Friday, July 17, 2015

friend to friend

 I made a friend of mine, who recently had a baby girl, a baby sweater.  My mom wrote the pattern years ago.  It has been an all time favorite of ours. All three of my babies wore them.  The boys each wore blue.  Libby had several.  Pink, yellow, peach.  (Awe! Those days!)
 I'll be writing up the pattern to share with you all.  It's easy and sweet and makes a great gift.
And the yarn used is machine wash + dry and yummy.
Happy Friday!

Friday, July 10, 2015

dinner in the forest

 I've had a thing for pallet tables lately.  This pallet table was not my idea.  I saw it floating around on instagram.  And since I have my business set up in a warehouse full of pallets, I thought it would be fun to grab a few and throw a dinner party for Libby and her friends.
 I have been using this website for pallet inspiration.  I guess you can always find a pallet here or there.
And of course, the chalkboard place mats are available here or here.
 Their dinner was simple.  Just a few summer time light dishes.
 {Oh how I love my girls feet.}
 Libby's friend Maggie is quite the baker.  She brought a lemon poppyseed gluten free pound cake.  It was delicious.
And served with fresh strawberries from the farm.  The perfect ending.  
It really was quite magical.
And now, I want to have some girlfriends over and do it all again.

Have a happy weekend, friends.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

the yoga shawl

I've been working on the yoga shawl which seems to be slow going.  I couldn't wait to finish the chevron border so that I could have a project that didn't require any brain power.  {The chevron pattern took full concentration.} It's now on cruise control until it reaches 30".

I'm going to paint that pallet table today.  It's the second one we've worked on.  I promise to share the details when I'm finished.

Have a beautiful day, friends.

Monday, July 06, 2015

the bella pattern

I just wanted to let you know that I finally wrote up the Bella pattern in a pdf to make it easier for you to print.   It's over in the sidebar for now. (I'm trying to get all of the patterns on one page.)  Megan in New Zealand (Hi Megan!) told me she found the pattern written up here. I giggled at the description.

I seem to have quite a few emails regarding this stitch and the problems with it. For some reason our brain likes to challenge us and play tricks on us with this one.  Try to keep in mind that you will always have the same number of stitches on your needle.  And, as always, feel free to shoot me an email with any questions.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Friday, July 03, 2015

princess fiona

 It felt so good to finish a sweater.  It's been a while.
I must say, I am really happy with how it turned out.   It has an a-line shape, so there is a little bit of swing, which I love.  The yarn I used worked pretty well, however,  I could see using something else that would give it a little more drape.  It did soften after it was blocked which seemed to help.  (You know how I believe in blocking.)
For years I made mostly cardigans.  Now I seem to be drawn mostly to pullovers.  I have been perusing Ravelry for my next one.
 I loved the lace pattern and felt that it was just enough to keep things fun.  A little bit of concentration and a little bit of mindless all in the same row.  I think, the perfect combination.
I look forward to wearing this in the fall.

Pattern:  Princess Fiona
Yarn:  quince & co Chickadee,  8 skeins, in kittywake
Needles: US size 5
Size: 34

Happy Friday, Friends!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

it's july!

Thank you all SO much for all of your kind comments about finding our sweet Trouble.  I honestly can't tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of them.  We are unbelievably grateful that she is home.  I took her for a weight check yesterday and she has gained 3 lbs!  So proud of her!
The last two weeks have been crazy, busy fun.  My mom stayed for a week and then I traveled to Florida with her for the second week.  It was a treat to be able to spend one on one time with her, in her home.  
While there, I started the yoga shawl.  
  A lot of hanging with my mom, knitting, was exactly what my soul needed.  
My mom's beautiful, knitting hands. They have been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember.  What a gift.

A lot to share... I'll be back.

Happy day, friends.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

she's home!

Friends!  I am so sorry to get over here so late.
Trouble was found on Monday!!!   Four weeks and five days after she ran for her adventure.  
{Still wearing the bandana and collar she left home wearing.  Oh, if only we could see where this traveled.} 
We had a call around 2:30 on Monday afternoon from a sweet family that Trouble was in their back yard.  The family had recognized her from the posters hanging around town.  It truly was an amazing feeling.  We are not sure if she was in the heavy woods the entire time or just making her way back to us.
We've been to the Vet.  She has lost 17lbs and they are running a few tests, but everything else looks pretty good.  We then stopped by the groomer for a nice bath and a little trimming.  Trouble is on a bland diet of small frequent meals.  Hoping to pack on some pounds.  That combined with a whole lot of Love should hopefully do the trick.  She doesn't seem to want to leave our sides.

I can't even begin to tell you how grateful we are for your prayers, thoughts and kind words.  Those who had similar experiences, I held your stories close to my heart.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

AND, she came home on the same day I picked my mom up from the airport.  AND saw a rainbow flying high over the city on our drive back home.  What a beautiful day.

Happy Day to you, friends.  xx

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

summer '15

{Libby, Andrew and Libby's friend, Sarah.  Andrew's jump cracks me up.  Exactly the same since every year.}

The last day of school was Friday.  As much as I love routine, I love the laziness of summer way more.  So happy to have early mornings free for yarn and coffee.

Happy Day, Friends.

Friday, June 05, 2015


Well, another week flew by.  Is that happening for you, too?
A few of my favorites from this week:
finished a sweater :: celebrated Liesl's 21st b-day ::  searched for Trouble :: found a dog (not Trouble) ::  reunited him with his loving owner ::  yoga  ::  had the blues ::  watched a movie in the middle of the day ::  had the Rowlands for dinner  ::  drank champagne  ::  went to a film studio presentation  ::  pushed back a deadline  ::  made more almond milk  :: last week of school
 was reminded by Laura (hi Laura!) of dunkin platters (SO good!)  :: felt love ::  cried
packed the last school lunches of 2014-15 school year  ::  laughed  ::  picked up the first CSA of the summer  ::  made my first cauliflower pizza dough

Happy weekend, friends!