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!

february knitcrate

I've mentioned it before, but the day the Knitcrate arrives in my mailbox is so exciting.  Opening my package is such a fun surprise!  
Petrichor.  This word is new to me.  I am bummed I didn't know it, as it's a word that describes one of life's greatest experience.  At least to me.  That scent that arrives after a rainfall.

"Petrichor is the smell after the rain, and this shipment calls to mind the soothing sounds of rainfall, glistening shine of wet pavement and enhanced green of trees.  The world comes alive in new ways after a storm, the lights shining and reflecting against newly slick surfaces."

February Knitcrate's contents:

The yarn:
2 Skeins of Knitologie Verdant or Raind Drops or Mist.  (This is Verdant.)  40% Merino, 30% silk, 30% alpaca.  ($24/ skein)  Truly yummy yarn.
The Pattern:
There are always two.  The knit pattern is the Raindrop Cowl By Noelle Davis.  The crochet pattern is Mariana Trench Scarf by Vincent W. Green.  ($10/$5 per pattern)

As always, there are bonus codes.  This months codes include discounts on Noelle Davis and Vincent Greens patterns.

A Retail Value of $63.00 all for $24.99.  Truly an amazing deal.   If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first knitcrate.  (Works on all crates.)

so much love

{Lake Tahoe Valentines} 
This week I packaged some Valentines to head to the kids in College.  Libby informed me that she doesn't need all that Valentine stuff, but cookies might be nice.
Until recently, I've never been a huge fan of cut out cookies.  I think it was the time involved that scared me away.  When we moved, I even gave away a GIANT collection of cookie cutters.  (I wish I had them now.) But, to tell you the truth, cut outs don't take that much more time.  I love the dough/cutting tips I learned from this post.  And, that has definitely become my new favorite cutout recipe.
I doodled on the Chalk Lots this week making knit stitches.  It doesn't surprise me that knit stitches look just like hearts.  Considering all the love in hand knit items.
Knit hearts went in the boxes as well.  My sweet friend, Suzanne, gifted me this pattern.  It is such a great one. (Thank you, Suzanne!)  She made me the light pink heart on the left a few years ago.    It's absolutely perfect.  I decided to make it my travel heart and take it in my suitcasewhen I travel.  It will be my little reminder of what I believe in most.  Love.  And all there is in the world.
Before I seam them together, I decided to write secret messages and put them inside each one.  No one will ever know it's there.  Except for me.  Just a little added Love energy inside each hand knit LOVE.

a few finished

School was canceled today. I truly think I am more excited than my kids ever are on a cancelled snow day.  Oh, the prospects.  I'm like a kid in a candy shop!   I told Andrew we should make Valentines!  I thought this was a fantastic idea.  He reminded me that he was a senior and they don't take Valentines to school.  I told him he should change that.  Start a trend.  He didn't buy it.  So, instead I made Valentine cookies and finished a few projects.  I also made a fire in the fireplace.  I filled the whole house with smoke and set off the smoke alarm.  We had to open all the doors and windows.  Finally, it cleared and I mustered up the confidence to try again.  We had a lovely fire for the rest of the day.
Toast on the left.
Those Mitts on the right.  Both were special orders.  Those Mitts were requested extra long on both ends.  And, boy are they extra long.  They measure 12 inches.  An inch longer than Toast.  That's the beauty of patterns.  You can play with them and tailor them to your needs or the needs of others.  I love that.
 I've mentioned these little ankle socks before.  I like to use a washable wool so that I can throw them in the machine and not worry about them.  The pattern is super easy and if you are new to socks, I think this is a great first project to get your feet wet, dip your toes in the water, so to say.  They are quick on a size 5 needle, so the time investment is quite short. AND you have a pair of socks to boot! (Oh, I am cracking myself up over here with all the foot references.😜)
Tailored to my needs.  They fit snug just like I like them.  Are mismatched.  And are perfect for around the house.

mugs

 Hiya friends!  Just wanted to let you know the mugs have joined the journal/project log in the shop. (For those who have already purchased, thank you!  SO much!)
I'm including a tea bag that makes the most delicious cup of fun.  
A tea bag filled with 10 stitch markers.  
The tea bags are also sold separately if interested.  Perfect for your tea loving friend you knit with.

