(Photos can be difficult to get.) I have been working on a pair of socks named “As Time Goes By” and the name is so appropriate for today’s post. I flew to Wash DC for the Celebration of Life event for my sister-in-law who is at the end of her Alzheimer’s journey. She was so active and her entire life was lived to bless others. Maybe her genes knew time would not be as long for her, as she had what seemed like boundless energy. If she saw a need, she was there with a helping hand, from offering child care to a mother who was trying to get more education, to mission service while working a full-time job, where she was able to share her love of baking. She loved people and you never saw her without a smile that said “you’re special to me”. And somehow she always had time for you. At family gatherings when they would come to visit, she always made a stop at Costco and brought more than enough food for everyone. (even though it was a potluck and she was only bringing drinks). Hospitality was her game.
On the plane I worked on my “As Time Goes By Socks” by Susan Burzynski. This was a Ravalry free pattern, cuff down, that I am making with Knitpicks “Felici” yarn in Sprinkles colorway. I did not get finished but am ready to do the toes. I am home now, so it’s anyone’s guess when they will actually get done. Hopefully, this week. But even that will depend on if emergencies arise.
Meanwhile nothing exciting happened at the farm. Animals were cared for and no one new emerged. Maybe this week, we will see a new face or two.
Give your loved ones an extra hug. Life only seems long to the young.
I have now completed two pattern repeats on “As time goes by” socks. I think I will need 5 repeats, so 3 more to go. This name just seems so appropriate as the time has been flying by.
The big equipment fellows finally came back this week and are once again working. They left the machine here all winter, so I can only assume it was too wet to need it. They are now removing dead trees and blackberry brambles. Then we can plant pasture
Another unfinished project. The iris didn’t get weeded much last summer, but they are still volunteering to come back up and give us a show of beauty this summer.
It seems my life is currently measured in 4 hour time blocks.
6 AM: feed babies, check everyone, and let them outside for the day.
Home to a selected project for an hour and a half before prepping breakfast
10 AM: feed babies, sheep check, and give mothers food and fresh water
Home to normal daily activities such as laundry, minimal housework, etc
2 PM: feed babies, again the check on everyone
Usually by this time, I need to take a rest or at least find an activity that sits me down
6 PM: feed babies, feed adults plus water and close the doors for the night.
Family time, worship, and maybe knitting time
10 PM: feed babies, last check on everyone plus any needed water
Home to drop until 5:30 AM time to prepare bottles again.
Bottles babies are a lot of extra trouble, and it only lasts 2 months, but on the other hand, one does have to delegate the time blocks so they don’t get away. After the first feeding, I try to use that hour plus to sew, quilt, plant, or check on my seed growing for the hoop house.
Since we are still doing renovations to the barn, that takes supervision and choices as well during the day. Today, Mary came over for some quilt help and we were both tired enough, we rested while visiting after feeding babies.
Tonight after the 6PM feeding, I was able to get some knitting done, but at this time of day, I am slow. I am knitting this lovely pattern found on Ravelry, using the yarn at the top of this page. It has a 20 row repeat, but only on 12 stitches on each sock. The rest is all knitted and therefore goes quickly.
No photos, however, we spent the day at Seattle Stem Cell clinic, getting questions answered on both sides concerning therapy. DH has decided to participate in the self funded studies. He will go in for the draw on March 22 and stay there for a three hours until they are able to do the lab work and inject the cells back into his body. I don’t fully understand their numbers when they say it is 60-80% effect, -seems like a big range – but one is plied with so much information, it’s difficult to think of all the questions. They did say that for diseases like this that are a downhill progression, they have found that a booster each year is extremely helpful. They have found stem cell therapy very effective for balance, coordination, mental slowness tremors, and other Parkinsonian effects which I have now forgotten. It will take 4-6 months after the procedure to see results. We decided it was worth trying as there is no physical downside.
The usual 65 minute drive home took 2.5 hours in the rain on a Friday afternoon. I must remember no more Fridays in Seattle, but I took the first appointment they could work us in. (And if our offspring are reading this – we are spending your inheritance as a trade-off for having your father around longer and healthier.) We are on the research side of this and not only do we want the help, but we want others to be able to get the help as well. This disease now affects 1% of the population and is becoming apparent at a younger age. I will keep you posted as we learn more.
For those of you who were interested when I showed socks made from Felic yarn, Knitpicks has some Felici sock yarn on sale for 30% off.
And now I’m off to get some rest before the next lamb feeding.
