If It Makes You Happy

Today is a completely random day.

The wet asphalt reminds me of rainy days in elementary school.

Icy cold droplets beat to their own rhythm.

Runny noses.

Jeans and thermal weather.

Starting a new book.

Freshly folded towels.

Scout twirling around like a ballet dancer. So light on her toes.

Dalton lapping water up from the puddles on the walkway.

A hearty meal of soup and french bread.

Keeping warm under a multitude of blankets and quilts.

A new project.

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Shawn’s Thorpe in a Navy Australian Organic Wool (uber soft to knit)

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Scout posing for pictures.

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Scout pretending she doesn’t seem the camera.

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Stick her with a fork, she’s d.o.n.e.

Changing

I feel like my body is betraying me.

Twenty eight years I’ve lived in this body and it’s constantly changing.

My blood feels toxic.

Riddled with pain. Aches. Lumps.

I don’t look forward to waking up.

Me legs are sore.

The cold penetrates my joints.

And yet, I knit.

I knit to forget.

I knit to heal.

I just knit.

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norwegianbabycap4Norwegian Baby Cap for Scout

US 2 needles

Ella Rae Lace Merino

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1. Oh, I am so conflicted!

2. My mood changes, big and little.

3. During Scout’s naptime, I tend to get things done.

4. Jem has pink eye! ; are you kidding me???

5. Right now I’d like to be vacationing.

6. My Kitchen Aid Mixer is my favorite gadget.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a quiet evening, tomorrow my plans include whale watching and Sunday, I want to wake up late to breakfast in bed!

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Do you remember when channel 7’s Friday slogan was “Thank Goodness It’s Funny”? Well I still prefer Thank God It’s Friday! Though most of my weekend will be spent away from Shawn I have some plans for the next few days. But today, today is a good day. I finished another project last night. In fact I actually accomplished two things.

First is something for Shawn that I can finally show you.

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We’ve been through three Christmases already and he still doesn’t have a stocking – til now. I hand embroidered everything. It was a lot of work but totally worth it.

Close up of the embellishments.

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I love the buttons! I used buttons from my scrapbook stash. I have lots of buttons. Jars of buttons.

I had a chance to work on Scout’s sweater too. I finally got to the cabled section in the back. Just a few inches and I’ll be ready for the fronts and sleeves. I’m not too excited though. You see, when I finish knitting I have to sew a zipper in the front.

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I’m not anticipating that in the least. But I know once it’s finished it will look beautiful on her. Though she doesn’t need anything to make her beautiful, she’s already trés jolie!

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Lately she’s been entranced by the Disney Channel. She loves “Imagination Movers”, “Charlie and Lola”, “Handy Manny” and “Pup Named Scooby Doo”.

My other finished project included finishing a quilt top and backing for the Under the Sea Quilt. I plan on basting it tonight. I’m excited to have this done, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

So Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all have a chance to work on what you love.

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Friday Fill In #99

1. The last band I saw live was Eminem, Xzibit, Ludacris, and Papa Roach, (same concert).
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is my mom cooking for my birthday, (same day this year).
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is nil.
4. Thoughts of turkey and turkey gravy fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear boots.
6. Bagpipes are awesome!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to basting my quilt, tomorrow my plans include taking a bead class and Sunday, I want to hang out with my mum.

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all the little ghosts and goblins out there!

This was the pumpkin that I carved last night. He’s a devilish goblin.

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Friday Fill In

1. My favorite food seasoning is salt.
2. Peace and quiet is music to my ears.
3. Lucky is the person that breaks the mold of being normal.
4. My Blythe obsession is something I take very seriously.
5. Many people have high expectations.
6. Thread and quilt batting was the last thing I bought at the store.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to taking the kids Trick or Treating, tomorrow my plans include spending time with Shawn and Sunday, I want to get my nails done and donate my hair to Locks of Love!

