Grey day #987

Autumn has been unbelievably grey here in West Michigan, interspersed with days of rain. The sun has evidently gone on an extended holiday.
However, the foliage has taken up the cause and has been doing an amazing job of bringing color to the grey days. The veritable gleam that the golden sentinels radiates as brightly as the sun would. The grey of the day seems to intensify this effect and the occasional interjection of some crimson, orange, and bright red leaves seem to add richness to the tapestry covering the land. I have yet to get out and photograph any of this gloriousness for which I am feeling decidedly guilty.
I have done some autumnal baking, however, unleashing the aromas of fall in my home. Apples and cinnamon surely must have an aphrodisiac quality, don’t you think? I have plans to go to Cranes this weekend with the boy child and get some cider and cider donuts. Just the thing for what ails you.

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Farewell to Summer

The Official End of Summer is upon us and I have heard many friends lamenting this fact.

However, for the Knitter – Labor Day Weekend brings the start of autumn and with it, Knitting Season and Knitters everywhere are pulling out wool socks, sweaters, scarves, wraps, etc. If they are not pulling them out, they are casting them on! Three cheers for cool nights and shortening days. I have been contemplating what next to cast on – I have several things that have caught my eye. I will keep you posted as to what is up next.

For me, autumn is my favorite time of the year. It is fleeting but I love every moment of it, from the start of leaves changing colors to the joy of cooking “cool weather” meals.

Therefore, to kick off the Un-Official start of fall, this weekend I made meat loaf. And, boy was it good! The aroma that filled the house was warm and welcoming. I used a new recipe from Tyler Florence – and does he know meat loaf! It was a knock it out of the park hit and I can guarantee that this will grace my table again. I also did a little baking and whipped up my Peach Blueberry Cobbler.

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When you journey to Mecca you may find Goddesses

When you journey to Mecca you may find Goddesses

Hello everyone!

What an amazing weekend!  From start to finish it was just amazing!  From Friday night with The Yarn Harlot to Sunday with Amy and Jillian and a bit of work in between it rocked!

But, I have to tell you that Sunday was simply beyond belief!  Ann, Sandy, and I headed out to visit Mecca for the premier of More Big Girl Knits.  It was a transforming day.  Truly transforming.

Personally, weight is something that I have struggled with for a long time – a lifetime, it seems.  And, living in a society that tells us daily that the norm is to be a thin, svelte size 6 makes being the exact opposite of that a challenge.  As friends have blogged about, shopping for clothes for those of us who are not societies norm is not much fun.

When you get to my age (yes, the ripe old age of 47) there are things that you want to change, but changing them in reality just ain’t gonna happen!  I mean, get real.  I am not likely to start training for a marathon next week – or even next month.  Hell, lets be totally honest here – marathon training is not ever going to happen!  So, shopping consists of finding things that “cover” you up.

Then, yesterday happened.

Amy and Jillian brought with them to Threadbear a volume of samples to try on.  A volume I am telling you!  How awesome is that?

But, what is even more awesome is the fact that each item I tried on flattered my overweight, middle-aged body!

These patterns are well written with amazing instructions to help fit each garment to me!  I spent the evening reading through the book and I am more in love with it than I was at Threadbear!  If I could make a  recommendation to you about a book to by if you are a beautiful big girl – get this book!  Usually, I am lucky if there are a couple of patterns in a book that I might knit.  In More Big Girl’s there is a list!  A long list!  This could provide me knitting for a good long time!

I am not the only person who this “Aha Moment”.  There was much excitement in all the women who were trying things on.  And, it was truly amazing to be with women who were like me…. and watching them be transformed as I was.

Add to that the fact that there were some divine cupcakes and astonishingly delicious cake –  and a building packed with yarn – you can understand why Threadbear gets the title of Mecca!

Matt and Rob were charming as ever – and they had amazing sales as well yesterday!  And, I mean AMAZING!

So, what was so amazing you ask????

Ummmm, how about a little Shaeffer Clara on sale – think – Liberate Your Laceweight!

And, can you even pass up Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb on sale at 50% off – I cast on last night for a new Clapotis!

And, the best of all – a sweater’s worth of Garnstudio’s Silky Wool that will become The No-Gap Wrap from More Big Girl Knits!

