Knitting

Better Handle


ON MY WHEEL

I’ve been throwing up a storm this past week, with about a 50/50 satisfaction rate, which is about par for the course.  Unless I’m really really happy with the finished pot, it goes into the reclaim bucket.  My mug handles are definitely getting better — they should be with all the practice!

I’m running a full bisque kiln this morning and have ordered a few new glazes.  Hopefully by the end of this week they will have come in and I can get the newly bisqued pots glazed and into the kiln for the final step.  Several have gift potential, so I’m anxious to get them finished.

ON MY NEEDLES

I’ve made a pact with myself that there will be NO NEW STARTS until I finish my current WIPs.  That’s all I want to say about that, as several of these also have definite gift potential. 🤫 Anyone else who will be working down to the wire on holiday gifting?

A goal without a plan is just a wish.  Larry Elder

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Deep Breath In


CALENDAR FREAK OUT

After getting home from bell rehearsal last evening, I updated my calendar practice and performance wise and took stock.  Yikes!  Between today and 12/16, I have three practices and five performances.  OK, I’m retired and with a bit of juggling, this is totally doable.  So, now, I think if I (temporarily) put all my WIPs on the back burner, I can just about have all my gift knitting finished and ready to go by Christmas Eve. 🎶🎶

BAPTISM BOY

Shepherd William Lee Coleman

Baptized December 2, 2018

Is he an angel or what????

OFF THE WHEEL

I finished this pot late last  night, now just waiting for new glazes to arrive.  Here are the ones I ordered –

 

I’m SO happy to have my own little pottery studio set up.  The winter break in class is the longest – eight weeks, give or take a few days and I tend to get pretty bored, especially if the weather is nasty.  It can get pretty cold out in my garage studio, but my little space heater does a good job warming it up.

Life is good!

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye off your goal.  Henry Ford

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As Promised – A Bit of Knitting, A Bit of Throwing, A Bit of Ringing


ON MY NEEDLES

I seem to be caught in a startitis vortex, convinced that every new project start magically completes the WIP above it in the Everlasting Endless Knitting Queue, except it doesn’t.  The tabletop  next to my knitting chair continues to become more and more crowded and is developing a layered look, sort of like what you’d find in an archeological dig with recent stuff on top and progressively older stuff underneath that.  Here’s a few off the top-

Freak Flags

Sequences

Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5

 

Freak Flags has progressed to this –

I’ve recently fallen in love with banners and such so when I saw the Freak Flags in MDK Sequences it was all over but the knitting.  The plan is to make a set of seasonal set for my mantle, with this particular set in fall colors.  Winter will be next using blues, grays and whites.

I’m making good progress on my Simple Skype socks –

Enlarged to show stitch detail

Simple Skype Socks

Fingerpaints Supersock Self Striping

100% Superwash Merino

Java Jive

RINGING

Have I ever mentioned that I’m a handbell ringer?  Advent is upon us, a busy busy time for musicians, with extra rehearsals and the butterflies that go hand in hand with ringing in public,but it’s a labor of love.  Aren’t they beautiful?

THROWING

Here’s a look at the first pot out of my very first glaze kiln –

 

  Multiuse Pot

B clay with grog

 Mayco Jungle Gems Peacock Green on outside and Blue Azure on the inside

I like the inside better I think.

BIG DAY TODAY

Hit the ground running this morning…..Baby Shepherd will be baptized at 10:30 mass this morning and we’re having a Baptism/Birthday/Belated Birthday chili supper this evening to celebrate.  I’ll do my best to get photos of the Baptism Boy and Birthday Boys up on the blog in the next few days.  Busy with blessings!

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.  Albert Schweiter

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Family

It’s Been A While, Hasn’t It?


