It has most certainly been a week and I am so glad for the arrival of the weekend. Steve has today off (as well as Monday!) and a long weekend sounds just perfect. S-N-O-W is in the forecast which seems odd since all the leaves are not down from the trees. It seems odd to be thinking about snow, since it was in the 60’s on Tuesday! But there you have it…
Gratitude Week might be my favorite week of the entire year and this week it has been an especially profound experience. If you have been participating, I hope it has been for your as well.
Thinking About –
This post from Bacon on the Bookshelf – life in the cross roads in a starkly divided nation. More books, less strife – and yes, more quiet moments. Living in this perverted version of America is a daily struggle. (Oh, and This is How It Always Is is an excellent book!! I really loved it!) On Tuesday, I sent each voter off with a heartfelt “Thanks for voting!” and it warmed my heart that so many came to vote and, at least at my precinct, they voted with no hindrances. I met new “neighbors” on Tuesday and I was profoundly struck on how we talk to those directly next to us, but those around the corner…not so much. But, spending 14+ hours with people allows you to find things in common and new friendships are formed! There are even beginning talks of forming a neighborhood book club and, my up-the-street and around the corner neighbor dropped off a book for me yesterday!
Grateful For – The help of Mary this week. (Although, I am sure she thinks she did nothing!) I have spent the better part of a week struggling with the lace chart on my Blaer. Very long story short – the charts are to be worked concurrently, rather than one at a time as I was doing. And, yes… I am feeling profoundly stupid! All has been ripped back and I finished the lace charts, the short rows, and the first set of increases last night. It seems I am back to “smooth sailing” knitting…and happily! Thank you, Mary for your help and insight!
Inspired By –
This. Oh my. I am generally not a fan of Stephen West designs, and usually because I can’t get beyond the outrageous color combinations. Thank you, Lene for showing me to look beyond color!
Fun, fun, fun – I am dragging Steve (kicking and screaming) out this weekend to the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer! It will be our first time there and I am so excited to go and see this fascinating event! I hope to have lots to share with you on Monday about our inaugural visit!
I hope you have a fun weekend! See you back here on Monday!
P.S. My friend Sarah has the most beautiful kippah pattern up on Ravelry. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Tree of Life. And, if you are planning on attending Indie Knit and Spin on Sunday, be sure to stop by to see Lisa at Fybernymph Dye Works to get a mini-skein or two!
Oooh, Lene’s shawl is gorgeous!! That vintage mixer sounds like a blast! Have a great (long) weekend!
Working the polls is a good thing in and of itself, but it sounds like it produced some other positive benefits! Steve sounds like John, but have fun at the Vintage Mixer anyway!
Lene always inspires with her amazing crafting ideas and finished objects. I’d love to grow up to be her! Smith always enjoyed his time at the polls, but the closing of so many in our area did away with the need, but also lead to long lines in this year of registering the day you vote. At least everyone who wanted to vote was able to vote this year. Fingers crossed it goes my (our) way! Enjoy your weekend! Steve will have fun once he’s in the thick of it.
Lene’s creativity is amazing and beautiful! I just marvel at the things she makes. The Vintage Mixer sounds like a lot of fun – Enjoy!!
I’m so glad Mary was able to help you with your chart confusion! And hooray for long weekends, that Vintage Mixer sounds utterly fabulous!
The Vintage Mixer looks like a blast! Have a great weekend I’m sure you’ll have some stunning knitting to show us next week!
I am so inspired about your poll-working experience! and so very glad your Blaer is back on track! I hope you have a great weekend … and I predict Steve will have a ball at that Mixer 🙂
I hurried right past that Stephen West design this very morning on Ravelry (those colors. . . ) — so was AMAZED to see Lene’s gorgeous version of the same shawl. Incredible!!! So lovely. have a great, long weekend, Kat. And I can’t wait to hear about the Mixer!
I am glad you’ve gotten past the confusion on your lace charts. I hope the sweater flies now!
Thanks for linking to the kippah pattern. I’ve been blown away by the response!
that kippah is just beautiful!
hope you had the best weekend ever!!