Friday, September 27, 2013

We Are Here






It seems as though here in Alaska you go from summer to winter.  Fall kinda gets swept up in the rain and wind of October.  We found this fall leaf by the library and got so excited.  I got to live in Virginia for 2 fall seasons.  I loved both of them.  I will love fall here too...just in a different way.  And the first fall after any move is such a transition time that I have to remind myself to be patient with myself.

Transition is hard.  I hate when things are hard and the only thing you can do is get through it.  The bumps, the changes, the just needs to play itself out.

Last night I went to dinner with 3 friends.  One of them asked me about how Pete and I got to where we are today....I LOVED that question.  Nobody asks me that??  I even forget to stop and think about that did we get here??  But talking about it makes me so glad that we are here!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Shoulder Cozy..or Two









This is the easiest, quickest knit EVER.  I made my first one in 2 nights while Pete watched "The Dome".  I may have lifted my head a time or two to watch the is NOT a bad series.

Anyway...the Shoulder Cozy is addicting.  I made the first one a little darn, I had to make another one.  I could have easily ripped back and re-knit using  a larger needle size but I liked the first smaller one as a cowl.  And now I have 2 very cozy shoulder cozies..

Both are knit using Cascade Venezia in a gray . The smaller size I used a blue mohair and the larger one I used a white mohair.

I kinda wanna make an orange one now too!!!

Just cause it is fall ....

And I feel like wearing orange....

Molly took my pictures.  I have to admit to liking a knit wear photo shoot.  I like to look back at myself and see...myself.  I figure it is good I FORCE people to take my picture.  Come a tragedy I will feel good knowing there are some photos of me for people to cry they will show my love of kitting...

And on a lighter note...

I am reading The Catholicism series leaders guide.  I am teaching 7th and 8th grade CCD at my church.  I love Father Barron and recommend listening to his weekly podcast Word On Fire.  It is excellent.

And now I feel pretty good leaving this blog post just the way it is...
A great easy knit...that looks great as a shoulder thing..or a cowl..and some SOLID Catholic listening while you knit....


plus....Ginny has lots of folks who rock a string and needles.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dear Devin...And Whoever Else May Be Reading
















Thank you for emailing me about my last post.  I can't tell you had that made me smile.  I happen to sleep with my phone tucked under my pillow because I have the alarm set for 4:50.  I swipe the screen to snooze until 5:00 and then  I usually open up my mail at 5:00 because the light from the screen is bright enough to force me to open my eyes.  I know...I should be getting right on my knees to offer my day to the Lord.  I do get to that...but not on my knees.

 I usually get up, get dressed and FORCE myself out the door.  Trust me..I am praying the whole time..."Please Lord let it not be raining...." ..and a few other words to start my day off in the right way.  I'm kind of obsessed with listening to Catholic Answers on my phone while I run.  I use the commercial breaks to pray for my intentions or for the people I have had on my heart.

So..all of that to tell you I REALLY read your message FIRST thing this morning.  And I felt so...LIKED!!  I remember meeting you and you were one of the only people who REALLY noticed my knitting.  And of course for a knitter THAT IS HUGE.  I loved you right away!!  You asking me to teach you to knit was just an affirmation of my intensely keen sense of a worthy friend.

The fact that you surpassed my own knitting skills in approximately 2 weeks was kinda AWESOME!!! How fun to to teach someone and have them love something so much that they take it to a whole new level.  Just looking at your completed projects reminds me of your talent and natural skill.

And now I get to read your thoughts and doings on you blog....and hopefully see a knitted item or two...

I think it is so awesome you are about to knit Buds and Blooms.  I know we share a love for Never Not Knitting.  Oh, how I wish I could knit like her.  You will rock that pattern and look amazing in it.

Before I go I wanted to comment on your blog post about not volunteering TOO much.  In that amazingly Catholic area you live in it can be hard not to look at what all the other amazing moms are doing with their 25 home schooled kids without feeling...tired.  It is keeping up with the Jones' in a much different way...but keeping up nonetheless.  All I can share is probably what you have told yourself a million times...

We are all different.  We all come to the table with different strengths.  We can NOT all function in the same way.  You would never expect your right leg to answer a math is not the right legs function to compute things...that does not make the right leg any less useful than the brain.  Just useful in a different way.

The temptation to think...why is this so hard when I only have "one", "two", "three", "six" kids and Mary Amazing has 12 and she makes it all look like a breeze, is easy to fall  into.  But we all know, deep down, than none of it is a breeze...not for anyone.  It is hard. Life is hard.  And even though it can be wonderful and filled with more blessings than you ever thought can still call it hard.

We are all our own way.  Finding the mix for your own family ...for this moment...this day.  

So..I probably just went off in a few different directions with that thought, but after I read you blog post that is where my mind went and I wanted to write it down..more for me than anything else.

Anyway....wish I could plan a trip to Fiber Space with you...or just a afternoon visiting.  It would be fun if you and James came for a visit..even if it is when you are old and gray.  Trust me...we are living in a place that cost about $800 to fly out of...well fly out and back....WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE..except the 12 miles of road we have before us....

Thanks for the email!!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Welcome Back








So...what have I been up to??  With all this free time with 3 kids in school...

Well for one I took one of the 4 out of school.  My little Lucy June.  A little something I may have left out of the last post that spoke of peace and assurance with my decision to send kids to public school, I was a wreck sending Lucy to school.

She is such a spark of light and not having her with me/us during the day felt very..AWFUL!!

She was not LOVING being away from home either.  She would wake up and ask if she could stay home.  I would want to say yes to her everyday.  Pete would remind me that the time was up for Lucy to be at home unless she was HOME SCHOOLED!!!  So about 9 days after she went to school, minus one that I let her stay home, I officially pulled her out of school. I. Am. Home Schooling. Again.

Just one.

Just her.

And Priscilla.

And Drew.

And Jack almost came home too.  He really wanted to.  But like I said my heart is not REALLY into teaching.  I actually made a complete fool of myself, in this VERY small town, and pulled him out for the day and told the school I was home schooling him.  And then the next day I brought him back and said...I rethought and want him to continue in his class.  Ask me why I am so impulsive and I will tell you it is to keep me humble.  I have been humbled this week.

And guess what ..not that I should be sharing this...but when I go to confession I ALWAYS have to ask forgiveness for passing judgement on others.  I know..shocking.  A women living in 2013 passing judgement...well I do.  I TRY not to...but by golly sometimes my less than perfected brain goes right to..."How could they be thinking that..."

Well...I have had a SUDDEN change of heart. I guess the Lord saw fit to send me a tutorial on what it feels like to be judged...I am sure a few people scratched their head this week pondering/judging the crazy lady with 6 kids who pulled her son out of school to home school an returned him 12 hours later.  That was me..judge away.

All I can say is I have new perspective on crazy...sometimes you may not mean to be..but it just seems that you are.


I knit this scarf.  Scarves are hard to knit because you have done the same thing for 45 inches and still are not done.  I am done.  I have worn it as much as possible and found that alpaca yarn can be scratchy.  I used the Frog Tree Alpaca made in Boliva.