Fun With Friends & Catch-Up

Hellu everyone!

I hope you other American folks out there enjoyed your Labor Day and the rest of you are having a good time with whatever is going on in your hometowns. I spent my holiday feeling very ill indeed, but a few days and a lot of chicken soup later I’m feeling much more myself. The fact that it’s starting to feel like fall has also helped to lift my spirits!

This past weekend a group of friends came along with Bryon and me to the Ohio Renaissance Festival and we had a blast! This was my 10th year in a row attending the festival and Bryon’s 5th. He’s been going every year since we met and it’s a big tradition for us. The weather was remarkable, seeing as it was pouring rain for about 2 days and about the same time the front gates opened, the clouds pulled back and the sun was revealed, warming us and drying things up the whole time we were there 🙂 Highlights always include the full armor joust:

The stage performers Dirk & Guido, aka The Swordsmen:

The all of the colorful shops! Oh the shops! I could easily blow thousands of dollars in one day. I did manage to restrain myself and buy a simple glazework tumbler from a handmade ceramics shop. I spoke with the Sara and her husband (the owners of Hearthstone Arts) for a bit and she told me how each piece was made and what methods she used. The talent is absolutely stunning, so go check out their site!

After a day at the Ren Fair, the crew that road in my car (we had to take two cars since we had 9 people) decided to take an unexpected stop on the way home. Remember the vineyard I showed you a picture of last fall?

This is about 5 miles from my house and it opened to the public just this past May, seeing as the first vines were planted just 5 years ago. I commented as we drove past that I wanted, at some point in time, to stop inside and see what the place was like. My passengers decided it was time, so we turned around and in we went!

Rockside Vineyard & Winery isn’t very showy on the outside but the inside was very refined and welcoming. We sampled a few of their wines, spoke with the owners, and petted their sweet dog who was peering  at us longingly from behind a barrier in their office. Definitely a good choice to stop by 🙂

Speaking of homemade/homegrown, I was gifted some lovely eggs this past week! Eric’s chickens have finally started laying 🙂 Well, all of the chickens except the one that decided to grow up into a rooster.

Mr. Rooster is quite impressive isn’t he?

Aren’t they lovely?

 

On the yarn front, I have been quite busy! I finished the gloves/mitts I was working on and still have two small cakes of the yarn left over. I’ll get that photograph at some point! I also started and finished another convertible hat in that run rainbow sequin yarn. I love the way it striped up!

I’ve been wanting to work on whittling away some of my stash for a few reasons. Firstly, I’m running out of room to store all of my yarn and Bryon shakes his head in mock horror every time he sees me rooting through it for something. Secondly, I feel much less guilty purchasing new yarn when I know I’ve been productive with the yarn already in my clutches! The Wool Gathering festival is this next weekend and I desperately want to purchase some woolly goodness without feeling any sort of guilt…

I got rid of one of two skeins of the rainbow/sequin yarn with the hat, I used up half of the Astral yarn with my gloves, and I’m using up some of the leftover yarn from this scarf I made last winter.

Here is my first mitten! It’s nearly done 🙂

The scarf was crochet and the mittens are obviously knit. I loved the yarn when crocheting and I love it when knitting. Malabrigo is officially when of my all time favorite yarns! Fluffy, stretchy, not splitty, and splendid colors. Hurrah!

Alright everyone. Sorry for the long post! That’s what happens when I miss a week’s post. My work schedule is changing next week and I will be working on Mondays so we’ll see what day ends up being my new post day! Have a wonderful week!

~Lacey

 

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Knitting Cramp

Hellu Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying the last week here in August. I realized that I missed a couple of things in my last post. Firstly, I missed my blog anniversary! I have officially been blogging for a year now! I have to say it’s hard to believe. A big thanks to those of you who have been with me since I started! I was also awarded The Beautiful Blogger Award by Karen at The Sweaty Knitter. She posts some of the most fascinating historical tidbits about fiber crafts and shares about her charming Norwegian heritage. You never know what you’ll learn when you stop in for a visit! Thank you Karen for your nomination!

In the course of the past year, many things have happened in my life. My beloved cat Mina has developed a taste for fabric.

A pair of my pajama pants is the latest victim. We are now up to 3 tank tops, 2 bras, 2 shirts, a dress, and the pants.

I have made friends living far from me ranging from the edges of my own country  (ie: Florida & California) to other countries all together (ie: England & New Zealand)! It is wonderful to get to know people who live in other parts in the world, hearing about their lives and local cultures. If only we could meet in person for a cuppa to knit and share stories!

