I found this sweet package in my mailbox this week from Taci. It was my birthday present from February! It kept getting sent back to her for some reason. I have the heart hanging in my craft/office. The bag will make a nice sock project bag and I'm thinking about what to use the Christmas fabric for. Any good ideas out there in blogland? I adore snowmen, (as long as I don't have to shovel it,) so I think this fabric needs to be used for something extra special. Thank you Taci!
My Knit Picks order also arrived. I bought Stroll Fingering weight yarn. It's 75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon. Perfect for the softest, hard wearing socks you can imagine. On the left is Inverness Tonal and on the right is Pacific Tonal which reminds me of the ocean off of the Oregon coast. Just check out Teresa's blog post from earlier this week when she and Gracie were lunching and painting at the coast and see if you agree. This may actually become a shawl for me and not socks, I haven't decided yet. On the far right are my new size 2 US double pointed harmony needles. I already have a set, but I wanted to have backups. You know how those pesky sock needles are. Always disappearing.
A closer look at the beautiful colors.
All wound into cakes with my handy ball winder.
Actually I prefer hand wound balls, but this was too much yarn to do that with. If I start buying yarn this way very often, I may be asking for a yarn swift for Christmas. It was a bit of a job to try to do this alone with no tangles.
Aren't the colors in these needles beautiful?
The latest socks for Alex all done!
Three more pair of mittens off of the needles too!
And what kind of post would it be without a Piper picture?
I had another doctor visit on Tuesday and it looks as though I'll be having either a CT scan or an MRI of my head. They want to check and see if I really do have a brain up there or if it's all air! Seriously, I think because I'm still having dizziness and light-headedness they just want to rule out anything else that might be going on. I think that since I had a stroke when I was 37 he's being extra cautious. I'm 99% sure it's just the medication. Oh well.
Piper's other Grandma, Marilyn, worked in an elementary school library for years before retiring last last fall. Just before they left last Thursday, she went with them to the reading group Piper and Mandy go to every week. She helped Piper pick out some age appropriate books. That little girl loves, loves, loves to read and tells me stories all of the time. She has quite an active imagination. Mandy got the ingredients for this Strawberry Shortcake and they followed the directions, page by page and made the cake together earlier this week. Look at that proud little girl! It looks delicious. She fed me a bite while we were Face-Timing the next day but I didn't quite get the flavor! Ha!
One of the young ladies that worked for me years ago when I still was heading off to an office everyday came to visit Wednesday night with her two boys. She stops in to see me whenever she is in town and they stayed overnight with us this time. We had a wonderful, wonderful visit. Dennis baptized her, probably about 10-12 years ago and performed her marriage ceremony too. We just love her and I think the feeling is mutual. She calls me her "other Mama". She saw the socks I made and begged for a pair after she tried them on. I think I'll need to try to find more knitting time in my days. Ha!
I spent some time at my sewing machine yesterday in the afternoon working on a fun little project. Maybe I'll have something to show you next time I blog. Meanwhile, since I'm not sure how it will turn out, I'm going to remain mysterious about it. Stay tuned for further updates!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy yourselves. I'm going to use lots of sunscreen so I don't repeat last weekends fiasco. :-)
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." Hebrews 11:6