i needed to break up

Yesterday it became clear to me what needed to happen.  I had been thinking about this for a while.  Some things just don't feel right.  Like the fact that I knit you on the wrong side.  See, things just haven't been good for a while.  And then the hole.  After I washed you.  I thought it was me.  That I did something wrong like dropped a stitch.  But, then I realized that it was a break in the yarn.  And then your neck.  It just didn't feel right.  I tried.  Honestly.  I tried to make you the right sweater for me.  
But things just couldn't go on any longer like this.  I'm sorry.  I'm going to need to break up with you weekender.  But please know.  It's not you beautiful Weekender pattern.  It's me.  It's all me.

i knit a sock

As I mentioned, I spent 10 days out west.  As usual, I packed several knitting projects.   Before I even pack my clothes, I pack my knitting projects.  

Yarn :: ✔️
Pattern :: ✔️
Needles ::✔️
Notions ::✔️

I was packed and ready to go.  Only two projects (a pair of socks and a pair of mitts)  and feeling pretty nervous about not having enough.  But this trip was different.  I barely knit.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe just too busy?  Now that sounds ridiculous.  But maybe.  Just maybe. However, I did manage to finally complete a pair of socks.  Now, don't go thinking I knit the entire pair while away.  I've been working on this pair all summer.  In truth, I knit half of a sock.  ๐Ÿ˜Š
And I was pretty darn happy with that.
The pattern really is super darling.  It's from one of my Knitcrates.  May's knitcrate to be exact.
That little butterfly pattern was so much fun to knit.  And I'm happy to say, that I am wearing them right now.  Cool temps this morning ya know.  Or maybe it's the air conditioner!

Happy Friday the 13th!  

fall ready

I'm ready for fall.  I am.  I truly am.  I thought I would be so sad to see summer end.  But you know, I am feeling pretty giddy about fall.  Warm days, cool nights.  I'm IN.
We just came home from 10 days in Lake Tahoe and the last weekend was a gift.  My sisters and husbands traveled out so that we could all be together.  
Time in the Sierra Nevada's.  With my man, my sisters and my Hipster Shawl totally put me in the mood.  I LOVE hand knits!
Lake Tahoe, September 10, 2019
And my family.  ❤️

july/august knitcrate

Well, hello.  I can't believe I forgot to show you July Knitcrate.  And it was a good one!  And by good one, I mean I seriously couldn't stop touching the yarn. Must be the silk.  Or the Merino.  Or maybe the Baby Alpaca.  It is just so yummy and soft and the pattern is right up my alley.  
Membership Crate:
Yarn:  Knitologie Glowing Worsted. 40% Superwash Merino, 30% Silk, and 30% Baby Alpaca  Available in 3 colors.  This is the color way Flying Trapeze.
Pattern:
    Knitting: Ringleader.  A super cute fingerless mitt pattern.  I'm all over it.  Actually winding my balls of yarn today!
    Crochet:  Risley Cowl.
And this is the August Knitcrate.  (Can you believe it is almost September!)
     Extras:  Well, I forgot to take a photo but the crate included a cute little elephant progress keeper.  I was already using it on my Weekender!
Membership Crate:
Yarn:  Knitologie Worsted Merino.  100% Superwash Merino Wool  Available in 3 colors.  This is the color way Kestrel.
Patterns:
     Knitting:  Eklutna Lakeside Shawl.  The perfect knit in preperation for fall.  Created for the late summer scene in mind.
     Crochet:  Alpine Leg warmers.
The extra:  just a couple of darling stitches.  I immediately put them in my knitting journal.  Cause you know, I love stickers and pens and all the paper things.

As always your first knitcrate is 20% off by using the code FKW20 at checkout!

melted mirage

While in Barcelona in the Spring we happily stumbled upon a cute little yarn shop.  (I wrote about it here.)  Inside, the walls were filled with colorful skeins of yarn and shop samples.  Simply stunning.  As I do in all yarn shops I visit,while in another country, I asked if they had any local yarn.  I was thrilled to see an entire wall filled with all things local.  
I'm not one for purchasing yarn without a pattern.  (Unless it is a skein of worsted that I know I can use to make a pair of Toast. ) So, I checked the sample wall in the shop and fell in love with her version of the Melted Mirage.  I tried on the drapey shawl and just loved the way it felt.  Lightweight yet warm. It just so happened that the owner knit it out of this same yarn.  
I tried all sorts of color combinations but in the end settled on these two beauties.  Just two colors and the brioche stitch.  This time I am inserting a lifeline every so often.  Cause I haven't come close to mastering how to repair brioche mistakes!

