Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Knitter's Life: Episode 5

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(I'm wearing the Holly & Ivy Shawlette)

This summer is racing along at quite a clip! But we've been having fun. John and I are participating in A Homespun House's Summer Craft along by doing projects from this wonderful book Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids

As part of that craft along I have finished one skein of hand spun sock yarn and am working on another skein of handspun sock yarn. I used this tutorial to make my rolags. (Forgot to show my current hand spun sock yarn I'm working on - next time!) =)

Favorite Podcast Communities
A Homespun House
Bakery Bears
In A Sknit
Must Stash Yarn
Juniper Grace
Suburban Stitcher

Out of the Bag
Bakery Bears Podcast and the Bakery Bears Pattern

Color Affection Shawl (knit out of my hand spun)

Autumn Lace Cardigan (pattern to be released fall of 2014)

Crochet Bead necklace - I used this tutorial for the beads and this one for the flower

In the Bag
Vintage Tea Towel project bag by The Felted Flower Shop on etsy

handspun socks - yarn by me

hand dyed socks using yarn I dyed with a friend using kool aid. You can find a tutorial here

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For each friend you have invited to join our group your name will be entered into the giveaway - invite 10 friends and your name will go in 10 times! Woohoo!

This giveaway ends Thursday July 31, 2014

Thanks for joining me! I don't have any technical skills so if you actually watched my crazy podcast you are absolutely amazing! =)

Until next time!
Happy Knitting!

Jones - The Bakery Bear

Hello Dear Friends! Wow! This summer is truly trotting right along! Can you believe it is almost the end of June? 

Well, anyways, there are lots of things to share with you - Episode 5 of the podcast is coming up soon. I think it's the only way to truly catch up with you all since I haven't been very good posting in this little space. 

I have been enjoying a new Podcast - The Bakery Bears. Have you seen them? Oh, they are an adorable couple from the Yorkshire Dales region of England. They do a great job of combining hilarity with sweetness. 

Kay of the Bakery Bears released this adorable bear pattern in Episode 1. Well, I went right out and bought it knowing that the boys would adore a little bear to tag along on our adventures. 

I didn't have the chance to cast him on right away - but once I did he knit up quickly! It's a fabulous pattern.

John took to "Jones" right away. And the funny thing was - he wanted to undress and redress the little fellow right away! Ha! Too funny. 

Friday morning we noticed we were missing Jones and we wanted to take him on our morning adventure. Oh, we looked high and low. Upstairs, in the basement, outside, downstairs. It was a 40 minute bear hunt that almost left John quite upset and me thinking I had to make another one right away. 

But we found him - by the car road, tuck away in a bin where he had fallen after a hard afternoon of play. We all breathed a sigh of relief. 

So off he went on our adventure. Just take a look at John - he's in this mood lately where he's really trying hard not to smile when I say "smile" and take a picture.

But he can't fool me - there is a smile just about to burst out. Silly boy!

The adventure took us past Starbucks and upon John's request we ducked in for a treat. 

John was quite pleased with his new little friend and has been coming up with all sorts of things for me to knit him - a sleeping bag, a pillow, a new sweater... =) 

If you want to knit your own you can find them here:

Monday, June 16, 2014

My New Dawn

Four years ago I planted this climbing rose - it was a birthday gift to me. I chose it because it was the same climber my mother had at her childhood home on Long Island. Mom would tell us about the heavenly scent of this "New Dawn" variety and how it prolifically climbed the side of their garage. 

Last year it was quite beautiful! I don't think I got a good picture of when it was entirely covered in blooms. But it was breathtaking and the smell.... oh, my, the perfume!

But then we had such a bitter winter. Every single cane became swollen and split. It was heart breaking to cut all the canes back to the root stock but it was the only way to save the rose.

It is growing bravely again. And growing rapidly. But it will be another 2 or 3 years before it reaches the magnificence of last year's blooms. 

But today I did notice the first bloom of the season. Two glorious blooms instead of the hundred or so of last year - but it is blooming! Hooray for the fortitude of nature!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Boy Friday

Ah, summer! Long, sunny, blissful days that are so ripe for the picking! Now that John has had his first year of school summer has taken on new meaning for me. Now it is a time, precious time, when I get to be with him every day and create memories that hopefully will last a life time.

During my childhood I remember summer as a fun time to create. And so I've wanted to create the same atmosphere for John. Since the school year is marked by schedules and deadlines I'm trying to create summers as the exact opposite. Free time, creating time, no deadlines or places we have to be. There are exceptions to that rule. We have chosen two things to schedule this summer - swimming lessons and VBS. But other than that we are free to create.

And so... I tracked down a great book for this summer - Martha Stuart's favorite crafts for Kids. Oooo... just looking through it made me excited. Then I gave it to John to pour over and he took a long time looking through it.

Of course the first thing that HAD to be made was the service station for cars. John is just a car man. Unfortunately we didn't have all the equipment to start that morning. But we spent a good chunk of the morning hunting down all the stuff we had on hand and putting it together in a box. Then we made a list of the things we had to purchase. And at last, this morning, we set about making it.

It was great fun! He enjoyed it the whole time and then couldn't wait to play with it. We both had the satisfaction of creating something we were really excited about.... and now, he's off playing and I can catch a few moments with some fiber I've been spinning! =)

The fiber I spun were the odds and ends I picked up at the TNNA. I briefly talked about them in A Knitter's Life Podcast Episode 4. I plied the single with some Miss Babs fiber in the Beachglass colorway - someone had gifted it to me a long time ago. The singles were spun quite thin - so the result of the 2 ply is a sock weight/fingering weight or 17 wpi and 402 yards. It's lovely and I can't wait to knit a pair of socks with it!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Happy Monday!

"Live in the sunshine
swim the sea
drink the wild air" - Emerson

Hello dear friends!

A whole week went by and I didn't get to come to this little space and say "hello". We've been too busy enjoying the bit of summer that has come our way and have been living in the sunshine!

I'll be back!