Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tequila Sunrise?

Every once in awhile, a song will start repeating in my mind as I pin a shawl out to block...

Even though it was a gloomy day, strains of the Eagles' Tequila Sunrise just kept playing softly as I smiled and pinned this beautiful color to the bed.  I had been wanting to try one of the gradient yarns; my first is Glisten Fingering by Apple Tree Knits in the colorway:  Leaves Aflame.  I LOVED the glowing coral but was a little disappointed with the kind of blah I was seeing as I neared the edge... then the idea came of adding a pop of color... I love the brown trim (Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Fig) and this has to be my favorite bind-off I have ever done (I did add two knit rows before beginning the picot just to give weight to the brown addition)!   Plus, I am pleased with the coloring now.

My beads don't really show up all that well in these photos, but there is a tiny bead tucked in every curve of this picot-style bind-off.  The pattern, Palessie by Diana Rozenshteyn, is very well written and TV-knitting kind of easy!  I cannot wait for it to come out of the blocking pins! 

This was pre-blocking and you can see the beads a bit better (without the wires and pins). 

I just downloaded the last clue to the Morticia Knit Along and look forward to finishing that one, too.  Soooo many patterns and beautiful yarns... so little time.  ;)

Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles
It's another tequila sunrise
Starin' slowly 'cross the sky, said goodbye
He was just a hired hand
Workin' on the dreams he planned to try
The days go by

Ev'ry night when the sun goes down
Just another lonely boy in town
And she's out runnin' 'round

She wasn't just another woman
And I couldn't keep from comin' on
It's been so long
Oh, and it's a hollow feelin' when
It comes down to dealin' friends
It never ends

Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It's another tequila sunrise, this old world
still looks the same,
Another frame, mm...

I hope something starts a song for you this week. 
blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sippin' on Hot Tea...

Sippin' on hot tea and remembering...

I bought the this tea on one of our excursions in Virginia.  I love the beautiful silk pyramids with the perfect little leaves.  I love the way it smells... and tastes... You know they say smell is one of the strongest associations for memory.  Amanda and I enjoyed a few quiet cups during nap time for the Little Men.  So having it at home reminds me...

It is not uncommon for the Little Men & Co. to give their Noni other "reminders"... sometimes in the form of nasty colds... Let's just say that I'm being reminded and that the tea is very soothing.  It would be a bit MORE enjoyable if my sense of smell were up to par.  ;)

As I brought out this cup, I also enjoyed memories of receiving it as a child... I was about ten years old and one of Mom and Dad's friends, Mrs. Emily Redmond, gave each of the five children a beautiful cup and saucer.  I wonder if my siblings still have theirs.  I am especially happy to still have mine to enjoy this tea... and memories.

I'm trying to squeeze in some knitting time on my Morticia KAL.  I think I'm going to love it! 

"Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind."
~ Earl Nightingale

blessings ~ tanna

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Little Men Love

I'm just home from a week with the Little Men & Co..  Oh, these two are just the bee's knees!  They delight their Noni's soul.  I miss them so very much.

And, I cherish each moment I have with my Little Men...

Even when I am exhausted from dragon making, I wouldn't trade a single millisecond.  ;)

I found this collection of quotes on one of our adventures; there are ninety of them. I think I am going to put them in a big ironstone bowl.  But for now, I'm enjoying them as a stack on my desk.  I do love a good quote.  Words hold the power to hurt or heal, inspire or defeat... May we always use them with care.

As a belated report on the fresh apple cake, it was good... just not as good as I had hoped.  I think I like a bit more spice in my fall-ish treats.  The praline icing was WONDERFUL though! 

I hope each of you have moments you will cherish this week...

blessings ~ tanna

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Perils of Impatience...


Do you see that nice little oval ball of yarn?  Well, it represents a lot of frustration and wasted time.  I got up and about early this morning in hopes of having a little knitting time. 

Today is the first day of a mystery knit-a-long by Boo Knits, one of my favorite, favorite, favorite designers.  Trouble is I didn't have yarn or beads picked out to start; and, our LYS is only open Wednesday thru Friday.  Impatiently, I dug in my stash and pulled out this Madelinetosh Light in Esoteric (isn't that a cool name for a colorway?!).  It wasn't the lace weight called for in the KAL, but I LOVE the color AND I found some leftover black beads! 

Finished all my early To Do List and was all excited to settle down and cast on... until, duh, I realized that both skeins were still in hanks.  You can't knit from hanks.  I KNEW I should have just waited until tomorrow and took it in to the LYS to have it wound OR drove the 30 minutes to where my swift and ball winder were. 

But, impatience took over.  I only had a small window of knitting time; so, I decided to wind one hank into a ball the old-fashioned-way, without the benefit of a swift or an extra pair of hands.  I knew the perils.  Imagined that I would be extra careful. blah... blah... blah...

Any of you who have wound 420 yards of fingering weight yarn know that, if it gets out of control, the tangles can be vicious.  At this point, I was starting to think about cutting it out!  I KNOW that you have to struggle GENTLY with yarn tangles or they only get WORSE!  But, man, oh, man, it can make you want to scream.  As it is, I had yet ANOTHER life-lesson in patience and not fighting so hard against the problem at hand.  I did finally get it all untangled... but, needed to step-away-from-the-yarn by then!  LOL!

Thus, the need for a little comfort.  I saw this recipe in an old Southern Living magazine when I was cleaning last week.  It is a fresh apple and cream cheese goody.  I'll have to report back on how it tastes.  It is cooling right now... along with my impatience!  ;)

Hope your week finds you making smarter, more patient choices!!  And, it's not too late to join the Morticia Mystery KAL by Boo Knits! 

"Patience is the companion of wisdom."
~ St. Augustine

blessings ~ tanna
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