Wordless Wednesday: Nature Photos 4

Some daffodils ay @ustma_taekwondo that survived the snow & continue to bloom, like the students & masters at the school. #suzimandyphotochallenge #naturephotooff #naturemacro #daffodils #daffodilmacro #naturephotography #unfiltered

Sojourn #naturephotooff #suzimandyphotochallenge #naturemacro #seedmacro #macro #naturephotography #naturelovers #evergreen #milkweed #milkweedseeds #milkweedformonarchs

My first narcissus of the year. This petite bloom is about the size of a US nickel. #suzimandyphotochallenge #naturephotooff #unfiltered #naturepics #naturemacro #naturephoto #naturephotography #narcissus #flowergram #flowerstagram #flowersofinstagram #fl

The lamb's ear has been up and fuzzy for weeks now. As usual, I'd like to sew the leaves together to make a garment or find a bed-sized patch of them to take a nap in. #suzimandyphotochallenge #naturephotooff #nature #naturephotography #naturemacro #natur

Big daffodils are on the way! #suzimandyphotochallenge #naturephotooff #naturephotography #flowers #daffodils

Redbud update! The buds are big enough to show 2 shades of pink but not big enough to open. And the tree branches are *covered* with buds - so pretty, one of the best parts of spring in Virginia!#suzimandyphotochallenge #naturephotooff #naturepics #nature


The Week March 27-April 2, 2017

Last week’s goals with progress indicated:

      • Knit 3 or more wedges of Aranami.
        Not done – I got caught up in cables and finishing the Aspen sleeves, so I only managed 1 last night.
      • Start sleeve cap shaping on Aspen sleeves.
        Done. Started and finished – the sleeves are done. See?

I finished the sleeves for my Aspen cardi (by @mishi2x) this weekend. On to calculating to make it shorter, balling more yarn, and starting the fronts. This cat-free picture brought to you by blue bouncy ball, the great distractor.

    • Go to TKD twice.
      Done – I went thrice.
    • Add more pictures to Society 6 and let my FB people know.
      Done. Maybe I should replace the blog link in Instagram with a link to S6? And since I’m on the subject, maybe replace etsy shop link in @madgeface twitter account with link to this.

I also started an exercise challenge, egged on by my old roller derby buddies and an article in Runner’s World: 30 burpees (full burpees, with pushups) for 15 days. Today will be day 7 since we started last Tuesday. I pulled or strained something in my shoulder so it aches at rest and hurts when I turn my neck. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep going or not – is the pain just my body getting used to doing pushups again or did I really pull something? (Can you tell I’m putting off today’s 30 burpees by writing about them instead?)

Next week:

    • Knit 1 or more wedge of Aranami.
    • Do the math to figure out the stitch count for the fronts & back of Aspen since I’m doing a shorter version. I have the vague idea that the cabling should start around where the belt loops (which I’m not doing according to pattern) go.
    • Go to TKD twice.
    • Add more pictures to Society 6 and let my FB people know.
    • Decide yes/no on NaPoWriMo and yes/no on 100 day project (likely writing) since April is Saturday, the start day for both.
    • Come up with a good (not completely awful and humiliating) April Fool’s joke to play on Ky & the boys. Or, alternately, rise above it/go into full denial and just call it April 1.
    • Start a cat cave for Jeff (and later, one for Eevee) since he likes his improvised one so much:

Jeff's improvised cave


NaPoWriMo, 100 Day Project, An Old Poem

In keeping with November and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel over the course of the month, April is NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month. I’m thinking about participating again to see if I can write more than the 12 poems I did in 2014. Are any of you planning on doing that?

April 1 also marks the start of the 100 Day project, which I participated in in 2015, with 100 days of fiber art. Wait, that’s not entirely accurate. In 2015, the 100 day project started on April 1, I found out about it from someone I follow on Instagram, and followed along through The Great Discontent. Since then, I think there have been a number of 100 day project efforts, some of them even by lone people challenging themselves. In any case, that’s on my mind as well. I don’t think I could manage 100 days of poetry, but another 100 days of fiber art might be fun and interesting and inspiring.

Back to poetry. I know none of you signed up to read my poetry. I have to say there’s nothing worse than surprise bad poetry (and no one thinks their poetry is bad), but mine really isn’t that bad – I started out as a Creative Writing major focused on poetry before coming to my senses and switching to Rhetoric (in the classical sense, not the way the media uses the word today). So. I guess to warn you all that I may do NaPoWriMo and I may start posting poems, here’s one (unedited) from my 2014 effort.

Early April

The rivers are liquid again
but the puddles still freeze in the mud on the driveway.
In the morning, I stomp on the air bubbles frozen in them
while I wait for the bus to take me to school.
I make the rounds in the yard every day:
the crocuses planted by the foundation are up,
but the daffodils by the stone wall are not.
The lily of the valley bed
still has snow: it’s in the shadow of the house,
but each day it melts a little so that last year’s leaves,
bowed down under the weight of winter, are slowly revealed.
This is just the beginning.
But there will be an ending too:
after the rain overfills the brook and the pond,
the weight of the water will break the dam and my heart.


TBT: Young Eleanor & FDR

Eleanor Roosevelt knit constantly and was photographed knitting often. I suppose it’s a bit more rare to see a photo of FDR knitting as well, but here it is. There is another much more comprehensive blog post about Eleanor knitting, so I won’t get into anything here. However, neatorama explains (scroll to the second to last point) that this photo, taken shortly after their marriage, was likely a joke: Eleanor is actually holding a cocktail glass (perhaps his favorite pastime) and FDR is shown knitting (her favorite pastime). He’s doing a terrible job holding the working yarn, by the way, which further supports the idea that this is an elaborate joke.


Wordless Wednesday: Nature Photos 3




Moss and snow along the W&OD trail. Yes, I went for an actual walk! I wish I knew the name of this moss - bryophytes are tricky. #suzimandyphotochallenge #naturephotooff #unfiltered #moss #snow #nature #naturemacro #naturephoto #naturephotography #naturep

Clouds in the gloaming. #naturephotooff #suzimandyphotochallenge #naturephotography #nature #naturepics #cloudscape #gloaming #gloamingsky

My garden gnome (who's really a salt & pepper shaker holder) needs some new paint this year. Maybe I'll knit him a new hat, too. He lives in the small flower bed around the light post in our front yard, tucked in among liriope, 3 different peonies, a clem


The Week March 20-26, 2017

Last week’s goals with progress indicated:

    • Knit 3 more wedges of Aranami.
    • Continue with Aspen sleeves.
      I’m almost done with the increases and near where I should start the sleeve cap shaping.
    • Go to TKD twice.
      This almost didn’t happen thanks to snow days, but I’m still feeling Friday’s workout.
    • Keep learning how to spreche Deutsch and hablas Español and not get anything mixed up with le Français. Or Franglais.
      I kept going, but not as often as I was doing it (daily). I’m not sure I want to include it in this goal setting exercise or keep it just for fun. 

      I also:

    • Added pictures to my Society6 page and selected a whole bunch of others to upload there.

Next week:

  • Knit 3 or more wedges of Aranami.
  • Start sleeve cap shaping on Aspen sleeves.
  • Go to TKD twice.
  • Add more pictures to Society 6 and let my FB people know.

And for your enjoyment, Swallow by Tony Pinkevich.


TBT: Boye Needle Holster

Oh, my, what knitter doesn’t need a holster for needles? Or this sweet crop top and short set? Though I have to admit I’m not a fan of Boye needles. My first set of interchangeables was a Boye set that I got at a big box craft store and the only thing they had going for them was that the tips were interchangeable. That holster, though!