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 August 2014

Mom's Tan House Brook Shawl!

If you've been following my podcast lately, then you know my Mom and I were doing a knitalong this summer. Mine was an epic fail and Mom's Tan House Brook Shawl is stellar - gorgeous - masterpiece - beautiful ... well, look for yourself!

The two bottom pictures show the yellow colorway very well - oh, it's sooooo pretty! She used Neighborhood Fiber Co's Studio Sock yarn in colorway Penn North.
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Happy Friday!

28 August 2014

podcast episode 32: weaving in the ends/ bye to summer!

Show Notes!
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the sampler girl on YouTube - a few video episodes there

Join the Ravelry Group! Current KALs: Summer Cotton & Classic Movie KAL / Outlander KAL

Off the Needles!
Z’s Winter Hat, design from Knitting Addiction in Kitty Hawk, NC / Plymouth Yarn Encore (Worsted self striping) in color #7514, size US 6 needles

Tan House Brook Shawl / Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock, Winter Woods, size US 6 needles = epic fail project

The Triangle / Undead Yarn fingering, Jaws Tonal / size US 6 needles

Blanket Square for Dan of Bakery Bears podcast / Berroco Vintage, light grey, size US 4 needles

Outlander Cowl / 1 skein 436 yards Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash Kettle Dyed, Deep Purple, size US 9 needles

On the Needles!
Wrap to Go / Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Red / size US 10 needles

The Sampler Girl Cooks
Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Diner Meatloaf Muffins (I used shredded carrots)

Recipe: Mama’s Curried Chicken 
Prepare desired amount of chicken depending on your meal headcount!
Season skinless, boneless chicken breasts (and/or thighs with bone) with salt and black pepper. Roll in flour and fry both sides until brown in electric skillet (set to 350 degrees) for even cooking.

Place chicken pieces in roasting pan in a 300 degree oven to keep warm, as batches are browned. Meanwhile, chop up onion. Saute onion until transparent. Scrape to side and sprinkle 1/2 cup flour in, stir until it browns. Once brown, add 1/2 cup water. Stir and add 1 Tablespoon + (or as much as your liking) and stir. Add garlic.

Bring out roasting pan and pour the curry sauce/gravy over chicken. Cover and return to a 325 degree oven for at least 30 minutes to make certain meat is cooked through. Sometimes it takes up to an hour ... depending on amount of chicken. Keep in mind that you will have to add more flour and/or water to make more gravy to cover the amount of chicken you fix.

MUST be served over rice with heaps of raisin and peanuts ontop. Sweet green peas and rolls are our favorite sides.

Ending Thought.
Summer recap / passage on memory by Gladys Taber

25 August 2014

happy b l u e

Finished knitting a The Triangle using Undead Yarn in fingering, Jaws Tonal. It's a nice shawlette size as well as ideal for a fun head kerchief. One more week till the boys go back to school. How fast the summer goes but I think I am finally ready for Autumn days.

19 August 2014

savoring it before it's gone

Yesterday I took the boys to a favorite spot on the Chesapeake Bay. It was ideal weather if not a bit humid. We spent several hours just lolling around and I couldn't help but think how fast these childhood AND teen days go by. Having boys, ages 7 and 15, is a challenge. For me. It's been a daily struggle to find a balance in things that they both want to do, places they both want to go, activities they both will agree on ... and what I've learned this summer ... there are very, very few things they both want to do together. 

And why should they? They're several years apart in age ... at different points on the childhood line graph. However, they're brothers - they do love hanging out with each other, most days, and for that I am grateful. The summers of strolling the little one around in the umbrella stroller while the bigger one does all the talking and discovering are over. I have to face it. This might be the hardest summertime for me to learn some mommy lessons. It's healthy for each of them to have their own activities and such, apart from the other, of course! It's just tough in summer when the three of us are home and I can only take them in the house for so long because we all know how that goes ... it's called the video game zone. And I so don't like how that default works.

The 2nd grader still enjoys coloring, painting rocks, going to the library (all the time), playing with play doh, making blanket forts, legos, reading, cleaning his room, imagination galore ... the "I'm bored" phrase pops up now and again certainly.

