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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™‚

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, neck wear, Yarn

Cozy Evening In

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather these last few days and so am enjoying a nice cozy evening in: Knitting, watching Netflix, and listening to Sunny snoring! (Her snores are truly the coziest, most soothing sound of well-being I think I’ve ever heard! πŸ˜΄πŸ’—πŸΆπŸ’—πŸ˜†πŸ’—) I also love the way she tucks her back feet under her front armpits to keep them warm while she’s sleeping – so brilliant!

Making some good progress on this cabled and bobbled cowl/snood I’m knitting. I really love the yarn combo: One strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze held together with a lovely fingering weight Ewe So Sparkly Sock yarn from Tempting Ewe Yarns! I’m working on writing the pattern, so that’ll be along in the near future. 😊

What’s making you happy this evening? How do you like to spend a cozy evening in?

Hats, Knitting

Headbands!

I love warm headbands.

I love hats too, but headbands are uniquely suited for Fall! I mean, they…

  1. Keep your ears nice and toasty,…
  2. Prevent over-heating by allowing excess body heat to vent,…
  3. Don’t interfere with “up” hair styles,…
  4. And they’re just plain fun! (Not to mention stylish!)

If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen this photo of a hat pattern I’m working on called “Desert Star.”

I’ve been toying with idea of creating a Desert Star Collection, and could not get the thought of a Desert Star headband out of my brain!

So I made two versions, and I need your help to decide which one to write and publish!

Headband Number 1: Narrow(er) Headband

So sorry about the rolling edges in these two photos, I hadn’t yet blocked this one!

This style is simple and traditional, no shaping, just a colorwork headband with ribbing on both edges. It provides both plenty of ear coverage and top ventilation!

Headband Number 2: Wide(r) Headband

This style is a hybrid hat/headband cross, also known as the “Mom-Bun-Beanie.” It has minimal crown shaping, and is a little wider, providing a bit more ear/head coverage and a bit less top ventilation while not interfering with your up-do!

Having made and worn both, I have to admit that each is very likable – for knitting and wearing!

But… I think that I personally prefer the wider headband because I find that I like a bit more head coverage.

Which headband would you rather knit/wear? Don’t worry, there’s no judgement here! I’m just curious to know what you all think! 😊

Family, Knitting, Sweaters

A Sweater for Claire!

I’m working on a Fall sweater for my niece, Claire!

The pattern is Stripey Duffle Coat, by Kate Oates of Tot Toppers.

I’m knitting the size 2T and desperately trying to finish ASAP because I want her to be able to wear it this Fall before she outgrows it! πŸ˜‚

The yarn is Berroco Vintage Chunky in colors #6101 (white) and #6145 (black); and I LOVE it! SO soft and squishy and warm! πŸ˜„

I discovered this pattern whilst browsing Ravelry late one night this past Spring when visiting my sister and her family in Maryland.

The moment I saw it, I just knew I had to knit it for Claire!

We visited their local yarn shop, Cloverhill Yarn Shop in Catonsville, MD, first thing the very next morning; and purchased the yarn on the spot! πŸ˜„ What a lovely shop it was, and such sweet, nice people working there! Visiting was truly a pleasure!

Yes, I realize that I’ve had ALL Spring AND all Summer to knit this sweater… and yes, I realize that it makes no sense whatsoever to wait until now and then be in a desperate hurry to finish… but what can I say?! πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ I’m a terrible procrastinator and I almost always plan too much to do and not enough time! πŸ˜‚

Now I just have the weaving in of yarn ends, sewing on of buttons, and the blocking left to do! I’ll be sure to post a pic or two when I’m done so you can see the finished item! 😊

What’s on your needles this Fall?? Are you a procrastinator too? If not, what’s your secret?! πŸ˜‰ We’d love to hear all about it!

~Happy Knitting!

Health, Knitting

Grateful

Today I’m enduring another migraine, but I’m grateful for the peace & quiet of my home,…

…for Sunny, always my faithful companion and loving friend,…

…and for my knitting with all of its therapeutic and meditative qualities that help to take my mind off of pain. πŸ’—

What are you especially grateful for today?

~Happy Knitting!

Family, travel, vacation

Beach Knitting

I’m working the second little bootie in the Fox Cub Set I’m knitting for Hubby’s cousin’s soon-to-be-arriving baby boy. I think these booties make great beach knitting because they’re small and uncomplicated while also not boring! πŸ˜‰ You can check out my project page on Ravelry here, and see a previous post where I began the Fox Cub Sweater Set here!

One of the things I enjoy most about beach knitting is that one does not lack for entertainment!

No need to turn on a podcast, or Netflix, or Hulu, or an audio book. There’s more than enough going on in real life at the beach to keep one thinking, laughing, and entertained during even the longest of stockinette or garter stitch stretches! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„

Today I really enjoyed watching Joel and Vera building a sand track with tunnel for her matchbox cars…

Of course not quite all of the cars actually made it back home again… 😬🀭😜

But it was good fun! πŸ˜„

And then of course Vera begged me to make her a “sand blanket.” So…

This is “Vera Dragon” taking a little nap underneath her “sand blanket…”

And this is “Vera Dragon” smiling her sly little dragon smile! πŸ˜‚

Vera and I agree that braids are definitely a girl’s best friends at the beach! Not only do they look super cute, but they keep [most] of the hair from being blown constantly into one’s eyes by the wind, and they allow for the minimum amount of washing and combing possible (definitely a strong perk in Vera’s opinion!)! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ’—

Adriana is such a peaceful, laid back baby! I watched over her for awhile this morning, and it was SO easy! We got in some quality snuggles, and then all I did was change one diaper, watch her sleep, and occasionally put her binkie back in her mouth for her!

