Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rhinebeck Wish List and Reality Check

My Rhinebeck wish list is as follows:

Bijou Basin Ranch
Mainly to see the Outlander inspired yarns.

Dragonfly Fibers,
Because I love their yarn and the only local person who sells it is not my favorite place to go.

Green Mountain Spinnery;
They have wonderful, crunchy* yarns.  I may not buy anything because I still have yarn I purchased from them last year (and the year before that), but I love looking.

Hope Spinnery
I love this yarn, despite the fact that I haven't knit with it.  I think it's the colors and the crunchy* factor.

Into the Whirled
I know I've seen their yarn before, but I want to take a closer look this time.

Jennie the Potter
Even though I've never bought from her, her stuff is amazing and maybe this year, I can pick up an ornament or something.  

Lisa Souza
THIS yarn I love and I've made a scarf I love out of her Polwarth Silk and am half way through a Wingspan in a gorgeous blue/green yarn.  I will definitely buy yarn from her.  Definitely.

Melissa Jean
I love her buttons, but I think I'm only buying stitch markers this time.  Some more for me, but mostly for my knitting friends' Christmas gifts.  Love them!!

Similar to Hope Spinnery, I love the colors, the fact that they dye with sea water, and the crunchy* factor.

*When I say crunchy, I mean the yarn feels homespun and rustic, but in a good way, if that makes sense.

Truly, this is the year I need to be careful with my money, as I don't have a lot of it and I already own a RIDICULOUS amount of yarn.  So this list is to help me focus on keeping my acquisitions under control.  After all, the experience of the festival is really enough of a thrill; I truly don't need to load up, especially since I get to go fairly often.  This will be my fourth time and I'm just as excited as I was the first time!!!  And I love that I get to share the experience with my daughter.  That makes it extra special. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Finished! On a Friday

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Achingly Beautiful

Sailboats on the bay:

This weekend was another gorgeous one with more than a hint of autumn in the air, and as a result, I spent lots of time outside, either walking, sitting on the beach, or knitting on the deck. When I was inside, I had the windows wide open and the bay breeze blew the curtains about constantly. All the sunshine, blue skies, and breezes gave me so much energy that I ended up accomplishing a lot in the way of cleaning and cooking. It felt a lot like nesting, which makes sense if you think about the cooler weather coming soon. I shook out rugs, washed blinds and window ledges, and baked. I made pumpkin bars from a Trader Joe mix, pan-fried oysters, delicious black beans with lime juice and mushroom quesadillas, and roasted butternut and acorn squash. Warm, delicious, comfort food that tasted fantastic.

Steve and I went to Arbor Day yesterday and brought home three trees, drank good coffee, and wandered around downtown a bit, including a visit to the Farmer's Market. I met Melissa for more coffee today and the two of us walked around as well, just to enjoy the amazing weather.

I'm almost finished with my cousin's shawl, I'm on the third section of my Lisa Souza yarn Wingspan (shown above), and itching to cast on for something else, although I won't just yet.


Also enjoying my Shake It photo app, shown above.

Apologies for the randomness of this post, but it's either this or nothing. Be kind this week.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Girls Weekend

I had some much needed girls-only time in the Outer Banks of North Carolina this past weekend and the weather was amazing. I came back so relaxed that the workday just flowed by as smooth as silk. We hung out, ate, knit, played cards, and talked nonstop, as well as soaked up some gorgeous late September sunshine on the beach. Our ages ranged from early thirties to late fifties and I think that added to the depth and range of the conversations.

I started a new Wingspan, using a skein of Lisa Souza merino, bought last year at Rhinebeck. I figured if I want to buy any more of her gorgeous yarn, I need to knit up what I already own.

I met my youngest, Melissa, for dinner after work, just to catch up with her, and have been snuggling with Gracie ever since I got home. I need to knit some more, so I can have another lovely day tomorrow, don't you think?


Monday, September 22, 2014


The upper respiratory virus kept me flattened the entire weekend, so I took today off to recuperate, which turned out to be a great idea, since I slept until 10:30 and felt like I'd been run over by a truck when I did get up. Mostly I sat around and read until around two o'clock, when I decided that getting out in the fresh air could only help, so I walked down to the beach and sat for an hour or so, knitting.

