Thursday, April 30, 2015
in time of daffodils(who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how
in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so(forgetting seem)
in time of roses(who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if,remember yes
in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek(forgetting find)
and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me,remember me
Many thanks to Kym for spreading the word about Poem in Your Pocket Day!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
...Carole was on vacation last week (lucky girl!) and has asked us to catch her up on what she missed. Honestly, it wasn't much from my end, but here goes:
1. Drove back from South Carolina (and eventually wrote a blog post about our weekend).
2. Finished Charlie's Playtime sweater and got him to model it for me.
3. Shared wine and a lot of laughter with my sister and Katie (and enjoyed having Rob sit in for one more glass).
4. Knitted ... on socks, Twinleaf, Same Same and my baseball scarf.
5. Published the shop's newsletter.
6. Wrote four long-overdue cards (I still have a few more to go but this was a great start!)
7. Volunteered with the knitting and crochet group at the nursing home.
8. Started the weekend at wine-thirty on Friday afternoon...with two of my favorite people...and two more friends.
9. Finished What Is the What. (this happened Saturday evening and I had to re-listen to the last chapter Sunday morning ... to let it really sink in) It's a heartbreaking and beautiful story.
10. Took two long walks with Holly and was delighted to see this view (am I the only one who thought spring brought only green leaves?!)
Thank you, Carole, for the opportunity to reflect...on a productive and fun week (even without a vacation!) I look forward to seeing more of what everyone else was up to as well.
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Monday, April 27, 2015
blanket for Charlie. [I'm hoping to have this finished before they head for the beach. on May 9. stay tuned!]
a baby girl sweater. I've been wanting to knit this one - with a pink ruffle! - ever since I found out Charlie was a boy...and yesterday learned that our associate pastor just had a baby girl. I'm going to knit the sweater out of the purple and the ruffle and i-cord edgings with the light pink.
I've pre-ordered Elise's Get to Work Book; it ships in June. Despite all my i-devices, I am very much a paper girl. I can't wait to brainstorm ideas...and then work through them to execution - on paper. I might even be planning a new purchase of colorful markers and post-it notes!
I picked up installments 4, 5 and 6 in Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series at the latest Kindle sale. I'm ready for a little easy reading and these seem just the ticket along with, I hope, a few more installments of Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series. I'm nearly done re-reading the first one which I initially read some 10-12 years ago. Then I'll re-read the second and third (still on my bookshelf) before launching into new territory.
My parents have rented a huge house in the North Georgia mountains for a family reunion over Memorial Day. It's hard to believe that's now less than a month away! All three of us kids and our families (including those who live in Wisconsin and Texas) are planning to attend. It will be the first time since Katie's wedding we're all together. And the first time in years (maybe ever?!) that we've been together in one big house!
And last but not least, Marc bought me a plane ticket yesterday to spend nearly a week in Madison over the July 4th weekend. I hope the peonies will still be blooming. And of course, I'm beyond excited to have that much time with Sara. I have very fond memories of July 4th in New York City's Central Park with Katie (way back in 2009) and I have a feeling Madison does a pretty great Fourth.
I'd love to know what's upcoming in your world; please share!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
...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).
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)!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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
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 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 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 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
...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.
...to 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
What once looked like this - just three WIPs???
now looks like this (that's right - a whole ROW of WIPs!)
Friday, April 10, 2015
...pigs are flying again! In an effort to learn more about baseball - and hugely inspired by Kristen and the 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcast (episode 87) - I've decided to knit a baseball cowl...for the Braves 2015 season. The idea is that you choose four colors (Home Win, Away Win, Home Loss, Away Loss) and knit stripes according to the team's record.
The hardest part - so far, anyway! - has been choosing the yarn. I am not a huge fan of the Braves' red/navy/white colors. (I'm more of a gray/black/khaki girl.) Shibui to the rescue! Their Suit is a great navy, I love Brick (red - I've used it in two of my recent projects) and Fog/Ivory work for "white". I'll be using Brick for Home Wins, Suit for Away Wins, Fog for Home Losses and Ivory for Away Losses.
When I was planning this project, my son-in-law advised that I should choose "loss" colors I really liked since they'd likely predominate the finished piece. Imagine everyone's surprise when the first three stripes are Suit! That's right, the Braves WON!!! their first three (away) games vs the Marlins. Their home opener is tonight vs the Mets. I'm not even going to wind the yarn until the game is over. All I know for sure is that the run of Suit is over for another week.
