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I wasn’t exactly planning on knitting another shawl/scarf/kerchief at the moment but then I needed something for a long car ride. Something that wouldn’t require lots of thought, something that I could easily memorize and something that’s not fiddly.

So Age of Brass and Steam it is.
TechnicolorSteamWIP-1

A wee bit more colorful then the first one huh?
Steam Kerchief

I’ll be honest the yarn I chose freaked me out a bit when I started it but as I kept knitting (encouraged by my enabler aka: husband), I came to really like how the colors are working out.
TechnicolorSteamWIP-2

But I have something else on my plate too. Something that requires actual gauge as in it must fit a real human and I don’t mean flung over the shoulders but that’s another post. ;-)

Oh, and I completed my Brickless it just needs blocking. LOVE! I’ll post pix soon.

Contrasts

This past week has been one full of contrasts; of ups and downs, of highs and lows, of gains and losses.

It has given us both loss and love, grief and joy, sorrow and happiness; a death and a marriage.

After moving him into hospice this past Monday, my father-in-law, Charles Hollander passed away on Thursday June 5th, he was 81 years old. Although we were all well aware that this day was looming, expecting it and experiencing it are two different things.

Charles Hollander

Two days later, on Saturday June 7th, my stepson Steven and his lovely fiancée Eileen got married. It was a beautiful happy occasion.

SteveEileen-Cake

Contrasts

Although I often hide it, I am an emotional person (disclosure) there were tears, some at the most inopportune time (thankful for an empty ladies room). You see, mourning a loss and celebrating a union put me in great conflict and their collision, it turns out, was harder to take than I anticipated it would be.

Dad-1

My father-in-law was a loving and creative man who passed on his curiosity and inventive nature to both of his sons. He didn’t slow down until his body said otherwise. I have fond memories of family gatherings and working craft shows in New Paltz, NY…and pointing out “trac-toors” (winks at mother-in-law and husband). He will remain in my heart, always.

Although this week began on a sad note and was punctuated with the loss of a life, it ended with the beauty of a new life for two, joined at the heart. And it is my heart that both aches for dad and swells with joy for Steven and Eileen.

SteveEileen-Dance2

SteveEileen-Kiss

The newlyweds are now on their honeymoon in Hawaii and I hope they are having a wonderful time.

Despite the sad start to the week, for my husband and I, it ended on a happier note.

Us-Laugh

Brick Walls

Did you ever have one of those days where no matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to match the yarn in your stash to a pattern you want to knit?

I chose these three different yarns, fingering/sport, DK and worsted weights. Different quantities as well. I looked thru Ravelry and my books – well skimmed them – and I kept running into the same problems: right weight/wrong quantity; right quantity/wrong weight; right quantity/right weight/wrong color way. (Meaning the pattern wold be better knit with a more subtle yarn).

Sigh

It took the better part of the day – with the standard dog and laundry interruptions – before I finally stumbled onto something that was right under my nose the entire time: Brickless using Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein. I had the pattern in my favorites but somehow missed it. Or perhaps it was that I was looking for something with lace? In any case it so happens that her sample was knit using Yowza so jackpot.

And look at the size of this frickin’ ball of yarn!

Yarn and Pattern

So onward and forward.

Okay so it’s half over and your point?

We had a wee bit of snow.

I finished a few knits…

then “froggie came a courtin’”. :-(

Now I’m thinking about a major blog overhaul.

Stay tuned.

Dear 2013

Hey there 2013 I see it’s about time for you to go. I have to be honest with you, you’ve left me with some mixed emotions about whether to remember you fondly or with contempt. You really didn’t start off too well now did you…you know what I’m talking about.

Thinking back, you’ve been both good and bad, been relaxing and a crazy stress pit; we lost a furry family member way too soon and gained a furry family member; you brought on some new challenges and some failures learning experiences.

Although ’13 (You don’t mind if I call you that do you? no matter) I will say I did get in some quality knitting and yummy baking during your tenure. And my husband and I had a really great staycation over the summer. We bought bikes and rode most mornings, weather permitting, during those months. A new breakfast/lunch place opened in our neighborhood and we haven’t missed a weekend breakfast there yet.

We also had a very nice and long overdue vacation in New Hampshire this past fall. But then you went and changed on me…and if you don’t mind me saying so, not for the better.

Despite it all ’13 I would have said you were a relatively balanced year but then you had to go and mess with me for three months. Is this your way of flexing your 13ness? Wasn’t it enough you tormented us at the start of your rein? You had to go and make me personally miserable at the end too? Thanks a lot.

You wrenched my back in the MOST STUPID way: walking from my car to the office. And don’t think I missed the irony in that either now. Without even giving me some breathing room-I mean that both literally and figuratively-you strike out at me with a ridiculous childhood disease: whooping cough (it’s on the rise people!). Seriously ’13? What did I ever do to you? I will say this bit of mischief did provide fodder for my husband’s funny bone: he offered to buy me a coloring book and crayons. I’m sure you got a big chuckle out of that one too.

Then just when I thought things were back to normal, BANG! You had to go and saddle me with an allergic reaction to the dang antibiotic I took to rid myself of said cough. And now the knees.

So thanks for all of that ’13, you’ve been real.

Rosh Hashanah falls really early this year beginning the evening of September 4th, right after Labor Day, yikes!

So we’re doing a kind of weird celebration, combining our numerous August birthdays with Rosh Hashanah. This was the only way we could get everyone together in one place anywhere near the holiday. As a result we are having a pre-Rosh Hashanah celebration this coming weekend at my in-laws and then a much smaller gathering on the second night of the holiday at my home.

I think I’ve pretty much got my menu worked out, finally, but in case you’re clamoring for some ideas, here are a few I’ve cooked up (pun intended) over the past years.

Chopped Liver 
ChoppedLiver
Tzimmes  
FruitCooking

Whole Wheat Challah
and
Apple Stuffed Challah Rolls

Maple Challah
Roasted Butternut Squash &
Apple Soup

Butternut Squash Apple Soup
My AWESOME
Not Too Sweet
Honey Cake

Honey Cake

L’shanah tova!

Deb-Mandolin

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