The 10th grader enjoys doing nothing. Really. Texting, sleeping, eating, texting, staying away from the library and any and all big excursions that don't afford an outlet for the phone to be charged so yea, I'm sure you see the big picture now. 

It's a battle for me to keep the 7yr old in his 7yr old life and the 15yr old to advance in his. Know what I mean? School begins after Labor Day here and then the routines will resume. It will be good for each of us, I know. Mothering is tough as it is and when the children age into those teenage years, it's fragile on the mommy heart. That's how it is for me.

So when I get small glimpses of just being with my boys in whatever we're doing, I thank God for the beauty of the time. Their preciousness. That moment. Drinking it all up. Even if they aren't. Mom is. This picture I took yesterday sums it up pretty well.

17 August 2014

s u n d a y, here

It’s humid today - cloudy and well, my hair’s barometer says it’s 1000% curly. lol I filled in for someone at children’s worship this morning where we had 19 kids! It was like the Dugger’s family headcount. lol (If you’re familiar with that show!) The ages range from 3-10 and it was a fun group but I’m always wiped after leading that. My lesson was on the ocean so I took a beach story and some shells and they did a simple craft about Jesus healing their hearts when they’re sad by putting a bandaid on the paper heart. Someone broke 1 of the 2 shells I took but really, am I surprised? Zack was mighty upset though and told me not to take shells there again. Ha!

My hubby and oldest are off with some friends so it’s been Z and myself solo today. We lunched out and that’s always fun together - just the 2 of us. Thankfully, he likes loaded potato skins for an appetizer so I didn’t have to scarf down the entire plate. Came home to a sleeping kitty (she woke me up very early this morning by climbing the bedroom curtain - no joke!) and some laundry to do. We’re off for a day trip tomorrow and I won’t get it done so I’m a day early. or a few days behind with it - either way, it’s finally getting clean! Folded and put away? Maybe!

Finally about to settle down on the couch with my cold ice water and my knitting. Working busily on the Outlander Cowl and it’s going fast - love it. The kettle dyed yarn is a dream to work. Of course my brain is tinkering away at what I’ll knit next.

Hope your Sunday is a pleasant one. God loves you and has BIG plans in store. Be in prayer with him to find out what's next. I am.

12 August 2014

podcast episode 31: always knitting

bzmama on IG
tanyamarie on ravelry
The Sampler Girl on Facebook
thesamplergirl on Twitter
the sampler girl on YouTube (a few episodes here)

Just Knit It Shawl / Design by Susan Ashcroft /  knit in 2 balls Noro Obi, colorway #5, size 8 US needles

Outlander Cowl Design by Andee Fagan / knitting in 1 skein Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash Kettle Dyed, colorway ?, size 9 US needles
--pocket jamie printout to keep me company whilst knitting!

Tan House Brook Shawl Design by Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studio podcast / knitting in 1 skein / Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock, colorway Winter Woods, size 6 US needles ... KAL with my Mom! She's knitting hers in Neighborhoo Fiber Co's Studio Sock, colorway Penn North.

NEW Things!
fibrespace, Alexandria, VA, yarn!

Knitting Addiction, Kitty Hawk, NC / yarns!
Jennette's Pier, Nags Head, NC / beach purse
Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC - Queen Elizabeth I mega-sized coffee mug

Ravelry Group NEWS
Summer Cotton & Classic Movies KAL - concludes August 31
Outlander KAL - August 1 - September 30
(Knit something you think embraces this series of books by Diana Gabaldon.  (fingerless mitts, hat, shawl, vest, socks - anything!) Read the book(s) or watch the Outlander series with us!)

The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
China Dolls by Lisa See

Italian Crescent Casserole recipe

Knitworthy Podcast
Instagram pals

"Women need solitude in order to find the true essence of themselves." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
my own piece of solitude while away

*Music Credit: Ingrid Michaelson, Over the Rainbow

11 August 2014

Elizabethan Gardens

While at the beach, my guys explored The Lost Colony and I spent a very humid (oh you have no idea how humid!) morning walking through the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC. We've vacationed at the Outer Banks for several summers now and I had never toured this haven of garden bliss. It will certainly be a place to put in the rotation every trip there next. Here are some pictures from my morning of quiet to share with you ... wishing you some time of peace in this busy day.

Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. She reigned from 1558 to her death in 1603.
Happy Monday!