Oh bugger…..

I hope that this blog finds you well.  I on the other hand, am not.  I have summer cold and somehow they just feel worse.  I wonder why that is?

It’s timing couldn’t have been worse as I have the weekdays to myself since my son is at camp.  I had hoped to get a bunch of work done, but no dice.  I have been kinda giving into this and napping when I need to since it’s just me and the dog and the house is very quiet.

I have been knitting quite a bit and have reached the beading portion of the pattern which makes me so happy!

My neighbor called me to let me know that a lone fawn was in my yarn.  This little one was all alone, not a parent in sight.  Pardon the picture, I reached for a camera and the battery was dead so I had to use my iPhone camera.

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Pictures of the lace soon.  I know you want to see it with some bling.

I’m off to have some tea and a bit of a nap!

Hope you are having a great day!

Michele

Adjusting….

Our Herb garden

Our Herb garden

We have been adjusting to the loss of our Chloe.  It has been a rather rough couple of weeks and it was all I could do to write that tribute to her.  For such a small kitty, she left such a big void.  I feel her absence the most at what would be her feeding times and at night when she would grace us with her presence.  The other situation that has developed is that the dog has been very affected by her absence.  The dog has never been alone and she has been looking for Chloe and making strange noises and has become SUPER CLINGY.  When we return home after being out the greeting is a bit beyond frantic.  We have been giving her extra attention and she is coming around.  Needless to say we are going to be adjusting for quite some time.

To keep my hands busy and my mind occupied I have been knitting away on my lovely lace project.  It’s really quite beautiful.  Pictures on the next blog because it is just a longer piece of what you saw earlier.

In other news, summer is flying!!  I can’t believe that we are almost into the middle of July.  Time sure does fly when you are busy and schlepping the boy all over the place.  He had his first friend sleep over Thursday night and it was the best birthday gift a mom could ask for.  His friend is super sweet and they had a wonderful time.  It brought back lots of memories of when I was younger and my summer sleepovers.

This week my son has horse camp so I plan on doing some dying.  I feel some funky colors coming and knitting quite a bit.  Sounds lovely to me.

I am sure that you all remember this winter and the Polar Vortex, well, now they (the weather people) are saying that this is going to happen again on Monday and Tuesday in these parts.  I have to say that weather is really funky and very scary.  I don’t mind thunderstorms but tornado’s are a totally different story.  I pray that it won’t be so terrible.

I hope that you are enjoying your Sunday.  Have a great day and I’ll see you back soon!

Michele

You had me at…..

Purrrrrr!  Oh, what a motor you had.  You picked me that day in the animal shelter 18 years ago.  You and your beautiful eyes and the paw that you tried to reach out to me with and that amazingly loud motor, yes my beautiful Chloe, you had me at purrrr!

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Your human family loved you very much.  You were the one and only for many years before we had Bryce and I know that was a BIG adjustment for you.  For an indoor kitty you had lots of indoor fun and a few escapes.  You never went far from your home life  which was much too posh for you to become an outside kitty.  You loved the birds and your catnip and even the baby, eventually.  Your life included four moves and in the last 4 years of your life, we threw in a puppy.  Life was rocky for a good while, but you set the dog straight on who was boss and she knew it.  Fresca seems a bit lost without you.

It was hard watching you age and lose your hearing, but you adjusted and we kept our eyes on you.  We had 18 wonderful years with you and you rescued us as much as we rescued you.  You were Daddy’s first fur baby and he adored you!!  I keep looking at “your spot” on Daddy’s chair and it just doesn’t look right without you curled up there.

As I held you on Saturday and let you go, I stroked that same paw that reached out for me many years ago.  You will forever be in our hearts Chloe.

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Rest easy my fur baby.

Love,

The Humans Who Loved You

(Your human mother wrote this through a river of tears, forgive any errors in grammar).

Sounds of Summer….

Another summer is upon us.  The seasons seem to come and go more quickly than I remember.  After the bitterly cold winter we had, I won’t be complaining much about the heat….humidity, well, that’s another story.

When I am out at night with the dog I love to listen to the sounds of summer.  All the night creatures singing their summer songs and the fireflies dancing along.  Brings back lots of memories of summers past.

Bryce was out in the field catching fireflies in a mason jar one night and it was the perfect summer thing to do. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and less the sound of everyone firing up their mowers.  Personally I think there could be a designated “cutting time” for everyone in my neighborhood and then we could enjoy the summer sounds.  I’m just saying’.

Summer knitting for me is almost always lace.  I really do love to knit it.  Think of all the places that are made freezing cold by the air conditioners.  I was in a restaurant earlier this week for breakfast, after a camp drop off, and it was freezing in there.  I mean my hot coffee was now iced if you didn’t drink it fast enough cold.  I could have used a shawl and will remember to carry one from now on.  So, this is what I am knitting at the moment….

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The pattern is Sierra Lupine by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and it can either be knit as a scarf or wrap.  I am opting to make the scarf but increasing the body by a few repeats to make it longer.  This little lovely will have some beading too!!  Any excuse to go to the bead store.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Michele

 

 

 

Handspun…..

Oh my indeed!

Two years go in a Dyer’s Christmas Swap I was lucky to receive a braid of lovely fluffy stuff which has sat quietly in its zip lock bag and every once in a while I would hear the whisper….Spin me….make me yarn.  I have been tempted to buy a wheel but the itch hasn’t been itchy enough…you know what I mean.  I already dye the yarn, do I really want to make it too?? The inner me is like HELL YES but the practical side wins out every time.

