Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Socks!



If you know me as a knitter, you know I'm not a fan of knitting socks. It's the whole making two of things I think. I don't mind knitting the sock, it's that I want to start something else when I'm done with the first. So yes, I have a few single socks in my drawer.

Well, I was listening to the Grocery Girls and they mentioned knitting some dk weight socks. Yes! Quicker and much more doable for me. I found the Rye Sock pattern by Tin Can Knits and casted on.

I got this pretty Tosh DK yarn in the Opaline color way from  my local yarn shop, A Stitch In Time in Farmingdale. It was a pretty color and I was ready for my first dk socks.

I knitted these up in a weekend and they're squishy and comfy. A bit big, but perfect for wearing around the house. I'm hooked and plan on making some more.


Ravelry Notes Here

For anyone that doesn't know this, I designed the Yarn Along logo for Ginny. I love seeing it on all your blogs and I just noticed that it matches my socks quite nicely this week.






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Inspirational

Between kids, work and every day life I haven't been on the blog as much as I like to be. I always find comfort in posting here. Not sure why...I don't even know who reads it besides my dad and my knitters. But it's nice to catch up with my blogging family and share a bit of what's been going on.

We've had some interesting weather in NJ. from 4 degrees to 68 degrees in one week, snow, rain, sunshine, wind, calm, we've had it all. 

I thought I would go back to my Monday Inspiration posts. A time to look around the web, find some inspiring things to knit, cook, decorate, etc. Here's what I came up with for today:

Found this pretty scarf on ravelry today
It's called the Petals and Frills Scarf. I don't knit scarves very often, but this one but just be a winner.




SO....I started this Monday morning and now it's Tuesday morning. Let's see if I can finish up! Hah!

Cute fair isle socks. Good stash buster! 






Cute wreath idea for knitters.


OMG! It's now Tuesday 4:30. Seriously...this whole work thing really gets in the way of blogging. 

Yummy food!





I would love to do this to the kitchen.




Ok...so wasn't able to get a ton of things on here, but it's something!
Hope something inspired you to create, enjoy and make.

See ya all later!







Friday, January 13, 2017

Georgetown

Thought I would share a finished picture of my Georgetown sweater.
I dyed the yarn with the help of my sister, Liz. We used acid dye from Dharma Trading Co.
I started with the base yarn, Cascade Alpaca Lana D'Oro. Mixed up a bunch of colors and ended up with this pumpkin color. Ta da!





It's easy to wear and nice and squishy :) A perfect every day cardigan.

Ravelry Notes here: Georgetown

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Knitting and Finished Objects


Hello!!!!!!!!! Happy 2017!

Wow, it's been a while since I've been on here. We had a wonderful holiday season. Busy times on the farm, with family, catching up with friends and of course lots of knitting.

Thought I would share some finished knitting objects as well as what I'm working on now.


For Christmas, I knitted this cowl designed by Buckaloo View. The pattern name is Neapolitan Cowl but I'm calling it the Blue Ribbon Cowl for Mom. I knitted this with farm yarn from her alpacas. It's a gray blend and all of the alpacas have won blue ribbons for their fleece. I was really happy with the way it knitted up. The yarn was so soft and it showed the detail so well. I loved it and my mom seemed to love it too.

Raverly notes: Blue Ribbon Cowl




This is the Conversationalist Hat. A free pattern by Plucky Knitter.
I knitted this with O-Wool Classic Worsted in the Alumroot and Mustard Seed color ways.
I bought this yarn at Rhinebeck this year. It's a fun quick hat!

Ravelry Page: Conversationalist



THIS HAT!!!!!! It's the Prim hat designed by Andrea Mowry. This is a great hat and I knitted it with Farm Yarn made from the fleece of Ox and Stone. I can't say enough how amazing this yarn is. It's soft, squishy, round, deep in color. It's amazing. I have worn this hat almost every day since it came off my needles. I would love a big fuzzy pompom for the top. Maybe in a camel color...need to get looking for that! Thank you to my sister Andee for taking a few pictures of me wearing it.

