Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Yarn along...morning, noon, and night :)

Because I've been listening to a book on my phone, I wasn't able to get a picture of it together with my knitting for today's Yarn Along. Instead, I've decided to take you on a tour of my Tuesday (yesterday) so you can "yarn along" with me through the day...

Oh, about 6ish a.m. -- dark and cold outside but warm by the fire with my sweetie. Sipping coffee and chatting while I knit on a pair of fingerless mitts to go with a beanie. He's been praying with me in the morning before the kids come down for breakfast which is a nice way to start the day...

2:30 in the afternooon -- If you've followed me on IG the past few days, you know we're enjoying spring-like temps. It's been in the low 60s since Sunday, and since I had to be out with AnnaLynn for her violin lesson, I thought it would be fun to paint my toes and wear my linen pants and my sandals. That's my knitting tote on the left. Knitting during music lessons is a must!

And, finally, while Dan was at a church meeting last night, I settled in with Amanda and a glass of wine to finish that fingerless mitt. (Psssst, if you haven't checked out Amanda's podcast yet, you must!) AnnaLynn thought the mitt needed a thumb, so I ripped back and added one. :)

Now, I found it interesting that I also recently discovered that moths had gotten to my hitchhiker as well as my tea leaves. Arrrrggggg. Do I still have even the tiniest bit of that gorgeous Madtosh my hitchhiker was knit with? Nope. Thankfully I do have a little wool  left to repair my tea leaves. :(  Would love any helpful hints you all might want to share about dealing with moths. Thanks in advance!

Edit: Ooops! Forgot to mention my book! The kids and I are currently reading The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle for our humanities class. They weren't looking forward to it ("it's for little kids..."), but I've been having to listen since they're hoarding our print copy. :)

Joining Ginny :)

~Lisa

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

knitting, painting, superbowling, weekending...





I'm thankful my AnnaLynn is still willing now and again to be my model for my knits. She's a sweetie to do it for her mama, isn't she? We spent some time late Saturday afternoon out back laughing at all the awkward shots we got and decided this one was the best. :)  Btw, my grass-stitch beanie pattern is done (!!!) and only needs to be test knit before it goes on Ravelry...anyone interested?

Other weekending included watching The Hunt for Red October on Friday evening -- knitting and popcorn? Of course. Saturday morning was errands in Vancouver. The afternoon was spent painting our masterbath as well as an old spice rack that I picked up at the Goodwill. I've been on the lookout for a clever way to organize all my EOs, and I think this is just perfect! The debate was on at 5 p.m. here on the west coast, so I streamed it and got in some quality knitting time on the baby blanket I'm working on for my niece's wee one. Thankfully, I have two more weeks to finish it.

And today (Sunday) was worship and a sunny, warm afternoon -- we reached a high of 63F which is unseasonably warm for the Pacific northwest. We spent the day with friends feasting, knitting, and watching football. Glad the "old" man won. :)

Weekending with Karen :)

~Lisa

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

reading & yarning along...



Me thinks I've got too many books going...
  • Amish Knit Lit Circle: light, easy, yet filled with yarn, books, community, and encouragement. Kind of like our weekly Yarn Along, right? :)
  • The Betrayal: historical fiction about John Calvin that is almost finished but has been neglected.
  • The Poisonwood Bible: Haven't even opened this one. Yet. But I'm determined to join Amanda's read along 'cause this book sounds so good.
  • Face to Face: a primer on fellowship, friendship, and hospitality and our need of all three. Excellent!
  • At the Water's Edge: The only one of my current reads that has a due date (the rest I own), thus it's the one receiving the most attention. Truly enjoying this read (another one recommended by Amanda -- thanks!). 

And I'm having lots of yarny fun...

Having finished my slouchy beanie knit with a skein of Ginny's yummy black-walnut-dyed worsted merino, I cast on another with Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in heathered aqua which is a gorgeous, gorgeous colorway. This one will be a fitted beanie rather than a slouchy which I'm hoping leaves enough yarn for a pair of fingerless mitts. We'll see. I've also been working to replenish my washcloths which are rather worse for wear. So nice to fill my kitchen drawer with a fresh stack of dishwashing cloths! Funny how knitting something so utilitarian can be so satisfying. Ravelry notes are here. :)

How about you? What's on your needles? What books are you enjoying?

Joining Ginny :)

~Lisa

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an abundance of blessings...










It was a weekend filled with all things wonderful!
  • Friday evening was knitting and sipping wine while watching Gosford Park with Dan. 
  • Saturday was granddaughter #2's first birthday! Happy birthday to our sweet Linnea Darlene!!
  • Sunday was worship followed by a stop at Costco for the kids' passport pictures followed by a nice long walk all by myself when we got home. 
So thankful to live in such a beautiful place, to live close to my grandbabies, to be planning a trip to Scotland to see our daughter and son-in-law this summer. Sometimes I just can't believe how blessed we are to have our lives so overflowing with God's grace, mercy, and provision.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Weekending with Karen :)

~Lisa

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

tending my yarn garden -- oh, deer!

As I stepped out the back door to take advantage of the daylight for my yarn along photo, I realized I was interrupting someone's late afternoon snack...oh, deer!







Face to Face has been such an encouraging read:
"Hospitality need not involve spending a great amount of money on a fancy meal, although a fancy meal certainly enhances it. It does not requre a nice home or a nice setting, although these are fine and pleasant things to have. The focus of hospitality is neither on the full table or the large room but on the open door. An open door is more than sufficient evidence that you have a godly concern for your friends, and that is better than any feast."
An open door...

How often do I hesitate to extend an invitation due to any variety of reasons? Too often. I really need to work on this. :)

My knitting has been all over the place. Quickie washcloths, a Steelers' beanie for my sister, new beanies for the granddaughters, and something new! That gorgeous walnut merino I picked up from Ginny is finally on the needles. I thought I was done with beanie knitting for a while, but I was wrong...

One more thing I just had to share with you is my new pencil/knitting tool holder -- my latest Goodwill find. And only 99 cents which is a great deal. :)

Joining Ginny :)

~Lisa

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