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materursa
29 October 2008 @ 04:25 pm
I just bought the yarn to make wrist warmers for an entire group of us for Yule. I plan to use make them using two circular needles and two sets at a time. I'll be using the Voodoo pattern from knitty.com. They should go fast even though I have ten pairs of them to do. I'm going to knit them in pain sight and say something vague about what I'm making if asked. I'm excited and just had to say something somewhere!
 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
 
 
materursa
09 September 2008 @ 10:40 am
I had such a lovely nesting kind of weekend. I bought a box of peaches, about half a bushel. I made peach liqueur, peach pie, peach jam, peach and jalapeno jam, peach pie filling for the freezer and plain frozen peaches. I may be allergic to peach fuzz because I was sneezing all weekend, but all well worth it!
We had homemade ice cream (not ice milk, ice cream) in the freezer from the weekend before and it was absolutely lovely on warm peach pie.

I also got 3 of seven dish towels I'm embroidering as part of a friend's wedding gift done and the fourth started. I finished the fourth last night and started the fifth. The designs are vegetables and I'm putting them in the corner of the towels. I love them and will have to make a set for my kitchen. I hope to have time to put days of the week on them as well, but that isn't part of the patterns I'm using so I'll take that on when the main designs are done.
 
 
Current Mood: nesty
 
 
materursa
16 July 2008 @ 04:24 pm
May I
feel the fragrance of the flowers,
hear the roll of the land,
taste the signing of creatures,
see the saltiness of the ocean,
smell the warmth of the sun,
and understand.
 
 
 
materursa
20 December 2007 @ 06:18 pm
Done  
It didn't feel like it was ever going to end. I'm referring to the work week. Ok, so it isn't over for everyone, but I am officially on vacation until January 2. All the gifts have been purchased. I do have two knitted gifts to finish, so I'll be staying up late the next two nights, but I enjoy knitting. I'm ready for the festivities to begin! Birthday party tonight, graduation and Yule celebrations tomorrow. On Saturday there will be a Lord of the Rings - athon in our living room with just the four of us. Family Yule on Sunday and then nothing to do but spend time with my family. YEA!
 
 
 
materursa
10 December 2007 @ 12:44 pm
What is your dream winter escape?
A remote cabin in snow covered hills heated by a wood fire and nothing but the sound of snow falling and the crackle of the fire to invade my thoughts.
 
 
materursa
16 November 2007 @ 09:10 am
Year ago, I very firmly resisted engaging in Yule/Christmas activities before Thanksgiving. This was when the holidays were all secular to me. Now and for quite a while, the Yule season starts for me when I feel Samhain is past and it starts to feel dark.

Some things we doCollapse )

Some years these things are informal and optional things guests at a party can do if they wish. Other years, they are incorporated into a ritual.
 
 
materursa
12 November 2007 @ 02:59 pm
I’ve been feeling “old”. Not physically old because my body doesn’t perform like I expect it to, although I am noticing changes there. Not mentally old because my mind isn’t as sharp as it once was, although my memory isn’t what it was when I was 20. I feel socially old. I feel like my attitudes are the same as I heard my great-grandmother express during my childhood. She used to say that people ate too fast, drove too fast, didn’t take the time to listen, and were always in a hurry. This isn’t a new feeling for me. It’s been lurking around for a few years. There is a lot of pressure in my life to do more, be more, have more. It has become socially unacceptable to say “no thank you, perhaps next time” if I cannot justify my answer by citing another binding engagement. Putting in 40 hours of honest work a week (the amount I’m paid to do, and the amount the center can charge contracts for my effort) and leaving work at work is seen as lacking a work ethic. People are annoyed at me for driving the posted speed limit. I’m “unreachable” if there is not a cell phone clipped to my body that I will drop whatever I’m doing to answer. People look at me with puzzlement because I’d rather keep using something that works than buy the latest thing.
We are living hectic lives. There is precious little time for anything and the truly nourishing things are easily squeezed out. In all this rush for “more” perspective is lost. There is no understanding of where the “more” comes from and what it actually means and costs to have, to be, to do more of a particular thing.
Something has to give!
Something is going to give, in fact many things are going to give and we are starting to see it happen. There is a lot of talk about the economy such as the weakening dollar, the price of oil, the sub-prime loan issue; the environment, including global warming, pollution, and solutions that cause more problems than they solve; social issues like health care and education. These seem to me to be symptoms of the “must have more, be more, do more” mind set. It also seems to me that the conversations around these issues rarely recognize the role choice plays and that each option from which we could choose has a cost.
In several places I’ve seen a question asked: Are people willing to make changes, sacrifices to find the right solutions? It seems people are saying they are willing, but I’m not seeing it. What I am seeing are a lot of symptoms (see list of issues above) and for which the cures are going to be forced on people.
Obviously, if my great-grandmother was saying the same things I’m thinking, this pattern has been going on for a while. I’d like to chalk it up to changing perspective that comes with age. I admit that life experience has changed my perspective on things. However, I can’t attribute it solely to my age when the difference between what I thought was “busy” at 15 is different than what my daughter thinks is “busy” at 15. Perhaps the pattern is not on the scale of decades or even human lifetimes; perhaps the pattern is on the scale of centuries and there has been a long build up to this point and there will be a response but it will seem, to me, slow in coming. Perhaps I’ve missed the point all together and I can’t see the forest of human nature for all the trees of issues that are the same no matter what era a person lives in.
 
 
materursa
16 October 2007 @ 08:57 am
Things are coming along. The socks are progressing nicely, although I'm focusing on a cable band that is part of a gift most of the time. I've made the prototype for a Yule ornament exchange I plan to attend on December, just 11 more to make.

I enrolled in an arabic dance class. I used to take class three to four times a week and perform, but haven't been dancing regularly for ten years and haven't been in a class for four years. It felt good. Cheryl and I have started plans for our handfasting. We haven't picked a date or location yet, but a few other details that we felt were more important have been agreed on.

I'm pulling back from the "community" activities that had become customer service rather than community service. Its a subtle difference, but one I came to realize is important to me. It will be nice to not be held accountable when others don't fulfill their commitments, or when I do pick up the slack it is because I choose to do it rather than because others expect it.
 
 
materursa
05 October 2007 @ 02:44 pm
Socks... two at a time on circular needles. I'm learning how to do this. I've been told it will be faster than knitting them on double pointed needles, although this first time through I have to untangle the yarn often enough that I think its actually taking me longer. I'm still working on the cuff/leg portion and it seems slow going based on the length of the individual socks, but considering the lengths added together I'm making reasonable progress.

I have to admit that I fell in love with double pointed needles while knitting my first pair of socks, so much so that I moved directly to knitting a pair of gloves. Two socks at a time on circular needles is going to have be a lot more fun to win me over.