knitting mojo is back

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to Zero Day by David Baldacci.

It’s been a while since I’ve been here, I had kinda lost my knitting mojo for a while, but I think it’s back with a vengeance.  I started this scarf  on Sunday and it is almost 2/3  of the way completed.

It’s an easy pattern, you start with four stitches, knit in garter stitch increasing one stitch every fourth row until you’ve used half your yarn, and then decease every fourth row until you are back to 4 stitches.


I changed it up a little by alternating yarn and adding an eyelet row every eighth row. I’m using a couple skeins I had in my stash of Deborah Norville Serenity Garden yarn, it’s 100% microfiber. The colorways I had are Hibiscus and Gems.


Thanks for visiting and I’m glad to be back…

Have a great week ~ So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

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I’ve been a little quiet around here for the last couple weeks because

  • I just moved ~ from a 24ft travel trailer into a 3 bed 2 bath house with my sister
  • Lots of time taken getting settled in and unpacking
  • and I’ve been in some sort of funk ~ not doing my crafty stuff or blog stuff, just wanting to veg out with stupid computer games
  • I have gotten a couple little projects off my to-do list – YEAH!!
  • and this last Saturday, I canned salsa

My dad grows a BIG garden every year and as usual about this time of year is over-run with tomatoes. So I made up a batch of fresh salsa (not cooked), using tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers and onions from his garden, plus some spices. I gave him these 5 jars (3 cup size) on Sunday and last night he told me 2 were already empty. These were not “canned”, just left fresh and refrigerated – they will be “gone” within a week.

I also canned a batch of salsa – I use the same recipe, but I fire roasted the tomatoes, peppers and onions first. Peeled and chopped everything up, added seasonings, cooked and water-bathed it.

I ended up with making 48 cups of salsa – 15 fresh and 33 canned – equivalent to 24 pints. And I have to say, it is so much nicer having a full size kitchen to can in versus a small trailer size kitchen!!

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counting thanks 982 ~ 1021

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~ time to catch up on listing my thanks here ~ I hit my first 1000!!

~ a wonderful trip to the coast with my mom and sisters

~ enjoying the salty air and watching the waves, acknowledging the power of God

~ nephew time and Funderland

~ the cooling delta breeze that comes in the evening

~ contentment with what I have

~ a fun day at the gun range with family

~ the opportunity to visit and help my 99 year-old Grandma

~ a cousin willing to watch the puppy while I’m at Grandma’s

~ wandering her flower beds

~ fun knitting projects

~ a fun box of good stuff from my “FRIENDS” swap partner

~ my sister asking me if I wanted to rent a house with her

~ the “fun” of looking for a house

~ beautiful flowers

~ finding a nice home with a good landlord

~ the anticipation of moving – only “XX” more sleeps

~ sour pickles – Yumm!

~ fresh veges from my dad’s garden – tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and all kinds of squash

~ finishing some projects and re-starting some that have been tucked away

~ the many family and friends that helped us move

~ for a real bathroom with a shower that has lots of water pressure and volume

~ lots of wood and tile floor to sweep and mop

~ for a reminder lesson on the power and need for thankfulness

~ little boys that say – I like your house

~ a new-to-me memory foam mattress topper

~ for my sister watching my puppy during the moving weekend

~ for nephews saying, what can I carry next

~ for a lesson that reminded me that we are only “stewards” of what we have and that we need to use it for God’s glory

visiting Grandma & cobble gets ripped back a way…

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to the Earth Children series, I’m on The Mammoth Hunters. I’ve read and listened to these in the past, but I am enjoying them again.

I was visiting my Grandma Crain this last weekend, and thought I would show you that I came by my love of fiber crafts naturally. Here’s a picture of my 99 year old Grandma as she sorts through some little balls of yarn, deciding which ones she wants to use together for some granny squares.

She put the balls she had sorted for each square into little (re-used and re-used) ziplock bags. She pulled together yarn for  five or six squares that she will work on next. She is finishing the last strip of squares for a small baby afghan.

