Wednesday, February 27, 2019

before February ends

the latest chapter in a long love story.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


We don't often have fog; by the time I had kids to school and time to stop for pictures, it was half gone.  Like all things in life, we have to appreciate what is here and now, and plan well for the next time.  (read: keep the camera batteries charged!)

I am working on a new mitten pattern for Windy Valley.  It's simple and to the point, with a fairly simple cable design, and I love it.  More on that when there are photos.  

Stay warm!  

Thursday, January 31, 2019

fleece judging

This is not a comprehensive post about fleece judging; I just want to share with you one of the things I've done in the last couple of weeks - observing fleece judging!  Let's call it a photo essay.  A friend invited me to join her at the National Western Stock Show, and I learned a lot.  However, most of it would be more applicable to someone raising sheep, which I'm not, so it is hard to quantify what I learned - and repeat it accurately.  It was very fun, though! 

One of the competition assistants surveys the entries 
One of the judges evaluates the micron count
Pulling out pieces of fleece for a closer look
A collegiate team getting a lesson on what to look for in a prize fleece
Detail of crimp and dirt
Judge explaining the difference between these two locks

Have you tried something new or learned something new this year?? 

Monday, January 28, 2019


Ten years ago, I started blogging as an often-lonely stay-at-home-mom with very small children, looking to connect with other quilters and moms.  Over the years, I have made a few steadfast blog friends, was inspired to improve my photography, and give knitting a try!  Wow, sometimes the path of life takes a huge curve that you don't see coming.  I would never have anticipated how learning to knit would change my life. 

As my kids have grown, as I've spent more time in my garden, and as I have become, let's be honest, completely consumed by knitting, my blogging has become hit and miss.  As I saw favorite blogs post their last farewells, I was reluctant to close my own, even when I had not much to say.  The shuttering of some favorite sites can probably also be contributed in part to the use of many other social media platforms, which left blogging in the dust.  

However, the last two years of social media has left me completely burnt out on this level of fast, post-before-you-think sort of communication.  I used to view the craft-centered websites I followed as a reprieve from the constant barrage of negative news flowing in on our 24/7 TV and radio.  Sadly, that is no longer the case.  I do agree that people should use their platforms to promote what they believe, but promoting beliefs used to mean setting examples of what is well-considered, truthful, helpful, right.  Now, I am astonished at some of the unkind things that friends and loved ones post, the kind of thing I know they wouldn't have said at the dinner table.  

It's going to take me a few months but I am slowly working my way out of obligations that require me to visit these sites.  Instead, I am working on building relationships with the real people in my neighborhood and daily circles.  I plan to replace quick, thoughtless clicks with the sort of thoughtfully written blogs that I find to be full of encouragement and beautiful crafts, photos and people.  The truth is, relationship is really what matters to me, and better a well-chosen, small pool of friends than many thousands of followers and "Friends" on my profile.  This is not to say I don't value comments and readers I'll never meet; just that I hope you will find reprieve here.  

Thank you for visiting.  Thank you for bearing with me.  
Off my soap box and on to beauty: everyone in the house is enjoying the new bird feeder, which brings cheerful little friends by every day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

little birdies

 The word is out: we have a new bird feeder!  The cats are also enjoying the bird feeder - I think.  

Looking forward to fun things this week.  If I end up with some pictures, I'll share.  It's been, mostly, a mild and sunny winter.  What are you doing to fight off the winter blues?

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Every year during November, we make a Thanksgiving Chain.  (Honestly, I missed a few years in there, when I was a young adult.)  Whoever is here at dinner or in the evening can add a link to it.  Needless to say, it is a good way to stop for a moment and be grateful, and to capture a season.  

On our chain this year: 
LOL Suprize/Shopkins
animals with wool
Jesus's example
Jen & Randi
my mom
my dad
Grandpa's letters
my wife
God's faithfulness
funny parents and brothers
Christmas music
hot tea
a godly heritage
chilly mornings
cloudy days
autumn leaves
hot tea on a cold morning
warm blankets
snowy mornings
good books
out-spoken thinkers
sweet treats
candle light
Christmas music
hand-written letters
homemade lunch
dinner around the table with my family
peaceful evenings
hot water
candle light
I am thankful for my leather jacket
nice grandparents
safe surgery for Jeremy
warm knited blankets
free candy
warm knited socks
colorful blankets
Dr. Palido
snowy days
homemade pasta
childrens laughter
changing leaves
fall colors
hot tea
the joy of the Lord
good food
soccer + Thanksgiving
friends to play cards with
dice games
safe travels + family
games with friends
lifelong friends
the tele
game time with family and friends
cousins to play with
safe travel
Fred's beard
Maui - Layla
everything I eat
my dogs
a clean house
family time
M and D = Mom and Dad
a nice roof over my head
good food
soggy dogie
nice fall mornings
Shalom Hill
holiday road trip

And many more in our hearts, to be sure.  Thankfulness, it is a good way to start the New Year.