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I had such big plans this summer.

“I’m going to finish or frog all the UFOs.”

“I’m finally going to knit Girasole.”

“I’m going to start designing all these sketches.”

Well, summer had other plans. I did start Girasole. I have gathered some of the yarn for the sketches. I made a tiny bit of progress on the UFO pile. I pulled out the Lizard Ridge blanket I started way, way back in 2007. I thought it would be a totally doable Ravellenic/Ravelympic/Raveldacted project.

I did pretty well the first week and half of the second.

I finished knitting all the squares.

I gave them a soak in the bathtub.

I blocked them and laid them out to figure out where I wanted all the squares.


I seamed up five strips, then I seamed three of those strips together. And then, I lost steam. I’m still working on it, but not at the pace I had been. I really, really love it and seeing it SO close to being done is very motivating. Someone just remind me of that when I’m on the third hour of the i-cord bind off I want to do around the whole blanket.



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This post could also be titled: A little slice of heaven.


(Jack- the house dog)

So, awhile back (like in May 2011), I innocently commented on the JMF blog. Susie was running a birthday contest, and I figured that I’d add my comment to the chorus of others. I never expected to win the contest, and I was stunned when I was picked. And then I started jumping up and down, which was difficult because C was only 3 weeks old at the time.  I spent some time trying to figure out how to get us from Texas to Virginia, and then spent a bit more time trying to figure out if the kids could stay with someone while Steve and I went out, or if we’d need them to come along.


Needless to say, it took a while to get everything nailed down and organized for the 1,300 mile journey! It was so worth it though. We ended up staying in Lake Anna, and then hopping over to the farm for a vacation within a vacation. The farm is simply beautiful, and mother nature took care of us- providing a little cool spell for the two nights we stayed.


I am failing to come up with the right words to describe what a feeling of calm overtook me while we were on the farm. I enjoyed talking about pressure canning, and the dangers one might face if you made wine with poison ivy. It was a treat to sit down at the big, wood table and have freshly harvested vegetables for dinner. Not to mention waking up to the smell of spice bread and apple cake.



The animals are lovely. Truly, they are just as I had pictured them from reading the blog.









The little goat twins and triplets won me over. With their insistent maa-ing, enthusiastic tail wagging, and general cuteness, Asiago, Manchego,  Parmigiano, Blanco, and Fresca became the highlight of my day. They were pretty eager to be pet, and I was eager to pet them. I think it worked out well.



We also got to be there for the puppies first trip outside. Oh my goodness- the cuteness!



Before we left, intern Charlotte was taking the goat kids on their first leashed walks. That was a sight to see and hear.


Some seemed to take to the leash much better than others, but they all were very cute.


It was also fun to walk around, observing the chickens. Since we don’t have a rooster, I’ve never thought about how different the flock would be with a guy hanging around. Those ladies love their roosters. My favorite was Chanticleer, as he looked as if he was wearing pantaloons. 🙂


But, Mojo was a close second (just look at all his ladies!).


Jerry tried to sneak in a kiss, but Steve deftly dodged out of the way just in time. I think Jerry sensed a kindred spirit.


Should you ever get the chance, I’d highly recommend a stay. I’m not sure quite how, but I feel like I’ll be back again someday. And if you’d like to look at even *more* pictures, here’s a link to the Flickr set.

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The socks made it off the needles and into the mail only two day’s short of my self-imposed deadline.



I love them. They are so simple, but I found it hard to send them off. I hope my sister loves them as much as I do.


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I can’t believe C has been a part of our family for almost for months now. Yet, it also seems like he’s been here forever.  He’s a generally happy baby, but when he’s not happy he is really Not. Happy.

When he’s getting ready to really cry, the corners of his mouth turn down and his chin waggles. It is exactly like in a cartoon, except it is for real. That’s really the only time that H doesn’t like having a baby brother.


C is an expert at rolling over, just like his brother. And just like his brother, he seems to forget that he can roll both ways. So if he is tired of being on his tummy, he really just needs to remember he can roll himself onto his back.

We’re still co-sleeping. It’s working out wonderfully.  And, unlike H, I think it is going to last awhile beyond the four month mark. C is a very attached baby. He loves to be held by Mama. He’s getting used to the sling, and I can’t wait to use it more often (right now we are in the middle of a very large heatwave and wearing a silk brocade sling in 105 degree weather is so not appealing).

C quirks-

He has a very sweaty head.

He will try to nurse everything. Last night I gave him a kiss and he tried to nurse my mouth- weird!

He is a very touchy baby. He likes to caress me while he nurses and pets my cheek when we talk.

He goes from happy to crying like a banshee in a fraction of a second.


And on a crafting note- this was a soaker I made about a month before he was born. I dyed the fiber (cormo/kid mohair from Juniper Moon Farms), spun up a heavy worsted yarn, and knit it up using my own soaker pattern.  Aside from needing another lanolin filled bath it is great.





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Mitered Crosses

I am trying to get into the swing of life (knitting/housework/etc) with two kids.  So far, it’s going fairly well.  I’m actually managing to keep the house somewhat clean, make a few meals that involve actual prep and heating of food, and, best of all, I’m starting to work knitting back into my daily life.

I’m working on a somewhat secret project and a Mitered Crosses blanket.  I’d really love it to be done before we move in to the new house, but I’m not sure how realistic that goal is at this time.  It’s going fairly well, I’ve got five squares completed and one on the needles.

mitered crosses collage

I’m using leftovers from my Lizard Ridge and Cascade 220. I may run out of leftovers before squares, so there might have to be some additional LR blocks in the next few months too. The LR would be done if I was making the size specified in the pattern, but I am hoping to crank out enough squares for a queen size blanket. Because I’m crazy. But it will look awesome.


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Cardinal Puppet

Cardinal puppet, knit for my April moms swap partner.

Fiber Optic Merino/Bamboo Yarn Pirate Merino

Spinning- Fiber Optic Honeysuckle Rose #2 merino/bamboo, Yarn Pirate Inky merino.

Herringbone Cowl

Knitting- Big Herringbone Cowl. Knit in Malabrigo.

Lisa Souza Roving

Spinning- Lisa Souza Leaf Pile merino/silk

my view

Gestating- 36 weeks (That was 2 weeks ago!)

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Adding more little things to the house.

First, a February Baby Sweater. I knit this with Wollmeise 80/20 in Lila Ludmilla.  The yarn felt a lot like cotton string when I was knitting it, but it seems to have softened greatly with washing.  I really love the way it turned out.
Feb. Baby Sweater
And a gratuitous close up of the lace pattern:
Feb. Baby Sweater

Then a little baby hat appeared out of nowhere. (Seriously, I cast on something to take with me to the second part of the hat class I was teaching, and by the time I got home it was ready for the decreases.)
baby hat
With the matching pants:

And here are some little baby socks from a few weeks ago. It’s my own pattern, and I think I’ll work up a mini-collection to offer as a pattern set.
Baby socks

Finally, a not so little thing. Meet the Button Up Hat. The pattern is available for purchase.
Button Up Hat

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