Here I am, attempting to jumpstart what used to be so easy, the habit of knocking out a blog post a couple of times a week and following the blogs I particularly enjoy, of which there are many – keeping up with what others are reading or knitting, baking or making music and/or just what’s going on outside the realm of Casa Coleman. I don’t know if you’ve missed me, but I’ve missed you and it feels good to be back.❤️

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The newest grand — then and now:

and we can’t forget big sisters…

OK everyone! It’s time to stop growing and changing – at least for a little while – I’m not finished loving this stage yet!

Now for the Bangkok branch update:

As you can see, they too are growing and changing much, much more quickly than I want!

NEXT INSTALLMENT – Knitting and throwing, ringing and reading and whatever else catches my fancy!

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. Anne Frank

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Arrival


INTRODUCING

Shepherd William Lee Coleman, aka Shep, aka Baby Sheppie, our sixth grandbaby and first grandson who arrived 08/31/18 at 4:25 am.  Mother and baby doing well.  Mr. iKnead and I are recovering. 🙂

Shepherd William Lee Coleman

Babydaddy, Babymama and Shep on their way home

A YARNY UPDATE

Ginny’s Patronus Cloak continues to get bigger and bigger, the pattern gives a final stitch count of 737, which translates to 15 feet of ruffle. 😳😳😳

STILL BLUE

I’m still deep into my blue glaze phaze; every time I think I’ve reached my limit, there are one or two more new pots that lend themselves beautifully to the blues.

 

Blue Glaze Phaze

B-clay with grog

Cloudy Blue, Blue Celadon, Glossy White Glazes

PARTING SHOTS

 Nailing the big sister gig……

Babydiva and Baby Sheppie

Baby Sheppie and the Elf

And just like that – happy tears…..

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.  Buddha

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No, Not Yet


GRANDBABY TALLY

Same at five grandgirls on the hoof and one grandboy still in utero.  This is what 39 weeks looks like

Best daughter in law EVER!

Stay tuned!  Her due date is TODAY!

ON THE HOOK

Ginny’s Patronus Cloak continues to grow……

This cloak may be my biggest crochet project ever, with this kitchen window valance running a really close second.

 

and, if you’ve kept up with me over the last few weeks, you remember our new four legged resident here at Casa  Coleman – Dixie

 Being the puppy she is, some of my fiber and several needles and hooks have taken it on the chin,  necessitating the purchase of replacements.  I got lucky this weekend when I went to buy replacement hooks and found this nice set of Boye ergonomics on sale at Wal-Mart.  I prefer wooden needles/hooks, but until Dixie gets over her appetite for wood, I’ll be sticking with something a little sturdier. 🙂

Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does. Mary Almanac

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It’s a Waiting Game, Many Starts But No Finishes


PLAYING THE WAITING GAME

Grandbaby #6 has all of us on pins and needles, waiting for his much anticipated arrival, which could be any time now.  His poor mommy has been through the mill these last few days and weeks with long and strong Braxton Hicks contractions, pregnancy fatigue and just plain old impatience, with all of us more than ready for a meet and greet with Baby Shepherd…..did I mention that he is the lone boy in the grandbaby lineup, with five princesses and now, one prince.  I see a lot of spoiling in his future!  Stay tuned!

ON MY NEEDLES

A new pair of socks

Uzu

Knitty Deep Fall 2011

Fiesta Baby Boom Glacier Mist

What may be the most unattractive scarf ever — good thing this is just a test drive of some yarn that came in a “grab bag” from Lion Brand.  Yeah…….no.

ON THE HOOK

Which has grown since this photo –

Ginny’s Patronus Cloak

Knitpicks Palette

FROM THE POTTERY STUDIO

One thing that has been moving in the finish direction has been my recent pottery projects, a series of blue and white glazed pots, which I’ve become a bit obsessed with.  Here’s a sampling –

Blue Celadon, Cloudy Blue and Glossy White on B-clay

It’s all I can do not to geek out over these pots, but I’ll spare you.  Apparently, not everyone shares my enthusiasm for mud (and fiber). ☹️

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.  Dave Weinbaum

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