Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tending (amongst other things) my yarn garden...





Phew! Finally! I've finished my Cascades Cabled Beanie pattern and it's off for test knitting (poor lighting on the pic, I know! It's getting dark outside...). Lord willing, it'll be available in about two weeks on my Ravelry...just in time for fall knitting and the cooler weather that is sure to come. Other projects like my Hitchhiker and Tea Leaves cardi have been on hold, poor things.

Having to carve time out of an overloaded schedule to knit is not the ideal way to enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, and yet that's exactly what I've had to do of late. The many hats I'm wearing these days have kept me not only from my needles, but also from posting here, visiting your blogs, doing any canning, and doing much reading. What has filled my days (other than the usual) is celebrating Dan's 50th, Daniel's 15th, and Jeff's 25th birthdays, holding my precious granddaughter (oh, how I love being a grandma!), trying to keep my woefully neglected gardens growing, and mostly my new role as VP (how prestigious!) and office manager/bookkeeper for our new electrical contracting business...phew! My days are full, but it is all good.

Reading, as I mentioned earlier has been little snippets here and there of this and that. I have spent a bit of time perusing the IKEA catalog for new desks for our home office. A little organization is certainly in order, and I'm hoping we can paint our school room/office before the new desks and shelves go in, but who has time to paint? :)

We are all enjoying taking turns holding the baby who is now just over seven weeks old if you can believe it. AnnaLynn is especially fond of being an auntie! And when I'm not holding that sweet little one, I can typically be found at the kitchen counter with my new laptop trying to learn Quickbooks. Coffee is mandatory. :)

And one more thing before signing off, I'm excited to have had the Elegant Blogger Award bestowed upon me by the Boyer Family Singers! These three sisters have more talent at their young ages than I'll ever hope to have -- they sing, they sew, and they have the. cutest. blog. Thanks, girls!


So whatever have you all been up to? What's on your needles (or hooks)? What have you been reading? Looking forward to catching up and returning to a regular blogging schedule soonish, Lord willing. Please share in the comments and join me at Ginny's.

 Happy knitting!

~Lisa

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37 comments:

  1. she is so precious! :)

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  2. love the hat - I would volunteer to test it; but alas, I can only do the knit stitch at this time. But, when I learn to move past the knit stitch: the hat is on my to-do list!

    Quickbooks! love it! email me if you run into a snag! seriously - I will try to help you; been there, done that!

    Both your babies are adorable in that picture.

    blessings and prayers for you in your many hats.

    Karen

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    1. I may just take you up on that offer. Can I come over and we could trade lessons? :) [chuckling...] Thanks for the encouragement, Karen!

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  3. You are so busy! I'm sure it is a good busy though.

    I love the hat. I have a quick question about your Cascade Cables Mitts. Do you think they would be an acceptable project for someone trying their first cables? My daughter in law wants to learn to knit cables and I am looking for a pattern that will give her a beautiful finished product without leaving her in tears.

    Quickbooks has a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it you'll love using it. I've used it for years for our "stuff" and I do a ton of client work on it.

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    1. Yes, indeed! Thanks for your purchase, Shara! Be sure to email me if you have any questions! (happyindolevalley@gmail.com) ~Lisa :)

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  4. oh boy you do have your hands full :) But it is all good I know. Quickbooks? I have done this program and decided not to continue once we sold the business. But it is quite handy once you get it going. Thank you for visiting Lisa...and try to carve a bit of time just for yourself sweet friend :D m.

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    1. Oh, how I've been looking forward to the rest of the Lord's Day each week! Things will slow down, they always do. :) Thanks for the encouragement, my friend!

