Wednesdays Are For Knitting: Through the Loops Mystery Shawl 2014

Like so many of my knitting friends, I spent the month of June working on the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl. I bought the yarn from Black Trillium Fibre Studio and I managed to keep up with the weekly clues, finishing the entire thing on the 6th of July.

shawl 1 for carole knits

It’s beautiful and I love it. The colors are stunning and progress from light to dark in an awesome way.

marys shawl 2 for carole knits

I do wish there was more of the darkest color than just a couple of rows and the bind off, since that’s my favorite, though.

marys shawl 3 for carole knits

But still – beautiful. And really fun to knit. The pattern was challenging but not too difficult. Entertaining without being frustrating. And all the more enjoyable because I was knitting along (virtually, of course) with a whole whack of other friends.

marys shawl 4 for carole knits

Now here comes the part you’ll probably find surprising: I gave it away. Yes, indeed. As much as I love it, I realized about halfway through the process that it just wasn’t meant to be mine, it was meant to belong to my sister-in-law, Mary.

marys shawl 5 for carole knits

And so, I gave it to her as a gift for her 60th birthday. She was thrilled and I am happy that it has gone to a good and loving home.

Of course, this means I will have to knit another one.

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Ten On Tuesday

Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is one that will be slightly different for everyone – the assignment was to write 10 things about a piece of furniture that you own. I chose to write about my kitchen table and so, here are 10 Things About My Kitchen Table.

kitchen table for carole knits

  1. It first belonged to Dale’s grandparents. I am extremely honored that we are the 3rd generation to have this kitchen table.
  2. It has burn marks on it from Dale’s grandmother’s coffee pot. I find this terribly charming.
  3. There is supposed to be a drawer but it fell apart years ago and Dale has never gotten around to building a new one. I do wish he would, though.
  4. It is the place where we ate dinner with the kids every night when they all lived here with us. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I have set a dish of baked macaroni and cheese on that table. Or a platter of chicken. Or a simple grilled cheese sandwich.
  5. When Hannah was little she spilled her milk on this table. Every single night.
  6. One night I sat at this table with my good friend Sharon and we drank wine and dyed yarn. We spilled some of the dye on the table and the stains are still there. I love those stains and the memory that goes along with them.
  7. It is where I roll out pie crust. I always think of my mother when I do this and then I think of Dale’s grandmother and wonder how many pie crusts she rolled out on this table, too.
  8. It is where we put the mail when it’s waiting to be sorted. It’s where Dale leaves the newspaper until he has read it.
  9. It has a basket of fruit in the center. Usually there are bananas, often there are limes, and occasionally there are other things like avocados, apples and whatever other fruit is seasonal and on sale.
  10. It is scarred and gouged and imperfect and I wouldn’t trade it for a shiny new table for anything.

I hope you all enjoyed this topic – I really loved thinking about my kitchen table and what it means to me and my family. As Ali Edwards said in the post that inspired this topic, the things we own are pieces of our stories.

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chiminea for carole knits

This weekend was full

Full of friends and wine and food

Full of sightseeing in Provincetown

Full of knitting, reading and relaxing on the deck

Full of moving furniture and setting up a new guest room

Full of laughter and stories and prayers

So full that I might need the week to recover . . . so that I can do it all over again.

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Eye Candy Friday

pink zinnia with lights for carole knits

When it comes to photographing pretty things with twinkle lights in the background I generally think of Christmas. However, last Thursday night when we were enjoying our deck and the lights we have out there, I got inspired and took this photo of a pretty pink zinnia with glowing lights behind it. I guess we can call it Christmas in July! Not that I’m ready to think of Christmas.

Enjoy your summer weekend!

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Three Random Things on Thursday

There’s lots of stuff going on around here – work and summer plans and more. Sometimes it’s not easy to come up with a topic for blogging but random is always good. And 3 random things will be quick and easy, both for me to write and you to read. See how I always think of what’s best for you? And so – - -

Last Monday I gave away the piano that my parents bought for me when I was 10. This was not a decision I took lightly and it’s something I’ve actually been trying to do for well over a year. Facebook friends and connections didn’t pan out so I finally put it on Craig’s List and I had a request within an hour from a woman with 2 small boys who are starting piano lessons in the fall. Since the piano was free she and her husband hired movers to come and take it away. She was so happy about it and even sent me a photo of her boys sitting on the piano bench once it was safely ensconced in their family room. This is a very good thing but still – I’ve had that piano for almost 40 years and it’s a loss. I never play and it was taking up space that we have a very good plan for but still – I feel some guilt over this. I’m holding close to the memory of playing it last Christmas Eve with our friends and family all boisterously singing Christmas carols and that’s helping me to cope.

house renovation for carole knits

After a year of talking about it (and about 17 years of me wishing for it!) we are finally having new siding put on our house. It was previously blue and faded and didn’t even match in the back from when we enclosed the mudroom and this update was long overdue. Now it’s going to be white with white trim and green doors except for the front door which will be walnut. We are getting some new windows and a new front door and new screen doors for the kitchen door and mudroom and a custom order window for the room that formerly held the piano and it’s all very exciting. And noisy. And dusty.

I am making progress with Book Bingo – are you? I’ve got 4 in one row but the final square in that row is a book recommended by a family member. That should be simple enough as I have a family of readers but I have this uneasy feeling that Dale would recommend some giant and boring Civil War tome and Hannah would recommend some high brow English literature thing. So I’m working on other rows and avoiding asking them for a recommendation.

So those are my random things and I guess I had more to say than I realized - this post definitely wasn’t as short as I thought but I’m hoping you’ve read all the way through anyway. Right? Right.


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