Day 31

At long last, it’s the last day of Blogtoberfest!  Overall, I enjoyed the challenge of blogging every day for a month.  It pushed me to keep knitting, buying yarn, and thinking of post ideas.  While I didn’t venture as far outside my blogging box as I thought I might, I’m satisfied with this month’s content.  There were a lot of fun new experiences, plenty of knitting, and a few silly posts thrown in for good measure.  I’m sure that now it’s over I’ll crash a bit and have a period of silence.  The next post will come when I feel like I have something to say or show, not when I feel I should.

Thank you for joining me on this experiment.  I hope you’ll stick around to see what’s comes next in knitting and in life!

For now, I’ll leave you with a photo of our first fire of the season.


Have a great weekend!

Day 30

Friday Fill Ins, The Day Before Halloween Edition!


1. It was a dark and stormy night, and the motion-detector lights kept turning on outside.

2. No one wanted an entire stack of knitting books, so I offered to take the books myself.

3. Rushing out, I almost forgot to grab something hand-knit to keep me warm.

4. Yikes…I think I heard a howl from my craft room!

5. Shhhh… Big Martha is sleeping, and you know what they say about letting sleeping dogs lie.

6. I haven’t had any candy all day… give me something good to eat!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a Halloween Party, tomorrow my plans include watching a scary movie and handing out treats and Sunday, I want to go to Stitch ‘n Bitch!

Day 27

A knitter’s baby shower brings out the generosity of other crafters, I tell you.  There were handmade gifts all over the place exhibiting the mad skills of sewers and knitters alike.  I am overwhelmed with the thought and time that went into these gifts and would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you.  I can’t wait to put these to good use!


Baby Surprise Jacket from Archiknist



Baby socks from Pixisis. There were 4…




Hearts & Squares Blanket from Pixisis


And lets not forget about our friends with sewing machines:



Plush Alphabets from Jennsquared (her photo too)




Flannel sleep sacks from Sweetie’s mom

There is something so special about wrapping the ones you love in something handmade.  I feel great comfort and satisfaction knowing that what I’ve knit will be keeping someone warm and cozy.  And while I’ve received hand knits and sewing creations before, these baby items are overwhelming me.  Maybe it’s the hormones, or the fact that I understand what goes into making these things, but I am truly at a loss for words.  Wow.  Again, thank you so much!




Day 23

Friday Fill Ins

1. The crickets sing, and in the morning they start coming into the house because it’s cold outside!  Along with a large number of ladybugs and spiders!

2. Be kind and leave things better than you found them, wherever you are.

3. I want to get far away from the inconsiderate people in my daily life.

4. We sailed around the world as a family; this was a dream.

5. But as for me I get seasick, so this will probably remain a dream!

6. The small town I come from is known as the Trout Capitol of the World!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to the movies with Sweetie and my sister, tomorrow my plans include a celebration with family & friends, and Sunday, I want to make pumpkin pancakes!

Have a great weekend!

Day 22

I spotted this sweet baby bonnet in a booth at Rhinebeck, casually mixed in among a bunch of handknits.  There was no identifying information with the hat to indicate what pattern (if any) it came from.  So I ask you, fellow knitters:

What hat is this?


The red heart goes on the back, there are ties, and the whole thing is garter stitch… Help!  I want to make this!

Day 20

The Rhinebeck goodies are home, loaded into my Ravelry stash, and put safely away in my yarn cupboard.

While it wasn’t my intention to be so restrained in my purchases, it just turned out that way.  I blame the crowded booths and my cloudy brain; the two conspired against me and I was nearly incapable of making decisions!  That said, I love what I bought.  Wanna see?

The loot:


Briar Rose Fibers Josephine

IMG_1737Creatively Dyed Yarn in Silicon

IMG_1738Socks That Rock medium weight in Lenore

And for the non-yarn goodies, my favorite new project bag from Stitched by JessaLu.  Not only is the fabric on the outside awesome, it’s lined with an orange and white polka dot pattern.  And there’s a bumblebee stitch marker on the zipper pull.  Love these little details!


