Friday, February 28, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment}
Joining Amanda. ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Older Fashioned Than I Thought I Ever Was

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I have always been a little quirky, a little different. I have always loved antiques and vintage wares. One of my favourite things to do is spend the day in a historical open air museum. I also love making things with my hands. I have been knitting for more than 25 years. Did I just say that? Yikes! I have been sewing for the past 20 years or so and crocheting and quilting for about the last 5 years. But now I have a new, old past-time. Spinning.
The vintage image is exactly how I feel about handicrafts, busy hands... happy heart. My husband always remarks at how calm I am when I am busy with my hands. He is a huge advocate of my aspirations to become a good spinner. So much so, that he gave me the opportunity to take a few classes to learn how to spin. I got my first certificate a few weeks ago. I learned how to properly use the drop spindle. I blogged about our first attempts at spinning back in the fall. It was part of our pioneer studies. My daughter took the class with me and she also received a certificate and made some yarn.

The above skein is one of the first skeins I made after taking the class. It is a 2ply skein of Blue Faced Leicester wool, dyed in kool-aid and spun on a top whorl spindle by moi. It is just shy of 100g. I have a few ideas for this particular skein, but am waiting on the results of the ultrasound next week to see if it is going to be for baby or for me.


I am really excited to be taking my first spinning wheel, spinning class starting tomorrow.  Hubby is so supportive that he bought me my very own spinning wheel. He was going to build me a Dodec spinning wheel, but really didn't want to build something and have me frustrated if he didn't get it 'just so'. 

We are both believers in buying the best tools you can afford for whatever project you are working on. When he worked in construction, we bought him the best tools he could to help him be more efficient and to prevent injury. He bought me a really good sewing machine a few years ago and saw how much easier and better it was to produce quality end products. We use this motto in everything from kitchen knives, to garden tools, to hardware supplies and handicrafts devices. That is why he drove with me to a little place south of the city to pick out my very own spinning wheel. This was my Valentines, Birthday, Christmas and Anniversary gift for this year and many years to come, he jokingly claimed. I never let him spend money on me unless absolutely necessary. Who needs diamonds and jewels? Not this gal. Not when you can have this...
Who knows if I will ever be able to make usable yarn on this thing? I really hope that I can catch on as fast as I did with the drop spindle. I have some fiber waiting to be spun. I really hope and pray that this retro gal can spin something usable for a baby garment or blanket at least. I don't have a lot of time in a day to spin, but there is usually some time in the evening when the kids are in bed and there is always nap time. Wish me luck.
See you later, friends. Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Finally Ready to Blog

Ok, so I have been a terrible blogger for more than 2 months now. I don't even know how to make a comeback. I have written a million blog posts in my head, but never made an effort to write them for real. I can't make any claims that illness or tragedy has struck or that I have been terribly busy.

At first, I didn't want to write anything because I didn't want anyone to know what I was going through emotionally. And then, I didn't want to blog out of courtesy of a fellow blogger who is going through some tough stuff, that I too have battled with. Then, it had been forever since the last blogging that I didn't feel it mattered, but then I had a revelation! I need to share my fears and joys with the whole world (or at least those who read this little blog from time to time).

All Mommy wanted was a BACKRUB. 

Vintage baby announcement card 
If you haven't guessed, we are expecting! 

The first couple of months were very emotional. I was terrified that I would miscarry. I have had three miscarriages and the previous two pregnancies were immediately preceded by a miscarriage. As you can imagine, all sorts of terrible thoughts were going through my little brain. I am optimistic most of the time, but I really didn't want to hope too much. I trust in God, but hurt overshadows my faith sometimes. Christmas was a happy occasion clouded by fears and dark thoughts.  The reactions of my birth parents to my pregnancy was not only hurtful, but nearly knocked my socks off. I was already struggling with my feelings towards my pregnancy and the last thing I needed was ridicule. 

When you announce your first pregnancy, people are thrilled for you (usually). When you announce the second pregnancy, people congratulate you on creating the perfect little family. In my experience, it has gone downhill since then. The only people really happy for us are those who have large families or those who are really pro-life. The strange thing about this pregnancy is that I didn't even tell those people who I knew would be really happy for us. I was too afraid that I would have to go around and tell everyone that we had miscarried, so I didn't bother telling anyone other than my doctor, my midwives, a friend who is a Benedictine brother and a family friend who happens to have 13 living children and a few in heaven.

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I had a revelation. It wasn't all that profound, but it came from an unexpected place, a place deep within my heart. It came after going to an Al-Anon meeting. It came after someone who I didn't even knew cared, showed me that she cared. I learned that my fears will never completely go away, but that I can acknowledge them and give them up to God.

I am finally feeling excited. It has taken a long time to get here. I started making things for the baby. I made a puerperium cardigan, a girly hat (hopeful thinking) and I am working on the baby's Christening Blanket.

I have so many plans on things to make including a quilt using this fabric.

I hope that you all will pray for us and our little one. I am almost half way through this pregnancy and would love to be able to have an uneventful rest of the pregnancy. It is time to relax and enjoy. Before I go, I want to share a little peek at my baby belly. I am smaller than I have ever been this far into my pregnancy. 

 Thanks for stopping by my friends.
Holly Hobbie - friends
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