Wednesday, June 11, 2014

tending my yarn garden...
(giveaway winner!)

A weekend conference in the Seattle area provided a terrific opportunity for knitting. After frogging a time or two during the drive north, my stripey shawl began taking shape with alternating garter stitch rows and lacy rows created with yarn overs. Tracy, I love this yarn! Thank you!

Having finished The First Four Years, I've begun reading Farmer Boy and have to admit that I'm a bit sad to be nearing the end of my pioneering/homesteading sojourn with Laura. Last July we were blessed to visit the Wilders' Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, which had been a dream of mine for years. Now my sites are set on visiting other Little House sites as opportunity presents itself... Have any of you ever visited any of the Little House sites?

Other reading includes Willing To Die, Proverbs, Acts, Romans, and an assortment of garden and homesteading-type books and websites. We have so many projects going both inside and out including the updating of the rooms I shared "before" pictures of last week. Yesterday a landscaping friend spent the day here installing irrigation pipes -- our yard is a mess. But I know it's going to look amazing out there eventually. Our vegetable and herb gardens are growing beautifully which I'm thankful for considering that all the seed we planted was leftover from last year. I've been promising a homestead update and have one in the works that I hope to share by the end of the week, Lord willing, of course. :)

Without further ado, Izzy, you're the winner of a Drawstrings bag! Congratulations! And a big thank you to Wanda at Re-inventing Mother for the opportunity! :)

Looking forward to seeing everyone's projects over at Nicole's & Ginny's. What's on your needles?


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  1. Congratulations Izzy :)

  2. OH, the shawl looks lovely! The colors are so bright and cheery!

    Can't wait to see all the transformations happening - a true work of beauty from chaos.

    many blessings for you and yours

  3. I'm so glad you like the yarn, I am using something similar in a different color to knit a cowl.

    Congratulations to Izzy!

  4. Love your project and the color is so saturated :) Perfect for summertime! Congrats to the winner!

  5. It's ages since I've read any of the Little House books but can understand why you feel sad to near the end. How lucky to be able to visit the actual sites. I'm just going to check your links now and have a little homely few minutes with a cup of tea. I'm glad that you managed to frog successfully.
    Have fun with all your garden projects.

  6. I have visited one of the Little House in the Prairie sites. I have been to De Smet, South Dakota. Laura mentions this place in By the Shores of Silver Lake and I think in the book These Happy Golden Years. We had an enjoyable time experiencing the place where Laura lived. Happy knitting & reading!

    Congratulations to Izzy! :)

  7. Congratulations Izzy! Shoot me an email and I will send you the bag you choose!

  8. I can't wait to re-read the Little House series to my daughter. I think I was five when my parents started reading it out loud to me... a chapter at bedtime.

  9. fun knit!!! :) I still have to read all of the Little House books! I am hoping to do so in next year (have to get the books LOL) and look forward to this! :)

  10. Beautiful shawl! I love the Little House series! Congrats Izzy on your Drawstring bag! I love both of mine!

  11. The colors in that yarn are amazing Lisa! That is going to be so pretty. I hate when I come to the end of a book series. It's like leaving a good friend.

  12. The shawl is delightful and the colour combination is beautiful.

  13. Beautiful yarn. I love the pattern you are using on that shawl. I have yet to read the Little House series. I must do that soon.

  14. That shawl is so lovely!! Oh, I think Farmer Boy is now my favorite of the books! I hope you are enjoying it and I think it would be fun to visit some of the sites too!

  15. Who do I contact to give them my address for the awesome drawstring bag?

    1. Izzy, go to my blog and you will see my email on the sidebar.

  16. What a fabulous yarn and I love the pattern with the lacey bits.


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