Monday, April 30, 2018

Yard Love

Friday night, we went to our local home improvement store for a few supplies.

88 blocks, 3 bags of lava rock and 4 bags of paver dust.

                  This flower bed is getting a new look. Didn't get around to that, yet.

        This spot was getting a fire pit! Finally! I have wanted a fire pit for more than 10 years. We have been looking for a new house for 4 years. I finally got tired of waiting.

 All ready waiting to be built.
While my Michael worked on the fire pit, I stayed out of the way by keeping busy with other projects.

 I replanted the pot sculpture.

 I weeded and whipped my patch of Greg's Mist Flower into submission. 

I weeded this bed and my two other raised beds. Got them ready for plants and seeds.

 And while I did all that, my Michael finished the fire pit. 

 We got cleaned up, went out for a bite of supper and came back and made out first fire.

 Our backyard will never win a shot in a magazine, but it has been such an oasis for us all these years. I have spent many hours in that swing. In the early evening, it is in the shade and such a peaceful place to enjoy God's blessing on this little patch of paradise. We love listening to the birds chirp away. So many hours spent with Ben as a young boy and then young man. Now we have our grand Peter to enjoy it with. I am looking forward to teaching him to love all the nature God has given us on this earth.
Today, I planted my basil, some leaf lettuce, and several varieties of tomatoes. 
Last year, my tomatoes just produced beyond my wildest imagination! I canned over 100 jars of  various tomato products for Christmas gifts. I hope to do the same this year. 

I'm trying to post more this year. Next post, I hope to share a few designs coming up and a photo shoot. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Claire Shawl -- New Design

This lace shawl was designed for Knit Unto Others in Arkadelphia, AR to celebrate the 2017 Yarn Crawl.
The Colored by Kristi Soupy Sock yarn used is sold exclusively there. It is a beautiful yarn that was perfect for this design.
This pattern includes charts and written instructions.
Sock Weight yarn, 450 yards
Shown made in Colored by Kristi Soupy Sock,
75% Merino Wool/25% Nylon, 100 grams (3.50 oz)/463 yards
29” Circular needle, size 7 (4.50 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
440 - Size 6 seed beads, approximately 39 grams
(12 beads per gram)
Markers, Steel crochet hook, size 11 (.8 mm) for placing beads
Pins for Blocking
GAUGE: In Stockinette Stitch, 20 sts and 28 rows = 4”
Finished Size: Unblocked approximately 48 1/2” x 23 1/2”; blocked, 63” x 31”

Claire Shawl can be found here.

Isn't my new model just a doll?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Two New Designs

This is Heartful Shawl.
It is glorious in Knit Picks Galileo. Valentine is the perfect shade of deep red for a diamond topped Heart lace pattern. This shawl is a triangular shaped shawl that uses 190 size 5 beads throughout. Finished Size: Unblocked approximately 46" x 19", blocked, 60" x 26" Gauge: In Stockinette Stitch, 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" 

                                             This one is How Do I Love Thee Shawl.
"How Do I Love Thee" Shawl was designed to celebrate love. 
It is a Crescent shaped shawl, featuring Square beads throughout the body of the shawl and a bead dripping edging featuring small diamonds topping hearts.
It uses 4 balls of Knit Picks Paragon and 291 Square seed beads.
Finished Size: Unblocked 44" wide (tip to tip) by 13" deep, blocked 60" wide by 17 1/2" deep

Very special thanks to my lovely model, Marsha Carr. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Houndstooth Cowl

I love Houndstooth. It is a timeless and classic pattern stitch that we fall in love with it again and again! This Houndstooth Cowl features a dramatic red and black color palette and a turning ridge that gives a peek of color on the edge and finishes this design perfectly. I think this will be a favorite! I know it is one of mine. Link to purchase here

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Little Libby Shawlette

This is a lovely little shawlette. I don't have it up on Ravelry, yet, but you can get it on Knit Picks HERE.

Shades of Leaves

My favorite time of year! This one is Shades of Leaves.
Ravelry Link
Knit Picks Link

Late Post of New Design -- more to come

What can I say? Life is crazy sometimes and my mind is on more important pressing things, so I forgot to even post a new pattern in a booklet published by Knit Picks. Forgive me!
Here is the link for the booklet.