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{this moment} 7/25/14

July 25, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

Storm Cloud Shawlette

July 17, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

This project began with yarn I inherited from a friend who was destashing. (Hi Padgy!) She generously passed it on to me. The yarn is Chakra by Mango Moon. It is such an unusual yarn I think I will use Mango Moon’s description to explain it:

Our beautiful recycled viscose is plied with a strand of our springy Capelli, a complementary strand of cotton and a strand of individually hand-tied beads and stones. The Capelli gives the yarn stretch, the cotton provides softness and body, but the beads make this yarn a stunner.

Your purchase helps the Indonesian men and women who spin this beautiful recycled fiber provide health care, shelter and education for their families. As this product is handspun, no two skeins are exactly alike.

I love to use products that are globally-minded like this. The color is 9206, Lime Purple.

Anyway, so I had this fun yarn. So colorful! So funky! Not something I usually work with. What’s the best way to choose a project? Ravelry, of course. I used their amazing search function to look for a shawlette that would work with the yardage I had available. After a quick swatch, it seemed like knitting it loosely would be the way to go. The yarn would go further and the finished product would spread out the weight of those beads. They are pretty heavy!

I ended up finding a shape I liked, the Stormcloud Shawlette, and adapting it by using size 10 ½ needles to accommodate the larger yarn. The two skein were easy to transport on our vacation flight in my carry on bag. I  knit  it on  some security-friendly bamboo needles.

It came out great! I had just enough yarn that the last increase row gave it a ruffled appearance, which I wanted. From the front, it almost looks like a shrug.

From the back it has the drape of a shawl. It is perfect for summer over a tank top, for when I am in air conditioning and need a tad more coverage.

Novelty yarn can be fun! Dip your toe in with a small accessory project. There could be some more bead projects in my future, I think!

 

Tea for Tuesday – Earl Greyer Red Tea

July 15, 2014
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Laura’s Blog Entry

Ready for a delicious cup of tea? I still enjoy hot tea in the morning on my egg breakfast days (I alternate with smoothies). Before the day gets too hot, it’s nice to have a quiet breakfast and read through my blog reader.

Today’s tea is a favorite for our whole family. From The Republic of Tea, Earl Greyer Red Tea . Caffeine free. They also make a regular one with black tea if you are into that. It’s pretty tasty iced as well. Combine a cool glass and a couple cookies and you have an amazing afternoon snack!

Love this one a lot and just had to restock. Can’t be without it!

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{this moment} 7/11/14

July 11, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

Yarn Along – 7/9/14

July 9, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

Same sock, new book.

Sock details here. Get used to seeing it. I’ll be working on these for awhile!

Listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things: A Novel. It’s well written and has a good flow. Very impressed with her research for this historical fiction. She has lots of botanical information, but not too much. It makes the story interesting. I am halfway through and really wondering what is going to happen to the main character! Warning: This is a LONG book. Luckily it works well in audio format. Another Warning: Don’t listen in the car with the kiddos! Portions are adult in nature.

After I finish I am totally going to look up some interviews with Elizabeth to hear the story behind this novel. Wondering how she even thought of these character and picked this time period!

Hope you have some juicy summer reads going on!

Joining Ginny.

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Deer With Little Antler’s Hat

July 7, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

Cuteness! Love this hat by Tiny Owl Knits. She’s a genius designer and has tons of magical, girl-in-the-forest type knits.

I used leftover Berroco Vintage Worsted, in 5179 brown, held double, for the body of the hat. I lined the ears and made the antlers from some scraps of Knitpicks Palette. Not sure of the color names on those. So material-wise, this was free! I did pay for the pattern and it was completely worth it. Great attention to detail.

Felting the antlers was kind of fun! You just do it by hand. I didn’t think they were going to look good, but they turned out great!

Mari is happily wearing it with her Mori Girl style clothing she is slowing acquiring through thrifting. Mori Girl originated in Japan. It means Forest Girl. Kind of a sophisticated boho, shabby chic. It’s a nice progression from and more wearable everyday than her previous obsession, Gothic Lolita. Ah fashion. It’s so fun!

I would love to knit Mari this pattern, Gypsy Petticoat, but I fear the yarn cost would be a bit extreme. Might have to investigate though. Always nice to have an appreciative knitwear recipient!

{this moment} – 7/4/14

July 4, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

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