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Thursday, March 13, 2014

I Love Getting Mail!

And I've gotten a couple of neat things lately: the final print issue of Wool Gathering (never fear, it will be available in electronic format!), and then this cute card and note with poems from Bonnie Sennott of Blue Penninsula fame...

Thank you, Bonnie, for making my day brighter!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the Etsy Shop Now!

Lots of new items, but especially these:

Stop by and see us! And remember, if you don't see something you like, we can do a custom order! Visit Nana Sadie Rose for all your handbag, knitting bag, needle cases, and accessories needs!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Spring is On the Wing (or Way...)

And the Tonk is delirious!

And there's more to share!

I made a couple of the newest bags for Nana Sadie Rose. Remember the Little Bit Wristlet I made for myself when I was going into the hospital. These little zippered bags are great when you just want to take a few necessities with you when you head out the door.

I'm looking forward to carrying that one on the left to the St. Patrick's Day parade here in town this month! And aren't those pink/gray/yellow owls cute?

I'm also knitting a bit:

This is my In the Land of Oz Shawl - I made one for someone else a couple of years ago, and loved the pattern...so that's being knit in a wonderful cabernet shaded yarn I picked up a few years ago from Fiber Optics.

And I saw a friends version of French Cancan and just fell head over heels. So you know I had to make one, and I couldn't think of a nicer yarn to knit it in than Knitpicks City Tweed (okay, there are nicer yarns, but I love City Tweed, and I've been wanting to try this Morning Glory shade).

Plus it fit the budget for now...I think it's going to be gorgeous.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What Do You Know, I have Time to Post!

When a massive snowstorm hits, it grinds the world to a stop. And I get a snow day! But frankly? This one is like to be a snow WEEKEND! And a long one at that. We have President's Day off, too, so the weekend will be 5.5 days long (We closed at noon in advance of the storm yesterday). And as of 12:30 this afternoon? This is what my car looks like:

If you're on my friends list on Facebook you've watched this snow climb up the Forester. And yes, it IS a Subaru, and yes, it has new tires, but in addition to all that? It's driver has a bionic shoulder and no death wish. I'm not moving and neither is the baby 'Ru.

Till the snow plows come, at least. Then I'll have to get help cleaning off the car, too.

I had to make the obligatory Tonk video, of course:

And there was no kitteh (or human) harmed in the making of this video, tho' he did have a few choice words for me!

So now? It's time for knitting a bit, sewing a bit, cleaning a bit, making a warm and filling soup like I tend to do during snowstorms...and the other thing I might let myself do a bit of?

Sleeping late, and NAPS.

Because this first week and a half of full-time days at work? Have whipped me. Really. :(

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

It's that time again, the Ten on Tuesday - and in honor of V-Day this week, we are charged to name 10 things we love that are RED! Since this is a knitting blog, and I love the color red, I'm going to see how many things from my knitting past I can list!

1. My Mended Heart: when I saw this pattern on Knitty, I had to make one to honor my heart attack and recovery - it includes embroidery and beading to indicate the by-pass I had as well as the stent inserted.

2. My Mustang Sally Knotty Gloves: the first (and last!) time I made gloves! I adore these and the color is perfect for me - only "Sally" is spelled wrong, doncha know?

3 & 4. My Aihblinn's (there are two and both are in red - the first is a tomato red cotton, the second a cranberry and black tweed wool blend). The bright red one is the first item I ever knit in the round! Yes, there are mistakes in the pattern... *wink*

5. My first red socks that turned out like anything (ok, I knit a couple of pairs before these, but these were the first ones made of Trekking XXL and thus began my love affair with that yarn! I have bought more of this color way, thanks to Ravelry (because it's a long-gone dyelot) so I won't ever be without them!

6. My first attempt at Fair Isle, the Corazon mittens - again the heart theme crops up, doncha know?

7. A new item in red, was my gift to my sis-in-law at the holidays:

So now? I'm done with the red things I knitted that I love. I'll come up with three other things in general that I love that are red, but what this says to me? I need to KNIT MORE RED!! And this is the month for it, doncha know? I started the Knit Red for Women's Heart Disease group on Yahoo a long time ago...we're on Ravelry, but we're pretty much defunct. Which makes me sad...

8. But I love the Knit Red, Sew Red, and Crochet Red books out there...I don't have them all, but obviously for anyone loving red, and the issue of Women's Heart Disease? These books need to be on your bookshelf!

