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The Lace Party- first edition for 2019- (which is where we are in NZ, today)
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Jan 2, 2019 04:21:43   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
I just spotted this on Facebook- from the page I look at from time to time- the Kaffe Fassett Collective- a woman on that makes garments from his fabrics.
Rather special.


 
Jan 2, 2019 09:25:38   #
Maureen Therese (a regular here)
 
Yes Lurker, I gave him a couple of pairs of socks and we have brought him along on our beach holiday. He has had a wonderful time today with his younger cousins. We all stopped off halfway to the holiday house to visit an expo on electricity and after dinner tonight we wandered around in the incoming tide where it comes into the river mouth. It turned out to be a lovely day, not too hot and not too cold.
Jan 2, 2019 09:41:26   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Maureen Therese wrote:
Yes Lurker, I gave him a couple of pairs of socks and we have brought him along on our beach holiday. He has had a wonderful time today with his younger cousins. We all stopped off halfway to the holiday house to visit an expo on electricity and after dinner tonight we wandered around in the incoming tide where it comes into the river mouth. It turned out to be a lovely day, not too hot and not too cold.


That is great!
You, in Western Australia, like us, are having a very unsettled approach to the heat of Summer!
That is why I am so glad I was able to buy the cotton yarn I did, last week. One of our circle, going way back, was Norma (Normaedern) in North Wales- she and I had got particularly close in the four to five years we were aware of each other. My Mum's family, on her Dad's side come from the same part of Wales, so we had a real bond- Norma was an excellent knitter of lace, and was starting to design shawls, as well as test knit. Anyway, she died in March 2018, and a couple of us are knitting dishrags for her widower, David, as a small offering in her memory.
A number of our finest lace knitters have ended up more on Ravelry, than on Knitting Paradise- but although we are a small group now, we have formed some close bonds over time.
I do hope you enjoy the experience of getting to know us all!
Jan 2, 2019 10:04:46   #
Vickie P (a regular here)
 
Belle1 wrote:
Hi, Julie. Seems that I've just been busy what with the holidays, the added seasonal challenge of traveling four days a week on bad roads to visit Mom and a slight new wrinkle in my life. Somewhere around the 13th of last December, a single mother and her almost 4-year old daughter moved into my Mom's house at my invitation. I had met them about 6 months earlier and had visited with them a couple of times in the intervening months. Then quite unexpectedly they found themselves in a very dangerous "stalking" situation. So without hesitation I invited them to stay with me at Mom's and the next day they "moved" in. Basically, the authorities escorted them from their home which is about 70 miles away. She has been able to make one trip back to her property to get clothing, toys, etc, but basically, they have been be "hiding" out. It seems that the danger was averted, but unfortunately, the jerk who caused the problem shows no sign of disappearing. Well, in any case, I've been spending sometime with them getting settled, trying to sort out my Mom's stuff so that they can be comfortable (cleaning out closets and drawers, etc). So it has been a busy season. For now, they continue to be my guests until the whole situation can be dealt with by the authorities.

All this adds up to I now have neighbors, Mom's house is happy with occupants (in my opinion, a house always is better with occupants living in it and carrying for it on a daily basis), and CHANGE is afoot. Isn't it amazing how in the proverbial blink-of-an-eye, everything can change so much!!!

I have no idea how long they will stay, but my life has taken a turn. The little girl is delightful, well mannered, and truly lovely. It is really a joy to be around young ones again. For one thing they are refreshingly honest. One day she was here and while her Mom used the telephone, she watched me sweeping up my kitchen floor (which really needed it) and I casually commented that I ought to sweep more often. After carefully considering what I had said with a look on her face of great seriousness, she announced that I was correct -- I should.

