Friday, October 31, 2014

wool and my gang

I have had two packages from WOOL AND THE GANG arrive at my doorstep.  It's always such a treat!  Their packaging is so stinkin' fun.  And their products are really beautiful.  
This order also contained a set of their beautiful rosewood needles.  L O V E.  They are just SO beautiful!
My mom and sisters came for a visit.  Hats for everyone!
This is the beastly boys beanie.  Super fast. Super warm.  Pretty darn cute!
The motif design shown on the black hat, will also be duplicate stitched onto the other two.  Duplicate stitch is used on this hat instead of changing colors and knitting the change of color into the hat.  It's great to mix things up sometimes.  Also fun to be able to use your own creativity.

Pattern:  Beastly Boys Beanie
Yarn:  Crazy sexy wool
Needles:  US 17
Notes:  one size fits all

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2014

moving on

Thanks so much for all of your well wishes.  I so appreciate them.  
I truly have learned so much over the last few years.  It's been a major time of growth.  And one thing that I reminded myself over and over and I share with my kids is... Don't let anyone dull your sparkle
So, there has been a lot of packing.  
And a lot of unpacking.   
With a new front door where yarn will be delivered.   New back drops for photos.  (Libby has been scoping out new headless sweater photo locations.)
And a new yard for Trouble to roam.  It all feels so good.

I absolutely love the packaging of WOOL AND THE GANG. A really, really fun piece of mail to receive! I'll be casting on for this quick knit this weekend.  Hope your weekend involves some yarn, too.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

i'm going back

Okay... Sorry to skip back a couple of months, but I can't seem to go forward until I explain what has happened in my life.
You guessed it.  I fell in love and tied the knot.  
And we did it the way that felt completley right.  We eloped to the King County court house in Seattle, Washington.  For the first time in my life, (I know!  That's a big statement.) I felt true to myself.

08.04.14 The day I said "I do" to this man forever.  

We had two friends for our witnesses.  A judge that was spiritual and lovely.  And ourselves.  
It truly couldn't have been more perfect and more real.  
We told the children, our parents, our siblings and some of our closest friends before we left.  
Desolation Sound, B.C.  
Of course there was knitting.  (Socks from previous post.)
Glacial Valley, Desolation Sound, B.C. 
Hood Canal, Washington
Dinner.  Hood Canal, Washington.
Olympic National Park
Lake Crescent Lodge, Olympic National Park and Forest

Not until you let go of your past can you get on with your future.
I now believe that with all my heart and soul.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

a new pair of socks

These socks were four years in the making.  And the finished timing just couldn't have been more perfect.  Fall has blown in and has me feeling completely giddy.  
I wanted them super slouchy.  The pair that is worn in the mornings and evenings.  Thrown on in the autumn months before I get out the much needed Uggs for winter days.  
The yarn was gifted to me from my dear friend, Sifis.  I met Sifis first on line through his flickr groups.  And then I met him in person when my mom and sisters and I were visiting his beautiful country, Greece.  Sifis owns a lovely yarn shop in Athens that has been in the family for three generations.  Established in 1935.  That just makes my heart warm and makes these socks just that much more special.  A little bit of that amazing trip and his world, knit into each stitch.

Pattern:  Lion Brand free sock pattern
Yarn:  Lang yarns
Needles:  Size 2 double pointed needles

Thursday, September 18, 2014

one/nine

We celebrated Charlie's birthday a couple days early this year.  I am so grateful he could come home from school for his birthday dinner.
He left nineteen candles stacked on a plate.  (Nineteen!)
This is what the cake looks like two days later.  
It was a free for all for Libby and Andrew.  
That's what happens when you leave your cake and head back to college.  

