something new

I'm not sure if I mentioned my whole quarter plan?  I don't think I did here.  (I did on my YouTube channel which I am going to get back into... soon!) So here goes. :)
I decided this year to break my year up into quarters.  January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December.  Each quarter I would be able to start new projects.  One for the head, heart (thank you, Darby), hands and feet.  So, the head would be hats or scarves.  The heart would be sweaters or shawls, the hands would be, well hands/arms.  The feet would be, well, feet/legs!
And... If I finished the project during those 3 months then I would not be able to start something new. I would have to go to my unfinished projects and work on those.  I hope this helps me from starting too many without finishing my other projects first!

SO... yesterday I started my feet project for this quarter.  They will be socks for Libby and I just loved the color.  It's a Knitcrate sock crate :: yarn and pattern from June.  The five o'clock somewhere socks.  AND... I was so excited to pull out my new small project bag for this project.  LOVE it!  Sandy makes these bags and has a shop update monthly.  The bags can be pretty hard to snag but if you happen to be reading this before noon on the 12th, head on over to her site.  She has an update today!

straightening

I am really dragging out my What the Fade! 😊
I did make the tassels on Saturday.  I'll be sewing them on later today.  But wanted to mention that I had to tear apart my first attempt at my What the Fade.  I literally didn't have any yarn left in a couple of the colors except what was in my first attempt.  
 However, since it had been sitting as stitches it was wavy when I unraveled it.  I didn't think curly tassels would look as nice as straight, but I actually considered that it might be fun.
(See... first attempt with too many mistakes on the right.)
I hung the tassels on the fence for a nice dry and voila!  Straight yarn tassels.

Happy Day, Friends!

time for tassels

I debated on if I wanted to add the tassels to my What the Fade, but my sister convinced me that it would be fun. And if I ever became tired of them, I could just snip them off.  SO... today I will be making three tassels.  Sounds like a fun thing to do on a Summertime Saturday.

Happy Saturday!

a happy fourth

It's about 95˚ today and I couldn't be happier. Front porch knitting in the heat? Im in! Especially when I have a new project. Ya, I agree. Working on a large project draped over my legs would not be fun.
I started Oak out of Plain & Simple.  I must tell you that this book is A M A Z I N G!  I truly want to knit each and every pattern. (Thank you, Jane!)  I decided to start with Oak.  But who knows,  I truly might knit each one.  A personal goal like that would be fun!
And, because I don't want to forget and thought maybe I would share... Purple potato salad.

I've been working on healing my eczema from the inside out.  If you have been around this blog for very long, you will remember, I have attempted this in the past.  But never to this degree in regards to determination and willpower.  Working with a naturopath, I have been doing the elimination diet.  I have not omitted night shades or eggs, but pretty much everything else.  Dairy, Gluten, Grains, Legumes, and anything out of a package.  I think it is basically Whole30 with a little wine thrown in for good measure.  (It's summer afterall!)  The ingredients are below.  If you need any help with specific directions, please let me know!

Purple Potato Salad:
1 1b purple boiled potatoes cut into pieces.
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
3 green sliced scallions
1/2 cup fresh chopped, parsley
Salt and Pepper

Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 small avocado
juice from 1 lemon
Salt and Pepper
Blend on high in the Vitamix for a thick creamy mixture.

I'll be serving this today!
Happy 4th Ya'all!

about to fade

1 ridge = 2 rows
1 row = 18 min
1 ridge = 36 min
Left to do:  7 ridges
How I figure I have approximately 4 hours left to knit on my What the Fade.
Which makes me pretty happy because I gave myself a July 1 deadline.
I look forward to casting off all 569 stitches.
Thank goodness for hot Saturdays with nothing planned.

june knitcrate

I think I have mentioned before, but I have never been disappointed with a Knitcrate. You remember what it is, right? A yarn subscription service where a surprise box of yarn arrives in your mailbox! You can choose a monthly option or not. It's all up to you.
This months theme is Ice Scream!  Yes.  I sort of let out a little yelp when I opened this box.

The fresh neons and icy brights of this month's shipments have you screaming for more.  Celebrate the season with these popping, primary tones with a twist.  These electric hues remind us of afternoons spent poolside, energetic beach towns, and the sizzling heat of summer days.  