Well, this was a long diatribe in response to your simple comment. Sorry about that, but I've been reluctant to take the time to write anything about their presence. Now we are in a new year, a fresh beginning, and I'm assuming that this will be a year of change in many ways. I'm very optimistic.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. And happy knitting too. I'm working on the Niebling 2019 KAL. I'm somewhere around row 40 of the first central motifs of what I hope will become a nice table runner for my big table. Am working with size 30 crochet thread on 2.0mm needles. Can only work for an hour or so before I have to rest my eyes. Although the thread is white, it is still had to see something that small. Now that I've finally gotten the piece onto circs I suspect it will go faster. My 2.00mm dps are 6" and frankly, I need a bit more length to comfortable work another motif. I can feel a HandsomeFibers order coming on.........
Hi, Julie. Seems that I've just been busy what wi... (show quote)


What a truly kind thing to do! Hoping they can get their situation sorted out and you are all safe.
Jan 2, 2019 10:16:47   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Vickie P wrote:
What a truly kind thing to do! Hoping they can get their situation sorted out and you are all safe.


It is the sort of 'solidarity' /standing with you response that is so needed by women in situations of risk- and so often denied them!
Jan 2, 2019 11:55:27   #
MissMelba
 
Greetings and Happy New Year LPers!

I have cast on three new projects to start the new year, and will cast on a fourth soon. I have Dogyarns' Molly shawl MKAL started using Patons Silk Bamboo in plum for the MC and black for the CC. BunnyMuff's Aloha Tahoe MKAL is started and I am using Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb in Pine Forest with silver lined gunmetal beads. The third new year cast on is Dogyarns' Year Of Lace sampler MKAL using Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud lace weight doubled (two strands). I will most likely use clear AB beads. February will also see the start of another Year Of scarf, this one is Toni's Japanese sampler so that one will be new WIP #5. New WIP #4 is one of MMario's designs (may he rest in peace), Star of Bruce, which I will knit with Loops n Threads Woolike in navy with clear AB beads. This is the last pattern he uploaded to his online group.

Hope all have a nice day,

Melanie
 
Jan 2, 2019 11:57:26   #
MissMelba
 
DeEtta (Belle1) - Blessings to you for helping the woman and her child. I did get a chuckle out of the sweeping comment. Children can be so forthright!

Julie (Lurker2) - thanks for starting a new LP, despite the heat.


A welcome to new readers. We love to share photos of projects, finished and in progress. If someone has an idea for a KAL, I am in!
Jan 2, 2019 12:26:04   #
Babalou (a regular here)
 
Lurker 2 wrote:
I just spotted this on Facebook- from the page I look at from time to time- the Kaffe Fassett Collective- a woman on that makes garments from his fabrics.
Rather special.


What an incredible piece of work! It looks to be museum quality.

Thanks for rolling us over, Julie.

What a very kind thing you did for the family to have them move into your mother’€™s House. They must be so grateful. You are a special lady, DeEtta.

We had a beautiful New Year’s Eve celebration at the Taos Ski Basin. I am glad I judged the temperatures wrong. Instead of 7 degrees F, it was 19. There were about 30 skiers at sunset, once it was dark, with torches in each hand skiing down the mountain. Once they are all safely down, the fireworks begin. They were gorgeous this year and went on for about 20-25 minutes. It is a spectacular event. And one of the nicest parts is that from young to old, everyone is smiling and kind, hooting and hollering for the skiers and oohs and ahs for the fireworks.

We scooted out of Taos by 10 on New Year’s Day because it started to snow heavily and you have to drive out through a canyon of uphill and downhill curves, about 25 miles. DH’s car is all wheel drive and he is a very good snow driver. They were expecting 10”€ of snow and we didn’t want to risk closure of the roads. We got about 8” of snow here at home and it has warmed up to 20 from the 10 degrees when we got up.

The girls go home today. 😥 We have had a wonderful long visit with them. Helen, my DIL, and I stomped DH and DD in canasta last night.


Jan 2, 2019 12:53:19   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
MissMelba wrote:
DeEtta (Belle1) - Blessings to you for helping the woman and her child. I did get a chuckle out of the sweeping comment. Children can be so forthright!

Julie (Lurker2) - thanks for starting a new LP, despite the heat.


A welcome to new readers. We love to share photos of projects, finished and in progress. If someone has an idea for a KAL, I am in!


Thanks Melanie!

Today has dawned grey and gloomy so far but predicted to reach 25*C (77F), Tauranga which is not exceptionally far away will be 28 (82.4F)- some parts have been reaching 30*C (86F) or hotter, but that is nothing to the variations that Maureen Therese in WA is experiencing!
Jan 2, 2019 12:57:00   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Babalou wrote:
What an incredible piece of work! It looks to be museum quality.

