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Here’s the only photo of my table that I got! Not very close up, but you can see the shawls and jewelry pretty well.

The day went very well. Lots of lookers but enough shoppers that it was definitely worth the effort. A few friends made purchases and a few strangers did, too. Lots of interest in the blue beaded shawl but no takers on shawls or scarves. A few people couldn’t believe I made everything. One lady said “where did you get all of this?” and I don’t think she believed the answer! I said I didn’t make it all last week but I still think she thought I was lying! I got orders for three more ornaments and a hat, so that feels good, too. I totaled it up and counting the pre-sales and the orders, I am committed to making more than 20 hats for charity! Wow!

However, in spite of doing very well financially, it was so completely exhausting, I nearly passed out doing the grocery shopping later in the evening. So yesterday was a low key day with puttering on strange chores that needed doing (like descaling the coffee pot) between knitting and spinning and Hallmark movies. Glad this week is a short week!

I finished these socks, a few weeks late (due for October) and I haven’t yet started the November sock- going to fall way behind if I am not careful!

I decided to frog this hat:

Because even though I like the design and colors, it is the wrong yarn for the pattern and came out too big. I ripped it back and have cast on a smaller hat, different pattern. More of a striped hat.

I also did some knitting on the ornament on my needles so I can clear the needles for the three custom ones.

And I finally started spinning my challenge yarn. It is going so fast, I should not have trouble meeting the January deadline. Felt good to be back on the wheel!

This week is a short work week, just two days… but Wednesday will be spent getting ready for the feast. We are seven this year, just some of A’s sisters and parts of their families. I think I can cope. Got a huge bird so everyone can share leftovers. And will make copious mashed potatoes per request. I’ll work on a list for you for Wednesday, but it will mostly be boring, I think… you will have to tell me!

Until then-

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Putting my time to good use   29 comments

If I must live in a place where it is dark by 4:30, well then, at least I can sit by the fire and knit each evening.

These little ornaments are almost knitting themselves! They are like potato chips, once I finish one, I jump right into the next one!

I can’t wait to get to the Purple Fleece and get some plain wool to stuff them with.

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(There is at least one more green and white one, I didn’t get a picture of yet. Maybe two…)

When I got tired of knitting with just the green and white that I had on hand, I got out my dye pots and made a few more colors.

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I immediately cast on a peppermint pig.

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I think that the blue will be nice for the anchor design in the book,  and some of the others will look great on the tri-color design in the book.  So many options now!  Like I said, potato chip knitting!

I also am working on a color work hat, but it goes slower, with longer rows.  Still, I should finish that this weekend, if I can keep my fingers off the ornament knitting.

 

Today is the day my SIL goes to the doctor and gets her cast off.  They promised her at the start that this day she would be able to walk on the ankle and drive.  She is incredibly nervous that it won’t be true, and I can’t blame her for that!  It has been a long 6 weeks.  But either way, she will go home today.  A will get her settled in again, and tomorrow Sister S will head over and do her grocery shopping again. Unless she is mobile and can do it herself! Deja vu from two weeks ago. We all hope this time it goes better than last time.  She has started thinking about a plan for getting some kind of back up heat for power outages, which is a good thing.

 

There is a long weekend coming up for me — I get Friday off for Veteran’s Day.  I see some deep housecleaning and closet changeover in my future – it has finally gotten cold here, and so I can put away the short sleeved shirts and get out the turtlenecks.  It seems very late this year! And the house is a disaster, with schedules and routines knocked sideways. We will get things under control and get back into our slightly less slovenly ways.  🙂 And maybe I will make you a Friday list?  Bet you can’t wait for that.

It has been a long couple of weeks at work, but we got through our big signature gathering project at the polls yesterday, hit all of our goals – yeah!  Now I have to follow up with the towns on that, and then get a grant out before next Friday.  I had better rest up this weekend, huh?  🙂

 

Longest weekend and no real plans!   Leave a comment

This is my favorite weekend of the year. Although I don’t love the end result of rolling the clocks back, I do love the long Sunday!

We have no real plans this weekend, and due to the power still being out in the area, no Whorls and Purls today.  That makes me sad but means I will get some other chores done. 

On the agenda:

Laundry, of course. 

Make jelly with all the thawed berries. And maybe a cranberry duff because I have loads of cranberries thawed now, too and don’t need more cranberry sauce.

Bring in some of the three tons of pellets and bio bricks that are in the driveway.

Dye some bits of yarn different colors for knitting ornaments.

Knit some ornaments.

Clean the bathrooms

Mop the kitchen floor (AFTER I make the jelly!)
That seems enough to do for one weekend, even of it is a long one!

I already have the blackberries dripping for jelly, and some red yarn in the dyepot.  And A and her sister are off to Belfast to go the “big” grocery store to replenish the freezer and fridge. That gives me a quiet hour or two to relax and putter at my own speed. 😉

I think it will be a good weekend!

Longest weekend and no real plans!   16 comments

This is my favorite weekend of the year. Although I don’t love the end result of rolling the clocks back, I do love the long Sunday!

We have no real plans this weekend, and due to the power still being out in the area, no Whorls and Purls today.  That makes me sad but means I will get some other chores done. 

On the agenda:

Laundry, of course. 

Make jelly with all the thawed berries. And maybe a cranberry duff because I have loads of cranberries thawed now, too and don’t need more cranberry sauce.

