I’m pretty content with the lace edging on my Project Peace Shawl. And yes that’s fresh snow. And it makes for pretty photos. I have a ways to go before I finish. I want this baby to wrap around me like a cozy blanket.
I forgot to tell you that the sweet woman who told me to slow down at the barn, also said, when the girth was too small for the horse,
“It’s like putting a 32B bra on a 36DD woman…it ain’t gonna fit!”
I heard another very sweet thing the other day. Friends who have a yours mine and ours family, said, ‘In our house there is no STEP (as in step sister). The only steps are in the stairway. We are all family here.”
Instead of the Feather and Fan finish, I’m knitting a One ROW Lace border. ( Yo, Knit 2 together, Knit 2 ) All the way across and back. Very easy and peaceful knitting.
I’ve also begun my March tradition of making Irish Soda Bread. I couldn’t resist eating it . It was so good. It reminded me of my mom and my grandma in the best way. My Nana would always say, when we came for dinner, “Theres nothing to do but eat!” She put on a feast for every family visit. It was her way of saying, I love you.
Have a wonderful Wednesday! OH, wait, one thing. If you have been commenting, and I haven’t commented on your blog, please let me know. There are a few of you who are so kind to comment and I haven’t found you yet. Maybe you don’t have a blog and you just comment, which is lovely too!!
Sorry the post is a little late today guys! I was up late watching the travesty that was this season of The Bachelor. Perhaps because of my dedication to this terrible show I only completed four books this month, only two of them were on theme and I did not finish my classic (although I am really enjoying Crossing to Safety and will probably finish it in March). I think I enjoyed trying to read on a theme but, as is my habit, I was distracted by other new books coming into the library.
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo was the first book that I finished this month. This was my first time reading a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine book club book and I was underwhelmed. Lucy and Gabe meet as freshmen in college and fall into infatuation. When he decides to leave the country to pursue wartime photography they break up and she moves on with her life, marrying someone else and pursuing a more conventional life in New York City. But did she ever really let go of Gabe? Even though I thought this read like a YA book and I did not love the characters I did feel like it would make a good book club book. There was a lot to discuss about marriage, love and what it means to have a fulfilling career.
During a weekend trip I read Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn, the actress’s story of her long journey to become a successful female comedian. For those of you who saw Girl’s Trip you know that this women is hilarious. If you need a laugh today watch the clip of her meeting Oprah on ellen. The book also touched on some difficult topics as well- Haddish was raised in foster care, she was in an abusive marriage for many years and her mother suffered from a debilitating mental illness. However, her infectious joy and honesty carries throughout the book and I laughed out loud on the plane reading about Haddish’s Groupon booked swamp tour with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
My Book of the Month Club pick was also Oprah’s Book Club pick this month: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This book reminded me a lot of Taylor Jenkin’s One True Loves, but addressed more serious societal issues. Celestial and Roy are newly married when Roy is convicted of a crime that he did not commit and sent to prison for twelve years. Over the years the distance and disagreements slowly erode their relationship and when Roy’s conviction is overturned after five years he does not know what life he is returning to. This would be another good book for discussion as it touched on the impact of race, class and family in a marriage as well as what success looks like to African Americans in the modern South.
I finished off the month with a book I received for my birthday and devoured in two days: I’ll Be Gone In the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. McNamara passed away from an accidental overdose before this book was completed and her husband, Patton Oswalt, along with her editor, took on the massive task of bringing this compulsively researched true crime memoir to publication. Because it was incomplete on her death I did feel that the book was a little uneven and I’m sad we will never get to see what it could have been. If you don’t like true crime- DON’T READ THIS! I had trouble sleeping reading this terrifying story of the Golden State Killer that terrorized California for almost a decade and was never caught. But the sections I liked best were about McNamara’s experience researching the book, how she became obsessed with bringing criminals to justice and her Irish Catholic family. If you were a fan of Making a Murderer or Serial, I would suggest you check out this book.
Hope there’s a little something here for everyone. In March I am going on a beach vacation so I hope my read pile is a little longer- I need to make some progress on the stacks of books lying around my house!
Knitting in a minute….
First a quick story. At the barn on Saturday, I was hurrying to saddle a horse for a class. I’m learning but those western saddles and their girths still have me baffled. I can’t tie a man’s tie, but everyone keeps saying to me, “it is just like tying a tie”. (This is where you tube videos must come in handy. )
So, I asked a woman, an older woman, a volunteer…. for help. This lady, and many other volunteers, are well into their 70 s and still coming to the barn and helping out. These are hearty folks. (pun intended)
The first thing she did was put her hands over mine on the buckle, and said, “Don’t hurry, you don’t have to rush dear” I hadn’t even noticed until then that my hands were shaking. (are you a shaker? I’m still trying to be more aware of how this body tries to tell me to slow down and take a breath. I don’t shake all the time. Far from it. Sometimes, though, it is a visible reminder to me to relax. Stop being so serious. This is not the NICU. Old habits die hard don’t they?