Happy weekend, friends!

flock ack

Last month I had the honor and complete pleasure of being invited to Nantucket. Wow. What a magical place that is! Honestly, If you've never been, grab your flock and get yourself there!
Hahaha.  I crack myself up!  You see,  fLoCk just happens to be the name of the most awesome yarn shop in Nantucket!
That's me up there.  In front of fLoCk, sporting one of the shops samples that I fell in love with.  
Well, the sweet/cool/creative owner, made the pattern using 2 skeins of knit collage yarn.  I agree, it's not an everyday hat.  Or maybe for some it is.  It's just one that I wouldn't wear everyday.  It's more of a statement hat, don't ya think?  (Whatever that means.)
Of course, I bought the yarn to make one.  I just had to!

I"m waiting on the pattern.  The owner just sort of winged it and she needs to write it down.  And she really needs to find the time to do that.  I totally get that, as time is scarce and lives are busy.  I'm good waiting.  Cause the yarn is great to look at all on its own.
By the way... fLoCk sells homemade sourdough bread made fresh daily.  How awesome is that?!  I never wanted to leave.

my weekender

So, I'm in Chesterton, Indiana with my Andrew for a golf tournament and for some reason I was reminded of my Weekender sweater.  You see, I have had some issues with it.
For those of you not familiar with the Weekender sweater, this is what it should look like.  The slipped stitch seam down the center of the front and the back is what is particularly appealing to most.  And, quite honestly, what makes this sweater special.
The sweater is worn on the purl side, but is knit on the knit side.  Andrea did this because most of us prefer the knit stitch over the purl stitch.  (Yes, definitely me!) So, when you are finished knitting, you just flip it purl side out.  However, when I was knitting mine, I alternated the balls of yarn to prevent pooling.  (Turns out that was unnecessary as there wasn't any pooling.)  And I ran my yarn inside (on the purl side) and that was the RIGHT side of the sweater.  ๐Ÿคฆ‍♀️ I didn't realize this until I was separating for the sleeves.  I decided to just leave it and wear this one so that the knit stitch would be the right side of the sweater.  (Confused yet?)
So here it is before I blocked it. (Knit side out.) I was pretty happy at this point.  I tried it on, it fit nicely.  I decided it would be one of those sweaters I can wear a lot.  I have been wanting a navy sweater so the color is pretty much perfect.
Last week while visiting my sweet mom, I had some time to block it.  I thought drying it in the Florida sunshine would be nice.  Well, Malibrigo Rios is superwash.  And superwash yarn grows.  So, from the washing machine to the dryer it went.  It was reverted to the original size and all was well.  However, it wasn't.  Because, a hole was found in the front of the sweater where the yarn broke somewhere in the process. ๐Ÿ˜ซ I have never had this happen before.   It's currently sitting in time out until I decide what to do. (Chances are I will probably see if I can mend the hole.But I may consider ripping it out. )
In the meantime... I"ll work on a pair of socks.  ☺️

homemade granola

Hiya friends!
Well, I finally perfected my favorite kind of granola, and I want to share it with you.
You see, I like chunky, yet a little flaky, granola.  You know the kind.  The kind where you don't make a mess when you go to shove a big handful into your mouth. The kind where you can grab a chunk and shove that into your mouth instead!   I've been working on this for years.  Years I tell you!  And, the magical day I made a batch that was just the right consistency, I said OHYA!  Write this one down girl!
{the dry ingredients}
But, here's the thing.  I use all ingredients from Trader Joes.  Which is great for those of you that have one near you. It's also great, because the only thing you will need to measure will be the coconut oil and the honey.  But for those that don't have a Trader Joes near you, I will tell you the amount in each bag.  Oh!  The only other possible bummer may be that this recipe makes A LOT.  However, we have found that it freezes beautifully.  The other great thing is that you will have enough to give to your friends you knit with!  Or heck, those non knitters are worthy too.  ☺️
{tthe liquid ingredients}
Okay.  You are gonna need a big roaster for this amount.  You know the one you use for your turkey? Yep.  That's the one.  If you don't have one, I"m sure a friend does!
So, dump all of the dry ingredients into the roasting pan.  And give it a quick stir with your clean hands.  Easy peasy.
Next, mix the melted coconut oil together with the honey and pour it over the mixture.
And you guessed it.  Mix it with your hands.  This part is a little messy.  And sticky.  But don't be scared.  It washes off rather well.
Next you are going to bake in a 350˚ preheated oven.  It's gonna take about an hour.  So leave yourself enough time.  Here's the important part.  You are gonna need to stir every 15 minutes to get it evenly browned.  So get your knitting ready, pour yourself a cup of tea, and set your alarm for 15 minute intervals.  At the hour mark  (your 4th time stirring) I start stirring every 3 minutes or so.  Just to get it that right golden color.
My favorite way to eat this these days is on aรงaรญ bowls or any smoothie bowl.  (Do you know how to make those?  Super easy.  Let me know if you need help with those.  Maybe I should do a blog post on the how to's for a bowl.)  But you can eat it in a bowl with your favorite milk, over yogurt or ice cream.  And there is always the just grab a big handful.  The skies the limit!

