It’s personal

I wasn’t sure that I was going to share on the blog that we had a family crisis this week. I don’t tend to share our challenges as they are very personal but you may have noticed that Keith is no longer in the vacation photos because he had to leave to deal with a family issue. I’m enjoying the time with my sons and their families but we miss Keith terribly…. Especially me or so I thought until I read an email from my son to Keith thanking him for inviting him to spend our 25th anniversary with us. You may not realize it but Chris and Adam are my children from my first marriage … Keith is my 2nd husband but has always been a wonderful father to my boys. In addition to telling Keith how much he missed him and how much he appreciated this vacation, Chris wrote him …

I love you so much and am so LUCKY to have you as my dad

We’d planned this vacation for months and it’s been very hard to not have Keith with us but I love that my son is appreciative and acknowledges how much Keith has meant to him through the years.

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Quiet time

Chris and Adam are out playing disc golf and I’m not sure where the girls and little ones are but I’m enjoying my book by the pool.

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Like mother like son

Both Chris and I had our cameras at the beach last night. Funny how we both made collages to share.

Mine

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His

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Celebrating 25 years together as a family.

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My guys

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Relaxed

Enjoying a couple days with Keith before the family arrives. A romantic dinner last night, a massage this morning and now sitting in the hammock. It’s rainy but I’m outside in a nice spot for reading so I’m OK with that.

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Frogging

I hate ripping out my knitting but I felt the scarf was too narrow and the fabric too dense when knitting according to the pattern.

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I restarted it on needles two sizes bigger and added one more repeat of the rib pattern and I’ll hope the scarf doesn’t turn out too short. Since I only have the yarn that was included in the kit I’ll be done when I run out of yarn.

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Do you tack?

I always throw a couple stitches in the front of my corners when I’m hand sewing my bindings and I was surprised at how many people who don’t. I know this is often considered a show quilt kind of thing but those two little stitches keep the binding looking great year after year, washing after washing.

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I did finish the binding on the little Strippie tonight so technically that’s March’s UFO finished. I’ll do April’s when I get home. It’s snowing tonight but tomorrow we’re heading SOUTH!

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Excuses

I seem to use this excuse a lot for starting new knitting projects but I’m getting ready to travel again and I’m not sure I want to carry the yellow blanket to work on because it’s getting big. Well it’s not terribly big but a smaller project like a scarf might be easier to work on while I’m on the plane.

I find I spend as much time looking at potential projects as I actually spend knitting and after a week of looking at scarf projects, I grabbed this ribbed one that I’d bought as a kit 2 or 3 years ago and cast it on tonight after working at the library.

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I added a couple other scarves to the queue during my search but this one met my need for a mindless knit and the yarn was already wound into balls.

The yellow blanket is more than 2/3′s done so don’t worry, it won’t end up as a UFO and I’ll be back to work on it when I get home.

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Hearts, Loops, and Swirls

Sometimes I amaze myself at how much I procrastinate. I have not been in the mood to quilt so I’ve been working on everything else on my to do list but with an upcoming trip and the other items already completed I NEEDED to quilt today and Wednesday.

My best strategy for doing something I don’t want to do is to make it as easy as possible so I chose the easiest (and smallest) UFO I had. This little Strippie also had a pieced batting already assembled so I didn’t even have to drag the roll of batting out to measure and cut. I might even get it trimmed and sew the binding later on so I can start stitching it down tonight. For now I’m going to read.

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