Hostess of The Sampler Girl Podcast ... Here I journal about my knitting bliss, what's on & off the needles, life raising 2 boys, making good eats and finding God's mercies every morning. Tea, yoga, and dark chocolate make it ALL sweet.

29 July 2014

days like these

I'll miss them, come September. The summertime is nearly into August .. September-school-days seem to be creeping up on us too easily but thankfully we've a few more weeks left of lazy mornings waking up to a purring, bathing kitty / carefree evenings spent watching movies / eating whatever for dinner whenever we get hungry / lolling around in comfy wear for as long as we want / late breakfasts / activities around town geared for the warm weather / endless s'mores  ... not to mention knitting hours at a time with no interruption.

Last week I cast on Doncaster, a free design by Holli Dapp. She is the sweet hostess of Swift Knits Podcast and if you haven't checked her out, be sure to add her to your podcast lineup on youtube. She is super enthusiastic and a joy to watch and be inspired by all her knitting work. I'm knitting Doncaster with Plymouth Yarn Co., Monte Donegal Hand Dyed in color, Aqua. I had purchased this yummy yarn at the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival back in May. It is ideal for this shawl pattern. Bonus mention ... it's my first foray into knitting cables and I'm loving them. Isn't the color dreamy?!

Off to knit outside - gorgeous weather today. Happy Tuesday!

23 July 2014

podcast episode 29: iwanttokniteverything

Where to Find me!
bzmama on IG
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thesamplergirl on Twitter
the sampler girl on YouTube - a few video episodes here
thesamplergirl on etsy

Seasonal Stitchletts by Wee Wonderfuls - one of the summer girls to be included in sock yarn blanket

Magic Ball S(c)hwal by Heather Laws 

Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart

NEW things ...
::Project bag order arrived from The Bakery Bears Podcast ... and Kay included a special surprise package for my mom, who is recovering from a broken leg. How thoughtful of Kay!! 

::Project bag order arrived from Impie, Hattie, and Bea - such a beautifully-made drawstring item which has a terrific pocket divider inside! 

::Noro Obi Yarn in colorway #5
::Noro Magazine, Issue #4 Spring/Summer
::V Yarn on etsy 460 yards, Fingering Bay Base in colorway Factionless - using it for Pebble Beach Shawlette, design by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade Podcast

::The Knitting Room
::Oh Loops!


22 July 2014

Prince George is ONE today!

For fellow Royal Watchers like myself, the cutie-patootie Prince George is ONE today!! 

Remember this design?

20 July 2014

lately around here

:: kitty hugs
:: s'mores
:: the sound of rain and lots of it
:: sliced onion and green peppers cooking on the grill
:: purple nail polish
:: sprayground fun
:: the smell of suntain lotion
:: singing in the summer choir
:: a really good night's sleep
:: giggling
:: puzzles that never get old
:: summer reading 
:: flip flops
:: bowls filled with ice cream and peaches and caramel sauce
:: girlfriends from Church and sweet times together
:: kindness of others
:: new opportunity
:: healing
:: the constant that is God's Love

18 July 2014

new yarn, new project

Swoon!! This gorgeous yarn from V Berry (Bay Base Fingering in colorway Factionless) arrived this week and my intended project for this yarn was spot on. Pebble Beach Shawlette designed by Helen Stewart is working up splendidly on it -- each color is popping out so delicately and so pretty.
 Happy Week-end!

10 July 2014

podcast episode 28.5: mid-summer show & Tell / Video episode

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Summary .. One of the rare times I video an episode on my podcast rather than recording in audio format.
This episode is a myriad of summer finished objects, some sewing, some cross stitch, some project bag love as well as prize show offs donated for The Sampler Girl Ravelry group's Summer Cotton and Classic Movies KAL!
Oats Cowl by Tin Can Knits
Magic Ball S(c)hawl by Heather Laws

Cleverchook COUPON CODE: TSGP10:
Visit Monica's etsy shop for yarn and use your discount all July long!

Ravelry muslin drawstring project bag from my mom
Noro Obi / colorway #5 / 1 skein
2 Balls Berroco Remix / colorway Lawn / used for Oats Cowl!

Bandana Shorts tutorial

AND a shout out to those who joined The Sampler Girl Podcast Group on Ravelry in JUNE!
apxstitch - Angela in Canada
Buzzedangel - Angie in Australia
cleverchook - Monica in Australia
dambird - ? in California
EweCreekCottage - ReNae in Texas
franciscangypsy - Tahlia in VA (cohost of Pen Hook Needles podcast)
Jas330 - Jasmyn in Washington
knitter32 - Betty in somewhere in the USA
knoele - ? in California
littleforker - Denise in Wisconsin
MamaMustKind - Hind in California
MaryKathrynP - Mary Kathryn in Colorado
NewfieCatt - Catt in Canada
Pamellaknits - Pam in California
PurlCrafty - in North Carolina
sandraic - Sandra from Canada
SookieSachs - Sacharissa in the USA
TraceyGH - ?

Thank you for watching and happy knitting!

07 July 2014

o r a n g e

At the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this year, I bought two skeins of yarn by Dragonfly Fibers. Recently I proclaimed one of them: Damsel, Pumpkinhead to be worked up into this shawl design. I'm not normally an orange person, whatever that really means but you understand me, but this color is gorgeous!! My youngest insisted on helping me cake up the yarn ~ what a fun chore, eh? We were at my mom's and her swift is a dream. It sure is faster than my winding-yarn-around-ladderback-chair-method and Z had a grand time.

While waiting for the fireworks to begin on the 4th of July, I knit on it more and with every row, I fall in love with the orange. The pattern is by Heather Laws.

Happy Monday!