Knitting, shawls, Weather

Perfect Morning!

Sunny & I enjoyed a perfect morning today!

For me, that meant coffee & knitting out on the back deck (with Sunny nearby, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰)!

For Sunny, that meant a new beef chew & lying in soft, shady grass!

It’s such a relief to have some sunshine at last! And today was perfect – brilliant blue sky, warm sunshine but not too hot, a lovely breeze… listening to the music of the stream and the birds, watching all of the little creatures out and busily about! The one word that keeps coming to my mind for today is: JOY! ๐Ÿ˜„โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน

Progress on my Daisy Shawl sample continues on apace!

What are you up to today?! ๐Ÿ˜„

Christmas, Family, fiber festivals, Knitting, Weather

Fall Fiber Festival

Last Saturday, I enjoyed a day of bliss at the Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier with my lovely Mother-in-law, Phyllis!


As you can probably tell, it was windy, cold, and damp…


… for most of the morning, the wind blew a chilly falling mist around and around. It was rather impossible to stay dry and we were so glad we’d brought our rain coats!


Even with the chill, wind, and wet, we had a marvelous time walking around,…


…chatting with friendly vendors,…


…admiring handsome animals, …


… gazing at gorgeous yarns…


…and samples,…


… and examining knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, rug hooking, and dying tools and equipment of every sort imaginable!

Phyllis was in need of a yarn swift and ball winder, so we kept an eye out and we found the most gorgeous yarn swifts at the Knitting Notionsย booth!


These swifts are made out of beautiful wood – you can choose between oak, cherry, and walnut. The craftsmanship is superb as they consist of four carefully shaped pieces that fit together with wooden pegs holding them in place.


The other neat thing about these yarn swifts is that instead of clamping onto the edge of a table, these sit serenely on the table top! (I ended up getting one too)!


I couldn’t resist this lovely skein of mohair/wool/nylon boucle in the Dancing Leaf Farms booth… The texture and colors (the color way is called “Sapling”) just calls to me!


I also purchased this lovely skein of Beezigns B’Luxor, in alpaca, silk, and linen. It’s a wonderfully soft, yet hardy 3-ply hand painted in rich blues, purples, and greens.


Now I just need to find time alongside work, house chores, and all the baby and Christmas knitting (yes, I’m working away at a bunch of Christmas gifts that I hope to finish on time!) I’ve got going on, to work on two more knitting projects!! Piece of cake, right?! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‚

It’s become a favorite little tradition now between Phyllis and I that we shop for each other’s Christmas gifts together each year at the Fall Fiber Festival! It’s always worked out super good for us – we have lots of fun, we neither of us have to deal with any stress or pressure about finding the “perfect” gift, and last but not least, we get to enjoy giving a gift that we know the other really wants/needs! (And of course, let’s not forget that we get to enjoy a gift that we really wanted and can/will use!!

What about you? Been to any great Fiber Festivals recently? Got any clever little Holiday traditions you’d like to share? Do you gift handknits to your loved ones? If so, how’s your Christmas knitting coming along? Feel free to share in the comments, we’d love to hear all about it!

Knitting, Lace Leaf KAL, Weather

Daffodills & Lace Leaf Progress

We’ve had a number of rather severe thunderstorms this week, with high winds, lightening, lots of thunder of course, and even hail!

  

But my daffodills are holding up remarkably well so far!  

  

We have a whole long row of them between the two properties, next to the grapevines. 

  

Some of them are looking a bit droopy, but they will perk back up! 

  

And honestly, I was surprised to find them still all in one lovely piece! 

  

That row of daffodills is one of my favorite things about Spring around here!

  

And of course there are a couple of hyacinths mixed in as well! ๐Ÿ˜‰ They smell absolutely heavenly!

Stormy weather is also good knitting weather, particularly if the power goes out (because electronics are optional, all you need is a flashlight or a candle or two and you can keep right on knitting!), which it didn’t this time, for which I’m grateful because it’s still a bit chilly around here.

  

I’ve been working on my Lace Leaf Shawl, and enjoying it very much!

  

I’ve made it through repeat number eight now, and had to get a longer cable in order to spread it out flat! 

  

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with lots of the things you love best!

  

Knitting, Weather

Cozy Day

Hooray for snow!

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I was really hoping for at least one good snow storm this winter, and here it is! โ„๏ธโ›„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธ

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Joe, on the other hand, claims to hate snow, rolls his eyes at my snow-induced glee, and checks every half hour to see if the snow has stopped so he can go out and start clearing it! I think maybe I shall attempt to bribe him into going on a snow-walk with me tomorrow! If he has fun (hope!) then maybe he’ll start to see that snow isn’t all bad… ๐Ÿ˜Š

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These cute little birds were all excited about something in our drive! They were so adorable!

 

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By dusk, we concluded that we now have over 12″ of snow!โ„๏ธ

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A nice hot cup of tea and my knitting made for a very cozy afternoon!

Do do you like snow? What are your favorite ways to enjoy it?

Family, Knitting, Weather

Snow!

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First snow of the season! And before Thanksgiving too!

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I started for work VERY early, wanting to be on time regardless of lovely white flakes swirling through the air…

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I finally made it! In one piece (despite several scares) and on time! Perfect day to wrap up in warm woollies to keep the chill away…

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The shawl is the Flambรฉ One Skein Shawl (pattern by Michell Miller of Fickle Knitter), and the hat (above) is my Hounds Tooth Hat.

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The pretty view from from my office window…

Now the hubby and I are off to be with family!

Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful and joy filled Thanksgiving!

 

Seasons, Weather

Spring

The Harbinger of Spring has arrived, Friends…

The Harbinger of Spring (a.k.a. The Robin)
The Harbinger of Spring (a.k.a. The Robin)

… and we all know what this means – Spring is Coming!ย In fact, it has already arrived! What a glorious thought! For anyone who has doubts,ย I even have proof!

Look at this…

I think these may be Hyacinths
I think these may be Hyacinths

And this…

Daffodils!
Daffodils!

And this little guy…

I think this is one of the few Tulip bulbs to have survived the moles...
I think this is one of the few Tulip bulbs to have survived the moles…

I got SO excited when I spotted this brave little guy already blooming away!

I think this is a variety of crocus
I think this is a variety of crocus

And then I nearly fell over when I came around the corner and found these beauties!

Crocus
Crocus

So don’t worry guys! It doesn’t matter if it snows next week! Spring has arrived and Spring is tough as nails! A little (or a lot) of snow won’t scare Spring away – it’s here to stay! I don’t know about you, but that makes me really glad!

So glad in fact, that I couldn’t help casting on for a new Spring-time knitting project while I was sitting out on the back deck breathing the warm air, listening to the birds singing, and thoroughly enjoying this glorious morning!

Here’s a sneak peek…

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What?! That doesn’t count? Okay, one more tiny peek…

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That’s all for now! I’ll tell you all about it another time!

How are you enjoying this gorgeous Spring day?