Saturday, January 31

On a Saturday...


Mama: Good night, Button. I love you.

Button (in a rush): Good night. I love you. You're beautiful. You're welcome.

Friday, January 30

Wanted on Voyage...

It's nice having a bear about the house.”

Michael Bond
A Bear Called Paddington

For months we have been looking forward to seeing Paddington on the silver screen and so we went this afternoon as a family.  He is one of our favorite characters (we've read most of the books) and Little Man has a stuffed Paddington that he sleeps with most nights.  The movie did not disappoint (though there are a few sad/scary scenes, so be cautious with your young ones)!  We've decided to revisit the story for our bedtime reading for the next week or so.

This weekend will be busy (lots of house blessings, lots of services) but we will be making time for some candle rolling, Irish Soda Bread baking, and cross weaving.  Can you believe that it is nearly February? 

Thursday, January 29


Go out more, keep cheerful as well as busy, for you are the sunshine-maker of the family, and if you get dismal there is no fair weather.”

Lousia May Alcott
Little Women

Riverbank in Ink...

I finished up my Riverbank Cowl in Madeline Tosh Vintage early in the week and have been wearing it constantly since it finished blocking..  The colorway is a gorgeous dark blue called Ink.   I am really pleased with how it turned out and am really happy that it was such a quick knit!  I cast on 224 stitches, using a size 4 needle (32" circular) for the whole project (including the ribbing - the pattern calls for a size three needle for that).  For the ribbing, I did k2p2 for 5 rows.  I will be doing 3 repeats for the body of the cowl and then finishing up with another 5 rows of ribbing. 

Wednesday, January 28

How to Make Things Better...

Feeling gloomy?  Whip up a tasty treat to enjoy with a steaming mug of coffee or tea and light a few candles.  Tulips don't hurt, either!

Yarn Along: Redux...

I finished up my pretty little Riverbank cowl the other night and am blocking it as I type this.  I needed another project on my needles and decided to use up the last little bit of the ink colorway on a hat for one of my baby nephews.  I'm hoping that it will fit Sebastian first so that when it gets too small for him, Sampson will be able to wear it.  We'll see.  

2015 is the year where I try to conquer some of my knitting fears and it seems to me that the best way to do that might be to knit some crazy hats with short rows, cables, and charts (my three biggest fears in order).  This hat is going to be a Garter Ear Flap Hat and the main challenge is to learn how to do short rows.  I'm not a huge fan of double pointed needles, so my hope is that by working on hats I can get more comfortable with them.  There may be a few panicked phone calls to my sister in the near future.  Sorry, Kate!

I am reading North and South.  I only have it on the Kindle app on my phone (it's a free download), but I am looking for a nice copy of it for my shelf.  I think that it is one of those books that needs to be re-read every few years (or in my case every few months).  It is that good.

What are you up to?

Monday, January 26

2015 March for Life...

While the children and I were marching with Orthodox Christians for Life and wandering around museums (and let's be honest, eating our weight in fries), Father John was filming for the Orthodox Church in America! Here is the two minute video he put together for them!

Sunday, January 25

Sunday Night...

I've been binging on North and South.  I'm not sure what made me want to start to re-watch it, but I finished all four episodes while we were down with the stomach bug last week and then started to read the book again.  I have been watching the best parts while I knit each night.  Needless to say, I'm getting a lot done on my cowl!  

It is hard to believe that it is already Zacchaeus Sunday and that there is only about a month before Great Lent starts.  There are so many favorite feasts coming up!  We'll be baking some Irish Soda Bread, making Saint Brigid's Crosses, and reading Saint Brigid:  Abbess of Kildare for February 1st.  I'll have to remember to buy candles this week for the Meeting of the Lord (next Monday) so that they can be blessed after the Liturgy...  maybe we'll even roll some with sheets of beeswax. 

 I made my menu plan and grocery shopping list yesterday evening in a rush when I thought that there would be snow heading our way on Monday and Tuesday.  When I found out that it was only going to rain, I abandoned the idea of shopping tonight in favor of a dish of ice cream on the couch.  I'll get everything tomorrow after we finish up our lessons.  It's nice to relax after a long day!

Friday, January 23

Just a Little Reward...


  I was so thankful that we were all well for the March for Life on Thursday!  Our little reward for a hard week was two hours in the National Gallery of Art this morning while Papa finished up some work at the cathedral.  We were able to see a lot more than we did on our first visit...  the highlight for the children was riding (and riding and riding) the moving walkway while looking at Leo Villareal's light sculpture, Multiverse.  
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