I started doing yoga. I’ll admit I don’t do it as often as I should, but I thoroughly enjoy every session! My joints don’t enjoy impact exercises like jogging, but my muscles sure do love a good stretch. A yoga session seems to work well for my over-active brain as well. Any one else out there a yoga lover?

Our local studio.

And I learned to knit! My fiber world has grown exponentially now that I know how to knit. You all remember my very first knit project in my second post? A sad, wonky washcloth. I’ve since knit several things and here’s the updated picture of my very first sock!

I got my first knitting cramp this past weekend turning the heel on that crazy thing. I will say once and for all, wool is certainly my favorite thing to knit with. This sock yarn is a microfiber material and there is very little give to it, hence the tension. I’ll admit that I spent so many hours working on this over the weekend that I simply had to say, “No more knitting.” I took a break from my sock, decided to leave my arm warmer in the bag, and start a crochet project! I told Cassie I would make her a hat like the one I made Sara Lynn last winter and she could choose the colors. This was the perfect time to begin her hat.

Ahh. Soft, squishy worsted weight yarn, my default crochet hook, and swift, simple crochet movements. I do love crochet 🙂 The fact that I love this yarn brand and I love this pattern also help!

I truly believe in the healing powers of switching projects periodically. My sock may sit for a while longer, but as soon as this hat is done I’m sure my arm warmer won’t be too far behind! The yarn for that project is much nicer to work with while knitting. The more I knit, the more I understand yarn snobbery. Synthetics tend to cause tension and cramps! Crochet doesn’t seem to be as bad. Any one else have those kinds of revelations or am I just overly sensitive to silly things?

I wish you all a wonderful week and I will see you in September!

~Lacey & Mina

Hats and Happy Surprises

I’m stopping by to do a post this evening because I have to share a little happy news with you! That and I might have to work on Monday (I normally don’t) and I don’t know if I’ll have time then to do my standard weekly post.

I have been busy, working away on those little hats for Lucy and her Project Rainbows. Mina had to help too of course.

Silly Mew. I now have 5 hats in each color and I’m wondering if I should make a few more before shipping them out. Suggestions? Is 15 good or how many is appropriate for a donation?

My happy little surprise came to me yesterday, or rather I stumbled into it. I park around the back of my house by a chain-link fence that separates my yard from my neighbor’s. I rarely pay much attention to all of the growth that weaves in and out of the fence. There are countless plants that grow wild around it, including my lovely hollyhock and lilac bushes. I noticed some pretty red berries growing along one side and went to investigate. As I got closer, I thought I saw something growing against the fence. “Surely not, ” I thought, but I pulled back the vines and what did I see?

GRAPES!!! Growing in my backyard of their own accord! I simply could not believe the odds or my luck.

See the little red berries that originally caught my eye?

Lots of pretty little clusters growing all over! I checked with my neighbors since we share the fence. It seems as though they planted them there about 30 years ago and got tired of them about 15 years ago. They thought they had eliminated all of the plants. It seems that over the years some of the root remnants have come back and grown up amidst the other plants unnoticed. I recently heard that this summer was ideal for grapes in this region due to the crazy heat and dryness, so that must’ve been what caused the fruit to finally pop out! Our neighbors said I could do whatever I wanted with whatever grew and I am so very excited! I have never done any kind of canning or preserving in my life but I have wanted to for years. This is my chance to learn 🙂 When those purple beauties are ripe in a few weeks, I am making some grape jelly! I had rather a bum week this past week and this surprise was just what I needed to help cheer me up.

I hope your weekends have a happy surprise for each of you! God Bless!

~Lacey & Mina

 

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

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

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

 

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

Back on the Ball

Hellu!

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I want to start by recap-ing my last weekend. I had a wonderful time having a cook-out with my family and I was happy to come across this picturesque moment.


Sometimes this is what “spending time together” looks like for the young men in my family. You can see my husband scrunched down on the floor next to my brother-in-law and my brother up on the couch. I might add they are all playing the same game together on their own respective computers. Kinda sad if you ask me, but it is what it is!I love them all 🙂

This weekend has been a bit different. Remember the magnolia tree I showed last week when it bloomed? Well, almost all of the petals are already coating the ground. I wasn’t kidding when I said the beauty was short lived! The only consolation is that it will continue to bloom throughout the year now that things have warmed up again. I won’t post a picture of the front yard. It’s a bit too depressing. I will however show you the fruits of my labor this weekend.

