Weekending | 6.11.18

Weekending | 6.11.18

Sometimes a closer inspection reveals beautiful detail like my feeble macro attempts with the big camera this weekend, although there was a small Cabbage White butterfly that kindly volunteered for me!

And, sometimes a closer inspection reveals nothing new, just the same old, same old. But, sometimes that same old is just the thing you need, amirite? That was my weekend…same old perfected!

I did manage to drag Steve outside for an al fresco happy hour with Toronto cocktails to celebrate Canada as they hosted the G7 err G6. The changes I made to this most excellent cocktail were as follows: I substituted Amaro for the Fernet Branca and I used orange bitters since I did not have an orange. Oh, and I used Crown Royal! It was excellent!

The cooler temperatures of the week gave way to heat and humidity on the weekend, so weeding a bit on Saturday proved to be a very good workout! Sadly, I have no pictures, but trust me when I say that the garden is growing well!

Sunday was a day of a whole lotta nothin’, which was just perfect, and I managed to fill the time with a good bit of knitting! I have about 6 inches to go on my Eavesdrop and it feels like the end is near!

I hope your weekend was full of good things too!

Fiber Friday | 6.8.18

Fiber Friday | 6.8.18

I don’t know if it felt this way for you, but this week just flew by for me! It was a week with lots of outside activity and not much done at all inside. I hope to remedy that today, although I should work outside a bit more this morning because we have rain showers in the forecast for the afternoon!

All that outside work made for sporadic knitting time, although I am almost ready for my fifth skein of Sparrow, so even though it does not feel like I am making progress I am!

However, all this outside work has been a boon to my audio book listening which gives me my first BINGO on my card! It feels so good and my brain is just full of all the good reads of the past week. Oh, and I want to give you all a heads up… Goodreads is doing a give away for Ondaatje’s Warlight. You can enter here! Really… do it! NOW! It is such a wonderful book! You can also get a glimpse of where I am going on my card and I am so excited for this summer’s planned reading!

Now, how about some links to kick off the weekend?

First up, Karen Templer of Fringe Association wrote an excellent post sharing an introduction to sweater knitting. If you have shied away from sweater knitting but want to dip your toes in, this is an excellent article with great information and she even links to four patterns that would be a good start!

And, so because sweater knitting is just so darned satisfying…this week there were some lovely sweaters released! Ombre Tank Redux is a lovely summery knit, or perhaps Sayer which is so classic.

Like yoked sweaters? Wool & Honey, Kronblad, and Yume

Kid Knitting is so satisfying and Carnival as a fade is really fun or perhaps the simplicity of Stella Eve

If you love colorwork, Udamo Cowl is really gorgeous!

I love Svetlana’s Autumn palette, but it looks like summer waves to me!

Finally, I have been long debating with myself about KK’s Summer MKAL. I have decided I will knit it, but I will be using stash to do so. You can still buy the pattern at a discount through the start of the MKAL; which is still two weeks away in case you are wondering!

That is all I have for today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Three on Thursday | 6.7.18

Three on Thursday | 6.7.18

Today’s things have nothing to do with each other.

Thing One:

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. I can’t help but wonder what kind of nation we would be if he had not been killed and I thought his ability to empathize with others made him a truly amazing human being. Perhaps these words will be a balm for your day. They remind me that each one of us does have an impact!

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest of walls of oppression and resistance. RFK

Thing Two:

Yesterday we had 4 yards of mulch delivered! And while 4 yards is less than 6, it is still a ton of work to get it all moved from this pile to the garden beds. We did not quite finish yesterday so I have a bit more to do this morning. It’s so much work but, I just love how nice the beds look with fresh mulch… oh and having a good audio book to listen to also is a huge help, as were the temps only in the 60’s all day!

Thing Three:

Today I go to the salon for the second installment of “I am not coloring my grey hair anymore” which means I am getting my grey hair colored. However, I think this might be the last ‘regular’ installment. I am hoping that all future installments just mean a few ‘foils’ here and there as I finish the transition. Maybe I am overly hopeful, but that’s my story and I am sticking to it!

What things are going on in your life today? Want to see more interesting things? Head on over to Carole’s!

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.6.18

Unraveled Wednesday | 6.6.18

Did you ever have moments in your knitting when you feel like you are not making any headway? This is that time for me in my Eavesdrop sweater… I am knitting but it is slow going, or so it seems. But, I am on the fourth skein and I only have 2 more to go so if I buckle down and put some knitting time it…

Yes, that is the only thing standing between me and a finished object…knitting time! I had a hiccup over the weekend when the Farmer’s Market had all.the.things in and then I had to finish a book which I forgot was due yesterday. My Monday encompassed all the reading (of actual real books which makes it kind of impossible for me to knit and read!)

