Summer 'Schooling'

30/06/2008 § 1 Comment

we usually school year round but in the summer we try to pull back a bit and do a lot more as far as natural science and outdoor-friendly activities. we recently went camping and had a great time taking pictures of all the different bugs and creatures that surrounded us. we would discuss things like species and habitats and what this or that thing would eat. (the mosquito diet was obvious–US!)

we talked about trees and flowers and grasses, birds, insects and all sorts of nature related things. we also talked about camping and outdoor survival, fishing, and canoe use and safety. Love pitched her own tent and took care of all her belongings. we even got some history in while talking about how camping ‘began’ and what it was like to camp in the past. all in all i’d say it was very fun and very educational!

when we arrived home we were very tired, hungry and itchy. we unpacked and talked about lists and storage and cleaning things and taking care of things right away. laundry and cleaning coolers as well as food and meals and how a menu isn’t just for while you’re away, you need to include the days preceding and proceeding your trip. a whole lot of general, practical skills that make for a well-rounded lady were reinforced. yay for camping ‘field trips’!  

i’ll post some pics soon and i’ll also show you how well my first ever veggie garden and my flowers are doing! 😀

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Sneak Peek Pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas!

25/06/2008 § 2 Comments

here’s a sneak peek at another sample i did for Blue Sky recently. i’m told the pattern, Two Button Hat Set, will be out soon. it’s an quick and easy knit done in their Worsted Hand Dyes. it’s lightweight but nice and warm. the color used here is Putty. i knit these lovelies on size 9 Addi circulars and boy was it smooth and fast. i bet the toughest part was picking buttons!

I’m Outta Here!

23/06/2008 § 1 Comment

i know, i finished these a little while ago. i am so very behind on my blogging and i am playing ‘catch-up’. being out of town next week camping with family won’t help, but don’t worry, i’ll leave you with a few visual goodies. 😉 i hope you all have a great week and that knitting is a part of it! see ya next week!

here is my Lovebug modeling her new Hat & Wristlets. i used Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes in Midnight Blue and their Suri Merino in Earth. i knit them using Clover bamboo dpn’s, size 11.

we had so much fun doing these ‘photo shoots’. i can’t believe how my wee little Princess Lovebug has grown! it’s still kinda hard to think about her turning 15 this July. 15! my birthday is this Friday and i’ll be turning 34 years young. man does time FLYand i’m glad to say we’ve even had some fun!

Baby Hoodie–A Pictorial Journey

16/06/2008 § 2 Comments

Pickled Yarn: Part 1

09/06/2008 § 2 Comments

i am very late on posting about our adventures at the Sheep Shearing Festival at Shepherd’s Choice a few weekends ago and i sincerely apologize for that! i will try to get to as much as i can this next week so you will have plenty to gander at. (in other words i took a LOT of pics!) so check back often. you won’t want to miss a thing!

First off, i want to post about this very cool, hip way to dye yarn. from the creative minds of Lynne & Nancy we have none other than…Pickled Yarn. Yes, you read that correctly. Pickled Yarn. it’s the simple process of putting a skein of yarn, mine was Lily Cotton, adding some dye and water, slapping a lid on and waiting. a lot like the way we can, or pickle, our veggies. after a few days, you take out the yarn, rinse it well, hang it to dry and voila! a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

more Pickled Yarn pics to come…

Mi ‘Manos’ Amigos

09/06/2008 § 2 Comments

say hello, to my leetle friends…(hello to my leetle friends)

mulled wine

woodland

and flame

A Conversation with and A Realization about: My Dear, Dear Socky

04/06/2008 § 3 Comments

i wanted to be cool and learn how to make a sock. with all the super-stupendous sock yarn and those oh-so-loverly patterns to choose from, how could i not? so, naturally, i bought a fabulous yarn, the best needles, i took a class at the best LYS, and you were born. i was so proud!

it started out so sweet and innocent. i would knit and knit and knit and knit and knit to see how fast you would grow. even though it took awhile at first, i still knit and knit and knit and knit and knit. all that knitting and you had hardly grown at ALL! so, i put you aside. it was hard, i know, but i was frustrated. you understand, don’t you? i felt bad for neglecting you, so i started taking you with me. i went to see the Yarn Harlot in all that very bad weather and you were there in my hands my dear socky. no one else got to go. just you. and wasn’t it totally fun? i have taken you to the Kelley Farm to visit our friends and the animals. you like my friends don’t you? i even bring you with if we go somewhere and i’m not driving. you’re the first thing i put in my bag. i will probably even take you camping with us. so you see, I AM TRYING TO BOND WITH YOU DEAR LITTLE SOCKY! really i am. it’s not you, it’s me. *sigh*

after that, i decided i may not be the sock knitter type. i know, i know, but i just can’t seem to stay focused on this one sock so how on Earth am i going to make another one? i’m just not sure how to make this work. does this happen with all first timers? how do you get through? is it just me? is it the sock? *sigh*

at least the yarn is really cool…maybe it could be a shawl?

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