Posted by: Mare F | May 20, 2019

CT Draft Horse Rescue Event

I had a very nice time yesterday. Met new people, made a bit of money, donated to a worthy cause, it was a success in my eyes.


The day started out overcast, it was sprinkling when I left home, but those were the only raindrops I spied all day. The sun came out right around noon.


I didn’t get a chance to meet the horses, but they hold visiting hours every Saturday morning from 10am to noon. I see a road trip in my future.

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Posted by: Mare F | May 13, 2019

Upcoming show

So in the mood to settle in front of the fireplace with my knitting, which by the way, is a keyhole scarf. I hope to have a few more made by the end of the week for the show this coming Sunday at the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue in East Hampton, CT.


This promises to be a fun day and I’m looking forward to it. I’m not sure just what I’ll have for stock as this is a very early show for me and I’ve spent a good amount of time this year working on orders, but I intend to make a show of it. I’d hoped to start packing the car this past weekend, but Saturday was yard work and Sunday was just plain raw and dank. I don’t know that it stopped raining at all yesterday never mind the snowflakes and sleet that mixed in. Very nice day, though, for that fireplace knitting thing.


I also need to send a picture of the item I’m donating to their silent auction and I can’t quite decide what to offer. It’s always a bit tricky for me when it’s a new show and I’ve no idea on the clientele. What do you like to see at silent auctions or raffles?

Posted by: Mare F | May 9, 2019

Springtime chaos

I’ve completely lost track of the past few weeks. In addition to being busy at work and in the yard….kind of, we attended a lovely wedding this past weekend in South Carolina which brought up it’s own set of interesting preparations. It is the first time that our two cats have been left alone in the 6 and 3 years they they have been living with us so that brought a special kind of concern, but luckily we had good friends who came in the morning and evening to feed and entertain them. Doug paid a higher price when we returned, but it was a brief punishment so all is well now.

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Hobo really doesn’t look too concerned now, does he? Miss Kitty was very forgiving also.


And I managed to knit a scarf while I was in the many airports and hotel room. Oddly enough I couldn’t find a local yarn shop anywhere in the area. It was a relaxing weekend for the most part and a very lovely wedding, but I am very glad to be at home and I’m looking forward to sliding back into my routine. How do you feel about traveling?


Posted by: Mare F | April 15, 2019

Spring Break

It’s finally here and starting with a bang. Wicked thunderstorm and heavy rains are the backdrop for this morning. I was struck yesterday with the urge to finish up some of the many projects I have going to free up some floor space. I’ve baskets and tote bags everywhere. The two that I started with are a shawl in Lion’s Brand Homespun.


The second, and I’ve been thinking about this one quite a bit, is filet crochet. I don’t know how I get separated from my cotton, but I do and I really need to work on this one. There is just something about doing this kind of handiwork that is even more soothing for me than the yarn work.


Do you have a favorite fiber for your projects?

Posted by: Mare F | April 11, 2019

Thursday chat

My rainy Monday blahs were more or less banished when the postman dropped off my copy of The Art of Shetland Lace. It was just the thing to chase away the blues and I thoroughly enjoyed my first run through it as the rain hit the windows. Shetland lace history was the perfect topic with my cup of Prince of Wales tea.

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Posted by: Mare F | April 8, 2019

Rainy Monday blahs

We are a week out from Spring Break at school and it shows. Nothing I start is amusing me, patterns aren’t catching my fancy, and even my yarn has gone silent. I can tell that warm weather is close, but it’s not close enough to do something outside in the gardens other than clipping bittersweet vines and multiflora rose stalks.


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Not my most recent rainy picture, but you get my drift. However, my seed potatoes arrived on the door step Saturday so I know that planting can’t be too far behind especially as I hope to grow them on the deck in garden bags. New plan this year so that will be interesting.

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So my plan is to go home, brew a pot of tea, pick up a good book, and knit a simple scarf. I’ll get my fix and add to stock while not having to think to heavily about patterns or colors. This time of year is always a bit dreary for me, but once the cold weather is past everything falls right into place. Do you have a dreary time of year?


Posted by: Mare F | April 1, 2019

Love it when it works out….

Sometimes the fiber spirits are with you and it happened to me recently. Having all kinds of yarns, bits and pieces, a few small skeins of one color and on large skein of another, well, when it comes together in an afghan I just really appreciate it. A week ago when I was cleaning my studio (a never-ending task I’ve decided) I put together a couple of bags with yarns for baby afghans in the hopes that they would blend together nicely as there wasn’t enough of either to make an afghan.


These were the two I put such high hopes on. I had 4 of the small skeins and the one large lavender.


I can’t begin to say how pleased I was with the way that the corner to corner was working up with 4 rows of white varigated and 2 rows of the lavender.



A small pointed edging in the lavender finished it off last night and now it just awaits a trim and weave on a few ends. And as a bonus, it kept my lap warm once the temps started to drop yesterday. Quite a happy surprise all around. Do you have much good luck with matching yarns that really aren’t quite close?

Posted by: Mare F | March 21, 2019

It’s here, it’s here

My hap book arrived in the mail yesterday. So much fun. I’m already trying to decide which one to try although I admit it will be the one that looks the easiest to me. And the history. The beginning of the book is history and photos of haps. So happy here. It will be raining this afternoon so my carrot for the work day is my hap book, a pot of tea, and the couch with a cat or two. What more could one ask for on the first full day of Spring?


Posted by: Mare F | March 18, 2019

And it’s a pair of mittens….

Finally, I finished my first pair of mittens in a few years and I’m thrilled. If I hadn’t had some frogging issues (found a dropped stitch in the decrease after accidentally pulling a needle out of the stitches) I would have cast on another pair last night, but I was too annoyed with myself to go and dig through my mitten yarn basket. Later today, with a cup of tea, I shall start again.


I’d forgotten how satisfying mittens are as a finished project. Is there one particular project that you truly enjoy working up?

Posted by: Mare F | March 14, 2019

Thursday chat

This past Monday I spent a couple of hours working my way through airline reservations. It had been many, many years since I last made them. The process is a bit more complicated, and if I’m perfectly honest, I’m not as quick as I once was. Now that I’ve dragged that portion of the story out I will get to the point. I wanted nothing more to do with the computer on Monday evening. I took my internet headache to the couch and worked quietly on the Cable Hooded Cowl pattern from Red Heart that caught my eye last week. I checked my email on my phone, I was expecting an email concerning a drop spindle class that I might be offering in the near future and I spotted an email from Thriftbooks concerning a book on my wish list.

I couldn’t get to the computer fast enough and log on to get my copy. Now I’m pacing and pressing my nose to the glass portion of the door waiting for the mail person to deliver it to my house. It’s rather astonishing how quickly I am able to revert to toddler stage. What makes you giddy with anticipation?

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