The yarn is just soooooo yummy.  And although I am not a huge shawl maker, I thought the knit pattern that came with this months crate had me all... whoa.  That fringe!  I love fringe.
The Membership Crate:
Yarn: 2 skeins of Vidalana.  80% Superwash Merino, 10% Nylon and 10% Cashmere.  That cashmere gives it that super deliciousness.   (There are four different colors.  I just happened to receive Chewy.)

The patterns.  As always, there is both knit pattern and a crochet pattern.

Knit pattern:  Minty Fresh by Taiga Hilliard.  A traditional triangular shawl amped up with a leaf lace motif and fringe.  I love it.

Crochet pattern:  Lemoncello by Kalurah Hudson.  A lightweight poncho that can be worn a multiple of ways.  I really like this, too.  If I was a crocheter I would consider making this.  But knitting is my one true love.

As always, a $63.00 value for $24.99.

If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first knitcrate!  (Code works on all crates.)

three generations

6.13.18

Before our summer schedules become too crazy, we took a quick trip to Florida to visit my sweet mother.
I miss my mom every day.

and then this happened

6.10.18 

Yep.  It happened.  Time rolled on like the speed of lightning and my baby graduated from High School.   I started this blog when Andrew went to kindergarten.  It's so hard to believe that just like that, he has now graduated.

I truly encourage anyone who wants to document snippets of everyday life to start a blog.  Although this is and has been mostly a knitting blog, having moments of my everyday life sprinkled into my blog is one of the greatest gifts I have given myself.  I love, love, LOVE looking back on the years and seeing what we were up to during different years.  I usually always pick a year from my archives and look at a particular month.  Always, ALWAYS with a smile.

Andrew will be headed to school in less than two months.  A new chapter will then begin.  I've been having many talks with myself.  Telling myself to embrace this new chapter.  I think it's now beginning to soak in.  I know it will be filled with college visits and care packages and travel. And of course, knitting.

It's gonna be a great new chapter.  Just like the last.

catch up

I think June usually kicks my butt every year. That wonderful, crazy transition from a scheduled life to a completely different sort of day. Having all three kids home (YAY!) just makes more of everything. More food, more cooking, more laundry, more waiting, more scheduling, more traveling, more conversations, more errands, just more, more, MORE!
I headed to Beaver Creek, Colorado at the beginning of the month to meet my sister, Shelly and my friend, Kam.  It was a weekend devoted to, you guessed it... KNITTING!  Honestly, I think that everyone should have a weekend with friends/family and yarn at least once a year.  Stay in your jammies, drink coffee and knit.  Head to lunch, order wine and knit.  Jammie up early, chat and knit.  It was perfectly, perfect!
One afternoon we headed out in search of a yarn store.  We found the yarn store but it was closed.  The sign said "Closed for shearing"!  We were pretty bummed as google wasn't showing any other yarn stores in the area.  So we decided to head to wine, I mean lunch and as we parked the car, discovered there was a new yarn store right next to our lunch spot!
I immediately made myself right at home! :)  

Maker + Stitch is a beautiful yarn shop located in Edwards, Colorado.  An absolute full and lovely selection of yarn with two of the sweetest owners you'd ever want to meet.  It had me wishing that this shop was in my neighborhood.

sunset highway

Well, your friend to knit with actually has some finished knitting to show you!
This sweater was a true delight to make.  The perfect amount of pattern to keep you concentrating and knitting to keep you on cruise control.  
The yarn was dreamy.  Truly light and lofty.
The only thing about this sweater is... I never wear these colors.  I do wish that the purple was navy and then it might fit into my wardrobe better.  When I ordered it, I thought it was navy.  But, the colors made me happy while I knit.
I didn't make a single modification to the overall sizing.  Sleeve length and body length are knit the way the pattern was written.
However, I opted to make the bottom straight around and not longer in the back.
Oh, Hi!  Libby was so opposed to taking this shot.  She said that I looked so uncomfortable and that I would never stand like this.  I told her to take it anyhow.  I want to show the sleeves.
I'll giggle every time I look at this. 😊

Pattern:  Sunset Highway
Yarn: Lizzie-Anne Yarns  (Sold as a sunset highway kit.)
Needle: US 2 for sleeve hem and neck.  US 4 for body and sleeves.
Size: S

may knitcrate

I'm getting here a little late to mention knitcrate's May shipment when it's almost June!
"Contemporary" was the theme for this months Knitcrate.

