Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DOING WHAT I LOVE:: YARN ALONG

"Lets do what we love,
and do a lot of it. "
[knitting, knitting, knitting]

~ Marc Jacobs







 
 
 
 
 

 
 

I finished a sock
and cast on it's mate,
but it is being set
aside to knit a baby
blanket for a sweet
little girl being born
next month to a friend.

Still reading How to Catch a Frog
when not watching bees busy at work.

Joining with Ginny


Sunday, March 1, 2015

PLUVIOPHILE

Pluviophile
(n.) a lover of rain;
someone who finds
joy and peace of mind
during rainy days.

 A weekend filled with cool temperatures
and rain, misty drops for the most part,
but a few heavy downpours, along with
thunder and lightening made for quite
a show.

Other than the times I needed to venture
outside to feed animals and chase naughty
chickens who escaped their pen I have stayed
 in, warmed by the woodstove and feeling
quite happy there was no place I needed to
be.  I finished knitting a sock and cast on
it's partner since I didn't knit them side by
side this time. I read a book and watched
Jaws for what feels like the 100th time.
I ate soup three days in a row and loved
every bowl full. My Girl Scout cookies
were delivered by a sweet little Girl Scout,
along with her beautiful mom and sweet
little baby sister giving me a chance for
some female company and baby snuggles.

 I have  listened to the rain drops fall and
breathed in the calm atmosphere that is the
the weekend. Yes, now I'm ready to begin
a new week and a new month, March...already!

Tomato, Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup
Chop and sauté one onion in a little evoo
along with 3 minced garlic cloves.
Add one jar crushed tomatoes, 
one can cannellini beans
a large handful of chopped kale
and two -three cups of vegetable stock.
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
Let simmer 20 minutes.
Serve with crushed red pepper flakes
and fresh parmesan cheese.  

Weekending with Karen



Thursday, February 26, 2015

IT"S A JOURNEY



The journey is
the reward.

~Chinese proverb












I don't want to rush. I don't want finality.
 I don't want to be the first to have it all.
 Happiness is not a destination but a way
of life. It's a promise to yourself that no
matter where you go, you go there because
every fiber of your body says it's exactly
 where you need to be. It's days filled with
sunshine and rain, steel cut oats topped
with yogurt,  and fresh salads, long muddy
roads the smell of the sea, knitting [always,
 knitting], and just laid eggs. Yoga every
morning and naps in the afternoon, the
return of Survivor [I'm a fan] and reading
good books. It's about embracing yourself,
and loving others. Happy weekend my
dear friends, make it a great one.
Love,
Tracey
XO
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LOVE KNITTING:: YARN ALONG

Knitting may not on the surface
seem relevant to engines that run
the world, but at its essence, it is
actual quite vital.  For knitting,
which can express so many emotions,
most often expresses love. And when
all else is lost, love is what most
often stays with us.

~ Melanie  Falick










It has been a very cold and wet
day here in the deep south so I
have been staying inside by the
woodstove, drinking hot chai
and knitting.

I ordered a 9 inch circular needle
to knit my sock with and it
is working out just like I wanted.
I will switch back to dpn's when I
work the heel and gusset since that
is what I know how to do, but then
it will be back to this little circular
needle because I like it.

One problem I was having while
working the cable of the pattern
is the length of my cable needle,
it was just too long and kept
getting in my way. My solution?
I went out and found a pecan stick,
whittled it down, sand papered it
smooth, added a little stain and
polyurethane and made just what
I needed. It's working great.

I forgot to take a photo of my
reading, oops, but I am reading
How to Catch Frogs and am
finding it a very easy and relaxing
book.

Joining with Ginny



Monday, February 23, 2015

WEAVING MY SOUL

"You see, when weaving a blanket,
an Indian woman leaves a flaw in
the weaving of that blanket to let
the soul out."

~ Martha Graham



 
 





Weave [ wēv ]::verb
present participle: weaving
form (fabric or a fabric item)
by interlacing long threads passing
in one direction with others at a
right angle to them.
 
I can't remember when I brought
my home, but I do know it's been
awhile and during all this time it
has sat. Oh, I would see it in my
studio and think 'tomorrow is the
day I will learn how to use it', but
that day never came until this past
Saturday when I sat down with a
friend who gave me some valuable
tips on weaving and then on Sunday
when I watched You Tube videos until
I understood how to take everything
apart and warp the loom. Don't you
just love You Tube ? Anyway, it
took me hours, and at one point when
I thought I was about done I realized
I had made a mistake and had to start
over. I will be honest and confess that
I almost quit, weaving just wasn't meant
for me, but I kept at it and discovered
just how fun weaving can be. While
I don't think weaving will ever take the
place of knitting in my life I'm having fun.
Oh, and there are plenty of flaws to let
my soul out!
XO
 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

I MADE A WISH FOR YOU


"My wish for you is that you continue.
Continue to be who and how you are,
to astonish a mean world with your acts
of kindness. Continue to allow humor
to lighten the burden of your tender heart."
 
-~Maya Angelou
 





 


 
 
I found a dandelion today,
a perfectly shaped dandelion
with one wish clinging to the
side and I made a wish and
blew it into the world.
Do you believe in the magic
of dandelions too?

Our temperatures have been all
over the place, beginning with
only 47 degrees for a high and
then ending today with 73 degrees.
I've heard it's crazy everywhere.
And yes, I'm still waiting on snow.
 
This weekend I attended the birthday
celebration of my newest daughter in
love who turned 24. I made her boot
toppers and gave her a hug. I love her
to pieces. Did I tell you she is studying
to be nurse? I am very proud of her.
 
I spend a long, long time today working
on a new fiber skill which I'll share
more about this week.  I'm hoping I
really love it, but not so much that
it takes away too much time from knitting.
 
I finished reading The Nightingale, I tried
to make it last as long as I could. I loved
it from beginning to end. You should read
it, seriously, read it.  Now I am beginning
How to Catch a Frog which I've heard is
good too.
 
I had my photo taken.  Ahem. It's not easy
getting older when inside you still feel seventeen!
 
Weekending with Karen