Monday, March 16, 2015

hats and caps and storybooks

I took some time to do a bit of catching up this weekend.  I started with my desk and some paperwork before moving on to my sewing room.  This room is my retreat.  I love to take an afternoon to putter (and with the rain we had, it was the perfect weekend for this).  I pulled a pile of fabric and quilts out of the closet and found one that was ready to be pinned and machine quilted.  Then I made a decision about another little wall quilt and got that ready for the final applique additons.  Finally, I gathered the hats I have been knitting the last few months.  We have a knitting group at church.  We make prayer shawls for those in our community going through tough times.  But we also have a very active feeding program and the coordinator loves to take hats to the men and women that come for the monthly dinners or breakfasts.  Hat knitting can be simple or complex.  I have made enough that I can cast on and knit without paying too much attention to counting.  I also am trying some new patterns that are stretching my skills.  I usually knit two hats a month and I am trying to remember to photograph them along the way (that got more fun when I purchased the styrofoam head).  So, here are four of the six hats that I have knit so far in 2015. 
Because it is Monday morning and I am off to work shortly (not to mention I love children's books) here are some fun reads to share with a little person in your life:  Caps for Sale, This is Not My Hat, and A Three Hat Day.
Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

celebrating a new normal

*This post is inspired by Karen

When I was younger, I loved change and pursing new goals.  I would move the furniture at least once a month using the excuse that it was easier to see how much I had cleaned if the furniture was moved around.  I changed purses often, tried new recipes, took classes, joined clubs and committees.

But lately, I have felt myself sinking into a new normal.  I like routine and knowing what is coming.  I love setting up a meal plan so I know what I need to do for dinner.  I like running the same route, listening to the same music.  This fall I minimized my wardrobe and I like wearing the same clothes, cutting out some of the choices.  I like settlng in on the couch each evening instead of going out.  I like getting up and going to bed at the same time.  I cringe when I look at the calendar and see that I will be out two or three evenings in one week.  I want to finish projects and get rid of clutter.  I want to surround myself with fewer things and people that I adore. 
I crossed another finish line this morning.  I was not as fast as last year but a bit faster than I predicted.  As I was running, I found myself so relaxed, really enjoying the run.

I think I can celebrate this new normal.  I wonder how long it will last?

Celebrating with Ruth and friends today

Friday, March 13, 2015

I need ideas

I made this little quilt a few years ago after seeing a quilt at the antique quilt booth in Sisters.  That summer, I was just getting to know Lori.  We met up over the weekend but I didn't see her at the show.  When I got home and started making this little quilt, I discovered that Lori and her friends had visited the book and were going to make cheddar bow ties.  Great minds you know!
I am trying to decide how to quilt my bow ties.  I will hand quilt and was thinking about just diagonal lines but maybe a pattern in the border.  What about color?  White, cream, yellow, blue?  So many options.
I was able to trace my pattern and prewash the fabric for my dress this week.  This afternoon I spent some time digging out my sewing room closet (and found this quilt).  I also had a coffee and knitting date with my daughters this morning.
Happy Weekend!

Monday, March 9, 2015

monday, monday

I had a very good mail day - and after the work day I had, I needed some fun stuff in the mail. 
First, I received some lovely yarn from Amelia.  It will make a beautiful shawl!
Next up - a fun book by this lovely lady that I won on this beautiful blog

Hope your monday included some bright spots!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

on the topic of time

"Making clothing is a conscious choice; it is an investment of time over convenience."  Sonya Philips, 100 Acts of Sewing  

I have been thinking about writing this post for awhile.  The topic of time, especially the perceived shortage of time, is a popular one.  I heard Anne Lamott say that "busy-ness" is an addiction.  We are soooooo busy, too busy, and it becomes an excuse.  (Sometimes I think we could get so much done if we stopped talking about how busy we are.)  I had a conversation a month or so back about not using busy-ness as a reason for saying no to this or that opportunity.  We all get 24 hours a day.  Some of us need more sleep.  Some work crazy, long hours.  Some of us care for young children or aging parents.  There are clubs and committees, exercise, shopping, crafting, and many other demands on our time.  But I get to make (or mostly make) the choices that work for me. 
As I approach a birthday that is seen as a BIG ONE, I am thinking about how I want to use my time.  I don't want to get to the end of my days and regret that I did not take the time to try something new, to travel, to be with good people, to be intentional and perhaps make a difference.
Yesterday, my new pattern arrived in the mail.  I am sure I could have found a similar pattern at the big box fabric store.  I chose to order this one because of Sonya's statement on her website.  And because I love that the Internet gives me the opportunity to support independent crafters.  I learned to sew when I was 6 and have spent many hours making clothing for myself and my daughters.  I am really looking forward to taking the time to make this dress.  And then of course, I need to finish my sweater or perhaps a lovely shawl to adorn that dress. 
This is going to be fun!