Friday, March 23, 2018


borrowing this Friday post idea from Kym, with thanks!

more of the lovely landscape outside our North Carolina cottage
Thinking About ... solitude. I've been reading Holy Solitude this Lenten season. As an introvert, I've always felt comfortable being alone (I need time by myself to recharge). Haverkamp is introducing me to a whole new-to-me cast of folks through the ages who practiced solitude with purpose.
"Being alone sounds sad, aimless, or lonely, to hear ads or memes describe it. Solitude, however, is chosen and purposeful." (from the Introduction)
I'm looking forward to incorporating some of her ideas into my morning solitude time ... after Easter.

Grateful For ... a slow day at home. Marc's playing golf and it's just me and the dog. quiet. peaceful.

Inspired By ... the longer days and other signs of Spring to lighten up. my wardrobe. my diet. my house.

Fun ... Sara arrives this evening! we have plans for lunch with mom, a wine tasting, Homeland "live" (the only time I watch it in real time on Sunday evening is when I'm with her) and dinner with Katie.

Here's to the weekend! Have a good one, my friends!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Three on Thursday | Spring Cardigans.

even the colors look like Spring!
I wove in the ends on that last winter sweater* last night ... and I am ready to knit for Spring! I have yarn (above) for these three Spring cardigans
 clockwise from left - Quick Sand, Quintessential Cardigan, Balise Cardigan
and I've even swatched for two of them.

1. The purple linen will be another Quick Sand. I knit a few rows on 9's and like the fabric, but the stitches are little smaller than the pattern suggests. I'll knit the next size up to compensate.

2. The green cotton/silk blend will be another Quintessential Cardigan. The yarn is from my mother-in-law's stash and I know she'd approve of this choice (especially if I can find green/navy buttons to match!). The ball band gauge/needle matches the pattern exactly. So I'm going to knit a sleeve-as-swatch and fingers crossed it works!

3. The gray and pink Coast is for the Balise Cardigan (which was part of my original MakeNine). I knit an actual swatch for this - on size 2's and 2.5's and the 2.5's won. A few of the girls in my Monday knitting group are knitting this, too. Hopefully we'll have a group WIP photo to share soon.

This is a lot of stockinette; thank goodness the patterns and yarn (and needles - 2.5, 5, 9) will add some variety. But just in case I get bored, I wound the yarn for Joji's Suburban Wrap.  

What are you planning to knit for Spring?

Check out the link up at Carole's to see more Three on Thursday lists.

*as luck would have it, the weather for the next few days looks perfect for its debut. and then I hope to pack it away ... until next Fall!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Watercolor Wednesday | Scenes from the Orchard.

We've had a delightful time visiting and catching up. Even the weather was smiling yesterday.

We walked outside in the morning to get Martha a few photos to share on Facebook.

Martha and Mother 
Later in the afternoon, Holly and I ventured out for a long walk through the orchards. so beautiful and peaceful.

We're headed home later this morning (thankfully, not through snow!) - it's been a short, but wonderful, change of scenery.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sometimes Mondays.

...bring a change of scenery.
for the record, my mom (riding shotgun 😉) took this photo
the view from our living room
Her friend Martha should be here any minute ... we decided not to wait!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Laying Low.

Well, hello there! I've missed y'all ... and I've missed being here, but I was doing important Marmie work this week. A stomach bug flew into Katie's house Tuesday evening and played havoc until Friday. It was a tough bugger, too, because it managed to come home with me.  But after two days of laying low, I woke up this morning feeling much better (I'm even drinking coffee!)

There are certainly moments (minutes ... hours ...?!) of these past five days I look forward to forgetting, but many more I'm glad I captured with my phone.
not a great photo of me for sure, but it's most unusual that I get to sleep/snuggle with little Sam
keeping watch over Charlie and knitting Bateaux Mouches ... gotta love a project you can knit in the almost-dark

I love how resilient these boys are ... that bug was tough, but these boys are tougher! Me, however, I needed a lot of sleep, tea and crackers to recover. In between naps, I've been enjoying The Power and knitting Comfort Fade. One more day of laying low and I just might finish one of them!

Happy Weekend!