Tuesday, October 18, 2016

this & that...

I intended to post this yesterday (Monday) so I could join up with Karen for weekending, but the day got away from me. Better late than never, right? I've felt so behind ever since arriving home from my Scotland trip to meet Simon, and I will get around to posting photos from my trip (as well as our family trip on June). Making this promise to myself. :)

AnnaLynn's violin teacher plays in the Vancouver Symphony and, we found out, in the orchestra that performs with the Oregon Ballet. This only matters in that she was kind to give Anna her vouchers for four free tickets to the ballet last week. Giants was not my favorite ballet ever, but Anna liked it quite a bit. The first performance was lovely, but the second and third were just not my style, although the pianist who accompanied the third act was spectacular.

With three storms coming in off the Pacific over the weekend, we spent Saturday morning making sure things were secure outside, filled stockpots with water just in case, and then, as an act of faith, I put a chicken in the crockpot and hoped we'd not lose power (which we didnt'). I spent much of the day by the woodstove with my knitting which was wonderful. Speaking of my knitting, thanks so much for the love shown for my new booties pattern! If you want, you can enter my IG giveaway by visiting me on IG @DoleValleyGirl. :)

I usually spend my Sunday mornings planning my week and organizing my desk. While I love using Google calendar, I sometimes worry (with good reason) about the power going out and not having access to my schedule, so I also use The Time Keeper which I've used for several years now. FYI, I'm not an affiliate, just sharing 'cause I love mine.

With the skies darkening earlier each day, we've found ourselves drawn to the family room in the evening to enjoy the warmth of the woodstove. Sunday evening was popcorn, homemade vanilla milkshakes, my knitting, and Dan reading aloud from The Hiding Place which is one of my favorite WWII stories. Oh, to have the faith of Corrie!

I know I'm late, but I'm weekending with Karen :)


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lottie's Booties!
announcing my new knitting pattern
and an exciting giveaway :)

I’m so happy to finally be able to share my latest pattern! Lottie’s Booties are adorable wee booties that knit up quickly from the cuff down. Clever construction takes you from knitting rows to rounds to rows to rounds ending with a Kitchener bind off. The I-cord tie is optional, but it does help keep booties in place on baby’s feet. :)

Sizes: 0-3 (3-6, 6-12) months
Needles: US 2 & 4 DPNs
Notions: stitch marker, yarn needle
Yarn: KnitPicks Swish Worsted

Pattern includes written instructions and is suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate level knitters.

Can you imagine how excited I was when I received word from KPs that my pattern had been accepted into one of their collections? Oh. My. Goodness. I've published several patterns with KPs in the past (and I have a couple in the works), but having Lottie's Booties as part of an actual collection that has been published in both a print and e-book is absolutely thrilling. :)

The Lottie's Bootie pattern is available through my Ravelry store: DoleValleyGirlKnits and in the 28 pattern Under 200 collection on the KPs website.

GIVEAWAY!! Click over to my IG: DoleValleyGirl to enter a giveaway for a print copy of the Under 200 collection. I'll also be giving away PDF copies of the Lottie's Bootie pattern. Contest ends Oct. 25, 2016, at midnight PST. Good luck!


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

yarn along & a sneak peek!!

Had a busy morning working and didn't think I'd find time today to join today's Yarn Along, but thankfully, here I am post-work, post-lunch, pre-work-outside-this-afternoon. :)  Eve in Exile is a brand new book that sets aside stereotypes of mid-century housewives...of women not allowed to think for themselves or talk to the men about anything interesting or important. I'm looking forward to reading this book as part of a new book study I'll be doing with Christina, my wonderful daughter-in-law. :)  On my nightstand, along with my Bible, is another one of my WWII stories: Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. I finally finished The Girl on the Train via Audible while adjusting to my jet lag when I arrived in Scotland. Imagine trying to go to sleep when your body clock is 8 hours behind...those first few days are always rough.

I've got far too many WIPs, and I keep thinking that one of these days I need to take a photo of all of them to share with you. Maybe soon. :)  Today's knitting is a simple knitted washcloth using Rowan's Handknit Cotton (colorway 352).

And my "sneak peek" is just that!! A project that's been in the works for months now and tomorrow is the big day that I finally get to share all about it!! I'll be hosting a giveaway via my IG: DoleValleyGirl -- so excited!  UPDATE: The pattern is now available! See all the details here. And, the giveaway is live on my IG and open thru Oct. 25 at midnight PST.

Looking forward to seeing what you've all been working on and reading; it's good to be back. :)

Joining Ginny :)


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Catching up...

I guess this post could alternatively been called "in which I share photos of my mugs." ;) Not at all intended, I didn't even realize it until I uploaded my photos here. As summer fades into fall, I find myself with a mug in hand throughout the day. My Steelers mug came out of hibernation when football season began; the others are in use most days. Funny how despite having a cupboard full of mugs, I have my favorites. Do you?

Summer is slipping away. We enjoyed a warm, sunny week in the 80s and then, just like that, the clouds rolled in bringing rain and chilly, woodstove temperatures. I think I'm finally ready for it. Lessons are underway, and with Daniel graduated, I'm down to one student. Daniel is taking piano this year along with an online rhetoric course and high school chemistry which his schedule didn't allow for last year. AnnaLynn has a full schedule: piano, violin, ballet, algebra I, chemistry, US lit and history, and writing. Add to all that her new puppy, and the girl seriously has a full plate.

Me? I've moved into the realm of being more of a guidance counselor than a teacher, which is fine. I am leading our Gileskirk humanities co-op every other week, so I've still got my toe in the water, but the kids are really on their own with regard to their schooling. My two remaining arrows are rather close to being ready to launch, so I'm thankful for the busyness God's given me in helping Dan run our electrical contracting business as well as running my fledgling knit pattern business. Being a wife, mom, and Baba, volunteering at church, managing the home & homestead, and playing the role of Anna's driver two days each week rounds out my days. Thankful that I rarely am bored. :)

Did you notice that wee angelic face up there? Last week we welcomed our third grandchild into the world. Those of you who've followed me on IG know I'll be off to Scotland later this week to see Simon and to provide help for Jessica and Zack. We skyped on Saturday, and although I'm oh-so-thankful for modern technology, it's truly not the same. Sigh. I'm not ungrateful, just longing to hold and kiss him, Four more days.

Baby knits have been the main occupation of my needles: a pumpkin patch beanie, a pair of hosenmatz, and a chevron cherub wrap to name a few. Others are secret for now. Btw, my pumpkin patch beanie is on sale! Use coupon code "pumpkin" at checkout for 25% off when you purchase from my Ravelry shop now through Oct. 31.

In other news, my Steelers are 2 and 0 which is awesome! Fingers crossed for a good season. I'm thankful that through my NFL phone ap on Verizon that I'm able to watch every single game (unless it's on during church...). Go Steelers!!

Counting my blessings and giving thanks and praise to God from whom they all flow! Until October when I'm home from Edinburgh,


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Tuesday was nice to me...my copy of the new Taproot arrived...yay! And I found the perfect yarn to knit up a pair of Hosenmatz with! (just to clarify, this pattern is not in the latest Taproot...sorry for the confusion!) These wee pants are so, so cute, and I'm hoping I'll be able to finish a pair before I arrive in Scotland in a few weeks. Yes, you read that correctly. :)  Grandbaby number three is due in a week, and I'm looking forward to meeting him or her and spending some time with my Jessica who will be a first time mama. Please lift a prayer for her for a safe delivery.

I still haven't quite finished All the Light We Cannot See or The Girl on the Train, but All the Light is close, and I've decided to finish listening to The Girl on the Train on my long plane ride. My WIPs are many, and other than this one, they've all taken a back seat to my grandbaby knits, and I'm ok with that.

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Prints in the Forest colorway (#9824); 75% superwash merino wool/25% nylon.

Joining Ginny :)


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