Friday, October 28, 2016


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Monday, October 10, 2016

I love October

I know we are 10 days into October but it has been a busy few weeks here and I haven't had time to celebrate yet.  On Friday, I was able to take the afternoon off and get to the trail for a run before the sun went down.  As I came to my end point, I turned and saw the sun shining through this beautiful tree.  I love the way the colors change and cast a new light on the landscape.  It is like a little reminder to look up!
This is the evergreen state so we have a lot of trees.  Many of them stay greenish all year but we have a wide variety of yellow, gold, orange, and red thrown in as summer turns to fall.
Over the weekend I made some beautiful orange soups - Carrot Ginger and Sweet Potato with lentils.  Today I am planning to pull out my fall quilts and decorations and pick up a few pumpkins at the store.  And I think I have some orange wool in the sewing room that would make the perfect pumpkin for a little table topper.
Hope there are beautiful colors in your part of the world today.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Why do you . . .?

I love to knit hats.  Last week, I was struggling with a lace pattern on my current shawl and I put it down and started a new hat.  In no time at all I found that knitting peace and after a few days, I was able to return to the lace pattern.  The funny thing is that I don't really wear hats.  So I knit for others.  We are currently collecting kid sized hats that will be sent to Mongolia.  These four hats we dropped off last week.  Today I have two more to add to the box.
I had an email from Churchmouse yarns the other day titled Why do we knit?    And a few weeks ago Helen Stewart asked what is it about knitting that brings you joy.  I sometmes knit for products, like hats, but more often for the process, the act of knitting, the click of needes, and watching a pattern emerge.  I generally find joy in all the bits and pieces of knitting.  I love to browse patterns, wander in a yarn shop, cast on, learn a new technique.  I have even found joy in un-knitting a project that is just not working.  It is like liberating the yarn for something new!  I would say the only piece I do not love is when my yarn gets tangles coming off the skein.  I spent almost an hour untangling a skein of yarn that was supposed to be a center pull.
I am ready for the next step of that lace project, another new to me technique.  This morning I cast on another hat.  All is well with my world.
I think these questions apply to knitting and quilting.  So, why do you craft?  And what bits and pieces bring you joy?
linking up with Kathy today
Happy Sunday 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday fiber

Another Friday and some lovely fiber on my needles.  I almost stopped this project last weekend - hit a snag and fell a bit out of love with it.  But I am back on track now with a goal of being ready for the next step by Sunday afternoon.  I have company coming over to help me sort out the next bit - some new to me instructions.  
We have some wind and rain this morning - blustery!  Hope this day finds you warm and safe with some fiber to take into the week-end.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Yarn and books

I received my first Book of the Month club box.  Yup.  I jumped on that bandwagon.  The first book is The Wonder.  It will likely sit in this box for at least a few weeks while I finish up The Nest.  I also downloaded Life Animated by Ron Suskind for my commute listening.  So many books I want to be reading!
In addition to my mystery shawl, I have a hat on my needles that is a lovely blend of interesting and simple, perfect for evening knitting after an over full day.
I am having trouble with blogger lately.  I am rarely on my computer at home and the mobile app keeps crashing on my iPad.  Very frustrating.  I am contemplating a return to my wordpress blog.  I'll let you know.
For now, we made it to Wednesday again.
Enjoy your day.

Linking up with Ginny today.