Fast Forward to the Weekend

It’s Friday. In about two hours Shawn will walk through the door all stinky and sweaty from work. That is my queue to begin our weekend. Last night, Shawn and I were talking.

I said, “Do you know what I would love to do this weekend?”

He replied, “What?”

I answered, “I’d love to have an entire day when I can just work on all of my projects”.

Whether I will get an entire day or not is yet to be determined. I can assure you that I will keep busy though. Today I’ve been cleaning and trying to organize projects. Yarn needs to go in bags. Paper needs to be cut down. Fabric needs to be ironed. Packages need to be taped and addressed. Chicken needs to be de-boned and put into buttermilk.

My plans include making bags with some of Sandi Henderson’s new Farmer’s Market fabric. The moment I saw the apple fabric online I knew I just had to buy some. I was lucky that the local fabric shop had some in stock, so I bought a couple of yards.

The orange is actually going to be used with the Medocino fabrics I bought a couple of weeks ago. I ♥ the orange and blue theme.

While at the craft store I picked up some Halloween papers and embellishments so that I can make a banner for the house. I love the one I did with Basic Grey papers for Christmas last year and I thought I should make a Halloween themed one for this year. Halloween is probably my least favorite holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I love candy. I love dressing up. However, I’m thinking that hundreds of years ago that Halloween meant something completely different. When you get older the significance of a holiday becomes a little more clear compared to when you are chocolate greedy 7 year old goblin. I’m trying to remedy my dislike of the holiday and get a bit creative.

I have to finish working on the shop sample Jaywalkers. I have to finish the rest of the Pearl Buck Swing Jacket. I have to design a pattern based on a Target sweater. I have to put together the rest of the Purple Quilt top. I have a few sets of stitch markers to make.

And I have this to think about. I missed out on the last round, which ended about two years ago. I was able to get in this time. All my creative juices are flowing. This will also be the last of my swaps I’ll be doing for a while. I took a fairly long break and then overextended myself again with all the great swaps that are out there. They are addicting. Maybe it’s just the feeling you get when you open a present, or maybe just receiving something in the mail.

So with that, I have things to do and people to see. I have a bowling record to break tomorrow night. I have a family I need to spend time with. There is some rest to be had. So have a good weekend and see you on Monday.

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Friday Fill In #92

1. October means that there will be a little rainfall.
2. Bugs and snakes scare me!
3. Leaves are falling all around, it’s getting a little bit cooler.
4. My favorite horror movie is Halloween because Michael Meyers rocks.
5. Baking with my mom = good memories.
6. It was a dark and stormy night and the candles flickered their light.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to homemade fried chicken and mashed potatoes, tomorrow my plans include kicking Shawn’s ass at bowling and Sunday, I want to make magic!

Daydreamin’

Ah, Fridays.

Friday is the best day to day dream about what you are going to be doing during the weekend. Or even day dreaming in general. Lazy days.

Daydream Mosaic

1. Daisy, 2. Milky Way Sugar, 3. Cozy Blanket, 4. Amy Butler’s Little Stitchs, 5. Mom’s Teddy Bear, 6. Chicken and Waffles, 7. Hot Chocolate, 8. Carving Pumpkins, 9. Pink Pearl Stitch Markers, 10. Baking, 11. Home, 12. Cat Mittens, 13. Daffodil, 14. Bed, 15. little Scout, 16. Pierce College

Seems I have a lot on my mind today. Pretty random though. I’m awaiting a long needed weekend. Enjoy yours!

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Friday Fill In, no. 91:
1. Wearing knit socks, carving pumpkins and the cool Autumn weather are some of the things I’m most looking forward to in October.

2. Sometimes I want to run away.

3. Maury Povich and that’s why there is a saying, “never say never”!

4. When I’m down, I cry, curl up in a blanket and eat ice cream.

5. In the kitchen is where you’ll find me most often.

6. A rainy day is good for curling up in bed with the people you love.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting with friends, tomorrow my plans include visiting downtown and Sunday, I want to work on all of my projects!