I have been reacquainted in multiple ways over the past couple of days. On Sunday we had a surprise visitors from Arizona. My cousins were in town for a wedding and came and spent a couple of hours with us in the afternoon. I hadn’t seen either of them in years. For ELH, it was when I was just finishing my first trimester with L4, and for CP I think it may have been his sister’s high school graduation, which was in 1996! Though EL was in our wedding, we were unable to make it out to her wedding because L1 was heavily in grad school at that point and we only had one income. We also missed the last family reunion because of graduate school, too. I am hoping to stay in touch better this time with ELH. She is the only “girl cousin” near my age on my dad’s side. I have a huge family on my dad’s side. I don’t even know how many cousins I have anymore–I think it might be close to 40 now. Anyway, when we were little EL and I were the only girls, and then she and her family moved to AZ. I missed her terribly, though I was lucky enough to visit the family there several times throughout my teens. They also took me on wonderful driving trips to see many of the National Parks in the US. I am very fortunate that they took me along as they already had 4 kids of their own! (BTW–I also have a wonderful “girl cousin” on my mom’s side that is close to my age. She’s the closest thing I have to a sister and I love her.)
I also became reacquainted with my sewing machine yesterday. As inkwench knows, the sewing machine and I are not always on the best of terms. When we get along, it can be very satisfying. But when we don’t…. 😛 Our little Kenmore is very tempermental. She is particularly fond of Gutterman thread and balks at other types, and she also does not like the plastic bobbins that came with her. But, oh! Last night we were fast friends. I made a project out of Last Minute Fabric Gifts, the “Twig Handle Tote” and I love the way it came out. Here are some pictures of it:
This morning I made the “Silk Sarong” from the book, but in shirting material rather than silk. I’m happy with how it looks, but it was comical as I tried to figure out how on earth to wear it! It seems that it will be light and comfortable for summer.
I’ve also made a square for my friend A’s wish quilt. She is adopting a baby girl from Kazakhstan, hopefully this summer. Her paper work is in with the Ministry of Education now, so we’re all waiting with anticipation for her to find out the region from which her daughter will come. Then when there are children that meet the specifications she had to put in her dossier, her Letter of Invitation will come. I’m going to miss her while she is gone for 8 weeks meeting her daughter and going through the legal requirements of Kazakstani law. This baby is going to have quite the homecoming, though, I’m sure. A has touched so many people’s lives, everyone is rooting for her and her daughter-to-be. In the meantime, I have plans for a project to make for the little one, once we find out how big she is. A tells me that babies there tend to be very small for their age, so I’m not making anything until I get some measurements!
I finally planted some of my seedlings in the garden yesterday. There are many more waiting to be planted, but now I need to make little signs so I can tell them all apart. I have a great map of my planned garden, but I don’t want to be lugging the computer out to the garden to tell which tomato plant is which. Yes, I have that many different kinds of tomatoes growing that I will need to label them (at least 6 types). We have plans of purchasing a chest freezer this summer so that we’ll be able to store more of our harvest this year in various forms (sauce, bread, pesto, salsa, etc).
With all of these other things going on I feel like my knitting as been a bit neglected. I did finally start my pal’s socks for the Sockapalooza 4 exchange. I’ll have a separate post on that with pictures later. I have also been plugging along on L1’s Avast that I’ve been slowly working on. I love the idea of making him sweaters, but I tell you, the man is so tall that it takes a very long time to finish anything for him. Avast will be the 3rd sweater I’ve made for him. I actually have to fix the 2nd one because it is too short, but I’ve been avoiding it. I’ve also been working on my Tuscany shawl from No Sheep for You. Of course there are other projects in the works, too. Someday I’ll figure out how to put a progress widget over in the sidebar and you can see just how overbooked I’ve gotten myself. But my
obsession love of knitting is good for me, and I hope those that receive the end products enjoy them. I know I enjoy what I make for myself! 🙂
Now that this post is really long (I’m making up for lost time!) I feel like I should finish with something meaningful. Hmmmm….. Some Gaia Consort lyrics will do nicely:
“But if you want to see the Northern Lights
You gotta lift up your head and
If you wanna have some kind of life
Decide you’re not better off dead and
If you want to read the mystic story written in your future
You better start to write it now…”