Happy Groundhog Day.  As a knitter, I always welcome a little more winter. :)

cabo

So hard to believe that this is the last day of January!  
Cabo San Lucas.   Seriously beautiful.  It was my first time to the Sea of Cortez.  These photos don't even show how spectacular the colors are.  I think this was the first time I have ever traveled without my DSLR camera.  I just decided to keep it simple.  So these are photos taken with my phone.  We stayed in a house in Palmilla.  I would highly recommend it.
Some of our highlights:
Fresh guacamole.  Sunrises.  New friends.  Dinner at Flora Farms.  (Truly a must experience.) Margaritas. (Although I don't drink them.  Corona's for me!)  Big beaches.  The Giggling Marlin.  Cabo Wabo.  Drivers who know where they are going.  Artwork in the sand.  Sea glass hunting.  The Office.  Glass hearts.  Dinner at Edith's.  Great music.  Whale watching.  Snorkeling.  Seeing the arch of Cabo San Lucas from boat.  Perfect weather.  Coffee and Yarn.
 I finished one pair of toast.  That was it.  But morning with my knitting was one of my favorite times of the day.  
Oh, and knitting is one of those things they tell you to place in checked baggage.  I giggled when I saw that photo.  Our sweet knitting amongst some very understandable items that would not be safe on board an aircraft.  I have had my metal needles confiscated before, but did manage to take my bamboo needles out of Mexico.
Happy travels!

journals and mugs

Hiya!  I am headed out of town, but wanted to mention that I have been working on a few "a friend to knit with" items.  Because, we all have a friend to knit with!  And if you are a knitter, than you ARE a friend to knit with!
The journals/project logs are in the shop.
A knitting journal to keep past, present and future projects organized.  This journal is 50 pages of the most perfect grid of graph paper.  It contains a ruler inside the front cover for those times you forget your tape measure.  A pocket in the back will hold those extra yarn labels, receipts or love notes.  And, there is even a calendar in the back to keep you on track with your knitting goals.  This lightweight journal can be tucked into your bag so that you always have it with you. 😊
If you place an order,  please know that they won't ship until Monday, January 29.
Mugs will be available after the 29th.  I can't wait to share what will be included with these sweet mugs.  Perfect for yourself or your friends you knit with.  You can use it for your morning coffee, your afternoon tea, or your evening soup.

Have a great week, friends!

packing

I'm headed out of town (Los Angeles and Cabo) for a little winter vacation.  The first thing I always pack is my knitting.  What project to take?  My humulus will take up too much space.  Plus, I need to take wooden needles because the only time I have ever had my knitting needles confiscated was in Mexico.  They took my metal needles but said I could have wood needles.  So, I had to come up with a project where I had the right size needles.  Toast and Hearts.  Perfect.
Happy Sunday!

gluten free snow days

I'm not gluten intolerant.  But over the years, I have tried to eat less and less gluten.  Mostly for my eczema. I read somewhere that people with eczema could have an allergy to gluten.  So, I do try and when someone shares a great recipe, I must give it a try!
My friend, Jennifer shared this recipe with me and it is definitely one I will keep in our recipe stack.
I have to admit a couple of things that I believe can make most baked goods taste great.  (Especially gluten free baking.)
  A great vanilla.  I seriously can't bake without this one.
I also recently discovered these fun muffin cups.  Where were they when my kids were small?  I would have had them in every pattern and design.  SO fun!

Gluten Free Breakfast Muffins
2.5 cups oats
1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 TBSP ground flax seed
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas
Preheat oven to 400˚.  Spray tin with cooking spray or line 12 paper muffin liners in tin.  Place oats in food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds.  Add remain ingredients to the food processor.  Divide batter among liners and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

We found that these were best eaten on the day of baking.  However, warmed on day two with a nice slather of butter was pretty great, too! :)

I uploaded a new YouTube Video with a couple of knitting tips and a must have lotion for my dry, eczema hands.  Plus the most lovely book of photographs of people knitting.  (More on that later.)

Happy Friday!