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Hiding a Multitude of Sin

Daddy and me at 3 months
Daddy and me

Let me explain the title of this post.  My daddy would often use this phrase to describe the benefit of things like heavy sauces and long overcoats!  This was not an original saying, obviously; it originated from the Bible.  If you knew my daddy, you would have guessed this, I’m sure.  Five years ago on this date, daddy left this world to the sweet sounds of supplication to the Blessed Mother by his ‘favorite middle child’.  (that would be me, y’all!)  May his soul and those of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and may divine assistance remain with him.

I should have finished this post two days ago, but I was too cranky to write.  You all deserve better.

Back to the blog, and the title of the post.  I have been craving a pair of socks on the needles since I frogged my Cheese-head Socks (you can see why in my previous post.)  My intention is to do something a little different with each pair of socks I knit, and this latest WIP is no different.  After participating in Knit Stars 3.0, I was inspired by Arne and Carlos to try Norwegian knitting.  Norwegian knitting is done in the Continental style but with less movement between the yarn and your left index finger.  I can’t explain better than the fellas, so please check out their You Tube channel for a video tutorial (sooo worth it!). How to Knit – Basics of Knitting – Arne & Carlos.  

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Hermione’s Everyday Sock

I chose a lovely yarn by the equally lovely Connie of ChileKnitz.  The color is Blue Jean.  The pattern I chose is the “Hermione’s Everyday Sock”.  Both offer the opportunity to practice skills and, in the case of the yarn, hide a multitude of sin!  I’ll admit, I have made a number of mistakes, and I have ripped out the heel at least 3 times.  To be honest, I don’t mind; I am continuing until I have a successful pair of sock.  This is a great learning experience.

Wanna know what else is a great learning experience?  Knowing my daddy!  I talked to him a lot this week.  I asked him about how to be a good spouse, a good parent, a good colleague and a good Christian, because I felt like I was struggling at all of them.  As in true daddy form, he was a man of few words!  What he did tell me was to turn to God and put my troubles at the foot of the cross.

Today’s Saint is:  St. Jerome Emiliani – he is the patron saint of abandoned children and orphans.  I wish all children could have a daddy like mine.  The world would be such a beautiful and gentle place for the young and young at heart.

Today’s beverage:  Makers Mark Bourbon on the rocks with a slip of lemon zest

Today’s sounds:  The Yarniacs Podcast.  Listen to it on Podbean!

Thank you for stopping by.

Hug a child today, if you have the good fortune (I did!!)

Until next time, may you have peace in your day.

Love,

Regina

So It’s Been a While, eh?

The last time I blogged was last March.  I had no idea so much time had passed.  Yes, there was a lot going on, but I didn’t even start a draft.  Good grief.  I am going to try to post something at least once a month.  Not as a New Year resolution and certainly not because I expect anyone to read this; I am doing this for me because I enjoy it.  Anyhoo…

Life has been pretty nutty.  Both boys have moved back home.  They bring a level of joy and chaos to my day that is reminiscent of when they were children; the kind that only a mother can love.  Let me just say, my food, laundry and prayer production is at an all time high.  A certain 4-legged boy loves having his big brothers around and I even spied some liver treats in front of my son’s Xbox.  It’s all good.

We have all been in relatively good health with only the passing cold or sinus trouble here and there. 

My youngest enrolled in school and is starting to finding his way.  So many young people aren’t prepared to make career decisions upon graduating high school.  This was the case with my boys.  I am proud of them both.

My honey finished his master’s degree in Theology.  The graduation ceremony is in May and I am so excited.  The conversation around what the wife of a theologian should wear has produced some very interesting conversations in our house!

In the world of knitting, I have been a little worker bee.  It surprised me somewhat to see that I had met my knitting goals I set on Ravelry.  It surprised me because I totally forgot I had done this.  I think it speaks to that weird thing that happens to me whenever I try to knit on a deadline.  The minute I put a deadline or goal on my knitting, it slows to a crawl.  I am wondering if this happens to anyone else.  It must.  I’m sure.  Right?  I did participate in a KAL in the fall and finished the shawl at 11:00pm on the very last day.  I loved everything I made last year, except for the attempt at two-at-a-time sock with an afterthought heel.

