Monday, May 25, 2015

Every other week??

I thought I'd try the every other week posting.  We shall see how that goes.  As of now, I'm not sure I like it.  lol!  But I might grow to like it.

I finished the Red Deer Sampler!

Red Deer Sampler by GigiR Designs
40ct. WDW Confederate Gray fabric (called for fabric)
GAST fibers (called for)

Not a great picture -- my picture taking skills are going downhill.  But I'm very happy to have finished it.  Love the colors and the funky flowers in the bottom middle vase.  And the vases too!

I promptly started a new knitting project -- the Unicorn Parallelograms Scarf or Shawl by Stephen West of Westknits fame.  I've always enjoyed his fun, funky designs and I decided to go for this one.  It uses 20 colors of Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails.  A simple but fun pattern.  This is how far I am so far.

I'm starting the tenth color, so almost halfway.

Sweet Paula of Kelmscott Designs sent me the next in her series of queen threadkeeps, the Gold Queen.

Isn't she pretty?  I love her so much!  Thank you, Paula!

Here she is with the first threadkeep in the series, the Blue Queen.

The boy child left for Boston for the summer once again last week.  The time goes much too quickly when he's home these days.  it was two weeks, but felt much shorter.

He will be busy this summer with an internship with a sound design firm, a summer class, and his usual job on campus.

Mia moped around for a day or two after the boy child left, as usual.  Poor thing misses her boy once he leaves.  But she was back to her springy self after that.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!  It's almost June!!!  Yikes!  (And it's the French Open!  Yay!)

Monday, May 11, 2015


I finally finished that huge vase of flowers in the middle on the Red Deer Sampler.  Seemed to take forever.

I do love that vase of flowers though.  (Sorry for the poor photography and the crooked looking pics.)

It was a fun week this past week.  For one thing, this happened.

My boy child came home!  He'll only be home for a short while as he has an internship, a class, and work to keep him busy in Boston.  He's my long haired boy.

Look at his hair -- both my kids have nice hair!

Similar colors in the light to the girl child, right?  But in normal light, it's just a beautiful, rich brown.  (And in case you were wondering, the girl child does NOT dye her hair.  That color is nature made.)

And the girl child came home for Mother's Day!  Just for the day, but I'll take what I can get.

Everyone cooked a special dinner for me, and I got to do nothing but stand around and kibbitz.

Note the children doing their usual thing for the camera.  lolol!

Look at the delicious dinner they made for me, all three of them!   Shrimp Gazpacho soup and roasted squash (can't remember what kind) and beets.  So good!  (The boy child doesn't cook.  He just helped with the chopping duties.)

Perfect for a hot day!  I also got Mother's Day gifties, enough to make me fat and to make the house smell flowery and nice (if you get my drift).  But since Blogger won't cooperate with iPhoto, I'm not going to bother showing you.

(And yes, this blog post is late partially because of Mother's Day festivities, and partially because of Blogger and iPhoto not listening to each other.  I'd hoped they would start to communicate better later in the day, but no such luck.)

Thanks to everyone for their kind words about my blog.  I do like having this record of my crafts and of my life with family.  But I do also feel like I don't have as much to show sometimes as would make it interesting.  I will see how it goes.  I might skip a week sometimes or something of the sort, maybe just post every other week.  Or not.  lol!  We shall see!

Mia has done her best to avoid all the festivities.  She is finding new places to settle now that it's gotten warm.

Like the father type's chair, for example.  lol!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Lots to talk about....

I've gotten some more done on the Red Deer Sampler.  These vases of flowers are huge!

Sorry for the perspective -- I have the sampler laid out on a pillow.  :D

I also knitted some more hexipuffs.  Slow but sure.

You can't see all of them -- they are piled up in there.

Saturday, the father type and I headed out to NYC once again.  This time we made it to see the girl child's apartment!  She recently moved to NYC and is very happy there.

We seemed to spend a lot of time eating that day.  lol!  Such good food everywhere!

veggie wrap from the Seasoned Vegan

In line at Big Gay Ice Cream.  So good!

deliciousness from Trattoria Pesce Pasta -- yum!

It was Independent Bookstore Day too, so we went to Book Book.  And of course, we bought books.

There's one missing cause the father type hid it somewhere.  These aren't all mine.  (Mine is the one on the right.)

All in all, we had a nice day together.  And the girl child was off to tango later that night.  Such an active girl!

Judith from MrsLove2Stitch gave me an award.

The purpose of this award is for bloggers to nominate fellow bloggers. In order to accept the award, the nominated blogger must follow these rules:

  • thank the person who nominated you and link back 
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award.
Seven facts about myself:

1. I didn't try chocolate until I was most of the way through grade school -- maybe 10 or 11?  This was because my older sister didn't like chocolate (still doesn't!) and so my mom didn't buy any for the house.

2. This meant no oreos as a child.  Sad, huh?  We had vanilla "oreos," with vanilla wafers for the cookie part.  Not the same.

3. I've lived in 5 different states: Oklahoma, Kansas, California, New Jersey and New York.

4. The father type and I met at Princeton University, where we went to college.  My sister and her husband also met there.  My sister and the father type were in the same class or year, my BIL was the year after them, and I was the youngest at the year after that.  

5. My father went to graduate school at Princeton and met my mother in Princeton town (she wasn't a student there, but they met there).  And the girl child also went to Princeton.  

6. All three couples (me and the father type, my mother and father, my sister and BIL) were married in the Princeton University Chapel.  The father type and I were married by the same person as my father and mother, Dean Ernest Gordon.

7. This is old news, but I'm an Anglophile.  And a Beatles fan.

I know lots of people have been taking notice of how blogging seems to be going away.  I too have noticed this.  I know lots of people have taken to Facebook.  I'm not one of them, despite the fact that I do have an account there.  On the other hand, I love Instagram.  It's my go to place now.  Much easier in so many ways too, not as much of a time commitment.  I've thought periodically about stopping with my blog, but I haven't yet.  Especially since I am not as dedicated to stitching as I used to be, I've wondered if it was time to stop.  I'll think on it some more.  I use my blog more as a record for myself, for things that have happened and for what I've been working on.  I do think I would miss that.  We'll see.

Mia has been enjoying the weather, as we all have.  One of her favorite places to be this time of year is here.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!