9. I covet any red yarn, but especially Madtosh in Tart! (yes, any Madtosh)

10. Finally? Roses. Mostly I love pink and white roses, but this time of year, toss in some of the true red ones? Gorgeous...Swoon-worthy really.

There. I did it!

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Knitting "NOT-Olympics"

Ok, I realize we can't have the old Ravelry knitting Olympics for trademark reasons, but this Winter Olympics, I'm setting myself a goal: Finish the Helsinki Hat Scarf. This has been on the needles since 2008. I haven't touched it since the 2010 Winter Olympics!!

I adore the yarn, I love the cables, I enjoy the squooshy-ness as I knit it - and the warmth, too, and it's cold right now (not Sochi-cold, but cold).

The Meezer loves the Helsinki Hat Scarf, too.

I have another stealth project on the needles that I can't share with you. But knitting that during the Olympics is also important...fortunately for my hands, they're two drastically different needle sizes, so I can switch off between the two projects.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

To shake things up a bit, this week Ten on Tuesday posts are for "I am..." statements. Anything we want. Hmm...

1. I am encouraged by the pace of progress I'm having with shoulder therapy.

2. I am glad that January is over, even if all the stress and pressure hasn't gone away as it usually does. (The worst of the W-2 stuff is done.)

3. I am pleased with my "one-word" attempts this year, and will write more on that later. (My word is "Santosa" or the yoga principle of contentment)

4. I am becoming bored with Facebook.

5. I am spending more time back on Ravelry as a result!

6. I am beyond fed up with winter.

7. I am in complete understanding with folks who feel the need to escape the cold during this month.

8. I am sick and tired of computer troubles, car troubles, cell phone troubles. Hmm...a pattern there?

9. I am delighted that my shoulder is enough recovered that I can do some of the things most of us take for granted (like fixing my hair!)

10. I am very happy this list is done. Perhaps it was easy for some, but I had a little trouble coming up with 10!

LOL!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Just a Little Bit...

When I was getting ready to go into the hospital for the shoulder replacement surgery, I knew I'd be spending at least one night in there, and it would be immediately after surgery and I might well not be at my best. I wanted to have a few things with me, particularly my cell phone, and my MP3 Player with the special MP3's My Sweetheart had purchased to assist me in wellness, surgery preparation and recovery. I'd been helped leading up to the event in question and knew I'd need it that first night.

But what to carry those precious electronics in, along with just the little bit of cash, and the driver's license and insurance card? Nana Sadie Rose put on her thinking cap and (somewhat painfully, as I wasn't sewing well at all back then) created the "Little Bit Wristlet:"


I knew I had to have cushioning - so the little wristlet bag has a nice layer of batting inside, with some structure in there, too, in the form of interlining. But then I wanted to keep things in their place, dontcha know - after all, it IS a Nana Sadie Rose bag!

So you would figure there would be pockets, right? Inside that photo above, you can see the little MP3 Player in one, and then there's a mini zippered baglet in the other - but really? It's where my iPhone resided through the entire process of surgery and recovery. And in fact, the Little Bit wasn't so "girly" that My Sweetheart minded keeping the bag with him the entire time. That was important, too. And everything needed to be secure, so there's a zipper up on top. And there's a larger section in front of those pockets, of course. Room for the zippered baglet that took the place of a wallet. Tissues, a lip gloss, a small tube of hand cream. Just the absolute necessities.

I love this Little Bit Wristlet. In fact, I keep trying to pare down my handbags so this is all I carry (I haven't been very successful yet, but I'm still working on it). It weighs almost nothing, too, which was very important with shoulder surgery!

So of course, you know, if I loved it, I figured you all might, too? Find her in the custom section of the etsy shop for now, and we'll see how she goes. If you like her, I just might get a few made up for the ready made section. And for now, I'm going to limit fabric selection to what I have in stash. So we'll chat about the sort of fabrics you might like, and I'll send along photos of what I have available. Fair enough? Oh: price? How about a pint-sized $20? Plus shipping and sales tax if you're in Virginia.

And because she's custom, give me a bit of lead time - I'm just getting back in the swing of all this, you know...so 2-3 weeks? (And I suppose it might run longer if this becomes a hot item!)

