Hello friends! I’ll be taking a vacation from blogging for a while. If you’d like to email me, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me on my contact page or my email address. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all of the new friends I’ve “met” here. You have all been wonderful. Jeannine xo
Well Hello! Happy Thursday! We have almost made it my friends. Another weekend is right around the corner.
My knitting basket is not the grab and take with you kind of African basket we all love. This is the extra large, more like a small laundry basket version of the basket, and it’s full of works in progress. It should probably bother me that I don’t have any of these completed, but most are close and I will say, I’m quite happily knitting along, so it doesn’t bother me much, except that when one has a blog and wants it to be about knitting, that someone might need to finish this and that in a timely manner. Yikes. It won’t be long now.
A quick step outside this morning to check out the day, had me saying “Brrrr.” It’s a chilly but beautiful morning. The rains moved out last night. My geraniums are particularly happy with the balance of sun and rain the past few days.
The wild honeysuckle is in full bloom. I love the flowers, but it’s a natural nuisance to the area and tries to take over all the land. (I’ll be trimming you the moment your blooms are gone missy.)
My plum tree apparently has no idea that it’s only April, its plums getting bigger everyday. Last year they did not grow well, but in years past, we typically made enough plum jelly to last the whole year from this one tree.
The last of my flowering azaleas has opened. It’s always a late bloomer being close to the house and not getting as much sun, but it’s my favorite color.
I’m thinking as I type of all the knitting baskets, bags, and even bowls among us, and I’m wondering what project could be in yours that needs to be finished soon? This makes me think we could all plan to make tea together this weekend, maybe even starting tonight, and finish one up! Doesn’t that sound like a good idea? A little knit-along over tea! On Sunday morning, we can share what we’ve finished over the next couple days. If you’d like me to post a picture of your project, just send a photo and description to my email by Saturday evening and I’ll be sure to share it. email@example.com
I’m hoping today is a glorious day of sunshine and great temperatures where you are. If it’s not, at least that (rain, sleet, cold) will make for great knitting time. Isn’t it wonderful that our hobby is great in all weather?
Hello, I just want to let you know that tonight one of my emails was hacked and all my friends and family and even people I don’t know who work with my daughter, received a weird email with my name on it talking about the Phillipines. If I have emailed you before from my herjeac account, you may have gotten it. I apologize and I have changed my password and added security, so hopefully it will not happen again.
Hello! A happy Tuesday to you!
Yesterday, my day began at 4:00 a.m. when I got up to go to work, and ended with me staying up until 1:00 a.m. this morning knitting. I’m so close to finishing the Romance shawl project, I just wanted to keep going. I have just a few more rows, but decided it was best not to stay up all night. As late as it was, I was happy to be knitting in the still, quiet house after being at work all day.
I’ll finish this shawl today, block it, and post pictures by the weekend! If I’m lucky I'll finish another project this week as well. I’ve noticed, I get about ninety percent done with a project and then set it down and stare at it a while. I have no idea why. It's quite weird I guess. So, I’ll be more aware of my need to complete things.
The early morning knitting of the gradient colored shawl inspired me to do a little shopping late last night as well, and so a few skeins in an ombre color way were ordered, and oh my, I can’t wait to show you! I’ll be searching for a pattern over the next few days, because I know when this yarn arrives in the mail, I will be casting on that same day!
Speaking of casting on, and as if I need another cast on right now, I will be casting on another scarf today. I chose the Fiddlehead Scarf. Lime green is one of my favorite colors, so this little scarf should be a joy to knit:)
Finally, there is plenty to look at outdoors this time of year, but with each new day, I am astonished at what this big world has to offer. Beauties I may have never seen, if I had not decided to photograph all that I am thankful for here at home. What a blessing it’s been to my heart.
Today I find myself incredibly grateful for the tiny treasures seen through the lens of my camera. Have a beautful day friends. Jeannine:)
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -
they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller
Happy beautiful Sunday to you! How is your weekend treating you? With so much to do outside this time of year, I’m wondering if your knitting and sewing has had to be put in the basket for a few days like mine? Last night, I was able to get it out again and its promise to calm, never fails.