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I am calling this my ‘second-thought heel’
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DPNs be damned!

Edward Scissorhands would have been at home in my knitting bag.  There were size 1 dpns EVERYWHERE!  I regret that shot of bourbon.  I frogged the socks and started over.

In April I went on my first Long Island Yarn Crawl!  I had such a wonderful time.  We visited the shops on the north part of the island, but there are so many places on the south of Long Island that I really want to see!  This year the dates are April 4-7, which works out perfectly for me.  Last year I met some wonderful people, bought a few pretties and scored some swag.

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Also in April, I knit Mariel’s Cowl; a pattern my friend wrote.  I did not make any changes to this one, but I do plan on making another and doubling the pattern rows.  I prefer my cowls deeper (wider?  taller?).  This was made with some Ester Bitran Hand Dyed Andes.  Aren’t the colors pretty?  The pattern is free, so go check it out.  NOW!  But come back, ok? 🙂

 

If only I can teach my knitting buddy to hold my yarn when I wind it.

I think I’ll finish up for now.  I’ll have more knitting deliciousness to post, but that’s for another day.  Consider this your only warning. 

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Saint of the Day:  St. Francis de Sales – Patron saint of the deaf.  I am so thankful right now that I can hear the silly sounds of the middle school kids in the hallway. 

What I’m sipping:  coffee, coffee and more coffee…

So be well everyone.

May you have peace in your day.

Gratefully,

Regina

Swimming in a Sea of Laundry

Laundry has always been a way for me to show my family how much I love them.  The boys would get a whiff of fabric softener when they pulled a t-shirt on and they would be reminded of me.  Honestly, is there anything better than a whiff of soap on your favorite shirt, or clean sheets on a freshly made bed?  One of my favorite memories as a child was the smell of the sheets, hung on the clothesline to dry in the sun.  At night, I would fall asleep wrapped in those sheets and the summer quilt that my grandmother made; it always smelled of the cedar from the blanket chest that it was stored in.  I always have mounds of laundry in all three stages of development.  I try to stay on top of it, but there are times when I need help.  You can learn more about my favorite laundry service here.

Look what I did!

 

I really need to take a photo of me wearing this, but until then you’ll have to deal with my understudy.

I learned a lot from this project.  I loved knitting with beads and I definitely recommend you add it to your repertoire.  I plan on using beads in future projects and thanks to the Laura Nelkin group on Ravelry, I have been given many sources for purchasing beads.  This yarn was a single ply; it tended to get fuzzy or cranky when it was handled too much and beads require a lot of action on the yarn.  I would definitely choose a smoother yarn with a tighter twist for my next project.  Many thanks to Razz for modeling this for me.  (he was NOT happy).

Winner! Winner!  Chicken …Wait!  Apparently, I lost this game of yarn chicken.  Here are my lovely “Twas the Night Before Christmas” socks from Little Bobbins.  I thought I had enough yarn to finish, but apparently there will be no chicken dinner for me.  I have ordered another ball of Knit Picks Palette so I can finish these cute socks.

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In other news, I was taken with all the great and versatile projects based on the log cabin pattern by Mason Dixon Knitting.  This is my first attempt.  I have decided to make it into a dishcloth because I worked out a lot of little nuances with this square (trust me when I tell you it is square!)  The yarn is Katia Bombay, 100% cotton.  It is very pretty and I would like to work with it again.  I held two strands together and it made a sturdy but soft fabric.  I played around with where I picked up new stitches to find out what was most pleasing.  Have you ever worked on a project and realized you did something incorrectly but it still worked out?  I think if it is consistent through the project it doesn’t really matter.  In this case, I would want to pick up stitches along the bind off edge consistently through either the front or the back of the stitch.  The pattern does not indicate which way to do this, so I think I’ll contact the designer to ask.  Again, I think what matters is that it is consistent.

So, this post has been sitting in my draft folder for over a week.  I am going to wrap it up before I forget what the heck  I am talking about.

Sipping:  coffee

Watching:  X-Files (still)

Current location of Razz:  under the dining room table

Be well,

Love,

Regina

 

So I’d like to know where, you got the notion

OK, soBanshee how many of you have that song by The Hues Corporation in your head now?  For that, I apologize.  I really do.  I woke up the other day with an Elton John song in my head for no particular reason and it wasn’t one of his better ones.   Regardless, it didn’t belong in there and it took the better part of the morning to get it out!

