Carry On

Happy Monday to you all!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are settling in nicely to a new week. Can you believe we’re into the last full week of July? I’m already looking forward to fall and the cooler weather. Our summer here has been brutally hot and dry.

Our poor grass has gone rather brown and crunchy. Our yards and crops are all in desperate need of a good drink. I did a little happy dance last week when I saw this coming our way.

It didn’t bring much, but any amount of rain is good rain at this point. Despite that bit of rain, I’ve been staying indoors to avoid the burning sun while my burn recovers. I’m in my last healing stage so hopefully by my next post I’ll be all back to normal! I’ve been baking and cooking up a storm while working on my yarny endeavors. Simply put, SugarFreeMom is a brilliant website and I’ve made loads of yummy dishes from her recipes.

Delicious lasagna roll-ups and mini zucchini quiches both from Brenda’s site.

Fresh zucchini, corn on the cob, green beans, new potatoes. So many delicious veggies to acquire at the farmers’ market. The fruit is starting to appear, which makes me smile! I will admit though that I am most looking forward to when the apples and all of the apple products start showing. Homemade apple butter and hot spiced cider welcome the fall season!

While not in the kitchen, I’ve been working away on a few different things. First of all I finished my cowl!

For my life I couldn’t get a good picture of it on. Each one I tried to take turned out fuzzy. Once that was finished, I started a new ruffly scarf with the new yarn I bought last week.

As I mentioned a month or so ago, the local craft fair was cancelled for this year. Despite that upsetting news, I like to keep knitting/crocheting up things I can sell at the fair. I can’t complain about having more stuff stocked away! I’ve also been working on more teeny caps for Lucy and her donation.

This set was pink. The next will be blue!

I have such a hard time believing that the little ones as designed for the pattern will actually fit the babies. They seem so very very tiny! I’ve been altering the pattern a bit to come up with different sizes in the different colors so that way the hospital can just chose whatever size fits!

Alright. I’m off to start dinner (yet a new recipe!) and work some more on the ruffly scarf. I hope you all enjoy the week and I’ll talk to you all next time!

~Lacey

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Normal Life Has Resumed

Hello To You All!

Ah. My fridge is restocked, my house is clean, laundry is caught up on, and the storm is a far away memory. We’ve gotten a little bit of steady rain and the temperatures have dropped down a little to a more bearable level. In response, my hollyhock bushes have bloomed 🙂

I think the purple ones are my favorites.

When my sister and I were little, our mom taught us how to make little “dolls” out of the flowers and buds of hollyhock bushes. Every time I see those lovely flowers I think of her.

I did manage to get an impressive sunburn when out enjoying the weather. The swim suit lines are still quite distinct. Ouch!

Needless to say I’ll be glad when that mess has healed. One more result of the weather has been an interesting visitor that somehow managed its way into my house. Mina discovered this guy trying to crawl up through the grate into the house from the cellar.

I have NEVER seen a slug that big or with that kind of design around here before. It was a good 5 inches long at least from nose to tail. Buh!

Ok, enough of the weather. Yarn! Oh how I love my knitty escapes ^_^ During the bout living with Donna and Keith, I started a new project with the ball of yarn left over from the sequin scarf. I didn’t have much time to work on it when we returned home, but now that things have gone back to normal I’ve been able to work on it again.

I decided to try a cowl  and I’m liking it so far. It has a high enough wool content I’m going to try to give it a good blocking when it’s done to give it a better drape. I messed up the pattern a bit and my stitch pattern is going straight up and down instead of at a diagonal, but oh well! For my first cowl I’m content with it.

I’ve also started something new! My friend Lucy over at In The Sky has started a charity project collecting hats for premature babies to donate to the local hospital. Not only was it a great idea, I realized that almost all of my friends were born premature! I started my own little collection of preemie caps to send to her and her generous cause.

I have a bunch of “baby yarn” stashed away in a few different colors and this was the perfect opportunity to do something. They take only 10-15 minutes to whip up via crochet so I imagine my tiny pile will grow quickly and soon!

Despite my claim to be on a yarn diet, I couldn’t resist a couple of purchases when I earned a little extra money helping one of my friends clean this past week and I also received a mailer from Jo-Ann’s containing a ton of 50% off coupons. Can you blame me?

