What’s next? I’m going to finish knitting my Broom Riding Cowl and sewing my Halloween Shirt. Then next month, along with a theme of thankfulness, I’m going to knit for others! And dive into my Mom’s Franca sweater and some socks for one of my kids.
I’ve got some interesting things going on in my garden. Could call it a second summer?
I think these peppers will be edible. I guess it pays to be lazy and wait until spring to clear out the garden.
I’m reading this book. I heard an interview with him on NPR about his new memoir, and I’m a fan. One time, I saw Peter Frampton as a guest on the Today Show at the start of baseball season, and he performed “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on the Talkbox. I love that. It made my eyes twinkle with delight. I bought a copy for my sister, too, who is also a fan. I don’t normally purchase books, but I had to support this. I special ordered them from our local book store. I felt good about that, too.
It must be Feel Good Friday! What are you feeling good about today?
I did a good enough job with the cuffs on the sleeves of my Halloween Rachel shirt, but I made a mistake. HAHAHA it makes me laugh. Can you spot it? No, I’m not fixing it.
I’m plodding away on my Broom Riding Cowl. It’s tough to get a good pic while it’s on the needles. But I wanted you to see how the colorwork shows up (on parts of it at least). In places it looks like clouds are covering the moons, which I like. I wish I were enjoying the knitting more, but I guess I don’t like looking at a chart on every row.
I’m ready to turn the heel on my second Halloween sock. The stripes are lining up like they did on the first sock, which is awesome.
I haven’t cast on my Celtic Colours Mitts yet, but it’s still International Cast On All The Things Month for two more weeks.
I framed my felt piece and I love it. Thanks to everyone who left kind comments and bolstered my confidence. My friend Sharon said (in our Mother Artists at Work private group to everyone) “Be proud of your work!” She’s right. We should all be proud of our work.
2. I’m going to try to make 2-3 more pieces before the end of the year. This will help me gauge if a solo show next September is something I can manage.
3. I mended my favorite thrift store cardigan with the help of a Katrinkles’ Darning Loom. It accidentally? came out in the shape of Ohio. When Hannah told me she liked visible mending, I didn’t think I would like it. I was wrong. I like it! The gold is my turmeric dyed Cotswold. Also, elbow patch.
4. Bob and I hiked a total of 20 miles while we were on vacation. I will be applying these to my Move 4 Fair Trade mileage.
5. I voted by mail. I followed all of the instructions and took it in person to the post office. That was on October 7. I have been tracking my ballot, and it still hasn’t been marked as received. If my vote hasn’t been registered as counted by November 2, I guess I will be voting in person on November 3.
Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving, and Bob made pumpkin pie. So I had pie with eggs for breakfast today.
I got my craft room put together this morning. This is an open room near the kitchen, by the laundry room. It feels good to have my yarn and fabric out so I can be inspired to make things. I still have two large tubs of wool fiber, which I’ve stored in the laundry room closet with the dyes. It’s nice to be so close to the laundry room since the ironing board is in there.
My staycation is winding down, and I was not as productive as I’d hoped I would be. I did manage to totally decompress, though, which was badly needed.
Tomorrow is our anniversary, and I think we’re going for a final hike.
I had so many creative plans for this staycation. Then, at some point last week, I stopped doing anything productive. I read an entire book in one sitting, and I hiked. I don’t regret it.
I finished a piece for the upcoming group art show. I was trying to skip the photo stage and create something from inspiration. I spent a lot of time stitching on it. I enjoyed the process as it was very meditative, but am not thrilled with the product. I’m not sure what I would do differently. It is too big for my barnwood shadow box frames, so I had to order a new one. I’m tempted to try to make something else instead of submitting this, but I’m not sure that’s realistic. I think it’s fine but I wish it were better.
I tried felting angora yesterday, as an experiment, and it was a disaster.
I’ve almost finished my first Halloween sock! 🎉 And I have cast on almost all the October things.
Today this blog post about The Doldrums of Creativity was in my inbox. (FYI When I share things, I do not get compensated in any way. I’m not an influencer or anything like that.) It was a helpful read. I really like the part about having faith in your ideas.
I had a lovely Mother’s Day. Bob made a gluten free angel food cake which we ate with coconut cream and berries. We had a nice lunch with two out of three boys. My oldest had a sore throat so he stayed home, but we face-timed. And I had a long visit on the phone with my mom.
How will you spend the last night of 2019? Will you party all night? Will you go to bed early?
I will knit on the couch while watching TV and then go to bed early. I wish I lived near Karen. We could do that together!
Do you have any little superstitions about ringing in the new year?
Black eyed peas must be on the menu New Year’s Day.
Do you have craft plans for 2020? Are you hoping to try new things or improve your current set of skills?
I’m hoping to set up a new craft area in my house since I have moved out of my studio. I’m also hoping to primarily knit and sew from stash.
Do you have resolutions for 2020? If so what are they? If not do you have a word or goal for the new year?
Both. I will journal every morning, a practice I’ve already started. I think my word for 2020 will be “mindful”, as in mindful exercise (walking, yoga,) mindful eating, mindful planning of my day. Being mindful is a great way to slow down and savor life, as well as take care of yourself and act in accordance with your core values. At least, that’s what I’m hoping will happen. 😆
I’m almost finished with Twilight Toujours. I can’t wait wait to post a pic!