3 up 2 down
As we head into the last day of eventing.
It was a talented deep field of competitors.
One teammate starting the week on injured reserve but coming off the bench to finish strong.
But as the period wore down tonight three players were looking ragged and sickly.
Let us raise our heads and cheer the noble team from Marchville on in the quest to bring home the “Final Week of School-First Week of New Job for Mister-First Week adjusting to New Daycare Place-While fighting Off Nasty Summer Cold” CUP
We may not look pretty at the finish line, but by golly, we will have made it and not lost or accidentally over medicated anyone in the process.
Look out July
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I’ve finally been able to hold onto a few cowls that I’ve knitted over the past few months. usually I’ve knitted them, received compliments on them and then given them away to the flatterers.
This first one was a really quick knit I read about here the pattern is Schmatta and it’s so warm & toasty. I finished it off with some white mis-matched vintage buttons from my button bowl given to me by a dear friend (thanks Tracy!).
This is me goofing around trying to get a shot of me in the cowl but not very successfully!
I really need to wait til there is another photographer in the house besides the dog & lizard.
Next up: The Crofter’s Cowl, my first journey into lace – oooo, ahhhh. I know! wow, and my first chart – golly so much all at once, but it was for beginners and I highly recommend this pattern by Gudrun Johnston, easy peasy.
I’m just a bit disappointed that the color way of this Kitchensink Dyeworks yarn didn’t really show through, it’s brighter in person. I guess I’l have to promise more photos.
I did a bit of Valentine’s knitting for the Monkey’s too. They each received a heart knitted from a pattern as unique as themselves.
Crafter Monkey received the red heart the pattern from HERE. Quick and easy, I knitted two and stuffed it with extra yarn from the skein.
Wee Monkey received the purple heart the pattern from HERE. Another easy pattern, I made two and stuffed it.
Monkey Boy was thrilled with the multicolored green heart – (he should be, it was a much fussier pattern than I expected) but then he is worth it! You can find the pattern HERE.
As I created each of theses hearts the days and hours before St. Valentines Day it truly made me reflect on the individuality of each of my Monkeys and how each pattern and the yarn I chose really embodied their personalities so much.
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Just because there has been lack of blogging in the past two months does not mean there has been lack of knitting. We have been pining away for snow in Western New York, yeah, I know, for most of you that read this not from around here you think Buffalo = Snow. But we have had maybe two sledding days all season. Extremely insufficient and not a good snow shoeing day yet either.
This has been good news for the Mama who has been a bit behind on the Monkey sweater front. Cold nights and hot tea have been conducive for cuddling with Monkeys, wool, good books & movies.
Monkey Boy was a bit reluctant to try on his sweater in progress, due to knitting needles still attached and then because I reached for the only other thing I could think of to help hold the pieces in place = clothes pins! Hey, they worked!
His sweater pattern is based on this one but it is heavily modified. I started it in the round from the bottom up because I hate to seam! I’m using wool yarns I’ve picked up from some local fiber festivals over the past two years that are from regional farms that were giving me very close gauges AND of course were to Monkey Boy’s tastes. Green and stripes rank extremely high on his list of requirements.
Modeling for Mama to take measurements and pictures: Not so much!
No Monkeys were harmed in this photo shoot (they rewarded with chocolate!)
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Posted in Food, Gardening, Nature, tagged autumn, family, garden, herbs, kids, Knitting, tea on November 16, 2011 |
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The cool weather has brought most of us inside snuggling under afghans drinking hot tea or cider. I look forward to this time of year: no snow (yet), cool (but not freezing), colorful (not bland greys), apple season, tea season, squash season, crock pot season, soup season, and warm woollies to bundle up in.
This autumn has been especially tasty because Crafter Monkey has been experimenting with my herbal harvest. She’s been adding a pinch of this and that to the tea-pot and come up with some wonderful combinations! My favorite tea blend so far is one part lemon balm, one part peppermint and just a pinch of stevia.
Above you can see many of the herbal tea harvest: stevia, lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, chocolate mint, horehound, catnip, lemon verbena, lemon-rose geranium and rosemary. Some of these plants will winter indoors where I’ll try really hard not to
kill them let them die over the winter months. I’ve had better luck over the years with my rosemary plants, but my limit is usually two years – fingers crossed!
All this typing about herbal tea has me in the mood to hit the favorite rocker with the tea-pot close by and some warm wool yarn on the needles…
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