I’ve been wanting to buy some more of this ruffle yarn to create more scarves to sell! Not to mention I want to have a few more color options for Donna. The same dear lady that housed me for a while was the same one who suggested these scarves to me. When I made my first one, she absolutely adored it. I decided that once I had a few more colors I would give her whichever one she wanted. They work up relatively quickly so I hope I can give her one here soon.

I’ve also decided on what yarn I want to use when I start my socks. I’ve got such a bad case of startitis!


I’m going to finish my cowl before I start the socks or I’ll lose track of everything I’m trying to do. I’ve also been watching a couple of videos about how to do cabling. I’m so excited to give it a go! It looks much easier than I anticipated and I’ll be able to scratch another goal off of my list for this year 🙂 I’m waiting to start a cable project as well. I’m hoping it won’t have to wait too long!

I hope you all have a wonderful week full of achievement and happiness. Follow Mina’s example and keep cool and relax!

~Lacey & Mina

MY ELECTRICITY IS BACK!! HUZZAH!!

I hope you’ll pardon my long post. I must tell my story of the past few days on top of my now seemingly unimportant yarn accomplishment.

As I mentioned, my part of the county experienced a ridiculously harsh storm last Friday, June 29. I’ve seen some notable storms around here where flooding has occurred and I’ve seen the occasional tree down, but this has been the most damaging storm I’ve seen. It was like we had our own mini version of hurricane Debby up here in Ohio! The ride home from work was delayed due to the severity of the wind and rain. There were countless substantial limbs and/or whole trees were down by the time I arrived at home; I stopped counting once I hit fifty. My own street (one of the busiest streets in my city) looked like it had been torn to bits. My own house had major branches weighing down the power lines, but I doubt that was the only reason my electricity was out. The whole city was out of power! Ours was out for a 6 days, roughly 143 hours. Needless to say, food kept in refrigerators was all spoiled and everyone was trying desperately to keep themselves cool as we have been in the midst of an intense heat wave (95-105 degrees Fahrenheit).

My poor power lines being weighed down by that big old branch.

Debris was everywhere, power lines were flung willy-nilly, and homes and cars alike were the victims of fallen trees.  A whole tree tore up the sidewalk in front of my neighbor’s house and landed on their car and blocked the street.

A bulldozer eventually came to lift the tree off the poor car.

God bless Donna and Keith from our church as they housed Bryon and me while we waited for power to return to our house. Their little farm was quite homey! I got to spend some time petting the velvet noses of their horses.

Meet Remington & Montana!

The barn cats were always following us around.

The snuggly Domino

The ever fluffy Tiggy

And the lake was full of fish (and pond weed) to catch.

Can you see the little fish amidst the pond weed?

Bryon spent some time helping Keith clean up the storm mess around the property while I helped Donna around the house and in the kitchen. We enjoyed some fresh green beans from their garden as well as some of their yummy black berries!

Ok, I had to share that. Now for the much anticipated bit of yarny business! For those of you who have been following me for awhile know I made a list of goals for the year. One of my goals was to knit a proper sock. I had knit up a sock on a loom before, but I wasn’t impressed and it felt like cheating. I didn’t care if I only managed to get one lone sock done by the end, but if it was done following a pattern and on double points I would be happy. And you know what?

TAA-DAA!!!! I am so proud 😀 I won’t deceive you though. It’s a very tiny sock.

In my last order from The Loopy Ewe, they included a free treat: instructions and a teeny ball of red yarn; enough to make a single sock. I knit it a bit tight but I truly enjoyed the whole process. It’s wonderfully stretchy too, unlike my loom sock. It was also much easier than I expected and I’m excited to start a proper Lacey-sized sock! I have some yarn saved up for such an occasion and you bet you can expect to hear about me starting some real socks here soon!

Thanks for reading my ramblings and I hope to get back into my normal routine this weekend! There is much cleaning to be done in the kitchen (our fridge is not something I am looking forward ), piles of laundry to do, and a very happy Mina cat that needs extra cuddles.

Napping peacefully under her daddy’s blanket.

I want to extend an extra special thanks to those of you who sent your thoughts and prayers to my little part of the world. God bless!

