Monday, March 21, 2016

My Sewing Mojo Has Returned!

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Hurrah, I finally finished this dress that I had started early in February!  I've made this model twice before already and I find myself wearing them quite often, so I thought, why not make a third one?!


The flowery fabric was a remnant that I've kept through all my stash purging, and I had just enough for these two side panels.  The other fabric I bought last year when my mom was here. I remember it was Robert Kaufman fabric in a blueish grey and the material is a little rough but very pretty and neutral looking.

It is a bit difficult to see on the middle photo but I added some free flowing stitching on the one side front panel, just underneath the big pocket. I also quite liked the little x's on the back seam for re-reinforcement.

I like it so much, maybe I should see if I have any more fabric in my stash for another one, now that this one is still fresh in my mind... <wink>

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Stepping Out...

(Yes, A Joe Jackson reference...)
The road is long...

It has been a month seen I last went running. Things were going quite well, but then at my last run, I quit. Just like that. I ran to the end of the street and just could not push myself to continue on. I turned around and went back home. That was such an all time low... 
Of course the death of my friend (which came quite sudden although she had been sick as long as I've known her), her memorial service and then another bad cold didn't help either.

But... I went out again today and I was so happy. Granted, I walked more than I ran, but I was actually Outside!

The forecast for the next few days is so very hopeful: dry (so-much-rain) and a bit warmer temperatures. I'm planning some gardening and maybe even some terrace knitting. And some more running of course...





Thursday, March 10, 2016

Stirrings...




Finally I'm starting to feel some 'stirrings of creativity' floating back to me. Nothing concrete yet, but it is coming, I just know it!

A little bit of Cat Stevens in the morning...


I'm starting to see colors and textures and light, always a good sign...








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Monday, March 7, 2016

A Day Out...

From on top of the Space Needle. Very Seattle-like weather indeed!

Sea plane in passing...

The Space Needle right where the arrow points to...


Pike Place market right where the arrow points to...

Roof top terrace. You can see the storms moving away...

After all the sadness of the past two weeks and especially this past Saturday morning when the memorial service for my friend was held, it was extra wonderful to see our children again. They both arrived (plus a room mate) in the same afternoon, since they both have the week off for spring break.
Hugs all around!  {smile}

We spent yesterday exploring Seattle. We went up on the Space Needle (something that Master C. and I had actually never done before), then took the Monorail downtown and then first walked up to a friends' apartment (where we had brilliant views from their building's rooftop) and then walked all the way down to Pike Place Market.

The weather at the Space Needle was absolutely atrocious with several storms coming through, but by the time we made it to our friends' roof top terrace, the sun had come out and we had a lovely rest of the afternoon. Beecher's Mac & Cheese for lunch, hurray!






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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dark & Stormy...



The title refers both to the dark & stormy weather we're having today and to my recent knitting project: the Dark & Stormy cardigan designed by Thea Colman, which is getting close to being finished.

On the day that I heard about the passing of my friend, I also got hit by yet another cold. I'm taking this time to sit quietly with my knitting to sort out all the emotions of the past week. 

This coming Saturday is the memorial service and after that we will first drive to the airport to pick up Miss M. and her room mate and then we will continue on to drive to a bus stop to pick up Master C.  Both will be home for a week and I will cherish this time together even more so than before...

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Father's Day Fishing...

Last Sunday we spent several  hours on Lake Langlois. We  made fancy sandwiches beforehand, brought some drinks and snacks and I brought...