My weekend started with family being together on Friday night. Oh my goodness, I love when we are all “home.” It was such a nice night. Good food, love and togetherness.
Then, yesterday my husband and I were outside most of the day. I was planting flowers and he was mulching around the property. I love when the flowers are planted and things are green. It’s so relaxing and quiet here at home.
The best part about this time of year though, is that knitting has moved outdoors, and well, that opens up a whole new feeling of happiness!
I have a few more flowers to plant later this morning, but for now, I’m sitting on the front porch to knit!
I’m sitting right here. I have a cuppa and I’m working on my Romance shawl. I have one more row of 300 or so stitches before I begin the short rows. I love this pattern and even though there has not been as much knitting time as I would like, the idea of a gradient color change coming soon, makes me want to sit a little longer and knit on.
Here’s my view on the porch:) The birds are singing and I hear the sweet calls of an owl in the distance...
In a few minutes I’ll probably move across the porch. My husband and I can be found there every weekend, early mornings and late afternoons, sitting on the rockers. Even if the day ahead has a busy schedule this time of year, we try to start and end it here. A boy or two, or a dog or two, always end up stopping by to say hi, and I’m grateful every time. I’ve often told him as we sit there thinking and talking about so much, I don’t really need vacations, I am happy right here.
Do you have a favorite place to knit or sew? If you’d like to send me a photo, you can at: firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to see!
Well my kind friends. I hope you have an easy work week, whether that be at home or away, and I hope each day ends with knitting, family, and your favorite places. Jeannine:)
Happy Wednesday! How is your week going? I can't believe it's April 20th! Can you?
I was happy to find new yarn waiting for me when I got home on Monday. I'm in love with these bright, summer colors and I can't wait to cast on something wonderful. The green is Budding Apple, Breathless yarn, by Shalimar Yarn. The pink is Good Luck, Midtown Sock, by Nooch Fiber.
The Shalimar yarn, I received from the Sleeping Bear Yarn Club I belong to, and it came with a lovely scarf pattern. I do love lace scarves, and a green apple lace scarf sounds pretty much like a perfect project!
The Nooch Fiber pink will be socks, but I must admit, I usually have a small, "Should it be socks or a shawl?" struggle going on in my mind whenever I pick up sock yarn, because I love shawls so much.
I have really been enjoying this site lately! I mean, knitting and vintage, what's not to love? I think the pink yarn will be a pair of these. I like looking at and knitting vintage patterns. I can't help but think about the women, who knit the pattern long before me. I picture them in my mind, in their wall papered kitchens, wearing cute aprons with a pocket, and baking homemade treats, and I think..."We would have been friends." Yes, I love to see what they may have been knitting.
This is a welcomed quiet day. Jordan has not yet come downstairs and I can hear gentle rain against the window. We will be heading out in a bit for a violin lesson, then home again for math and language arts work, but I hope this gentle quiet day passes slowly; a nice retreat from the past couple days. Later this afternoon, I'll be cooking something up for the older boys. This is pretty much our daily routine during the week. I live my life quite simply, even though it's busy at times. The simplest days are where I find pure joy.
Today I wish you, the kind of sweet joy that's found in a simple, quiet day.
Have a beautiful Wednesday friends. xo Jeannine
Hello! How was your weekend? I hope the weather was wonderful and you found time for what you love to do. One of my children is sick, so I'm writing this Sunday evening. Spring has brought allergies, colds, asthma, and now fever with it to our house this year. I'm sad and upset when my kids are sick and it never fails to be the moment we have the most going on, including an ACT exam on Tuesday.
I hope to be back on Wednesday for a proper visit, but for now I just have a moment to say a quick hello.
I'm still working on the Romance shawlette and doing a little sock knitting. I think there will be yarn delivered in the mail tomorrow, so that will surely pick me up a little. And looking around the yard helps calm the worries. Would you like to see what I saw today?
I had no idea how many varieties of Daffodils there are. After planting 200 bulbs in the fall, I ended up with several different types, each beautiful in it's own way.
