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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Contemplating New Beginnings


      It's been almost a year since I stopped blogging.  It's been running through my mind to start again in the New Year.  But I want to do a quick update and share the Peace Project I'm starting today.

                                                      My mini view of the ocean in Maine.

     We've had an eventful year, everyone in my family is well and I'm thankful our family has been spared so far.  We live now in the state of Maine with the lowest Covid rate and in one of the counties (as of today) with the lowest rate of the state.  We had been planning to move to Maine since last year, to where my son lives, so we had no clue we'd be in a safer place than Colorado, but I'm very thankful. (A longer update on my family is down at the bottom for those who have followed me over the years.)


  And today I'm starting the Peace Project at The Healthy Knitter blog that I've done every year but it slipped my mind somehow.  More details on Project Peace - Project Peace 2020.

     I hope to blog about my shawl for the Peace Project 2020 which I'll be making with Malabrigo Mechita yarn in Whales Road that I had in stash.  The project takes 800 yds. so I'll visit The Cashmere Goat, Camden's local yarn shop to get another skein of some coordinating color.  What fun to have such a beautiful and well-stocked store just in town.  I park in the free parking space just by the wharf and walk down the street.  So picturesque.  This town is a treat to the eyes.

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 Next time I have a lovely Alpaca sweater to blog about that I'm almost finished with.

 So until next time have peace and

 join me in the Peace Project 2020.

More details on Project Peace 2020 - Project Peace 2020

 A Family Update from last year for those who have followed me over the years:

This past year has seen lots of changes for our family.  My oldest daughter Elisabeth secretly got married in her backyard to Will (her fiance) since the June wedding was canceled.  My youngest girl Maggie graduated high school, class of 2020, in the school's football field as my husband and I watched online 2,000 miles away in an Upstate New York parking lot as we were traveling to Maine. My son Jonathan and his significant other Emily watched the graduation from above on the mountain trail in Colorado (it was student-only graduation).  I didn't know Elisabeth was getting married in their backyard the next day as we drove within an hour of her home (she still hopes for a June wedding and didn't want that ruined).  Just as well, 5 days from South Bend (a hot spot no one wore masks in) I got sick with a sore throat and mild fever, and absolutely no energy and a camp chair my only furniture in our new apartment in Maine (the moving van 3 weeks late).  I quarantined and tested negative after 2 weeks but I don't know if I had Covid.  Then Jonathan and Emily followed a week later and moved back to Maine (they had left to come to Colorado to help my husband the year before).  They have rented a cute cottage in a town over an hour away but close to their jobs and gotten their dream jobs, she an Art Teacher on Mt. Desert, and my son working for a Solar installing company and has been promoted already.  And as the year finally ends I find out my youngest Maggie wants to move to Maine to be back with all of us.  We left her in Colorado at her choosing, and at 18 she worked hard in a grocery store bakery for 7 months, paying rent and her bills, getting up to work a 3 AM shift.  Adulting can be hard.  So she's giving away most of her stuff and for Christmas coming to live with her brother Jon and Emily.  They are all fast friends and it'll be so nice to have my whole family together on the same coast and within visiting distance.

     So here we are in Maine. I work Eldercare a few days a week and my husband works part-time and has gotten partially better and put on some weight. Still somewhat sick but at least we're not dealing with a horrible disease but a digestive system that won't accept many types of food. But better than last year.

                                                              Christmas Gifts in Progress

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Elk Tooth Shawl is Done!

     Regardless of life knitting must go on!  I'm very busy in a new job of Eldercare, usually in people's home's.  But today I'm in a Rehab facility for 8 hrs. doing a sitting job for a fall risk patient, so you can guess what I'll be doing? Yes, lots of knitting!

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      So this week I finished my February knit of Elk Tooth Shawl in a Malabrigo Arroyo yarn in Cirrus Grey a lovely blue grey.

     Life has gotten so much better because they discovered what was wrong with my husband!  Tremendous weight loss on an already thin frame and tremors seemed to have been caused by a severe yeast infection in his stomach.  This was discovered after a winter eliminating ailments from Parkinson's to Lou Gehrig's.  He's slowly getting better and putting on weight but the load off my heart is tremendous.  We've been together for 41 yrs. Hard enough pulling the economic weight but imagining him gone had me crying in off places, like shopping or listening to a song on the radio.  I always felt I needed to be strong at home, project a positive attitude, then I'd crumble when no one was watching.  But he's better now and my Elk Tooth has been a soft companion this past month, I'll miss working on it, but it'll be around my neck.