I finished the first tube scarf and went on to crank out three more! When I actually sat down and dedicated time to them (I’ll admit I’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time being crafty in front of the television this weekend), they only took about three hours to complete per scarf. I am so happy to have whittled down some of the Fun Fur stash! I am now Fun Furred out to say the least. I did also manage to finish my other scarf I have been working on for some time now. Remember this?

It’s now folded up and waiting to be blocked. I hope the blocking helps; the thing curls in on itself horribly. That and the directions didn’t bind off with the pointy/scalloped edge. It’s mildly wavy so I’m hoping some good blocking will also take care of that.

There was a little side project I have been meaning to whip up for a while. A few weeks ago I had ordered some homemade natural soaps from the nephew of one of my coworkers. I wanted to make up a little cotton holder for it to hang in my shower.

I'm excited to try it out!

Finally for the weekend, I’ve tracked down a new shawlette pattern to try along with my merino/cashmere blend. I just started working with the Skein yarn I purchased back at the beginning of the year. Granted, it’s a bit splitty but it is by far the softest yarn I’ve ever worked with!

The picture doesn’t show it very well, but it’s a very pretty sea blue/green color. I’m curious to see how this turns out. Wish me luck and I will see you all next weekend 🙂

All Fixed and Up To Date

Happy Wednesday!

I am happy to announce I am posting this from my very own, finally fixed computer 🙂 A BIG thank you to Mike who does all of the tech work for our local hospital. He’s a gem. Another happy thing is a small pot of tulips I got this week to grace my kitchen table. I saw them while getting groceries and couldn’t resist. They’re my favorite flower!

I’ve been a busy little bee lately with various things. Our church has joined with another and seeing as we now have two worship teams (instrumentalists/singers) we’ve had a couple extended get-to-know-each-others and practices over the weekends preceding our first combined Sunday. The folks from the other church have been great and I look forward to singing and hopefully playing (I’m excited to be able to break out my saxophone again) with them all.

My cousin has also had her baby! Little Luke wasn’t so little either. Ashley was induced and he was born 5 days after his due date weighing in at just under 10 lbs! I’m very excited to get to see him this upcoming weekend and take his blanket to him along with the little booties I decided to hook up using the extra yarn from the blanket. I hope they fit him!

I also had another little project begin this past weekend. As much as I love my scarf I’m (still) knitting up, I’ve really been feeling kinda twitchy about my knitting lately. I finally took the time to go through my small collection of knitting books and bookmark the items I would like to try make. Just for fun, I decided a little purse/clutch out of some leftover sparkly yarn would be a good first out-of-a-book project. (The main sparkly project will be revealed soon!)  I got all excited and had to pop over to Jo-Ann’s to find a pretty button for the clasp.

I’d never bought buttons for a project before! Some may find it rather sad that I get all excited about something like finding a perfect button for a project, but I know there are some of you out there who understand my simple joy!

Currently my purse is about halfway done. Granted, it shouldn’t be taking this long but once again my over-active brain got sidetracked into starting something else the same night.

It’s a fuzzy tube scarf. One of the teachers I worked with during my student teaching course wore these all of the time. She paid another teacher to make her various scarves to match different outfits. Fast forward to when Alethia and I went to The Spinning Turtle back in this post. The shop owner making one of those style scarves on a tiny knitting  loom intended for making raffia flowers. I thought “Hey, I could do that! A perfect generic scarf to put up in the craft fair at the hospital!”

While button shopping, I naturally found myself back in the yarn section of the store and what do I find? Lo and behold, there is a tiny flower loom on the wall calling my name! I had been looking for one of those suckers for months and hadn’t been able to find one. Needless to say, it ended up at home with me. So there I was: itchy hands, a new loom, and a bag of fuzzy yarn from this post that’s been waiting patiently in my yarn stash for that very moment. I’m curious to see how much length I can get out of one skein of the Fun Fur yarns.

I also added a “1Up” mushroom to the red one! The base connects better to the cap on this one and I tried to leave some white in the eyes like my brother asked so I could see how it looked. I think he’s pretty good but I think I still have a bit of a soft spot for my first one 😉 Well I think that about sums up my yarny business as of late. Another time-muncher has been a large 1000 piece mosaic puzzle I’ve been wanting to do. Bryon and I enjoy puzzles a lot so we were given a challenging puzzle as a gift a while back; we’re finally starting it! Ever tried to do a puzzle made out of thousands of little individual pictures? It’s ridiculous! Here’s the progress as of tonight.

Here is a close up of the eyes so you can see the mini pictures. They are all images from various Disney movies.