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

antler

Over a month has passed since my last post and I am just getting to this space. I have good reason.   I promise.  And I'll share here soon.  (Hint:  Big, exciting, loving changes!)
But first, I think I'll show you Antler.
Remember when I ripped it out?  It was just a bit toooooo big.  My gauge was completely off.  I could have saved some time if I would have done a gauge.  (Just like every pattern says.)  But in the end, I couldn't be happier.
I love the detail in this sweater.  The side seam in the body and on the arms, the garter stitch details, and the fun of the color blocking.  So many color combinations to choose.  
The yarn is made of linen, baby alpaca and wool.  It's a really perfect combination and perfect for all year wear.  
Antler is knit top down in the round.  One continuous piece with no finishing required. Except for tying in loose ends, of course.   It's such a treat to have a sweater finished when you are finished knitting.  
Pattern:  Antler
Yarn:  Classic Elite Soft Linen  Main color, dove grey #2203 Contrast color, citron #2202
Size:  S
Needle:  US 6 (I used them throughout and did not use US 4 as the pattern instructed. )


Sunday, August 03, 2014

happy august!

I'm a goal setter.  Especially when it comes to my knitting.  Sometimes I reach those goals.  Sometimes not.  I fell 2 days short on this project.  I'm okay with that.
I started this project at the end of March.  Ripped it out in the middle of May and started it again
Finished it last night.  And it is currently blocking. 
I'm heading west.
I'll be back in a couple of weeks to share with you.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

popsicle, popsicle, popsicle

I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a Vitamix.  I've been making green smoothies for over 4 years and have been using my trusty blender to do so.  It has served the wonderful purpose and I couldn't be more proud of that blender for hanging in there with me.  However, I finally reached the point where I just couldn't bear to chew one more smoothie.  
I ordered the Vitamix and we became fast best friends.  Having a blast together, daily!  We've made ice cream, soup, cocktails and of course my favorite green smoothies.  We've added smoothie recipe's (hello carrot, hello beet), too.   
I've been playing with our popsicle maker as well.


Blueberry:
1 cup blueberries
1 cup coconut milk yogurt (yumm)
Blend until completely smooth.

Banana:
3 banana's
1 cup coconut milk
Blend until completely smooth.


For this yummy chocolate banana one, I tried something different adding trader joes' organic hot cocoa mix.  Just for the heck of it.  And guess what?  We thought they were the most delicious.  Will definitely continue to make these.

Chocolate Banana Popsicle:  
3 bananas 
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 package trader joe's organic hot cocoa mix.

*None of these recipes made a complete 10 pops.  I mixed the trays to experiment.  You can, too!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

JORD watch winner + first 25 lovelies

The random number generator chose number 82, willowcaroline.  Congrarts!
Please email me and I will pass on your information so that you can be sporting your new watch in no time!

Also, the awesome peeps at JORD watches would also like to give a 5% discount off your order to 25 of my readers.
So, the first 25 lovelies that email me, (my address in sidebar)  I will email you back with a code to receive your discount.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

JORD watch giveaway

Something new and different for me to give away and tell you about.  A watch.  But not just any watch.  This is a JORD watch made of diverse and sustainable wood from around the world.  JORD is actually a swedish word that means earth, soil and land. (Gotta love that.)  And guess what?  They are made in the USA.  St. Louis to be exact.  Yep, just a bunch of friends with an awesome, innovative idea that they put to use.  All natural.  I'm all in.
In recent years, I have gotten away from wearing a watch.  Probably because I always have my phone with me or near me to check the time.  But let's face it.  Watches are more than just about the time.  They are a timeless accessory that is not only functional but totally fun to wear.
JORD watches are one of a kind.  No two are exactly the same because of the natural materials, so each one is unique.  They are super light and also unisex. (I had a jeweler remove links.)   Each watch is presented in a beautiful wooden box which adds to the beauty of this watch.  Opening mine was a true treat.
I'm wearing Fieldcrest in Natural Green.
{Filedcrest :: black}
The awesome peeps at JORD would like to give away one of their watches to one of my readers.  The winner will receive a coupon code valued at $120.00, same price as the Fieldcrest.  The winner may choose whichever watch they would like in the Fieldcrest series or choose to put it towards another model and pay the difference.  The code will also include free shipping.  If you can't see your lovely self wearing one, enter for another!  It's an awesome gift.  Please leave a comment here before Wednesday July 23, 5pm EST, and I'll have the random generator choose a number.  And send your husband, boyfriend, lover, fella, son, friend over to enter as well.  I am smitten with these watches and I think you would be, too.

Enjoy your time!