Monday, July 29, 2019
Sunday, July 28, 2019
The first batch got used for my first 100% locavore dinner of the season! Purple potatoes and a fresh fried egg rounded out a yummy meal.
And nothing says you have a mole problem more than finding squash plants in the middle of the lawn. BIG SIGH.... None of my methods to make them go away seem to be working.
Enjoy what is left of summer. One short week, and I will be back at school teaching.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Last weekend I took a road trip with my mother to Canada to see a dear high school friend get married. We had an unexpected delay in the form of four hours of waiting on the highway while construction got cleared. So I took the opportunity to work a little on my Amiga cardigan. I am sure to run out of yarn, so I found a delightful yak blend yarn to match my discontinued yarn at a new-to-me local yarn store: Copper Centaur Studios. The bonus was serendipitously reconnecting with someone from my undergraduate life, who is one of the owners. How cool is that?
Reading is via audio book today. I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Whoa! Tear jerker all the way through. It was so good, though. Next up is Der Schimmelreiter by Theodor Storm that I picked up in a used book store in Canada. Looking forward to some delightful 19th century north-German Romantic writing. Join all the other crafters and readers at Ginny's (link in first paragraph).
Till soon, I hope. Keep enjoying summer!
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Greta and Moonstar wandering around in their new outfits!
Hope your summer is off to a great start! Till soon!
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Knitting details -
*Pattern: Wurm (free pattern)
*Yarn: 1.7 skeins of Savage Hart Farm DK weight yarn from Vermont (purchased at the Whipple Tree Yarn store in Woodstock, VT)
*Needles: 6 (brim) and 8 (body)
*Start: March 6, 2019, plane knitting to New Mexico for ASTA conference and back
*Finish: April 15, 2019 - took a little longer as I had to re-order yarn...
*Ravelry link: HERE
Somehow I have another five unfinished knitted items in my Ravelry queue, so hopefully I'll be able to show off something else before too long. And share a few early gardening endeavors!
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
The yarn is from our farm, Shady Grove Alpacas, and is Lopi spun with 10% tencil added in. It took 5.7 ounces of yarn from a skein that weighed just over 6 ounces. Our lovely first cria, Dark Star, was kept in full fleece for 21 months, yielding 12 POUNDS of 11 inch long locks that had to be spun Lopi-style. It is a ridiculously rich and heavy fabric! Here is a link to Dark Star’s first shearing day: http://greedyforwool.blogspot.com/2013/05/fuzzy-oh-was-he.html?m=0
Yarn Along day at Ginny’s was yesterday, and I definitely recommend viewing some additional fun craftiness on other blogger’s pages here: https://www.gsheller.com/2019/02/yarn-along-february-2.html
Till next time!
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Or maybe the expression is “Awsome Sauce?” I’ll have to ask my students when we return to school on Tuesday.
Anyway, I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I may have begged my mom for a pair of new socks. Perhaps persuade is a better term... possibly extort... She was knitting another family member these same socks in February. So when she showed up at Thanksgiving knitting the same socks AGAIN for the same person, there may have been protesting and wrangling.
These socks are all sorts of perfect: orange, green, maroon and full of that “oh so soft new sock” softness. I’m so happy I got a pair, and that my SIL also has fabulous footwear! My mom is the BEST!
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Happy New Year, friends! Yesterday I had to drop my nephew off at the airport and took just one piece of entertainment: a fresh ball of yarn and knitting needles. He was flying as an unaccompanied minor, which requires the responsible party to wait until the plane is in the air before leaving the airport. Sure enough, the plane was delayed by several hours, allowing me to get most of the hat finished!
- Pattern: Wurm, with some modifications (due to winging the pattern!)
- Yarn: A Wing and a Prayer Farm “Thelma and Louise” DK
- Needles: Size 4 & 6
- Start date: January 1
- Finish date: January 2
- Ravelry notes here: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/elisabethsknits/wurm
I love how springy the hat is, making it super warm and insulated. It was my first time knitting with a mohair blend, and I really liked the feel! I hope it doesn’t pill to much because the yarn was already pilling coming off the skein... We’ll see how it holds up.
I got a few biographies and the novel “Dictator” for Christmas. I had to laugh, as my mom had written the tag from both her and my dad (who passed away in 2017 and loved talking about politics). Looking forward to reading a good thriller of Ancient Rome before passing it back to my youngest brother, who originally gifted it to my dad! The circle of stories...
Please join all the lovely folks at Ginny’s Yarn Along to get your next pattern and book ideas: https://www.gsheller.com/2019/01/yarn-along-january.html