Thanks for rolling us over, Julie.

What a very kind thing you did for the family to have them move into your mother’€™s House. They must be so grateful. You are a special lady, DeEtta.

We had a beautiful New Year’s Eve celebration at the Taos Ski Basin. I am glad I judged the temperatures wrong. Instead of 7 degrees F, it was 19. There were about 30 skiers at sunset, once it was dark, with torches in each hand skiing down the mountain. Once they are all safely down, the fireworks begin. They were gorgeous this year and went on for about 20-25 minutes. It is a spectacular event. And one of the nicest parts is that from young to old, everyone is smiling and kind, hooting and hollering for the skiers and oohs and ahs for the fireworks.

We scooted out of Taos by 10 on New Year’s Day because it started to snow heavily and you have to drive out through a canyon of uphill and downhill curves, about 25 miles. DH’s car is all wheel drive and he is a very good snow driver. They were expecting 10”€ of snow and we didn’t want to risk closure of the roads. We got about 8” of snow here at home and it has warmed up to 20 from the 10 degrees when we got up.

The girls go home today. 😥 We have had a wonderful long visit with them. Helen, my DIL, and I stomped DH and DD in canasta last night.
What an incredible piece of work! It looks to be ... (show quote)


Thanks Barbara! (on both counts!)
The colours that Kaffe Fassett chooses, are so vivid! But this woman puts them together so beautifully!

Was the snow what you got at your place?
Jan 2, 2019 13:08:25   #
Babalou (a regular here)
 
It was on the drive home leaving Taos but we are covered, too!
Lurker 2 wrote:
Thanks Barbara! (on both counts!)
The colours that Kaffe Fassett chooses, are so vivid! But this woman puts them together so beautifully!

Was the snow what you got at your place?
 
Jan 2, 2019 13:14:27   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Babalou wrote:
It was on the drive home leaving Taos but we are covered, too!


Hard to imagine! I don't recall your altitude!?
Jan 2, 2019 13:22:22   #
Babalou (a regular here)
 
Lurker 2 wrote:
Hard to imagine! I don't recall your altitude!?


We are about 5400’.
Jan 2, 2019 13:24:41   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Babalou wrote:
We are about 5400’.


Whereas I am not sure if we make it even to 200 feet ASL, although we are well inland!
Jan 2, 2019 19:32:11   #
JoyceinNC (a regular here)
 
Lurker 2 wrote:
Oh dear- why is that?


I seem to be the glue that holds everything together, and sometimes I'm stretched very thin. I take care of my 7 year old grandson when he is not in school while his dad (my son) is at work. The school scheduling is the worst nightmare you can imagine. This year, teachers get 1 1/2 days of "teacher professional days", 8 months of the 9 1/2 months school is in session. That has cut into Winter/Christmas break and Spring/Easter break. These professional days are used for a variety of things, and students are not in class. Then there's the weather.... hurricane, snow storm, too much rain...all can close or delay opening school...even cause early release. It's nuts. My son can't just take off work for all this, so I'm the one making sure little guy gets where he is supposed to go. Oh, then he also got sick at school twice and I had to go rushing over there to get him. It's a solid 40-min drive between my house and his school. During the snow storm, a co-worker of my son's up and quit. Just like that. So, son is working 7 days a week, plus a few 12 hour shifts sprinkled in here and there. We've all taken turns being sick since the end of November. I was sick on Christmas Day, a day I won't want to remember. All anyone cared about was the ham. I should have just plopped it on the table and gone back to bed instead of cooking all the rest of the stuff. Oh well. I sure have some yummy leftovers though!

So I've been spending a lot more time than usual driving here and there. And way too much time at my son's house. True, I carry a car load of things over there to keep me busy. But I'd be so much happier in my own house. School starts tomorrow and that should make things a little more normal. Although, I'm beginning to wonder what "normal" is supposed to be! At least I will have a few hours at my house in the morning before I have to leave and get in line to pick up little guy at his school. Then there will be grandma duty this Saturday and Sunday. Ugh.

Everything will straighten out eventually. I just try not to think about all the things I need to do at my house, or the things I said I would make by the January meeting of Newborns in Need. It will all just have to wait. Sigh.....
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