Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Monday, February 10, 2014


Yeah, yeah, I know why you're here. You want to see what I look like this morning another night of staying up way past my bedtime to watch the Olympics. Fair enough. I did invite you to check in daily. I'm actually doing pretty well, considering. But judge for yourself.

So far this staying up late night after night has been a walk in the park. No negative effects I can detect--at least, nothing a couple of pots of coffee and a milk bone won't fix.

(Anyone know how far it is to the nearest hydrant?)

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Okay, now for a quick progress report on my latest knitting project. I cast on the first piece of a pleated skirt for my older granddaughter on Thursday morning, and last night I finished it. It's not blocked yet so it looks a little wonky, but here it is:

I'm really liking this yarn. It's an acrylic double-knitting weight yarn "Stylecraft Special" which I bought from an Etsy shop called TexasYarnFarm. It's so smooth and enjoyable to work with. The color is "graphite". 

I'm also drawn to this lovely brown yarn:

Stylecraft Special DK - 100 grams - Walnut - 1054

At $3 a skein it's a great deal. I'm noticing how many of the vintage patterns I love call for "double knitting" yarn and for some reason, it's challenging to find that type locally. I can see that TexasYarnFarm will be getting more orders from me in the future.

The shop also has a wide selection of Rowan cotton yarns and beautiful "Cashmerino" baby yarn:

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino - Assorted Colors - 30 skeins

If I continue at this rate I'll have the whole skirt done in a few days, and I can figure out what kind of cute sweater I want to put with it. I'm rather drawn to this, but not sure it's big enough. I'll have to take some measurements. The shop is Robyn's Nest Boutique on Etsy:

Girls White  Sweater with Red Roses size 3

Sweet, huh? I do love the little schoolgirl look for preschoolers. 



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