It’s Here!

Just popping in really quick to show you what Hurricane Sandy brought me this morning!

The view out of my back door.

Snow has officially arrived! And it’s not even November! Bryon, being true to form, is griping about such an early snow. Rumor has it we are going to have a rough winter here and it seems it is starting already. I have to say though that I’m glad Ohio is far enough from the coast that all we’re getting is a lot of wind and rain (and apparently a dusting of snow). My thoughts and prayers go out to those of you further east who are being flooded and hammered by Frankenstorm.

See you all later!

~Lacey

How I Do Love to Knit

I’ve been busy with a lot of yarny things lately and haven’t had a chance to share them with you yet! Before I do that though, I must share this stunning tree with you.

This park is just over a mile from my house. It’s beautiful in the fall!

The color of this tree caught my eye every time I went by. Anywho, on to the yarn!
I’ve had my arm warmers done for some period of time now and just haven’t posted about them. They’ve already been used many many times on the cold, dark mornings when I don’t want to wear a coat. They keep me warm until the sun comes up and then I stuff them in my purse until the next morning! Perfect!

I also had a chance to work up that super woolly Malabrigo Rasta I bought at the Wool Gathering.

My first mobius.

Have you ever made a mobius anything before? Super weird! I suggest giving it a try at the very least. If I managed, anyone can do it. Youtube tutorials are a wonderful tool 😉 This cowl is very thick and snuggly; I look forward to wearing it this winter!

Something new also happened to me this past week. I had my first booth in a craft fair! I had a lot of fun talking to the other people there, seeing the other booths, and selling my wares. Nothing big, but still a nice experience.

My table

My delightful mother and sister came to keep my company throughout the day and to help with my table whenever I stepped away. Sara (my sis) helped me with something special while she was there.

She was wearing one of my scarves since the room was a bit chilly.

This multi-colored yarn was part of a wonderful package I received from Lucy at In the Sky. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to make with it, but I’ll figure out something. Along with the homespun came some adorable little wooden buttons and some very nice embroidery scissors! Thanks so much Lucy!

There were more buttons but I just grabbed a few for the photo. The scissors are freakishly sharp!

Now that the craft show is over and I can take a break from making up stuff to sell, I can go back to making fun little things for myself again. I’m still trying to de-stash a bit though…There are several balls of leftover wool sitting on a shelf in my living room that need worked through. I am excited to say I’m finally making something from my birthday book! The Little Book of Knitted Monsters is finally in my yarn bag 🙂

Don’t worry, I have other tiny balls of this yarn for when this one runs out!

I have started the body and I’m curious to see how my first monster turns out! I need to find some little eyes for he/she when my project is complete.

Ok, now that I’ve got all of my projects out there I can relax! I’ve been wanting to share them with you for a while. It’s getting harder to get good pictures due to the lighting in my dark little house. It’s that time of year when the sunlight is disappearing faster and faster as winter draws near! You can see how the change is affecting my poor Mina cat.

Face plant!

She is a very sleepy Mew once the sun starts to set. I do love having her around when I get home in the evenings. Bryon is normally in bed when I get home since he works night shift. She keeps me company 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you all next time.

~Lacey & a sleepy Mina

 

 

 

It’s Been a While!

Hellu my bloggy friends!

So sorry it’s been so long. Life kinda happens, you know? I’ve been keeping up with the rest of you the past 3 weeks (has it seriously been that long?) I simply haven’t had time to do much posting. In that span, I have been thoroughly enjoying fall, went to a couple of parties, visited the county fair, and been working on my crafty things 🙂

These lovely morning glories come to visit every fall and I absolutely adore seeing them whenever I walk out to my car. Also beautiful are the many many leaves that line the city sidewalks.

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The parties I attended lately consisted of a bonfire for our church (no pics there) and Bryon’s grandmother’s 80th birthday party.

Her party was held at one of the historic homes in downtown Lancaster. The Rising House was built in 1834 and it’s gorgeous! I wish I could have taken pictures of every room in the house for you, but I’ll spare you the tour and keep it to the outside shot and the front entryway.

This is the BACK entrance we used! The front actually looked similar but was blocked off due to construction.

There were more rooms in the house than I could count, but I had to be nibby and go check them all out. No way I’m going into a house like that without exploring!

Fall just wouldn’t be fall without going to the county fair. The fairgrounds are only about a mile from our house, so Bryon and I walked over (probably a good thing to help burn some of the greasy “fair food” calories). I won’t lie though, that cheese-on-a-stick was delicious! A big piece of mozzarella cheese dipped in cornmeal batter and deep-fried was something I was told I needed to try this year. Totally worth it 🙂 Anywho, besides the food and art exhibits, there was a ton of livestock to visit. The animals are my favorite part. We visited the rabbit barn and found a few we really liked.

This little guy looked and felt like he was made out of velvet. I wanted to take him home with me!

This fluffy flat-nosed one was Bryon’s favorite.

This rabbit was huge, and very friendly to top it off!