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  5. With both my kids home I'm quite busy as well. It's crazy, and yet I was busy like this every single day back then, I wonder where I got my energy from??? Anyways, lovely hat and my oh my a baby to hold and smell :)

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    1. I know! every. single. day. Coffee = energy! :)

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  6. Our lives are very similar - from being an office manager to trying to find time to knit. I'm not a grandma yet though. Can't wait for the day, but my daughter better wait a few years!!! Happy birthday to all! My goodness :-)

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    1. I know, August is simply our craziest month! Celebrating three b-days as well as our wedding anniversary along with tending the garden and all that means (harvest and canning/freezing) as well as getting ready for fall/winter and prepping for the coming school year -- August is crazy! It must be why I love fall so much as it brings a slow-down to our days (and more time to knit!). Thanks for visiting, Donna! Blessings. :)

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  7. Precious baby, beautiful auntie. And another wonderful hat pattern! You are very busy, aren't you? Let's hope for slightly streamlined schedules for all in the coming weeks ~ and more of what we love the most! ;)

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    1. Indeed! More of what we love the most. :)

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  8. what a lot of exciting things! May God bless and keep you! We have different seasons in life...

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  9. Your blog is lovely and the baby picture so sweet. Such a big smile from big sister!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny, for the kind words. "Big sister" is actually Aunt Anna :) The baby is my son and daughter-in-law's first! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Hello

    Lovely hat, I love the cables.
    Beautiful photo too.
    We have an IKEA near to us and it's like an Aladdins Cave!
    Happy knitting - hope life slows for your soon.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Meggie...hoping for a big slow down soon, too. It seems, though, that when one thing slows, another fills its place. :)

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  11. Pretty hat. Cables always remind me of home and family.
    Your young lady is very sweet and looks proud of the gorgeous baby.
    Enjoy your busyness.

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    1. Home and family...I like that! Nothing I'd rather be busy with than home and family!

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  12. It sounds like you are wonderfully busy in you life. Your grandbaby is just adorable. I have one granddaughter and I love being a grandmother too, it's the best.

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  13. Gosh you do sound busy.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. As for a broody hen, unfortunately I don't know of a herbal treatment, have you visited the fresh eggs daily blog? you might find something there. A while back we did have a broody hen, and my father in law put her in a bucket of water that just covered her feet - the bucket being deep enough for her to stand in. He then put a plank over the top so she couldn't get out. If she sat down she got a wet butt, and apparently they don't like that. And left her all night. This completely stopped her desire to sit on eggs! and I completely lost a nights sleep. I was so tempted to go and free her!! This method works but I wouldn't do it again, thankfully we haven't needed too.

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    1. Thanks, Emma, for the tips! I don't know if I could do the water method. My son told me a friend of his had suggested using cold water...dipping the hen in and out of it. But that just doesn't sound very nice. The son is "Lord of the Chickens" 'round here, so hopefully, he's doing his research and comes up with a remedy! Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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  14. I too have been flipping through the IKEA catalog, though I'm not planning to purchase anything. We live about a mile away from IKEA and have walked there a few times.

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  15. There is nothing in the world like being a grandmother!!! =D Love that you are learning QuickBooks! I delved off into that six years ago for my own little business and I love it! That hat is wonderful. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Being a G'ma is the best! I just love it! Quickbooks is coming slow for me, but I'm hoping to set aside a couple days next week to really dive in since the kids will be visiting grandparents. Thanks for the kind words about the beanie! ~Lisa

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  16. They are so cute together! I love the cables... you can bet I will be looking this one up! Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! Test knitting is being done as I type. :)

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  17. What a little cutie! I am sure you are all enjoying the new baby so much!

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  18. grandma-hood is absolutely the greatest!!!!!! Enjoy!!! Love the new hat!

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  19. Hey there! Just found your blog. I'm a new follower! I love that knitted hat you designed!

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    1. Welcome, Amber! Thanks for the kind words! :)

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  20. hello linda,
    you are so busy!!! your grandbaby is so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love your hat.
    i knitt on socks at the moment.
    have a nice week,
    hugs regina

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  21. We've ordered the pattern and yarn from knitpicks. Wish me luck in teaching her. :-)

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    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you, Shara! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! :)

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