Yesterday I made bread. It has been quite a while since I’ve made bread since I’m busier now that I took a little part time job away from home, and because the days have been so hot. I was happy to slice and serve the bread with dinner last night, and toasting it with morning tea is quite wonderful too.
This morning, I needed to grab a sweater before going outside with my knitting. It is a gorgeous cool morning here today. I am enjoying and have become smitten with Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White Tea for summer tea drinking. I add one teaspoon of vanilla sugar and it’s so yummy.
I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for her Yarn Along today. I’m reading The Life of Irene Nemirovsky, by Olivier Philipponnat and Patrick Lienhardt. Irene Nemirovsky is the author of the novel I’m reading, Suite Francaise. I love that I can get to know more about her, as I read her novel which is very good.
I’m working on the gusset of what I call Kayla’s socks. I am almost done, and then straight knitting to the toe. I had to work on the gusset a little longer than I wanted to last night, to get it looking like I wanted.
My hope is that it is as lovely where you are today as it is here. If not, there is always bad weather knitting to do, and that is always lovely anyway. xo Jeannine
I’m off to a late start today due to some early morning knitting, but I wanted to sip a little more tea and say a quick hello to you before I start my day.
My journey to discover the sock knitter inside me continues, with a skein of Gatsby’s Pink Suit, by Kniterature Yarns. I’m using my new modge podge vanilla sock pattern and working toward the goal of wanting sock knitting to feel like something I can do from start to finish without looking at patterns.
I have recently discovered Inside Number 23 podcasts and it’s quite fun to watch Katie if you haven’t seen her.
Today is cleaning day here at Stone Cottage. One of my dear boys is going with friends to an amusement park, while the other two plan to go to the pool. With them entertained, I hope to get some good cleaning work done.
The temperature is cooler today. It’s beautiful outside! So later this afternoon, I’ll be baking bread. I noticed the other day, that the heat is turning the named brand, store bought loaves, into somewhat of an undesirable slice of dampness, so I think for the rest of the summer, it will be homemade or a little money well spent, on bakery bread for sandwiches and toast.
If I can get the chores done, I’ll finish the day off with a little sewing. I enjoy working on projects so much more when the house is tidy, but not so much if I’m looking at laundry or dishes. (By the way, there is always laundry and dishes:)
Have a lovely, sunny day, and may joy and peace meet you at the door when you reach home. xo Jeannine
Hello and welcome to a new week friends! Here’s what’s happening at Stone Cottage.
Just a few rows of knitting got done yesterday, (sweet, quiet knitting,) because in addtion to all the normal activities, our family met my husband’s family for dinner to celebrate a sweet niece’s birthday. It was very nice.
All the way home I marveled the sunset, that started a bright, beautiful orange, and ended with a delicate pink glow across the entire horizon.
Late in the evening, water, plums, and jars were put on the heat and left a while to boil.
I’ve been excited about the book Stitches From the Garden since I found it on Amazon. I pre-ordered it, I think months ago, and it finally arrived. I can’t wait to stitch this pillow and other projects in the book.
Below is where I’ve been crafting during the hot afternoons. The room is shaded by the front porch, but I can see the sunshine and it’s cool and relaxing here. One day, when the quilt I’m using on the table was taken by one of the boys, I grabbed a tablecloth instead, and it kept sliding off the table while I worked. Once, all my cross-stitching threads that I was sorting went down with it. The next day I set out the quilt again. It feels very nice to work on, and stays in place.
Although I haven’t gotten very far, I am in agreement with other sweet ladies who have started this project. It is so enjoyable and relaxing to work on. I did have to buy a crafting light to see where these little x’s go however, and one with a magnifier to boot, but I so love the tiny needle work.
Then, there is the jelly. Lots of jelly! We still have a ten gallon bucket of fruit to process, and more on the tree, that we think we’ll try to pick and use as well. I love to give jelly to family and friends, so I’ll make as much as possible. I had forgotten how much work it was, but well worth it. Of course it may not have felt like work if I wasn’t making it past midnight! I’ve been known to stay up late to extend a day. Some days just feel too precious to give up on.
Do you recognize the Taproot art? I love how the magazine includes framable artwork. I need to renew my subscription, and after seeing their homepage as I write this, I might do it today:)
There are twenty-eight jars so far. I love to hear the pop as each jar becomes sealed. When I went off to bed, there was one jar that was still not sealed. Right before I climbed in bed, way upstairs, I heard “POP!" And that was that. Once batch done.
