Thursday, April 23, 2015

Newsletter Thursday.

...yep, the shop's newsletter goes out today and I have a lot of work still to do. Typically that means I don't share anything here. But I'm going to change that starting today. Here are two fun photos (and not many words).

First, Charlie sporting his new Playtime cardigan (on Ravelry). This is the first pattern from tincanknits new collection. I knit the 6-12 month size and yay! it fits...with a little room to grow.

And then Holly, exhausted after playing keep away (from Charlie) all day Tuesday and another couple of hours yesterday evening. We had Wednesday night wine and knitting at Katie's. I think Holly was most grateful for my sister's lap (even though it was on the floor)!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Beaufort 2015.

...happy to report that the weekend lived up to every expectation. My mom, sister and I stayed at the just-renovated Sarah Gibbs Barnwell house in the historic district (VRBO link here - it really does look this lovely inside!)  The location was perfect - everything we did except attend church on Sunday morning was just a quick walk away.

We arrived Friday afternoon just in time to check in and settle onto the front porch for a glass of wine and some great people watching. Then we had a very short three block walk to dinner at Emily's. We toasted the weekend and then settled in for tapas.

Six plates later (the ahi tuna tartare is still my favorite, closely followed by oysters rockefeller, but all of it was delicious) our waiter had fun with our after-dinner photo.

We stayed up talking and playing dice and I realized my carefully planned travel knitting didn't have anything suitable for late night games. Our first stop Saturday morning was Coastal Knitting. I bought a ball of Cascade Heritage Paints and a set of size one double points. We did a little shopping and then met up with my dad, brother and our friend Charlie for lunch.

We lazed around Saturday afternoon, resting up for dinner. We went to Griffin Market and had a lovely meal. There were photos...none of which I'm going to share!

Sunday morning was church. I think the last time the five of us were lined up in a front pew was sometime in the 1970's. It felt very special to share the service with my family. And then to hear Charlie play Bach's Toccata in D Minor for the postlude.

We all went back to the Sarah house for brunch (takeout crab cake benedict, shrimp and grits and a shrimp salad). Sunday afternoon weather was ... good for games. And working on my new socks (this is the first time I've used self-striping yarn and I'm smitten).

The rain was just clearing out when we walked to dinner at Saltus River. After Saturday's dinner photo failure, we asked the hostess to take our photo before we sat down.

The restaurant looks out over the river and my sister noticed the sunset. We took turns heading outside to see. I especially love the colors reflected in the puddles.

And the view over the boats.

One more after dinner try (without a waiter :-)

We stayed up late playing Yahtzee. My sister thinks it requires too much thought. I just like that everyone is responsible for their own game (and their own score).

Monday morning was overcast, but not as wet. Here's my last view of the town as we headed home.

Tired, well-fed, and happy.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Flashback Friday | Beaufort. sister, brother and I are headed to Beaufort, SC this morning to spend a long weekend with my mom and dad. This is my brother's first time joining us; he and my dad are sharing the cottage we girls stayed at on our first trip back in 2007. It is crazy to think that we've been doing this weekend away for that many years (we did take off 2011 and 2013, so this is our 7th visit in nine years.)

My sister and I had fun Wednesday night poring over the three albums I've made (for 2008, 2009 and 2010).

But maybe more fun with the blog posts (20072008200920102012, 2014.) I had just started my blog back in 2007 when we made that first visit. (wow!)

my dad, my mom, me, Charlie, Karen - Sea Island Presbyterian, March 4, 2007
We are definitely hoping to recreate this photo; that tree stands in front of the church and it is even more spectacular in real life.

We are also looking forward to games, drinks, walks, low country dining...and a lot of fun sharing old memories and making new ones.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Full of Delight.

...I had every good intention of playing along with yesterday's Ten on Tuesday. Carole's topic was "everyday delights" and my Tuesdays with Charlie are always full of delightful moments. Yesterday, though, "full" was the operative word. A busy seven month old (and then a glass of wine with his mama and dinner and cleaning up after dinner) and I was asleep on my yoga mat at 9:30...with no blog post!

I did, however, take lots of photos! He's started pulling up and the toy box at my house is the perfect height. allow exploration of all the contents. And kneeling! this is the first time I've seen him do that.

Charlie turned seven months on Monday, so it was time for another #quiltselfie. I think we took about 100 and I couldn't get him to take the fingers out of his mouth. Oh well, it's a good reminder that his second tooth is just about to break through and he has something in his mouth almost all the time.

Hope your Tuesday was full of delight as well! (click here to join the Ten on Tuesday fun.)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Shiny New. in projects. knitting projects, that is! I got my Mondo Vest (ugh, still no photos on Ravelry!) onto the blocking board this morning and spent a few hours on what's next - printing patterns, winding yarn, taking photos and updating Ravelry.

What once looked like this - just three WIPs???

now looks like this (that's right - a whole ROW of WIPs!)

Because three WIPs is not nearly enough for this knitter! 

Especially since one of the projects is a crocheted afghan that takes up a whole basket (and, as I discovered last night, a certain "frame of mind" to make forward progress. my fingers were too tired to find the rhythm and I ended up ripping as much as I stitched). 

And one is the Braves season scarf that I'll be adding to s l o w l y over the next five months. Sadly, I had to wind the ball for Home Loss. The team had a great 5-0 start, but now they're 5-1 after yesterday afternoon's loss to the Mets. Note that I haven't knitted any of the Home rounds yet. I might just wait until it's over and I know the whole section (that happens Wednesday, and I'll still only have 12 rounds to add at that point). 

The third is a cardigan for Charlie that's at a fiddle-y spot right now - I have to join the shoulders and pickup stitches for the sleeves (all on dpn's and I'm grateful they're size 5's not size 1's like the onesie from a few weeks back) and then knit the sleeves. One at a time, counting rounds to get the increases in the right place and to be sure sleeve #2 is an identical twin to sleeve #1. And then button bands (and blah, blah, blah till it's done). And then...happy baby photos. but that will likely be next week. 

So I've been spending a bit of time these past few days thinking about what's next. and here it is - THREE new projects! All of which I plan to start this week. Yay for shiny new!

First is Twinleaf. This one wasn't even on my radar until recently (one of my students is knitting it), but it made my queue on Wednesday when I saw the almost-finished version. Another friend is going to KAL and we both bought yarn this weekend. I already had two of the brown skeins in stash; the girls helped me choose the gray yesterday (y'all would laugh to see some of the other suggestions they had :-) This is my traveling epic knit. It's all garter stitch. on size 5 needles. it begins with 360(ish) stitches and there are short rows. My goal is to finish it in June (so I can start another epic knit with another friend).

And then Same Same but Different. I'm calling this Same Same (Not) because 1) I've never used the contiguous sleeve method; and 2) this is the second time I'm trying this yarn in a cardigan (the first was a couple of years back and I frogged it) - I can only hope this version doesn't end up in the frog pond, too! The yarn I'm using is Spud&Chloe Fine in the Dolphin colorway.

And finally, the Through the Loops Mystery Socks. My sister and I are going to KAL (she's already started hers, but she does two at a time...I'm hoping I can catchup quickly and then keep up since I'll just be knitting one). The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Ysolda Red that I bought in 2010. It spent the first four years of its life as a WIP and then in hibernation. I finally frogged and reclaimed the yarn this past weekend.

Feeling pretty good that I'm getting three new projects out of just two new skeins of yarn! And that I'll have a variety of projects...big and little, easy and hard (and hopefully a few in between), quick and not-so... to suit any type of situation. Because EVERY situation requires a project, right?

What's next in line in your queue?