I also bought a button and a ceramic shawl pin from Briar Rose Fibers.  The rest of my money and attention went toward trying some delicious vittles from the vendors.  I mentioned the fried artichoke hearts yesterday.  I think I might have to try making these at home with garlic, bread crumbs, olive oil, and parmesan cheese; in the words of The Contessa, “How bad can that be?”

So I have some new goodies and lots of ideas to play around with.  That has me motivated to finish up a couple of small projects I have on the needles asap!  Which is good news for you as it means some finished objects coming soon.  Stay tuned.

Day 19

I’m feeling a bit speechless about my Rhinebeck 09 experience this morning.  All I can really come up with are snippets, moments, and snapshots from the weekend to share.

  • It was cold, but not as cold or wet as we were all expecting.
  • It was crowded, and I had to shield the belly from a few eager festival-goers as they hurried toward the goodies.
  • Standing in line for the fried artichokes was totally worth it.  I got the “French” preparation.


  • I saw a couple of bloggers I like but didn’t introduce myself.
  • Had a great time walking around with my friend Striped Socks and her mom.  They are excellent shoppers, and I had to restrain myself from sneaking a few of their skeins into my bag when they weren’t looking!


  • We had our Verity hats photographed by Pinneguri.  She put together a gorgeous mosaic of Rhinebeck hats here.
  • Enjoyed seeing the multiple layers of knits most people had on.  I noticed a lot of vibrant colorwork projects this year and am now thinking of making Selbu Modern.
  • Met Ysolda Teague.  She reached out and petted my Ishbel, so I took that as an invitation to talk!
Ysolda as Bob.  She knit that in a week!

Ysolda as Bob. She knit that in a week!

  • Ate my first pumpkin pie of the season.
  • Only bought 3 skeins of yarn as a result of being indecisive and overwhelmed by the throngs of people.


  • Met some great people at the Ravelry party, and saw some old friends there as well.  Got a goody bag!

It’s always exciting and comforting to be surround by your People, people who get what you like to do and understand what it’s like to be a part of that unique little world.  In my experience, Rhinebeck is the ultimate gathering place for these People who like yarn and wool, spinning, crochet, and knitting, sheep, alpaca, and Border collies…  No one asks why you knit, or judges how you buy your fiber.  We’re all there to revel in the goodness together, connect with other people who like the same things as us, and be inspired by it all.  Anytime I get to spend like that is a good time.

Day 16

Friday Fill In #2

1. So are we going to have more snow this weekend?

2. Uncertainty is what’s up ahead.

3. I love to read an entire book in one day.

4. I seem to always be craving a carbohydrate of some sort.  I may give birth to a baked potato instead of a baby.

5. I walk a fine line between relaxed and lazy, some days.

6. Squirt is the true elixir of life!  Wish we could get it here on the East Coast.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Ladies Night In with friends, tomorrow my plans include going to Rhinebeck and Sunday, I want to relax with Sweetie!

Day 15

Halfway there!!!

I’m not going to lie: this blogging every day thing is a little bit tough. It is a true challenge to write everyday, let alone keep writing something that you’d like to share with others on a knitting blog! I have been knitting more in order to pad the content a little. I’ve also been thinking about what else I may like to write (or knit) in the next two weeks, which is fun.  And up to this point, I’ve been proud of the fact that I haven’t used too many easy outs yet…

And then on a day like today where there really isn’t much to say, I think I’ll take an easy out.  Some randomenss:

  • If you’re in need of a smile, pop on over to Wife of Brian. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Anyone heading over to Rhinebeck in a couple of days? I am too! Not sure what knitted goods I’ll be wearing yet, but there will be an identifiable Ravelry pin or two stuck to me. Come say hi–I’d love to meet you in person!
  • Cast on 2 new projects this morning, frogged an old one, and deliberately ignored another.  May rip out one of two new projects before the day is over.
  • Stuffed a tote bag full of yarn that needs a new home.  Hoping to make it to knitting night tonight to pass it along.
  • Heading out to lunch with Sweetie in a little bit, then off to the tile store to pick out our new backsplash.  Any tiling tips?  We’re complete novices.

Hope you have a great day today!