flower crowns

Well, I had every intention to take photos of me wearing the Byron Bay Cardigan.  However, I had surgery on my foot on Wednesday and can't put weight on it for at least a week.  Knitting is taking place.  Lots and lots of knitting.  Just no modeling.
Instead I'm going to share our summer of '17 favorite craft.  😊
I've always been the mom that loves to craft.  Summer vacations usually entailed something for the kids to make. Whether it was glueing shells on small votives, or painting rocks, or tying sticks or anything involving leather strands, or making bracelets or... you name it.  I wanted to make it.
This year, Libby had a friend in Tahoe. (My boys couldn't go... Charlie working an internship.  Andrew playing a lot of golf.)
Two nineteen year old girls?  Right up my alley.  Flower crowns it is!
I headed to the local florist.  Told her what I wanted to make and she helped me choose small, delicate flowers for the wreath.  A little florist tape to attach the flowers.
And, Voila!  We had ourselves our favorite snapchat filter!

definitely not meatballs

So, I was in the kitchen over the weekend, and I wanted to make something resembling the Joy balls from the Conscious Cleanse book.  No baking.  Just mixing.   Unfortunately, I didn't have all of the ingredients in the kitchen.  I decided to get a little creative and start adding things to my food processor. They were such a success, I decided to make them again and jot down the ingredients
Not meatballs are the perfect heathy snack to go along with my knitting.
I finished the Byron Bay Cardigan and love it!  Photos soon.

woodstock tank

This little Tina Tape, Wool and the Gang, Woodstock Tank, is one of the quickest little knits.
Since my children have been growing, it has become more and more difficult to find patterns they want to wear.  (Especially the boys.)  Those with teenage children may know what I mean. 
However, this little tank was one that Libby said "YES!" to immediately.  Amen.
The Tina Tape yarn was something surprisingly different to work with.  It's a little like a thin ribbon and feels great in your hands. So smooth and summery.   
 Garter stitch.  Minimal finishing.  Thank you, Summer!
Makes for a happy knitter.
And, an even happier girl.

Pattern:  Woodstock Tank by Wool And The Gang

closing july

 We just returned from a fun vacation in Lake Tahoe.
Pier sits.  Lake jumps.  Jeep rides.  Wanderlust.  Live music.  Delicious food + wine. Wild flower picking.  Flower crown making.  Chambers punches.  Boat rides.
Hollow Dress (Available until 8/5)
The last boat ride resulted in this.  I stepped into the boat and rolled onto my foot breaking both my foot and my ankle.  Oy.  I know my knitting peeps will rejoice with me in all the extra knitting time I will have.  There definitely are perks that come along with an injury.  A gift in every experience.

july knitcrate

I don't know what it is about this blue box, but it makes me so happy when I see it arrive. It's like a Tiffany box for knitters!
July's Knitcrate box did not disappoint, and it's perfect for the season.  Intense colors for the heat of summer!
The yarn ::  2 skeins of Artisans Yarn in BooBerry.  60% SuperWash Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, 20% Nylon.  It feels wonderful.
The pattern ::  A shawl.  One pattern for beginners and one for Intermediate/Advanced.  I prefer daisy, the pattern for beginners.
The Extras :: A pair of safe knitting shears.  Perfect for traveling!

I need to get my fingers moving so the daisy shawl and move up my queue quickly! I love that I always have a project waiting.  (My mantra ::  One project at a time.  One project at a time.  One project at a time.)

Remember to use code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first Knitcrate.

Happy Weekend Friends!

one at a time

What kind of knitter are you?  One at a time?  Two at a time?  As many as you like at a time?
For years I have been a one project at a time kind of girl.  I start a project.  Work completely on that project until it is finished.  Then, start another project.
The most I veer off that path is when I have one big project, and maybe a pair of TOAST on the needles, for the road.
This?  This photo?  Not how I typically work.
And, it's pretty much making me a little crazy.
Honestly, I have been feeling a little scattered lately and I am now concluding that it is my knitting! :)
But seriously.  I really think it is.
So, I have vowed to work on only one project at a time.
The woodstock tank.  (Almost finished.)
The Byron Bay Cardigan.
The 100x simple cowl.
The windswept shawl.
Two at a time 3x1 rib socks.

