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?

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!

Knitting, new patterns, Puppy

Knit & Chew!

Our morning Knit & Chew (usually out on the back deck) has become something of a ritual for Sunny and I. In fact, Sunny can get quite bossy about it if she thinks I’m taking too long making the coffee… πŸ˜‚β˜•οΈ

Knit & Chew: The unreasonably early morning version (indoors because it’s so early there’s not enough light outside yet for knitting)…

Would you believe me if I told you that getting up so early was originally Sunny’s idea? Sometimes I think she pretends she needs to go out just because she misses me! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’— Apparently, sleeping next to our bed isn’t close enough! πŸ˜‚πŸ’—

Wait. What? How did this get in here?!

It’s the “I’m so cute when I’m napping that Mommy can’t help herself” nap time photo bomb… πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

Knit & Chew: The totally reasonable morning version…

And some sneak peeks at swatches for a new design I’m working on! More details forthcoming! πŸ˜„

The needles are Knitters Pride Royales, (the 10″ / 25 cm single points)…

And the yarn is Knit Picks Palette!

What’s on your needles today? What’s making you happy right now? We’d love to hear all about it! πŸ˜„

~Happy Knitting!