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Heading home

I had a great visit but I miss Chesty and am happy we’re heading home tomorrow. I loved the cold and my scarf kept me very cosy! I’d definitely recommend the pattern and the yarn.

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I’m not a social person but…

It just so happened that that there was a holiday party this week here in MN and we attended. It was very, VERY nice and I enjoyed myself. We were gifted with a holiday ornament too – Waterford crystal which the Irish in me loves.

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We have a number of ornaments over the years that represent the companies Keith has worked for … But none for me – interesting how that has happened.

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I am a bag HO

Seriously, I am always in search of the perfect bag and Keith just rolls his eyes when I buy a new one. I’m talking, tote bags, travel bags, purses, knitting bags (I’m a bin HO too but that’s another post for another time). Lately I’ve been looking for a better knitting bag to carry with me on trips and I’m pretty sure I found it thanks to this blog post.

No, it’s not cheap but as much as I love a bargain, finding the perfect bag to end my search is worth it. Unfortunately it’s on backorder until March but I’ve ordered it anyway.

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Chesty

I always worry about Chesty when I travel – he hates to see my suitcase come out although he doesn’t mind Keith coming and going. He was very clingy before we left but Keith’s nephew is watching him at the apartment so I didn’t expect any issues. William let me know he’d thrown up some yesterday but seemed fine afterwards and that’s not unusual these days so I wasn’t too worried but he called again today saying that Chesty wouldn’t stand up — he was trying to get him to go for a walk before he left for work and Chesty kept ‘falling down and rolling on his back’. We know he has some problems with his back legs and after questioning William further I asked him to carry Chesty outside and see if he’d go to the bathroom and then call me back.

It turns out he was just fine … Sometimes when Chesty doesn’t feel the need to go out he’ll just lay there and want you to rub his belly instead. This is William’s first time watching him (usually his twin brother Andrew does) and I think he was a little nervous – probably because I had him come over and gave him a 20 minute orientation to caring for Chesty and a written page of instructions including medication administration!!!

Chesty last week curled up while I was quilting.

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After reassuring myself all was OK at home I walked around downtown enjoying the snow flurries, had lunch, and then visited the library….one of the things I miss most.

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On my needles

It’s been a while since I knit from a chart – finding this Lace Ribbon Scarf a fun one – pretty easy to knit by glancing at the chart at the beginning of the row. A little concentration is needed but not too much which makes it a good travel project.

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Feeling festive in MN

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Cast on

We’re traveling today and I wanted to carry a small knitting project to work on rather than the crochet blanket already in progress so I spent some time looking through patterns on Ravelry. I decide it was past time to use some of the Wollmeise yarn I’d been stashing. It’s hard to get and not cheap so I’ve felt like it has to be the perfect project … Only I’ve bought 25 skeins of the stuff and it’s time to use some of it, perfect project or not!!

The Lace Ribbon scarf has been in my queue for a while so I cast on at midnight. Luckily our flight isn’t early so I can stay up a bit to get a good start on it and still get some sleep before we leave.

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I’ve finished binding my big stitch quilt but want to wash out the marks I made before photographing it so it will have to wait until I get back from Minneapolis.

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Off my needles

I finished knitting this at Mom’s but just got the ends woven in today. Looking forward to wearing this next week in Minneapolis.

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Pattern – Yowza Weigh it Shawl

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein, worsted.

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Heading home

Yesterday was a quiet day with Mom. We ran some errands, kitted up some projects for her, and visited the cemetery to put flowers on Dad’s grave. Even though we celebrated her birthday with family on the weekend her actual birthday was yesterday and my brother and I took her out to dinner.

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At the airport now heading home, I’m working on a shell stitch afghan I started last night in this pretty purple yarn.

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Keith won’t be home until Friday but I can’t wait to see Chesty!

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Virginia

I’m enjoying my visit with my family … With 5 brothers and sisters (and their families) you can imagine how we fill up Mom’s house when we’re all together. Normally I’m snapping photos at family gatherings but the last couple years I’m busy cooking and serving rather than being out and about taking photos. Not sure I like the change in roles. We celebrated Mom’s birthday today and I didn’t snap a single photo. My SIL did get one (with her phone) of the birthday girl but I do wish I had taken some photos of Mom tonight.

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Earlier this morning I’d gone for a 5 mile walk on the Nolan Trail. Much more scenic than my walks at home.

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PS – I finished knitting my scarf but no photo yet. What a easy, quick, fun pattern. I’ve knit it twice now and I have some blue yarn that would make a wonderful scarf for my sister so don’t be surprised if I knit it again!

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