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So Many Projects

October 29, 2016

A quick look in the craft closet reveals so many projects already started. I touched all of the knitting today and am convinced in this moment that I really do want to finish all of these.  All of these and the fourteen pairs of socks still in skein form. 

Dubline Cardigan from the Knit Picks collection Celtic Journey. I haven’t been able to settle on the perfect yarn yet. Swatching between other projects. I am daydreaming about wearing this to Rhinebeck next year.

Ocracoke Cardigan from Interweave Knits Summer 2014. I’ve started this three times and struggled with gauge. The yarn is just right and I love the color.

Even though I’m only three rows in, I want to get back to this one soon.

Susan B. Anderson’s Princess and The Pea doll and mattress set from Itty Bitty Toys. Once I choose hair, this should finish up quickly. Maybe an afternoon of mattress making and an hour for the pea pod. This will be an excellent addition to the emergency present stash.

Roxy Fox and Pups were meant for Lady Bug when she was three. She is now ten. Maybe I can sneak it in for her high school graduation.  

The Daddy Long Legs Mittens from Norweigan Handknits have been a delightful jump into a new skill. I am loving the colorwork on these. 

These Hedgehog Mitts came to me partially finished. Unfortunately, there is not enough yarn in the kit to complete them. Anne Girl came to the rescue with yarn from her stash. These will be a gift. I’ve not done fussy textured knitting before. Here’s hoping it keeps my interest long enough to finish!

And lastly, some plain vanilla socks for the Kettle Slayer. I don’t have enough of the blue to finish these as a matching set. I’m on the lookout for one more skein of Mission Falls 1824 in colorway 21. Otherwise, the second sock will end up mostly green.  He won’t mind. 

This winter promises to be good for knitting. And for finishing. 

Saturday Scenes

October 8, 2016

Lady Bug, on page 9 AND 474 at the same time. She was ecstatic about this.

[No picture captured] – Two smallish bears racing through the house shouting, “Do you bite your thumb at me?”

One quilt in progress delivered to the quilter.

One quilt with a deadline begun.

One simple yet delectable dinner.

And lastly, The Kettle Slayer’s leftover condiments, soon to be my breakfast omelette fixings. 

So Many Projects

October 7, 2016

At work, some projects are wrapping up, much to my delight. I know they will be immediately replaced with just as many, if not more, equally urgent to-dos. For the moment, I am soaking up the brief change of pace.

At home, I did a project round up and counted 25 projects either started or existing as ideas with all materials purchased. And that doesn’t include the sock yarn stash (fourteen pairs’ worth)!

Time to implement some project management skills on the home front it seems. Prioritize, plan, complete. 

Tomorrow, I’ll try to get two quilts off to the quilter. The tops are done, the backs are pieced, just need to get them out of the door.

How much can I get done before the end of the year?

Keeping Up

October 5, 2016

Fifth day of October. Postcards mailed so far this month – five. A good start to #31postcards. 


October 4, 2016

At a funeral mass today, I went up during communion, arms crossed, unsure what to expect. I’ve been to Catholic churches where, as a non-Catholic, I was unwelcome. The usual experience is a reluctant pat on the head and an unintelligible  muttering about the blessing of Christ.   Today, the deacon palmed the entire top of my head firmly and declared my blessing. And looked me right in the eye when he was done. Amen and amen, people. That’s how you do church. 


October 3, 2016

True to form, September was busy with new school year beginnings at home and fiscal year-end busyness at work. October arrived and routines magically fell into place. I do love October. Is it the same for every household with students or teachers? When is the magic month where the hard tasks become easier? What wonderful things will arrive this October?


October 2, 2016

I finished the Hello Fall – Manor House quilt top last week. 

Its sister quilt, in Posy Garden, is a Block of the Month from The Clever Quilt Shoppe. Month four of six is shipping soon so there’s still a ways to go on that one.

While I’m waiting on more Posy Garden fabric, I am making progress on Lady Bug’s owl quilt. Today I worked on the tree trunk and two of the branches. Three branches to go!

I snuck in some knitting time too. The Kettle Slayer’s latest socks are coming along steadily. 

It was a good week for making.