Ahhhh.  I'm already feeling more focused and organized.

we are knitters winner

{Random weekend photo.}

After I wrote that title, my heart sort of got a little bigger.  I feel as if you are a knitter, you are a winner.  Such a gift to be able to love this craft.  WE ARE KNITTERS!  Hellya!
However, I do have a winner for the We Are Knitters giveaway.  The random number generator chose number 101, Jane Piotraschke.  Jane, please email me and I will share your information with the sweet peeps at We Are Knitters.

we are knitters giveaway

You know how much I love these kits and their yarn.  E V E R Y T H I N G included in one package.  It truly makes for an easy, enjoyable project.

I started the Byron Bay Cardigan a few Sundays ago.  I am not one who needs to only work with lighter yarns in the summer, (wool is always welcome) however, this cotton is dreamy.  Feels like a cloud on my legs.  And I'm loving the simplicity of the pattern.

Well, the sweet peeps over at We Are Knitters are giving away a kit to one of my readers.  (Up to $90.00 value.)  To enter, leave a comment here with your choice of kit (you can always change your mind if you win) and leave your email as a contest participant here.  That's it!  I'll choose a winner on Tuesday the 4th of JULY!

Happy weekend friends.

this and that

I ordered 8 quarts of freshly picked strawberries from my CSA to make strawberry freezer jam.  I thought it would be a great thing to do while Libby was recovering from her wisdom teeth surgery.  (It was! Mixed in with some knitting, of course.) And now, we have jam to last all year.  Which is great, because that is how long the jam will last in your freezer.   I remember the last time I made it.  By month 9, the kids were begging for me to buy blackberry every time I went to the store.  They were pretty tired of only having strawberry.  But the best thing was, that when they tasted it again, all three were excited that I made it.  They remembered they loved it.  And forgot they became tired of it!
It really is quite simple.  And extremely delicious.  I used the recipe right out of the sure-jell box.  That was the same recipe I used years ago because that was was the recipe Erin used.
I'll be looking for ways to use the jam.  That just happens to be butterscotch pudding with homemade whipped cream and strawberry jam for the girl with the sore mouth.  She loved it.
Okay.  Let me tell you,  I love bunnies.  They really are so, stinkin adorable. Especially those babies.  However, we have an entire family (grandparents, parents, babies, uncles, aunts, cousins) eating our zinnias.  They ate every. last. one.  Right down to the stem.  We literally have a "stem" garden.
I am a hopeful though, and just today bought a couple more flats and planted them this evening.  I bought a bunny repellent to help.  Either that or I just gave the bunnies some new treats.  😊

I'll be back tomorrow with a really great giveaway.

6.21.17

We spent the Summer Solstice binging on Gilmore Girls.  
My sweet Libby had her wisdom teeth taken out.  It's a pretty easy surgery, but definitely requires some work afterwards.  Ice on for 20 minutes.  Ice off for 20 minutes.  On.  Off.  On.  Off.  I decided to help her out so she didn't have to hold the ice.  
I had her wrapped up tight in one of my scarves in order to hold the ice packs in place.  A friend of hers did this.  Genius.  And if she was working on a knitting project, she would be able to be hands free to do so!  (She didn't knit a stitch.)
Libby did use a Chalk Lots to tell me things and ask me questions so she wouldn't use her mouth too much.
It was the perfect, longest day.

Happy Summer!

june knitcrate

So, the last day of school came and went.  (A week ago.) And I didn't get Andrew to jump.  So sad.
However, I do have both college kids home for the summer and I couldn't be happier.  I need to make them all jump again.  Definitely. 
Also making me happy?  June's Knitcrate.  Just the box alone was enough to make me giddy.  Colored corrugated.  Oh ya.
But then the box was opened and all of this yumminess was inside!
The yarn ::  Manos Del Uruguay, Serena.  60% Baby Alpaca; 40% Pima cotton.  What a wonderful blend.
The pattern ::  A cowl.  One for beginners and one for Intermediate/advanced.  Such a great option.
The Extras ::  This adorable silver plated keyring.  It just happened to immediately join my keys.
And this Alpaca Needle Gauge.  Come on.  Can this be any cuter!
Also included in the Knitcrate are coupon codes for discounts on all of these items.  Bonus!

