update and a friend to knit with zoom thought

Well, I did manage to knit enough in order to separate the body and sleeves of my Miromesnil.  
Also, still working on my latte art.  😜
The other great accomplishment was freezing individual chocolate chip cookie balls in order to bake them to order!  However, the kids can only order them after dinner.  And they can only order a maximum of two each.  HAHA!

Also, I was thinking, anyone want to knit with me via Zoom?  I thought it would be a nice way to meet, spread some cheer and connect during this uncertain time.  We can arrange a group to meet (I was thinking maybe 5 or so) OR if you would rather, we could arrange a one on one.  Just a thought.  Email me if interested!  Really, don't be shy!  lesliemfriend at gmail dot com.

Stay well friends!

after one week

Good Morning sweet friends.  Hope you are all doing well.
We've been in self quarantine for a week.  My kids are all home and are on Day 5 of their self quarantine.
Libby had been exposed to a couple of kids in Boulder with Covid-19 and Charlie worked with many international peeps in Big Sky so they are all self quarantining in our guest house.  They also spent 21 hours in the car together on their trek back from the west.  Andrew decided he would rather be with them than anyone else, so he is with them, also.

I've had a hard time focusing on anything other than trying to keep busy.  I knit a little but not a whole lot.  Last week I had a hard time sitting still.  I plan to change that this week.  Accept the things we cannot change.  Continue to pray for the leaders and our world.  Be thankful for each and every blessing we have.  And knit.

Some of the things that can help to keep my mind busy and make me feel better.
• applying undereye concealer daily.  sometime twice a day.
• trying my hand at latte art.
• zoom yoga with my sisters.
• organizing my yarn.  again and again.
• organizing drawers.
• baking for the kids.

miromesnil

Hiya friends!
I am sure you are feeling the same as me and are completely thankful for your yarn, your needles and any other crafty endeavors you may enjoy.  As one who suffers from asthma, I am pretty scared of the severity of this virus.  I feel and pray for those with compromised immune systems, I pray for our scientists and leaders, and I pray for the safety of those traveling to get to those they love.  I pray for the lonely, the depressed, the ones who are so scared and don't know what to do.  I wish I could wrap my arms around them.  Instead I will send them all the light and love I can.  I hope they remember that we are all connected.  In ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

My son, Andrew, arrived home yesterday and my other two will be traveling across the county together,  making their way home on Thursday.  I won't be settled until they get here.

I have already started the social distancing and trying to do my part.  Staying home, for me, is not a hard thing to do.  I quite like it as it feeds the homebody in me.  Of course, like many, I hope I have enough food to feed my family.  (I still don't understand the quantities of toilet paper.)

However, with the world drastically slowing down, it adds anxiety and uncertainty that we can not always control.  I plan on keeping busy to relieve some of that anxiety.  I plan on getting to things that I have been wanting to do.  Like organizing my yarn, my notions, my projects.  That should take at least a day or two!  I plan on finding my zen through mediation and of course the rhythmic act of knitting.  Thank you GOD!

Last week I swatched for Miromesnil.  Swatching usual isn't my jam.  Especially if I am using the yarn that the pattern calls for.  However, because I substituted a different yarn, swatching is an important step in the process.  Just as washing hands is an important step in this process of trying to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  So, wash up and keep on knitting!

P.S.  Remember to moisturize!  xx

post nashville + eye spy

As I mentioned in my last post, I was headed to Haus of Yarn in Nashville to hunt for a new project.  After spending some time on Ravely that morning, I finally spotted a sweater I would like to knit.   
I arrived at Haus of Yarn and wandered the gorgeous rooms of this shop looking for the perfect yarn.  Lately, I am putting more effort into the color of the yarn, making sure it will fit into my wardrobe and actually be worn!  Olive green is always a favorite color of mine so I was drawn to the olive above.  I'll be swatching today so will be sure to share the yarn and the pattern soon.
I posted this photo on Instagram and played a little game with it.  I thought it would be fun to play it here, also!

The first person who can give the pattern name of the three knits in this photo will receive a box of yarn goodness from me!  (Continental US only, please.)  I realize the knit in my husbands hand, behind my back, will be a bit hard to guess.  Especially since I haven't posted it here.  So, I'll give you a hint... I made my son Charlie one a few posts back.

Have Fun!