16 April 2014

podcast episode 20: spring, spain, sleet ... Knit on!!!

Show Notes:
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find podcast on buzzsprout.com as well as my blog, iTunes, and a few video episodes on youtube - mainly an audio podcast ... THANK YOU to those who have left iTunes reviews - keep ‘em coming - so appreciated.

**Spring Rain KAL thru April 30, 2014
Be a member of The Sampler Girl Podcast group on Ravelry! 
Find a pattern that illustrates raindrops, thunderstorms, or water, and knit it up in colors that speak springtime to you.
Post your finished project(s) picture in the finished thread now through April 30, 2014. Winner will be selected at random to win a Ravelry pattern of $7 or under
**R is for Rabbit Freebie here on Blog

22 little clouds by Martina Behm
Easter Dishcloths

Sock Yarn Blanket

Pen, Hook and Needle
Smells like Yarn

Rob Lowe's newest book, Love Life


15 April 2014

home is best

There's something so special about home. Being home. Walking around the rooms and feeling 'at home'. Safe. Familiar. Cozy. This quote by Gladys Taber is so very sweet and one I completely agree:

"Traveling is all very well if you can get home at night. I would be willing to go around the world if I came back in time to light the candles and set the table for supper."

It's a rainy day here. Very rainy. The house is extra dear on rainy days; it shelters us from the wetness and wind. How very blessed we are to have these walls around us to protect us from the wetness. Everything is greener than green outside my window as the raindrops give nourishment to nature around my small portion of the globe.

Sometimes, most times!, my house is noisy and I know one day I'll miss all the giggles, the bantering, the questions, the loud running feet, the hollering, the n o i s e. When the boys are in school and I come home and find it alone, only the walls speak the memories, it is a comfort. A peace. Spring break this week affords a myriad of sounds so the house is a happy place. Alive and welcoming. 

What is your home like? Do you have a special spot? Is the kitchen the heart of your home? 

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Finished my cloudy with a chance of April shawl yesterday - love how it turned out! Such a cozy handknit and perfect for spring weather and coolish summer eves.

May your home, wherever it is, be a comfort in noise and solitude.

13 April 2014

a Sunday in Spring

It is a gorgeous Sunday here!! Spring is at its prettiest this weekend and I have a sprained ankle. Sucks. Really sucks. Friday was the start to this beautiful weekend weather so I dropped my youngest at school and went to the garden center for flowers - came home and began filling birdfeeders, hanging the wind chime, putting sleds away in the sled, etc … and promptly tripped on the $%#* flagstone in the backyard. Needless to say, my right ankle is still swollen. I’m admiring the pretty weather from inside … at least I’ve been knitting. Almost to the edging part of Martina Behm's design, 22 little clouds shawl. Really lovely design and I'm eager to finish it.

Tonight is episode 3 of Call the Midwife, premier of season 2 of Bletchley Circle AND season premier of Mad Men. Already claimed one of the TVs for me for the entire evening. Have a lovely week!

10 April 2014

r is for rabbit, freebie

"Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were - Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter." - Beatrix Potter.

Here's an older freebie of mine I found in some pattern files this afternoon ... enjoy!
(Click graph to enlarge)

09 April 2014

on the needles, cloudy with a chance of April

A favorite book of my younger son's is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and since I like to name my knitting projects, this one popped in my head and seemed perfect ... cloudy with a chance of April. The pattern, 22 Little Clouds, is designed by Martina Behm. I'm knitting it in Cestari Heather Collection yarn in colorway, Lilac Heather, and using size US 5 needles. I purchased this yarn last spring at the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival which is coming up next month once again!! The pattern is lovely and the yarn is a dream to work ... it is 75% cotton/25% wool. Such a pretty little shawl for spring days and coolish summer evenings.

April has been cloudy here so far with coolish days and some wicked wind but this week has been more pleasant than last. The birds are all a flutter and in constant conversation! I wonder what they chirp and twitter about. Don't you?

08 April 2014

podcast episode 19.5: windburn, Beatrix Potter & knitting in public

bzmama on IG
tanyamarie on ravelry
Shout out to JessicainMD for the iTunes review - thank you!

Spring Rain KAL 
now thru April 30, 2014
Be a member of The Sampler Girl Podcast Group on Ravelry. 
Find a pattern that illustrates raindrops, thunderstorms, or water, and knit it up in colors that speak springtime to you. Post your finished project(s) picture in the finished thread now through April 30, 2014. Winner will be selected at random to win a Ravelry pattern of $7 or under.

--shawl test knit for Elizabeth of Dark Matter Knits Podcast
-- my piece of Norway - scarf pattern is from Kiparoo Farm Studio (purchased at Maryland Sheep & Wool last spring) - using 3 skeins Sandes Garn Tresko, blue/black stripe, size US 11 needles
-- Cloudy with a chance of April - shawl pattern called 22 little clouds by Martina Behm, entering it in Karen of Stash.less Podcast) rav group April KAL - using Heather Colection Cestari yarn - purchased at Maryland Sheep & Wool last spring), Lilac Heather colorway - 75% cotton, 25% wool - needles size US 5 - also adding this to my KAL for the group!

-- Mizzle hat by Patricia Martin - Entered this in Denae’s April KAL / denknits podcast
-- Puzzle Piece Cloths, free download by Courtney Aten - entered these dishcloths in Emily’s fibretown Podcast KAL for Autism Awareness. Used cotton yarn in colors, red, purple and orange - size US 6 needles.

The Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton

With pomp, power & glory
the world beckons vainly,
In chase of such vanities
Why should I roam?
While peace & content bless my
little thatched cottage,
And warm my own hearth
with the treasures of home.
-Beatrix Potter

“ I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It's good for them.” Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot

03 April 2014

Spring cut

I have always hated getting my hair cut. Because I never know if I'll like it afterwards. In my experience going to hair salons galore, even the same stylist in the past, cutting naturally curly hair is a mystery although they think they know what they're doing and have every hair product under the moon to help them do this. 

So today I couldn't take it anymore. I had to get my annual Spring haircut. I'm hormonal this week and wasn't crying when I left, so all's good. She cut off 4 inches and now I see more gray hairs at the temples but at least there's volume again when the weight of the hair decreased. I had her blow dry it straight and wavy. 

When I asked my oldest after school what he thought, he said 'nice scarf'. Men! Off to make dinner ... some things never change :)