Remember to use code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first crate.

Happy Weekend Friends!

crazy feelings sweater

An oversized cotton sweater that feels more like a sweatshirt than a sweater.  
The sleeves are full.  And long.  When I cast on for them (two at at time), my initial instinct was to modify them.  Make them into a more "fitted" sleeve.  I resisted the urge, and am so happy I did so.    I feel as if it's a more updated look and just matches the look of the sweater.  I love the little "notches".  This sweater can be worn with the "notches" in the front or the back.  Fully reversible.
Dropped shoulders make it easy to fit many body types.  So does the fuller fit of the sweater.
It truly is like an oversized sweatshirt.  As Libby was taking these photos, she asked me if she could have this or I could make her one.  That pretty much seals the deal for a cool sweater in my book.  I told her we could share over the summer.  And she could keep it in her closet.  :)

I am truly a huge Wool and the Gang lover.  Receiving everything in one personalized box just makes me giddy.  And makes the entire project that much easier.  Yarn, pattern, needles... even the darning needle, all in one box.  I just love that.

amsterdam

Oh my goodness! I don't know where the end of May went and can't believe we are already about a week into June!  CRAZY!
I've been doing a little traveling and just have to mention how I fell in love with AMSTERDAM!
Pure and utter L O V E.
My sister and I took Andrew to Amsterdam for his 16th Birthday present.  (Andrew is 17.5 😊... better late than never.)
From the beautiful and interesting architecture, to the art, to the amount of bikes, to the kind people.  Amsterdam just had this incredible vibe that made me want to stay.  Or at least make sure I travel back!
We searched for a yarn shop, of course.  We finally found it, bought some yarn and a tote.  When I posted the pic on Instagram, Lee Ann mentioned it was owned by Stephen West.  I had no idea.  Well, actually it was yarntripping Jennifer who mentioned it.  But, Lee Ann made a trip there as well!  Put it on your list for places to go when visiting Amsterdam!   
Toast travels well just about anywhere.  Never leave home without them.  (Either in the knitting form or the knitted form!)

Just finished making a batch of Snickerdoodle brownies.  Perfect for a cool, June day.  I'm off to seam together Crazy Feeling Sweater.  Can't wait to try it on!

this was today

11:35am
11:58am

This was exactly the day I had been craving.

I'll be back to tell you about the city I fell in L O V E with.  xx

happy mother's day!

I thought it would make total sense to have a little Mother's Day Sale on sweet Barbie Lou.  Since, in fact, it is my mother's pattern, and it is for a baby, and babies make women Mom's! 😍

Enter code : mybarbielou at checkout to receive 50% off of the pattern.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!

to go

I'm leaving tomorrow for a special, quick trip with my Andrew and my sister.  I had two projects packed that required a little bit of counting.  My sister reminded me that the 100x simple cowl is a complete no brainer.  Great for sight seeing or drinking wine.  All aboard!  (Ha! We aren't taking a boat!)

may knitcrate

Oh boy.  This yummy box arrived at my doorstep this week.  How about those colors!  Deep tones of greens, vivid violets and peacocks blues from Tanis Fiber Arts' Organic Merino.  It came with two patterns; the honeycomb cap and the sawtooth shawlette.  I am always equally excited about the little extras included.  This months DPN holder marks my first one ever!  Pretty excited to finally have one.  These boxes are truly a wonderful value.  (This crate is valued at $64.00)

Remember to use code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first Crate!

the goods

This was pretty much all I left Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival with.  Well, this and a full stomach due to mouth watering Ribbon Chips.
Two skeins of Mountain Mohair, a worsted wool from Green Mountain Spinnery.  A pattern to make the boot toppers from my previous post.  And, a darling project bag from Madder Root, along with a new tattoo.  Ya.  It's a press on tattoo.  But, if ever I get a tattoo, you better believe it is going to look EXACTLY like that one.