Wishing you the best week this week dear friends. Lots of love to each of you! Jeannine
Happy Sunday to you!
I’m finishing up the first of my daughter’s socks. (Sorry for another picture of the same pair.) These socks were an effort to find or adapt a vanilla sock pattern to use regualarly, and I think I have. I want to get comfortable knitting socks. I’ve knit them before and didn’t have any trouble finishing, but I realized as I was knitting these, it’s the cumbersome needles that slow me down.
One thing that has helped me this time though, was switching from wooden to metal needles. I do find that has helped me knit a little faster on this pair. I haven’t tried the other ways of knitting socks, like magic loop, or two at a time. For now, I think I’ll stick with double pointed needles. I’ll keep making socks, casting on another pair soon, and I’m sure I'll get more comfortable with practice. That decision led to a yarn purchase of course. Oh, and more needles!
As I watered the dry cracked earth of my garden yesterday, I thought I heard the faint sound of distant thunder. Thinking I was mistaken, I didn’t bother to look up at first. Later, I saw clouds rolling in and in the late afternoon, a good soaking rain came. Today is bright, sunny, and beautiful!
I’m thinking of all of you this morning, and I’m wondering what this day has in store for you. I hope you are happy and well today! Jeannine xo
A sweet deer met me to say hello as I pulled onto my street after working yesterday. That’s when I knew I could start to relax. A quick stop at the mailbox helped too. I found the delightful, Night Neighborhood cross stitch kit, which had been delivered earlier in the day. “Okay, home now.”
Today then, there will be some sewing (those tiny stitches will no doubt slow things down,) knitting, some baking, and the jelly jars are ready. I’m grateful to be home. I think I will appreciate my work in the kitchen, even washing dishes, and I'm grateful to be sitting outside with my embroidery hoop, making something pretty for my home. The world will not stop rushing, so I’ll make the intentional choice, to stop rushing in the world:) Jelly making sounds perfect for today.
Whether you love busy, or desire slow, I hope you have the most beautiful day friends. Jeannine xo
Hi! How are you today? I’m happy you are here!
These hot days of summer are just what I’ve been needing in order to get a little knitting done. Yesterday, I set myself up at the dining room table, with a small quilt as a tablecloth, and my knitting projects, knitting magazines, and patterns, spread out in a semi-circle of goodness all around me. I knit for a while on the cashmere lace, making sure to finished the first motif, then switched to sock knitting (my new found joy,) and finally, a little relaxing work on the lavender shawl.
From my chair there, I can look just to my right out the long window to the front yard, the flowers, and hot sunshine, but I feel only the cool of the air-conditioning and hear only the hum of the fan, that stirs up the slightest breeze. It’s cool enough here to desire a cup of hot tea, and I happily and patiently wait a moment so I don’t lose a stitch, when a cloud passes in front of the sun and darkens the room.
I hope you are enjoying summer friends. When you have time, I hope you allow yourself to slow down and maybe intentionally set yourself up for a little joy. Have a beautiful day! Jeannine :)
Joy Tip: Find the magic in the moments. - unknown
We’ve made it to the middle of the week dear friends. The weekend is right around the corner! Have you seen the beautiful full moon the past couple of nights?
Looking through the first issue of Making magazine, I wondered if there might be any patterns for lace? (I had two skeins of a silk, cashmere blend, by Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres, in colorway Scarab, and I’ve been wondering what to make with it.) Of course there was a lace pattern included, (the Tulip Fields Shawlette,) because this magazine seems to really have it all. So this morning, in the quiet of the house before the boys woke up, I casted on my first project in a lace weight yarn. In the past, I have avoided lace patterns. Although I don’t think you’ll find me doing large projects in lace, I do like working on small scale things with my hands, and so, I’m finding the lace and the yarn a delight for this project.
Last night’s gathering was just wonderful. We love Guchi and his family like family, and my son-in-law Collin, gave me a couple pointers for my camera I wasn’t aware of. There was a friendly card game, dancing (so, so fun to watch), food, and the new tradition now, of my daughter being called by all the guys to make cookies late in the evening. I couldn’t wish for more, than just more gatherings like this:)
I received a special gift from Japan, the most gorgeous stationary I’ve seen. Even the wrapping paper was so beautiful and unlike what we have here. Inside, the pages are delicate, shiny, and rice paper like.
