Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

These two ...

... I have loved every moment of being their mother.

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Monday, April 30, 2018

Happy Birthday Mom!

Many around the world celebrate today, May 1st!  Today was also my mother's birthday!
Mom - 1955
Every year we would make cards and baskets to deliver to neighbors ... she made the day special ... not by celebrating herself, but by doing for others.
By 1965, she was 28 years old and the mother of four.  A farm wife's life is extremely busy.  Here we are celebrating Dad's new logging truck.
Every other year, Mom would pack up her four kids, and drive us out west to Oregon to visit her side of the family.  This photo is the 50th Anniversary of her parents during the summer of 1971.  As children we so looked forward to those trips ... as an adult, I now understand and appreciate the effort and stress my mother went through to get us there.
This photo was taken Easter 1973.  I love her body language in this photo ... tightly hanging on to my brother ... and keeping a close eye on something else going on!  Cracks me up!  We have so few photos of Mom ... she was always behind the scenes ... making things happen for us ... and taking the pictures.

Since her death in 2006, I have made it my task to honor her memory on her birthday!  I don't make cards or May Day baskets like we did as children, instead I do little acts of kindness for others.
This year I decided to keep it "in the family" and made candle mats for each DillyDally household!  Roseann's book, "A Little Something" has the sweetest designs.  The floral candle mats are perfect for a May Day gift!
Girlfriend DillyDally's favorite color is purple ... sew her version had to be lavender with a red violet center.
Yellow has been Sister DillyDally's favorite color since she was two years old!  Mom's favorite flower was the yellow rose!
I made mine pink ... my mother had a pink pant suit ...
Mom & me - 1979
... I loved that suit on her.  When she fussed about what to wear to my college graduation, I asked her to wear it!
I actually began these last summer when Roseann's book was first released ... in January I decided to honor Mom's birthday with them ... since then Sister DD has started her own business!  Often times ...  we are unaware that the stars are in alignment ... her candles fit the mats perfectly!
I miss my mother every day ... I long to pick up the phone and hear her voice.
I seek comfort
     - by making things with my hands
     - creating the design of a friend
     - supporting a child's endeavor
     - thinking about the women in my family
     - dillydallying in my Mothers memory

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Life is Messy

Life is messy ... for everyone ... on so many levels!  Mother Nature is messy too!  Yesterday she gifted us with hurricane force winds and torrential rains.  My house was messy ... I intended to stay home all day ... so I listed all the things I planned to accomplish ... my "To Do" list filled the page ...
... and then this happened!  Meet Mrs. DillyDally Bird!  Take note of my very messy dining room table too!  Yep ... I had a million things I should have done ... but life has been especially messy for one of my Knitting Buddies ... and my heart decided she needed a Mrs. DillyDally Bird!
She is a bit of a tipsy bird ... which gave me a serious case of the giggles!  So I removed a candle and placed her in the holder.
She was a joy to knit ... I was smiling or giggling during the entire process ... and successfully ignored the mess around me!  Yep ... Mrs. DillyDally Bird is very therapeutic!  Pattern can be found free on Ravelry here.
Last night our local Knit & Lit group had their monthly meeting, and I knew my KBee (knitting buddy) would be there ... so Mrs. DillyDally Bird was in attendance!  The gorgeous and delicious chocolate cake was made by her as our group was celebrating its first anniversary!
We set our messy lives aside ... drank tea ... ate cake ... and shared our thoughts about the book we had all read!  A brief respite from the storm outdoors ... and in life.
My hope is that Mrs. DillyDally Bird brings a smile to the face of all who meet her ... and that for a brief moment they forget the messes of life.

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally

Monday, March 19, 2018

Furry Fun!

