Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Yarn Along August?




Where has August gone?  I asked myself that question and immediately I remember we are 31 days away from a wedding.  I've been working hard with our planner to make this vision for my youngest daughter come true.  She is all about the details:))

The reveal for the secret knitting happened and I promise to come back with pictures.  But in the midst of all of this, my very good friend found out her daughter is expecting twins and my needles have begun to work toward that.  One boy and one girl, I am creating a set of  Noah's blankets.  If you check out my Ravelry projects you will find one I did last year.  I do think on the one for the girl I will insert some lace, but will keep with the overall seed stitch change of color.

Today my Caitlin turns 29!  That really can't be true.  My wandering daughter has grown into such a lovely young woman.  She meets challenges head on and her strength is just amazing.  Happy birthday sweetheart!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Yarn Along





Yes, I've missed some days here.  It's crunch time for this wedding with only 52 days to go.  We are meeting or talking or emailing with vendors daily and gathering the last of the needed items.  My dining room looks like a warehouse!

There has been little time for knitting.  Under that white paper is the completed and blocked " secret knitting".  Next week I can reveal it all to you because Saturday is gifting day, the last shower.

The flower girl dresses are almost complete except for hems.  I should have all the sashes together by the end of this week.  I think their simplicity is precious.  Just let the preciousness of the little girls shine though.

Last week was my birthday and I received a most wonderful gift.  Before I learned to knit, I cross stitched for a hobby.  I have as many charts as I do yarn!  My oldest daughter also shared this passion and is just amazing in her skill.  This project above was one I had begun and then put away like so many others.  Going through some boxes I found it and shared with Elizabeth that one day I would like to have this complete.  It reminds me of Maine, a state I dearly love.  Imagine my utter surprise when this was gifted to me last week.  Other family members had helped with the cost of framing and it is just stunning!  Im still feeling very unworthy.

Linking up with Ginny



Friday, July 24, 2015

Traditions


Maybe the fact that I was raised in a fairly non-standard family and in sometimes not the best circumstances makes me cling to traditions.  Growing up, I don't really remember their importance and I don't remember telling family stories.  But Mr. Golfer's family is full of both traditions and stories and I loved the response his family had to them.

As a mother I have tried hard to create those for my girls.  Really just experiences they can hold onto.  And in the process, I have become a lover of stories.

This is one especially dear to my heart.  I had read somewhere long ago about a mother tucking a piece of her own gown into her daughter's.  My own gown is sealed in hopes it would one day be used.  With that not happening, I searched for another idea.

My oldest daughter's first engagement ended 8 weeks prior to the wedding.  A terrible experience for us all, but one we are now grateful of.  In the process of the planning, she had decided she wanted to wear my veil.  We had a section of it that was not currently stylish removed and then redesigned at the crown.  I saved the removed section because the alencon lace on it was so beautiful.

That lace has now become the piece of "me" that is sewn into their own gowns.  A mix of emotions washes over me when I pick up that needle and thread.  I do think about their life thus far and wonder what the future will bring.  I pray for them with each stitch as only a mother can do.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Yarn Along




I'm sure you have noticed these last few weeks how few and far between my posts are and the basicness ( is that a word?) of the pictures.  66 days until the wedding.  I still am working on flower girl sashes and so many details. Yesterday I did some searching for items for the children's area.  We have a room at this venue that will be perfect to plan activities just for the littles and have hired 2 friends of my oldest daughter to come in and supervise.  So I am gathering many little items for entertainment.  Of course they can come and go as they please, but having this area will also give the parents an opportunity to enjoy some kid free time.

But in the midst of that I got the knitting  startitis bug and found a new pattern.   Ashburn is a asymmetrical shawl of multiple colors.  I put together 3 sock yarns to get a good contrast so that it could be worn with just about any top this fall.  I haven't actually cast on yet. The green yarn is a Mad Tosh, the coral is from Wool Tree, and the gray is without a ball band so I'm unsure.  And as I progress, I could change out colors so this may be a great project for my antsy hands:)

It's also been a while since I posted my reading.  Probably because I just couldn't find anything to capture me.  But Mr.Golfer and I both wanted to read Go Set A Watchman.  So far it's not what I thought it would be.  They reviews had me completely confused and now I know why. . I'll give my own review once finished.

Linking up with Ginny!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Being Showered......












We had another little gathering this past weekend.  The bridesmaids, a few family members, myself and the mother of the groom, gathered to gift the bride-to-be with " delicate" items.  There was much laughter and a little blushing.  We ate from a delightful spread of food and sipped champagne while guessing favorite movies and songs of the guest of honor.

Then the " young" ladies excused themselves for an afternoon, evening, and night of enjoyment.  I stayed behind to tidy up and visit with the grandchildren.

68 days.