  In the reading department it's been slower but I got done "See Me" by Nicholas Sparks.  A so very good read.  A great author, I was not disappointed.  One thing I was really relieved that this book didn't end like some of his other books on a negative note, but upbeat.  This I needed.  Happy reading!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Preparing for a Spring Shawl

  Due to a life that has taken some unexpected turns (a very ill husband with an undiagnosed ailment and a new job at home Eldercare) I'm going to be publishing my blog whenever I'm able.  So there might be spaces inbetween posts.  Or posts on an odd day like Sunday.  I just need to pair back.  Make this more fun and less a job for myself and get back to just knitting to settle me down and give me peace.  This is not farewell just a warning of pauses and impromptu posts from now on. If you don't want to miss sign up on the right column for Email updates. Love you all. This has been a five year effort and I'm just going to fit it better into a life that is radically different now and often out about and not home.  I am happy in my job and I do get to knit often with elderly clients. So all is good there. So long till next time. 😊

     I always have one of my shawls around my neck and when one of my regular client's wives admired it and asked if I'd make her one, I said sure.  I now do eldercare in homes.  She will need to be patient.  I seem to have a full plate lately with a job and a very ill husband.  But the opportunity to knit can't be missed and also the chance to make her smile precious.  Perhaps since we are both wives of challenged husbands I can only too well relate.

    So I took pictures down in our local yarn shop Ewe & Me of the Malabrigo that had the bright blue in it she wanted.  Here's some of the shots (unfortunately my phone didn't pick up the vibrancy of the yarn).

     The winner was the speckled sock yarn called Parade. It's sure to be a winner for Spring. Update: A friend online called the store and bought the yarn for me! When the customer pays me back I'm going to buy yarn for a shawl for my oldest daughter's upcoming summer wedding.  Something bright blue! 😁

     I'm making a Reyna Shawl and she wants the same mesh pattern that I did last Spring (just a bit smaller sections towards the end).

     Well I think I've broken a record for me.  Reading the same book for months.  But it's been a real good book to savor. Im drawing to the end of "The Golden Hour" and it's really good.  It's going on my shelf for a reread another day. Some books you know you'll love again.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year's New Starts


Please note the details on the KAL down below.

         White to me is the color of January, a New Year.  Fresh, new, untouched.  I crave getting my hands into something white and soft and untouched.  So I grabbed some undyed Bare Stroll Sport Yarn and started a shawl called Fichu Bleu.  A simple, yet unique design with interesting contrasts of simple stitches.  Interesting but I'm expecting rhythmic knitting, which I love.

 © Orlane Sucche
 © Orlane Sucche

Ravelry Resistance Knitters Group KAL

     Well, the New Year 2020 is upon us and I’m personally revved to make a difference! How about you? One stitch at a time.  This year we've been trying in the Ravelry Resistance Knitters group to create items to help migrants.  I've run several KALs this Fall for hats and then Cowls and Scarves and have drawn a lot of interest. We created over 270 hats, most hats went up to Northeast Asylum Cities but some of those hats made it even across the border to a center for migrants. 

      This January and February I'm running a KAL focused on Mittens, Gloves and Fingerless Mitts but I also want it open for any winter accessory that someone wants to make. Some people get excited about making hats or want to just make cowls; it's all good and will help make people warm
Come visit Ravelry Resistance Knitters group, join and look up the thread for the January KAL. Please use the space to share your creations and patterns and details and your thoughts, questions, and comments. Working together We can achieve more and encourage each other.  I will also be creating soon a thread for pictures of finished creations.

     When done with a few items or a pile you can ship it to the head of Suenos Sin Fronteras, a relief organization for Asylum Seekers, who is also a knitter.  Details in the group how to get the shipping address. She will in turn get your creations to either Asylum Cities up in the Northeast or at times to get items across the border to Migrants stuck on the other side.

     Thank you for all your efforts to warm hearts and bodies. Your efforts count! Have fun. I hope to run some contests but they are still being determined.

   For reading, I've downloaded a new book for the new year, "The Ten Thousand Doors of January".  I'm intrigued by it but I haven't cracked the cover yet (well metaphorically speaking since it's an e-book) but it looks good.  Review - "You'll Want To Open Every One Of 'The Ten Thousand Doors Of January' " (NPR)

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