I barely met this woman. She was so tender and so sure. I can’t say why, but her way was just so kind. It struck me. I’m going to remember that.
What? That’s it you say? Yup , that’s it. Half the time I don’t know why I’m telling you things, but I feel compelled to.
I knitted on my Peace Project Shawl. I’m changing up the border. Al said I could. I just didn’t like the feather and fan work. There was time spent tinking. Now I’ll be knitting a new border for a few days. I won’t RUSH and I won’t hurry. I want to get the border looking pretty just like the rest of this peaceful project. *********
*I love taking photos of animals. Isn’t this horse looking so relaxed? I so wish I hand’t cut his ear tops off. I have a cat question for you:
Miss Pie got her rabies/distemper shot this week. Her hair has fallen out around the injection sites. She is acting just fine. I will let the vet know, but has this happened to your pets?
*Watching Jeopardy yesterday , I learned you can mail all kinds of things just as they are with postage attached. Coconuts, frisbees, pinatas (really?) and candy to name a few. ( Oh and a potato, too. What?) The things you learn.
*I’m knitting away on my Peace Shawl. Oh dk weight, I see you . I really do. I see each stitch and goodness, that appears to be key to successful stitches. What’s your favorite weight to knit ?
*If you are on either coast and in the way of snow and storms, be safe. Stay in if you can. For all of you who have to get to work in this weather because you are a nurse, firefighter, police officer, I’m thinking of you. It got to the point in my life and career where I would not tell my mom if I had to go into work in those situations. It just wasn’t worth getting her worried. My sweet mom was a full time worrier. It was exhausting for her. Do you protect anyone from worries?
This has been my sweet peaceful knit since the Olympics ended. I realize I said i wasn’t knitting shawls because I don’t wear them. Well, I’m taking it back. I may be the most fickle knit/blogger around.
But…..this one is more like a blanket than a shawl. To me anyhow.
I saw this 2017 Project Peace shawl on Elise’s blog : Lovely Yarn Escapes. I had the yarn from Fireman’s lovely gift at Christmas. It spoke to me as shawls will do. I decided I’m going to knit this shawl AND I’m going to wear it.
The feel of the Malabrigo Silky Merino, (dk weight in Mares colorway …..) is pretty great. The pattern is simple and after this part extends for another while, the instructions have you knit a feather and fan big finish.
You are supposed to be hoping for Peace as you knit your shawl. This means I cannot have CNN on while I knit it. I don’t need all that CNN anyhow. You know what I need just for today? A little escape:
I ordered The Incredible Doctor Pol Season 8 and it just arrived. Every time that man pulls a live calf, I’m happy. What’s your favorite thing to knit to lately?
*I think it is safe to say that Allison was celebrated on her birthday. Look at the cats on her “cake” that a friend made her.
(Moms out there you get it. I couldn’t be there and I was so happy her friends made it special. I texted her of course, in the day time. I must, as my mom had, tell Al all the details of that exciting day. ) When she got to work today, there was more nice notes and kindnesses. Little gestures and big gestures can really make one’s day .
(and the parents’ day too) I have to say grief jumped in and I was missing my mom again. She adored my Al and My Zach. Guess what? I hear anniversaries are like that. So why am I surprised?
*So on another kind note, Vera sent Bridget the book A STASH OF ONE’S OWN. Then Bridget sent it to me when she finished it. Bridget also, sent me this lovely gift yarn. I love the halo of it. It was not necessary ,but Bridget I LOVE it.
The book is a compilation of stories about our yarn and our craft and our stashes. It is a good read so far. When I am finished, I can share the goodness if anyone wants to be next. Sharing our stash is a part of this book’s message. I love that.
*A funny thing happened at the grocery line yesterday. It was nearly 60 degrees out and so the weather talk began with the elderly gent in front of me. He asked me if I knew Robert Frost. (I must have looked like a youngin’) and I said Of course I did.
He said there is a poem he wrote that includes this thought:
If the sun is a wizard, then the moon is a witch.
The point is that the sun can melt that black ice in the daytime, during March, and then the moon turns it to ice at night. We are exactly there in our weather here.
*Fireman just asked if I needed anything from the hardware store. I replied, “Only if they sell yarn” . It is going to be a great day to knit and to read here. Because yesterday’s warmth is soon a memory. But it was also a gift. And I can still feel the warmth of my mom’s presence around me. and for all of this I’m grateful.