A momma and her babies.

The poultry barn was next. The assortment of beautiful birds was remarkable!

This bird was beautiful! I don’t know what it was but it simply begged to be photographed.

Cute little chickens 🙂

 

I would name these two Mozart and Beethoven.

This rooster was so beautifully perfect he looked fake! Isn’t he gorgeous?

The cows were busy in the show area so I didn’t get many pictures of them. This was my favorite.

 

Don’t they look sweet?

I learned this year that I do like goats. At least a little bit. I’ve been rather prejudiced for years because a particularly mean one attacked my sister when she was young. Bryon really likes goats for some reason and they seem to really like him too!

These two snugglers made me smile 🙂

The sheep barn was in the back this year. They were in the process of being sheared for show.

Sweet little sheep.

I find myself drawn to the grey/black sheep. No clue why!

One of my favorites is always the horse barn with the big draft horses. They are huge! The pictures really don’t do them justice. I love to give them rubs and pet their big velvety noses.

This was the largest horse in there, a Belgian. He was enormous! I don’t have very small hands but you can see how tiny my hand is next to his big face. His eye was nearly as big as my fist!

Here’s a larger picture of him.

The boy in the red was about as tall as me. Five foot and five inches. His head about came level with Jay’s (you can see his name tag) back. If you look closely at the tag, you can read that the diameter of his hooves is a good 10 inches across!

Bryon was loving on a lady Belgian across the stable from Jay. She was a little smaller, but just as impressive. I got a good length when Bryon stopped rubbing her neck because she became moody and started kicking the stall until he went back to pet her again. He about jumped out of his skin!

Alright. I’ll stop boring you with the long post. A crafty post will follow later this week, I promise! I have much to share with you!

~Lacey

PS- Keep me in your thoughts these next few days please, I’m trying to avoid getting sick. I’ve been feeling kinda crummy and I don’t want it to get worse!

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

Busy, Happy Weekend

It was a crazy weekend, but it was a wonderful one! We started off by celebrating my sister. She graduates from college this month with a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Her Senior Art Exhibition was on Friday and on top of that she was presented with a special scholarship, AND she managed to sell three of her paintings! Congrats Sara!

Saturday morning I met up with Sara Lynn and Alethia for coffee and a trip to the local antique shop. The Olde Shoe Factory is a very old old building in my town that used to be just that. It is now filled with LOADS of old treasures and we had a lot of fun going up and down the countless aisles.

This particular booth reminded me of my late grandfather. He had a bunch of old tools and farm style equipment.

 

Look at all of the fun teapots!

The basement contained this beautiful old loom. What I wouldn’t give to see it all fixed up and to see someone using it!

We had a great time looking around until it was time for me to go. I dropped the girls off at Cassie’s house (she couldn’t go with us in the morning due to work) and then I headed home to pick up Bryon. The two of us headed up to Easton Town Center to celebrate his birthday. Easton is like a small town in that it has many buildings and streets, but it is basically a giant mall. There are tons of shops and restaurants. BD’s Mongolian Barbeque is a remarkable place to eat. For the amount of wonderful food you can get, the price is unbeatable.

My plate consisted of steak, chicken, lo mein, broccoli, carrots, bean sprouts, corn, brown rice, and crab rangoons on the side.

Oh my goodness it was yummy! After all of that food, we wandered around the rest of Easton while we waited for 7:00 to roll around. You see, we had gotten tickets to see The Avengers at the theater there. I must say, it was INCREDIBLE! The movie was great and we had a wonderful time.

Sunday was less exciting but still eventful. After church I headed out to visit a fellow worship member’s house. Eric had some new arrivals I wanted to see:

Chickens! Aren’t they all cute and fluffy? You can’t see see her in that picture but when they arrived he had received one “surprise” chicky and she all spotty like a dalmatian. He has a few different breeds and I’m curious to see what they will all look like when they get their proper feathers.

After lunch (leftovers from BD’s) I met up with Cassie and Alethia again. We went down to a little spot where Cassie and I used to play when we were little.

It was such a beautiful day we all went wading in the little creek near Cassie’s house. We’ve had such lovely weather lately! It’s been so nice, my little rose bush bloomed!

As I write this it seems as though we’re preparing for a solid spring thunderstorm so I think I’m going to head on off. I hope you all enjoy your week!

~Lacey

 

It Appears as Though Spring Has Sprung

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!

I hope you’re all enjoying yourselves and staying safe (Don’t Drink and Drive!). Another week has come and gone and it seems Ohio is officially turning over into spring! The spring rains are here and the temperature is a comfortable 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit right now. Perfect in my opinion! The windows are open throughout the house and we are all LOVING it! And today, my magnolia tree out front bloomed!

I think the blooms are absolutely beautiful 🙂 It amazes me how just yesterday they all still had their fuzzy green jackets on and today many of them shed their jackets and opened up. I wish the flowers lasted longer though. Do you have any plants you are thrilled to see blooming right now?