But, I am back to listening, which is perfect for knitting.

Speaking of reading….

This week’s finishes were spectacular!!

I finished five books! YES, FIVE!!

A Month in the Country was my next read from Michael Ondaatje’s recommended reads list. It was a lovely short little story and I gave it 4-stars. If your Summer Book Bingo square needs a historical fiction book, this would be a great choice! It is post WWI in England is beautifully written.

The Magicians was crazy good! I could not stop listening and loved every minute of it. 5-stars and I recommend it!

Heartburn filled my “with recipes, patterns or puzzles” square. It was a lovely short listen, narrated by Meryl Streep. It is a 4-star book filled with good things and laughs!

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza is the second in the DCI Erika Foster mystery series. It is fast paced and riveting! I gave it 4-stars and recommend if you want something grittier than Armand Gamache and Three Pines.

Warlight is Michael Ondaatje’s latest novel which might be my favorite book of the year. I know, but what about The Woman Who Smashed Codes, you ask? All I can say is get your hands on this book and read it. Ondaatje is a master word smith. The writing is spectacular, and the story is brilliant. If you want spoilers, you can read my review here on Goodreads. I gave this book 5-stars and highly recommend you drop everything and just read it now!

The audio finishes were thanks to two full days in the kitchen. And, really? Thank goodness for books which made the tasks much more pleasant!

Believe it or not, I am almost done with The Magician King, the second book in the Magicians Series. It is equally good and I am ravenously listening to find out what happens to Quintin in Fillory!

I started Willa Cather’s The Pittsburgh Stories on Monday night, which will fill my “set in the state where you live” square. I love that Willa lived in Pittsburgh for about 10 years and love her description of arriving at the stunning East Liberty Train Station in 1896. Something we have in common… we both first came to Pittsburgh via a train and arrived in the same station! I am enjoying this short little read tremendously and hope to be done with it later today!

I am about halfway through Ohio, and while I am enjoying it – staying awake to read it at night has been a struggle!

Up next in my queue: Less, Six of Crows, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union all for Book Bingo squares!

And, FYI… I am closing in on my first BINGO!!

But, what about you? What are you making or reading this week?

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Tiny Moment Tuesday | 6.5.18

Tiny Moment Tuesday | 6.5.18

City living has its perks, but it also has its drawbacks. One of those drawbacks is ambient light at night, which makes seeing stars a challenge!

When I read this poem by Derek Walcott, I was carried back to my childhood and memories of seeing that last star boldly shining as the sun begins to tint the sky, or that first star to show itself as the sunlight faded. I hope it stirs equally pleasant memories for you.

Star

If, in the light of things, you fade
real, yet wanly withdrawn
to our determined and appropriate
distance, like the moon left on
all night among the leaves, may
you invisibly delight this house,
O star, doubly compassionate, who came
too soon for twilight, too late
for dawn, may your faint flame
strive with the worst in us
through chaos
with the passion of plain day

Weekending | 6.4.18

Weekending | 6.4.18

I am not sure one could pack more into a regular weekend than I did this weekend!

I re-purposed 2 skirts into Esme tops. This was surprisingly super quick, and I am feeling most accomplished for reusing unworn garments into something I will wear. The pile of unworn items is shrinking as they are re-purposed, which makes me feel so very good!

The farmers market had an explosion of good things which prompted some monumental tasks that included making Judy’s Famous and Oh So Delicious Oven-Roasted Strawberry Jam, pickling radishes, making Bourbon Soaked Cherries, and making stuffed peppers to freeze.

And, much of this happened during a sudden water outage Saturday afternoon thanks to a water main break in the neighborhood. How this can happen with the temperatures in the 80’s is beyond me! But, no water in the midst of all.the.things caused me to put off peeling and cutting up about 4 lbs of apples for apple crisp until today.

We also enjoyed a delicious Friday Happy Hour, had some steamed mussels on Saturday of which there were leftovers which made an incredible pasta on Sunday.

All this took place with the ‘normal’ weekend things going on as well and I feel like I lived the Make Hay While the Sun Shines motto to the fullest (even though the sun shone very little over the weekend!)

Obviously, there was little to no knitting time so my Eavesdrop is about the same as when you last saw it. However, all that time in the kitchen helped me make good progress on an audio book, which helps my Summer Book Bingo card tremendously!

I almost feel like it should be a “no list” Monday, and outside of those apples – maybe it will!

How was your weekend?

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