Me Me May

Today is my birthday and I wasn’t feeling my current projects, so I cast on another blue hat. This one is Onion Organic Wool + Nettle in Denim, I think, or maybe it was Blue Jeans?

As you know, a blue hat is my favorite thing to knit. Doesn’t the nettle give the yarn a nice sheen and crisp stitch definition?

I’ve spent the day reading and knitting and listening to podcasts and trying not to work. It’s a blustery day out there, but we did get a walk in!

Wednesday WIP

I knit and picked out the last round I completed on Arachne three times! It’s not that it’s difficult. It’s just each section is slightly different and I keep misunderstanding the pattern. I finally spread it out on a 60″ cable so I could have a proper look at what I’m doing. I’m not 100% positive I got it right this time either, but I’m putting it in time out for a while.

Good news: we got the house!

A Quiz!

Karen posted a quiz and I need a prompt!

What one thing has kept you from losing it entirely the last couple of months? It can be crafting but feel free to step outside that box.

Work has kept me steady during the pandemic. It’s what gets me up in the morning and keeps my brain sharp. It has been stressful because of all the change. But knowing we support artisans and producers — who were already at risk of poverty before COVID-19 — who depend on our orders, well… it keeps me motivated. I’m glad we can reopen stores this week, although we are taking steps to ensure everyone’s safety. I am hoping I can take some time off later this month, though.

Secondarily, knitting and the Talking Tudors podcast have kept me going during downtime. I may have also purchased a little more yarn than I absolutely needed.

What meal is your absolute favorite? Be as vague or specific as you wish. Include an appetizer, dessert and drink if you wish.

If we’re living in fantasy land, it’s My Pi Pizza. It was a restaurant from my childhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma which served the gooiest, cheesiest, doughiest, thickest Chicago-style pizza I have ever eaten. I’ve never been able to recreate it and now that I am gluten and dairy free, forget about it.

If we’re living in reality, I think it might be a salmon and tuna poke bowl from Hai Poke with their ginger green tea.

When you think back to your childhood, what is your fondest memory? Again feel free to be vague or specific.

Most of my fondest memories happened at my Grandparents’ farm: shelling peas on the porch, walks down the dirt road to get the mail, Grandma teaching me how to sew and embroider, feeding the cows with Grandpa, picking blackberries, horseback riding, and going fishing. I’m thankful every day for the time I had with my Grandparents and I miss them so much.

Do you plant a vegetable garden or a flower garden (or both!)? What is your favorite thing to grow? Do you ever experiment with what you grow? What was it?

I usually plant vegetables and herbs. I’ve held off this year since we’re hoping to move. Last year I purchased plants from an urban farm instead of starting them myself from seed. I think they performed a little better since they had a longer growing season. I want to plant a hummingbird garden at the new house this year, assuming everything goes as planned. We are still waiting to hear back in the appraisal.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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.

I spent a lot of time knitting on my Arachne and Shetland Tweed Throw. I watched the 2019 Shetland Wool Week episode of Fruity Knitting and really enjoyed it.

I hope all the Blogville Knitters had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Or a wonderful Sunday!

Sunday Sewing and Survey

I finished my black linen lantern skirt!

On the downside, it’s too big. I have to wear it on my hips. On the upside, I can wear a stretchy tank top with it and not have muffin top. And it looks great with my tie dye duster!

I suppose I can take it apart and down a size if it bothers me. Right now, though, I’m happy to have finished something. And it’s always possible I may gain more weight, although I hope not.

Pants: A Survey

I need help deciding which pants to make. I have some navy stretch cotton twill and some gray cotton twill. These are the contenders:

Seamwork Nolan, from my previous post. High waisted mom jeans. They are in style and I know they will be comfortable.

Seamwork Callahan. Wide-legged high waisters. I probably wouldn’t top stitch the creases. Trendy and comfortable but would not transition into fall.

Ottobre Cargo Pants. Less trendy. More flattering for my mature figure. Would probably be able to wear them for more seasons.

Please leave your vote in the comments and please just vote for one! And thank you for voting.

Sunday is my day to blog about what I’m thankful for. So Sunday Grace today includes: Bob surprised me with coffee and breakfast in bed this morning, we are both still working, all the kids are healthy, and we live in an era where we can do so much remotely. It really is a marvel.

Blogcrastination

It’s Saturday. During the week I am so engrossed with work that when Saturday comes, I don’t know how to transition. I want to make something but I don’t know what I want to make.

These are some cute pants from Seamwork. The only thing I don’t have that I need is a zipper. I’m thinking about braving Joann in a face mask to get what I need. I tried ordering a zipper online three weeks ago and I still don’t have it. I have some navy stretch cotton twill that I think would be fab in this pattern.

This is the tile in the kitchen of the house we made an offer on. I dream about walking barefoot across this tile. I hope we get the house.

We went outside today. We took a hike at Infirmary Mound Park. It’s called that because there is a prehistoric mound there, and also an old home that was called The Infirmary for a time. You can read more about that here. It is a beautiful park with many lovely trails. Wildflowers are blooming right now, and there is a fairy garden trail. But we left it to the families with children.

We did go to Joann and waited in line to get in due to social distancing restrictions. We gave our new kitenge masks from Kenya a whirl.

They fit great! Now it’s time for nachos and Joe Bob. I will keep knitting on my sock. I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!

Sock It To Me Monday

I haven’t made any progress since Friday, but it won’t be long now.

Sarah is hosting sock knitalongs this summer. This is my theme-appropriate TurtlePurl yarn: Double Rainbow for Pride month and Mistletoe Kisses for Christmas in July. I’m going to knit plain socks, I’ve decided… probably short, plain socks.

Stay Home stitch markers from Katrinkles for my monthly club. The split-level is my favorite. I turned over the one that looks like the White House.

I am feeling a little better today. I think it is allergies. That’s what I get for sitting outside on Friday afternoon!

This morning Bob and I watched a heron on our neighbors’ pond. We were agog with delight, until I watched it eat one of their fish.