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 myΒ  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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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


One Odd Week

Happy Sunday!

It has been one odd week here in my little universe. Good, bad, and unexpected. To go in some sense of chronological order, I shall start last weekend when things began.

Grandma's Max and my aunt and uncle's Sasha

My grandpa's Sadie

We had a cookout at my aunt and uncle’s (dad’s brother) for the first time since my grandfather (dad’s dad) moved onto their property. My grandmother you always hear me talking about is my mother’s mom. She was down for the weekend and she decided to bring her dog down so they could all play together. What happens when you combine a corgi, a yorkie, and a shih tzu? Mass chaos. That’s what! In the end the pups tired themselves out, as you can see Sadie demonstrating above and we enjoyed the beautiful, if windy, weather.

Once the work week started, I was greeted by a big surprise. I work as a receptionist in a counseling center. So naturally, I have a sliding window through which to check in our clients. I walk in Monday morning and this is what I see:

They removed and plastered over my window! I knew we were making renovations, I just didn’t expect the window to be one of the first things they changed. It’s a royal pain and I’m very much looking forward to getting into my new office across the building and being reunited with my window. Working out of the door to my office is getting a little old πŸ˜›

Now here’s a fun one. My dad and I carpool to work, as he is one of the counselors. We were both compelled to stop when we saw this for sale at the end of someone’s driveway.

Tell me that isn’t a gorgeous old truck! I forget the exact date, but it’s a Chevrolet from the 1950s. Obviously restored but it still has its original engine. Ah, I’m still desperately wishing that someday I can get myself an old classic. I’m still drooling over the exquisite condition of this truck though.

As you can see from the pictures, it’s been a rather lovely week weather wise. It’s been a little chilly, but the sun has been great. I have a big flowering bush in my backyard that has been blooming like mad and basking in the sunlight. I just noticed how wonderfully fragrant it is! The only thing is I have no idea what its name is.

Anyone know what this might be? I’d love to know.

This weekend rolled around and I had a few different friendship experiences. I was reminded of my awkward high school/early college years when I had a couple of old high school friends stand me up. We were all supposed to get together Friday night while they were visiting our hometown. Instead, the two of them got together with a few other people and never called me back to tell me when and where to meet. The really upsetting part was the next morning when one of them contacted me and proceeded to lie about what “really” happened. I won’t go into details, but it was remarkably frustrating. I was truly pleased however to know that I had a Girls Night In planned at Sara Lynn’s for Saturday night. God bless true honest friends!

Our evening tea.

Sara Lynn makes THE BEST scones I’ve ever had. Ever. Homemade scones, freshly whipped cream, fresh fruit, and a big pot (or two) of strong black tea. Mix it all together with the best girlies ever and you get a very late night of good times πŸ™‚ It was all a lovely evening until Alethia and I left. She and I drove together in her car and it was about 12:45 at night when we were a few miles down the road. For no visible, the truck in front of us bounced and spun around to face us with the headlights suddenly glaring in our faces, which was frightening and confusing in and of itself. Then the lights rolled over twice and the truck was tossed onto its side into a ditch on the side of the road! We were both shaking, stunned as we sat in the road, our headlights shining on the overturned truck as the driver shimmied straight up and out of the passenger side door. After a half an hour of ensuring that he wasn’t hurt, making multiple phone calls, and freezing in the night air, the police showed up to handle things and we were sent on our way. Much more excitement that night than we planned on!

That’s just my week. Bryon’s was equally abnormal. The good things out of his week include a fixed car and possibly a job! He’s been unemployed since the beginning of the year so this will be very helpful for us. He passed all three interviews and now we have to wait about a week or so to see what the verdict is. Please send your thoughts and prayers his way!

So, here we are. Sunday night. Relaxing with Bryon, watching old Disney movies (what can I say, we’re kids at heart!) and writing up my blog after some peaceful knitting. My shawl is coming along nicely and I finally have the seed/moss stitch down completely.

It’s growing beautifully, which is great but it’s making me wonder if I am going to need to transfer it to needles on a longer cable. I’m hoping I can get by though. I have enough yarn to make it a bit bigger than the pattern calls for, which will be nice.

I’ve carried on far too long at this point so I wish you all a wonderful week!

~Lacey & Bryon

Loving My New Shawl!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry it’s been a couple of weeks. My posting got away from me last weekend after Bryon and I decided to spend some quality time working on that puzzle from this post. It went many weeks without being touched and I’m getting a little tired of having it lying on my floor. It’s not quite finished yet, but we have plans to work on it again this evening.

We had a wonderful weekend celebrating Easter with my family. First to add a little bit of color to my Easter weekend is the fact that my backyard is now littered in little purple flowers πŸ™‚ I love this time of year!

Some other colorful bits of Easter included the snacks!

The leftovers of my cherry ring cake with homemade caramel frosting from Easter dinner.

An adorable ceramic bowl filled with goodies from my momma. Thanks mom!

Although my house may not be decorated with much color, I do enjoy happy bright colors!

Mina didn’t get any special goodies for the holiday, but she did have fun playing after the grocery trip,

Being a true cat, she does love playing in bags! Bags and yarn…

I was taking pictures of my current projects and she simply couldn’t resist crawling up and lying amidst my yarn. What you see there yet another tube scarf of fun fur. This is a different band though and I’m not a big fan. All of the others have longer hair and have a good bit of stretch and spring to them. This one isn’t as fuzzy and appears as though it’s been pre-stretched or something. There is no give to it whatsoever. The colors are pretty, but I’m glad there is only one skein in this brand. I have one skein left of fun fur with which to make a tube scarf after this one. So close to being done!

Here's the last tube scarf I finished.

Still on the knitting front, I have had a realization about my Yvaine shawl I started in my last post. As you saw, I was pulling the yarn down from my straight needles and it appeared as though it was being knit from the bottom tip up to the top.

After many times of reviewing my instructions several times over, I realized I HAD to be doing something wrong. The pattern definitely said that it was knit from the top down to the tip, but I couldn’t see where my error was. After emailing the designer and viewing countless in-process pictures off of Ravelry, I learned that it was indeed knit from top down and I was actually knitting it correctly, almost. There were three lessons learned by this knitting novice this past week: how to properly pick up stitches (which I was doing wrong), that seed/moss stitch isn’t as scary as I anticipated, and that top down shawls are knit on circular needles!

The progress after frogging and properly restarting.

I am adoring this shawl now that it is correctly underway! It is a fun and easy knit, the Skein yarn is glorious if not a little splity, and I can’t wait until I can wear it! What to know what else I’ve made that is fun to wear?

I finally finished up those crazy mitts I started back in October! They were basically doneΒ  around the first of this year; I was simply waiting to get my size 5 double points back from my sister after loaning them to her. I got them back and knit up the thumbs this past week! Woo!

I am off to run some errands on my day off before settling down in the evening for dinner with the hubby followed by a movie and some more knitting πŸ™‚ Have a beautiful week everyone!

~Lacey, Bryon, & Mina