madge for libby

Okay friends.  When your daughter see's you making a new sweater and asks if it's for her, you immediately respond, YES!  (Even though you had yours eyes on it.)
I have not made a sweater for Libby for quite some time.  Not for lack of not wanting to.  But, because she had entered into that phase of not really wanting me to.  (GASP!)  I think the last sweater I made her was the Libby.  Yes, there have been socks.  And hats.  And cowls.  And mitts.  But, no sweaters.  
Until Madge.
And Libby LOVES Madge.
And I loved making Madge.
There is just the mix I love in a project.  A little stitch pattern.  Some stockinette.  A hem.  Rib sleeves.  Snap closures.  It had all the makings for a project that keeps me fully interested.  Not to mention my girl asking me if I was almost finished.  
It's just so gratifying when someone really appreciates your work.  Right?!
It was so worth the wait.

Pattern:  Madge
Yarn:  Manos Del Uruguay 10 Skeins
Needles:  Size 8
Size:  34

conscious cleanse review

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the cleanse I had started.  I've had some requests for a review, so thought I would mention it while it is fresh in my mind.  It's a two week cleanse that basically omits dairy, gluten, sugar, soy, caffeine and alcohol.  There are also a few fruits and vegetables that are not permitted.  However, it was just more than just omitting things from my diet.  The cleanse goes much deeper than dealing with food and holds true to it's name.  Being conscious about your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions.  It's not about starving yourself or only drinking juices or smoothies all day.  It's about 100% clean eating.  24/7.   For two weeks.  
These joy balls were/are such a treat! (Recipe in the book.)
The cleanse wasn't too dissimilar to how I eat in a normal day.  However, I have never eaten that way for two straight weeks detoxing my body.  Nor have I been that continuously conscious about what I put into my body.  
I missed baking, so baking these breakfast cookies was the first thing I did on Monday after I was finished.  They might not look like much, but they are fabulous.  And they are gluten, dairy and sugar free.

Steve did the cleanse with me.  As did my friend, Michelle.  It was really so much fun to do it with a friend.  Sharing stories, recipes and offering support.  We tried new recipes and added a few to our favorites.  There are many recipes that are perfect dinners for the entire family.

This cleanse did not go without side effects.  Day 2, I had the beginnings of headaches.  That didn't end until day 5 or so.  I also had times that I was extremely tired.  However, I slept better than I have in years.  I hope to keep some of these new habits and incorporate the things I have learned into my life.

Bottom line,  I highly recommend this cleanse if you are looking for one.  I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible...  And I feel great to boot!

weekend plans

I'm working on the second sleeve of Madge.  Trying hard not to get second sleeve syndrome.
If all goes planned this should be finished over the weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

a new project

So, I'm over here still working on Madge.  (Soon to start the second sleeve.  Yippee!)  But just couldn't help myself and had to cast on a We Are Knitters kit; the Folie Vest.  I am C R A Z Y about this stitch. It's called the Loop Stitch.  I can't believe that I have never done it.  The first row I was all thumbs.   But it doesn't take long to get going.  
It will soon be a new vest for Libby.
I'm thrilled that she wants me to knit for her.
I knew she would come back around. :)

toast

 You know I love Toast.  Really the easiest, most useful little project.
I just love to wear them.  Inside or outside.  It's just that little extra warmth I need most winter days.
The pattern is always above under the "simple knitting patterns" tab.
Or on ravelry.
Or here.
I used Lion Brand Wool Ease for this pair.

Oh.  And that's my word for 2016.  A L I V E .  Be present.  Pay attention.  Be engaged.  Listen.  Do.  See.  Walk through this year with my eyes wide open.  Cause being alive is a miraculous gift.

Happy Weekend Friends!

Twix Thumbprint Cookies

This was Monday.  
Monday, January 18, 2016.  Martin Luther King Day.  The day I had marked on my calendar as the start date for my Conscious Cleanse.  And the day that I just happened to make the most delicious looking cookies.  
It was all I could do not to eat the caramel right out of the bowl.
You see, I feel as if I eat extremely well 80% of the time.  The other 20%? Well, let me just say, I like cookies.
And I like coffee.  And wine.  And cheese.  And mostly tortilla chips.
But, I pulled out my willpower from my back pocket and I didn't have even one little taste.
Even though I fell completely and madly in love.

(Andrew LOVES them.)

mini mitts

It's SO cold here!
I remember when my kids were babies and I made little hand covers for them.  Just a little cover for that little fist they keep so tight.  No thumb required.
I recently made a few for a friend's baby and thought you might like to, too!  Super quick and easy.
You can find the pattern here.