What other uses might you think of for this Little Bit Wristlet? I'd love to hear your ideas...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cautiously Optimistic

Because it took about a week to do this start to finish. But I'm able to sew, a little at a time. A long-time customer requested this back in the fall. We picked out the fabric, and waited till surgery was done...and then waited thru the holidays, to see how I was going to feel. When I'd done moderately well with no sling at two weeks post surgery, and was able to drive at 4 weeks, I figured it was time to give sewing a shot - provided I got the go-ahead with PT. Well, PT was a week or so later in starting that I expected, and when it did, I didn't really feel I needed to ask, but I did. And the answer was, do what you feel you can do.

So. When once upon a time it took me a fraction of the time to make one of these bags that this one took? I can sew. I have to stop when things start to hurt, but I can pick back up when it stops hurting.

Oh, and because of that? You see that ticker up there? Yes. I'm planning on doing The Olde Liberty Fibre Faire, a one-day show. The local fiber faire we have every spring, but missed last year. I'm cautiously optimistic. My Sweetheart and Sis-in-law have promised their help. I won't be able to tug and pull and lug and tote as I used to do, but with help, we can get a booth up. And see old friends, and hopefully bring Nana Sadie Rose back to life.

Frankly, I think it's long, long overdue...

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

It's the new year, and new Ten on Tuesday posts. I'm not going to guarantee that I'll always be able to do them, but I'll try to. This week's is 10 favorite moments from 2013, so here goes:

1. I'm going to start with Valentine's Day (tho' not the actual DAY, which was mid-week). My Sweetie and I spent the weekend together, and I finished up a pair of blue and brown socks and I shared that in the Ten on Tuesday post that week. 

Kicking back with my sweetie on a winters' afternoon, wearing our handknit (by me!) socks! Priceless...

2. In April, just prior to my first rotator cuff surgery, we headed off to Yorktown so My Sweetie could purchase his cute little Honda Del Sol. It was a fast trip, but a fun one. Especially to see his face when he's behind the wheel of that car, with the top off. ;)

3. Also in April, we got away for the weekend to Washington DC for a day spent at the National Cathedral and topped off by a birthday/Valentines Day gift - a concert with the National Symphony and Sweetie's favorite jazz musician (one of them anyway), Chris Botti. It was at this concert that I fell head over heels for this piece:

4. May brought Mother's Day and Memorial Day, a second surgery for a broken shoulder and further tearing of my rotator cuff, but it also brought two Sun Gold tomato plants from my sis-in-law and niece. Those plants became the most wondrous thing of the summer as they grew and grew and then produced and produced! We will be getting more of these plant this year and will hope for a repeat performance!

5. In June, I succumbed to a new addiction - Noro Silk Garden. It's been heavenly. My stash, however, has not been the same since. Oy. I need an intervention, just sayin'

6. In July, in addition to my birthday (which is always fun), I made it to a KnitIn group where one member brought an abundance of stash from a friend of hers - this was to be GIVEN AWAY to the members who wanted them. I enhanced the stash with sock yarn. LOTS of sock yarn.

7. In August, My Sweetheart and I spent a goodly amount of time painting his living room, and in general sprucing the place up. There's a lot more to do, but we're in love with the taupe walls and white woodwork. He's also retiled the bathroom floor, and I ADORE those tiles (but then, I nudged him towards them in the store). Home improvement has always been fun to me, We had a lot of fun together working on this project.

8. September was the month we'd been building up to all year, my Sweetheart's son's wedding. We were very sad the weather didn't cooperate with the plans for a garden event, but the wedding was still wonderful in every way. The young couple are very happy, and my Sweetie is one very proud Papa! :)
9. October was spent trying to do short day-trips on the weekends so we could kick back and relax, but not go overboard. We spent one weekend enjoying a local concert, a Highlander Festival at a local university (men in kilts, need I say more? Okay. Bagpipes!), got a to movie I'd wanted to see, cooked together. There were many moments in October, leading up to...

10. November's shoulder replacement surgery. No that wasn't a wonderful moment - it was scary. But I learned not only do I have the VERY BEST SWEETHEART IN THE WORLD, but I have wonderful, caring friends, and a dear daughter who stepped up to the plate (literally!) and cooked a great Thanksgiving dinner (tho' I couldn't eat much of it, thanks to an upset tummy from pain meds). Everyone gave of themselves to help care for me at a very difficult time. I am so very, very grateful.

There isn't an 11, but the holidays were wonderful.