Yeah – a great day.  I will leave you with some photo’s of what you all were missing!

Sandy and Ann with some new yarn for a scarf for Ann!

Tracey casting on something new from the book!  I am so fortunate to have her as a friend!  And, I am loving her sweater – you looked awesome, girlfriend!


Jillian and the “Wall of Collinette”.  If you are not blessed to know this woman – she just rocks!

Amy knitting away on a gorgeous sweater.  I don’t know what the knitting community would be without knitty.com.  She is awesome!

And, last but certainly not least – Carla!  She is knitting the same sweater in the same yarn in the same color as me.  It is a sister thing!

Whew – after a weekend like this I need to get back to work!  But, just to keep the “knitting glow” going.  The S.A.B.L.E. group is on my agenda for the evening.  What could be a better way to end – with knitters with the same obsession as me!

Have a great week all!

Brain Drain

That would be me – drained of my brain…

I had my final on the book portion of my class today.

I hate trick questions – I mean really.  Hate. Them.

Anyways – I got an 88% on my final which gives me a cumulative score of 95% thus far.

I am not disappointed in that at all.

Now starts the hard part.

So, I came home tonight, after finding some appropriate shoes for tomorrow (white crocs… I will post a photo when I have some daylight tomorrow), made myself a bowl of Special K Red Berry, had a yogurt and a glass of milk for dessert and got out Alice.

I plied together the Cashmere/Silk blend I got from Threadbear and the Alpaca that I got for Christmas from Blogless Mary.

A little meditation and the rhythm of Alice is the start of the cure of what ails you.

And, Alice certainly works some magic – the month of NaSpiMoMo really helped me with my technique – both of spinning singles and plying.  I am exceedingly happy with the outcome.  I learned to spin from the fold making this exquisite fiber.  It is hanging in my bathroom drying right now – I promise to get photo’s posted here soon!

Now – in case you all missed it but Project Spectrum #3 Elements has begun – and February and March are Fire!  And, there is some knitting that is burning with the warmth of fire happening here at “The Home for the Unemployed”.  I have a gorgeous blanket in progress – a blanket of Hemlock Ring fame… I will snap a picture tomorrow before the light is all gone.

I also called my local elementary school this afternoon – I hope to be helping there soon….

Stay tuned for more pictures, but I am turning into a pumpkin and I need to get to bed!

Night all!

You want me to sign what?

So, I had orientation for school today and when I left there I headed over to pick up my text book.  

Why?

Because I have 5 chapters to read by class time on Monday.  Yes – you read that right, 5 chapters!

We can say good bye to knitting this weekend…  it was nice while it lasted!!

So, I am now armed with my “scrubs” for my clinicals, a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff, and my text book.  I have gotten as far as rectal temperature taking – I needed a break and my kids did not want me to practice on them!!  Even after I reminded them I had done this to them before…

Yes, you can imagine the reaction that got around here!!!!!  Ahhh, motherly revenge is so amazing!!  The power!!

Well… they deserved a bit of motherly revenge for their behavior and attitudes lately.  Teenagers!

There have been many a time when my mind goes back to a lovely presentation that I had the privilege to attend when my children were very small.  The speaker was a wise woman with a great amount of sage advice.  I remember her talking about a time when her husband was traveling and she had a colicky baby that would not stop crying.  In utter desperation, she laid the screaming baby safely in it’s bed and went and laid on her bed, crying herself.  The only words she could find to utter were from the Kyrie.  Truly simple and beautiful words – Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord have mercy.  She said when she was at her wits end, these words helped. 

I was so fortunate to not have colicky babies – but, I do have teenagers with an advanced case of teenage-itis. 

Those words have become my mantra some days!

And, today was one of them!!

Heidi sent me a text message this afternoon – a very interesting text message.  “I need to talk to you about signing something.  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox”  (the number of x’s and o’s sent off warning bells… ) 

So, she shows up after school with this instruction from her ‘boyfriend’.  You need to type something up that says you give permission for me to date him – he turned 18 today. 

Silly kids, Heidi is 17 – not 16.  Hmmm, the plans they concoct huh?

Needless to say I did not sign anything…. And, Heidi is not speaking to me.

Teenagers – Lord have mercy on me!

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