We enjoyed a long weekend of furry fun here in DillyDallydom!
Fur is the primary reason for our daily walks ... big dogs require a lot of exercise ... and it is great for human family members too!  Even when the weather is uncooperative ... we take a walk.
Brother and GF DillyDally were out of town for a long weekend, so Nissa and Ari got to have puppy pack sleepovers!  They are so happy together ... cute ... busy ... and yep, they fill the house with fur!
In my last post, I ended it by pulling out this WIP ... yep, Foo-Whee (toddler speak for furry) mittens.  The official term for mitts with this technique is "thrummed" mittens.  You can read the back story here.
When I knit ... Little Miss Flicka changes her occupation from Snoopervisor to Master of Stealth or Theft.  I can't decide which title works best)!
While moving in ... she pretends to be interested in something else!  "Don't worry, I am focusing on everything but your favorite knitting tool."
"I think I'll relax for a second, while claiming ownership of your favorite knitting tool."
"Your favorite knitting tool is mine!" (Insert sinister kitty laugh) "I dare you to try and take it from me!"  She always knows exactly what tool I need ... I swear cats have a sixth sense!  Her weakness?  She will give up all coveted items for a treat!  And of course, that just encourages her crime career! 
Even amongst all the furry shenanigans ... I finished the knitting and began working in the ends!  Every time I turn thrummed mittens inside-out they make me giggle!  They look as silly as my furbabies behave!
Speaking of silly furbabies ... playing is not limited to the outdoors!  During our marriage we have had seven dogs in our family, Nissa is the only one to make up the game, we refer to as, "Blanket".  It is a game that confuses other dogs, but Nissa has been giving Ari lessons each time she visits, and now Ari is as adept at it as her instructor.
Every long session of "Blanket" ends with puppy kisses ...
... and a nap.  These two are just as sweet as they are silly!
While pups napped, the mitts took a bubble bath!
A quick spin in the washer and they were ready to be blocked.  This style of mitten takes a bit longer to dry with all that wooly-furry goodness inside!
The furry fun continued all weekend!  Rain, slush, and ice do not dampen the fun these two create!  A good lesson for their human family members!
When we get back to the house ... it is all about towel rubs and puppy kisses ... all while trying to back their way into my lap!  Tired pups make for happy pups!
Speaking of wet fur getting dry ... by Sunday afternoon my furry mitts were dry!  If you've never tried on a pair of thrummed mitts ... you are missing out!  They feel like clouds from heaven on your hands! 
With all this fur flying in my house ... a dillydally brainstorm windstorm kicked up ... yep, it was a frenzy of graph paper and swatching!
According to the calendar,  tomorrow is the first day of spring ... here in my remote corner of the planet, that makes us chuckle.  We will continue our freeze and thaw cycle well into April ... sometimes even into May!  We need furry mittens to keep our hands warm and furry pets to keep our sense of humor!

Do what you love!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March Madness!

It is March ... and there is madness here in DillyDallydom ... but not of the basketball variety.
We watch some sports, but Nissa is the current crazy sports fan in the family ... she loves to watch her canine friends run the Iditarod!  Mr. and I enjoy following the race as well ... but mostly we enjoy Nissa's enthusiasm!  Everytime the dogs are on ... she runs over to the television ... sometimes jumping up on the cabinet ... barking to cheer them on!  It is the cutest!
While digging in my stash to knit my new mitts last week ... I came across a few WIPs (works in progress.  Ok ... I admit ... more than a few!  On Saturday, snow was falling from the sky ...
... a perfect day to add thumbs to this pair of mittens!
These are made with worsted weight yarn so progress was made relatively quickly!
Sunday morning they received a bubble bath ...
... and were even baptized by fresh falling snow!
Here they are ... dry and ready for wear.
Finishes always feel so good ... now what to do with them?
One of my former girl scouts is in charge of a local silent auction ... it is for a good cause!  Makes my heart so happy to see my scouts continue serving their community as adults!  Makes this donation twice the fun for me!
My March Mitten madness had set in ... I pulled out the next WIP Sunday afternoon ... another pair of mittens!  Whenever I knit, Flicka is nearby!
She never bothers my knitting but loves to pull my tools out of the bag and tries to run off with them!  Those stitch markers are just too tempting to resist!  Because I had to keep one eye on Flicka, I neglected to take a pic of the next pair of mittens.  Yep, she is a distraction ... and I love it!  One mitt was knit but needed a thumb and the other was half knit.  My fervor to finish another pair of mittens was a wonderful way to spend a snowy Sunday.
On Monday we woke to a beautiful day!  I finished the second pair of mittens in the morning!
Nissa and I enjoyed a long sun-filled walk ... perfect outdoor conditions are never wasted!
I designed and started these mitts back in 2008 ... yep, ten years ago!  My favorite quilt designs have star motifs and that was my thought while charting this mitten.  When finishing them, I decided to call them "Quilter's Mitts"!
I never tire of how hand knit items respond to blocking!
Yep ... I guess that is all part of the madness!
These will be gifted!
A nonknitter QBee had a birthday ... time for a lunch date!  These mitts waited 10 years just so they could eventually belong to her ... makes my heart so very happy!  These cards crack me up ... we both remember women sewing this and men wearing it!  Yikes!  Scary fashions in the 70's!!! 
Today slush fell from the sky and turned everything into a mess ... albeit a beautiful mess!
The March Mitten Madness continues ... this pair are next on the agenda!

Do what you love!  Go mad over it!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally