Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Patterns Posted

I finally posted the pattern for overalls and I also added the blossom hat pattern. However, you can still get the hat pattern for free here until I make the ear warmer to go with it.

Both pattern can be found in my Craftsy Store.

Thank you for your support!

Little Blossom Hat

I've taken a break from the Nina scarf to make a gift for a friend I will be staying with on a girl's-only mini vacation I will be going on next weekend.
I made her daughter this hat:

The pairs of small flowers are on equal levels.
 The large ones are on their own level.
The hat was dented in when the photo was taken but
those two little flowers are knit into the same row.

The flowers sort of grow as you rotate the hat. 

And I will be making her a matching ear warmer/headband. I'm really pleased with how the hat turned out so I'm hoping the ear warmer will be just as nice.
I am going to sell the pattern on my Craftsy account but until I do it will be available for FREE in this post. It will be available here until I get the matching mom ear warmer done.
Still working on The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. I enjoy it more and more as I get further along in the book. Also still reading the Catechism a little each day, but sometimes I let it slide and now I have a lot of reading to catch up on.

This pattern is now available in my Craftsy store.  You can buy the pattern for the set or just the baby hat. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nina and Lily

I have been focusing my knitting efforts on my Nina scarf this week:
Anyone familiar with the pattern will notice that I am omitting the picot edging and all those beads.

I have also been reading The House of Mirth quite a bit this past week. I have been enjoying it more than the other romance classics I read over the summer because unlike her high society friends, Lily has no money but also does not seem to be entirely obsessed with getting married. It is more of a convenience for her...I'm interested to see where this leads now that she's figured out a way to pay her debts.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our New Roof!

As promised, this is the post with the before and after pictures of our roof. We weren't planning on getting it done so soon and we were definitely planning to shop around'll understand why we didn't though:  

  • The price was right, 
  • Their warranty sounded very reliable. They guarantee their asphalt roofs for 50 years not only for the roof but the work done on it as well. Since the manufacturer trains their employees, both the company and the manufacturer guarantee the longevity of the roof.  
  • They gave us discounts to get it done before the cold weather came to stay, and for us to do a little free advertising with a sign in the yard and a word or two on our Facebook pages. 
  • They secure all the building permits required so you don't have to do any extra work.
So, all these factors plus being within budget made it an easy decision for us not to wait till Spring.

They arrived 8AM on Tuesday morning, asked permission to start, and had set up and were working by 8:30. The old roof was completely cleared off by 9:45.
They had to wait for their supplies and the dumpster after that but it only took about an hour before they resumed. The roof plus the roof on our shed was finished by 3:00. The roof looks fantastic and all the men that worked on it were so polite and courteous.

Here are our results:
Front, before
Back of house, before

Garage and breezeway, before

Back of garage and breezeway, in progress

Front yard, during

Garage, after the old shingles were removed

View through front screen door. They protect the bushes from damage and falling debris.

Front, finished!

Back, finished

Garage and breezeway, finished

The shed, also with a new roof, although we didn't know they were going to do this too.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Getting the Garden Ready for Winter

I realize I'm pretty late at doing this, but since my son woke up from our nap after only an hour I decided we better fill our afternoon cleaning up the garden instead of letting him watch cartoons while I snooze on the couch (I worked last night...I don't usually do that).

We had a tomato and raspberry garden this year, despite our best efforts to grow onions and garlic. Well, I guess the jalapenos were successful too.  The crows ate our bulbs before the man of the house shot the crows. After he did, we didn't have problems the rest of the summer. We also didn't have onions the rest of the summer... At any rate, crows are very smart birds.

Getting the tomato cages stacked for storage.

After cleaning out the tomato vines.

The waste pile of tomato vines.

All the onions I could find

3-bulb cluster of the biggest onions. Pathetic!

The only garlic I found after the three rows we planted.
I'm going to try planting the onions inside and see if they do better in a weed-free, crow-free environment. I might try the same thing with the garlic since the aforementioned bulbs were planted last summer.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Distraction Projects

I've been busy knitting this week although not on projects that are priorities. Well, my first son is in desperate need of mittens so I did get that done.
I also began some overalls for baby gifts for a couple friends of mine expecting a boy at the end of the month and one with a girl the same age (to the day!) as my second son.
Right mitten on left and left mitten on right. Cabled pattern on back of the hands.

Taken in good light. True to original yarn colors.

Finished...all I need are buttons!

Still reading The House of Mirth, although very slowly. I am enjoying it though.
Went to a Reagan dinner on Sunday in honor of the former president and Veteran's Day. A man who defected from communist Czechoslovakia told the story of his family escaping during the Cold War. It was very moving and it gave me chills. My husband bought his book about their journey to America so I will share the book with you once I start reading it. If you want a sneak preview it is called Journey for Freedom by Peter Vodenka.

Also, we hired a contractor yesterday (Tuesday) morning to replace our roof. Due to the season, it will be getting done  by the end of the week so check back Sunday or Monday for before and after photos.

Have a wonderful week! Happy knitting!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Patterns in the Works

Since opening a Craftsy account, I decided I might as well make the most of it and try to capitalize on what I already do: Lots and lots of knitting as of late.

The patterns I am currently working to sell are the baby overalls I am making for a couple good friends and the mittens I made for my son.

I have the car mittens I posted very early on available for free at my Craftsy store for those of you who prefer pdf patterns to the online versions.

I also have the Finn the Human backpack for toddlers available for a small cost.

I will announce when the mitten and overalls patterns are officially posted and for sale later this month. The mitten pattern will most likely be available before the weekend.

See you tomorrow for Yarn Along!
Happy knitting!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post-election Yarn Along

So as I mentioned in a post over the weekend, I am officially done with the sweater for my husband! You can see its metamorphosis since I started this blog here!

With some of the leftover yarn I made my first son an Aviatrix hat this evening since he keeps trying to steal the baby's and stretch it over his head. I seriously love this pattern for the design, speed at which I can knit it, and the versatility for boys or girls.

I also worked on that baby girl dress set and cast on a scarf for a gift exchange we're doing with our friends.
A front view plus the beginning of the scarf.

The back with the buttons.

I'm still working on House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.
May I just say that we have a very interesting future ahead of us here in the 57 United States? (See what I did there?) I am not looking forward to four more years of religious persecution, and attempts to slowly take away basic freedoms (1st & 2nd Amendments), but America has decided and while I am obviously not happy about the results, I am certainly trying not to be a bad sport about it since this is how democracy works, how it must work in order to live in a peaceful society. For my readers who are of like mind as me, please pray, speak up, make your voice heard so that together we can secure a better future for our children and ourselves in 2016.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I am proud to announce that after two years of unmotivated work, I am officially DONE with my husband's Christmas sweater as of 0545 Sunday November 4. This is a shining moment in my knitting career and I would like to thank the women in the nursing home who first taught me to knit, my late great grandmothers and my grandmother for inheriting their skills, the internet for being a great resource, Elizabeth Zimmerman for the pattern, my son for getting my arse in gear, my mother in law for artistic inspiration, and, and, and...this isn't the Grammy's so I'm done wasting your time now.

The progression:
Beginning the hood

Halfway done with the hood

Lengthening sleeves

Adding cabling to the sleeves

The handmade coconut shell buttons

The left sleeve is not actually that short. It was an attempt to show off the cables. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Visit to Knitter's Palette

I went to Knitter's Palette for the first time this morning and I loved it. The store was very well organized. There were couches to sit at and a coffee table with an assortment of pattern books to browse through.  They were very helpful and I didn't break the bank with my purchase.

My purchase: 100% Peruvian Highland wool. All three for under $25!

Winding my yarn in a ball for me.
The woman who sold me my yarn even balled it for me with the cool contraption pictured above. Sorry I don't know what the name for it is.  This was a real treat, since time is precious with two small kids and it only took a few minutes for all three skeins.  As you can see the store is very well-lit and spacious. There were two more rows to the left, in addition to the two photographed above.  If you are ever in the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area this spot is definitely worth a visit.

Until next time, happy knitting!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this by the store featured, or anyone else. Opinions are my own.