Knitting, outdoors, Puppy

At Switzer Lake

The other afternoon {about two and a half months ago, now}, I felt it would be really great to spend some time out in Nature. Sunny agreed. Being out in Nature is one of her favorite things too, so she’s always down with that idea. ๐Ÿ˜€

Since our move to the city, we don’t get out to The Forest as much as we’d like. In fact, we both miss The Forest quite a lot. So we go whenever we can.

This time, we decided to go to Switzer Lake. There is forest all around the lake. There are many boat ramps leading down to the water (Sunny likes those!); and a very wide dam covered with golden grasses (I like that!). You can walk out across the dam if you wish. The view is spectacular along every inch of it!

Forward views
Right-hand view
Left-hand view
Rear view
Sunset view – but I’m getting ahead of myself!

Sunny is a much quicker walker than I am.

This is her, “Hurry up, Mom!” face. XD

We decided to stop for a bit halfway across and take some time to enjoy those 360 degree views.

Above is the view looking back the way we came. The pole you can see there with antennae is a weather data station!

“I’m thirsty, Mom!”

Sunny wasn’t sure that climbing down the dam to the water for a drink would be worth the climb back up…

… so she wandered about, exploring, while I pulled out my knitting to enjoy a few stitches.

I’m working on my Pointed Firs Shawl, pattern by Lori Versaci.

The yarn I’m using is the heavenly alpaca yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Herriott in the creamy, natural colorway called “Talc.”

And these are my Lykke Driftwood 5″ interchangeable circular needles. I love them. Dearly. They are sharp, but not too sharp; smooth, but not too smooth; and I really love the longer needle length as I feel it provides a more comfortable grip.

My dog, the outdoors, my knitting… feeling tremendously relaxed and satisfied. ๐Ÿ™‚

How many tries do you think THIS one took?! XD

At sunset, getting to be time to head for home…

Sunset views

Light-up collar already glowing in the dusk, Sunny had to have a quick wade and drink before getting in the car for the ride home.

When we got home, Sunny collected her favorite babies and snuggled up with her favorite blanket while I made supper. A perfect end to a fun day!

What about you? Have you been able to get outdoors recently? Do you have a favorite place that you like to go to when you spend time outdoors? Do you take your knitting/crocheting/spinning with you? What do you like to do outdoors?

Knitting, outdoors

Meet Tucker

This is Tucker. He is my new woodland buddy. He makes me smile. And laugh. A lot!

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As you can see, he’s an adorable and thoroughly cheeky little squirrel with the sleekest fur and bushiest tail imaginable.

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For a while now, I’ve been wondering who has been taking bites out of my decorative corn (left over from Fall)… Turns out it’s Tucker! (And I think we can all tell which flavor he likes best!)

Tucker likes to run up onto the back deck, under the kitchen window and grab a mouthful of dried corn kernels. Then he runs back across the deck, climbs up onto the railing, and perches there to enjoy his snack!

I happened to see him through the kitchen window, doing this over and over early one morning as I was making coffee. Now we meet up for coffee & corn breaks most early mornings and late afternoons.

I haven’t yet figured out whether he’s told all his friends & relations about the free handouts on my back deck, or whether he’s keeping it all to himself… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a quick peak at what’s currently on my needles…

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Another baby blanket. This one is a sample in a smaller size as I would like to offer a couple of different size options in the pattern.

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And this is a new pattern I’m working on for a Spring/Summer weight shawl!

What’s been making you smile/laugh lately? And what’s on your needles/hooks/wheel/loom? I’d love to hear all about it!

Happy Knitting!

Knitting, shawls

Summer Shawl Knitting…

One sure sign of a truly deep love of knitting is a knitter who keeps on knitting despite the Summer heat! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Knitting the Kathryn Scarf on my back deck!

What to knit in said Summer heat?

My favorite go to is lace! In the Summer, I knit lots and lots of lace! Though I don’t personally limit myself to only working with yarns that are cotton/linen blends in Summer, I do enjoy them, and they’re a great option for cooler Summer knitting and knitwear. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shawls are a really useful (and beautiful) garment to create when you’re knitting lace. They can be very light and airy, making the perfect light layer to grab and wrap around your shoulders as the sun goes down on a breezy Summer evening! I find them very entertaining to work, as well as super portable for travel knitting!

Here are a few favorite Summery projects of the past that I would knit again in a heartbeat!

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Flambe

This is the first shawl I ever knit – the one that got me hooked on shawl knitting in fact! It’s the Flambe One Skein Shawl, by Michelle Miller of Fickleknitter. I bought the kit for this shawl in order to participate in a knit-a-long (KAL) that Michelle was hosting. It was SO much fun! A KAL is a great way to connect with people who like a lot of the same things you do, and also provides amazing support and encouragement! (Especially when you’re new to shawl knitting!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ This shawl has a lot of happy memories for me! ย Flambe makes a fabulous Summer knit because it’s complicated enough to keep your mind busy, but not too complicated for travel knitting, and it only requires one skein of sock yarn! It’s also perfect for Summer wear as it’s small – just enough to cover your shoulders if the air conditioning gets to be a bit much or there’s a chilly breeze at night. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Lace Leaf Shawl

This one is the Lace Leaf Shawl, designed by Mary Henderson. It’s a lovely leaf pattern, easy to memorize; and you can customize the size of your shawl by knitting more or fewer repeats! The yarn is a fingering weight merino/silk blend called “Row of Tulips” by Expression Fiber Arts. It was an absolute dream to knit with!

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Obi Shawl

Another Fickleknitter design by Michelle Miller, The Obi Shawl is one of my all-time favorite shawls to knit. In fact, I’ve already made two of them! One I gave away, and the other gets a lot of wear as a favorite go-to layer that I turn to constantly! The yarn is amazing – a merino/cashmere/silk blend called Serenity Silk Single by Zen Yarn Garden, it’s also one of my favorite yarns to work with! The color shown here is called “Dragonfruit!”

I might also finally allow myself to knit a shawl or two from my current list of shawl-crushes…!

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A Hap for Harriet: Designed by Kate Davies; photographed by Tom Barr.

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Fantoosh!: Designed by Kate Davies; photographed by Tom Barr.

I’m totally in love with both of these shawls designed by Kate Davies: A Hap for Harriet, and Fantoosh!ย They are both simple, but elegant, and the yarns used for the samples look absolutely scrumptious! I particularly love the coziness and generous size of Fantoosh!, and the delicate simplicity of A Hap for Harriet. If you’re drooling over these like I am, be sure to check out Kate’s shop – she has kits for sale containing: yarn, pattern, and project bag!

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Rock Island: Designed by Jared Flood.

I’m also loving Rock Island, by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I find the mix of openwork lace and simple garter stitch captivating! Brooklyn Tweed Vale is a lovely lace weight wool; although for Summer, I think this shawl would also be great in a cotton or linen blend such as Purl Soho’s Linen Quill (wool/alpaca/linen) or Juniper Moon Farm’s Zooey DK (cotton/linen/flax).

While we’re talking about Summer shawl knitting…

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Leaves of Grass: Designed by Jared Flood.

…knitting a circular shawl has been on my bucket list for a good long time now, and I’m feeling the urge to buckle down and just do it! I’ve been eying this one – Leaves of Grass, (another Jared Flood design) as a potentially great Summer knit…hmmm…need to go check my stash and see if I have enough fingering weight yarn… ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you knit in the Summer time? If so, what Summer knitting project(s) are you currently working on? Do you have a favorite Summer knitting style or project? I’d love to hear all about it! ๐Ÿ™‚

~Happy Knitting!

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