Sunday, January 8, 2012

What's new for the New Year.....

I have made no formal resolutions this year. However, I have made some agreements with myself that I hope to uphold. First, I shall try to stay out of all and I mean all political discussions this election year. I shall look the other way at first and then get up and leave - just so you know.

I am also tired of spending money on restaurants with food that is not prepared on site. We rarely go out to dinner but lunch is something we both enjoy. We are cooking at home and having wonderful lunches. Today we shall have onion soup courtesy of Ina Garten. I shall make some open faced cheese sandwiches to accompany.

Last year my word was accomplish and I did actually accomplish quite a bit. I have projects I need to finish this year and I shall try but I am also going to try to enjoy my home and the life we have here in Florida for the cold months and Maine in the summer. I find myself drifting away from some of the quilting and leaning toward knitting. My niece and her husband are having a baby in March and the needles are clicking away.
My knitting skills need to be sharpened a bit and I am amazed and thrilled at the information on the internet. I am also lucky to have a wonderful yarn shop near by. If you are in the Sarasota area and love to knit, be sure to visit A Good Yarn. You will be overjoyed.

I spent the day knitting there on Friday. Good company and good knitters. I had not brought a project but admired a blanket on the table. Very quickly, I was knitting thanks to the wonderful staff. Because this blanket is knit out of leftover sock yarn, I could buy a bag of colors called "Sock Bites" from Pagewood Farms. Perfect.

There are lots of bright colors for this baby arriving in March!
While I was at The Cotton Patch, a quilt shop in Sarasota, I found these wonderful labels. They are called "Sprinkles" and made by Izzy and Ivy.

I will use this one on the blanket.
A new knitting bag is ready to go for the next knitting day. I have a new little point and shoot camera (in orange) thanks to some Christmas dollars. I shall also take my iPad to show pictures of my beautiful grandchildren and my other projects.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love the colorful, happy blanket Carol! I agree about eating out, I'm tired of being disappointed (and spending too much $) and enjoy cooking at home:@)

Jackie said...

I agree about eating out, unless you pay ridiculous prices the food is usually pre-cooked and just heated up when ordered. As there is only Phil and I and we are both quite happy with fairly simple food it is easy to cook for the two of us. Looks like you have some great projects and enthusiasm for this coming year. I want to spend more time relaxing and reading.

Have a great week, love Jackie in Surrey, UK.x

Jackie said...

PS Forgot to say I love the labels for your hand made items.J

Maggie said...

The overwhelming feeling I'm getting from this post is how contented you sound.
The yarn shop with it's knitting group must be a lovely place to spend quality time.
The blanket looks wonderful and the handmade labels are delightful.
Have a great week, dear friend.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh what wonderful colors to find on my screen on a Monday morning! Thank you, Carol, for that delightful color charge!

You are making me lonesome for knitting, something I don't do nearly enough of anymore. I like the idea of making agreements with yourself ... instead of resolutions. So much more civlized!

Happy New Year!

From the Kitchen said...

I salute "agreements" rather than "resolutions"! Those are lovely colors in wool. What a lucky baby!


podso said...

Carol, good for you to slow down a bit--at least that is sort of what it sounds like. I think it's really cool the way you and your husband enjoy planning and cooking such good meals at home. The blanket and yarn are such delightful colors. Half of the fun of a knitting project, I think, is working with the colors. It's so nice you have found a knitting group of women to encourage and help you. It sounds like fun!


Archie the wonder dog said...

I love the blanket!!

Sheila said...

Carol - I didn't make resolutions either but have thought things over and I'm trying to make changes that will make life more enjoyable. Best of luck with your agreements! The yarn colours are gorgeous and the baby will love those bright colours!

Vee said...

What a pretty blanket!

Rettabug said...

Gorgeous blanket you've got going there, Carol...yay YOU for tackling a renewed hobby. I think I shall hunt down that website with the instructions. Isn't the web wonderful, for such learning??

We're having soup & upscale grilled cheese sammie for supper tonight, too. Its raining now but snow is on the way. Good soup weather!

Warm hugs,

KnitOne, PearlOnion said...

Hooray...a new knitter! Blanket looks lovely and using up yarn is the best! -- Joann

Eileen said...

I love how you put it - that you've made agreements with yourself. What a nice thought. :)


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