Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yarn along - granny squares, old magazines, and a new project

I'm joining Ginny with this weeks Yarn Along.  This is my first time linking with out my tech support (Dear Husband).   I hope all goes well : )

The school library I work at is doing some summer renovations.  New carpeting will be installed and some of the reference shelves will be shifted.  Time is limited and there are many other things to do before the students return in late summer.   I was cleaning an out of the way shelf and found a fun little treasure.  There was a dusty stack of old Women's Day, Family Circle, McCall's, and Bon Appetit magazines tucked in a back corner.  Since they were headed to the recycle bin I asked if I could have them.  I love looking at magazines, even old ones.  The dates range for 1976 to 1983.   They are almost like a time capsule.  I can't wait to delve into them.  One article is "Today's New Breed of Husbands." I'm sure I'll find loads of helpful information in that one!

There are crochet patterns!

Look at how young Tom Selleck is!   

I'm trying to work daily on the granny square blanket.  One of my problems is my mind darts off to other projects that I want to make.  The purple/plum colored ball of yarn in the first photo has hopes to be made into a Spring Kisses Infinity Scarf.  The pattern can be found on Ravelry.  I would like a take-a-long project. I haven't let myself start this project. I want to be finished with granny squares. I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing about me either working on it or not working on it.   If I ever finish this blanket it will be a while before I start another long term project.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Maybe one day I'll post about my granny square blanket completion!


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Looking for the good things

It was been one of those weeks filled with life's tiny disappointments.  On their own they are no big deal.  When they come one after another you want to scream ENOUGH!   Nothing large or major small things that add up and gnaw away at my usual mostly positive attitude.  Most of the week has been a bit off kilter.  So today I decided it's time to find the Good Things that surround me.

Family! My beautiful daughter all dressed up for Junior Prom.  This was the last photo I was allowed to take.  She is smiling but on the inside she is screaming ENOUGH!  Maybe I should have titled this post ENOUGH!

Receiving Making magazine in the mail this week was definitely a Good Thing.  This is my new favorite magazine, so lovely.  It is packed full of amazing projects.  The knitting patterns are stunning.  I MUST learn to knit.  It is more than knitting projects.  It has sewing, recipes, journaling, and a variety of crafts.  I am making the tiny crochet flowers necklace, although I may use mine as a garland.  There is so much crafty inspiration between these pages.

A silly dog that wants to know what I'm doing is another Good Thing.  There is nothing like a pet to make you smile and sometimes yell not so nice words.  Luckily for me Bru was being a good dog this week.  The summer tote bag full of yarn is not so bad either.  All yarn was pulled out of my own stash.  I'm counting yarn hoarding as a Good Thing.

A mostly clean dining room table is Good Thing in our home.  I am guilty of using this table as my own personal holding/dumping area.  A few months back I challenged myself to keeping it clear. Besides Avi, it has my daughter's artwork and the granny square blanket.  I've been making granny squares and another row has been added.  Progress on the granny square blanket is a Good Thing.

The screened porch is clean and ready for me to sit and stitch or sit and read.  The weather has been wonderfully mild.  These are such Good Things.  Summer heat is due to return next week.  I will make good use of the porch before it becomes too hot.

I could go on and on of all the Good Things in my life.  It's nice to share a few and in the process remind myself how many Good Things do surround me.  It helps take the sting out of those tiny disappointments.

I think I'll go make a granny square.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Lisa