Catch Up Monday’s

Catch Up Monday’s

The weekend’s list of accomplishments was short – laundry being the sole item.

Which leaves me catching up on Monday.

A bit of vitamin C and coffee paired with some nourishing meditations will hopefully get me ready to move those things left undone from the weekend onto my Monday list.

It will be a full week – I hope your weekend was just what you needed to tackle your week!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Rambling Links

Rambling Links

Overnight snowfall certainly puts the arrival of March in the Lion Category. And, sadly, while we got snowfall – it was not enough to insulate the newly budding and growing things.

Frozen Chives make me sad.

Oh, and add to the mix what I knew would be inevitable with warm/cold/warm/cold weather – Welcome to the House of the Head Cold! Yeah – fun times!

Good thing I have a pile of knitting to keep me company. And, if that were not enough… Mary shared with me this juicy tidbit (which will make all of us Benedict Cumberbatch fans ecstatic!!) I have not read the books, but I got them on my Kindle yesterday.

Now, how about some links to keep your knitting mojo on track (or get it back on track…)

Sock knitting is always a good thing and there were a couple of nice patterns released this past week:

There was a plethora of shawls:

  • High Woods Shawl (on sale for £1 until Sunday morning)
  • The Bee Queen (Free until March 4)
  • Lori Versaci has sinuous – this is such fascinating construction!
  • Persistence – with donations from each purchase to a variety of organizations, i.e. ACLU, SPLC, Planned Parenthood, etc.
  • With Ease – a comfortable friend for your shoulders
  • More Svetlana – she is an artist with yarn and needles

Garter stitch sweaters make my heart sing:

Miscellaneous, but noteworthy:

And finally, Easter Bunny Egg Cozy… really, we all need these asap!

Have a great weekend everyone, see you back here on Monday!

Weekending Things

Weekending Things

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope your weekend was good and that you are refreshed and energized to tackle the week!

We had an abrupt return to winter on Saturday and I am a bit concerned for all the things that are now growing in my yard…

  • Forsythia are about to bloom
  • Tarragon, mint, chives, and thyme are growing like mad
  • The lilac bush has oodles of leaf buds on it (however, I do not see any flower buds yet…)
  • The Spiraea in the front yard is filled with a beautiful green haze of new leaves
  • And, I have a plethora of perennials coming up all over

So, the snow and bitter winds on Sunday were especially unwelcome.

Despite the wild weather – it was a good weekend!

There was another “huddle” with my fellow resister’s which has become something I am really looking forward to. The bit of time in camaraderie with like-minded souls is definitely a boost!

I discovered when I was almost done with the first part of the chart on sock one that I somehow skipped 12 rows. So… riiiiiiiip! I am glad I discovered this before getting much further – AND before beginning sock two. I am back on track with a post it™ to help me with my obvious confusion! However, both socks being done before the final clue comes out on Wednesday is highly unlikely.

We also found some nice looking Romanesco at Whole Paycheck (although they were not insanely expensive) and made my favorite salad, Romanesco alla Diavola, with it to accompany pasta with meatballs for dinner last night. It was so good!

We watched some of the Oscars, but being the lively, stay-up-late crew that we are we did not last until the end. (Actually, it was far from the end, and as such we missed all the uproar over the best picture!!) Now, I am waiting for the same thing to happen with our last general election…

And that brings us to Monday – a hit the ground running morning here. How about you?

A Walking Weekend

A Walking Weekend

Good Morning, Gentle Readers!

How is your weekend going? I hope as wonderfully as it has here!

I am not sure what weather in the upper 60’s in February says about Global Warming, but it sure makes for a glorious weekend!

There was an abundance of walking this weekend in an effort to spend as much time as possible outside! Saturday we walked in our “old standby” out at Boyce Mayview Park – clear blue skies and warm sunshine coupled with a cacophony of birds singing and the distant rat-a-tat-tat of woodpeckers made for a wonderful walk!

Sunday we decided to venture outside our usual walking route and headed to Dormont Park where the walk was invigorating (lots of hills in Pittsburgh means a walk can be a good work out!) And, the views from the park were incredible as you can see above! On our way home, we decided to stop in Carnegie at their park and imagine my surprise in finding a Skate Park there! It was busy and we had fun watching the variety of ages all zipping around on bikes and boards.

Hopefully there will be a bit more time to walk today because this weather surely cannot be here for good – can it? (Although we have forecasts of 60’s all week!)

Have a great Monday everyone!

Striking Friday

Striking Friday

Valentine’s Day Roses are still glorious. Happiness in a vase, my friends!

And, speaking of happiness…Happy Strike4Democracy Day!! I will be contacting my dear MIA Senator Toomey with some messages to vote no on all the things he likes to vote yes on. Perhaps I should be knitting him a scarf? What do you think? Subliminal messages might work! (And, shadow knitting FTW!!)

Can I just say that my favorite part of a sock is the heel? Well, it is! The heels are turned on my Mystery Sock – I am all ready for Clue #3 next week!

On the agenda for this weekend – sweater catch up knitting. Fortunately, Season 3 of Chef’s Table on Netflix is out today so I have my binge-watch all queued up!

Now, how about some links for your edification?

First up – did you read about The Met digitizing its collection of art? Really, the images are amazing. (Warning – this can be a huge time suck! I spent a good bit of time yesterday looking!!)

First up is Heart On My Sleeve – a compilation of sweaters from an incredible slate of designers in both adult and child sizes! And, here is the best part; this project is supporting the Against Malaria Foundation! So, knit something for someone you love and help fight malaria.

Wooly Wormhead’s Circled 4 is awesome (Circled 1-3 are not bad either…) and who does not have any sock yarn in their stash? (Okay, really – I want to know if you do not have sock yarn stash – please tell me in the comments! You might be the lucky recipient of a skein of sock yarn from MY stash!!)

Checks, please! More sock yarn knitting…

Bihan Heol – more sock yarn, but gosh is this cute!

never say never socks – in sock yarn, of course! (and on sale until tomorrow at midnight in Brussels…)

Kitty Egg Warmers

Three Wee Sheep – now really, these would be so darling on a little spring Easter Tree!

Cullen Earflap Hat – for those of you who might be getting weather that actually resembles winter!

My friend, Simone has just released patterns for matching hat and cowl! So, so cute!

And finally, Lou would be lovely knit up in some Sheepspot CVM

That is all I have for today – have a fantastic weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

P.S. No doctor appointment was set yesterday – procrastination 1, kat 0.

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