Contemporary, comfortable color.  The richness of a worn leather chair next to sleek modern desk.  Found in the juxtaposition of matte and gloss, saturated hues and whispering, dusty tones.  This month's color way and yarns speak to the movement from Winter to Spring, a sacrifice of darkness to light, and the serenity of an atmosphere ready to change for a new season.

Yarn :: 2 skeins La Brebis Marled sock.  40% Merino, 40% Peruvian Highland, 20% Nylon  440 yds.

Patterns :: There are always two patterns in this crate.  One if you want to knit, and one if you want to crochet! (Love a choice although I will always choose knit. :) )  
     The knitting pattern ::  Daxis
     The crochet pattern :: Cabled Clutch

As usual, this knitcrate is valued at $63.00 and is available for $24.99.

If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first knitcrate!  (Code works on all crates.)  It truly does make for a very fun mail day!  

full heart

Summer has officially become my favorite time of year.  Especially, this summer.  I once again have a full house and that truly makes for a full heart.
Andrew is finishing up his senior year of High School and getting ready for final exams and graduation.  Libby is home from the University of Colorado, just finishing her sophomore year, and has caught the making bug and that makes my heart so happy.  Pressing flowers, making pallet tables and getting creative in the kitchen.  (Thank you!)  As Charlie gets used to the idea that he has graduated from college and waits on a "real" job.  He is spending a lot of time "working" on his golf game.  😊
 The back patio is open and if it's not raining THAT is where we will be eating our meals.  I've missed the outside so much this past winter.

Having three helpers once again makes my heart not only full but gives me more time to knit!

ooooooh may

The first week of May has already been a doozy.
Thanks to Blair, I was inspired to make a May Day Cone and hang it on my neighbors door.  Daffodils from our yard and a cone made out of the cutest knit wrapping paper, ever.
Andrew had his Senior prom.  (I think I need a case of tissues.) My friend, Judy, leant us a super awesome bow tie.  And thanks to YouTube, I tied my first one.
Charlie graduated from OSU.  I honestly can't believe how quickly time goes.

Hold on mama's.  This ride is F A S T!!!

it's may

We are starting May with a drastic change in temperatures. 78˚ and it feels SO good. And a beautiful cloudless, blue sky.  Absolutely perfect.
Those animals are supposed to be a Colorado Buff. 

Finals have been happening in the world of my college kids.  Charlie will actually graduate from OSU this Sunday.  Whaaaaaaaat?!  I will have a college graduate?! Say it isn't so! I truly can't seem to wrap my head around that.  Or my heart.    
Libby starts her finals this week so I decided one last care package of the year.    
I mentioned before my new found love for cutout cookies.  And to think when I moved I had every shape and size and I donated them all to the Vietnam Vets.  Maddening.  

I found an awesome recipe with extremely helpful tips.

Happy May!

april knitcrate

Hello last day of April. I am amazed and astonished that is the last day of April. Where oh where did you go sweet month? I can't believe it has taken me so long to get to this space and show you April's Knitcrates!
Isn't this sock yarn just dreamy? 

April's theme was Golden Hour.  The precious moments right before the sun sets, when it is low in the West, casts ochre tones across the world:  this time is called the Golden Hour.   

Yarn:  400 yards of gingering weight, 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon by Twin Mommy Creations in Arid Luminescence
Pattern:  Reliable Spring Socks by Lara Neel
Extras:  A super cute card and pin.   "I knit so I don't unravel."  I'm pretty sure that has been my motto all these years!
A retail value of $41.30 all for $23.99.  Use code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first crate!
These colors... swoon!

In the Membership Crate:
Yarn:  2 skeins of Audine wool.   230 yarns of 100% Superwash Merino Wool.  This is prickly pear color way.    There are 3 other color ways.  I love the surprise of not knowing what will be in my crate!
Pattern:  As always two patterns.  One knit and one crochet.  The knit pattern is Cloris by Emily Johannes.  A beautiful transitional, textured shawl combining short rows, garter and seed stitch.
This is a retail value of $63.00... all for $24.99.

