Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #15 {link-up}

It is week fifteen of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast.



Summer is coming to an end, school is back in session, and there are pumpkin recipes floating around Pinterest and Facebook again. Most people I run into these days are very excited about cooler weather and fun fall activities. Even though I dearly miss my weekly trips to the beach, I must admit that I have caught the bug a little and am looking forward to cardigans, scarves, and a new wool coat. After finishing up my scarf last week, I pulled four scarves out of my stash. I hope to finish two of them this week. It is easier than it sounds because two of the scarves I will connect to make one long circle scarf, although there is a little bit of knitting I plan to do to connect them. And the second scarf I plan to finish only has 110 yards of worsted weight super soft alpaca yarn left to add to it. It is such a pleasure to knit with that I am not sure why I stashed it away for so long. For the final scarf, I still have about 300 yards of lace weight yarn to knit, so it will take me a bit longer to finish. 

Next Monday, I will post the last weekly link-up for the Summer Stitching Stash Blast. 

What are you working on currently? Have you finished any projects recently? Tell me about them in the comments or link-up a blog post below! 


See the rules for the link-up in the original post here



Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #14

It is week fourteen of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast. 





I started and finished a scarf last week. It is just a chunky scarf knit in garter stitch. It is sort of ugly, but I kind of love it. I had some scraps of yarn left over from the blanket. There was too much to throw out, but not enough for an entire project, so to my stash I went. I looked through my stash and found three full skeins of Knit Picks Bravo worsted yarn in shades of gray, blue, and purple. They were not a perfect match to the colors in the blanket, but, in my opinion, close enough. Held together they would be chunky enough to make a scarf with the leftover yarn from the blanket. The scarf knit up fast due to the chunky yarn and size 13 needles. I am planning to purchase a new wool coat this fall in gray, and I think this scarf will be perfect for the cold days of winter. 


What are you working on currently? Have you finished any projects recently? Tell me about them in the comments or link-up a blog post below! 


The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.) See the first post for a the full description of needlework. 

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project.  



Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #13

It is week thirteen of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast.





Finally, the blanket is complete. However, it is not perfect. I totally skipped a row near the end, but didn't realize it until I was binding off. I could not bring myself to rip it out, especially since it is no longer being given as a gift. Plus, I think only a knitter would notice the mistake. I also started stitching the pumpkin cross stitch I started last fall. I hope to finish it within the next couple of weeks. I have not decided what I will do with it once it if finished. 

What are you working on currently? Have you finished any projects recently? Tell me about them in the comments or link-up a blog post below! 




The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.) See the first post for a the full description of needlework. 

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project.  





Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Vacation I Did Not Want to Take, But I am Glad I Did

I had no desire to go away to Maine for a vacation. I made that fact known many times over several weeks. A week in a house with 26 other people did not sound like a vacation, no matter that it was a lovely, large lake house, and they were people that I love. It sounded like living life in a different space without the comfort of my snug, safe home. And life had been feeling tough lately, and all I wanted was rest, to lay in bed and not be bothered. Every time I mentioned to my family members that maybe it would be best if I stayed home, maybe they should go without me, I was given the look. You know the look, the one that says you are ridiculous and stop talking that nonsense immediately. 

So on vacation I went with my family, and it started gray and wet with a huge cup of spilled ice water on the floor of the car and hours upon hours of rain. My family and I arrived safe, just in time for me to help cook dinner and converse with family members I had not seen for weeks, months. I went to bed, tired from the long drive, but full of food and conversation. 


















The next morning the sunlight spilled into the room at 5 o'clock, and I climbed out of bed feeling better than I had in weeks. I was excited for the day ahead. That day I hiked a ski slope, and it was hard but worth it. And every day after that first day started bright and early and was full of physical activity. By the end of the week, I was tired and ready for home, but in the best possible way. My body was tired, but my mind was excited, happy and ready for more adventure. 

On the drive home, I thought about my negative feelings before the vacation, and I realized that the trip that I did not want to take was what I needed exactly. And I pondered how many times through the years that I had rejected an outing or gathering because it felt intimidating. How many uplifting and edifying experiences have I missed because I stayed home? 

Looking at the situation from the outside, of course, it makes sense that I would go on vacation with my family, but honestly, I had no desire to go. I am thankful that my family did not allow me to stay home. I am thankful that they knew better than I what I needed to do. I am thankful for their love. Always they make me better and remind me that I am loved beyond comprehension. Through their care, I am reminded of my Father's love and how His plans for me are always exactly what I need. 



For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.   
Jeremiah 29:11
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