Saturday, January 13, 2018

Birth of a Stripey Sweater

When you wake up on a Saturday morning, and the world looks like this:

You know that bird watching will be limited...except on public television!

Of course, even though this is not the best day for a leisurely stroll in the park, the days of the annual snowpocalypse are good for something...KNITTING! This. This is what I am all about, especially since I have finally cast on my January sweater for this year!

Some years, I start the sweater on January 1st. This year, I was still deciding on a pattern when the ball dropped in Times Square, but I did finally settle on one that had been singing to me from Ravelry for a few days...Archer!

The construction is a bit of a challenge, but I am loving every minute of it so far! From its alien, crab-like beginnings,

to the emergence of the arches and their stripey fill,

this one has captivated my knitting heart! The color of the yarn in the skein was stunning, 

and while the knitted fabric reads a little less pink, with more caramel tones coming through, it is no less stunning...

especially in the caramel/cream stripes that will become the main body of the thing. Oh! I can't wait to wear this one!

My plans include lengthening the body so the sweater can be worn with many of the LuLaRoe leggings in my closet (because I think I am up to 24 pairs of those now...yes, Virginia, I have a little LuLaRoe "problem," thank you for pointing it out), and finishing out the split hem in the Hawthorne yarn that is the main color of the shoulders!

For now, as I watch the stripes multiply and accommodate catonlap on this snowy Saturday, I can only dream of the day that I can snuggle into this sweater to greet future snowy Saturdays! Until then, here I sit, knitting contentedly and making a lap for cats!

What is your favorite thing to do on a snow day?

Thanks for stopping by! Whatever you are doing today, I hope that you are also finding some time to Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

One Week...

Nearly one week into the new year, and there is so much promise ahead...the world has been kissed with promise for things to come, like a little girl kisses her daddy's cheek... 

or like Face kissed Dollface on their wedding day last week. 

I wonder how the newlyweds are holding up after 7 days of wedded bliss? Hopefully Dollface likes it better than this picture might suggest!

I did not take many photos at the wedding, and that really good shot of the bride and groom is not mine...props to David Swidrak Photography for the awesome photos we have seen so far, and for those yet to come! I am glad that you were there to capture the moments so that we could enjoy the day!

I am glad to know that the newlyweds are settling in, and today is the day I officially welcome Face (our shiny, new son-in-law) to the blog! I'll update the who's who page when I get some better photos of the couple together, but at least we have all been properly introduced now! (Look at that smile! Someone grew up with a photographer in his family...this boy smiles on cue! Lol!)

As for the rest of the Pretties, our house is now eerily quiet. I have gone to bed at my regular time (sans bedtime books and songs) for two nights now, and I feel nearly caught up on my sleep. However, I am quite behind on granddaughter smiles and smooches...still, memories of the visit and the wedding carry me through.

How has 2018 started for you? I hope it has been strong, and that you have found promise and sparkle, like a little girl's eyes when she looks to see what kind of trouble she and Pop Pop can get into!

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health in 2018!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Almost there...

4 seasons. 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days.

Today is nearly the end of another year.

2017 has been full of ups and downs, good and bad, smooth sailing and rough waters. I am glad to say that the year is ending on a high note for the Pretties!

This last week has brought an abundance of joy, from sunshine-y icicles

to snow-covered bushes for a white Christmas

to rooms full of family

and friends.

Arts and crafts at the dining room table

finishing up the Christmas cookies

and granddaughters in Minnie pants who have just passed out cold from the excitement!

There have been games

and toys,

handknits modeled in hallways

yarny gifts

and quiet mornings with Pop Pop and catonlap!

And even though the Christmas candy half-off sale is over

and the decorations have been packed away until next December,

today our sweet Dollface gets married! Who will the new addition to the family be? Stay tuned for wedding photos and a big announcement next week!

Until then, I have a dress to get myself into, and a party to attend! I hope that your year is also ending on a high note, and that 2018 brings you health and happiness!

Thanks for stopping by, Knit in Good Health, and HAPPY NEW YEAR (a little early)!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017!

Merry Christmas, from under the tree!

May your day be merry and bright, and may you Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Blue Christmas?

This December has been a little blue for me. There have been some weepy days, some memories that have hit hard and made me miss dear friends who are gone too soon. There has also been much joy...after all, Christmas is almost here! But there have been tears and sadz, too, for things that will never be the same. I am trying to remember that these are just feelings, and that feelings are not wrong, they are just feelings. This is the advice I would give if you came to me with December sadness that you were trying to banish...I would tell you it is ok. I would say, "Let yourself feel it before you try to move past it," and I am thankful that I have in-person and online friends who have said the same to me this month. I need the reminder as much as anyone.

December sadz are harder than those that come along during the rest of the year. It seems that there is no place for sad and lonely in the "hustle and bustle" or in the "merry and bright." Don't worry at happy...right?!? Not always. Let yourself feel it, for a time, even in December.

If you miss him, let yourself miss him. Remember the Silent Nights and the candlelight with joy, though you mourn the fact that Christmas Eve will never be the same. Treasure the memory, but free yourself to create new traditions. 

If that song, you know the one that she loved, makes you wish she were still a part of your life, let yourself miss her. Remember the sparkle in her eye when she heard the introduction, and the  way her eyes danced through the music. Treasure that song as a part of who you are because of who she was to you.

If a memory is filled with regret, because of something you did or said, let yourself feel the regret for a moment. Then use that feeling to move forward and do better. By all means, if you are sorry, forgive yourself! You will likely be the last one to forgive you, but you must...then work at avoiding that regret in future relationships.

If  you are feeling "less than" this Christmas season, this is the one time I would tell you to stop it. We all feel less than perfect, less than capable, less than talented, less than loveable, less than worthy...all of us feel that from time to time. It is often more acute when we think we should be planning Pinterest-worthy holiday celebrations and new traditions.  

But whatever you are feeling less than about, from a failed attempt at Pinterest-perfect to regret over relationship woes, remember this:  You are God's Masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus, so you can do the good things he planned for you long ago. (Eph 2:10) You are never less than anything, but you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14) and loved beyond measure! (John 3:16) You are forgiven, you are loved, and you are more than enough.

If you are having a blue Christmas season, I feel ya. Me too. It is ok. Let yourself feel it, for a time, then get back to living your life abundantly. (John 10:10) That is what God intended when he sent Jesus, that we would not only live, but live large!

As we all get ready for December 25, I am praying that we will be finding new things to celebrate every day, despite the sadz. I am thankful for new reasons to smile every day, especially when I do not get things right on the first a dog (or cat???) sweater that must be knit twice, and even then is not really appreciated!

Find your merry and bright, and try to live there most of the time.

Above all else, do what you love when you can, and do it in Good Heatlh!

Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas!