Monday, May 23, 2016

slow, happy weekending...


This weekend I got to wear my Baba hat...the girls joined us after church on Sunday while mommy and daddy attended a wedding and reception that stretched from early afternoon until late into the evening. Love these girls so much and am so thankful for their smiles and love for one another. We played with Bruce the bunny, checked on the garden (corn is up and blueberries are close!), and had fun with an ancient tricycle (was my brother's and mine when we were wee kiddos). So fun!

I'm working my way backward here... Saturday was housework and selling our flock of laying hens in preparation for our Scotland trip in June. We'll be revamping our chicken yarn as well as the hen house (likely building a new one), so the timing was right. It's never easy to let our gals go; we've done this many times now, and we always hope the new owners will treat them well. After we return home from our trip, we plan to start over with new chicks which is always exciting...Charlotte and Linnea will love them!

Other Saturday happenings included a successful luggage shopping trip for Dan and me along with a stop at Killer Burger where you can get your classic rock/heavy metal fix and catch up on the NBA playoffs. I had a bunless peanut-butter-pickle-bacon burger...don't knock it 'til you've tried it. :)

Knitting was sparse this weekend, if you can believe that. I did finish a pair of socks for a new baby at church -- Ravelry link here. (My new Wee Pea! pattern is still on sale thru the end of May -- use coupon code "Wee Pea!" at checkout for 30% off this or any of my other self-published patterns in my Ravelry shop. I've had a great response so far and thank you for your support!)

Joining Karen today...


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

catching up | yarning along | homesteading | musing

With just under three weeks until we fly to Scotland, I find myself occasionally escaping from all the planning details by picking up my needles or scrolling through my Instagram feed. Have you ever planned a three-week trip out of the country? Not me...until now. It's a little stressful, but it's all good. The details are coming together here on the home front, and our plans for touristy traveling while in the UK are just about complete. So, so excited!!  I do plan on posting on IG during our trip, so you can keep up with me there if you want. The blog likely won't see any action until I return home, but I've had so little time to be here anyway, that you likely won't really notice. Sigh.

Knitting:  I'm super excited to be collaborating on a project with Amanda; she supplied the yarn and I'm supplying the knit design. I've been swatching stitch patterns with that beautiful green alpaca/merino blend at the top of this post and am eager to cast on! Stay tuned for more details. :)

I've also been knitting lots and lots of baby socks and am super excited to announce the launch of my new baby sock pattern: Wee Pea!  These are a quick knit on dpns using luxury worsted yarns such as alpaca. I'm offering a 30% discount on all patterns in my Ravelry shop through the end of May; just click over and enter coupon code "Wee Pea!" at checkout. Thanks for your support. :)

Kitchen:  My new cookbook was recommended by my ND; lots of tasty looking recipes! I've not tried any yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so. I shared on IG that I was making chive infused white wine vinegar, and it turned out perfectly. On another note, AnnaLynn has been put on a GF diet for a season by said ND, so we're having fun trying new recipes and realizing how many GF foods we already enjoy. Bread is the hardest for her since she enjoys toast in the morning. We're planning to play with bread recipes once we're home from our trip.

Garden:  The weather here has been unseasonably warm this spring, so the gardens have been blooming ahead of schedule. Most of my veggies have been planted, and our corn is up -- crazy since we normally wait to plant until after Memorial Day. The plan was to scale the garden back considerably this year due to our trip, but I haven't been able to help myself. Waiting all winter to get my fingers into the dirt and then being blessed with such good weather was more than I could resist. This year we've added huckleberries and grapes to the other fruit we grow, and I can't wait to see how they do. I've been picking chives to include in our eggs most mornings and have begun harvesting other herbs along with a variety of lettuces.

My purple bearded iris are almost spent, but the yellow ones and my lilies are in full bloom with more coming. My foxglove are looking entirely lovely, in fact, I am thrilled that I've got a white one this year!

And that's it for this update. I'll try to post here at least once more before we leave on vacation, but if I don't, I'll see you on IG and then here again once we're back home. :)  Many blessings to you all!!  xoxo

Joining Ginny :)


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

tending my yarn garden...

Joining Ginny for her yarn along...

I'm a little disappointed with the color representation here (far too purple looking...the actual yarn is much more pinkish!), but it's been a crazy busy day, and this is the best I could do. This is my blossoms shawl knit with the most wonderful-to-work-with hand-dyed yarn from Amanda. :)  The last several rows were knit and reknit once I realized I was running out of yarn, however I'm excited that when I was finally finished, I'd used all but about 12" of the entire 400 yard skein! Woo-hoo! My novel is moving along, although I'm just under 1/3 of the way through and have little hope of finishing before our Scotland trip which is now less that four weeks away...crazy how time flies! Lots of other WIPs going that I'm trying to wrap up before Scotland, but we'll see. If I had no other responsibilites, I might be able to finish all my WIPs and my novel...

And with that, I best get back to work...happy knitting,


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Monday, May 9, 2016

mother's day weekending...

  • dinner with Dan here
  • planting, weeding, watering
  • mint juleps & the Kentucky Derby
  • a lovely sunset through the trees
  • a most happy mother's day
  • and a project off my needles
I am heart overflows! Happy Monday, everyone!

Weekending with Karen :)


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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

yarning along...

With just under five weeks until we leave on our Scotland trip, I've come to terms with how little time I have and figure if I find a little to pop in here now and again (at least for Yarn Along), that's going to have to be ok for now. If you follow me on IG, then you might remember that we attended our annual homeschool convention last weekend which is always a highlight of our school year. As in years past, encouragement came as by a fire hose, but this year I came away more exhausted than encouraged. Not that the speakers weren't excellent; Dan and the kids all got more out of the conference than I did this year, and I'm ok with that. Of course we picked up numerous new books, but I'm feeling rather overwhelmed and think it'll be best for me to stick with the ones in my photo at least until we're home from Scotland: my Bible, Virtuous by Nancy Wilson (which is quite excellent if you're looking for a reminder of who you are in Christ!), my reading/everything journal, and my gratitude journal. I'm finding it interesting that my reading and my journals all go together color wise...a completely unplanned and entirely delightful realization!

My knitting has been scattered as I'm working to finish multiple projects before our trip not the least of which is being knit with this gorgeous red dk from my stash, Samea by Lang Yarns. It's so, so soft (a cotton, viscose, linen blend) -- perfect for a warm weather scarf. I have two skeins which means a total of 230 yards. I've been wearing lots of black and gray and think a mini-scarf in this color would provide a nice pop of color!

Joining Ginny :)


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