Good morning! It's homeschool network day, so I'm away from home and on a rush schedule for the day. I stopped by the coffee shop to visit with you for a small chat and then I'm off to the city, for a much needed eye doctor appointment and then back again.
I love the merino/silk, sand yarn I'm using and I think this might be one of my favorite knits. The yarn is glorious, the pattern relaxing. It's a little bit of lace and yet interesting enough not to feel too repetitive. I ordered another skein late in the night;)
Yesterday was a full, beautiful day. There was a quick drive to the lake while Jordan was taking a violin lesson. Then back home to cook dinner and snacks for everyone. I enjoyed the kitchen so much; darkened, and soft lights as the rain came.
Jordan graciously agreed to share a bit of his day yesterday too. It's always lovely when knitting can harmoniously be worked into homeschool. Ahh. My heart was so full, as I listened to him play violin, proud of the song he learned earlier in the day. Words could never say how much I love him. His Science and English were completed, and late in the evening he was packed up for a good day today. I try to support him and be by him as he works. He likes it, and I struggled greatly in school in my younger years and don't want him to.
There was even a little time yesterday to organize my knitting bag, purse, and create a tiny on-the-go sewing kit. The hoop is three inches and the box about 5x7 inches. It fits in my purse and knitting bag and hopefully more sewing will get done with it being within reach.
I'm running a bit late now. I hope your Thursday sails you right into a wonderful weekend my friends. I truly hope you have reason to smile today! :) xo Jeannine
Hello! I hope you are feeling happy and well today!
Casting on again has double meaning today. It could mean that I'm slightly embarrassed, and I am, that I have nothing more to share with you this morning, than a cast on, because this is the second cast on of my Traveling Fern scarf. I was happily knitting in bed last night (that rarely happens) and got through the first pattern repeat, just far enough along to see the pretty pattern, when the stitch dropped, and another, as I was trying to grab the first, while trying to keep the pattern (silk yarn and metal needles, sigh)…and from here the story only continues to unravel. Then this morning, a new day and a new cast on to get me back on track.
Casting on again could also mean I've casted on this new project and should probably be finishing one of the others, now crowding my knitting basket. But I do love every one of my current projects, (ok with the exception of the confetti socks. I've offered them up to my husband, who says he'll wear them in bed. lol), so as long as I'm enjoying them all, I don't mind casting on another little joy. How about you? I'm wondering how many works in progress you have at the moment? Do you enjoy one or two projects at a time, or many at once, the more the merrier? Either way, it's all wonderful, isn't it?
I'm enjoying a Tea Time magazine I received in the mail yesterday and today is quite cold and cloudy; a good day for hot tea and a magazine. I am really hoping for a little quiet knitting time too!
Have a beautiful day. If you are just casting on, I'm there too:) xo Jeannine
Hello! I took a drive past the river this morning after dropping the boys off at high school. It doesn't feel like it I live near the river, hidden behind trees for the most part, but it's right there, and I'm glad to know it is. I'm feeling gratitude for the beauty around me this morning.
I was noticeably fatigued yesterday, (to say the least,) and couldn't shake it. Are you feeling it too? I grabbed tea and grapes and headed for the porch, hoping for a natural boost of energy. I finally got a second wind late in the evening.
Then, late last night, I searched and found a pattern that I intended to use with my purple linen yarn, I mentioned yesterday. Everyone was in bed, and I love the stillness of the house at this time of night. I printed the pattern and made piping hot tea. My dog was cozy next to my feet, and I smiled as I picked up my needles and yarn to cast on. To my surprise, I quickly realized the yarn, that I've looked at and admired many times over, is in three separate strands, to be held together as one. As beautiful as that may be, it certainly won't be a lace scarf. I did try the yarn for a while then, to see if it was possible, but no. I'll be admiring this on the shelf for a while longer;)
I do have a skein of Raven Ridge, hand painted yarn in color way, Dune Climb, and I think it's the name that inspires me to get going and do something with it. Oh, yarn names are so wonderful that way! So I'll use the pattern I found last night, to make the scarf from this instead. I chose a Traveling Fern Lace Scarf. I think it will be a relaxing knit this summer for moments when I need one. The yarn is a 50/50 merino/silk. It's very soft and the sheen is beautiful.
Nathan, my oldest son, needed to go to the craft store for art supplies for a school project yesterday, so I picked up some thread to crochet a doily. It's been years since I've made one, but every time I do, thoughts and memories rush back to my Aunt Marion's house and her sweet mother (Nana) who allowed me to sit by her in her bedroom, off of the kitchen, and watch her turn those tiny stitches into something beautiful. What is it about knitting and crochet that we never forget who taught us? We forget many things as we age, but the memory of learning these crafts seem to stay; thank goodness, an important part of our life story.
Something I didn't remember however, was how fun it is to do! Really nice to hold something so small in the hands and work the thread.
Have a beautiful day. We are off to piano lessons, followed by lots of Science for homeschool group on Thursday, and there will be food to make for hungry boys arriving home just a little later. Lots of food!
Well my dear friends, I hope you have time to smell the flowers today and time for a breath of fresh air. Everything else can wait at least that long. I hope your evening restores you as well. xo Jeannine
Hello! I hope your holiday and weekend were wonderful. Ours was very nice, full of food, family, love. After dinner, I relaxed a lot and knit just a little.
As of yet, I haven't found the right pattern for my purple, linen yarn. I think it will likely be a lace scarf, but I'm still searching for a pattern that seems fitting and easy, for the lace-weight yarn..
Today is the last day of spring break for my children, and with that, and even as I was preparing for Easter, I've been thinking ahead to a lot that needs to be done here.
The outdoors is really ready for some attention. There is a vegetable garden that needs planting, window boxes that need to be hung and filled, and lots of flowers to plant, both in the ground and in pots around the house.
There's much to be done in doors as well. My son's homeschool log book is on my mind. I need to calculate at home, and away from home hours (state requirements), core class hours and non-core, to determine how many more hours are needed for the remainder of the year. Then, a plan will be made to
ensure those hours are met between now and June 30th.
In the kitchen, the pantry and shelves need cleaning, organization, and some change, (replacing some metal shelves and a closet door that needs to come down) as well.
Also, a bit of meal planning is needed. Nothing too laid out, but i'd like to have some new, lighter recipes in the recipe box as the warmer seasons arrive.
There's much to do and I'll enjoy the work, especially when I know afterwards there will be more free time to relax with family, knit, and sew.
Well my friends, I hope this Monday is kind to you. My wish for you is simple. May you feel rested and happy today. xo Jeannine
Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate! I hope everyone has a beautiful day! I'll be back tomorrow to visit with you. I'll make tea and meet you here:) xo Jeannine