~Lacey, Bryon, and Mina

Sigh…

Sorry again for the delay everyone. I’m popping in really fast from my computer here at work where I actually have internet access. My city was one of many ravaged by damaging storms that hit the Eastern U.S. last week and I am still without any electricity at home. We’re already into day 4 without power. I have a post ready for you all as soon as normal life resumes! I am thankful we escaped having a tree fall onto our house or cars and only had one fall on our power lines. Please keep the others around me who weren’t as fortunate in your thoughts and prayers.

~Lacey

Anticipation

Hellu! I know I missed my post yesterday. I blame that on the fact I was spending my evening with Alethia and Cassie, finding overdue girly time to be a bit more important than spending an evening on the computer. I hope you understand! I’m popping by shortly to say that I have a very exciting (at least to me) post coming up this weekend! My only hint is that I will be fulfilling one of my goals for the year 2012! Huzzah!

~Lacey

Father’s Day and Chugging Along

Hellu Everyone!

Sorry to abandon you all last week. I’ve been going through a challenging time lately and I just couldn’t bring myself to think of anything worth while to write. This week honestly hasn’t been any better, but I at least have a few things worth sharing!

Bryon and I had a lot of fun escaping our house to spend some time visiting with some new friends from church. The whole family of our friends plus us gathered at their place this past Friday to play some volleyball, which was both fun and entertaining 🙂 Bryon and Chad continued to play even after the sun set and the rest of us sat down to rest.


I also got over to my parent’s place to finally get a picture of the little glass panel I got her for Mother’s Day!

It’s situated nicely on the wall in her craft room (formerly my sister’s bedroom). I must admit I’m very jealous of her having a whole room suited to hobby!

To top off the weekend was Father’s Day! We surprised my dad by having the whole clan plus (mom, dad, me and my husband, my sister and her husband, my brother, my dad’s dad, and my dad’s brother and his wife) meet at a special little restaurant up in Columbus for lunch. Thurman’s Cafe is a little hole-in-the-wall joint known for its burgers and has even been featured on Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel. After much waiting and eager anticipation for the food we’d heard so much about, our sandwiches arrived. Dad and Cameron (my brother) decided they were man enough to order the Thurmantor, which is monstrous. The rest of us kids ordered regular Thurman burgers. Every burger is 12 ounces of beef. A standard Thurman comes with the beef patty, 4 ounces of ham, mozzarella cheese, American cheese, lettuce, mushrooms, sautéed onions, tomato, pickles, banana peppers and mayo. The Thurmanator has, in addition to everything I just listed, a second burger and a heap of bacon! There’s a disturbing sense of pride when I say everyone at the “kids” table cleaned our plates.

Here is a glimpse of Cam’s Thurmanator on the left and Sara’s Thurman burger on the right.

The wait was outrageous as we expected but the food was MARVELOUS. Splendid flavor. If you’re ever in the Columbus area, love burgers, and have time to wait on a table, I highly suggest you give it a try!

On to the yarn front! I finished my sequin scarf 🙂 I adore the shine and self striping aspect of the yarn!

A couple posts ago I mentioned that I had bought from handmade soaps from The Loopy Ewe and I finally got around to making a cotton sack for it today. Unlike the last one I made, this one was 100% cotton from some leftover cotton I had when I first learned to knit.


I’m curious to see how it works in the shower as opposed to the cotton blend I used before. My last project I’ve been working on lately has been those arm warmers. I’m still on the first one, but it’s shaping up nicely.


Like I said, the shape is nice, but unfortunately I thought I’d try to be crafty. I wanted to put a little diamond design on the top and what I thought would be the top no longer seems to be the top since I’ve started the thumb gusset. Oh well. The way it’s going, I might be able to wrangle it around so that this is for the left arm instead of the right. The thumb seems to worked its way around amidst all of the decreases and increases. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers and let’s hope for a good week all around!

~Lacey

 

Pass

I’m just going to stop by really quick to say I’ll see you all next weekend. This past week has been a trying one so I don’t have much to share with you. I hope to have pretty and happy things to share with you next time! In closing I will share with you an applicable comic from Sheldon by the talented Dave Kellet.

I’m off to curl up on the couch with my knitting and some comfort food while I watch The Fellowship of the Ring. See you next week!

Summer Begins

Well everyone, it’s official. Memorial Day has come and gone, all graduations around here are over, and the lightning bugs (or fireflies if you prefer) have begun lighting up the night. Summer is here! The weather is sunny and there are almost always puffy white clouds in the sky. I love how Ohio looks this time of year!