We are off soon, to violin and piano lessons and then back home, to water plants and stay inside for the very hot afternoon.
Wishing you, a cool, wonderful day where ever you may be.
Today I find myself in the middle of mopping the floors, putting things away, running to the market, and setting up the table for a gathering of friends and family this evening. But I thought I would stop for just a moment to visit with you. Last night before I allowed myself to think about all that had to be done, I sat and knit some of the lovely things in my basket at the moment. That feeling of calm will get me through the rush this morning.
Yesterday I tackled our bookshelves that hold all the homeschooling, crafts, and mama books, that have piled up in recent weeks. It looks so much better now. I’ll share what’s there in a few days. As I went through the books there, I ran across a prayer journal that I started quite a while ago, and I thought I’d share a page.
A prayer journal can be a great creative outlet, a place to write your hopes, prayers, and concerns, and I find it to be a special place where God and I meet. Writing here gives me a real sense of peace. Anyone can make one, with their own ideas and faith background. This is the smallest size binder, about 8 x 6. There is lined paper, tabs and plastic sleeves for pictures. I put anything in here that defines who I am and what I’m thankful for.
I’m off now to rush for several hours, (whoa, not my style, but must be done.) Then tonight I’ll be thrilled to have my daughter and son-in-law and friends here. It’s been too long since we have seen each other.
It’s cloudy with rain in the forecast today. A nice change from the heat the past few days.
I hope you have a lovely day today friends, and an evening of peace and joy tonight. Jeannine xo
Hello! I’ve missed visiting with you. Every third weekend I work away from home and this was my first since taking this new part time job. The long hours and very busy days there, make me grateful to be home this morning very much. Sometimes I can manage to visit here, even when work is scheduled, but this weekend I wasn’t sleeping so well and couldn’t seem to do it all. I hope your weekend was perfectly wonderful!
I stopped at the store on the way home, because I knew my husband was starting dinner, and I thought an appetizer and dessert was in order to show him he is loved. It was a sweet evening together at the table.
It’s a beautiful morning and it will be very hot today. It should be a perfect day for some knitting and a little reading. I’m reading from several different books and enjoying them all so much. I love the new magazine Making, and really want to make every pattern the designers have created. I will definitely be buying future volumes of this magazine. I Love it! I found Fancy Pantry after reading about it in my Daybook of Comfort and Joy. Fancy Pantry is an older book with many homemade recipes for canning and for other items for the pantry.
I’m also reading the novel, Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky. It’s pretty incredible in that, the author started writing the book during WWII, as France was being invaded by Germany. She was just becoming an up and coming author, with two novels already written, when she was arrested before finishing this book, and was sent to a concentration camp. She died there a month later. What a tragedy! Now, her novel has been carefully analyzed for its content and her style, and finish on her behalf. I picked my copy up at Costco, not realizing it would be such a treasure. I love that I’m honoring her by reading her work. I’ve just started, but her writing is beautifully expressed.
I have a lot to share with you this week. I could go on and on really. Tomorrow evening my daugther and son-in-law are coming to dinner. Also, we have a family friend, their dear friend, visiting all the way from Japan. There will be food and joy shared all evening. Talk to you soon!
I hope you have a beautiful day today dear friends! Love to you! Jeannine xo
A quick visit today to say Happy Friday to you and wish you a lovely weekend ahead. I’ve been working on my new shawl and I like it a lot. The pattern is easy and I am able to do it even when the family is active.
I have a lot to do today like cleaning, cooking, and all the usual housekeeping duties. (We are having company next week.) I also have to get the pets taken care of so they can be boarded when we go on vacation in just a few weeks. If all that can get done, I would like to organize our homeschool shelves which have collected my crafting supplies the past few weeks, and I need to organize my sewing area as well.
That is a lot for me to get done, but even so, between these jobs I’ll be taking breaks, to listen to the boys (and all they have to say to me), knit, sew, and I’ll be making this banana cake for dessert. (I think I’ll be visiting her blog again with tea as well. It’s lovely.)
It’s just a typical day here at Stone Cottage, and as I look ahead to the many activities going on today, I just feel very happy and thankful at the routineness of it all.
I hope you have a lovely weekend dear friends! Jeannine:)