yarn along 2017

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It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in yarn along, but knitting is playing a larger role in my days this year, so I plan to be joining in weekly whenever I can throughout 2017. 🙂

And so my first project is a year-long one, as I’ve decided to create a temperature blanket.  For those not in the know, a temperature blanket is created by knitting a row every day in a color corresponding to the temperature outside. Because the high and low temperatures can vary widely where we live, however, I decided to knit two rows daily — one in the color corresponding to the high and another in the color of the low temperature. I also am using colors I already had in my stash, so they don’t all match up exactly with the traditional ones in pattern guides. I know it’s still early days, but I’m loving how it’s looking so far! 🙂 I’ll post an update each month so you can see how the blanket is shaping up.

After regrettably getting away from book reading, in 2016 I made a conscience effort to get back into one of my first loves. And I managed to finish 17 books, which was quite the achievement because I also had to get through several textbooks for my university studies. I’m continuing this trend in 2017, and one of the books currently on my reading pile is the novel “On Beauty” by Zadie Smith. I confess the first 60-70 pages were slow going, but now I’m loving the characters and thoroughly involved in the intertwined storylines — wonderful!

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gratitude sunday

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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • This handsome little guy, who has been a semi-regular visitor to our garden (but has the good sense not to sample the produce!)
  • Evening thunderstorms that break the heat of the day and bring breezy cool relief just before bedtime
  • Opportunities that take me off the Hill (Baldy, that is) and introduce me to new folks and places and worlds I’ve only dreamed of before
  • The knowledge that other homesteady types like us also face challenges in getting all the work done, have to put off projects from time to time, and often don’t get much weeding done after July 🙂

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  • Another great market day on Saturday — we always meet the nicest people at The Red Barn. Many thanks to the new folks who stopped by and to our repeat customers too! 🙂
  • Sweet peas popping out of their pods
  • Great fun at the local country fairs — cows, tractor pull competitions, and the best chocolate ice cream cones
  • A new knitting project this week — I often take a little break from the needles in the spring, but now that planting is done, it felt great to pick them up again 🙂

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  • These six little wee-bits that arrived this weekend: Loretta and Tammy, Dolly and Emmylou, and Mother Maybelle and June Carter. Happy to report they’re all thriving and cute as could be
  • My collection of favorite childhood books — I tend to dip into them during the summer when I favor lighter reading
  • Another book, this one by Elizabeth David, which forever changed my way of thinking about summer cooking/not cooking; in a nutshell, June through August is one long picnic 🙂
  • An open schedule this coming week, which will allow plenty of time to coo over the chicks! 🙂

yarn along

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, to combat the gray and snowy winter landscape, I am continuing to work in bright, springy yarns (this is an organic cotton/wool blend), and the focus is on building up my stock of infant and toddler beanies in colors befitting the upcoming season.  🙂

My book reading pile this week has been neglected — too  many deadlines and other business going to afford me more than ten-minute reading breaks. Which is when I typically dive into my magazine stash (which I confess is formidable!) — an inexpensive little luxury that I still treat myself to. 🙂

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I am finishing up a new cowl in a gorgeous virgin merino/angora wool, and I just love it. On these gray, cold February days, it feels so good to have lighter weight wool and cotton in brighter hues on my needles. And the excitement of the first spring flings and craft shows rapidly approaching helps spur me on as well. 🙂

My reading pile this week is topped by Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. I picked up this Pulitzer Prize winner at our local library’s annual summer sale, but the book sat on my shelf untouched until I was reminded of it by Frances McDormand — one of my all-time favorite actors — at the Golden Globe awards. So now I’m really looking forward to reading this highly acclaimed book.

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Today I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along, sharing what I have been making and reading this week.

On the “make” front, I have started a new project that is neither for the shop nor a gift for friends and family. Rather, I’m working on a prayer shawl that will be donated to a local hospice. It’s been awhile since I’ve knitted in a more charitable way, and I tell you it’s a great feeling, to be able to use a skill to make something meaningful for strangers. 🙂

My reading pile this week is topped by the seventh installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series, called “Blue Shoes and Happiness.” I am probably six or more books behind (he is one prolific author!), but I like to read Precious stories in the throes of winter. There is such a warmth to McCall Smith’s writing that makes his stories just what I want to read on gray, cold January days. 🙂

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freezing rain, agatha, and deadly dinners

IMG_2682I’m not sure why but I tend to find Agatha Christie murder mysteries on my reading pile in December. Of course, there are her Christmas classics like The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, but the setting doesn’t need to be holiday time for my liking. It must be the gray skies, the shifting light, the stillness of early December that call for a bit of suspense.

And today’s dreary freezing rain sets the perfect stage for a bit of her delicious homicidal intrigue, along with a cup of tea and the latest issue of Heirloom Gardener, which (coincidentally?) contains an article titled “Deadly Dinners” — I’m sure Miss Marple would eat that up. Time for another cuppa…..

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I am joining Ginny’s Yarn Along again this week, sharing what we’re making and reading.

It may still be winter, as evidenced by our garden still hiding beneath a glacier half a meter deep, but I have mentally at least made the shift to spring. Sure, I may be tucked in with a hot water bottle, but my mind drifts with imaginings of daffodils, fresh asparagus, and cotton. 🙂

So with the shop winding down for the season, I am knitting for me for a change — a nice bright airy cheerful cowl using O-wool and a mohair/merino blend. It’s almost finished and I love how it’s turned out. 🙂 Also refreshing our bath with new organic cotton washcloths,,,,

On the reading side, I’ve been working through my stack of magazines this week, again seeking springtime inspiration — on the table, around the homestead, in my closet, for my work. I’m happy to report it’s working. And thankfully spring arrives in just 15 days. 🙂

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