A nearby farm.

A road I love to drive down. So much green!

I’ve begun visiting the farmer’s market again now that my Saturday mornings are void of graduations, bridal showers, and the like. It was GORGEOUS this past Saturday and I spent quite a bit of time visiting the booths of both the artists and the farmers. I deeply admire crafty skills and I had to share pictures of these particular birdhouses.


These hollow gourds turned birdhouse were beautifully etched and I would have liked to have bought one. I had just bought a pretty frame of stained glass from another vendor though and I needed to be conscious of the money in my wallet. I forgot to get a picture of the glass before it was gifted to my mother; it matches her new craft room nicely 🙂 I also got some air fresheners from a 10-year-old boy who had his own booth. He made them himself and was very proud to tell me all about how they worked! In the homegrown area of the market, I got some fresh leafy greens, a loaf of bread, and some blended herbal tea. Mina immediately took to the tea when I tried to photo it.

If there weren’t an ingredient list on the back, I’d swear there was catnip in it! It’s a blend of chrysanthemum, lemon grass, orange peel, and powdered acai berry. It smells lovely but I can’t try it until I get a filter for loose leaf. Sigh. Anywho, Mina has been happy lately as well. Like I had mentioned in my previous post, she was recovering from a bout of fleas, as well as tummy flu. She’s her normal, snuggly, ornery self now.

Napping with Bryon.

Caught bird-watching through the front window

She also had to involve herself after I received some new yarn last week.

She snuck her paw into the view right as I snapped it.

 

I couldn’t pass this up since it was a special edition of this yarn and it just looked yummy! I ordered some handmade soaps along with it and when it arrived, the whole package smelled lovely! I love The Loopy Ewe 🙂 A smidge pricey perhaps, but I end up spending a ridiculous amount of time squishing each and every hank I order from there. There isn’t exactly an LYS around here so it’s a treat to buy wool from them instead of a mostly acrylic blend from a chain store. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s hard to find much wool around here.


I finished my second ruffle scarf and have moved on to another scarf, but this one is for personal use instead of the craft show.

I’m loving the self-striping aspect and the sequins. I also learned how to do a scallop edging with this pattern! It’s so fun to learn new things with my knitting! I still need to learn cables. I keep hearing that it’s not as hard as it looks, but they still seem a bit intimidating. In the meantime, I have this scarf and my arm warmers to keep me busy. I’m still plugging away on the first one!

Have a wonderful week and I hope to not be away as long this next time!

~Lacey & the Mina cat

Celebrating

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Judging from some of the other posts I’ve read recently, it has been sounding like things have been a bit rough lately. I hope my happy post can help cheer some of you up. I’ve had a wonderful weekend. I’ll talk about all of the non-yarny things first.

Firstly, one of my  friend’s dogs had pups! Don’t think about the mechanics of it, but they are shepherd/yorkie pups and they are adorable! Belle is a beautiful mommy.

7 little pups: 3 girls and 4 boys

I got to hold one of the little girls and I wanted to badly to take her home! She is barely a week old in this picture.

She fit right into my hand 🙂

We have also had some GORGEOUS weather this past week. It has brought all of the local critters out in the open, particularly the multitude of bunnies that live in our backyard.

Can you see the two bunnies?

This picture is from my parents’ backyard. It was just too pretty to pass up. I love all of the green this time of year!


The weather also behaved well for the graduation ceremony and the bonfire this weekend. My sister and her husband both graduated from college this weekend! We’re so proud of the both of them 🙂

We also had a bonfire this evening for our church’s youth group. It was held at Eric & Tammy’s house so I got to see the chickens again! They are growing up nicely and have moved to their outdoor quarters.

Ah, happy sunshiney weekend ^_^ Now on to yarny business! I finally got my chevronish scarf blocked along with the now complete shawl. This is the first time I’ve truly blocked something and wow! Wool really really grows when hot water hits it!

It’s about a foot or two longer than I originally planned, but I do like it. And the shawl grew to a nice size, but the moss stitch rows got a little lost in the process. It will be great to have when fall comes around in a few months!

