2 carls 1 day

if you’ve been coming around here for a while you know this: i adore our carls.

my carl (also known as “the boy”) picked me up from hubbie’s booth at the pop dryer run and whisked me off to the fiber wonderland that is mass ave knits.  you can see the yarn he purchased there in his hand.  i’ll let him share more about that in his corner of this space.  sadly, no yarn for me.  BUT,  it was a delightful break from the heat and i’ve been missing him terribly.

then hubbie’s carl came by with the ardcore gang to pick up two of their bikes.  i couldn’t believe i was getting to see both carls in one day!  it was magical.  oh, and never mind those 90’s bangs.  the humidity does absolutely horrifying things to my hair.

awe!  check out hubs and his new look!  oh how i missed my clean-shaven man.  he’s been sporting that god awful goatee for far too long.

i was happily knitting the day away while sitting at hubbie’s side helping “man” the booth - though i made it quite clear i was there for eye candy purposes only and would NOT be engaging in much conversation.  an amazing thing happened though while is sat and stitched away.  women began flocking.  smiles from across the lot were coming my way and i ended up getting to spend much of my time waxing fiber.  one was a new-ish knitter and was asking my advice about a pattern she was confussed about.  another told me about the prayer shawls she’s made.  we touched on spinning and dyeing, gardening, kids… it was perfection.

i’m hoarding my knitting project pics for now because they’re all going to be unveiled in the lucy & the bird shop re-opening, but this one i’ll share:

this is two days worth of work an alizah’s sweater.  she is SO excited for it to be finished.  honestly, i am too.  i think it’s going to be DARLING.  the pattern is actually THIS just modified for a 10 yr old if you can believe it.  i finished my first chevron quilt, too.  just a little mini one.  mae thought it would be a good idea to give it to baby lil (our friend trevor’s babe who i can never seem to get a good picture of!)so, that’s just what we did.  she LOVED it.

happy weekend all! xo


slow goes it.

there are times when i’m all hare - jumping around like hyper prey.  not now.  not this week at least.  now i’m all tortoise.  my to-do list is ever growing and my ideas are still whirling but rather than go nuts trying to keep all the balls in the air, i’ve decided to breathe and think and watch instead.

the girls were both sick yesterday - fevers and upset tummies and i’m not convinced either is 100% better now, but they are up and about and more themselves at least.  because of this, hubs has gone up north to his godmother’s viewing alone. alizah asked me today, “why did they both have to go?”  i asked what she meant… “sharon and rita.” oh.  the simple answer is that they both had cancer.  i thought about it today while hoeing between plants (in a vain effort to knock down some weeds).  today is one of those - if every day could be like this - days.  the sun is out and warm but there’s a cool breeze and low humidity.  i’d be at work right now, watching it waste away through tinted windows had i not taken the plunge to live.  yep.  choosing life is better.  there will be trying times and we’ll be scraping by and i’ll think WHAT HAVE I DONE???  and hopefully i’ll remember the tortoise and go steadily through the muck.  rita left us with some regrets and i think that’s the saddest way.  what will i regret?  what will i be proud of?  i’m determined to make sure a life wasted will not be on the list.

of course, i’ve been steadily picking and stitching all the while, too.

monster mani (or bigguns as i like to call him) is happily perched in my hanging plant.  for more information or to knit one of your own!!!! you can check him out here

on the needles:

it doesn’t look like much now, but someday it will be THIS!

and the dude socks.  i’m not entirely convinced though.  they seem… small.  even when stretched out.  this is making me very, very nervous.  you can peep the pattern here.

and for some reason, the powers that be have planted the quilting seed in my friends and me.  i’m no quilter - i used to sew a lot, but no quilting.  as with everything i do, i’m sort of winging it.  i’m loving the purl bee right now for the mini quilt of the month thing they have going on.  check it out

so, now that i’ve gotten into the rhythm of cutting and sewing again i think i might actually be ready for… real quilting - as in… some sort of attractive pattern.  HA!  the “practice” quilts have found their way into our hearts no matter how bazaar the patterns.  this one in particular i had to drag out from under the children just to take the pictures!

in closing, i’ll share a story from this morning.

hubs and i were laying together staring out the window next to the bed.  he rolled over and asked, “how did you get that?” and touched just below my chin.  i’m really into simple answers right now and the simple answer was, “i was playing hopscotch in my tap shoes.”  of course, this incited howling laughter.  “why would anyone think that was a good idea?”  i don’t know.  playing alone at recess was my thing and i really, really liked wearing my tap shoes.  of course i slipped and of course i fell flat on my face and of course i had to get stitches.  what i didn’t anticipate was the “beard” the stitches created.

i hope everyone is have a slow, thoughtful, and laughter filled thursday xo


my first real saturday

i’ve worked every saturday for the past…. almost six years.  i know, it’s very hard to believe.  today was my first saturday without work and i’d say i made the most of it.  the boy and cora come by the house in the morning and i drove us all out to danville for their farmer’s market.  pitiful.  i thought such a rural little town would have a slammin’ market but BOY was i wrong!  i did buy two tiny blueberry pies from the amish & a gorgeous basil plant.

we had lunch at the mayberry cafe (no joke) and headed back to my place.  we went our separate ways, but ran into each other again downtown.  of course.  we were headed for the art and music festival and they were leaving the art fair across the street.  as soon as we walked up to the first tent we ran into mare and her fam!  i got some super cute pics of her littlest one, holdie xo

we were all there for one thing, and one thing only!  LORD OF THE YUM YUM!

the kids absolutely adore him!  i first came upon paul at an art show in noblesville back in…? 2003?  i instantly loved him and made him sign my arm.  since then he’s been gaining popularity around here - especially wowing the little ones at his show in our downtown library a year or two ago.  he’s the best.

while waiting for the lord to take the stage, mare got this rad pic of me and the girls… it’s so US.

i have no clue what the heck alizah is up to back there… but, see that dish of icecream?  there was a tent selling scoops that came with lovely ceramic dishes!  mae chose red, of course.

mae’s eyes were looking pretty green today, too!  i lovelovelove it when that happens.  

unbelievably, after the yum yum and the ice cream and the farmer’s market… we made a quick dash through the handicraft exchange and art fair.  as if that wasn’t enough, we stopped by the house to pick up the dogs (and yes, i said DOGS) and headed to the park for a long walk.  we’re sitting for my in-laws and the kids love it.  mae says mick is HER dog, but she lets grandma live with him.  they’re the cutest together.  he and mae were both laying on the back of the couch this morning.  sillies.

i’ve been working on some crafty goodness, too.  i mean, of course.  but it’s a quarter ‘til 8 and time for resting.  i’ll share more about the crafty bits another time.