And before I go, I need to say who won the project bag give away. I put all the names in a bowl and had two of my sons draw two names. Two! ;)
The winner of the llama bag is Lauraj, and because I had to make two bags for the drawing, I decided to give away the camper bag too! The winner of the camping bag is Leisa Henderson. I'll be contacting you both Wednesday, and I'll be mailing them out on Thursday this week:) Thank you all for participating and visiting with me here! It was fun to sew knowing I'd be sharing with new friends. I have boys requesting hats and socks now, so I'll be gifting to the family for a while now, but I will have more give aways in the future.
Well friends, I hope your work week is easy, breezy, and I hope when you get home each day, there is peace, love, and wellness found there. xo Jeannine
Happy Weekend to you! If you need a new project bag, just leave a comment on this post today or tomorrow, letting me know if you would prefer a Drama Llamas (sweet llamas) or a Glamping (cute campers) bag! I’ll close the comments at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, so I have time to finish my post Sunday night and I’ll announce the winner on my post Monday morning.
The coffee is poured and everyone is home today. The sun has not yet reached it’s full height and we are going to savor the early morning glow, sitting on the front porch.
Then, there will be sewing, and if I’m lucky a little lazy Saturday knitting. I know some people clean on Saturdays. I prefer cleaning during the week and even though I don’t have a full-time job away from home, I treat Saturday like a day off!! My husband chuckles sometimes when I pretty much don’t want to do anything. Unless of course it involves family time, then I’m game. But cleaning, I say it can wait until Monday. Saturdays are for enjoying, wouldn’t you agree? :)
I wish you the best Saturday ever! And because everything is better with love and a violin; here is one of my favorite videos and songs you might enjoy.
I've missed you. I'm always happy to "see" you here!
And, I'm always happy to see the road that leads home, to life At Stone Cottage:
How are you? The temperature is finally to the point where yard work can happen. I hope some time this weekend, the window boxes can be filled with little pink flowers and bright green ivy.
I've been so busy! I am going back to work part-time and that decision was a little unexpected. I ran into a former co-worker, now supervisor, and one thing lead to another…and...that lead to a decision to take a test, for an additional credential on the old work badge. There is studying going on, and it should take about a month. But oh boy, that certainly cuts into my time to gather here with friends. I hope to be here every few days while I study, and certainly between now and Monday for my little give away:)
Yesterday was the last day of homeschool network for the year, followed by a performance and getting home quite late. There was singing and musical instruments, and recitations in Spanish...a sweet night. But what I loved most of all, was observing how other kids were talking to Jordan, a little drawn to him, always having something to say to him. It made me really happy:) I'm so thankful for that. School has not always been so happy for him.
On to knitting then!! Whoohoo, I've been staying up late to knit a little and not minding at all. Because, well, you know that feeling you get, when you can finally slow down enough to knit? At the end of these full days, I welcome my knitting next to me on the couch, like a sweet, best friend.
I just started the second color in my gradient shawl, and at the moment, I'm thinking I want everything I knit, to be done in gradient color ways! So fun!
The sun is streaming in the door as I type, and I'm so thankful that the only noise I hear, is my typing and the birds singing. It's a beautiful, gorgeous, Friday. And Fridays are kind of like llamas. You never tire of them.
I wish you a perfectly happy, wonderful weekend:)
P.S. No busy week is complete without a few computer glitches right? Ho-hum. Nothing a second cuppa can't fix. xo :)
Hello! Monday mornings can be a little rough can't they? I bet I'm not the only one who stayed up way too late. It's a new day all the same though, so we might as well embrace it, wouldn't you agree? Well then, Happy Monday!
A new project helps the week get off to a good start, so I casted on a little Romance, by Susanna IC. I'm using the Gradient Mini Skein Set, in Mouse Grey, by Copper Corgi. Before I even talk about the yarn, I have to confess, that I adore the name and logo of this company enough, that I kind of want to get myself a Corgi. It is just so cute!
The yarn is very nice, with beautiful color variations and a slightly twisted ply. The shawlette pattern starts with the lace border, is a quick knit, and I love the feminine drape and style.
Well, I'm sure there are many busy schedules that need to be carried out today. But if I could visit with you at my kitchen table this morning, I'd give you a slice of pear tart and I'd make tea. I'd listen to your story and we could knit...and smile. It would be a lovely Monday.
Wishing you a very happy day! Jeannine:)