Winsome Wednesday

Holy cow, January 6th already! I know this as Three Kings’ Day, but I think most people in the U.S. call it Epiphany. I still call it Three Kings’ because I first became aware of it as a real holiday (like, not just something printed on the calendar) when I lived in Germany. I remember seeing people dressed as the three kings (who visited Jesus after his birth), going around town. Here’s some interesting info about it. Do you celebrate the day?

Pinwheel Star
Pinwheel Star

Sewing: I am putting together this Pinwheel Star that I started in 1999. Must see if I have enough of something for a back. I haven’t worked on it in eons, so was surprised to find that, although the blocks are done, I did not have as much of it set together as I thought. I am sending this one to Kelly Cline in Lawrence, Kansas, for quilting.

back
Back. Isn’t it fun?

Yesterday I finally pieced the back of the houndstooth quilt I made for The Boy. Beth Anderson in Florida will quilt it and give it real life, I’m sure!

Houndstooth
Top. The aqua/turquoise is an ombre.

This red and yellow quilt (which is from a pattern  but I can’t for the life of me tell you which. If you need to know, leave me a comment and I’ll hunt for it) will be coming up soon. I keep folding and unfolding it and moving it from place to place so it needs to be done. There is no reason at all why this wasn’t finished before now. I made a couple of pillowcases to match it a couple of weeks ago when I needed some mindless sewing (after I made sure I had enough fabric to finish!) Phyllis Arnett in Bourbon, Missouri, will quilt this one for me. I am excited to see what she does with it.

red and yellow
Top
red and yellow
Pillowcases and a pretty back

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing;  I finished a very small “potholder” signature block, also hand-quilted. You can see it here. (There will be more about my signature blocks soon.)

My next finish will probably be a small hand-quilted practice piece from waaaay back. It still needs a label and sleeve before I can call it done, but I plan to have those done tomorrow or Friday. I’ll post it when I’m done.

Cowl
Arcuate cowl

Knitting: I have been working on this for far too long. Wait, better said is that this has been on the needles too long. The actual knitting was probably not more than a week. I have just a few rows left before I graft and block it. Arcuate Cowl in Quince & Company Puffin (Pomegranate). It’ll show up in my finishes soon!

Cowl2
Yummy texture

bookReading: The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase, Mark Forsyth. One of the books my husband bought me for Christmas. It’s definitely a good one for serious word-nerds

AND imageLibrary of Souls, Ransom Riggs. This is the third book in the series that started with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011). These are YA books, and I held off reading them because I thought they’d be creepy. I was SO wrong. They are imaginative and fun, each better than the last.

Watching: Still binging on past seasons of Downton Abbey with my family. We were trying to get them all watched before this last season started but didn’t make it, mostly because somebody (me) kept going to sleep in the middle of watching. I still haven’t watched this season’s premier so I am pushing my family to sit down and watch with me so we can be caught up by Sunday but there are only so many hours in the day.

Listening to:  Nigel Kennedy Radio on Pandora. I will never tire of hearing what he does with a violin. If you don’t know his music, start by finding a recording of him playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Cooking: Potato soup (with rivels) in the Crock-Pot. It’s not as cold as it has been out (the high today is 45), but I am going to be out part of the day and it’s always good to come home to a hot supper already cooked.

Doing for fun: Having lunch with a girlfriend today. We have been friends for a long, long time (all thanks to a little boy in a Missouri t-shirt). She is smart, funny, inspires me, makes me laugh, and helps me think through the hard questions.

Looking forward to: I am (well, sort of) looking forward to returning to a low-carb diet. We have been really lax and over-indulgent through our long holiday break and I am feeling kind of yucky and slow. Time to get us all back on track!

So that’s what’s happening here. What’s new in your world? Leave me a note!

Until next time,
Lori

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  • shelly

    Love the update! I’m not near that industrious yet on this Wednesday morning. So far, I’ve done chores and got everyone fed, made a pot of coffee, and sat in my chair with 2 cats on my lap for 20 minutes like a vegetable. I’m a slacker compared to you! Enjoy your lunch date.

    • Lori East

      I assure you, the early mornings are not usually productive for me! I swear it takes at least the first pot of coffee before I even know what day it is. If we had animals besides dogs and cats to feed, I’m afraid the neighbors would complain over the ruckus they’d make when they didn’t get fed on time!
      Have a good day!

  • Bill V.

    Busy busy! Here, too! Have a great day!

    • Lori East

      Thanks, Bill! You too!

  • Barbara Runkle Swing

    Love the rivels! We went back to low-carb eating on Monday. I am starting to feel less sluggish today.
    Thanks for your inspirational postings. So far this week, I’ve completed two projects. ????

    • Lori East

      Go, YOU, Barb! I think we are going back low-carb on Monday…the date keeps getting pushed back, though. I know you know what I mean. Even though you know you feel better eating low-carb, it’s hard to get all of the temptation out of the house. I mean, rivels!!

      And hooray for two projects done. Isn’t it a great feeling?

      • Barbara Runkle Swing

        Lori, I’ve thought a lot about my word for the year. I’ve decided on ACCEPTANCE. Not in the manner of “giving in or up”, but in the realization that life has profoundly changed for me in the last year. I lost two very dear and special friends to cancer. I was diagnosed with an invisible illness that plays havoc with my energy levels and causes persistent pain. In the ‘busy’ness of things, I don’t think I allowed myself to grieve properly. I need to make time for that, for me. I realize I can no longer be the lady with a full-time job and two part-time jobs. I must learn to say no to others and yes to myself. I want live more in the moment, spend more time feeding my creative soul, and definitely enjoying more time with friends/family.
        It will be interesting to see how I do this year. Again, thanks for the inspiration.

        • Lori East

          Oh, Barb, that is a great word! I am so sorry about your friends. That is never easy. I understand too well about invisible illnesses and the one thing I’ve learned is that taking care of yourself is as effective as any treatment available. I mean not only eating well and resting well but allowing your mind and emotions to heal too. For me it means looking for the joy, finding fun, and knowing when not to. It’s always a delicate balance, and sometimes we do need help from outside ourselves but it sounds like you are heading down the perfect path. “Acceptance” is huge!
          Hugs to you and I will cheer you from the sidelines! Say “YES” to you!

        • Lori East

          Oh, Barb, that is a great word! I am so sorry about your friends. That is never easy. I understand too well about invisible illnesses and the one thing I’ve learned is that taking care of yourself is as effective as any treatment available. I mean not only eating well and resting well but allowing your mind and emotions to heal too. For me it means looking for the joy, finding fun, and knowing when not to. It’s always a delicate balance, and sometimes we do need help from outside ourselves but it sounds like you are heading down the perfect path. “Acceptance” is huge!
          Hugs to you and I will cheer you from the sidelines! Say “YES” to you!

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