I finished the Hitchhiker and the blue-green mittens, and I know the sun and fresh air made me feel a lot better, even if I was exhausted by the time I walked back home. Love the look the wind gave my hair, don't you? (Not really.)

I took a picture of the bulletin board in my classroom last week; I used the Mary Oliver quote I love so much and surrounded it by my students' goals in the shape of a peace sign.

The whole board is surrounded by goals on sentence strips; a school wide activity. The left side of the board is filled with quotes about reading.

Gracie kept me company today. She's my little shadow. I love this pose of her with her little paw covering her eyes.

Back to work tomorrow, in the hopes that I have enough energy for the day.


Sunday, September 21, 2014


The state of my knitting is bordering on ridiculous. I have ten projects languishing, some of them so close to finished I have no idea why I haven't completed them.

This sweater was blocked and ready to be seamed when I realized I made an error; I haven't touched it since May.

I have only the bind off to do on this Hitchhiker shawl, so I can knock that out now.

I think all that needs done on this pair of handwarmers is seaming the ruffle on one of the pair, but since I decided I don't love them, I've stalled out.

Same with this pair.

One Monkey sock done, one to go.

Only thumbs remain on this pair of mittens, so that's next.

Not sure I've gotten much further than what this picture shows, so I need to unearth it.

And this cowl has gone by the wayside for no real reason, except maybe the glaring error?

Started this shawl for my cousin, then realized it wouldn't be as warm as she requested it be, so here it sits. Plus, I changed my mind about the pattern. Frog pond, here it comes.

This one is the alternate shawl and it's two-thirds complete but it's a fairly boring knit so I've run out of steam. As it's a deadline project though, I'll need to buckle down fairly soon.

As I have been laid low all weekend with the upper respiratory virus that's been going around, I've not gotten any knitting done since Thursday. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, I have a nasty case of poison ivy that's been driving me nuts. This weekend officially sucked.

So, what have you been knitting?


Saturday, September 13, 2014

This and That

Hello again. I took this photo at a coffee shop last weekend using a Polaroid app and love the way the shadows look.

I am settling into my back to school routine now. The first two weeks of school went well, despite my proclivity for expecting too much from myself. I think the stress I felt was more about my unrealistic expectations than anything else. But doing a little yard work to burn off some of the anxiety really helped, and the fact that the yard is looking pretty good is just a bonus.

I have a great schedule this year. My first block is an honors class, my second block is my Transition class, and my third block is an inclusion class; I have a co-teacher for the third block and she is awesome to work with. It was tough to settle into three preps, but I think I've got a handle on it now.

I've booked my train ticket to visit Meredith in October, and we will be visiting the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival again; needless to say, I can't wait! This time though, I really don't want to buy as much as I want to just enjoy the event and the time sharing it with my daughter. I've been cleaning up my craft room and the amount of beautiful yarn I already own is a bit embarrassing. I love my stash but it really is too indulgent and fiscally irresponsible for me to continue to buy more, until I either knit a lot more of it up, or else reduce it by selling or gifting. Obviously I won't completely swear not to buy anything, but I do want to be more thoughtful about what I choose to buy. For instance, the beautiful Dream in Color Tulips baby sweater kit I bought on my second visit was a purchase I never regretted, especially since I knit it right away. But the yarn I bought last year is still sitting in my stash and that's just ridiculous.

Stephanie seems to be doing well in Togo; that's her in the red skirt. We were worried about the Ebola scare, since it was in a few of the neighboring countries, but it seems as if she's in the clear.


She sent us a mask that she bought for us and we have hung it in the sunroom:

I can't believe that she has two more years over there. We hope to visit her next Christmas, but haven't decided on the location yet. As much as I've always said I'd love to visit Africa, I don't think I'm up to it after all. Time will tell, I guess.

I spent the day with my friend, Lori, knitting at our LYS, which was very relaxing. I'm two thirds of the way done with my cousin's shawl and itching to start a new project, but picked up my unfinished Hitchhiker shawl instead. Having my UFOs in a basket, ready to grab, was a big help when I was looking for something else to work on.

Well this post was a bit disjointed, but it was either that or no post at all, so here you go. Have a great week!