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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mission Accomplished!!

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII
Sometimes failure is not failure so much as it is triumph delayed. I am still going to learn circular needles, but as QUTECOWGIRL suggested, maybe one 40" circular will be easier. I will have to give it a try. As for now, I have succeeded with a very beautiful pair of blue socks to add to my Christmas present pile.
I told you I could not wait to begin the marigold yarn. I can't wait to see the first sock done, but I will have to finish a Mother's Day present first....

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I Feel Better!!

One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


I can tell because my muse is back, I hope she had a great vacation...one down, one to go. My April socks. You must agree that Qutecowgirl really knows what she is doing with yarn....I can't wait to get this pair done and start on the marigold yarn.



You Are Tea



You are mellow and reflective. You don't allow yourself to feel in a rush and frenzied.

You're likely to appreciated the ideas or connections that come up over a warm cup of tea.



While you do enjoy the energy of a caffeine boost, you love that it allows you to take a break.

You're not in a rush to do anything. You're content with your life, and in no rush to change it.


I quite love tea, decaf is my drink of choice. Earl Grey Decaf is my favorite, but I love many different kings, including PG. I always have a pot going, both at home and at work.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.
Eleanor Roosevelt
The truly bad thing about feeling bad is losing my muse over the past week or two. I just didn't have the energy to take anything on. Yesterday, I finally started feeling better and today was even better. At this rate, going back to work on Monday should be a breeze. Or, at least, one can only hope. I found out my daughter, bless her, called my office last week to tell them they weren't to call me unless someone died. I did get lots of rest, that's for sure.
In the meantime, I got to play with wool pennies. They were a gift in more ways than one. They were like little bits of a rainbow to be arranged and rearranged. I started cutting a pretty green wool from my stash for the back pennies and I even got one done! Thank you for stopping by and God bless.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Moments

I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.
~Katharine Hepburn
I did miss the flea market yesterday, I slept right through all of it. My daughter knows how much I adore hand thrown pottery and brought me home this little guy as a gift. It was made by an 8 year old for her Grandmother, she received an A in her art class for it. It is precious! I would never sell it. My daughter wants me to keep my small collection of stitch markers in it. I think that will be a perfect use.
Penny Rugs and More is one of my favorite blogs. Last week she added this wonderful pin cushion on her Etsy page, I quick snapped it up. She has others listed, too...take a look. Not only are they adorable, they are really functional. There is protection inside so you don't stab yourself.
She was very generous with me and sent along luscious wool pennies that were already cut. I played with them this afternoon, trying to decide how to use them. It was very soothing, I am a very tactile person.
I have purchased from her in the past. My sister and I both love the coin purses I bought. She sells plastic templates already to use on your own wool, which I did today, but not for as long as I would have liked. Maybe I will get a little more done and show you tomorrow. She has a tutorial on her blog for 3 stack pennies with a personal backing that is very informative.
Our blizzard came and went, with power flashing on and off. It left us better off than the news people led us to believe. I90 was closed for a while and conditions were bad, but we all came through what I am hoping was the last snow storm of the season. I made out better than most, I slept through it.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Knitting Gusset Tip

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

Just not quite yet. There is a blizzard forecasted for my part of South Dakota today and tomorrow, to begin early this afternoon. I intend to sleep through it. I was more sick than they originally thought and will be in bed for maybe another week. I am very pouty this morning. My daughter and granddaughter are on their way to the flea market....one of my favorite haunts. I just know I am missing out on treasures...I just know it. It is only on one weekend a month and I am missing this one. Darn darn and darn. Oh well, there is always next month.


On to gussets. Being of unsound mind and body (quite literally), I am forever forgetting which row I am knitting, the plain knit round or the decrease round. There are always interruptions....the phone, a child, the TV....you get my drift. I have to go back and count and try and decide which is next.... Now, each row I decrease, I hang the little stitch marker from my needle. If I get distracted, I know to check for the marker. It has really save me much time, maybe it will you, too...now. As always, the exquisite yarn is from Qutecowgirl as is the beautiful stitch marker.


Thanks for stopping by and God bless.