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I'm never bored. If I'm not knitting or spinning, I'm gardening or reading. Always up to something!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Knitting's my Bag

The Christine Bag was designed by Dawn Roach and I love how it turned out. I added a couple of rows to the original design to accommodate my large clutch style wallet.

I knitted it in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick on really large wooden needles. The handles are lacquered bamboo, the lining is sparkly black with pink dots and it has a magnetic closure.

I'd seen these bags on Etsy selling for $60. They are definitely worth that and more. Craftsmen and craftswomen should be paid for their time and talent. I love the bag and will make it larger next time and I'll change out the ribbon for a more rustic look - maybe something with beads and leather.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mason Jar Craze - Really?


 Just in case you missed it, there's a mason jar craze out there. I don't know who to credit or blame for this but SOMEBODY came up with the idea that they're attractive and trendy. These lowly glass jars have been turned into fancy drink glasses, hipster water glasses (with and without handles) lanterns, solar lights, flower vases, snow globes and about anything you can think of.  It's cool to be old. It's always been cool to be an antique but now it's just lovely to be old and rusty. Old and utilitarian. Unless all you can afford is old and utilitarian. I grew up with old, utilitarian things. You kept them around until they broke and then you bought new ones if you could afford to. You kept the mason jars that came with grandma's jam so grandma would put more jam in next year. They sat in the back of the garage or in the basement gathering dust until it was time to use them for another round of grape conserve or tomato sauce or whatever. So, never to be accused of missing any band wagon that comes along, I sprung for some mason type jars from Oneida. They came with attached lids and colored gaskets. Raise your hand if you know what a gasket is. The ones imprinted with snowflakes had pale blue gaskets and the ones with reindeer had red gaskets. I wrapped some paper ribbon, baker's twine (see? I keep up) and big gold jingle bells around the tops and tied them with bows. Then, during the holidays, I kept them full of Christmas cookies and candy. Now, this was a good and bad decision. Good because all my beautiful baking was clearly visible and appreciated. Bad because all my beautiful baking was clearly visible to me. Now I can spend the rest of the winter taking off the weight I gained!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It Feels so Good!

We're all getting older. It's a fact. There's nothing we can do to avoid the inevitable. Look at those of us in the group called "The Baby Boomers". The oldest of us in the group are almost 70. I particularly have reason to be concerned about brain "band width" because I have MS. Aside from exercise and diet (I eat close to 100 lbs. of wild blueberries per year) one of the things we can do is challenge ourselves by learning new skills. A few years ago I decided to take up knitting. I like the finished product - I admire beautiful garments that have been hand knit. I love the colors of the yarn and the comfort of the soft fiber sliding through my hands. It's been alternately fun and frustrating. At times, I've been so upset with a project that my husband's asked me why I continue to pursue an activity that makes me so angry. I guess I look at my knitting the same way I look at any accomplishment I admire. Art, architecture, music, cooking, even successful marriages and parenting take dedication, devotion and skill. And when you can step back and admire the results, I swear, it's better than any medication ever prescribed. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

No Secrets

Yesterday I had a conversation with one of my contemporaries (60 +) about senior discounts. She's looks and acts younger than her years. I asked her if she ever goes for the "senior discount". She said she asked for a discount for the Long Island Ferry and they "proofed" her - requiring that she provide her driver's license before they reduced the price of the trip. I love the idea of being "carded" at our age. I may have to start requesting the senior rate everywhere I shop, just to see what they do. I make no secret of my age. And when someone asks, I share beauty secrets - do you? Here's one. I use shampoo only once a week, washing my hair with conditioner in between, sometimes preferring to only rinse my hair in the shower. And I only wash my face at night, rinsing with water in the morning shower and immediately running for the moisturizer before I even dry off. I've been doing facial exercises since I was 25.  I told you, "No Secrets..."