Ravelry page: Prim




For Christmas I asked my mom for a blanket quantity of yarn from the farm.
Lucky me :) I am knitting the Tree Ring pi shawl/blanket by Brooklyn Tweed.
Eric at Sticks and Twine is running a Pi Shawl KAL so I decided to join in the fun.
It's knitting up quickly. I'm farther along than this picture shows.



I also finished knitting my Georgetown Sweater.  I dyed the yarn with the help of my sister, Liz. 
The yarn is Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lana D'Oro. It started off tan and I dyed it this pumpkin color.
My buddy Joan wanted to knit a sweater together so we picked this one. I knitted the seamed version.
And here's what I've learned. I need to take a class about setting in sleeves. I'm fine with mattress stitch for side seams, but the shoulders seem a bit tricky for me. I kept saying that I need a "ME"! I just need someone to sit next to me and guide me once. I need a better photo of it on me, but for now, here's a quick pic of the sweater and the yarn.

Ravelry Page: Georgetown with Joan




Another hat, this one I just made up a pattern and knitted it up during playoff football this past Sunday. Go Steelers! Bummer Giants are done....I have both fans in may house.
It's knitted with Tosh Chunky (Whiskers color way) and spots of blue are stash yarn from Tess yarn that I got years ago at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. 





So that's what I've been up to....



And let's just quickly talk about my new obsession podcast!!!!!! The Grocery Girls. I love them.
I can't get enough. I've been watching past episodes and I enjoy every single one.
I would love to hang out with them, AmyBeth (The Fat Squirrel) and Susan B Anderson for days.
Love it. Watch them. Now. You'll enjoy!!!


Happy Knitting and Happy 2017!

Joining in with Ginny at Small Things.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Yarn Along

Hi everyone. I apologize for being so quiet around here. I can't seem to keep up with things lately!!! I guess it's that time of year. Busy, busy, busy! With the busy weekends in the farm store, I also had a holiday band concerts that I perform in. We finished up our holiday season and as much as I will miss playing for the next month, it's nice to have a little break. I haven't been knitting as much as I would like to, but I do have a few things on the needles and one off that I thought I would share.

I am knitting up a Georgetown Sweater using alpaca/merino yarn that I hand dyed with the help of my sister, Liz. I am working on the k1,p1 ribbed collar and I'm pretty sure this is taking me longer than all the other pieces combined! 





I am halfway through In a Dark, Dark Wood. It's a best seller...it's quick to read but I'm not so sure on how much I like it so far. We'll see...


I finished up the Prim hat. Knitted it with yarn from our farm. It's the Ono, Stone blend and it's AMAZING!!!!!!!! The mill that my parents have used the past two years is top notch and are doing a beautiful job with the yarn. It's uniform, beautifully spun, bouncy, soft. Perfection. I would like to get a fuzzy pompom for the top. I think that would make it complete.
Photos of the handsome boys that "grew" my yarn are below.





I have a few gift knits that I am working on too, so can't share pics of those!
Hope you are enjoying the holiday preparations. I have so much to do!!!!!! 

Happy knitting. Joining in with Ginny at Small Things for the YarnAlong.




Monday, November 21, 2016

Weekends in the Coop














The Coop days are in full swing at the farm! The store is stocked with gorgeous yarn, hand made knits, alpaca socks, sweaters, coats, accessories and gifts for everyone on your list! 
We are also all stocked up on farm honey.

Come on by and say hi to the alpacas and do some shopping!

Hours through Christmas: 
Friday: 12-4
Saturday: 10-4
Sunday: 12-4




Tuesday, November 8, 2016

We Voted



I don't think of myself as a political person. I have strong feelings about how I raise my family, personal decisions, etc. But when it comes down to political discussions, I tend to stay out of them. However, I do feel strongly about voting. Being a woman, a mom, a wife, a co-worker, a school volunteer, I really can't imagine what it would feel like to NOT have a say in what goes on around us.  

So, head out and vote. As nervous as I was to vote for someone today, it felt good to be able to push that button, show my kids what it's like to vote and do my part, however small it may be.