As long as I can remember, if Grandma was sitting down, she was working on something ~ embroidery, crocheting, or quilting. I’m thankful for the heritage and skills that have been passed down to me.


I had had taken along a couple WIPs that have been hibernating for a while. I guess that it is kinda good that I have all my stash packed for moving and it’s easier to get to my WIPs, I’ve actually gotten one WIP finished.

I pulled out Cobble to work on and as I was reading back through the pattern to find my place, I realized I had made a mistake. Cobble is a triangular shawl and the cable crosses should mirror each other on each side of the back center. Well, I was doing the cross the same way on both sides.

All the crossed stitches on the left side should be reversed. I showed it to my Grandma, she said no one would notice – but I would and it would always bother me. So it got ripped back to the first cross.

And now I’m starting from there again…

So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

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Reflect upon your present blessings ~ of which every man has many ~ not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~ Charles Dickens

Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead. ~ Yvonee Woon

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i’m moving…

Yes, after two years of living in a 24′ travel trailer, I’m moving back into a house. YEAH!!

My sister Emily and I are renting a house together, we are both excited about this for different reasons.

There are things you don’t even think of when you are living in a house that you think of  and miss when living in such a small trailer.

  • a full size refrigerator and freezer
  • a real bathroom – this includes a full size shower or tub and not having to combat the septic smells or deal with dumping a black water tank
  • being able to cook something without raising the temperature in your home by 10-15 degrees (this is nice in the winter, but really uncomfortable in the summer)
  • having a washer and dryer available that you don’t have to feed quarters into
  • having more than one chair to sit in

I’m not complaining, my needs have been supplied and many wants ~ I’m just listing the blessings I will enjoy once I move. But for now my little trailer is getting full of boxes and my shed is full of boxes. It’s amazing how much that can be fit into such a little space.


sour pickles

In between packing to move and normal life, I started 6 quarts of sour (garlicky dill) pickles. I’ve made pickles in the past, using vinegar and seasoning, and regular canning methods.

But this time I wanted to try naturally fermented pickles, so I did a little googling. These are the two posts I mainly worked from:

Wild Fermentation ~ making sour pickles  & Nourished Kitchen ~ sour pickles

How I did it ~

Ingredients & Supplies ~ cucumbers (from my father’s garden), garlic cloves, fresh dill, dried dill weed, sea salt, grape leaves, mason jars, small ziplock bags, water, gloves

  • I cleaned the jars I expected to use.
  • I rinsed off the grape leaves, and put one in the bottom of each jar.
  • Then the gloves went on, because I didn’t want my hands to smell like garlic for the next week, and I peeled and sliced up 2 bulbs of garlic.
  • A few slices of garlic, a few springs of dill and a shake or two of dried dill went into the jar.
  • Then I washed cucumbers and started slicing. I filled the jar about half way.
  • And then did another few slices of garlic, a few springs of dill and a shake or two of dried dill.
  • I added more cucumber slices, up to about 1″ from top of jar.
  • And then did another few slices of garlic, a few springs of dill and a shake or two of dried dill.
  • This all got topped off with another grape leaf.
  • I took an extra cleaned quart jar, filled it with filtered water and 3 tablespoons of sea salt. Put the lid on and shook it until the salt was dissolved in the water.
  • The salt water was added to each jar, to the top.
  • One main issue is making sure that all the cucumbers stay below the water level. So I took small ziplock bags, put a little water in them and set them in the top of each jar. This causes a little splash over of the salt water, so it’s a good idea to put your jars on some kind of tray or pan to catch the overflow.
  • The jars are left out on your counter or where ever for 7-10 days until they are the sour-ness you like and then they are put in the refrigerator.
  • You will need to top off the water probably each day due to evaporation, and don’t be concerned about a little bit of bubbles and foam the first few days. That just means the good bacteria is getting to work and the fermentation is beginning.
  • The recipes call for soaking the cucumbers in ice water for a couple hours prior to canning, I just chilled them in the refrigerator.

Let me know if you have made anything by natural fermentation before ~ pickles, sour kraut, kefir…

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