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!

ringleader mitts

Happy Leap Day!  SO fun to have an extra day of the year, right?  I feel as if it is a total gift! 

I'm currently in Nashville for the weekend and in just a bit I'm headed to Haus of Yarn.  I need a new sweater project and need a little inspiration to go along with it.  I think Haus of Yarn will be a good place to achieve that goal!  
The Ringleader Mitts are my new go to mitt pattern.  Especially out of this yummy yarn!  The faux cable is super easy.  As a matter of fact, this pattern is listed as a beginner knitting pattern.  I don't believe it would be a true "I want to learn how to knit pattern".  However, if you know how to knit and purl you truly can make anything!
I've been making these as gifts and this pair went to a sweet friend for her birthday.
I think the faux leather labels are a nice touch.  😊

hotline sweater

When Libby was home on Christmas break she asked if I could "fix" her Hotline sweater. It grew, as mohair tends to do, and she wasn't sure how to care for it.  I hand washed it, and popped it in the dryer, checking on it every 10 minutes or so.  When I tried it on, I couldn't believe I hadn't made myself one as it was super cozy and of course cute! :)
It is a Wool and the Gang pattern and kit.  While wearing her sweater, I was ordering yarn to make myself one.
On both Libby's and this one, I decided to make them both with the Knit side being the right side.  (The sweater calls for the Purl side to be the right side.)  I just prefer the knit stitch better.
The sweater is made with both sides being exactly the same so it is basically reversible!

Pattern:  Hotline Sweater
Yarn:  Take Care Mohair in Lazy Latte
Needles: US 11
Size:  1

all the love

I sure hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day.  To me, it's not about just the love you share with a significant other.  It's the love you share for all of life and anyone or anything you love.

If you have been around here for a while, you may remember my cookie of the week.  Those memories are some of my favorite.  My children were young, and baking cookies was a weekly thing.  Over time, I stopped baking cookies weekly.  I started to eat less sugar and in turn feed my kids less sugar.  I received a message a couple of weeks ago that one of my readers misses cookie of the week. I miss it, too.  So in honor of cookie of the week, I made the most delicious sugar cookies to ship in college kids care packages.  I savored one with my knitting and I can honestly say it is still one of my favorite combinations of life.  Pure love.

Thanks so much for all of the wonderful feedback on One Lovely Sweater.  I will be sure to get back to everyone in the next week!