A Day at the Park

Yesterday Nicole took Addie to the park and I love this picture.

Addie on the Slide

Addie on the Slide

Look at her pushing the limits . . hands in the air and one leg folded backwards. I think she’s going to be a bit of a dare devil.  She’s going to be a lot like her mom. Nicole can dress up, be dainty and pretty, but she can also put on camo, go hunting, skin a critter, build anything that needs building or fix a broken electrical outlet. I don’t think there’s much that scares Nicole and she’s willing to tackle any project.

I am so thankful that I have a daughter-in-law that I love, is easy to get along with and . . loves to quilt!  :)

Help Solve This Issue Please

I’m not going to say which one of us said what because I know you all love me the best but this is a conversation we’ve been having all day.

Person #1:  They’re having bad storms north of us. Did you hear about them?
Person #2:  North of us? Where?
Person #1:  Missouri . . around Joplin.
Person #2:  Joplin? That isn’t north of us! Oklahoma or Kansas is north of us!
Person #1:  Is Missouri not north of us?
Person #2:  Northeast!
Person #1:  Well, that’s north!

No wishy washy straddling the fence . . Person #1 or Person #2?  :)

An Opportunity to Help

The news out of the Oso, Washington area is terrible. Since one of our own, Nichole Webb Rivera, was deeply affected by this tragedy, this seems so “local” to so many of us.

I’ve seen firsthand how generous and caring quilters can be. You all amazed me when you sent quilts and monetary donations for Joplin, MO after the tornado and for the fire victims in Texas when we first moved here, and again when the explosion devastated West, Texas, and the residents of Oklahoma after the tornadoes last year. Now is a chance for us to help out another area.

Layers of Hope

Layers of Hope

Quilting Granny of Layers of Hope has taken the lead in collecting quilts for those affected by the mudslide in Washington. If you are able to help, please go to her website and check out the details. Grab the button from her sidebar, add it to your blog and let’s get the folks in the affected area all the quilts they can possibly use!

The Yarn I Didn’t Buy

Last night while browsing through Ravelry, I came across the pattern Kynance Cove by Isabell Kraemer. I love her designs and have several of her her patterns, several of them in my queue, but have never made one. I really like the new one and there’s a Knit Along beginning April 1. Since I’m still fairly new to knitting sweaters, I thought the KAL would be good for me.

Knit Along

Knit Along

As soon as I got the pattern, I began looking for yarn. I think I want to do it with Madelinetosh DK but The Loopy Ewe is kinda low on that and none of the colors worked for me. There were several other yarns that would work but I really wanted the Tosh DK so I figured I’d wait til today and see if the Monday update included Tosh DK.  I told myself that I needed to order the yarn so it could be shipped today in order for me to get it, wind it into balls, swatch and be ready to start knitting on April 1.  When I went to bed, I had three different combinations of yarn that would all work but was just waiting til today’s update to place the order.

But things changed . . I hadn’t been on the computer a whole lot over the weekend and when I turned on the iPad in bed last night to catch up on friends on Facebook, I read that a friend was going through a horrible situation.  I shed a few tears, said a prayer for them, and woke up this morning to even worse news.

As I was taking a shower, even before a fund had been set up to help my friend and her family, I thought . . forget about ordering the yarn and send the money that you would spend on the yarn to her. I didn’t have to think twice. I got out of the shower, wrote her and asked her for her paypal address and sent her the money I would have spent. Not only is she facing expenses in connection with the family disaster, but getting on a plane with small children and flying halfway across the country, I knew she could use a little extra cash and I surely won’t miss the yarn.

If there’s yarn in my stash to make this sweater, I’ll make it. If not, I’ll follow the KAL and be reminded during the entire process to pray for my friend and her family.

I feel a heck of a lot better having sent something to her to help her in this time of sadness than I would have felt ordering another box of yarn for myself.