Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday, and I've finally finished my Match and Move

The pattern is very clever. Even while I was knitting it, I had a hard time seeing the big picture, and decided to just follow the directions and see what I ended up with. It all works out in the end.

I love the yarn. The multi-colored yarn is Wollmeise in Spice Schwammerl and the beautiful solid is Leading Men Fiber Arts in Copper Cloud. They're both yarns that Ryan picked out at The Loopy Ewe last year. Definitely not my usual, but they are lovely together.

But ... I don't love the finished object itself. I didn't love the endless garter stitch. I don't mind it in the Hitchhiker pattern, so that's probably not the real reason. The shape is odd and hard to figure out what to do with. The biggest problem that I've had is that I can't figure out how to wear it. I'm not the kind of person who can artfully drape a scarf around my neck and have it look good. Instead, it either looks like a bib, slides off in the middle of doing something, and I nearly strangled myself when I got it caught in my seat belt.

I think I'll live with it for a little while, see how I feel, and then decide if I've knit a Christmas present or if I'll keep it. Maybe if I added something to the ends like I was compelled to do with my most recent Hitchhikers? The whole time I was knitting, I heard this little voice whispering "It's nice, but it's not a Hitchhiker". Maybe I should listen!

What are you making and reading this week?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gifts From the Universe

I've been slowly gathering plants for the house in MD - gifts, cuttings, divisions, and of course an amaryllis. The windowsills are narrow and since it's a small house, I don't have a lot of extra tables to set the plants on. I brought a few plant stands from home, but could use a few more. There's no Ikea nearby, and I've been looking on Amazon, but everything was more than I really wanted to spend. Then the gifts from the universe started arriving.

I spied this one alongside the road in PA this weekend. It looked okay from a distance, and even better up close, so once I made sure the sign on it said "Free", I grabbed it. I still need to refinish the top, but that should just mean a little sanding and a few coats of polyurethane before it's ready for plants.

Two days later in MD we drove past what looked like a pile of trash, but I thought I saw something that might be wooden and just about the size of a plant stand ... and it was! This one didn't even need refinishing, just a good scrubbing and I'm all set.

This doesn't happen very often, but I'm grateful that that the universe has provided me with exactly what I need, and I even have an extra shelf or two for more plants!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Sometimes Monday ...

... is a day for getting back on track. I'm sorry for my abrupt departure, but I had a family thing (a big thing). I would tell you the story if it was mine to tell, but since it's not, please give your children an extra-tight hug and some good thoughts and prayers would be welcomed. I'm going to ease back into my regular life and talking to you guys is a big part of that.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

More Gratitude

It was so easy to compose my gratitude list yesterday that I even had a few left over and decided to continue counting my blessings. So, here are five more things.

Pop Tarts! I know they're not healthy and contain mostly empty calories, but I still love them. I haven't had one in several years, so I'm going to appreciate the six left in the box.

My second cup of tea on this chilly, rainy day.

This little sparrow spends most of the day sitting right here at the bird feeder. I think he might have some sort of beak malformation. I'm able to get relatively close to him, but not close enough to figure out what's going on. I'm glad to provide seed for him and grateful that he's chosen one of my feeders.

I'm grateful for the ability to vote. This seems especially true in these mid-term elections and I have very high hopes for the outcome, but whatever happens, I value the right to vote.

This so important, I'll say it twice. I'm grateful to be able to vote and also grateful for one more of Roger Angell's pieces. (E.B. White's stepson still has it.) Go vote and be "enthralled by the moment and its meaning."

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sometimes Monday ...

... is a day for gratitude. In celebration of Michelle's Gratitude Week, here are five things I'm grateful for today.

I got my mail, complete with the yarn I was waiting for! There was some more confusion, and I had to go pick it up myself, but my yarn is here!

I'm grateful that I had such a nice day on Sunday to pick up leaves, that I have the ability to wield a rake and the leaf sucker, and that they make such a nice, tidy pile in the street. There will be many, many more to deal with, but for now they're still fun.

Buds on all of my Christmas cactuses make me happy and grateful. There should be lots of flowers around here in the next couple of months!

The joy of having a comforting sequel to one of your favorite books is undeniable, even if it wasn't written by the same author. 

Lastly, I'm grateful that I'm only nine rows away from a/n FO. There is the finishing, weaving in of ends, and blocking, but hopefully soon!

What brings gratitude into your world?

Friday, November 2, 2018

High Hopes

or maybe medium hopes, but I do have some kind of hope for these books. I was anxious to get back to NJ to pick up these books that I had placed on hold. I've been disappointed in the past few books I've started and want to read something, anything, that pulls me into the story, has an interesting plot, or teaches me something. With plenty of wind and rain, this looks like a good weekend for reading, so I don't even have to feel guilty about lying on the sofa and doing just that. 

I was also excited to get back to NJ because there is some yarn I ordered for a Christmas knitting project in the mail that I had held. The post office was supposed to deliver it yesterday, but did not, so I do hope it's in my mailbox today. I don't know if the USPS understands how excited a knitter can get about a new project, but I'm sure if they did, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night would stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. The postal service and I have a love/hate relationship, so I even raked leaves from the front walk this morning so the mailman wouldn't slip. Fingers crossed!

Wishing you a good weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Three on Thursday

Joining Carole and friends for this November Three on Thursday, and today it's with three completely random photos.

One is a preview sky shot, reminding us of what is to come.

Secondly, the first lovely Christmas cactus bloom of the season.

And lastly, this one reminding us that it's a good idea to look more closely.

Head on over to Carole's for more Three on Thursday.