See where there is a piece missing in the top border? Can you guess where it went?  I’ll give you a little hint……

Yup! She ATE the darn thing! She had been trying to sneak pieces out of the box, which makes sense for her. I was surprised though when she attacked the connected pieces on the floor and ran off with them! We weren’t able to rescue that one piece before she had chewed it down. It’s a good thing those pieces are small and bio-degradable. So now we have a puzzle under a blanket on our floor, weighted down by books and other items (or else she just gets under the blanket) until we finish it.

Have you started any new projects lately? Do you have any animals who simply live to get into your stuff? I’d love to hear some fun stories if you have any 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

~Lacey

PS: I’m now up over 1000 hits! Thank you all so much for popping in to visit my corner of the blogiverse 🙂

I’m Back!

Can I just say that I’m glad to be back on my blog again? Hello again to you all!

I’ve been able to check things on the internet via my phone and during my lunch break at work, but I haven’t been able to post anything of my own. I have had a lot happen this past month and I’d love to share some of it with you!

First off (the weekend the my computer failed me) my sister had her reception after getting married in Italy! She had a beautiful reception and we had a great time.  There was only one wardrobe malfunction to my knowledge. It happened to be mine…Granted, those heels were quite old. My strappy black heels (which were purchased in 2001) finally had enough and the platform/bridge/heel section snapped right in half at the exact moment I bent down to pin up Sara’s bustle on her gown. I hadn’t realized it had happened until the photographer put his camera down in front of my face, my obliterated shoes filling the display screen. Mind you, the group photos were taken at the beginning of the evening and we had just finished the photo-shoot when all of this happened, thank goodness! At least I had an excuse to go barefoot the rest of the night! 🙂

Winter has carried on at an odd pace. Snowing and freezing over to make beautiful landscapes, day-long rainstorms turning everything into muddy slush, and lovely, jacketless sunny days, copy, paste, repeat. Mother nature can’t seem to decide if she wants to be stay winter or go on into spring!

I’ve also been busy with my yarny business! I’d be so bored without it. Firstly, I finished little Luke’s blanket!

It is more rectangular than I’d like, but it is very soft and drapey. It’s being shipped out this weekend. I do hope he and his momma like it. He should be arriving any day now and we’re all very excited to meet him! I also got back into my hooky business a week or two ago. I visited my nerdier side and I couldn’t resist making this little guy.

Ah! I love him so much! A part of me does desperately miss my video game days, primarily the classic games like Mario. I proudly displayed my little mushroom to my brother, who promptly declared he needed a collection of the various Mario Mushrooms (growth, 1UP, poison, etc). So it seems I have some research to do and some more mushrooms to make here in the near future 🙂 Hurrah for fun crochet plushies! Greatest thanks for the Mario Mushroom by Linda Potts.

My needles haven’t been idle since I finished the blanket. I did go through a bit of a slump there for a while where I couldn’t decide what to make next. I had the yarn for projects, yes, but I didn’t have the needles for most of them! I ran through my lists again and again and finally discovered I had the proper needles to make Favorite Scarf Ever by Lisa Bruce. I was a bit intimidated by making something with a design, especially since it used a new stitch for me. I can be so silly sometimes…

I love it! The pattern is super easy and I caught on right away. I’m happily knitting away on a new scarf for myself and I know I will be using this pattern again. Thanks Lisa!

I know it’s not a lot, especially compared to some of the knitting/crocheting beasts out there whose awesomeness puts me to shame, but I am proud of my little projects. If you want to see a woman with a passion for knitting, check out Wei Siew at http://kiwiyarns.wordpress.com/  She has recently set a goal for herself to knit: 4 pairs of plain socks, 1 woman’s cardigan, 1 hat, 1 man’s pullover, 3 children’s cardigans, and 1 baby pullover all in 9 weeks! Kudos to her I say!

Miss Mina Mew seems to have completely recovered from her ugly bout of piddle-on-the-carpet disease. Yay! She’s now roaming the house freely and wreaking havoc wherever she can, as per usual. This morning at 5:30 she woke me up by jumping up on my dresser (where she does NOT belong) and knocking my cosmetics case onto the floor with a clatter.We love her, but golly she can be a nuisance! Can anyone else relate? I imagine it’s mildly similar to having a small child.

Now that I’ve talked far too much, I’m fairly caught up on what has transpired in the past 30 days or so. I have more to share, but that’s for another day! Love you all and have a wonderful weekend!

~Lacey, Mina, and Bryon (who is a real dear for allowing his wife to use his computer to blog while hers remains down)