A Nice Minestrone

This post has no real direction; it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Just like a nice minestrone.

It has been a busy few weeks for your favorite knitting space cadet (that would be me…). My sweet and plucky 93 yr old mama had some minor surgery so I spent many hours in waiting rooms and in some cases, due to COVID, sitting in my car. Just me and my knitting. I managed to get a few projects done. Let’s take a look, shall we? We shall…we shall.

You may recall from my last post, the basket of Roma tomatoes and skein of yarn I received from Bill, one of my son’s clients. Well I ate all the tomatoes. Raw. With olive oil, black pepper and sea salt. Apparently, they were intended to go into sauce. “No regerts!” I also knit up another Barley Light for Bill with the yarn. I threw in a pair of Appleseed Mitts from yet another skein he gave me; it seemed fitting. I failed to take proper photos before I gave them to him and he assured me he would send me an action shot for my blog and Ravelry page. I was not disappointed. Here is a fella who is ready for the elements.

I am so glad you like your knits, Bill. You are very knit-worthy...

The next thing off my needles was The Seamed Wrap by Purl Soho.

A free pattern from Purl Soho, this was a joy to knit. The pattern calls for an all-over linen stitch with a band of two-color linen stitching along the neck. I did not have the patience for all that, so I began with a large band of linen stitch, knit the body in stockinette with garter stitch selvedges and the two-color linen stitch to finish it off. This is a modular piece that can be worn sideways, front or back hanging. It can also serve as a dog pillow, but that’s another story entirely. {{cough:Razz:cough}} I knit this using Miss Babs Yowza, which knits up into such a soft drapey fabric. I could have made the smaller size since Yowza does tend to stretch. Next time. And there will definitely be a next time.

There was a big event in my house. My husband bought a new chair. Not just any chair, mind you. A recliner. A real dude chair. An electric powered, soft as butter recliner. He is soooo happy!! He has wanted a chair in the bedroom so he can sit and read or pray quietly and comfortably. Feet up, nice lighting, peaceful surroundings. Get the picture? I’m sure you are wondering what this has to do with knitting. Or maybe not. If you are a knitter, you know where this is heading. What comfy chair is complete without a knitted blanket to snuggle under? It was his idea, I swear! The request was for a simple blanket in browns golds and blues; brown to match his chair, gold to match the dog and blue to match his eyes. I jumped at the chance to break the yarn fast, people! My friend recommended Webs since they always have sales, and there I found the perfect yarn. This is a wool/acrylic blend in all the right colors.

He wanted a simple pattern so I cast on for the Summer Sidewalk by Fifty Four Ten Studios. This will be the third time I knit this blanket. I cast on 400 stitches. Last thing I want is a skimpy binky! While this won’t be done in time for Christmas, it will be ready for the cold and dreary months that follow.

On the non-knitting front, my sister is home from Japan for a few weeks. We haven’t seen her in a year. She quarantined so we celebrated Thanksgiving the Saturday after and we had a beautiful day. One of the perks to celebrating late is not having to deal with the insanity at the supermarket.

Look what she brought back for me!

On the days when my husband is out of town, I’m always a bit blue. This week, before he left, he gave me flowers. The message on the card reminded me that even though he was leaving, Baby Jesus was coming! He makes me smile.

My chonky boy has lost 17 lbs since September. With less stress on his joints and the cold autumn air, he jogs around the neighborhood little pup!

Razz and his cow.

And in other news…

here are other things that keep me entertained.

I’ve been walking a lot.

It’s no wonder I’m so h*ckin tired.

I also enjoy stalking Golden Retrievers on Instagram

Saint of the Day: December 14th is the feast of Saint John of the Cross. He is the patron Saint of contemplatives, mystics and Spanish poets. He is one of my favorite saints. I read “Dark Night of the Soul” at a very significant time in my life and the impact was profound. It was as if his writings found me; they spoke to the struggles I was having at the time and helped me navigate very difficult days and very dark nights.

“In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.”

~St. John of the Cross

In my cup: Lagunitas Hop-Hoppy Refresher

I love this stuff. It has no alcohol, no carbs and no calories. It has a crisp and refreshing ‘hoppy’ taste. You can still win a belching contest, but without all the boozey side-effects.

In my ears: The Patriots vs The Rams. It’s Thursday Night Football, baby!! Can I just say how happy I am that the NFL ditched the color rush uniforms.

I appreciate that you stopped by for a visit.

I hope everyone is healthy and well and enjoying all the traditions of the season.

Peace to you all,

ReginaMary

New blog and much to share

The last post by Cosmicknitter was November 2015!  A lot of stitches over the needles in the past year-almost year and a half!

Well, for starters,  I have moved my blog over to WordPress.  I like the functionality so far, but this is my first post. I was so pleased to learn that my previous Blogger posts could be imported.  This blog will have three distinct areas of content: knitting posts, all things Razzle, and stuff that makes me happy.

So, without further delay, here is a summary of what I have been up to!

I discovered podcasts, lots and lots of podcasts.  Podcasts like The Knitting Pipeline, Susan B Anderson, Curious Handmade Knitting and the Cottage Notebook.  I fell in love with The Grocery Girls, and out of love with Facebook.

I discovered new knitwear designers, football and became addicted to KALs – especially football themed KALs like Michelle Hunter’s Scoreboard 2.0.  I had so much fun knitting this cowl!  Scoreboard 2.0 KAL Carolina 6-10

And MYSTERY KALs like this one…

Ambigious Cowl MKAL
Ambigious Cowl-Knitpurl Hunter

From finding the ‘inspiration’ to the final product, this was such a great and challenging project that really boosted my confidence and taught me new skills.  Thanks, Michelle!

I also embraced the swatch.  That’s right!  I have fully accepted the swatch as my knitting sherpa.  I knit a Timber Bay for my sister, currently residing in Tokyo, and it fit her BEAUTIFULLY.  I measured her head once, and after that, I was completely dependent on my gauge swatch and the pattern.  Another confidence builder.

I knit myself a sweater-the second one ever.  I chose to knit Mothed by Mags Kandis again.  Just love this sweater.  This time, I used Miss Babs Yowza in Aubergine and the finished product was perfect.  Can you see the pretty details on the sleeves?

Mothed
Mothed – Mags Kandis

Finally, I overcame the fear/guilt/panic of having multiple projects in the works.  Presently, I am working on two pairs of socks, one sweater and a shawl KAL.  I recently spent a snow day browsing Ravelry and websites while listening to podcasts and purchased 3 patterns for no particular reason other than I loved them and wanted to knit them.  In most cases (actually, in all cases) I had yarn in my stash all ready to be knit.  This may sound silly, but it is not something I have ever done before.  It feels good.

I look forward to spending more time here, sharing my days with you.  I look forward to making more knitting friends.