I have been quieter then normal, pain makes me want to hide, need to hide, I am so sick of always being in this much pain. But I wanted to share a photo with you or two of our Miss Maisie when she was 5 months old two weeks ago!/
For the life of me I can not get them straight, they are straight in the file I saved them too but when I put them here they turn!!! She is still adorable, either way!
this shawl is Dreambird, my friend Ria and I both knit them--she belongs to a very challenging Ravelry forum that required she do a 3 month dissertation and she wanted company for the ride. I complied, I started in greys and just hated it, then dove through my stash and came up with the multi color sock yarn, and some red lace yarn that I held doubled and liked the results better, the shawl is for a very petite person so I only made 16 feathers, Ria made 17---some have made more then 25 feathers in their shawls. While I like garter stitch and I enjoy short rows I am not sure I would make this particular shawl again in a hurry. Knitting the pattern as is can be problematic---Ria followed the line by line directions,, I did better with the chart and # schematic that came with it. Mine is the one on the multicolored mats, Ria's is on the bed.
I have a tattoo on the inside of my left arm that is a tribute to my Dad who died 22 years ago, when I was a very little girl he used to sing to me a song that went "And the green grass grew all around all around and the green grass grew all around." Tom drew the tree and the tattoo was done by Scotty Lowe, and he added the green grass and musical notes. I LOVE IT!!! and this from someone who was never going to get tattooed.
I have been thinking about getting one that speaks of my mother who died 20 years ago. I am sure she imparted many many things to me but two that stand out in my memory are reading and tea. Mom was an absolute coffee addict but when times got tough tea would calm her.
She only drank tea from special cups---
she did not want the lingering coffee flavor to taint the tea, and only pure china would do. She always drank Tetley.
If things were a bit flush or someone gave her a gift---she would indulge in Bigelow's Constant Comment.
The orange spicy tea was just delightful. Mom liked milk in her tea but I have always been a purest and drink my tea straight, on really stressful days I will add a smidge of honey but hardly any at all. My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey---me and Jean Luc! we are a team!
Mom loved to read, she was voracious at it and taught me to enjoy a good book, it seems before I knew it we were reading the same books and trading bags of paperbacks and hardcovers whenever we got together so The tattoo I want to get on my inner right arm will be a stack of books---with a cup of tea on top, and the tea tag hanging from the cup will have a CC on it all for her.
It may not happen for a while but the plan has been made, and I look forward to it---someday
Remember a few posts ago I mentioned checking the OTHER file in your Facebook Message box, well through that Tom and I discovered a cousin (very distant) of his was trying to get in touch with me. She wanted to know if I would be able to finish a blanket her grandmother started for a great great grandchild but died before completing it. The basket had been started in 2009. This particular grandmother would be Tom's grandfather's sister in law. I said I would love to finish it and ship it out.
On Monday a huge box arrived, filled with the blanket in progress, the needles, the markers, another pair of needles, 5 full skeins of a Caron yarn that is no longer made and a row counter and the pattern. A quick look at the pattern and I knew it was easy peasy and I got lucky! But I was worried about the amount of yarn left. The yarn was held 5 strands together and knit on size 11 stitches. After completing 3 sections I knew I would not have enough yarn to knit section 4 and the border, so I did the border and then crocheted an edging around the entire blanket to give it balance and stability and to add a little size.
Less the 24 hours after receiving the box I am ready to send it on back to Janet (who lives in California). It was truly an honor to work on a multi-generational knitting project.
It's been a rough few days so I have been on the quiet side, Tom's work has dried up yet again and he has been a bit of a bear to live with, it makes me anxious, which causes panic attacks and more pain to deal with then I care for. Daily pain is bad enough---stress pain is worse.
so if I am quiet please bear with me---and since I am talking about bears so much here is a gratuitous shot of one I made a long time ago!
We had a visit on Saturday from our delightful youngest granddaughter--Maisie Ann!
i learned something new saturday about facebook If you check the message box on the left under news feed, the messages pop up, well right on the top in the left it says friends, and then it says Others----if you have not already friended people their messages to you go in that folder. I had 60 messages from several years, some were spam but some were people I wanted to connect with, so every now and then check out your OTHER message box!!!