Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ranunuclus 2 Troubles, The Deep End and Noro Fun

So, thanks to the wonder of Ravelry, another knitter saved my hide in being able to finish the second Ranunculus.  This one is done in Shirakaba by Noro (worsted weight - 42% Silk, 40% Cotton and 18% Wool).  It is a discontinued yarn and I ran out of the ones from my stash only a few centimeters from finishing.

I absolutely LOVED it when I tried it on UNBLOCKED.  But, after blocking, it was just too floppy, slide-y off my shoulders.  It got on my last nerve after wearing it all one day!  So, I did something I've never done with one of my good knits... I put it in the washing machine... eco-warm, handwash setting.

The, I put it in the dryer on a delicate setting.  This is just as it came out of the dryer.  Sucked back into shape and fitting like I wanted it to (the mannequin photos are post washing machine).   HOWEVER, this experience has me slightly stalled from starting number 3.  I want to do it in Madelinetosh Light... and I'm debating dropping a needle size or two.  The verdict is still out.

Speaking of first times!  This little guy jumped off the DEEP END for his first time while staying with us last weekend!  Oh, how he practiced and practiced in the shallow end wanting to be like his big brother who was jumping off the diving board on the other end.

I was afraid he might wear himself out getting ready!  But, you can see by this face, he was sooooo proud to have made the jump!  We are proud of you, too, Roo!

Nothing like the feeling of facing your fears and overcoming!

And, it doesn't hurt to be cheered on by your big brother.  Plus, the joy of knowing you can jump in the deep end... just like him.  ;)  Oh, summer fun!

In a rush dashing out the door Saturday NEEDING something to do with my hands... I grabbed a skein of Noro, a crochet hook and a stitch book.  I'm loving the look of this spike stitch and I think I see a vest in the making!

Meanwhile, fall is moving ever closer... all the Littles except Miss B start back to school this week and she starts next Monday!  How can this summer have passed so fast??

We thank you for your prayers for Johnny... they are deeply appreciated.

Here's to having the courage to jump into our own deep ends... whatever they may be.  

blessings ~ tanna

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Putting a Face to a Name...

Milha and I met working in the operating room in 1981.  Our love of surgery, particularly orthopedic surgery, forged a fast friendship that has only grown deeper through the decades.  She is among a small hand full of people I call fr-amily (friends who became family).  I came to love Johhny because I loved Milha.  Now, I love him just because he's Johnny.

You never imagine in all the years working in surgery... doing orthopedics... that someone you care for will become the one bearing the diagnosis of bone cancer... or any cancer for that matter.  Somehow, it seems you should get a pass when you spend your working-years trying to put people back together again.  There is no pass.  

Johnny's cancer has proven relentless.  Not responding to aggressive therapies, he is waiting to be placed in a trial study at M. D. Anderson.  It doesn't start until mid-September.   Once again, I ask for your prayers.  I have personally felt the "holding up" of your prayers.  My friends need your "holding up". 

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal Life."    Jude 20-21

With gratitude and blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ranunculus; Lone, Late Blossom; and First Sign

This is the little top I finished last week post blocking.  Love. Love. Love this pattern!!  It is Ranuculus by Midori Hirose.  Worked from the top down, there are 276 projects (at this time) of it on Ravelry and I've loved it in every weight yarn I've seen.

Details on Ravelry here. 

Once in a Blue Moon, there will be a pattern I will love doing more than once.  I'm already on the second one and planning a third!  At this point, I'm in a holding pattern on #2.

I'm STUCK here until I receive a rescue package from a fellow Raveler!  Thought I might be able to eek it out with the skeins of this Noro Shirakaba (discontinued) from my stash, but NOPE (you can see I even considered a contrasting band... not working for me)!!  Thank heavens for ladies who list their stash on Ravelry and are willing to part with some of it!!   My hat is off to Mary of Arizona!  Yarn is on the way.  THANK YOU!!

This week a very LATE and LONE blossom appeared on my gardenia.  Feels like a sign...  I'm just not sure what it's a sign of... yet.

And, the first makings of blossoms on my sedums have appeared... their lavender beauty shines as September rolls through... my first sign that fall is not far behind... Oh, how quickly this summer has passed.

"The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference." ~ Audre Lord

blessings ~ tanna

Monday, July 31, 2017

At the speed of light... Carpe Diem!

Seems the time is passing at the speed of light... Summer is always like that for me.  Winter, well it can seem to drag on and on...   ;)

There were zoo visits...

Sweet smiles...

Golf with my Little Men and their Daddy...

More zoo visits...

Road trips with my Beloved...

Plane trips with strangers... Ha!!  Just the pilot.  Though we were acquainted after my first "co-piloting" experience!

A girls' trip to Colorado...

Man, was that cool weather NICE!!!  We played golf, hiked, and...

