Monday, January 23, 2017

Saturday Surprises

 Thank you Judy S for giving me something to post about today. I came home late Saturday to find your package waiting for me and it was a most needed happy surprise. Not wanting to be a downer on such a great day, I didn't mention that Miss Mini broke down on the way home from the march. Brakes went out. On the Beltway. Scary, scary stuff. The Mister had to come rescue me once again. Just what we needed, more car drama- after the accident and now this, we are down to our last moving vehicle. Yikes. I am cursed.

Fabulous, right? I love mitts and these are special. Look at those cables.   That is one beautiful pattern. Everyone is going to want to know what it is. I know I do. Can I convince you to share in the comments? Thanks again!

Sunday, January 22, 2017


 When I got to the Metro station at 7:30 I was surprised by a sea of pink. The line went on forever.

Bravo Ravelry. You got your point across but good. I really like the hats that had the tags on them from people who had donated them.

Even the mayor of DC had one on. This is a photo she tweeted after her speech.

 I have never seen such a crowd in the Metro. Everyone was singing and chanting. It was awesome.

 I had no idea where to go so I wandered around and found a corner to stand on. I didn't realize I was in the C-SPAN compound. I looked over and noticed I was standing next to Jesse Jackson. That's him in the blue hat. Golly. Van Jones from CNN was also standing there. I beat it out of that area fast. I wanted to watch the proceedings not be a part of them.

 I wandered again until I found a nice safe spot.

I found a tree to lean on right in the thick of it. There were four hours of speeches and music. My feet were killing me and we hadn't even marched yet.

 When it was time to march, Madonna fired up the crowd with Respect Yourself but there was no place to go. It was people gridlock. A girl right in front of me passed out and the only way I escaped the crowd was to follow the path made by the para-medics. There were five women doctors in the crowd that came to her aid. She was fine. Just overwhelmed in the crush of humanity.

Speaking of being crushed, the DC police were amazing today. They were kind, patient and at times hilarious. They seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Again not my photo, I found it on Twitter but I saw lots of this behavior from the cops on the cars.

 I met people from all over the country. I am not much of a talker but I found myself chatting it up with all kinds of folks.

Everyone wanted to know why you were there.

I was there for so many reasons-but kindness really is everything.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Third Kind

This is a Close Encounter moment for me. As much as I don't want to take a trip on the dreaded Metro this morning and as much as I don't want to march alone among crowds of strangers, I found myself compelled to go. I've been building a mountain of mashed potatoes in my head all week-except that my mountain looks more like the Washington Monument. 

The road that runs smack down the middle of my county and brought me home for the 20 plus years I was a PGCPS teacher leads right to the front door of the White House so I can't just pretend like today is just another Saturday. I'm off. Wish me luck.

Friday, January 20, 2017

When a Bell Rings

 Is it just me? I feel like this was then...

...and this is now. I've been on C-SPAN all week listening to the hearings.

I need a break from all the noise. Clarence where are you when I need you? 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dragon Moon

 The last of the latest batch is out of the mold and it's not too bad. No spots, thank goodness. I really like this scent so I am glad it worked out.

 I didn't do anything but pour the batter in the mold but I got an interesting angry moth thing happening.

The cubes came from the slab mold. I had to pop out the whole slab and then cut it into cubes with a knife. I've never made square soap before so this will be a first when it comes to testing it. Soap that fits in your hand is a big deal so I am not sure how this is going to play out in the shower.

 The interior looks pretty cool even though all those dark colors faded quite a bit.

The soap shelves are officially full again. Now to wait for six weeks to see if it was worth all the trouble.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Knit Talk

 I'm all over the place with my posts these days but I assure you there is knitting go on and on and on. I am at the second lace section of the Nurmil...whatever scarf. It's my TV knit at the moment.

 The Ghazal cowl is pretty long. I am going to stop when I run out of yarn which is not that far away by the feel of the ball. I knit on this while I am Netflix bingeing at night.

 My Paris Geller cowl is coming along nicely. I knit on this during my daily visit to Stars Hollow. In these trying times I can't get enough of that mythical small town.

 It also helps that the pattern is really fun. It looks simple but there are a lot of unusual things going on.

 There are also socks. I like to knit and walk. Sounds crazy but I walk around the house knitting all day with my yarn in my apron pocket.

Valerie, this yarn of yours is gorgeous. I had no idea what to expect when I balled it up but it is really fabulous. Either you or your mom is a genius-probably both!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


 It's not snowy here. It's just a bit chilly but this month's cards are all about the snowman.

 I bought that adorable stamp and die set from Penny Black at Christmas and now I am having fun putting him/her in different snowy settings.

See what I mean?

These two have their scarves and hats cut out from fancy paper.  It's like playing with paper dolls. The possibilities are endless.