Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Midweek Meditation

“If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life— that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment— that would be the perfect state.”   
                               ~  Cate Blanchett, born May 14, 1969

This was one of several stars that I photographed on February 9, 2014.  In March, Cate Blanchett won her second Academy Award for her role in Blue Jasmine.  (I would recommend watching this film.  I truly enjoyed her performance.)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

This was my mother's high school graduation photo.  I do miss my mother.

(I really and truly would like to say more, but I do not have much time. I need to start getting ready for a quick trip to Philadelphia.  I will see both of my children there later today.)

I do miss my mother.  I was trying to think of a quote to share, something I remember her saying to me.  She taught me so very much.  Which is why I am just a little disappointed in myself.  At the moment, the only quote I can come up with is, "Everyone who has curly hair wishes that they had straight hair, and everyone who has straight hair wishes that they had curls."

You have to think on it, but there is much wisdom in that.  

(Like me, my mother had straight hair, but over her lifetime she had many a permanent wave.)

I think that my mother must be a part of me, and therefore is always with me (but I still miss her).  I wish you, and all of your own mothers, living on earth, or only in your heart, a very memory-filled and happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bigger Stuff (the 2nd) -- In Which I Install Many Snaps

For as long as I have been blogging, it seems that every April-into-early-May finds me writing about FO's...

It is my own kind of spring cleaning.  While the house (and my yard) could both use a whole  lot more of my time -- each spring has me finishing up (or sometimes packing away for hibernation) my wintery knitting so that I can begin (or get back to) some springtime knit-work.

 Project Name:  Bernadette
Pattern:  Lauriel from Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague
Yarn:  Trendsetter Yarns Merino VI

I feel that I have already said a whole lot about this project over the 368 days that it took to make.  See my project page for "Bernadette" over on Ravelry to read about all of that.  And then, if you like, a bit more, from the blog approximately one year ago.

The pattern called for snaps and buttons, though it did not specify spacing or sizes.  I chose to place a button and snap set between each rib, which is much closer than what it pictured in the book.  I did not want any pulling or gaps with the rather close fit of the cardigan.  My button choice is a smallish 5/8" diameter button with size 2 snaps.  There  are no gaps.  The effect reminds me of "snap tape", and I like that.

It took (what seemed like) a great many hours to sew on all (15) buttons and snap sets.  I finished this just before Easter.  I wanted to wear it for the holiday, but it was actually too warm of a day here.  I have worn it twice since then, yet I do not have a photo of me wearing it.

Happy knitting (and finishing) to you!  (Happy spring cleaning, as well!)