Three on Thursday | 6.27.19

Three on Thursday | 6.27.19

Carole is on vacation this week, so yesterday afternoon I began to toss ideas around for an alternative post. I was not having much success, so when feedly told me this morning that there indeed was a Three on Thursday post, I breathed a huge sigh of relief! LOL

Thank you, Carole for salvaging a blog post!

My things today all involve making – or making inspiration!

Thing One:

I do not follow many hash tags on IG, but the most recent hash tag find has been providing amazing inspiration: #sewover50 is my favorite new rabbit hole to slip down! (However, it is easy to lose all track of time, so I am limiting my “look time” to the end of the day!)

Thing Two:

You will all be happy to know that the second Screen Door was cast on yesterday! I picked an incredibly lovely skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk that has been maturing in my stash for a very long time! I went up a needle size and will only do the prescribed repeats! I almost got 10 repeats done yesterday (thanks in much to debate knitting last night!) Anyways – I was pleasantly surprised to find that this yarn matches some fabric I recently purchases for a new Esme Tunic!

Thing Three:

Finally, I have been seeing the Zadie Jumpsuit all over IG! Everyone looks amazing in this cute jumpsuit and it seems to work for all shapes, sizes, ages, etc. So, I am hoping that I will find something on super sale to make a muslin this weekend!

There you have the things that are inspiring my making this week! What is inspiring you in your corner of the world?

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.26.19

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.26.19

Where the heck has June gone??? And, more importantly…HOW ON EARTH IS NEXT WEEK THE FOURTH OF JULY ALREADY?!?!?!?!

So, this post is going to attempt to slow down these run away summer days…

First up, I want to thank you all for your supporting comments for the continuation of Unraveled Wednesday! I appreciate your feedback and am happy to have it progress into the future – for many, many weeks to come!

Next…If ever anything screamed summer it is my Screen Door on the Coast! And, talk about a QUICK knit! I cast on the sixth and cast off on the nineteenth – just two short weeks (and I did extra repeats of the pattern, so if you don’t – you could have this baby done in even less time!) I have been using it regularly as well – it is the perfect little thing for those of us who are less than appreciative of the AC Deep Freeze! I did make one sort of glaring mistake – I did a k2tog row when I should have done a ssk row. You can see it when you are holding the scarf up for a glamor shot, but it is not at all visible when you are wearing it, so I am not losing a minute of sleep over it. AND…I am contemplating casting on another one, I like it that much!

I also started a new project this week – I am almost to the sleeve divide of my Foxtrot Cardigan and even though the last thing I want to think about right now is fall… this sweater will be a great addition to my cooler weather wardrobe.

Now on to Book Bingo!

I have my first bingo this week! Woo!

I originally gave I was Anastasia 4-stars, but I have since downgraded it to 3-stars. Honestly, it is a curiously written non-linear story. It jumps around a bit and I had a hard time keeping up with some of the time jumps – I had to go back and refresh my memory as to what was going on. The writing throughout is wonderful – despite the sometimes-confusing time hops, but the ending was horrid. It was abrupt – like shoving you off a cliff abrupt.

Fall Back Down When I Die is Joe Wilkins first novel and it is lovely. The story is told from perspective of the characters in the book – Verl, Wendell, and Gillian. The writing is evocative, and the stories are compelling. The ending was unexpected and moving. 4-stars

Payment in Blood, which is the second book in the Inspector Lynley series. It is so good! There is more character development and it kept me guessing as to “who did it” 5-stars and I am eager to read more of Elizabeth George’s work!

Finally, It’s Up to the Women! “…we are going through a great crisis in this country and that the women have a big part to play if we are coming through it successfully.” Ummm, yes… we are, and yes, we do! This book, written in 1933, has so much relevance today. I loved Eleanor’s wisdom! 4-stars and I highly recommend this timeless little book!

What about you? What’s on your needles this week?

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A Making Focus

A Making Focus

Joining with Juliann today to share an update on my word!

Over the years, I have tried a number of different crafts – cross stitch, embroidery, weaving, spinning, sewing, and knitting to name a few. But, in all things focus is important. and this year as I unpack my word and apply it to my life – I have come to the realization that more is not better. All is not needed and I don’t need to worry about FOMO at all. Knitting and sewing are more than enough to keep me occupied and happy. I don’t feel the urge to try every latest thing that comes along.

Yet even knitting and sewing do not mean successful projects if you do not have focus. And, I have come to understand that not having a focus means projects that seem like a great idea at the time, might not be so great in the end result. And so, with my thoughts on focus this year, I have been more mindful of what I am making. I have spent time thinking about my wardrobe and the things that I wear all the time. I have pondered my perceived “holes” in my wardrobe – which has resulted in actual planning in my making. Having a focused plan has shown me areas that I can perhaps try some new things as well as making more of my favorite pieces. Having a focused making process has also had an unexpected effect as well! It has buffered the desire to cast on a new project or rush out to buy some fabric to sew up something that caught my eye!

My in depth look at my wardrobe showed me that a few things would be a nice addition so when I saw Mary’s Screen Door, it was the perfect fit for a “hole” and I cast on, sans guilt!

And, this focused way of thinking has expanded beyond my closet to the lingering, unfinished projects on needles in various places. Are they something I am going to actually need or wear? It is a freeing way to think about things, because I really don’t want my making to be without vision and that has given me a much better focus!

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Macro Monday | 6.24.19

Macro Monday | 6.24.19

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powered gold over the grassy hillside. – Maude Hart Lovelace

Despite the volume of rain we got last week, I did manage to get outside with the camera and practice a bit more! I am looking at things differently as I contemplate images. I am learning lots from Carole and Vicki and I am so thankful to them and their brilliant photos that inspire me to get better!

If only that tremulous drop of water was more in focus!

It is amazing what just a tiny movement of the camera can do

I think early morning photos after it rained might be my favorite thing of all and the light is wonderful! This waning rose turned out wonderfully – not perfect, but I really love the image. Rosy reds are so hard to photograph, but early morning light gives the best possible conditions to try – and try I did!

The focus was not perfect, but that mosquito!

I also love the “surprises” I get when taking photos. These tomato blossoms are a perfect example of that with the fly in from a mosquito! I am glad her attention was focused elsewhere and not on me!

Color, water, definition… and one wee bug!

Finally, this little zinnia (I think? I am not sure, Steve’s mom gave us some “left over plants” she was not going to use) Anyways, the color is so wonderful and I love how it turned out – although trying to focus on something so low to the ground was a challenge.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that your week will be full of good things!

 

Currently | 6.21.19

Currently | 6.21.19

Summertime is always the best of what might be. — Charles Bowden

Happy Summer Solstice! After torrential overnight rains, this morning the clouds are giving way to pale blue skies. The humidity is gone, and the birds are singing! I have shut off the AC and opened wide the windows, welcoming in the cool air. After a week of rarely seeing the sunshine, this is the perfect start to summer!

Celebrating:

Our ninth “anniversary” of sorts! I use the word anniversary loosely because we are not married – but no less committed to each other (and perhaps more so!) Anyways, we had the most hilarious conversation this morning where we struggled with the date a bit – how many years now? After much conversation and checking of calendars – Happy 9 years of co-habitation! The highlight of the morning thus far was the email informing me that I have 1 year of BritBox awaiting me! Steve does know me so well – sometimes is scares me! Ha! Anyways, I have plans to celebrate tonight with our usual Happy Hour, which tonight will be a Happy Anniversary Hour! And, I think the weather is going to cooperate nicely and allow for a bit of a bonfire tonight!

Making:

Yesterday I got all the pieces cut out for Vivi’s quilt top (thanks to Middlemarch – which is the most engaging company) and this morning my plan was to start sewing squares together… But perhaps it would be a better thing to get this yarn skeined up and soaking since the weather is perfect for drying yarn! I also need give my Screen Door a quick soak and a bit of blocking. Yesterday, I pulled out this project and managed to get past the sleeve divide. And, this weekend I want to make some more of this incredible jam. It is insanely delicious – far less sweet – and much faster than this jam. I did NOT strain the jam as suggested in the recipe. As you can see, there is no shortage of “making” going on here.

Watching:

The latest season of The Handmaid’s Tale and a new series, Das Boot – both on Hulu. I also finally caught up with the latest season of Bosch on Amazon. And, best of all – the latest season of Endeavor on PBS!

Loving:

Michelle’s Summer Friday Prompts! They are a wonderful thing to contemplate and I am carrying them with me through the week in my morning meditation time. This week’s prompt was ironically timely – and I am profoundly grateful for the prompts. It is always a good reminder to look beyond the bad and think about the future – and to find something to be grateful for.

Asking:

For your valued input! I have been thinking about the future of Unraveled Wednesday – is it stale? Does it need a reboot? How many weeks can we really be excited to talk about our making and reading? I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions! (and if you don’t want to leave a comment here you are welcome to email me at kachrist37 (at) gmail (dot) com – of course you know to swap out the (at) and (dot) with an ampersand and a period.

That is what is happening in my world right now – Have an amazing weekend and I will see you back here on Monday! (And, I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions about Unraveled Wednesdays!)

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