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Finally Summer

July 6, 2015

It’s been a busy time since school let out the end of May. My kid is having the Busiest! Summer! Ever! In a good way. She’s got a solid summer job, participated in a school friend’s movie project, took the ACT, and we all traveled with her to a science conference in Boston. Awesome!

(Obligatory airport shot.)

Now that the trip is done we can get into a summer groove.

With the break in schoolwork Mari has also found some time to renew her interest in archery. Also, we got her a real target for her birthday, so it’s a bit more satisfying than aiming at a cardboard box!

Hope you are enjoying some summer activities. I am appreciating the lower-than-normal temperatures while they last.

Yarn Along – 6/24/15

June 24, 2015

I have been obsessively reading The Secret History, by Donna Tartt. It was recommended by Jordanna of The House of Muses blog. (Thanks, Jordanna!) It is a psychological thriller, set in a 1990’s elite New England college. I can’t even summarize the plot or it would ruin the experience. I thought it might be too dark for a summer read, but the writing is fantastic and really sucked me in. It took a good 100 pages before I was really hooked, but since then I am reading as much as I can to see where this is going. I might even consider reading The Goldfinch, (Tartt’s more recent book) based on the writing quality alone.

Knitting has been bumped from the schedule lately… due to all the reading! But I have two gift knits planned, (one by Susan B. Anderson, as seen in the photo above) so as soon as I get stocked up with the yarn I’ll be racing away on those.

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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June 19, 2015

Neil should not be allowed to travel unsupervised.


June 16, 2015

Every year I think… I’ll have so much more time in the summer. Wrong! When will I learn?

At least it’s been pleasant. With some of this…

And a little bit of this…

And a lot of this…

When I finish sorting this stuff… oh the crafting that is going to happen…

In the Garden – 6/11/15

June 11, 2015

My garden is not exactly exciting enough for a weekly update like Amanda, it does look pretty nice right now. So I thought I’d share.

Two kinds of Romaine are going gangbusters!

I also have strawberries, which are on their third year. They now have a fighting chance against the resident bunny and the herd of deer that visit regularly. Neil helped me put together some nice cages. The poor foliage was being devoured. We’ve actually eaten a few berries now that they are protected. Take that, nature!

Also, I have basic herbs: basil, rosemary, parsley and thyme. Very happy that a tomato plant popped up on its own, along with some chamomile.

I put some chocolate mint in a pot on the patio this past weekend and I’m calling it done!

Oh and don’t forget the Mother’s Day goat. He/she is officially named Steve Rogers. God bless America!

Etsy Update – French Stripe Washcloths

June 9, 2015

Popping in to say there are a couple new items in the shop!

I really enjoy using hand-knit cotton washcloths. I made a bunch for Mari to use, and got hooked myself, especially as a facial cloth.

I love the look of the band of stripes down the middle of vintage French kitchen linens. As I was looking around for a new washcloth pattern to knit, I couldn’t find one that matched the design I had in my head. So I decided to work it out myself.

I couldn’t be happier with the result! It’s a vintage look, but I updated it by using a bright color combination.

Color choices were easy –

My beloved turquoise to match my retro kitchen.

The red is a classic.

And finally, of course, black. Always black.

The washcloths come in two sizes:

Kitchen, which is approximately 8 ½” x 8 ½”


Baby, which is approximately 7 ½” x 7 ½”

Washcloths are packaged in sets of three – which includes one of each color.

It’s a fun addition to the shop and I hope you like them!


If you are a knitter, stay tuned because I plan to release the pattern as a PDF download very soon! That way you can choose your own colors and enjoy a quick little project that is small and portable for summer.

The pattern is heading out for input from a couple of kind test-knitters. I will let you know when everything is ready to go for downloading.

It’s been a fun process and I hope to do some more design in the future!

Yarn Along – 6/3/15

June 3, 2015

Thought I would share something new today. When I need something a little different to work on, that doesn’t require counting like my shawl or small stitches on size 0 needles for socks, I have been picking up a crochet project.

A few years ago I crocheted a bathmat and I really love it. It was made with two strands of basic, dishcloth cotton, held double. I am surprised how well it has worn! Being a light color, it does require frequent washing, so I decided to do another so I can alternate them.

The pattern is from One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet by Leigh Radford. This time I am using Peaches and Creme 100% Cotton in White.

I generally have a bit of trouble setting up a crochet project. The first few rows are always hard to manipulate and I am not that experienced with reading crochet stitches. But once I get it going I am fine. It is hard on my hands to work with the large hook and heavy yarn (and just crochet in general is harder on my hands) but a few rows here and there are fine. It’ll eventually get finished.

My audio book is Though Not Dead, the 18th book in the Kate Shugak Alaska series by Dana Stabenow.  I almost gave up on this series. The last two books had story lines I wasn’t that engaged in. I am so glad I gave one more a try! This may have been my favorite of the series! after 17 books there are lots of characters you get to know. This book told the backstory of a bunch of them, which was really fun! I loved learning new things about people who have been around since the beginning of the series, as well as the usual Alaska history Stabenow generally throws in. I believe there are two more I haven’t read, so I plan to finish them off after all!

Summer reading program started yesterday at our library and word is there’s a cool tote bag to be won. Luckily audiobooks count. I am on it!

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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