If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first crate! (Code works on all crates.)  It really makes for exciting mail days.

sunset highway

I am totally strolling down the Sunset Highway and loving it.  I just love when I am all in on a project.  I wasn't at the beginning because these just don't seem like my colors.  But, I don't know, now that its spring, I am excited to wear something other than black and grey. ;)
I'm in Boulder visiting Libby.  Well, I came to help her pack up a few things (I can't believe she is nearing the end of her sophomore year!) but we haven't really done much of that yet.

I did bind off for the body.  The pattern calls for a stretchy bind off.  I can't believe it, but I have never done a stretchy bind off!  In the past, I would just use a bigger needle size to make it loose.  It was great to learn something new.  I just LOVE that about knitting!  Always new techniques to learn.

h e l l o

Oh my goodness.  I did not intend to take this long of a blog break.

I brought out my camera for the first time since I was on spring break and found this photo which is one of very few that were taken.  Seems like a million years ago.  I'm glad I have it to remind myself that I really did fly all the way to Hawaii and back.

I'll be coming back to this space with some knitting content very soon.  My fingers have been super happy working on my Sunset Highway sweater.  It seems to be the perfect spring time knit even though we are having snow flurries while I type!

Happy Monday!

it's time for spring break

{Sweater:  Sunset Highway ::  Mitts  ::  a new Cowl}
Headed out for Spring Break tomorrow.  I've known what knitting was coming with me since Monday.  First things first!  We are only gone about 10 days but I always fear I am going to run out of knitting.  So, I bring options.

I won't be back in this space until after Easter.
 
Happy days to you!  xx

march knitcrate

If you are unsure if spring will ever come, check out what Knitcrate assembled for their March's Crates!
 Sugar Sugar is the theme, and the colors scream sweet.
 "Light, like marzipan and fresh French macaroons, these fruity, candy-colored tones are just what we need coming out of cold weather and headed into spring."
Well, I believe that is just a lovely thing to see and think about!
In the Membership Crate:
Yarn:  2 skeins of Ura Yarn in Lovender.  (Yes, Lovender.  I just love that name.)  Its a beautiful purple with blue and teal speckles.  A Sock weight that is 70% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 10 % stellia.
Patterns:  As always, two patterns are included.  This beautiful shawl named Bloom by Chelsea Berkompas, and a crochet sock pattern named by Brenda Anderson
This is a retail value of $63.00... all for $24.00
In the Sock Crate:
Yarn: A beautiful  fingering weight skein of Brediculous Yarns in Sweet Treat.  75% SuperWash Merion and 25% Nylon.
Pattern:  Pink Socks.  A beautiful pattern with a lace leg, a smooth foot and a traditional heal.  A great choice for those looking to add a different stitch to their usual pattern choice.
Extra:  Licorice and Mint tea bags by Tea Pigs.   Two bags.  So make some tea and call your friend to knit with!
A retail Value of $37.00 all for $23.99.

If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first knitcrate.  (Works on all crates.)

yesterday

 Yesterday was so spectacular.  One of those gorgeous days that give you hope that spring truly is right around the corner.  (Despite the impending snow we should be getting today. ) Yesterday I grabbed the basket where my Maine Squeeze sits and a tartan blanket. I headed outside and plopped the blanket on the freezing flagstone.  I let the chickens out of the coop and sat with them to protect them from the hawks that would love to have them as a snack.  They were in heaven.  So was I.  It felt so familiar.  Like I was sitting outside, knitting, watching my children play. It truly seems like yesterday that I was doing just that.
So, it's hard to believe that I drove my oldest baby back to college (OSU) on Sunday after his Spring Break.  I told him I couldn't believe that he only has about 6 weeks left until he will graduate.  He told me that he is more than aware.  That he has known to treasure every day of this year.  I reminded him that treasuring every day of every year will be the only way to think from now on.  Cheers to yesterday and more importantly to today.

humulus

Love Love Love this sweater.  The process.  The finished product.  All of it.  I love that I realized that German Short Rows are definitely the short row choice here.

And I'm not gonna lie.  I shrunk it a little (by accident) while blocking.  You see, I always block using the washing machine.  I put the machine on the hand wash cycle.  And then I put it on the spin cycle to get all of the water out of the fibers.   And I'm not sure what exactly was happening with my machine, but it spun it and spun it and spun it and in the process it shrunk it a bit.  It was a bit bigger and boxier before the blocking.  Now, not so much.  However, I like the fit.  I'll keep it like this for a while.  Maybe trying to block it out a little bigger in the future.