Ingredients:
1 bag Rolled Oats (Gluten Free) 10 cups
1 bag unsalted, dry toasted Pecan Pieces / 2 cups
1 bag unsalted dry toasted Sliced Almonds / 2 cups
1 bag organic unsweetened flake coconut / 1 3/4 cups
1 bag organic unsweetened coconut chips / 1 3/4 cups
1/2 bag 50% less salt roast & salted cashews / 2 cups
1 bag dried cranberries (or your favorite dried fruit)  /  2 cups
Liquid Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups triple filtered coconut oil
1 3/4 cup honey

Directions:
Combine all bags of ingredients except for the cranberries into a roasting pan.  Add 1/2 bag of cashews.  Mix with your hands.  
Melt coconut oil in the microwave.  Add honey.  Stir to blend as well as possible.  Pour mixture over dry ingredients.  Stir well with your hands. 

Bake at 350˚ for an hour stirring every 15 minutes with a wooden spoon.  Remove from oven and add the bag of cranberries.  Stir to combine.  Bake an additional 3 minutes or so (depending on your oven) until your granola is evenly browned to that golden color.  Watch carefully as to not burn.

Remove from oven.  Press down granola firmly into pan.  Let cool.  

After cool, break apart pieces.  Store in an airtight container.  You can use freezer bags to store in smaller portions. 

Enjoy!  

hiya friends!

Well, hello there, sweet friends!  Happy July!
{My current obsession... Potato skin filled with avacodo.  My version of avocado toast.}

For me, July seems like the beginning of summer.  Maybe it was because we were away so much in June.  I literally spent the night in my bed 4 nights all month.  Crazy, but good.  I was in Florida visiting my sweet mama for the first week.  The second half of the month was spent in Boulder, CO visiting Libby and then Steve and I grabbed her and headed to Lake Tahoe for a couple of weeks.  Five out of our six kids were there.  It was FUN!  Steve and I finished the month in Calistoga, Ca  with a little (A LOT) of wine tasting.

Now I am home... for a bit.  Libby is home for a quick minute, and that has been special.  Andrew is home for the summer and it has been great.  A lot of golf for him.  And of course, I try to get Charlie to come home whenever he can.  Always bribing him with food.

But the big news is... I got a new computer! ๐Ÿ˜  I haven't spent much time on my computer lately because I literally ran out of space.  With the amount of photos I have taken through the years, it literally took up all of my space. (50,000+)   I know, I know,  delete them or put them on a hard drive.  But, that just doesn't work for me because the chances of me plugging in the external hard drive to into my computer to find the one photo I am looking for just was never going to work for me.  SO, I would spend hours deleting 500 photos so that I could upload 10 photos.  Ack.  It was driving me crazy.

SO... I'm back with my computer and my camera and I plan on visiting this space a lot more often.

Hope knitting is happening a lot in your lives.  Just wait till you see my Weekender.  ๐Ÿ™„

june knitcrate

I was so excited to see this new yarn from Knitcrate. And the sweet extra had me thinking oh YA! A new tape measure!
Membership Crate:
Yarn: 2 skeins of squishy Vidalana Aloft.   Aloft is 48% merino wool, 32% Organic Pima Cotton, and 20% Baby Alpaca blend that is chainette-plied, meaning that each strand is like a tiny braid.  Therefore, it gives each strand amazing definition.   My crate contained Tiger lily.  A beautiful creamsicle orange.
Pattern:  Both patterns (the knit and the crochet) are by Susan Lowman.
Knitting:  Rows of Lavender.  A sweet crescent shawl with a picot edge and faux cables and twisted stitches.
Crochet:  Golden Afternoon.
Bonus:  A sweet tape measure covered in fabric with a sweet house

As always your first knitcrate is 20% off by using the code FKW20 at checkout!