Next year, should we repeat this challenge on Ten on Tuesday, I'll be able to do a better job of it, because I've begun to keep a Blessings Jar, as detailed here on my favorite author's blog. I'll have a lot to share, I know.

(((hugs)))

Thursday, January 02, 2014

One Word 2014

From Expressions Of Spirit, the second Niyama of yoga:

Santosa - Contentment

"... modesty and the feeling of being content with what we have. To be at peace within and content with one's lifestyle finding contentment even while experiencing life’s difficulties for life becomes a process of growth through all kinds of circumstances. We should accept that there is a purpose for everything - yoga calls it karma – and we cultivate contentment 'to accept what happens'. It means being happy with what we have rather than being unhappy about what we don't have."

In 2012, I chose the Yoga yama ahimsa or nonharming. I worked hard on not harming my self. (Since I tend pretty routinely to turn things against me, rather than project them outwards, and always have.) It's a word (and philosophy) that I'll be working on to the end of my life, I expect, and that's okay.

In 2013, I chose joy. It's probably pretty evident why I chose it. And joy will continue to fill my days.

But this year, I chose the yoga niyama santosa because I'm trying to come back to my voluntary simplicity beliefs, trying to corral my propensity to overspend, and trying very hard to learn where my personal "enough" is (if you're not familiar with Your Money or Your Life you might want to check it out. I can recommend it).

So there's my one word plan for 2014. And it is enough. Santosa. Namaste.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014 Plans

So here we are again, another new year has arrived! They do fly by so quickly, but I like that I can put out some plans in advance and see how I do over the year. This year? Well, My Sweetheart and I have some health-related plans, and then I have knitting plans. So let's get started!

1. We plan to join a local gym in February (after the crowds, but also after I've started PT, so that I'm not doing anything that might damage this shoulder!).

2. We're also planning to join a CSA - that's Community Supported Agriculture - by buying a 1/2 share of a local farm. I'll try hard to resurrect Nana Sadie's Place to chronicle that plan over there! I've missed posting to Nana Sadie's Place.

3. I've got to lose the weight I gained during the recoveries from these surgeries, and he wants to also lose weight, so I think we'll be following Weight Watchers, but whether we'll decide to go back to meetings? I don't know. Perhaps.

Now for the knitting plans (you will have seen some of these before): 1. I'm going to finish up several projects that have been years on the needles, specifically: The Purple Royale Clapotis

The Helsinki Hat Scarf (during the winter Olympics, if possible)

The Lilith Shrug

The Blue Jeans Brandywine Shawl

The Briar Rose Gracie Shawl

The Boheme Reading Mitts & Cowl

2. I'm going to make myself stash dive before I buy anything else. Goodness, I have such gorgeous stuff in stash. I need to use it - shopping the stash first.

That's it. See not so many, after all...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Year in Review

It's definitely not been a knitting year for me, that's certain, but I usually do this year in review for my knitting blog, and I'm not going to stop now! With three shoulder surgeries, and the subsequent recoveries, I was a wounded dove for much of the year, but at least the third surgery allowed me knitting ability! YAY! So as a result, I managed to make quite a few items for Christmas gifts. As usual, there are still a couple that haven't yet been received (family Christmas is this coming weekend), so photos of those will have to wait!

But there were four items made that I can share now: The Peacock Ruffle Scarf, made for My Sweetheart's son's bride:

The Turn A Square hat, made for My Sweetheart:

The Noro Two-Stripe Scarf, made for My Sweetheart (he loves the set!)

And finally, the gray Everyday Mitts, made for my DD:

All of these went pretty quickly - okay the scarf took months - I think the secret to holiday knitting, and maybe gift knitting in general, is to pick something relatively easy, and preferably one-skein, only!

The rest of the year, I did manage to finish off a few items - two pairs of socks for my sweetie, my sister-in-law's Landscape Shawl, and a few other items. But it was slow going in the knitting world for Knitnana. Still, with a bionic shoulder, I anticipate great things in the New Year! LOLOL!

(((hugs)))

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I'm Still Here...and I'm Knitting!

I'm especially happy to say that last bit...I'm knitting!! In the two weeks since the surgery, I've finished two Christmas presents, and (drumroll, please?) THESE:

Yes! That's the completed pair of brown tweed socks! I finished the third one the end of last week. (You do remember why I knit 3, don't you?)

My Sweetie was so pleased to have them, he put them right on and wore them!

And that made all the frustration over losing that first sock worthwhile.

Well...almost. *wink*

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