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.

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!

02 July 2014

summer shawl

Last month I knit Just Knit It by Susan Ashcroft; I used Lion Brand cotton ease yarns in colors, Violet and Stone as well as Neighborhood Fiber Company's Beltway Bulky in colors, Hampden and Lauraville. I had a smidgen of artsy-type yarn left called Gypsy Garden by Knit Collage which I incorporated as well. (Need more of this stuff!!!) It turned out ideal for summertime wearing and I really love how the different yarn textures create the finished look and feel. Blending different yarns was such fun with this project that I'm sure to try it again. Yarn art rocks!!

Happy Wednesday!

01 July 2014

bandana shorts, again!

For several summers now I've made bandana shorts for my boys. My biggest boy is too big for these fun shorts unless I patchwork some bandanas together ... maybe next year! ... but in the meanwhile, my youngest enjoys wearing them still. The tutorial can be found here. 

Here are a few pictures from bandana shorts through the summers ...beginning with the pair I made last week for Zack. They turned out so fun -- it's a special part of summertime, sewing these sweet little pants and I'll miss the summer when he can't wear them anymore.

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