitchen. It was wonderful, even if we can't wait to have it again when peaches are in season.

Happy birthday, love.

 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring is Here. I Think.

Wow, I've been a slack blogger lately. Not sure if it's because I'm too busy or if I'm too lazy. I've been knitting a bit every day, but mostly I've been working a lot.

I went to Baa Baa Sheep today, a local knit shop that's owned by Roz, one of the kindest shop owners I've ever met. I don't get there nearly as often as I'd like, due to the afore mentioned work load, but at least I made it there today. I bought a copy of Knit Wear and the latest Interweave Knits. Roz has some beautiful yarns, but as I'm trying to knit from stash as much as I can, I resisted today. I was able to hang and knit for awhile though, and catch up with her and my friend, Lori.

I finished the Thoreau Hat in Shelter, as part of Lori's and my plan to knit one Christmas gift project per month. The agreement is that it has to be a Christmas gift to count. If we make something and use it or gift it before Christmas, it doesn't count. We only started it this month, so I'm right in schedule.

 

 

The weather here has been a roller coaster, 75 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next, so I've been taking pictures of my spring flowers, almost as if I need proof the winter is finally ending.

 

 

And here is Gracie, helping me grade papers last weekend. I swear she rarely leaves my side, more like a dog than a cat in that way. Such a sweetie.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cooking

I'm not sure why, but I've been on a cooking binge this week. It's mostly due to the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook I bought from a consignment shop right before Christmas, but hadn't used until now.

Sunday I browsed through it and picked out three recipes, ran to the store for a few ingredients and bam! I made Wild Rice Gratin with Spinach on Sunday as it was the recipe with the longest prep time,


Shells and Peas Alfredo last night,

and today I made Black Bean Ragout in the slow cooker. Not sure how long this will last, but man, oh man, we have certainly enjoyed it.

 

 

The slow cooker beans was a great choice for today, as it allowed me the opportunity to spend an hour on the beach after work today.

The weather was gorgeous and apparently it is supposed to rain tomorrow and be freezing cold on Thursday, so today was the best day to hit the beach. "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" and all that.

 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sad Story

Last Friday, we had an all day rain storm with lots of wind. Consequently, when I was heading to work, I rushed to my car, threw my teaching bag in the back seat like I usually do, and drove to work. When I got home that evening, I noticed a blob in the street. When I got closer, I realized it was my knitting project bag. The Ravelry project bag that held my Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn and Brooklyn Tweed pattern, along with my needles and stitch marker; that had until that very morning been the first twenty rounds or so of the Fortnight hat I was making for my stepson. Unfortunately, it must have fallen out of my car that morning and sat in the road all day, being rained on and run over by cars countless times until the pattern disintegrated, the needles and stitch marker broke, and the yarn was mangled into an unrecognizable mess. The only thing that I was able to salvage was the project bag.
My daughter said I could have saved the yarn, but I just didn't have the heart.
 

On a lighter note, here is the finished and blocked baby sweater, made using the One pattern I've used before.

I love the cute button I found for it, don't you?

Hope all your knitting stories are happy ones!

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What a Difference . . .

A day makes. This was Sunday:

 

72degrees and a gorgeous day for sitting on the beach and knitting, which I did.

 

And this was Monday:

27 degrees with sleet, ice, and snow. School was cancelled Monday and Tuesday, and I spent all day inside, playing with yarn.

Spring seems far away.