new house, old projects

Moving right along, I sorted all of the things out of the van and put it all away. In doing so, I had made the conscious decision to bring along a few bags of yarn and one that contained UFOs.

It was a bit too cold to spend time in the garden

If you are thinking this is a might big, you are right. There is enough room back there for sheep, a horse or multiple pups. Issue allocation is one riding lawnmower per three houses.

[aside: Unlike Ft Drum where the issue allocation was one snowblower per two buildings!]

We also have outbuildings –

Storage Sheds

in back of the house

Back of the House


Opening the UFO bag – I pulled out the forever sweater – a funnel neck sweater in broken rib that I started very early in 1996. Yes, you are reading that correctly. I think this is the oldest UFO in my stash. It weighs a ton.

Funnel Neck Sweater

As you can see, there is only the one sleeve to go.
Wanting something that was portable and would go quickly – Noah picked out this yarn for handwarmers –

Yarn for HandwarmersYarn for Handwarmers

Making up the pattern as I went in a 6/2 rib

Handwarmers in progress

They were completed in less than a couple of hours and match perhaps better than the young man’s huge hands.

Handwarmers - the FrontsHandwarmers - the Backs

After being quiet for the space of her brother’s handwarmers, Ms Pink brought down the left over Wicked –

Handwarmers - with beads

And started stringing beads. I suggested that it would be a good thing to count up the number of beads required by the skull chart and to string enough silver beads on the yarn for both warmers.

My hands are a bit achy from the sweater, but I think I am making progress.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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