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

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  1. all the best with the diet things! so exciting about the knitting! check heather' blog, blackberry rambles, as she is GF. Also will IG you a feed that may be of interest in that regard also! so excited for your trip!! love our IG community!!!

  2. Love iris and baby socks

  3. you are going to have the best time ever! I'm back from santa barbara and we were there for six days :) I must say it was a to do navigating the airports and such. However I'm home and loving being home :)

  4. Have a safe and wonderful trip! Lots of pictures : )

  5. I hope you enjoy your trip. It sounds exciting!

    Your baby socks are adorable!


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