Sunday, June 11, 2017

Goodbye, Brother Tom

Goodbye to the boy in the Flintstones shirt,
The one who dug tunnels in the dirt
That once piled high in the front lawn
Goodbye to boy with his finger in the cat’s eye.
Goodbye to the boy riding his skateboard down the sidewalk.
Good bye to the young man who washed his dentist’s car
Once a week to earn the money to buy a bike. 
Goodbye to the young man who made the shots each night
Playing basketball on the drive way court. 
Goodbye to the young man who waxed his surfboard in the yard.
Goodbye to the young man who was friend to his friends.
Goodbye to the man who was son and brother,
To the man who became husband and father.
Goodbye to the family man who built up a home
Filled with security and values.
Goodbye to the man who provided the final rest of an infant gone too early
Goodbye to the man, who held his faith, quietly, gently,
A man in whom there was no guile, a man of patience.                                                               
Goodbye to the man whose feet were fleet and whose soul rode the waves.
Goodbye.  God be with ye, God be with ye.  Be ye with God.

Bible Verse to Remember:
"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus."   
I Thessalonians 4:13,14

Friday, June 17, 2016


    Whoa..... AWOL from this blog for quite a spell.  I'm surprised that Blogger kept me "live".  Lots has happened.  We'll start with the Old Man being diagnosed and treated for Prostate Cancer.  Yep. The C-word.  Prostate surgery and all went well.  Wow, modern robotic surgery is pretty impressive! And now the motto in our house..... "Prostate Free, Way to Be!"  And cancer free is the way to be, too.   Men! Get checked!
     We have had a great-grandbaby born into the family, Uncle Nonnie has been accepted into the Radiology Tech program at a local college, Flyboy came from Las Vegas to visit us.  The Old Man has been traveling to the various "Cons" with Jimmy the Squid on weekends, selling Hello Kitty and Anime accouterments.    So many other activities and events....
     I've been cranking out projects over this past how ever long it's been.  Seem to have lost all ability to keep up with documenting all of them.  Working at the cheese counter four days a week and my days off seem to blur. Would very much like a slow down of days.  Bought a new sewing machine, so I am thrilled to get back into some serious sewing projects.  This is always difficult as I have to use the dining table to sew and then clear it off to eat.  Sigh.  Knitting, as always, and always knitting socks besides the other projects.  At least the knitting can travel with me through my day.

Looking forward to some quiet porch time this summer.  Probably should put a few flowers out.....

Today's Bible Verse - "The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
And He delights in his way." Psalm 37:23

Sunday, January 25, 2015

In Praise of the Knitted Dishcloth

I went to the break room for lunch.  It was full of the employees who, like me, bring our lunches to save those greenbacks.  I, often, bring my knitting and that day I pulled out the dishcloth that I was working on - a good project for the break room as it is usually a place where conversations must be paid attention to or one misses the repartee of friendly ribbing (not the knitted kind!) among friends.  I pulled out the little swatchy piece.... answered the question, "What are you knitting, today?" and was met with incredulous stares.  "Why in the world would you knit a dishcloth?"

Many years ago (probably, at least 25) my friends Rita and Audrey both had these cloths in their possession. They were wonderfully nub-bly and absorbent and as a new knitter I could not figure out how they were knitted.  These are the best dishcloths that I have ever used.  I routinely have a drawer full of them waiting for their rotation when the old ones wear out.   Good old Lily Sugar and Cream yarn has proven to be the best and it is probably their original basic pattern that came to me as a hand written note....two hand written notes to be precise.  One of them, posted below and one of them from Rita's Aunt Kathleen oh so many, many years ago. Isn't it sweet that the writer included the little knitting abbreviations chart!  They are easy, quick, a great beginner project, make lovely little gifts for hostesses or housewarmings. They represent, to me, the simplest things of life that, although utilitarian, are filled with the art of the work of my hands.  One cannot make too many!

Today's Bible verse:
"Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, 
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."  Psalm 23:6

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Wow... I know, I've been away for a long time.  Life.  Life Happens. Family Happens.  Let me sum up.... There has been a divorce, a wedding, the passing of two parents, several trips to North Carolina, a trip to Florida, two parents are well.  Flyboy finished school and got a job in Las Vegas. Sons and their girlfriends parted ways, uncle died, job was lost, prostate cancer found, an engagement, great-grandbaby is on his way (yes, its a boy).  Oldest bought a house. Fixed income-imminent,  Old Man officially retired, a couple of fender benders, 1st year of college resulted in 4.0 GPA. Master Knitter goal put aside during Life. Among many other things - still working in cheese, still standing.  Amid-st it all.... many knitting projects flowed through the needles.

I resolve to live one day at a time and to be grateful to God for all the treasures of each day.  Won't you stay with me?

Obligatory Woolly Content....Fresh from Little Kiwi waiting to be Ply-ed.

Tonight's Bible Verse -
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself...."  Matthew 6:34

Friday, August 16, 2013

TKGA Master Knitter Level 1 - Week.... Whatever!

It seems that summer overtook me.  I have been, in dribs and drabs, working on swatches for the program but......   So I wasn't exactly happy with how the swatches were turning out.  I was using the Cascade 220 wool yarn and had serious issues with the aesthetics of that yarn.  I didn't like the lay of the stitches.  I didn't like the twist - seemed 'loose' to me. My swatches just were bleh.  At some point in the season, I was knitting a little baby jacket out of Plymouth Galway and really liked the feel of that yarn so - ReBoot.  I've been reworking all the swatches using the Galway.  Have swatches 1-3 done (but I will redo #1).  I'm much happier.  Now, maybe I shall have consistant progress over the next few weeks.  It's a lesson in using the right yarn, no matter what the project.  If you don't like the yarn, you won't like the project.

"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven... A time to search and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away."    Ecclesiastes 3:1,6

Monday, May 20, 2013

Master Knitter Monday Week 3

Short and sweet, today.  This week, I acquired the Susan Bates Quicksilver needles -  straights; 10 inch, Size US7 from local craft store (How is it that with all my years of knitting... with one gigundo Plano Fishing Tackle Box loaded with needles... I did not have that ONE!?)   and am very happy that I made the switch.  The Addi Turbo just was not working, both in terms of the tips and in terms of holding the small (16 inch circular) needle shaft.  My hands are much more comfortable with the straights.  More comfort means better tension and more tapered tips means better execution of the stitch.  Here's the number 3 swatch, not blocked -  a seed stitch beauty... fairly dense but I'll practice a bit more.   I also purchased some blocking mats.  Got the ones from KnitPicks -  9 quares to a pack.....  yes, I might have payed less for those similiar things at the hardware store but these ones are a pretty sort of mauvy pinky lavender color.  Tre Girlie.

Bible verse for this morning:
"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."  Hebrews 10:36