Mixed Bag Monday

I can’t believe we’re at the end of another weekend already…

This one was a mixed bag for me, as the post title suggests. Friday was St. Valentine’s Day and I’m not a supporter of the commerce and greed that seems so prevalent on 14 February, but genuine affection and all those things are lovely. I was pleasantly surprised by these, delivered to my office around the lunch hour:

Valentine's Day 2014

Well… Gobsmacked is probably closer to my actual reaction! On what was a blowy, cold and snowy day – these were welcome in so many ways. On Saturday, I was with family at my Father-In-Law’s funeral service. An occasion both sad in the goodbye and in gratefulness for his release from the terrible toll of Dementia. Seeing so many of the extended family was wonderful and a great support particularly in my new roll, as my former Husband and I find a new way forward.

Friday morning had brought the release of Clue five in my mystery KAL and so, as knitting has been both solace and valium for the last year and a half, I knit in ernest all Saturday afternoon and Sunday. I completed the clue early Sunday morning and here is the stole progress and detail:

Clue five finished

Clue five finished

Clue five detail

Clue five detail

Sunday afternoon, tucked into my sunny, warm living room with my BFF, our knitting, our tea and lots to talk about rounded out the weekend. Friends and Family make all our lives moments that much richer.


I Got Nuthin’…

Well, not nuthin’ EXACTLY…

I have a scarf for myself almost done from the leftovers from my guy’s scarf and am halfway through SPNF #4. Just have lost a little steam as I’ve had to put on my Writer Hat for the last couple days.

To distract you from the lack of knitting, I give you – Valentine flowers!

Flowers from The Beau

Flowers from The Beau

Okay, also this slightly hastily taken snap of my scarf in progress. Seeing it like this should light a fire under my derriere to get it done and then get back on track with the other WIP-in-waiting.

My scarf - WIP

My scarf – WIP


St. Valentine’s Day

Knitfun valentine


From Wikipedia:

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day,[1][2][3] or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[4] is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.[3]

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.[5][6] Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion,[7] as well as in the Lutheran Church.[8] The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).[9]

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).[1][3] Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[11]”