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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Reading: 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 Library 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,
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