Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Knitting....New Thing

With some new (beautiful) yarn in the shade "raspberry" I've started a big project. Raspberries must be on my mind; I've been watching youtube videos about how to prune and trellis the berry bushes with hopes of starting some this year. Anyway, the new cardigan is the "Channel Cardigan" pattern by Jared Flood. It is stretching my brain with new techniques, and I am loving the challenge. I think it may be done by winter :) Here is the beginning of a sleeve with a mix of moss stitch and a chevron panel:

I found some pictures on my camera from last week, so here is a lace blocking picture too (I take a while to get things blocked....have a small stack):

Joining in the weekly yarn along here:

Monday, April 14, 2014

What is That Noise?

Last night around 11 p.m. I asked my husband, who had recently climbed in bed, to get out of bed and explore a funny noise with me. Maybe asked isn't the right term. Maybe I urgently whispered from the doorway to please hurry up and come find out what the weird noise is that I just heard. The noise sounded like some kind of animal; it was loud and squeaky and maybe some kind of bird; but what kind of bird so loud at 11 o'clock at night? Could it be a raccoon or possum that would chase my chickens? My husband grabbed his flashlight and started searching.

First, he started where I heard it - the kitchen end of the house. Before opening the kitchen door to the side yard he shone the flashlight through the window. Nothing. Then, since he is so brave, he unlocked the door and went outside! He did a complete circle of the house looking for the origin of the noise and checking on the chicken shed. Nothing.

We chalked it up to a passing owl wondered why our dog didn't bark (maybe my husband started to think I'm just hearing things) and went to bed. Since it was so warm last night (first time in the new house) we had our bedroom window opened to be serenaded by the spring peepers. Well, you guessed it. As soon as we hopped in bed and quieted our last bit of conversation we heard it again. I definitely felt validated since my husband heard it too. This feeling of validation was shortly followed by a crazy thought - maybe the loud, squeaky noise was coming from our kitchen. Maybe the spring peeper that my husband had caught in a jar to save until morning to show the kids what was making the spring-peeper-noises was screaming at the top of its little lungs! Maybe we had walked by the then-silent peeper on our way to search the yard.

Folks, never underestimate the power of a peeper's lungs! My husband quickly released the little fella, and we giggled as we dropped off to sleep. My weird, scary noise was just the reverberations of a captured spring peeper.

Goodbye forever.

Well, until next time.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Finished Object

I finished a sweater! I finished a sweater in 5 weeks! I'm going to post the picture knowing full well that the computer hates me and will make it be sideways even though I saved it in "Paint" and rotated it and all that. Oh well, turn your head sideways and take a look :)

Now, because I am all kinds of fancy and tech savvy, I will include a picture that is right-side-up but crazy dark. I know. Amazing.

It really is a great sweater with wonderful, luscious yarn. It's the Moxie Pullover. The yarn is the "Sage" worsted weight "Shepherd's Wool" from StoneHedge Fiber....wonderful stuff, purchased at my LYS (Wolf Creek Yarns in Grove City, PA).

Now, I should be a good knitter and finish all my little projects that are sleeping. I do have my eyes on a next sweater though :)

I picked the green button to match my sweater:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Snapshots on a Saturday

Well, actually, some of these pictures are from earlier in the week. I'm really good at the mug shots :)

I've entitled this series..."The Art of Bedhead".

Maybe "Someday I Won't Let Mama Always Take my Picture".

Or, "The Smiles - They Slay Me".

How about "I Just Want a Hug!".

Leftover bananas had to be made into something, so why not use chocolate? Yummy banana bread cooling on the counter:

Last but not least I am so blessed to have little girls that enjoy playing dress-up (big sister dressed the little ones):

Enjoy your Sunday tomorrow. TTFN!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Knitting and Reading

For the yarn along this week, we were asked what we are reading. Since I am not one of those talented individuals who can read WHILE knitting, I have turned to another method - listening and knitting. I like to listen to a sermon in the mornings before my kids get up, and my knitting progresses too. But, you cannot take this English major's love of the feel of a physical book. I have a good one going on right now that you can hopefully see in the picture.

This week I had some time "in town" after a doctor's appointment, so I picked up a few beautiful magazines. There is just something so fun about flipping through some inspirational articles. One of the magazines has a recipe for French macarons that I am so excited to try.

My knitting is coming along on the sweater (Moxie pullover). I'm not sure that it will be done by the first day of spring, but one can hope (and knit - yes knitting will help). The second picture shows progress as well as comparison to another sweater I knitted, and I want the new sweater to be just as long through the body. I'm almost there!

While taking these pictures in the early morning (to take part in the yarn along at Ginny's) my kids begged me to take their pictures. We are the masters of bedhead; I'm saving them for another post.

Have a warm and cozy day somewhere with a bit of knitting possibly, as it looks like we're in for some cold outside today in our neck of the woods. TTFN!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Cozy winter days means at least some knitting gets done! Almost daily I've been able to put in at least a few stitches. Since Christmas I've finished one sweater and started another (so thankful for Christmas giftcards to yarn shop!).

My current sweater is my favorite color (green) knit in the lovely Shepherd's Wool from a fiber mill in Michigan. Stonehedge Fiber Mill sounds like a fun place!

So, here is a picture of my WIP:

I really, really hope to finish this sweater before Spring (the actual calender date). We'll see! I'll keep you posted.

Oh, I tried a still life photo too :) It includes some of my favorite things like the beeswax I've been working with for my shop, eggs from my girls (new chicks ordered this week), coffee, and my knitting!

This is my first time participating in a yarn along!

Hope you have a cozy mid-week day!! TTFN!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blog Swap

Boy was this a fun week! I received a package in the mail here at our new house, and what a package it was! I participated in a blog swap this month, and my little package was received by a new friend in CA. She writes about it here. It's fun to see pictures of my things in someone else's home!

So, back to my package :) My kids stood around (and helped) as we unwrapped each item - it was like my birthday or something! Each item is just something that I can use/love/enjoy. Here, let me show you a picture:

I cannot wait to get my fingers moving on that yarn! Thanks, Stephinie!! Thoses pictures on the right are actually gorgeous notecards that Stephinie makes/sells. Their quality is just wonderful; I think I might hang a few as art by my desk. That lavender satchet is going in my knitting bag :) Stephinie has a space here for her blog and shop. What fun!!

This was the first time I've participated in a blog swap. I would do it again in a hearbeat!!