11 years, 1 week, 1 day

I started this project on June 2, 2008.  Yep.  I worked on it that summer and fall quite a bit taking it to all my kids sporting events.  Then I just became tired of the seed stitch.  Over the years I picked it up a few times.  Maybe knitting one color.   However, for at least the last 6 years it sat in a bag.  Four years ago I moved it to the laundry room thinking if I could see it, then maybe I would work on it.  Occasionally it would catch my eye, but most days my eyes would gaze over it not giving it a thought.
Then one day, I felt as if it were longingly looking at me as if to say, "Please give me some love, Leslie".  So I picked it up, organized the yarn and decided to finish it before starting anything else.
This project sat on that set of US 7 needles for 11 years, 1 week and 1 day.  So grateful to free both the needles and the blanket.  It truly was a labor of love.

Pattern:  Seed Stitch Throw
Yarn:  Classic Elite Four Seasons

may knitcrate

You know I love a good Knitcrate and May did not disappoint!  The theme is "farmers market" which got me very excited for the upcoming months and all of the delicious farm stands in our near future!
I might just have my husband take me on a road trip around Pennsylvania while I work on one of these beauties!
Membership Crate:
Yarn:  439 yards of Knitologie Cozy Sock  75% Superwash Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, 10% Cashmere  in Citrus Squeeze.
Knitting:  Squeezed Citrus Socks by Sarah Jordon
Crochet:  Magic Socks by Lilia Vanini
Bonus:  In case the knitter in you doesn't want to knit socks there is a Bonus Cowl pattern.  The Jounce Cowl is light and perfect for spring and cool summer nights.
The Sock Crate:
Yarn: Vidalana Delight Sport  100% Superwash Merino Sport weight in Strawberries.
Pattern:  Dancing Butterfly by Cynthia Levy.

This is currently in my suitcase for our road trip to Yosemite.  I can't wait to cast on.

As always, your first crate is 20% off by using the code FKW20 at checkout.

a big blanket

That's a big ball!
I have always wanted to make one of those big chunky blankets.  And I knew just the birthday girl who might like it.  So, I purchased 2 big balls from Woolly & Co.  I could have used only 1 ball and still had a nice size blanket.   However, I ended up using part of the second ball to get the length I wanted.  It is the quickest knit with such pleasing results.  It literally took an hour and a half!
I cast on 23 stitches onto my arm. :)  And knit until the piece measured about 70 inches
Finished Measurements ::  42" x 70"
(If I were to use 1 ball, I would cast on 18-20 stitches and knit until the ball runs out!)

life

It's been a busy half of May.  I honestly can't believe it is the 17th of the month!

As the world has been turning.  I've been:
getting reacquainted with an old knitting project :: welcoming home my college boy :: visiting Asheville, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Charleston :: mourning the loss of my sweet friend Susy :: crying :: visiting my sweet mother :: loving :: spending fun times with my sister :: laughing :: baking :: cooking :: driving around my college boy :: trying new recipes :: knitting :: redecorating the house :: planning a new kitchen :: dealing with a wrecked car ::  more crying :: more knitting  :: planning.

Hope your May has been full of all of Lifes feels.  But more of the happy ones!  xx

first quarter

Can you believe that we are almost one month past the first quarter of 2019?!  Crazy!
Have you been keeping track of your knitting progress and goals?  If not in your a friend to knit with journal but in another one?  I'm a big list maker and I am all about checking things off my list!
Head :: the Savante hat.  And it just donned on me I never posted a pic!  (I'll share soon because it is such an easy and rewarding little knit.)
Hands  ::  motive,  toast.
Heart  ::  Byron Bay.  Never posted that pic either.  Ugh.
Feet  ::  holiday socks.
Design :: Wing it!

Would love to hear how you are progressing on your goals!

april knitcrate

We are having the most spectacular Spring day!  I hope you are, too!
I am currently sitting in the car dealership getting my 30,000 mile service.  They told me it would take a couple of hours.  If I have my computer or my knitting I can sit anywhere!  Especially if it's near a window!
April's Knitcrate is bright and cheery, just like today.  The theme is Entomology.  Colorways inspired or matched up to some great photos of insects!
Membership Crate:
Yarn :: 2 skeins Audine Wools Sigh DK  85% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere 302 yards.  It is pure yummy.  And this cheerful red with warm undertones color is inspired by everyone's favorite aphid-eater, the ladybug.
As always 2 projects.
Knitting ::  Canopy by Destiny Meyer.  A classic top-down, triangle shawl, inspired by the canopy walk of Whiting Forest.
Crochet ::  Chrysalis by Liliana Buce-Chmelko.  A spring shoulder warmer.  Shorter than a scarf but just right for throwing over your shoulders.  It's a personal blanket with a lot more style.
The Sock Crate ::
Yarn :: 1 Skein Uru. Yarn Heels & Toes.  75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon 400 yards.
Equal parts of two different colors with one of the colors split so you can use it for the cuffs, heels and toes of your sock.  This color way is Shield Bug, inspired by this vibrant Giant Mesquite Bug.
Pattern: :: Undergrass by Stephanie Voyer
This months Sock Knitcrate also comes with a tiny tin of markers shaped like stars!  Cause that's what we all are!  They are from Rebecca's Room on Etsy.  

As always, your first crate is 20% off by using the code FKW20 at checkout.

wing it

Ha.  Well, I don't know what to call this since I just sort of winged it. Maybe "wing it" would be a perfect name!   I wanted a sweater that was more like a sweatshirt, and since I had just enough Woolfolk Luft, I thought I would give it a try.  
I did a swatch, measured one of my sweatshirts, and started to knit.  I am pretty pleased with the results.  
It's a very wearable sweater.  And super cozy.  
I couldn't decide what to do for the ribbing.  After giving a 2x2 rib a try, I decided it might look a little more feminine with a garter rib.  
After trying multiple necklines, I settled for a simple neckline picking up stitches, knitting one row and binding off.  I quite like it.

The Woolfolk Luft yarn is so dreamy.  And I'm not sure this color shows in photos very well.  Sometimes it looks brown and sometimes it looks like a deep dark eggplant.  Or a raisin.  But the true color is Aubergine, L9.

I may consider writing this pattern up.  However, I will probably have to knit another one as my notes aren't that great.  ๐Ÿ˜œ They are full of numbers that I wrote, crossed off, erased, etc.  Which was fine with me because I have always been a numbers person!

i got you bag

Well, the daffodils are here!  I get so excited to cut daffodils and bring them in the house.  I feel very grateful because we have a lot.  They even grow wild in the woods next to the house.  Bonus.

I finished my I got you bag while in Florida last week.  I LOVE this bag.  It's going to be my Farmers Market bag this summer.  It's strong and durable so I think it will be perfect.

It was a super quick knit - an easy repeat pattern.   The yarn is their newest addition and is called New Wave Yarn.  This color is Duck Egg Blue.  It is made from recycled plastic bottles.  Yep.  47% recycled plastic and 53% cotton.  Each ball contains enough plastic from 3 plastic bottles.  Wool and the Gang is on a mission to save our seas.  Well done, Wool and the Gang!

all you knit is love

4.21.19 All you knit is Love, Barcelona, Spain.  

Well, hello there!  Hello new month!  Hello new projects!  Hello new yarn!

I can't believe it's been about a month since I've been here.  I don't know where the time goes, however, if I look at my calendar, I can see clearly where it went.

We left on March 19th for Spain.  Barcelona to be exact.  Wow did I love it there!  And how happy do you think I was when we left the Picasso Museum and my husband spotted this sign.  Looking for a local yarn shop when I travel is one of my most very favorite things to do.  And this one found US!  I didn't even have to go looking.  It was pure dreamy, too.  An entire wall of local yarns.  You betcha I bought some.  (More on that later.)
On March 22nd we headed to Mallorca.  A gorgeous Balearic Island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.  We spent 4 lovely nights at the Cap Racot Hotel where we felt like we were in a different world.  Truly a remarkable experience.  Then back to Barcelona for our final two nights.  We came home just in time to attend a special wedding.  Then on April 2 I flew to Florida for a week to spend time with my sweet mother.  From there I flew to Atlanta, rented a car, and drove to Alexander City to see my baby, Andrew at his college.  I returned last Thursday.
Yep.  That pretty much sums up where the last month went.
On the go.  With knitting constantly by my side.

two tone twist

Hey friends!  I've been working on getting this simple yet luxurious pattern written up for sometime, and finally found the time.  Yippee! 
It uses just two skeins of Woolfolk Far.  If you've never felt this yarn, it's a true dream.  It is so soft.  Soft like cashmere.  
It's one of those knits that you don't have to pay attention to while knitting it.  Even better.  It does require knowledge with the provisional cast on and the Kitchener stitch.  But heck, if you don't know how to do either of those, YouTube does!  And learning a new skill is what it is all about.  
The piece is reversible so you can show just one color.  The simple twist lets both colors show.  
I intended for it to be made with tonal colors.  However, since knitting is all about being creative, you can use any colors your little heart (BIG HEART) desires.  
I honestly wish I had this in every color combo.  It adds that perfect amount of warmth on chilly (cold!) days.  
Enjoy!