knitting toys

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 a few Tom Clancy books.

In and around finishing the “Idaho” shawl, I’ve been knitting some toys to share with some little kids at a local Waldorf  School.

(juggling ball set, bunnies, snakes, cats and a little turtle)

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

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an Idaho-bound shawl

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 re-reading A Time to Dance by Karen Kingsbury.

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve linked up. I haven’t been knitting as much as usual because I’m helping my sister with a quilt project. But when I do take time to knit I’ve mainly been working on a shawl that I’m knitting at the request of a friend. They live up in Idaho, so she wants it snuggly warm. I’m knitting the Sunny Days Ahead shawl from the Knit Prayer Shawls book by Leisure Arts.

I’m using Caron Simply Soft in a nice warm brown, I want this to be an easy care shawl. I have made a couple modifications to the pattern. The original pattern has a “three” petal flower at the top, and I changed it to a “five” petal flower. I wanted is to be more than a half circle, it’s probably a little more that a 3/4 circle. I also added a 5 stitch garter border to each side, I don’t have much luck in getting a smooth border when I have to knit it on after the fact.

It is about 15″ deep now and she is wanting it to be around 28-30″ deep, so I have some knitting to do!

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

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spider lilies

More flowers from another visit to my Grandmother’s garden…

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…  ~ Susan Polis Shutz

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another homespun-hand knit annis

I thought I would pop in here with a quick post about another finished project. I’ts finally really finished – I blocked it!

I finished knitting this scarf/shawlette probably in October or November of last year, because I remember wearing it a Thanksgiving.

I’ve actually worn it a few times, curled edges and all. I really like long crescent shape.

It’s one of my favorite patterns, I think I’ve made three of these with a few modifications. It is Annis by Susanne IC.

I knit it from some of my homespun yarn – I think this was Frabjous Fiber.

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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

zenaura blocked

I finally finished this one up last week and got it blocked out this week. It had been in time out for a few months, because I had gotten side-tracked by a few other projects. It didn’t take long to finish it up, once I got started on it again.

Pattern ~ Zenaura by Åsa Tricosa

Yarn ~ Breathless by Shalimar ~ merino, cashmere, silk

Modifications ~ I did the stockinette sections a little wider than listed

I’m really happy with how it turned out and I love this yarn, the shading and the softness.

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