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Weekends

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  Oh boy did I have a jammed packed weekend.  On Saturday morning, we went with my aunt, cousins and their adult kids and friends on a Pittsburgh Party Pedaler tour. It was freezing cold and it was glorious to be chilled down to the bones. The two hour outdoor elements took me four hours to recover once I was back in my house.  The chill felt like fall and I was so excited to be that cold. No I did not party, and I didn't pedal either - I left that to the younger generation and the adventurous people in our group. We had a nice time and I was grateful to be included in a family gathering. That is why we moved here. I also got to see a lot of Pittsburgh! Sunday was cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. I also worked on the green cowl that is a holiday gift. My to do knitting list is still long but I feel hopeful every day that I will get most of what I want to knit finished by my arbitrary deadlines. How was your weekend?

Ponderings

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  Hello! How are you doing?  This past week I've been pondering about a mindfulness prompt in a book I'm reading throughout the year, A Year of Living Mindfully by Anna Black. It's a really nice book and I've enjoyed the prompts throughout this year. Anyways the prompt this week was to consider what you believe to be nourishing or draining. I've thought about this all week long. My obvious nourishing events are knitting and reading. But over the course of the week I've added some surprising concepts to the nourishing list and challenged my draining list. I had the opportunity to help my cousin at her house with her preparing for company this past week. I found helping her nourishing to me, an added bonus was making her very happy. I also initially considered walking 150 minutes draining because of the amount of time it takes to get that done and I'm not doing other 'things' but then I changed my mind because I am nourishing my physical health which i

Gray Matter Shawl

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  Well, well, well, will you look at that, I finished that never ending shawl ! I started this mid-May before the big move and then I worked on it off and on through the move and then adjusting to the move. I am thrilled with the blocking and the size of this simple lace design. I'm still learning where to take photos in this new house of mine and at what time of the day. I am getting better at it but sometimes it's a challenge.  Ravelry notes

Weekends

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  Good morning! How was your weekend? I have been bit by the knitting bug and have been working feverishly on the little baby blanket all weekend. On Sunday, my sister, aunt, cousin and goddaughter came over for a dinner on the back patio (my sister did all the cooking!) and we did a little bit of stitching. Of course I forgot to take a photo... Yesterday I tidied up the house and did the laundry. I'm ready for another week! In some fantastic news this warm weather is supposed to end by Friday. Fingers are crossed that this becomes reality.  Someone asked me in the comments on my last post about what podcasts I listen to, here are a few that are audio: 2knit lit chicks, knitmore girls, what should I read next, literary disco (salty language!), yarniacs, cogknitive and caithness craft collective.  Do you all have any podcasts to recommend? How was your weekend?

Around Here

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  Around here it looks like fall but it feels like summer. Those days are numbered and I'm patiently waiting for cool breezes and seeing my breath in the early morning moments and being cold, hopefully sooner than later. How are you?  I've been busy with....knitting! Yes I finally feel like my pre-moved self and have been sitting and knitting while listening to old podcasts (I am 1-2 months behind). When I am not knitting, I am reading also playing catchup to made my reading goals I set before I even knew I was going to move. I just might make the goal but it's okay if I do not make it. Some time this month the awning guy will arrive and take down and store my shaded patio area. My husband and I love to sit out here and eat lunch. Frodo loves to sit and watch the dog walkers on the road (and bark at them) or be dazzled by the family of chipmunks that pop up in one hole run right in front of him to disappear in another hole. I can't tell what he is thinking - he watches,

Knitting News

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  I started two new projects this weekend. First off is a smaller baby blanket for the grandbaby-to-be in a soft gray cotton yarn. I'm not sure I have enough yarn but I think I can rejigger the pattern to accommodate my 10 yards missing, wish me luck! My other new project is a cowl for a Christmas gift, let's hope I finish this by Thanksgiving because that is when I am gifting it, ha. The yarn is from stash and the pattern has a simple cable design that I thought looked nice. What are you working on this week?

Weekends

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  Good morning! How was your weekend? You know you are officially moved in when you hang your cuckoo clock. My husband's brother and sister in law gave us this clock from their time in Germany in the 1980's and it still runs perfectly. I love it! However, I'm afraid of Holly the cat being interested in it as well, so at night I stop the tick tocking, my husband thinks I'm ridiculous. Honestly, I'm thinking like a cat. After months of thinking about finding new salad dressings to make at home I ventured with a new tahini recipe, it was 'okay'. The garlic was a bit much and it was too thick to pour. So I'll be going back to the drawing board for some new ideas. I spent the majority of my weekend --- KNITTING. I started two new projects while still getting so close to the end of that never-ending shawl. I'm positive I'm on the last repeat but I've thought that many repeats ago. I snapped this photo of Holly looking at the world below from our be