Easiest babysitting ever! πŸ˜„

On a completely random note, meet The Amazing Acrobatic Squirrel who entertained us on the deck this afternoon!

All of us girls!

Evening really is a good time to walk on the beach! It’s so much cooler, less crowded, and the light is really pretty…! This evening a small rain cloud was just starting to sprinkle a few rain drops on us as we took this photo. Vera was wondering out loud how it would be walking back home in the rain… Good thing we brought some umbrellas! πŸ˜„

Love these colors, and the peaceful sense of just existing and accepting oneself and others for who we are that seems to roll effortlessly off the ocean waves…

What do you most enjoy about the beach?

~Happy Knitting!

Family, travel, vacation

To the Beach!

I’m at the Beach, Folks! πŸ˜„

It’s not exactly where I was expecting to be this week, but I’m happy to be here!

This is my sister-in-law Annelies, nieces Adriana and Vera, and brother Joel

My brother and his family very kindly invited me to join them for a week at Fenwick Island, DE. I wasn’t sure at first whether I’d be able or even if I wanted to go (given that Hubby could not join due to work, nor Sunny either because the accommodations are “no pets allowed”).

But a very dear family member offered to have Sunny join her and her dogs on her farm for the week! I am SO relieved knowing Sunny is in such good, and loving hands and enjoying her own little vacay with her best buds!

And then Hubby was adamant that I must go even though he couldn’t. So I did.

And I’m glad to be here. It’s so lovely to spend time with my brother and his sweet little family. We went for a little walk on the beach this evening…

Vera, Adriana, and Annelies

And the sea is gorgeous. So is the sky. And the sand.

And some very creative person built an amazing sand castle that looks like a lizard! It’s so cool, I had to show you:

Tomorrow, I plan to fit in some knitting time on the beach!

Did you or are you vacationing this year? Where do you like to go?

As always,

~Happy Knitting!

baby, Knitting, Yarn

Happy Mail Day!

Look what arrived (in the middle of a torrential downpour no less!) today!

My yarn order from The Loopy Ewe!

Yarn always makes my day better, but a delivery from The Loopy Ewe makes me especially happy!

(They are super excellent and super quick, by the way; which is always good, particularly where yarn is involved! For example: I placed this order on Tuesday, and it arrived on Friday of the same week! πŸ˜„)

Usually when I order yarn, I do so with a particular project in mind, as is the case this time. (Unless it’s an occasional splurge on a gorgeous hand dyed skein that I can’t pass up! πŸ˜‰)

This yarn order happens to consist entirely of Cascade 220 Superwash; the pink is in their worsted weight, and the others are sport weight. I love this yarn for many reasons, but particularly for baby knits because of its softness and easy care (machine wash-and-dry-able).

So now that my yarn has arrived, I am totally thrilled to be able to get started this weekend on some knits for a new little niece and a new little second cousin who will both be arriving later this Summer! πŸ˜„πŸ’—

Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in β€œRose Petal.”

The pink yarn is for my new little niece,…

…who needs a Gullfoss blanket!

This is her big sister, Vera, three-and-a-half years ago, enjoying her orange Gullfoss!

The sport weight yarns…

Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport in White, Black, Picante, Silver Grey, and Extra Cream Cafe.

…are for a Fox Cub Sweater Set for my new little second cousin!

What are your favorite go-to knits and yarns for the babies in your life?

In other news, today was a happy mail day for Sunny too! While I was happily photographing my new yarns…

…Sunny was happily going to town on the tissue paper they came wrapped up in! πŸ˜‚

Although I wasn’t quite fast enough to get a photo of her in the act, I did manage to document her handy work (above), and her “I don’t know what you’re talking about because I’ve been laying all the way over here sleeping the whole time” face (below)! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I didn’t mind her tearing up the tissue paper at all (if I’d had plans for it, I would have kept it out of her reach). It was just too cute and funny not to share with you! I promise that she’s a really good puppy who usually chews only on the appropriate items! Here’s a photo to prove it:

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and very happy knitting!

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 πŸ˜‰)!

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! πŸ˜„β˜€οΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΉ

Progress on my Daisy Shawl sample continues on apace!

What are you up to today?! πŸ˜„

Knitting, outdoors

Beautiful Cozy

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What a lovely, cozy, December day it has been! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such beauty – indoors and out.

For the last week, I’ve been participating in a black and white photo challenge on social media, which has been a lot of fun! I’ve found it’s really opened my eyes to see beauty in unexpected places, and given me a profound sense of gratitude for the smallest of everyday blessings. Here’s a link to the album if you’d like to see: Black & White Photo Challenge.

This afternoon I’ve been cozied up with a warm cup of good coffee and some deliciously textured knitting! I’m nearly finished with the center section of a baby blanket I’m designing for a friend. I’m loving a new challenge, the textured stitches, and this soft, gorgeous yarn! (It’s Cascade 220 Superwash Merino in color # 31 “Baby Blue.”)

What’s making you happy today? What are you working on? I’d love to hear all about it! πŸ™‚

Happy Knitting!