Friday, November 14, 2014

Margin, Too

I posted the other day about one of my patterns, Margin.  Here's more technical info on that!  The pattern is available from Windy Valley Muskox but we are working on the website - hopefully wrapped up shortly.

Yarns I used:
-purple is WVM Merino in 7015 Thai Basil, one skein.  This merino is heavenly, I also have stranded mittens in this fiber!
-gray is WVM Majestic Blend in 5030 Fog Bank, two skeins.  This yarn is a blend of silk, merino, and qiviut.   I have designed a cute hat with this one before.
This pattern uses just about every inch of these yarns!  That's a total of about 650 - 670 yards.  
You can find more info on the Ravelry pattern page, here.

I also had it test knit.  Olivia did beautiful work with this, including lovely in-progress and finished pictures.  So pretty, I had to share with you:

test knittting

Here's her finished shawl, I swiped this picture from Ravelry (with permission.)  Gorgeous, right?


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Things I Knit: Margin

I've been meaning to post a lot more about my knitting projects, but it always seems like I have too much or not enough to say.  So today's the day!

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE knitting.  I like it so much, it might be a problem.  I wash the dishes so I can use the sink to soak finished pieces; I do the laundry so I can have towels to block my projects on.  I clean the house so I can find all the yarn I've left various places!  I found my Thing in life; that Thing that makes me feel like I was born to do something specific.  I definitely knew it was not science!  I'm good at a lot of things, and I know not everyone can say that.  But for me, knitting is the thing that I'm great at, that flows with little effort and lots of joy.

Along with personal fulfillment, knitting has opened up a world of opportunities for me - meeting people, making money in several ways (teaching, test knitting, contract knitting), expanding my photography, and travel!  I started writing my own patterns almost immediately but have had mixed advice on whether to publish and where.  Along the way, I have had the good fortune to build friendships with some lovely ladies related to my local yarn shop, and Windy Valley Muskox, among others, and the opportunities to publish my patterns opened up.  

Okay, I can see I'm getting very short-story-long, here; let's cut to the case!  I recently published Margin, a shawl pattern for Windy Valley.

7349 Margin

I absolutely love this shawl, I was sad to leave it with Dianne at WV when I left the show in August, but I suppose I could always knit another one!

I set up a shoot with one of my favorite models, and we got some great pictures including these:

7341 Margin

7325 Margin

This pattern grew from a concept my dad mentioned to me in the past year, about having margins - that is, space for life to grow - for friends to show up unexpectedly or to take care of yourself when problems arise.  Or for God to show me things I might otherwise be too busy for.  To notice that my boys are growing so fast.  To savor the beauty.  This is something that I also find in my photography, although sometimes I'm in too much of a hurry trying to find it.  Writing this pattern was an exercise, a reminder, to stop, to listen, to look, to breathe it in.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Things We Put in Jars

I think I might finally be done with canning for this season.  We didn't do as much of any one thing as we've done in previous years - like back when I only did apple butter, when I got a box of peaches from my mother-in-law, or when I bought a bushel of cucumbers.  But we did a bit of each, and a lot from home and local friends or farms.  I did have to buy peaches and apples at the store.  


spiced peach preserves - I always forget the cardamom, but I love that you can see the little vanilla beans.  


bread and butter pickles, by request


And finally, some raspberry jam - we separated the gold from the red, since they cost more.  What's the point of getting them if  you mash them into the reds??   The general consensus is that they do taste sweeter / better than the reds we picked at the berry farm, although our own red bush is sweeter than those as well.  We ended up with four small jars of gold raspberry jam, so we'll save those for a special Christmas treat.  




I also canned a bunch of dill pickles but apparently I didn't take any pictures.  Dills are speared and bread & butters are sliced.  That makes it easier to figure out what they are, in case I label them wrong - and sometimes I do, but usually just one before I figure it out!!

I have been doing a LOT of knitting, but more on that next time?  



Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11

It's a cool and cloudy day, here; rather unlike that one 13 years ago.  My boys are home from school (teacher conferences) and we have an easy schedule, with room to appreciate our little life.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

late August activities

Ah, August in Colorado; that perfect blend of summer-into-fall.  Some days ripe for watergun fights, some for knitting and sweaters.  Fresh veggies and fruits from the garden, ready for pickling, grilling, eating from the vine.  

This morning, my oldest son and I went to the farm where we get eggs; we've also been helping in the garden, mostly weeding, in trade for vegetables.  They've got greener thumbs and much more room than we do, though we do still have a little garden.  We came home with basil for pesto, cucumbers and onions for pickles, fresh eggs and zucchini for zucchini bread.  Since I'm doing pickles, I might as well do apple butter, so we stopped and got organic apples at the store.  I was happy to find golden beets again, so we'll be having grilled vegetables with our chicken and pesto tonight.  It's a rare day that I don't knit, but today other things need to be put in jars before summer is gone.  


It's Wednesday, and that means I'm home (instead of teaching at the yarn shop), and we have a little more time for dinner, and discussions, and Face Off.  And everyone asks for extra pesto.  Meals that we all find delicious are not that common!  

We will probably find a little time to read more from Huck Finn.  We've got to rescue him from the previous chapter!  

I don't know if it's getting older, or if some of my later-in-life hobbies (gardening, knitting, photography) have changed the way I feel about each month, but this has been a good month.  If I remember, I'll post pictures tomorrow of what we accomplished today.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

photo

Explored on Flickr!  It only took me several years and one trip to the ocean :)