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

Friday, March 14, 2014

Blue Friday

The handle broke on this teapot many years ago so I retired it. I loved it so. I cried a little.
Many years later, when I was dating my husband he gave me roses and they miraculously kept their color when they dried.

Does anybody else take pictures of the contents of their cupboards or am I just weird?
Some of these things were my mother's, some were my grandmother's and some were gifts.

A dark corner of my counter top made brighter with a Polish pottery teapot

That's a real starfish and a real butterfly (not endangered). This is not the first home in which I've hung that star. I decorate my home like a curiosity cabinet.

I'm linking up with Anything Blue Friday

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Make-up Matters

I don't wear a lot of make-up.  I moisturize with an spf factor 30, I cover the under-eye circles the best I can. I powder with a mineral powder, highlight cheekbones (whatever they are), powder blush, eyebrow color, two colors of eye shadow, liner, mascara, lipstick. Mostly drugstore brands as I won't (at this point) pay a lot for skin care or make-up. My husband sees me first thing in the morning and still says, "Wow, I don't know how you do it" when he sees the "after". I tell him it's the make-up. He's still impressed. So, every morning I put on "my face" and wouldn't go out without make-up. Does that make me a phony? No. It means that I'm still in the game. That even at 61 I still care. I've started doing aquasize at the Y 3 times a week because I care. I don't like the pounds I've put on this winter since I broke my leg in October. I put on nice clothes to go out with my husband or to church because I care. I do facial exercises and get a good hair cut because I care. Caring about myself doesn't mean I care about others any less. I care.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Cure to a Knitter's Winter Blues

My sweater. Two sleeves done and blocked. Half the back and half of one of the front sections - done. By sweater standards, not too bad. It's going to be an open front cardigan in Knitpicks City Tweed DK, a merino and Donegal blend. The color is "Brrrrocade". A dignified hue that even Lady Violet would approve of. (Yes, I know she's not a real person...) It will be nice and warm. Sedate, classic, wearable. Yawn. I'm craving color. Summer color. I thought my next project was going to be a shawl in this -

I have 750 yards of  6 ply Merino in the Vienna base by Tuckers Farm here in Connecticut. The color is "Isle of Skye" and it's been waiting for me to knit it for more than a year.  Kind of goes along with my "Outlander" theme. A pretty neutral for a beaded summer shawl with a pattern that reminds me of ocean waves. I see water, sky and seaweed. It will be useful and I'll get a lot of enjoyment from knitting with it.  But then again...

 I found this on sale at Knitpicks. I'd had my eye on it but had resisted as long as I could. I bought about a thousand yards of it. Galileo is a merino and bamboo blend and it does shine just like this picture. The color is called "Firefly". It wants to be a summer shawl with small butterflies knitted into the lace and beads twinkling on the bottom border.
I'm trying to be a monogamous knitter - I really am. However, I spend my evening looking at seed catalogs, shivering under my heated blanket. I could really use a new wool sweater. But I really want that shawl. I want to knit with COLOR. I lined them up for a good look. They're actually sitting in my, my mother's and my grandmother's baby cups. It will have few very shiny beads. Sparkly! I can't stop looking at  Swarovski crystals. If I put down the brrrrrocade sweater-in-process, I probably won't pick it up again until Summer's over. A fling with Firefly will make me feel better for a while. But will I'll feel guilty later for cheating on the sweater, leaving it stuffed in a bag for the summer? Is it worth it?