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Monday, May 19, 2014

Onwards and Upwards

This past weekend, we celebrated our eldest child's graduation from College.  Kaitlyn graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies or HDFS.  We spent an extended weekend in Northern Colorado with lots of wonderful family and friends and had the opportunity to spend some much needed time with Kaitlyn. 

The CSU graduation ceremony lasted 2.5 hours with over 700 students graduating from the College of Health and Human Sciences.  I have yet to replace my camera and each of the following photos are from one cell phone or another, so please excuse the horrible picture quality.  We arrived 45 minutes early and still ended up sitting quite high in the back far reaches of Moby Auditorium.


Despite our not so great seats, we were able to hear most of the speeches and our daughter's name being announced as she walked across the stage.  After the ceremony, we were able to capture some fun family photos, as the auditorium quickly cleared out.


As of this coming Friday and until Kaitlyn returns to school for her Master's Degree, I will only have two children IN school - a Freshman and a Sophomore in High School.  Time is just flying!

 
We could not be more proud of this child if we tried. 
 
 
This kid's not bad either.  :)
 
 
Oh and this one, whom we lovingly refer to as the "little one",  is a keeper too.  However, she's not so little, having recently passed me up on the tallness scale (not all that hard to do!)
 
 
Here we have three generations of family - huddling to keep out of the rain and chill of the Colorado Spring!
 
We drove to Colorado, a nearly 9 hour drive and when I wasn't driving or freaking out about the fact that my middle child was driving, I worked on a tiny needlepoint of an owl.  It's quite lovely, with a fun specialty stitch called "cashmere" for the background.  Unfortunately, blogger is refusing to upload the photos I took.  Might be time for me to go buy a new camera.
 
Today's been spent cleaning house and catching up on laundry.  I am so thankful for all of my children but today, especially for Kaitlyn and all of her accomplishments.  God blessed us with safe travels and wonderful family time this weekend and here's to a wonderful week ahead!  I have lots of stitching to do but also this week - flower planting and vegetable garden planting.  Better get to it!
 
Until next time,
Kathleen
 
 



 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

O Glorious Day!

Despite the fact that I was one week and 2 days late (from Easter Sunday), I managed to finish "O Glorious Day!"

Technology has gotten the best of me this morning, and for some reason (surely NOT user error), BlogSpot won't post several of my better photos.  In fact, the best photo, insists on transposing itself so that the words are backwards.  I've no idea what to do and my IT experts, my children and husband, have better things to do at school and work, and are not home to help me.  The nerve!  This photo will have to do.  Ugh!

Anyway!  This rug was conceived by me and drawn up by a dear friend.  After a series of adorable pencil sketches, we met and decided on key aspects that would go into the rug.  I love the pencil sketches so much, I've kept each one and pinned them just above my computer screen.  It's fun to see the process of the rug, from the very first sketch!





The background of the rug was worked in 4 different tones of Janice's hand-dyed "Khaki Drab" wool and in straight line hooking, which I've never done to this degree.  The bottom of the rug starts with the very darkest value, while at the top of the rug, I've hooked the very lightest value.  Within each segment, I pulled in a bit of the lighter and darker values.  I love the look of the straight line hooking.  It was more challenging than I expected, but I think it gives the rug a rich, unique look.

With about 2" left to hook, I ran out of background.  That was not a glorious day!  Searching my stash, I found a very mottled "Lichen" wool, cut the very lightest part of that piece and hooked it into the rug.  I like the way it looks - it's a happy accident.  Can you see where this little accident occurs?

Also, this week, I worked up 2 needle keepers for a friend.  She gave me dimensions and pocket specifications and I worked up my own pattern.  These were fiddly and took a lot of time but it was kind of a fun challenge.  At first, I was horrified with how they turned out.  As I look at them this morning in the light of day, I am beginning think they are "ok", but still not great.  At least now I sort of, kind of have a pattern and learned much in the making.

Here's the inside, Bentley the cat thinks he needs to be involved in everything I do!


Also this week, I've worked a bit on a crocheted afghan for Stitch & Study, served lunch at the kiddos school, done a bit of needlepoint and a little bit more cross-stitch.  Oh yes, and I worked at my actual, paid job as well! 

We've had cool, cool temps here in Nebraska, cloudy skies and some rain.  The critters were cold too so our youngest kitten took advantage of a huge wool rug to warm up.


Another day of cool temps and clouds today and then warming and sunny come tomorrow and the weekend.  Everything is plush and green and the trees are just spectacular in color.  Blessings have abounded this week, including a scrappy, homemade lunch with a friend and even a little bit of quiet, chatty time with each of my teenagers.  Those downtime moments are few and far between and I plan to enjoy and appreciate each and every one, before the time completely flies.

Wishing you luck with whatever technology you find yourself using today, Spring blessings, pretty things to look at and quiet moments.

Until next time,
Kathleen