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.

16 September 2014

podcast episode 34: Why did it take me so long to knit a hitchhiker?


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Lacy Baktus  /  436 yards Plymouth Yarn Company Worsted Merino Superwash Kettle Dyed, colorway #1005 / size US 7 needles

Strib Hat / Red Heart with Love Solid in colors, Iced Aqua and Mango, size US 6 needles / for Daniela’s Caffeinated Knitting Podcast group’s KAL: hatsforkiddos
Hitchhiker / Purl Essence Sincerely Solid (332 yards on each skein), Charcoal Grey and Oatmeal Heather colors / + Tempting Ewe Yarns Ewe So Wooly Worsted, River Rocks colorway for accent / size US 8 needles

Sock Yarn Blanket / Knitted Patchwork Recipe / design by Martine Ellis

Hallows Eve aka TGV (high speed knitting) Shawl / size US 6 needles, Imperial Yarn Tracie Too Sport in colors, Autumn Rust and Pearl Gray (395 yards on each)

NEW Things
Chatsworth House Project Bag from Kay/Bakery Bears Podcast
Gourmet Stash fluff
Outlander yarns by KnitsomniacDesigns on etsy / gift from Mom!
tea themed project bag from Chicken Soup Designs on etsy / gift from Mom!
Fabric napkins sewn into valance.

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Ravelry Group NEWS

200 Member GIVEAWAY
Ravelry pattern $7 or under of your choice

Outlander KAL concludes September 30, 2014
Self striping sock yarn, Outlander inspired called Jamie’s Kilt!, from Berry Colorful Yarnings

*Music Credit: Ingrid Michaelson, Over the Rainbow

09 September 2014

purrrfect day for sewing

Recently, I purchased a set of 4 large fabric napkins in the sweetest bird theme. In a home of boys, we normally use paper napkins although I do have a collection of fabric ones to bring out when the mood strikes and the meal isn't too messy. I knew I wanted to do something with this fabric and deemed 3 of them ideal for making a simple valance at the entry of my kitchen! This morning the sky was overcast and it was a great chance to sew them up. I had the tension rod in the doorway for the valance for about a week or so now so I gathered it was high time to get the sewing machine out.

After sewing 3 together, I sewed a little pocket along the top to be inserted into the tension rod for hanging. Fun! And my sewing assistant was purrrfectly no help whatsoever. lol


Have you sewn anything lately?

08 September 2014

Monday, I think it's Monday, yes, it's Monday.

The week-end zoomed by too fast, especially to my 7 yr old's liking upon wakey time this morning. Thankfully there's another one coming up at the end of Friday! Friday seems quite a ways away though. Monday morning and it's a drizzly, grey one here. Grace is balancing herself on the top of the loveseat as she tries to spy on a few birds flitting about. I think her naptime will beckon her soon. Weekdays are now busy for her keeping track of everyone getting out the door to work and school at different times and then come afternoon, they trickle back at different hours which she likes to keep track unless another nap is in process. I've laundry in the washer and a dishwasher that needs tending. Quiet is nice. Golden, actually. During laundry loads, I knit on my lacy baktus. And pet a purring kitty.

~Hope your Monday is a sweet one~

05 September 2014

podcast episode 33: the quiet house resumes and Mommy OCD


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~pattern win from Heidi’s podcast group, Undead Yarn - I chose Hogwarts Express
~lovesockwool project bag / shop on etsy

(girl) baby hat gift / (pattern same as one I knit for Z's winter hat recently) / Adriafil Knitcol colorway #44, size US 4 needles

a merry knit aka Wrap to Go / Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, Red / size US 9 needles

Hallows Eve aka TGV (high speed knitting) Shawl by Susan Ashcroft / size US 6 needles, Imperial Yarn Tracie Too Sport in colors, Autumn Rust and Pearl Gray

Lacy Baktus /  Plymouth Yarn Company Worsted Merino Superwash Kettle Dyed colorway #1005 / size US 7 needles

Please check the thread in group for details on your prizes and PM me with your mailing address and I will send them out!


OUTLANDER KAL ends September 30th / Prize to be determined

Dirty read from Moms’ Night Out and other things I miss ... Devotions to Help you Survive by Kerri Pomarolli
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Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galations 1:10

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!
bzmama on IG
tanyamarie on ravelry
The Sampler Girl on Facebook
thesamplergirl on Twitter
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.