Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas is almost here!

Christmas is almost here!  This time of the year brings back so many memories......
Hugh Christmas trees that came home on Thanksgiving weekend.  So tall they had to be carried in and out several times to get the right height.  Every piece of furniture had to moved around to make sure it could fit in front of the living room windows.  Hearing my mother's statement of "Well, Paul" several times on that evening. Watching my father getting more and more frustrated with the lights, figuring out which bulb had blown and him making sure the bubble lights were lined up correctly on the tree so we could see them.  Waiting for Santa Claus and making sure my father still thought I believed.  Then my parents going Christmas shopping, but they couldn't go too early because my father would have to give us at least one present before the big day.....well actually it would be a present to enjoy and something new to wear to the family Christmas party.

The food that was prepared in that old country kitchen....my father's ham, Aunt Matt's pecan pies, my mother's chocolate pies and lemon pies with meringe topping toasted a golden brown, the several kinds of dressing (ham and oyster)......But mostly everyone being together and being happy.  Just enjoying each other.....

Then the family Christmas party.....Grandma and Aunt Mildred's homebaked cookies, Uncle Don's ham, my father's baked beans, my mother's banana pudding, Aunt Geraldine's fruit cake, There again everyone just being together.  Every child knowing they were going home with presents.   Grandma's gently presence that brought everyone together.....Sometimes I miss her so much.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Hats for Grandsons


These are the hats that I knitted for my grandsons for Christmas.  I incorporated a pattern for a Sock Monkey hat by Nicole Montgomery, a dinosaur design that can be found at www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dinosaur-chart , and a minecraft  chart www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/minecraft-inspired-hat  I also found the skull pattern and the large minecraft online.  I am looking forward to seeing their faces when they open their presents on Christmas Eve.  These hats were knitted in the round on two size four circular needles.  I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn.
          
           


Monday, November 10, 2014

Safe Harbor Gone

Sometimes it is difficult to walk away from what was once a safe harbor.  If you have become accustomed in knowing that this was a place you could go and feel welcome and safe.  Suddenly, due to changes in life it no longer is a safe harbor, a place to go and feel at home.  There are times when it is best to walk away. 

This is a hard lesson at times.  One that I should have become accustomed to over the years, but it doesn't make it any less bothersome. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Voices

You every notice how hearing a voice from long ago takes you back?  I just got off the phone with one of favorite cousins.  Suddenly, the sounds of yesteryear are there.  We spoke of how much he thought of my dad.  Just the voice brings comfort, warm feelings.  Good memories..........

Monday, August 25, 2014

Baby set work in progress

 This is a small baby set that I am working on.  I have started the hat and still have the booties to make to go along with it.  Since it is a newborn size I will probably use the stitch pattern to design a pair of baby mitts to go with.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Green Shawl

This is a shawl that I finished recently.  I was going to add to a small shop in one of our local stores.  This is the first shawl that I have designed.  I had found the shell pattern in a pattern book and added it to the design.

This is when it was a work in progress. 
As you can see there is a slight variation of color.  I had accidently picked up a different shade from the bin at the local store.  But it did work out.  It was a slightly deeper shade of the soft green.
This is the leaf edge stitch that I added to the live stitches to finish the shawl and this is the first time that I had used this type of finishing.  The little lump sitting on the middle of the shawl is a little rabbit that I made for my grandson out of the yarn that was used to knit this shawl.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Live, Love, Laugh

Our family recently lost a very special person.  When I looked around her home I saw these words in so many places.  Live, Love, Laugh.......

She was so cherished by so many.  She touched so many lives.  A very bright light went out.
If there is one thing that comes from her passing, I hope that we all realize how quickly even the brightest light can be extinguished.
  
When I walked into her home for the first time I felt how empty it was.  I  kept listening for her footstep, her quick wit, her beautiful smile, her warmth.  My heart broke for her husband and her children.  I felt devastated and alone.

But by the time we were leaving, I could feel her there still loving all of us.  She had finally released her love to come showering back over us.  She will still be in so many places.

We do need to follow her advice of Live, Love, Laugh.  We need to remember the good times.  Keep her memory alive and let the soft, gentle light be a reminder that she may be gone but she is still loving us.

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