Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Knitting and a Pattern

Laps around the house again for a walk today.
Haven't done much around the house but I did enjoy an afternoon of reading.

Not much progress on the new house this past week because
of the cold weather.
The windows and doors have been delivered though 
and are in the garage waiting to be installed.
Supposed to warm up next week so the window and doors should get put in then.
The inside electrical work has begun.

I've been knitting on a throw blanket for myself to wrap up in while I'm
reading or watching television in the evenings.
I started out with a pink cotton yarn but ran out of yarn before I finished
and couldn't find the matching color again.
So I just used this turquoise color because it was what I had.
Since it is just for me the unmatched color doesn't matter,
besides I like both colors.  😊
 I learned how to knit one rainy day in the summer down the New Jersey shore
when I was about 11 or so.
I grew up in northern NJ and some summers for a couple of weeks we
would rent a little bungalow on the beach.
To share expenses we would go with my grandmother, aunt and two cousins.
We would be there during the week and our dads would come up on the
weekend because they had to work.
One year we went with my moms friend and her 4 kids.
It was a rainy week and I guess all 5 of us kids were getting a bit antsy
so my mom decided to teach us all how to knit.
 We went out and got the yarn and needles and she sat us all down and 
and our lesson began.  
The others caught on fairly quickly but I was having a bit of trouble and
couldn't seem to get the hang of it.  My mom got annoyed with me and
gave up.  Of course I felt bad and cried.  (I cried very easily back then).
The oldest girl Linda learned right away and was doing great.
She took me aside and patiently showed me over and over how to do it until
I got the hang of it.
I am thankful that she took the time to teach me. 😊
I wonder if she still knits!?

Here is the pattern for the blanket.
It is actually supposed to be a baby blanket.
The pattern came from the book, The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber.
I used a cotton yarn and size 9 needle .

That's it for today.
Count your blessings and have a happy day.
happyone  💕


Tom said...

...I went out this morning to take pictures, wished that I didn't, too cold.

John M said...

I know nothing about knitting. The directions look as complicated as a computer program.

Adam said...

Knitting instructions might as well be Chinese, I never know what they're talking about

Happy@Home said...

How interesting to hear the story of how your knitting talents began. So nice that Linda took the time to work with you until you got it. I'm glad to see you have knitted something for yourself and can imagine that your blanket will come in handy in this frigid weather.
The pattern looks like a foreign language to me. I had a friend in elementary school who taught me the basics of knitting. I remember creating a piece that started off small and grew wider as I went along. Ugh. I think it had to do with the tension. That was the end of my knitting career :).

Jann Olson said...

I like the mixture of the two colors as well. I wish I knew how to knit. I did it in church when I was a young girl as a project, but have never done it since. Loved hearing your story. What a sweet girl she was to help you! I cried very easily as a child too. :)

Geraldine said...

Your blanket is shaping up nicely. I love the coral pink color. Nothing like a nice throw to curl up with,😊

Geraldine said...

PS 💟 your header!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the blanket is pretty. I like the two colors. I never got the hang of knitting. I hope you are staying warm. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week!

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

What a sweet girl Lindsay must have been to sit so patiently and teach you. I rather like the pink and turquoise colours xx

Retired Knitter said...

I loved hearing the story of how you learned to knit as a child. Glad you are still knitting.

Lowcarb team member said...

I think the two colours go well together.
My Dear Mum tried to get me knitting (she was a great knitter) alas I didn't do too well, and to this day do not knit ...

All the best Jan

Rose said...

I love those colors...Linda sounds like a special person!

Debby Ray said...

I do love both colors as well and the basket weave pattern is so pretty. I can knit a little but haven't done it in years. It's so nice that Linda took the time to give you special lessons!

Vee said...

It’s going to be both pretty and practical. Bless God for the patient ones who teach us. I think I have learned that mothers sometimes have more patience for others than they do their own. 🙂 It does seem that the horrid cold snap has broken. I hope it stays broken.