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While on Twitter chatting with my virtual fiber friends, I got chatting with Tammy who is Black Sheep Goods and man can she spin.  After much chatting it was decided that I would send the lovely fluffy stuff to her and she would send me back yarn that was ready to rock and roll.  Mind you I was sending this the British Columbia, CA.  I thought the fluffy stuff deserved an adventure and I met a lovely lady who made this for me.

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It is 100% Corriedale and just a beautiful as can be.  It is about 390 yards of  fingering.  I wish you had touch-a-vision because this has me completely smitten with the whole process.  I keep it close and pet it often and wonder what it might want to be.

On another note, I just updated my Etsy shop.  There are gradients and our new Sport weight yarn, Yankee Clipper.  Be sure to stop by and check it out.

It’s knit night with my peeps! I hope you have a wonderful evening!

Best,

Michele

 

Promotion Day….

Hello Friends,

Whew, what a crazy couple of weeks!  Busy, busy, busy!!  Lots of end of school year events which concluded yesterday with a Promotion ceremony for the 5th graders.  It was a sweet ceremony and of course I shed a few tears.  Part of me wants to hold him close and part of me wants to send him forward.  I’ll have the summer with him and we will have plenty of time together between camps.

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Here he is with his teachers.  They had a lovely ceremony which concluded with all students singing the song Happy.

I made these two lovely ladies the sweetest lavender sachets with leftover sock yarn.  They were lots of fun to make and due to the late hour at which it all came together, there are no pictures.  I used the pattern in the book, One Skein by Leigh Radford.   A great little book with lots of interesting projects.

I hope that all is well with you!

Michele

 

 

 

Brain freeze….

I was doing so well and then I wasn’t.  You know that feeling when you put your car keys down in an unfamiliar spot and internally you are screaming NOOOOO and yet you leave them there and them guess what….you have NOOOOO ideas where that unfamiliar place is.  Thank heavens for spare keys is all I can say.

I have had a week from HE double hockey sticks and it will end with a small ArtFest tomorrow that I am participating in.  Forecast for Saturday night into Sunday, face plant into bed.

I have an assigned photographer for the event (my son) because I always forget to take pictures.  He’s my go to guy for that stuff.  I will have a tent set up next to mine for the knitters.  So if you are heading to ArtFest LaPlata and you are a knitter, bring a chair and make some new friends.

I thought by writing this post I might have a “moment” where I remember where the keys are, but nope, nothing!

I am going to knit for a bit then bed.  Sweet dreams and look forward to some interesting pictures.

Cheers,

Michele

 

The years are going too fast…

It seems like yesterday we were driving to the hospital on a crystal clear perfect spring morning, 11 years ago today.

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It seems like yesterday when I could hold him in my arms and rock him while reading books and singing to him.

These past 11 years you have put us through the paces making us better parents.  I hear more of my mother in my words everyday, I must be doing something right.

You make me laugh and you make me cry and though parenting is the hardest job I could ever imagine, I wouldn’t change the experience for anything else.

I feel terrible that you are sick on your birthday.  I secretly hope that there might be some cuddle time in there for me.

I promise to stop cutting your meat.  To my defense, there was a choking incident when you were young and I’m still not over it.  I promise to listen more before passing judgement.

I am so proud of the young man who you are becoming.  You are my best work in progress dear son.

As for your birthday wish list of all things that start with an “i”, here you go!

I will love you always and forever.

I will always listen to your point of view.

I will always be there, no matter what.

I may not always agree with you.

I honor the person you are.

I love you to infinity and beyond.

I love your freckles!!

Lots of “i’s” and not connected with a pod, touch, pad, or shuffle.

Happy Birthday to my sweet son Bryce.

Love,

Your Mom

 

It was like magic…..

I hope that you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!  I sure did since my family was up north.  I had the whole glorious weekend to myself!  I ran with scissors and everything!!

I had an idea and it’s been bumping around in my brain for a bit and I finally just  went for it and did it.  Here is the result….

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Now mind you,  I just grabbed some dye that was at arm’s length and started to play.  Now I can’t stop!!  This would make a beautiful Zuzu’s Petals and I have our new sport weight, Yankee Clipper.  A perfect pairing I do believe!!

These lovelies will make their debut on June 7th at ArtFest LaPlata from Noon until 6:00.  There is even a tented area next to me for all you knitters, just bring a chair.

The dye pots are calling……see you soon!

Michele

Murphy’s Law Indeed…

I have been missing a pair of Signature Needles for quite sometime and on occasion, I have lent them out….I can hear your gasp from here….and I check with the people to whom I would have lent them and everyone said no, they didn’t have them.

I looked thru (insert sad face here), several project bags that have housed project I either no longer love or have kinda forgotten about…it happens.  No dice.  I even looked in the “bigger” bags that I schlep all the little bags around in (I’m in danger of becoming a bag lady), still nothing!

I came to the realization that I would just have to replace them and that I exactly what I did a few weeks back at MD Sheep and Wool.  As predicted, I found them today, under my bed in a project LONG forgotten.  So, now I have a fixed 3 and one of the new Interchangeable 3’s.  But what I really needed was my US Size 4, and then I couldn’t find that only to realize I was knitting with it.

In other news, I am busy getting ready for a small festival on June 7 and I am excited because this year I will have the grid wall and the yarns will be displayed as they should be displayed.

I will also be introducing our new Sport Weight yarn, Yankee Clipper!  All good things.

I’m off to set the house straight as I have made a big mess looking for stuff.

Best,

Michele