River rafted!  That last green cap on the left is yours truly paddling madly.  Our guide had a boat load of grannies.  LOL!  Feisty grannies.  ;)

Enjoyed my Beloved's first round of golf since his back surgery in May!!  Celebration!

And just finished this!  A little sweater top straight off the needles... not even cut loose from the skein yet!  LOL!  Love this pattern.  More details to come.

I hope each of you are in full carpe diem mode, too!!  Life's shorter than we imagine.

I'd deeply appreciate your continued prayers for our friends, Johnny and Milha.

Until things slow down, may the Lord bless and keep you ~ tanna

Friday, June 16, 2017

Junior Golf Camp - Summer Fun

We've had a busy and fun week around here.  And, apparently our little visitors are finally worn out enough that I have no early risers this morning (just enough time for a quick post)!!  Ha!  It has been Golf Camp every morning; and man, oh, man, has it been HOT for the little guys!  Summer really hit this week!

But, then, there was pool time for cool down in the afternoon!.

They've been working on their swimming skills...

 As well as their golf skills!  This will be the last morning for Golf Camp.  I think they're ready!  Ha!

I do so love me some Little Men Love.

I hope each of you are having a busy, fun start to summer, too!!

blessings ~ tanna

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Good, The Bad, and The UGHHHH...

The Good of this story is the finished product of Lost in Time.  I love its big old softness!  Like a giant colorful hug.

I finished it a couple of weeks ago, but we have been in a frenzy of activities...

A couple of birthday celebrations, a wedding, a couple of golf tournaments and TWO Old Girls to made ready and re-lease.  Plus, several other fun and not fun things.  You know how that goes.

So, here's The Bad... or sometimes I don't think it's too bad... then, again, I do.  Since our LYS closed, I find myself ordering stuff online... like this kit from Lion Brand, Shaded Eyelets.  I'm pretty sure I would never have picked these colors on my own... Sometimes, I hate them.  Sometimes, I think they will be okay.

Either way, it has gotten me to knitting again.  The Rabbit Hole of Crochet has held me hostage.  Ha!  I even resorted to getting out my Old School rosewood straight needles (long weaned off to circular lace-tips) to tempt me and change things up.  I had forgotten the nice feel of these.  Do wish I were more excited about the project.  ;)

Then, there is The UGHHHH!  Not too bad all rolled up...

But, I just DO NOT like this one.  Too much contrast, too quickly.  I had so enjoyed the two other colorways of this Shawl in a Ball yarn.  But, this one is just UGHHH!

Hope you are all having wonderful, busy summer days!  I love how long the days are but still need longer ones (IF I had the energy!  Ha!).

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lost in Time...

The name of this pattern is Lost in Time by Johanna Lindahl.  I think it is because it is designed to have a vintage feel.  But, one could also imagine it is because you can lose yourself (timewise) while working on it.  The pattern is very clear and easy to follow.  I'm just already dreading weaving in the ends from every color change.  Arrrghhh...  Final opinion of this one is TBD.

Just had to share this cute little table decoration from a golf tournament recently.  If those little critters don't make you smile... well, you are just having a really bad day.  Ha!

I've been enjoying many WHITE blossoms.  This bloom is on a clipping I received from a friend only a few weeks ago!  She said the name of the plant is Queen of the Night; I imagine because you can only see the blossoms late at night (or, as for me, EARLY in the morning).

I enjoyed seeing these beautiful rays through the dark clouds while walking down hole #5 this weekend!  Probably shouldn't have even been out there with the forecast and I have to admit I DID end up getting wet!  But, oh, it was gorgeous!  Unfortunately, the downpour ended my round halfway through hole #8.

I can't begin to say how much I've savored the sight and scent of these gardenias!  Smells heavenly out our back door!  

Albert Einstein:
  • “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
  • “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
  • “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
  • “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

I found this little collection of quotes on a Ravelry page.  Loved them all, but have been most captured by the last one.   Isn't that the truth?!  

Have a wonderful week.  
blessings ~ tanna

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday Visitors...

We were blessed by a visit from The Little Men & Co. on Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day and Pop Pop's birthday (a bit belated).  The day was absolutely perfect for a picnic!  I called this my generational table setting... quilt from my maternal great grandmother, dishes from my mom and chargers from my daughter.  The heavenly scents of gardenias floated all around.

But, the best part of the day was seeing this one...

And, this one... There may have been a dessert overload.  LOL!

A Battleship War...

And Goosebumps for an afternoon movie... (love these beanbag chairs I found at Walmart for nap taking movie watching)  LOL!

It's been years since I've had any of my peeps for Mother's Day.  It was a wonderful gift having thse loves with us.  I am most grateful.  I also loved my phone calls, texts and cards.  I am blessed indeed.

blessings ~ tanna


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