Full disclosure, I haven't actually watched a game yet. It's Masters Week which means 24/7 golf around here ... but Marc is headed to Augusta this morning so maybe I'll actually get to see some of tonight's game. Although my seats won't be nearly as much fun as my sister's - who'll be there in person!
Are you a baseball fan? if so, which team is your favorite?
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
...I've been meaning to post a Book Report. Thanks to Book Riot's Read Harder challenge, I've been reading more and exploring new genres. Today, Carole's asked us to share the last ten books we read; I think it's time for that Book Report!
The image above is my finished shelf for 2015. 16 books (all but that first one, Maeve Binchy's Week in Winter have been for the Read Harder challenge), 11 I listened to and five I read (although I listened to The Little Prince, I looked at the book for all the pictures ;-) You can see all the details on Goodreads. Here are my highlights:
Americanah. This was my first 5-star book of the year. Total kudos to the challenge for pushing me to actually read it. I first heard about it on the Book Riot podcast and pooh pooh'd it as anything I might like. But it was pretty much the front-runner choice for a book by an African author. For good reason. I listened to this one which I definitely think enhanced the experience. The narrator has a wonderful African English accent and she knows how to pronounce all the names. I'm embarrassed how much I learned about blacks - especially American blacks - but I've taken the learnings to heart. Highly recommend to just about everyone.
The Martian. My second 5-star book (and another recommendation from the podcast). Again, not one I would've chosen on my own. Science Fiction. "MacGyver in Space". yeah...not my thing. But this was such an interesting story (totally appeals to the Georgia Tech geek that I am) and I loved Mark Watney - he made me laugh and even cry a few times. Also, it was a book I read. no multi-tasking here. I loved every minute. and there were a few late nights and early mornings before I finished it. I'm not recommending this one to many; but I hope my dad reads it!
Emma. One of the challenge categories is a book written before 1850. I planned to re-read something by Jane Austen because hey, I'm getting stretched in other areas and I adore Jane! After Longbourn, I was thinking it would be Pride and Prejudice, but then Emma jumped to the top of the list when I saw that Alexander McCall Smith will be releasing an Emma re-telling shortly. This was actually a re-listen. I wholeheartedly recommend Elizabeth Klett's Librivox recording. I first read/listened to this in 2010; then I was wrapped up in the Clueless re-telling...this time I knew how it worked out but it was still a delight. Austen's wit and perception really shine through, and I can almost hear a twinkling eye in Klett's narration.
One Summer. I just finished this and again, I'm grateful to the challenge for pushing me to it. Non-fiction is really not my thing. Bill Bryson might change my mind about that! This is an in-depth look at America, June-September, 1927. Oh my what a mess. And oh my how Bill Bryson can make sense of it, and weave dozens of seemingly unrelated stories into a cohesive whole.
I have nine more books to complete the challenge; I've selected all but the "guilty pleasure". Because honestly, I can't imagine what kind of book that would be. What would you recommend?
...and finally, because it is, after all, Tuesday - and Charlie was here all day! He played, we played, I watched him play. This little montage sums up his approach to toys right now. He sees, he tastes, he sets it aside (and moves on to something else)!
Monday, April 6, 2015
Charlie and I both sported new knitwear for Easter. We stopped by the lake after church yesterday for photos.
His onesie fits perfectly, which, considering the pattern comes in just one size (3-6 months) is a miracle. The pattern was easy enough, but the finishing was fiddle-y (miles of 1x1 ribbing on size 1 needles is always going to be fiddle-y, I guess).
Thank goodness Marc was home to help me with the snaps. This is the first time I've ever used a hammer to finish a piece of knitting!
I'm pretty happy with my Xenia cowl, too. In all, a huge success!
Sunday, April 5, 2015
|from this morning's walk|
Saturday, April 4, 2015
and modeled (thank you to Katie for the photos). First the ubiquitous #holdyourcowlup shot.
and then two more with the little monkey.
The pattern as written calls for three colors of a fingering weight cashmere yarn. I used Shibui's latest Twig (a sport-ish weight silk/linen/merino blend). With a slightly different gauge, a little less yardage and a much different fiber blend, I made quite a few modifications. And - for once! - they turned out great. I'm really pleased with the size and drape...and kudos to Joji Locatelli for the fabulous design and inspiration.
We're going to be sharing the suggested modifications in an upcoming newsletter, so for now, my notes aren't on Ravelry (which feels really weird, by the way! but here's the project link in case you're curious). This was an easy and fun knit and I hope we drum up some excitement for it at the shop.