for a friend.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 | 4 Comments

 because i wanted to try a new version,

 and, because i just felt like making them for her,

no reason, no occasion. 
it took me longer than it should have. this is after all a busy holiday season. but, ah well.

take care not to rush, friends. enjoy when you can.

pattern here.

past due

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 | 3 Comments

past due. 
time off. that’s what i took. unplanned i guess, it just happened that way. but now i’m ready to recap. if you care to follow along, then please do. 

i’ve wanted to be here, but needed the space to hear myself think and to listen for them. you know, in case they needed me. (they haven’t).

late august sent my two to school. what was left was an empty space. nothing bad, just different. i like the empty nest, i do. it’s easy, slow and comfortable. but i wasn’t ready. and so, i spent some time waiting for myself to find a groove. is there one? probably not, but i tried. being a libra, i searched for the perfect balance, and expected to find comfort via routine in the wake of their absence.

well, i didn’t. i still haven’t. but life doesn’t wait, and it isn’t pretty all the time, so after a little while of downtime i’ve accepted the ‘it just is’ part. and what has stood out, is all the good and happy they have found. some pretty special things are lining up for each of them. i wish i could share more, just not right now. i am very, very proud of each of them.

in the meantime, as i plugged along, i did some sewing. 2 tunics from sew liberated. i love this pattern.

 i also finished lib’s simplest sweater. i have two projects on the needles for me and a baby sweater to work on. but time is limited these days.

i began a part-time job late august in retail. my hours aren’t regular, so i’ve learned to be flexible with my sewing and knitting and no longer expect to finish things in the time frame i’ve been accustomed to. 

we also closed the maine house for the season. it was a nice trip, though short, but connected with a contractor for some work to begin in the spring. just after that visit, and a cold that wouldn’t quit, i contracted a virus that knocked me down for a few weeks. i’m better these days and feeling like myself again.

we have seen the girls a few times, both at parents’ weekends and a curling event. next we head into thanksgiving. i will be working part of that, but am eager to plan a big home cooked meal for both.

i hope to post here more regularly. with the holidays nearly here, i’d like to do some hat knitting.  any favorite patterns? 

i’m over here for the rest of the month. please visit.
happy monday friends. xoxo

still thinking summer.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 | One Comment

summer wrap up

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 | 3 Comments
a graduation – wisdom teeth removed for one – 8 weeks in maine for three of us – a job at an inn – a job on an island – a job in a diner – yes, one of them had two jobs – there were harbor side walks – dinners out with dear friends – lots of hugs – easy suppers in the party shed – lobster – sun in july – slow and easy breakfasts – new windows installed – hikes taken – sunrises caught, captured and remembered – books read – stones and driftwood collected – fishing – more fishing – boat rides to and from the island – wine – knitting – more lobster – yarn purchased – visits to a favorite store – sunbathing on floats – a summer playlist – an 18th birthday – a trip to georgia – college orientation – micro brews – sand dollar collection war – cloud porn – chess – a boat launched – still more fishing – love of the fog – sisters together – osprey, eagles and finches – voles – island camping – tom – ice cream sandwiches – fire pit on the rocks – a woodstove – love.
then a journey home with a journey to universities two days later. it’s been a summer. a very good, amazing summer.
the house is quiet. things are being put away and cleaned up. sewing and knitting plans continue. summer photos are still be uploaded, and some to be printed. 
there is a new rhythm here.  xo

summer knitting results. so far.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 | 3 Comments

 a gift for a baby girl. quince osprey. cozy for this autumn.

 and for the college girl #1, some cozy in the form of Simplest sweater. 
cascade super wash for college laundry.

another baby sweater is on the needles as well as one more Simplest sweater for the newest member of the college set. time is running out though, she leaves in 16 days. oof.
all info over on ravelry.

saturday afternoon.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 | One Comment

Today.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 | 4 Comments

just a note.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 | One Comment

 

the days are filled with breeze and sun and views of the harbor.
in the morning i walk. i come home to open windows, and no plans for the day.
this summer. 
there is peace and gratitude.

and, i am falling in love with this little, old house.

A new place!

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 | 6 Comments
welcome!
this is my new space:  thistledowns wool & cotton.
this fall brings change for me, as many of you know. the girls are moving on and out of the house to study at university, and i find myself with time, interests, and creativity heading in new directions.
please follow along if you’d like.  i’d love to have you here.  beginning this september there will be knitting, and sewing, along with some new creative outlets. for now, i’m away and will only be able to post when we travel down to the library in the village.
happy summer friends! and thanks for visiting! xo