It feels like I have not done one of these posts in ages and so I thought that it would be a wonderful way to end the week:
(bookish) Thinking —
I managed to print out not one, but two Summer Book Bingo cards. I know… what is wrong with me! But there is a method to my madness, I like the squares for the most part of both cards so I have been thinking about potential books that would work. The winning card will be the one that has the most books “pre-filled” before Memorial Day Weekend arrives! I have not felt any urgency to get this done because it barely feels like May outside… it feels more like March! But, I digress…one thing I think would be riotously fun is the idea that Mary suggested of “square swapping”! She asked me earlier in the week if I had my card printed out (I didn’t then, but I do now!) and I have been pondering what square I might like to swap with her. I am thinking that it might make sense to trade her my “Modern Mrs. Darcy” square from Card One… but I don’t know what she might like to get rid of. Mary!! I am hoping you will weigh in here and we can do a bit of swapping! If you want to swap a square with me… let me know what you are offering!
(friendly) Goodwill —
Over the past couple of weeks, the kindness of “strangers” has really been the tide that is lifting my boat. Small things that were so unexpected and yet they made such an impact on me. A little book of poetry from Kym to thank me for participating in Poetry Month with her. I have been reading a poem or two a day with my morning meditation time and it has quickly become the bright spot of my morning! A little knitting “kit” from Jane (that she made!) really was the perfect thing… I had been contemplating getting something so when this arrived it just seemed like Jane had read my mind and put together exactly what I had been thinking about. A couple of weeks ago Vera was doing a bit of a “destash” of her amazing stitching patterns so imagine my surprise with the plethora that arrived this week! Plus some bits of lovely linen and threads! Ladies, your little gifts have truly wowed me! Your kindness and generosity are incredible and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
(ducks) In a row —
My first step in sewing a few new pieces (from new patterns) for my wardrobe is to make muslins. But!! Before even that can happen I need to trace off the patterns onto tracing paper, and get everything ready to cut out the pieces. Recently, someone told me that tracing patterns was their least favorite thing, but I want to tell you all that it is the most important step of the entire process. Is it fun? Yes, I think so! It is the first place that I make alterations even before I start sewing. I can alter inseam length, rise, and sleeve length – things I know I always make adjustments on. Tracing patterns off also allows you to blend sizes! All those steps takes some time, but it also means a much better outcome (even for a lowly muslin!) So I hope to carve out some time today to begin the the tracing process. Hopefully I will get everything traced off so I can sit down and begin the “great cut out” later today. On a side note, I saw a color blocked version of this and I am also tossing the fabric stash to see if I have any fabrics that might coordinate together to try one!
(al) Fresco —
It has been such an incredibly shitty spring… cold (I mean we had frost three times this week, for crying out loud), rainy, cloudy… just really miserable weather. My furnace still is running in the mornings that is how cold it is has been! But today we are supposed to get almost to 70° and the sun is shining!! We are going to head out for a little outside dining on the lovely patio at our local brewery… pizza and beer for lunch sounds like the perfect way to begin the weekend! I might have to wear a sweater, but the sun is shining and there is not a single cloud in the sky!
I am including this lovely little poem by Jack Ridl which comes from the book Kym sent – How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope. This little poem has migrated to my pocket – it is a lovely reminder to enjoy the simple things, which seems incredibly important this morning after yesterdays “freedom from masks” announcement. I have some “brain retraining” work to do before I feel comfortable with that whole idea, but I am reminding myself that I trust the science… especially the science of the effectiveness of the vaccines – even against the variants that are floating around.
After Spending the Morning Baking Bread
Our cat lies across the stove’s front burners,
right leg hanging over the oven door. He
is looking into the pantry where his bowl
sits full on the counter. His smaller dish,
the one for his splash of cream, sits empty.
Say yes to wanting to be this cat. Say
yes to wanting to lie across the leftover
warmth, letting it rise into your soft belly,
spreading into every twitch of whisker, twist
of fur and cell, through the Mobius strip
of your bloodstream. You won’t know
you will die. You won’t know the mice
do not exist for you. If a lap is empty and
warm, you will land on it, feel an unsteady
hand along your back, fingers scratching
behind your ear. You will purr.
That is all I have for this week! I hope you all have an amazing Friday and an even better weekend! I will see you all back here on Monday!
how nice to get goodies from others! I just got a new fountain pen from me in the mail and it made my day to fill it up with ink 🙂
I love those photos – tangible evidence of the kindness of the blogging community! My brain also needs some retraining (being fully vaccinated is wonderful but it did not provide me with superpowers!), so I think there may be a pizza and beer outdoor dinner for us in the near future. Here’s hoping you find warmth this weekend and (figuratively) purr!
Oh gosh! Glad the package arrived ok and that you like the stuff:) Have fun with it. I love your poem that you shared and we are having pizza for dinner! (at least I am). Have a good weekend Kat!
Wow – the blogging community you’ve cultivated is so kind. How wonderful to get such lovely surprises!
I haven’t printed out my bingo card yet… Planning what to read makes me nervous. But I suppose I should print one out soon, especially if there could be the potential to play around a bit with the cards!
I hope you have a great weekend, Kat!
I am itching to get started on my bingo card! I have a stack of (paper) books sitting on top of mine, and it’s taking a lot of willpower not to start reading.
It looks like next week is going to be much warmer, and maybe it will finally feel like spring! We ordered a new outdoor table and chairs that will be coming in early June, and I am really looking forward to eating al fresco. I’m not yet ready to eat in a restaurant (besides the fact that my kid is still unvaccinated), so the next best thing is eating outside at home.
Oh ho – you figured out a way to attach the spinning wheel to the notions bag. Go you. I like the look of that raglan top. Every time I go shopping for clothing I come home thinking, I should get out my sewing machine. I did make a little straight shift one or two summers ago from a pattern you recommended and it fit quite well. I do like that now days one can blend sizes. Have fun sewing.
Your advice to me to trace my patterns before cutting was wonderful – thank you! I now have a dozen or so patterns hanging in my sewing closet with ALL the modifications made permanently.
ALSO- I’m so glad you’re all in for the bingo this summer. I’m still thinking about how we might swap squares. It might be more of a “leave a comment if you’re interested” thing on my blog and I’d pair you up with someone to work out the details. Could that work?
I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book of poetry. As soon as I opened it, I knew I needed to share it. XO