I’ve also got some more work done on my ruffly scarf. I’m so close to being done. It’s been such a quit knit. I can whip these up for the craft fair and they look almost like something from a store!

These have been my home projects. I’ve also been working on some stuff during lunch/down time at work at the office. As I’ve mentioned before, my momma scrapbooks. She uses all sorts of stickers/jewels/appliques on her pages and small flowers are apparently are a hot commodity in the scrapbook world. I started experimenting with a tiny hook and embroidery floss and have been working up some tiny flowers!

I absolutely adore this little twirly flower! It is the May Roses pattern from Lucy at Attic 24, and so are the leaves I’ll show you in just a moment. I’ve also been experimenting on my own for some flowers. I made this one up myself 🙂

Nothing glorious, but it’s a start! I’m going to be making up a bunch of tiny flowers of various colors and styles for my mom and her scrap buddies. Taa-Daa!

Oh, and just as the icing on the cake, Bryon finally found a job! After 4 months of unemployment, he now has a full-time job again, which he started this past Tuesday. Happy, busy, beautiful week 🙂 The only non-beautiful part has been treating our poor Mina for fleas…Buh. Thankfully she’s been taken care of and my paranoia has been subdued. With that exception, I hope this next week is just as wonderful for you all as this last one was for me!

~A satisfied Lacey, an employed Bryon, and a flea-free Mina

Mom’s Day Weekend

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Well, those of you in the U.S. at least. Happy Mother’s Day to the rest of you in your respective countries 🙂 My family had a lot going on this holiday weekend. Before Saturday’s madness set in, I spent my Friday evening getting some of my own things done. I snagged some new needles from Jo-Ann’s (I needed some for some upcoming projects) and that Bali yarn I had mentioned to you previously. Sara Lynn blessed me with a gift card to Hobby Lobby as a late birthday gift knowing I would already have something in mind.

See why I wanted it? Such pretty colors ^_^ Although I have been wanting this yarn, I was kind of hoping to spot a different yarn at either store. Unfortunately, neither our tiny Jo-Ann’s or even the Hobby Lobby carry it. I had to head to the monster-sized Jo’s in a nearby city to find it.

This was recommended to me by a friend (and mother figure) from my church. She said she saw a lady at a craft show recently who was knitting up scarves from this and thought it might be a good thing for me to stash up for my own craft show booth. I’m excited to try it!

Saturday was a busy day for my church family. There was a surprise 75th birthday party for one of our ladies. Irene is like a grandmother to me. She is such a fun woman and is one of the spunkiest older women I know!

After that, I headed home, baked cookies, had dinner, then went out to the church for a benefit concert. My brother was in one of the bands playing.

My brother, Cameron, is in the black cabbie hat & white shirt.

Nate Laughunn and the Giggles is the name of the group he is in and they are leaving this Saturday for an awesome experience. They are flying out to Colorado to record a CD and possibly sign for a record deal! We’re very excited for all the boys, so please send up prayers/thoughts/energies for safe travels and a great experience.

Mother’s Day was a relatively quiet, fun day. The boys in Cameron’s band stayed the night Saturday so they joined our clan for lunch.

Relatively quiet…Boys will be boys. The had fun setting off firecrackers while us ladies cooked up lunch.

Sara and Matt came down too so the whole family was together +3. With that many young adult males (and a few hungry ladies) we had a king sized cook out: burgers, hot dogs, brats, cole slaw, macaroni salad, macaroni & cheese, cheesy potatoes, chips, baked beans, and to finish it all off we had a birthday cake to celebrate my brother’s 19th birthday since he will be on an airplane for his special day!

All of us kids: Cameron, Nate, Zach, Alex, Matt, Bryon, me, and Sara

Later that evening after all of the college kids headed back to campus, mom came over to my place to relax and watch some Smallville with Bryon and I. She was the one who bought season 10 for Bryon’s birthday so she knows all about our love for the series. I was thrilled when she said her curiosity was peaked and she wanted to start watching it with us! I was able to sit and knit happily on a new project while we watched the show.

In preparation for knitting socks, I am trying a set of arm warmers on double points. This is my first real attempt at anything on double points! I’m adding a little diamond sequence along with the pattern. I’m hoping these turn out well! I love learning new things 🙂

I’ll leave you all for now. I have a very yarny post awaiting you for this weekend! Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Lacey