Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Yarn Along

I've been knitting away on my Golden Child shawl. It's very easy to memorize which is what I need!

I'm still reading The Lake House by Kate Morton. I'm really enjoying it but I find that I need to read it when I have a big chunk of time. It's not a pick up and put down kind of book.

I posted some knitting inspiration yesterday. Now I can't get all the projects out of my mind!!!

Joining in with Ginny at Small Things for the weekly Yarn Along.

What are you knitting and reading these days?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Knitting on the brain

Fall is on the way. Knitting is ramping up. So little time, so many things I want to knit.

Going through Ravelry to find some new ideas to add to my ever increasing "favorite" list. I thought I would share some of my new finds.
Here are a few things I came across. Some of my knitting buddies might like these too.

Bracken Mitts (would be so cute in alpaca yarn)

Cottage Slipper Socks (would be awesome in thick chunky yarn) not to mention quick to knit

Have you guys seen the new Thea Colman "Baby Cocktails" sweater??!!!!
Holy cow, heaven on earth cables, big neck and 3/4 length sleeves. I want it.

This super cute hat designed and made by my sister, Andee. It's FREE!! Yippee skippy.
Here's the link: Boho Batt Hat

She made it with her handspun from Boho Chic Fiber Co. batt.
I loved the booth in Maryland. Check Boho Chic Fiber out...she has awesome colors. I follow her on instagram too where she posts shop updates and other beautiful pictures.

I wish I had a little girl to knit for, but I don't. But this is too cute. I might knit one or two up for the farm store if I have time. How cute would this be with little leggings underneath for fall?

One more....
This shawl looks so squishy and comfy. I would love to wrap myself up in it.
Taine by Melanie Berg

Now I want to go home and knit and knit and knit.....


Fall is approaching and that means time for wearing our hand knits!!!!

The fleece from this past spring's shearing day is officially in Vermont at the fiber mill.
I can't wait to see what gorgeous yarn we get in return.

The store will be opening up again soon.
So get ready to create with Arrow Acres Yarn!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fossil Hunting

Sunday afternoon, after a nice little morning at the beach, we went home. Chase was worn out from two straight days of beaching it. It was too nice out and I didn't feel like cleaning my house. Soooooo I forced two of my kids to go fossil hunting with me. Well, I only had to force one of them (the 12 year old tween). He was not happy with me. 
But he humored me and I dare say he had a good time. He was much more cheery on the ride home than the ride there. :) 

Here's where we went: Big Brook Preserve in Colts Neck, NJ
A nice little stream with fossils and shark teeth dating back millions of years.
We found a few little things. No shark teeth this trip but I'll definitely go back and try again.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Yarn Along

Hi all. Happy Yarn Along day.
The heat has been brutal around here so I stayed indoors for most of Saturday and knitted away.
I started the Golden Child shawl and it's been an easy knit. Just what I was looking for.
It has some solid sections, striped and textures. With a simple repeat, it's easy to memorize and knit away.

I am reading The Lake House by  Kate Morton.
It started out slow but once it got going I read it all day on Sunday while I sat in my beach chair in the ocean. Yes, IN the ocean. It was so hot and I sat as low as I could to the water edge to keep cool. It was glorious. The book has completely caught my attention and I think I'm going to enjoy the rest.

What are you knitting and reading? 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yarn Along

On my trip to Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this past May, I stumbled upon a little booth. The colors, logo, display and overall feel of the space drew me in. The company was Boho Chic Fiber Co.
I picked up these two skeins in her Wild DK yarn, colors Ocean and Driftwood.

I didn't have a project in mind for the yarn. So when this cowl by Purl Soho popped up the other day on instagram, I thought it would be perfect for my BohoChic yarn.

Casted on and away we go....

(the yarn on the far right is from Sweitzers Fiber Mill, another favorite stop in at MS&W)

I am reading All the Light We Cannot See. It's my son's assigned reading for high school so I thought I would read it too. So far I'm enjoying it. I have a feeling he's going to be bored. Not much action in it for a 14 year boy!!!

Joining Ginny for the weekly Yarn Along. 
What are you reading and knitting? 
Hope you're all enjoying this gorgeous weather we are having today at the Jersey Shore!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Before the alpacas

Before the alpacas, there were horses. I was very fortunate to grow up on a farm where horses were right out the front door. I spent weekends in the barn, mucking stalls, playing "jail" in the feed room, swinging on the pasture gates, riding and having fun. Before sports took over our lives, we spent most of our free time with the horses. My parents had a few horses before we came along, but I remember growing up with Gemini (a sweet guy), Jamie Mac, and ponies Oklahoma and Coco.

Today I want to share a story of friendship and a horse named Jamie Mac.

I don't remember when exactly, but my parents took in a beautiful mare named Jamie Mac. A previous race horse that never broken her maiden, then lived the life of a cross-country jumper. She had a nagging injury that prevented her from the big jumps but she was still ridable and a sweet girl.
The previous owner was looking for a good home for her. She wanted the best for her and my parent's took her in. My mom mostly rode her and I always wanted my turn on her. But Jamie was strong and I didn't know if I was strong enough to ride her. 

I'll never forget the time that I was on her and we hit an open field off of Bailey's Corner Road. (now there are houses everywhere but at the time, it was mostly fields) She saw the open field and TOOK OFF!!!!!!! I had never held on so tightly before in my life! My mom yelling from behind to just hold on. She was so fast. I was terrified! I don't have a very good memory but I sure do remember that.

Fast forward a few years and soccer became a huge part of our family life. We all played and weekends were now spent at the soccer fields instead of the barns. The decision was made to donate the two horses to Chariot Riders, a local therapeutic riding academy. While at Chariot Riders, the horses are used to improve the physical, mental, cognitive and social aspects of handicap children and adults. It is a special place and the horses have helped so many people. 

Now...the friendship part of the story.
My son Dalton is 14. When he was 4, I signed him up for preschool. For his birthday, we invited some boys from class to his party. I mailed the invitations to the kids and that was that.
We go to the party, and one of the moms came up to me and asked me if I ever had a horse named Jamie Mac. Uhhhhh, yes! I did! How did you know? She replied, I saw your return address on the birthday invitation and I knew that I gave my horse to someone on that road many years ago. 
That mom was Rita. We formed an instant friendship and 10 years later, she is one of my closest friends. She is now living in Germany with her son and we are in constant contact through the internet. Thank goodness for the internet and Facebook!!! We message each other often for support or to share funny stories. She makes me laugh and totally gets me. We always say, we're the same garbage floating together in the ocean.

So, why am I posting this today? Well, this morning as I drank my coffee and scrolled through Facebook I saw the news that Jamie Mac, the beautiful horse that touched many lives and helped created a friendship passed away at the age of 33. She lived a very long good life. It brought back so many good memories for me. The time of our lives that we rode horses was a good one. I miss hopping up on a horse and going for a ride. I miss seeing my friend, Rita. We used to call each other up spur of the moment on a weekend and meet up for a hike at a local park. Horse people are a different breed and somehow we all are all held together in our own weird way :)

(from left to right, Leanne on Gemini, my mom on Jamie, Andee on Oklahoma, and Lizzie on Coco)