About notions.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites with you from time to time.

I am just about finished with my “Twas the Night Before Christmas” socks.  We all know that knitting with size 1 US dpns can be dicey at times, and I love a good challenge as much as the next gal, but when I discovered these little needle holders, I wondered how I had gotten on without them.  Check them out.  How cute are they???

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Double-pointed needle case
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They are even cute on the inside.  Like me!!

I purchased these on Etsy.  The shop is  Handmade by Jayney  and she has some really sweet items for sale.  They fit 6″ dpns perfectly.  In fact, I secured the needles that held the instep stitches in the case while I turned my heel.  I was like a woman on fire.  On FIRE!

The other super lovable notion I am using with this project is…

A Hello Kitty Lunchbox!!

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Hello Kitty! Whatcha making?
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Prepare to be amazed…

I know what you are thinking.  Regina, you have just blown my mind and I need a minute to process.

Take all the time  you need, my friend.  While you acclimate to your new-found enlightenment, let me further impress you by telling you that the stitch markers are kept in a Trader Joe’s Green Tea Mints tin, and yes…my Pilot G-2 pen is wearing a Hello Kitty band-aid to prevent people from walking off  with it.  As you see, it works like a charm.

I prefer using boxes like this because:

1. fancy-pants project bags snag my yarn on the zipper

2. fancy-pants project bags snag my money – have you priced some of these babies??

3. fancy-pants project bags don’t protect my needles against my 85 lb golden retriever’s rump, or protect my 85 lb golden retriever’s rump against my needles.

Win-win-win

Show me your stuff.  What is your favorite notion?

Sipping:  Killian’s Irish Red (Good ol’ Uncle George!)

Listening:  Why this, of course!

Today’s magnificent Saints are:  Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marta.  If you aren’t familiar with the story of Fatima, I encourage you to learn more about it here.  Really awesome stuff.

Have a wonderful week!

Hugs,

Regina

When Lent and Mid-life Collide

My husband is so freakin’ adorable.  He is a really wonderful man and he loves his faith – we both do – and Lent is a very meaningful time for us.  So, imagine my surprise when he lamented the fact that he was exempt from the prescribed days of fast and abstinence because he was a ‘man of a certain age’.   But what a wonderful way to view aging.  To him, though, it is not about what he has ‘lost’ rather, about what he has to gain.  Does that make sense?  To keep it real, even Snoopy had his moments!

On to knitting…

Oh boy am I enjoying the All-Ways Cowl.  I am also enjoying the compliments I am receiving!  Mind you, for all the years I have been knitting, I still look at my work with hyper-critical eyes.  Sure, I have made some oops on this project, but I am reluctant to rip back because the yarn is single ply and with too much fuss becomes wild and crazy!  Honestly?  The beading is really the focal point and if I get that part correct, it will be a stunner.  Wanna see an updated photo?  or two?

The photo on the left reflects the colors best.  Regardless of the outcome, I consider a project, knitting or otherwise, a success when I come away with a better understanding of how things work.  With this one, I have learned I must be very ginger with single-ply yarn.  I have learned that there are multiple methods for adding beads to your knitting and there are reasons for each.  I have also learned that leaving my knitting out at work attracts the curious, which results in the dropped stitches that immediately follow the cry of “oooh!  let me see what you’re working on!”  :cue the sound of beads bouncing off the desk:  I don’t have to tell you that the reason employers use that speckled, low-pile carpet is because it hides a multitude of sin, and in this case, teeny-tiny beads.

Other fun things on the needles include two pairs of socks, and a baby sweater for a little girl.  I will post more on these as I make progress; right now they are in their infancy.

20180215_125417.jpgIn my glass:  Coconut water and frozen fruit cubes.  Delish!

 

 

 

In my ears:  INXS Original Sin.  You can read about this tribute album here.

Saint du Jour:  St. Berach, an Irish Abbot.  He is the patron saint of Kilbarry, County Dublin.  I’ll drink to that!

In my heart:  These guys