Mary came over today and we enjoyed catching up on each others lives. We started by having a fast food lunch and came back to knitting for me and crocheting for her while we chatted. As you can see, I got a very few rows knitted on my next pair of socks, but start, I did.
Of course, we had to check in on the sheep and feed them. Last year, one of the mothers produced a pair of twin lambs when Mary came to see them. No one produced today. However, the coyotes are certainly close by and letting us all know how hungry they are for lamb.
Beau enjoyed riding out to the meat market to get bones for the dogs this morning, then he “helped” me do some cleaning on one of the stalls.
Because I tired of the other quilt, I started this Spool Souffle quilt. I had it partly cut out, so cut out the background today andsewed the background onto the sides. And guess what!. The top and bottom of the spools have 144 lovely triangles that I get to draw diagonals on. Not happening today and tomorrow I have gym and cleaning the house. Maybe I should start another quilt – no, maybe I should finish something started.
Just for fun, my brother sent this site for me to add to my blog so you could be entertained. It is a knit village – very interesting.
Finished 3 pair of the 12 pair of socks that I kitted, ready to go.
Finished 29 quilts, 10 of which were ready for the quilting. The other 19 were in early stages or not started.
I also made 2 bags and 2 pillows plus embroidered 4 sets of towels. I embroidered a Hatched in Africa set each month for their challenge, two of which were jeans.
There were bowl cozies and pea pods.
Then there were the baby lambs and additional sheep and puppy. I don’t want to forget there was a garden with canning and freezing.
Plus the hospital stays. It appears to have been a very busy year. But there were things I did not finish or even start, so they can become goals for the next year.
I’m expecting much more “out of sewing area” activities. My sister-in-law has Alzheimer’s and is near the end. There will be many more lambs plus sheep activities including at least one fair where I will be showing them. We are moving the garden to a more level spot this spring. DH is needing more attention. And there is a big wedding in California in April. I have fewer flimsies, so most quilts still need much work.
Quilts to do: Goal is 200 yards usage
Mystery quilt: Merry Mayhem – NY day mystery
Mystery quilt: “Scrappy friends” – NY day mystery
Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake” – finished clue #1
Daffodil flimsy – to quilt
Roses flimsy – to quilt
Teddy Bear picnic – to quilt
Celebrate flimsy – to quilt
Bear paw quilt – large, cut out
All aboard – not started twin bed size
Fish quilt – not started applique – large wall or lap quilt
Tulip quilt – flimsy – needs quilting
Sunbonnet Sue #4, have sue blocks, needs setting and quilting
Bonnie Hunter 2012, needs to be finished for King size, quilted, etc.
Baby Hono – I want to make a child size turtle quilt
Finish all the paper piecing blocks and finish the wall hanging with them.
Socks: I’ll keep working on my last year’s kits, since I only finished 1/4 of them.
Learn Electric quilt
Learn cutting machine
Make 10 Alzheimer’s activity mats
Try 2 new recipes a month
Gym 2x week
Make garden plan with plans for starting, fert, etc.
Make hoop house plans as above
Obviously, I will come across items during the year that I will tuck into my weeks.
I finished the end of October projects by getting these socks done and
embroidering these guest towels with cute little Hatched in Africa ladybugs. They were a free download several years ago and I needed something quick and easy to gift.
I did get 19 of the 28 items done that I had on a list for the month plus much more work outside that wasn’t on the list. So I’m a happy person. The items that didn’t get finished will go onto the next month’s list. I finished a quilt and some embroidery that was gifted. I took care of paper messes and finished some wall hangings and I took a short vacation – all in one month.
Today was beautiful and I spent it using muscles that I didn’t even know existed. But hay is coming this week and I needed to have areas cleaned for it. Hopefully I will finish that tomorrow. What is left, I need help doing.
We are home again! and I won’t bore you with tons of photos, but maybe just a couple will be okay.
We missed her mother in this photo as she was in the kitchen serving more food. I think daughter, Jen, took this photo.
There was so much food everywhere. Her family (direct from Armenia) was delighted to meet us and fixed us a dinner feast. Then the next night they put on this marvelous engagement party. They prepared an incredible amount of various foods, as celebrating with food is extremely important. And of course we had to try Armenia food (which was delicious) as well as American food prepared just for us.
Yes, I dropped those two stitches, but decided just to leave them until tomorrow when I was better rested. Sometimes doing something when tired just makes a bigger mess. But I wanted to show you that I really did some knitting on my travels. And when rested, this will be an easy fix.