Oh, and I did get to go and visit my grandmother, cousin, and her beautiful new baby boy last weekend! Grandma lives in the same city, which is very convenient when visiting family. We arrived at Grandma’s place and I was able to give her a shawl I had been working on for some time now.

I’m so happy to finally show this to you all! She reads this blog so I couldn’t exactly spoil her surprise 😉 You can’t exactly see it in the picture, but there is a bit of tinsel woven through the yarn to give it a bit of a shine. I also was able to give Ashley the blanket and booties for Luke! Sorry, but I was too busy to get a picture of him all wrapped up in it.

 

He sucked on his fist nearly the whole time I held him, even after he fell asleep! For not even being a week old at that point he was pretty big! Ashley said he’s already into 3-month-old clothes. He was absolutely darling ^_^

When I wasn’t holding Luke, I primarily worked on my knitting. I finished that little clutch I was working on too.


You can see the sparkle better in this pic than you can in the one of the shawl. It’s made out of the leftover shawl yarn. The instructions call for a little tassel to be added to the tip of the flap. What do you all think? Tassel or no tassel? I’m not sure yet.

I’m off to go make some no-bake cookies for a family cook-out tomorrow at my folks place after church. First cook-out of the year! Gotta love the warmer weather 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re all enjoying the changing of the seasons wherever you are too!

~Lacey

It’s Finally Acting Like January in Ohio

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. During this past week, January has blossomed into winter. About time!

I officially had to dust and scrape my car out of a layer of snow and ice. It was so cold that the snow wasn’t even wet enough to pack into snow balls! It was beautifully drifted and fluffy.

You can practically see each of the pretty little crystals! I do love summer and swimming and sunny picnics, but I do love the stunning beauty of winter. I couldn’t live somewhere where I didn’t get to experience all four seasons. I was out delivering my Avon this afternoon out near Buckeye Lake and I simply had to stop and get a picture of these frozen field weeds for you.

We always called these “caterpillar plants” growing up. The fuzzies were completely crystallized and were blowing gracefully in the winter wind.

Also making me smile this week: a happy package from the lovely people at The Loopy Ewe!

Skein- 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere Fingering Weight

Dream in Color, Smooshy- 100% Superwash Merino

Alpaca With a Twist, Baby Twist- 100% Alpaca

All three of these are new brands to me which I am excited to try. I have plans for each of them already! Skein is a new brand at The Loopy Ewe and I’m dying to try it! There is a lovely knit scarf pattern that looks like it would be scrumptious in a merino/cashmere blend. I hear great things about Dream in Color Smooshy, particularly that it makes extra cushy socks! I don’t plan on using this hank for socks. I’ll stick to cheaper yarn for that until I have a better handle on it. I’m particularly looking forward to using the Baby Twist. The picture actually manages to make it look as soft and fluffy as it is in person! I could cuddle and squish this hank for ages; it’s marvelous!

This is my progress so far on Luke’s blanket. It’s coming along quite well I think! I definitely think I can have it ready by the time he makes his debut next month 🙂 Oh, and my sister is officially a married woman now! Her ceremony was today and from what I read in my mother’s message to me earlier, everything went beautifully. I’m excited for when they all come home next weekend! I think that’s all for me for now. Please send your thoughts and prayers towards my little family of Bryon, Mina and myself. This next week is going to be an interesting one for us and potentially a rough one. I hope to talk to you all next weekend!

Happy Winter Wishes!

 

Mid Week Happiness

I’m stopping in for a late, mid-week post just to share a few happy things about my week! Firstly:

We had our first real snowfall! It’s just a little bit, but it did coat the ground 🙂

Secondly:

Due to a new under-the-tank heating pad, Jocelyn (our office gecko) is feeling much happier and is actually crawling out and about of her little cave! We’ve had her for about 5 months now and I’ve only ever seen her creep out a couple of times throughout those months. She spent my whole work day crawling all around her terrarium. Highly distracting, highly entertaining 🙂

Thirdly (and lastly):

This is the front cover of my wedding scrapbook created by my amazing mother. My mom loves to scrapbook and has been working diligently on putting this together for me; now it’s complete! Here is my blog debut!

Clearly Bryon is going to accompany me in a few of these. Also accompanying me are my father, my bridesmaids, and his groomsmen.

Bryon really is rather tall. I look far too short compared to him, as do the other men!

This last one I’m showing you is just a bit amusing in my mind. Matt caught my garter and Sara (my sister) caught my bouquet at the wedding last year. The traditional theory is that the ones who catch the throw items are the next to get married, although not necessarily to each other. The odds were just too funny. They are now getting married in just over a week! Mom is going to have to start another scrapbook here soon 😉 Welcome to the family Matthew!

Unfortunately, many of these pictures are a bit fuzzy, but that’s in part due to my unsteady hand and a plastic cover over many of the pictures. I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few of the many, many pages in my book! Have a wonderful rest of your week and I have some fun yarny bits to show you come Sunday!

~Lacey