You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt



Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Avoiding the Devil's Workshop


Growing up, my grand-mother liked to remind me that "idle hands are the devil's workshop". Her words scared me so I did my best to keep the darkness at bay. It wasn't until I grew up that I fully understood the message she was trying to convey.  To be on the safe side though, I do try to stay busy, here is my latest attempt .....you just never know! 

Meet Paytin, she's the newest addition to our BIG extended family.  Her sweet disposition and good nature makes her the perfect model for my latest and all time favorite "go to"  project; Crocheted Baby Sundress Pattern by designer Olga Poltava.

It's made with cotton yarn that feels soft and comfortable on her tender skin. By the looks of things, we are just hitting our stride in what's to be a LONG, HOT SUMMER.   

The Covid19 Virus has changed the rules for summer fun for sure, but this little cutie will stay cool whether riding in her carriage or playing in her back yard. 

STAY COOL AND BE WELL.
THIS TOO SHALL PASS  

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Cold Shoulder


I am one of those people who no matter what the season, is always cold.  I can no longer tolerate the rush of cold air shooting out of an air vent above me, nor can I stand a chilly sea breeze blowing off the ocean.  I think my intolerance has worsened with age so I've come to accept the fact that I am now one of those "old" people who keeps a blanket in the car and a shawl or sweater on hand "just in case". 
A couple of years ago while looking through patterns on Ravelry I stumbled across the Quick Knit Lacy Capelet  
by Kelly Mac Designs. 
It was love at first sight; a stylish, shoulder wrap that would surely keep me warm. I bought the pattern and the suggested Malabrigo
 ( Rasta)Yarn and went to work. The pattern was easy to follow and worked up fast. .... until I ran out of yarn that is.


Color photo darker than appears here.
(Apparently I misread the amount needed.) I tried to find one more matching skein but to no avail.   I put the unfinished capelet away with every intention of someday finding the right LOT number and completing the project.That day came last week (two years later. ) While perusing the same shop where I had purchased the original yarn, I spotted it. There it was, one orphaned skein of the Rasta on the discounted rack. While it didn't have the information band wrap on it the yarn appeared to me to be the same, AND it was on sale. Without hesitation I bought the hank and finished the capelet. 

A keen eye will notice the collar of his capelet is a shade off. That makes no difference to me, it is lovely and it actually makes it a "one of a kind".
Here I am wearing my new hand knit Capelet while happily avoiding any chance of getting
 "the cold shoulder".



Cheers!
Stay Warm
Peace and Love
Jackie

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Fly High And Enjoy The View

As many of you know, I really love making things for babies and toddlers; be it knit, crochet or sewing I love it. So when  family friends let us know they would be traveling East for Christmas with their 10 month son, I knew exactly what to make to herald his arrival to our chilly climate. A hat, not just any hat, but the Aviator Hat Designed by Sarah Zimmerman. Of course I already had the yarn as it was purchased years ago with plans of making a darling little lion hat for another baby and YES, you guessed it, sadly the hat never materialized. 

So "Here's To You" 
Sweet Jonathan.
Fly high and enjoy the view💓


You can find this pattern and more by clicking on Sarah's website

HAPPY NEW YEAR
Peace and Love,
Jackie
















Thursday, December 5, 2019

LIVE NOW, PROCRASTINATE LATER

     
A sign on my kitchen wall reads:   LIVE NOW
 PROCRASTINATE LATER  

     I found it very funny when I bought this sign,  but over time I have come to see how true these words really are.  Live Now. I figured I would do just that when I retired. I would have time to do all the things I wanted to do. I was sure I'd have time to "stop and smell the roses" and to read through the mile high stack of books  that were just taking up space.  I imagined catching up  with friends for coffee, lunch or a walk.   The truth of the matter is; I don't have time, and I don't know why.  My unfinished items remain unfinished and my "to do " list gets longer each day!  I am more behind than I was when I worked full time.   So keeping in mind the old saying