Pattern:  Humulus
Yarn:  Quince and Co Lark
Needles: US 5 and US 6
Size:  M1

oh march

Whoa.  March 10th.  I don't know where this past week went, let alone 10 days.
Hmmm.  Let me think:
I went to Boulder to visit Libby.  I stayed there for 4 glorious days.  It was mom's weekend, so I met some other Moms.  We hiked.  Drank coffee.  Talked for hours.  I knit.  She did homework.  We slept.  A lot.  We had delicious dinners. We held hands.  We walked dogs.  I cried when I left her.  I packaged orders.  I shipped orders.  I've excised for 30 minutes every day.  (I love this challenge.) I cleaned the pantry and the refrigerator.  I restocked the pantry and the refrigerator.  I cooked.  I cleaned.  I did laundry.  I knit. I overslept.  I under slept.  I booked airline tickets.  I booked bus tickets.  I fought our water bill.  I changed our auto insurance.  I knit.  I finished humulus.  I spoke to Andrew's teachers.  I talked on the phone.  A lot.  I hugged.  I kissed.  I loved.

Happy March and Happy weekend, friends!

my travel notion bag

I just realized that I needed to pack a travel notion bag that remains in my travel carry on bag.  If I travel by car, I usually have my knitting bag which stays equipped with all of the notions I need.  However, every time I travel on an airplane, I repack a bag with all of my notions.  And then, I unpack it when I arrive home.  What have I been thinking?  Why haven't I done this in the past? All of a sudden this became a ridiculous concept since I have duplicates of most (all!) of my notions.
So, I decided to pack my India Hicks pouch.  (I am an ambassador.) I just love these little bags.  (There are several colors.) And the best part?  It will double as my clutch for evening.
I'm headed to Boulder tomorrow to see Libby.  And it feels so good to know I will have all my knitting essentials with me.  When we head out at night, I will transfer all of the goods into the ziplock bag, load my pouch with my phone, glasses and a lipstick, and head out with my Flat Stanley.  Hello pop of color!

vogue knitting winner

{February 23, 2010}

I haven't taken out my camera in a week.  That's pretty unusual for me.  Hence the photo from this day back in 2010.  I love looking back to see what my camera captured.  My computer is seriously the best scrapbook I have.  I remember that knit.  I ended up giving it away because I decided I didn't like knitting with thread.  That's what is so wonderful about this amazing gift we have of knitting.  If you love it, make it. Enjoy the process.  If you don't, celebrate learning something more about yourself.  

The winner of my all time favorite resource book (I truly wish everyone could win this book!) is number 17, Celestial.  Celestial, please email me and I will make sure this book lands in your hands.  

Happy weekend, friends!

vogue knitting giveaway

Oh Boy.  THIS BOOK!  If there is one book to have in your knitting library, I suggest this one.  It's truly a gem of a book.  Absolutely everything a knitter needs to know is in here.  I mean everything!
It was first published in 1989, updated in 2002 and the past fifteen years have seen many advances in knitting which made it time for another update.  Sure, there is always the internet to look techniques up.  However, there is nothing like holding the information in your hand.  This book is easy to navigate with thorough indexing and footnote cross-referencing.
The updated Vogue Knitting contains:
•Expanded library of cast-ons, increases, decreases and bind-offs.
•In depth sections on brioche, enteric, double knitting and mosaic knitting.
•New design and construction chapters for accessories with dozens of options for hats, mittens, socks, gloves and more than 25 shawl shapes.
•Comprehensive chapters on lace and cables detailing all knitters need to know when increasing, decreasing, reading charts, working borders and much more.
•Revised and expanded information on tools, correcting errors, finishing, embellishing, and garment care to instill a masterly understanding of knitters at every stage.

My mother gave me the edition first published in 1989.  It has been my constant by my side.  I reference quite a few things out of this book.  From the most simple techniques to those used to design sweaters, helping me design the libby sweater back in 2009.  Truly a knitters bible.
{A true treasure.}

The sweet peeps over at Sterling would like to give one of my readers a copy.  If interested in winning a copy of the completely revised and updated Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting book,  please leave a comment here before Tuesday, February 20th 5pm EST.  I'll have the random number generator choose a name.  

Happy knitting, friends!