Bring in some of the three tons of pellets and bio bricks that are in the driveway.

Dye some bits of yarn different colors for knitting ornaments.

Knit some ornaments.

Clean the bathrooms

Mop the kitchen floor (AFTER I make the jelly!)
That seems enough to do for one weekend, even of it is a long one!

I already have the blackberries dripping for jelly, and some red yarn in the dyepot.  And A and her sister are off to Belfast to go the “big” grocery store to replenish the freezer and fridge. That gives me a quiet hour or two to relax and putter at my own speed. 😉

I think it will be a good weekend!

Longest weekend and no real plans!   Leave a comment

This is my favorite weekend of the year. Although I don’t love the end result of rolling the clocks back, I do love the long Sunday!

We have no real plans this weekend, and due to the power still being out in the area, no Whorls and Purls today.  That makes me sad but means I will get some other chores done. 

On the agenda:

Laundry, of course. 

Make jelly with all the thawed berries. And maybe a cranberry duff because I have loads of cranberries thawed now, too and don’t need more cranberry sauce.

Bring in some of the three tons of pellets and bio bricks that are in the driveway.

Dye some bits of yarn different colors for knitting ornaments.

Knit some ornaments.

Clean the bathrooms

Mop the kitchen floor (AFTER I make the jelly!)
That seems enough to do for one weekend, even of it is a long one!

I already have the blackberries dripping for jelly, and some red yarn in the dyepot.  And A and her sister are off to Belfast to go the “big” grocery store to replenish the freezer and fridge. That gives me a quiet hour or two to relax and putter at my own speed. 😉

I think it will be a good weekend!

Today at my house   24 comments

Power came back on – yeah!

SIL is back – I am doing OK with it, I have new rules.

1.) She gets some chores assigned before I go to work in the AM.  We will see how that goes. Today she got to clear out the fridge and write down everything that got thrown away.  Maybe tomorrow she can wash the shelves?  Maybe she already did it? 🙂

2.) We have to go to work.  We get up early.  We don’t need to be quiet.  We won’t be extra loud, but we will live our lives. I was up bright and early, today – yeah, lights!  Hot water!  I ran the dishwasher… and watched the early morning news. I would have started laundry, but I wanted a hot shower instead.  Tomorrow I will do some laundry.

3.) Paper plates.  I am so sick of dirty dishes.

4.) I am not solely responsible for meals.  In point of fact, I heard a rumor which I will check out tonight, that another SIL brought over a few casserole type meals so I won’t have to do more than reheat for several days. Last night (still no power at this point) A picked up a roasted chicken at the store after picking up her sister, so we had warmish chicken for supper.  I didn’t have to think about it.

So basically, our house is not a spa, not a hotel, not a restaurant.  She clearly doesn’t need home health care, she was home alone for a week and did fine until the power went out.  If she insists on coming back, she can be a partner in making things run smoothly. It ain’t a vacation!

That being said… other stuff is happening.

Yesterday I sold a handspun, hand knit hat and cowl set to a woman who knows her textiles.  That makes me very happy.  🙂 She sent me this photo she took when she got home. Isn’t it cute?

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She saw my post about the craft show on Facebook and got in touch as she won’t be able to be at the craft fair.  I am so pleased she likes my work.

I will keep on knitting and getting ready for that show – I’d like to sell a few more things that day!

I’ll try to get you a weekend list tomorrow – it will involve me leaving the house, and alone, too.  🙂

 

That’s more like it!   35 comments

My SIL went home on Tuesday, to everyone’s relief.  We were a bit nervous that she would not be able to handle it, but so far, all is well.  Another ten days and she gets that cast off, and then, we hope, begins rehabbing her ankles with USE.

Since then, we have put the house back together, mostly, washed TONS of sheets, and every pillowcase we own, it seems.  We just have to return her bed to her spare room – it fits in the truck, but it keeps raining (a good thing, really!) so it stays in our spare room, and the regular furniture that goes there remains in our living room.

I learned a lot about myself this month.

It is good I am not a nurse.  It is good I am able to live in a house that provides me with enough space to have my OWN space where I can go be grumpy when people overwhelm me. It is good that knitting calms me.

I don’t like my routines disrupted.

I don’t like worrying about money.  I don’t like when plans get thrown out the window with no plans to replace them. I don’t like coming home to people who expect meals to get made immediately, and I don’t like coming home to tons of dirty dishes.  A tried her best, but it was a losing battle.  It is amazing how one more person in the house can create this chaos in our eating and cleaning routine!

In point of fact, I was quite a cranky bitch a good part of the last month.

Now, as things return to normal, I wonder what I can do to prevent reacting that way should this need for us to care give ever arises again.

I haven’t come up with anything just yet.

But I am extremely appreciative of what I do have.  And I am appreciative of the fact that A is now able to work on her own business as we planned she would a month ago (she had quit her job and was working out her notice when the accident happened.  So we had a few weeks of no income from her as she was not able to do her own work and take care of her sister.) She will have a rough few weeks working to hit some deadlines, but it can be done.

I even made lasagna yesterday, and am THRILLED that it will last for a couple of nights worth of meals!


I finished plying a big batch of the combo spin.  And I knit all sorts of little fiddly things.




That is more like it!

 

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