Time and Tide wait for no man.
 (or woman)

  I am back to treading water and trying to make up for lost time..... LIVE


     Last year I joined my first ever Ravelry Christmas Swap. It was so much fun that I signed up again this year. ( I would highly recommend it if you knit or crochet and want a warm and inviting group of people to share your enthusiasm with. )

     I bought my pattern Willamette online from an independent designer, Jen Wolfe Kaiseer. The scarf/shawl is beautiful. It worked up quickly and the pattern was easy to follow. My swap partner loved it so much that  I decided to make it again this year but in a different color. The yarn of course came from my stash. I finished it today, it will go in the mail tomorrow....Then maybe I will go for a walk.  

Thanks for reading. Enjoy!

    

Im sorry about the picture quality.
The shawl is actually shades of blue and gray and not as dark as it appears. 

Happy Holidays
LOVE and PEACE
Jackie


Sunday, March 3, 2019

New Year's Resolution Failures #1 and #2

 Well,  It seems that  my New Years Resolution this year was a bit "hefty". I resolved to read at least two books per month while still attempting to finish projects that I start.  At the time it seemed doable, even for me. What I didn't take into consideration though was the depth and length of  said book. Sure,  I could easily consume a couple of "light" reads but instead I chose; 
Born Survivors , 
 by Wendy Holden


 You will hear no regret here though, I loved every minute of this book even though periodically I had to stop and recover from the horrific things I was taking in. I can't wait to find "more about these " Holocaust surviving"  infants and what they are doing today to ensure that we
 NEVER FORGET!

P.S. Oh, I missed the deadline for my knitted Welcome Blanket Project!
I'll keep you posted about this #2 failure soon.



PEACE AND LOVE



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

UGG....


Roughly  three years ago I came across this free "look a like"   Ugg bootie pattern on Ravelry and I knew I had to make them. Many of my friend's children were now having children of their own and I knew they would be the perfect gift. I even bought the pink and blue yarn.    (Of course what else?)  Like most projects, I started with gusto and then eventually put it aside when other more pressing matters came my way.  Is it any  surprise that I didn't finished them? I doubt it. The precious  babies came into the world as expected and none of them were to wear the  intended booties. Until now   When I heard that a close friend of my  daughter was expecting, I knew I had the perfect gift. Again I dug through my stash and unearthed the pattern,  needles and yarn that I needed  and  went to work on the little, bitty booties.   I knit 2 pair,  1 blue and  1 pink as the sex of the baby was to be a surprise.   We all waited not so patiently until  we finally got the news.   
"IT'S A BOY "
The blue Uggs were promptly shipped out to California. 


Oh, and the pink ones are ready and waiting  for the next little baby girl that comes along. How about that; for the first time in my life I'm ready and waiting.

You can find this delightful  free pattern  at Madmonkeyknits . She has many free patterns listed on her webpage. 


PEACE AND LOVE 



Friday, February 1, 2019

So Far....So Good


As a lifelong procrastinator I have enjoyed little success with keeping  New Year's Resolutions. Try as I may,  by the middle of January I am already feeling the sting of disappointment as another promise "withers and dies."  I am an optimist at heart and despite my grim failures I journey on. I have hope. On December 31, 2018  I resolved to read more books;  two per month to be exact. I am happy to report, SO FAR! SO GOOD! Earlier this month I read 

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, 

by Gail Honeyman


and yesterday I finished 

The Woman In The Window, 

by A.J. Finn




I loved them both.  Feeling a bit self righteous today I settled down with my February selection and began to read.  A page or two in I remember the unfinished knitted booties I had started and left undone.  The  supposedly "quick gift"  I was making for a friend who is expecting her first baby. I began  knitting them over 7 months ago and she is due to deliver any day now. Oh well, book down and needles up.




Maybe I don't have a procrastination problem after all. Maybe I have a time management problem,  either way...

 something's got to give.

 PEACE AND LOVE