Monday, January 29, 2018

I Wore A Begonia Swirl Today

You may have noticed that there has been a tendency for all lace patterns of late to be "Begonia Swirl" shawls.  This is because I am madly in love with this pattern.  Can you blame me?

Well TODAY I finally wore one for Me Made Monday.  That's right--I'm on my SIXTH Begonia Swirl shawl and the fifth one for me, and I've never worn any of them.  To be fair, packing and moving aren't shawl-events, and one of the shawls was finished shortly before the move and still needs to be blocked....found and blocked, that is.  And now I want to make 10 more of them.  

I hadn't really intended to continue Me Made Mondays, but there were people who wanted to continue with the thread on Ravelry and I do have rather a lot of me-made items, so I have not missed a Monday yet this year.  I haven't even forgotten a Monday yet, which is the REAL news.  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

He's Devoted

I'm not sure if it's me or the quilt that Valentino loves, but
one of us has his unfailing devotion.  I did get some quilting done while he was snoozing with Venus,
 and later we all got together for my physical therapy exercises,
so it was a busy Saturday.  I think I'm finally over the obligatory post-Christmas cold/bronchitis, so we were able to walk down to visit some of our favorite people in the afternoon. And I cleared out one of the last large boxes from the sewing room, so it was a really nice day all the way around.   Honestly, I've been dragging around with that cold for so long that any day I can breathe is a good one.  :)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

I Have Crafting Time!

And with a little less help,
I'd be making progress on the tumbling blocks quilt.  At least I know the quilt is snuggly,
and perfect for naps.

When I started quilting this, I actually hadn't decided exactly what I was going to do, but 
I like how the three lines of stitching in variegated thread look, so that's what I'm doing.  It's so nice to have a plan............

We're still unpacking, and of course the sewing room is kind of the last priority, but we found a filing cabinet at a thrift store,
so my sewing patterns finally have a home.  I'll admit, everything is taking longer than it needs to because I sorted through all the patterns to purge anything that I really am no longer interested in making, and while that still leaves me with a crazy number of patterns, I have fewer than I started with.  Another box of books has also gone to the donation bin, so there's quite a bit less stuff to deal with--no matter what it looks like.

Ravelry added a new feature this year: you can sign up for a finished projects goal, and it has my little heart all aflutter.  They can only count knitting projects, so I signed up for 20 finished projects--which would be 16 more than last year.  Oops.  It was a busy year, and I still don't even know where some of my knitting WIPs are, but it's January and the Month of Optimism.                  

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Thanks Everyone

Thank you. everyone, for your kind words and understanding.  Milo was such a lovable little kitten--I'm not sure we'll ever stop missing him.  Needless to say, Christmas was rather subdued here.  It's hard to say who is missing Milo most, but
there are three strong contenders.  I'm hoping the amount of grooming I've been subjected to is more about her loneliness rather than a statement about my personal hygene. So, after much debate and soul-searching, meet Valentino,
who clearly understands sewing.  He's a Maine Coon, and while we have generally been animal shelter supporters, FIP is found mostly in shelters and larger catteries and between having a senior kitty to protect from disease and still being heartsick over losing Milo, we happened to find a small, local breeder with one kitten left.  It took a surprisingly short time for the kitties to all get used to each other,
and I have (mostly) been left to my own devices for bathing.  We're still really missing Milo, but it's nice to have a friend for Venus again.  She and Milo were inseparable.

There has been some sewing around here,
including two pillows for friends squeaked in before the year end.
and this weekend I decided to finally felt these a bit so they were actually wearable:
We're trying for a theme of "use it or lose it" in the new house.  If it works, I'm going to try it on my thighs....

The really stunning news is this:
6786 yards of yarn from the stash DONATED.  Really, like the same day so I couldn't change my mind.  I gave away yarn.  Sure, it would have made more sense to do it BEFORE moving, but shlupping the entire stash down a flight of stairs in the old houise, then up a flight of stairs in the new one has been incredibly motivating. And decent exercise........

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Goodbye Little Guy

We hope we gave Milo one last weekend of love and cuddles, because he started going downhill fast on Monday, so on Tuesday we said goodbye to our sweet little Milo.  As much as we hated to lose him, we couldn't see him suffer.
We are simply heartbroken and not much in the mood for Christmas.  Venus has been very lonely without her buddy, but thankfully Theo had started playing with her more as Milo lost interest.

Hope everyone else is having a happier Christmas.

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Our little Milo is sick, and the vet says he's dying of a virus called FIP.  He's neither eating nor drinking on his own and I've been force-feeding him for a week now.  The problem is that there isn't a definitive test for FIP--it's more of a matter of elimination and I kind of feel like this vet is basing her diagnosis on something that might be unrelated.  We have him on an antibiotic for what the other vet in the practice thinks might be the problem and we're just keeping our fingers crosssed.  He's not showing any deterioration and aside from being lethargic and really hating the force feeding, he seems to be in decent spirits, and we're enjoying having some extra time with him if we are losing him.  The other kitten was very lonely when he first started feeling bad, but now Theo is playing more with her and we're spending more time playing and cuddling with her, so she's doing okay.  It's just been a very sad and emotional week.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

That Was a Fast Month

Well--that was a fast month.  The new job is going well, though it was a rough start.  The company has so little turnover that there just isn't a training program, so the first weeks were overwhelming at times, but I'm getting the hang of things now.  My coworkers are so nice and help me all they can, so I'm enjoying it.

There hasn't been much crafting time, though I did step off the fabric wagon for this:

It's a laser-cut quilt kit, and is a perfect project for spare moments here and there after work.
I'm going to hang it on the wall when it's done--which will hopefully be soon. 
I've also done a little machine embroidery, but mostly crafting has screeched to a halt.  We've gotten more unpacking done, lots of fall yard cleanup, and have had a few friends over--something we haven't been able to do since March when we started the whole house journey.  We still have so much unpacking to do, but the new neighborhood is so lovely that it's all worth it--especially right now with all the fall colors.  The drive home through our neighborhood is spectacular.

Maybe I'll have to be happy with finishing 50 projects.......