Let Them Eat Cake – Month One

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

1619401_10204975169288741_8109520679721387769_nA month ago, our youngest married the love of his life and it was a great day. Seriously, everything went so smoothly. The bride was beautiful, the groom confident, the church sun-filled, the reception festive, and the cake divine. Oh. So. Divine.

Not being cake hoarders, the young couple graced us with the topper to serve a couple of weeks ago after Sunday lunch. It was still yummy and we still have 11 slices left. I cut them, froze them individually, and wrapped each frozen slice as a reminder on the 11th of every month for them how time marches forward.

So, on the 11th of every month till their first anniversary, I plan to chat with them via this blog. A post for every slice of cake that remains from their cake top.

Dear David and Valerie,
It’s been a month already! Do you feel that this month out has flown compared to the month before October 11? I sure do.

You survived the big day and enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon away from all of us back home. You took that “long road home” as we learned about at the bridal luncheon. Even Hurricane Gonzalo didn’t dampen your time in the sun.

I wonder what you’ve realized about each other and marriage that you hadn’t thought about much beforehand. Much like that yummy wedding cake that day, you’re seeing that one month out from marrying the love of your life is sweet and good. No big issues have come your way short of dealing with grumpy people when you want to tend to making all your documents legal with name changes and such. Maybe you’ve had to learn to share better and clean up more. Maybe you’ve enjoyed cooking together or each of you cooking something yummy for the other.

But, much like this piece of cake one month out, things are good and right.

So, I bless you both this chilly fall evening in South Georgia with sweet days and nights together as you continue to adjust to being together most of the time for the rest of your lives. May all your days be sweet and yummy.

I love you,
Mom (Amy)

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Why I Crochet

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Life on the Hill | 8 comments

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Yesterday’s post was about why I knit. Today’s is about my picking up crocheting a year ago.

For all the same reasons as wanting to learn to knit, such are the ones for learning to crochet with one additional reason.

It seems that crocheting goes faster, especially when it concerns a hat.

While waiting at two appointments on Monday, I completed a simple hat out of bulky yarn that reminded me of the color of straw, but is way more comfortable for a scalp that has lost hair due to chemotherapy. I just need to add a flower to finish it.

It was convenient to tote along and once the increases were done, I didn’t have to look at the pattern again. Single crochet stitch is the only stitch required for this one.

I didn’t stress about the wait, and I got something done while I waited.

My sister Louann taught me how to crochet last summer at our annual Sister Retreat, and I have enjoyed it ever since.

Other projects I’ve completed since then are a plethora of hats for cancer patients, some baby blankets, sachet pouches, coasters, and flowers for embellishing the gray baby hat below.

For pictures of most of my completed projects (knitted and crocheted) join Ravelry and you can see them all. My Ravelry link is in the sidebar.

You ready to crochet yet? Craftsy has classes for that, too. Click on the link below. (I’m an affiliate for Craftsy, so if you purchase from them through my blog, I get a little compensation and I’m required to let you know that.)

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copyright Amy Ward 2014

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copyright Amy Ward 2014

copyright Amy Ward 2014

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Why I Knit

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Life on the Hill | 6 comments

Unsaved Preview DocumentThis is Knit in Public Week. Worldwide.  I tweeted about it. I posted it on Facebook. I’m an affiliate for Craftsy because I think you might want to take a class there after you read this post. I’ll link to it below.

And you thought the World Cup was big! (laugh)

Although it’s not a big deal in the eternal scheme of things, I thought I’d spin a yarn today about why I knit.

While going through cancer in 2010, I had little energy to do anything creative and when I would attempt to sew (a long-time hobby), my work was substandard. But at times I NEEDED to do something creative.

Also in that year, my sister made me lots of cute hats. I preferred them over my wig and store bought wide brimmed hats. She could take my head measurements, my yarn preferences, and favorite styles that would hide my bare hair line and make things that were comfortable and expressive. Hats that stayed on my head were a must and she knew how to accommodate that as well. (I had a store-bought brim fly off on a windy day after a ladies’ tea and although I lived to tell the story, I didn’t want that happening again. EVER. Thinking back on it, I still get an embarrassed feeling come over me.)

So, after I recovered and regained the mental energy to pursue creative outlets, I needed to create with my hands. More than a meal. More than a blog post. I needed to make something beautiful that wouldn’t shut me off in a room alone thinking, but give me something to do with my hands and still engage in time with my husband in the evenings. I needed something portable. I needed something affordable.

So, in 2012, I piled my daughter-in-law, and other son’s sweetheart into the car and we headed for Franklin, TN, to spend a few days with my sister Louann learning how to knit.

Mind you, this was my third attempt at learning it. Twice before my sister had taught me but I was a little girl first, then a teenager entering college. I had no time to continue what I learned so I never picked it up.

Something this time stuck with me and I have enjoyed it ever since. I love the colors of yarn, and the variety of textures that travel through fingers. I love the choosing of a project based on what I know I can do and what I want to learn to do. It’s a challenge to me mentally to think through and figure things and with the help of YouTube videos, texts and phone calls, my sister continues to help.

Walking into a local yarn shop rather than a big box chain store with a few aisles of yarn does something to my spirit as I see all the colors, textures, and completed samples ready for the feeling.

Sometimes, I even think about how neat (but oh so hard) it would be to open a local yarn shop right here in my community. But I don’t have the resources nor the freedom to do that, so I scour places online within a reasonable drive to visit.  Then, I hit the road solo usually for some thinking and praying time in the car.

I’ve even taken a “mystery knit along” class online through Craftsy to learn how to knit a scarf and the yarn was included in the class that I could move through at my own pace. That was awesome! They have quite a variety of classes for various skills in lots of things besides knitting, too.

I also enjoy knitting so I can make knitted hats for others coming through the cancer center where I volunteer. Shortly after I learned, I made the hat pictured at the top for a lady and had it ready the week I supposed she would be coming in with a scarf. Her eyes were beautiful blue and this seemed to suit her.

When I don’t have a specific patient in mind, I’ll knit a hat and take it to the center for placing on the ledge for any patient to pick up who has a need for one.

Hill lifeSo, knitting for me met the need to:

  • learn something
  • connect with my sister (and others)
  • CREATE (probably the biggest need at first for me)
  • touch and see beautiful yarn
  • give back
  • sit still

Have you considered learning to knit? Hmmm?

Maybe I should do like my sister did, and pass along what I know so next year, you can knit in public too. Craftsy has a class for that. Anybody want to learn?
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