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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yarns -The Ardent Shawl Finished!

My beautiful Spring Ardent Shawl is done -










     I've started Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy, Book 2) by Ken Follett.  The first book Fall of Giants was great and I enjoyed it thoroughly, so I expect the same.  Also I so enjoy learning while I'm a having fun reading and it's interesting being immersed in another time period. 



For more lovely shawls by Janina Kallio - ONE SKEIN WONDERS



Joining with Kat for Unraveled Wednesday.





Saturday, August 12, 2017

Simply Saturday

   

     My Ardent Shawl is almost done.  I finished the pattern and still have yarn leftover so I've added a few more rows with holes, and now I'm doing the final garter rows till the yarn is gone.


      It's a good weekend to turn off.  Turn inward.  Quiet the soul.  Knit and read.  And turn off the news.  Sometimes, somethings are beyond our control and for me too overwhelming to contemplate.  I'm going to let the birds and trees surround me.  Knit, take a walk.  Breathe.  And hope.  Out of this place, I can handle next week better.  What else can I do but tend my little world?


     A cake to make.  My husband's birthday on Sunday.  Still some unpacking to do, clearing off the kitchen table, finally so I can block my shawl.  My teen starts school in a week.  10th grade.  Starting to talk about colleges.  Life goes on.  Embracing the simple.  A hot soup to make.  When the world seems impossibly crazy and out of control, what I can do is be thankful for what I have.  Breathe in, breathe out, because I can.  And hope for a better tomorrow.




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Yarns - Socks Tackled Again


     Last year I started my My First Socks Adventure and got stalled after working on them all day at my daughter's college graduation.  Unused to tiny needles and seemingly so little progress, it got stashed away with the thought that that's it, socks are not for me! 

Last year:

     Then the past year I've been working with smaller needles and shawls with fingering weight yarn and I've gotten more comfortable with knitting with small stuff.  So I picked it up again this week and I'm really happy with the results.  Of course it helped I had most of the cuff done and now I'm working on the heel.  Now I'm dreaming of wearing them.  It's a cold rainy summer and warm socks would be dreamy.




I'm almost done with Ken Follet's Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, Book 1).  It's been an amazing ride and I believe I've learned a lot about WWI and I feel like I've been immersed in that time frame.  I've got the next book Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy and I'll be ready to continue on to the next generation and WWII.



     I'm also reading a collection of short stories which are biographies of historical heroes.   Some forgotten long ago.   "Brave Companions: Portraits In History" by David McCullough.  I love these stories so much, I'm finishing a story and passing the book over to my husband when he gets home at night.  It seems just such a shame that we don't know about these people.  The first chapter is about a Naturalist (and many other things) that explored South America and did more for science than Lewis & Clark, but we probably don't hear about him because the U.S. is so centered on itself and ignores the history of any country that surrounds it!  Anyone know Canadian History?  Case in point.  This explorer, a Naturalist was Alexander von Humboldt.  If you love history and biographies this book is a must.  I love David McCullough's writing.  Very interesting, gripping stories.


Joining with Kat for Unraveled Wednesday.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Yarns - What's Up in Your Knitting & Reading World?



   In honor of a wildlife refuge in Texas threatened by the building of The Wall, I've started knitting the Passerine Hat by Erica Heusser.  I was excited I had the materials on hand and I've bravely waded in to tackle colorwork with Fingering Weight yarn (I'm a bit of a newbie on this, only having done one Fair Isle piece before - Technique Thursday and Learning Fair Isle).  Today I should get to the bird motif.  Read on for details on how the Santa Ana National Refuge is threatened.


Blue Bunting Cyanocompsa parellina



     In September the next fight in Congress will be over the budget.  Hidden in the proposed budget is funding for the Wall.  Surreptitiously testing the area, hoping to avoid notice, the US Customs and Border Protection has been working to get soil samples and check out a three mile stretch in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas to build a portion of the Wall. Today the Washington Post reported that Homeland Security will be evoking previous laws in order to skirt any Environmental rules or reviews for building the wall along the border The Energy 202: Trump to Waive Environmental Rules to Construct Border Wall



    The Santa Ana National Refuge is the home of the many birds and some endangered species - "The 2,088-acre Santa Ana refuge, located along the Rio Grande south of McAllen, Texas, is considered one of the nation’s top bird-watching sites, with more than 400 species of birds. The refuge is also home to two endangered wildcats—the ocelot and jaguarundi—and some of the last surviving stands of sabal palm trees in South Texas." (Mother Jone's - Trump’s Big, Beautiful Wall Will Cut Through a Big, Beautiful Texas Wildlife Refuge). An update from Texas Public Radio.


     I'm more than half way through Ken Follet's Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, Book 1).  It's a great book and fills in a lot of gaps of my understanding of WWI and the Russian Revolution.  The Characters feel real (and interspersed with real historical figures) and the plot keeps up a good pace.  Every page you want to know what's going to happen next.  I'm pleased I'm reading an accurate historical fiction, having fun and learning at the same time.  I'll have to remember to prowl the second hand book shops this weekend for #2 in his trilogy - Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy.





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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Yarns - What are You Knitting and Reading?



     Do you have a favorite knitting project this summer?  Something you're dragging around no matter where you go?  I always have a favorite.  I'll have several things up on needles, but one project will always draw my more.


     This summer my shawl knitting is my favorite go to and I'm especially fond of this shawl from the designer Janina Kallio's One Skein Wonders Collection.  I seem to be gravitating towards trying all these patterns out, since I started an Antarktis also.  This one is an Ardent.  (Please note the designer has a Summer sale going on for her patterns, buy 2, get one free).  My project page - Spring Ardent.  I'm knitting it in Malabrigo Mechita in Indiecita.

 Ausable River, Adirondacks, Upstate New York


     My summer read is a large book on the beginning of the century - "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett.  From the Welsh coal pits to the battlefields in France and Russia, the fictional plot is riveting, and exciting next to the real historical playout of World War I.  Worth all the pages and I'm so glad it's the beginning book in Ken Follett's "The Century Trilogy".






Happy Summer!




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christmas Procrastinator? KAL Starts Today!



"Procrastinate No More Along " A Christmas KAL/CAL

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     Love KAL's?  I do. This morning going through Facebook I came across a Free Pattern - Pan Galactic Helix by Heather R. Robinson for a zappy looking sock.  Following that link I saw the designers had a KAL that starts today July 25th!  Called "Procrastinate No More Along ".  An effort to get ahead on your Christmas, holiday knitting.  So if you're like me and love a challenge, head for your stash like I did this morning and attack Ravelry's pattern section and see what you can start today.  To qualify you must have at least 200 stitches on and join the group and post.  Good luck. have fun and the rest of the rules are on the link above for the KAL/CAL.












Happy Early Christmas Knitting!







Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yarns - Knitting on The Rocks



       I'm back from a vacation in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York.  Still unpacking and putting things away from moving.  My front porch with a lovely blooming perennial garden keeps on drawing me away.  I still need to tend it and plant some plants of my own.  I dream of Bee Balm and Lavender.



      Here's some pictures from my trip.  Too long, in the sense of I love being home.  Too short because I love the Adirondacks.  I could of sat forever in front of a waterfall I hiked into.  Staring at the falls, the rich foliage, the impossible height of the rocks, while spray hit my face.



     This was my dream this past winter to hike into Rainbow Falls.  It's a short hike, but for me who could barely walk this winter, it was a dream come true.  Thankfully a new hip a few months back made it possible.  I still had to slide on my rump on some of the large rocks I had to climb to get up there and back.  Especially coming back, with moss and spray making everything slippery.  But I sat for a few hours with lunch, my book and my knitting, of course.  I hated to leave my sanctuary of mist, rolling waters, hanging ferns and blue sky above.  I can hear it now, embedded in my memory.  Next year.




  


     Wishing I was back in camp.  Sitting in front of the fire inside while it rained; or like the last night, in front of a fire pit outside, in front of a lean to with all my children around me and their loves there too.  Couldn't I just capture the moments forever and never let go?  Remembering the last glimpse of my son's and girlfriend Emily's Adirondack boat as they rowed away the last morning.  It's captured in my mind.  Then when I got back to the vacation house, there was homemade jam for me from them and a sketch by Emily of their boat.  Captured memories.




     The whole time I knitted on my Spring Ardent Shawl, a design by Janina Kallio.  Made in Malabrigo Mechita in the color Indiecita. 




      My book I started reading in Colorado - Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, Book 1) by Ken Follett, but it was too big to pack.  A large paperback I had gotten years ago at a sale for a $1.  So, thinking I'm smart, I called the local small library where I was going and asked them to set it aside for me.  Two days later my daughter goes and comes back and says it's not there!  So sad.  It really had hooked me.  So wandering up to the Bunkhouse's bookcase, filled with lots of varieties of books, there it was!  It comes in handy my family has similar tastes.  So I grabbed the already very beat up book (obviously it had already been on some Adirondack adventures), and I've added to it's beaten up nature.  I'll be returning it next year (I promise), it's a nice small size for my hands.  So, now I catch myself getting mad at why WWI started.  I have to remind myself that my Grandfather who was born in 1905 wasn't in that war and 4 generations have gone by since then and they died 100 years ago.  But, I still get angry.  Have I mentioned it's a real good book?





Happy Knitting!