Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Yarn Along: August

Hi knitting friends. Joining in with Ginny at Small Things Blog for the monthly yarn along. A place to share what people are reading and knitting, it's always a highlight of mine to read everyone's posts. I remember when I was home and my boys were little and I didn't get out as much as I can now, I would be so excited for Wednesdays and Ginny's weekly yarn along. I could spend hours clicking on everyone's posts and fall into the time trap of blog reading. Just as my life has gotten busier and less time spent at home, Ginny has also become busier with her growing family so it's now a monthly post. She hosts the yarn along the first Wednesday of the month. I think with the video blogs and podcasting, more people are heading to YouTube instead of written blogs, which is great because Liz and I have our own podcast, Cocktail Hour at the Coop!! But for me, I still love to have a few moments to sit and read what people have to say.

So on that note, here's what I'm reading and working on these days! We just got home from a nice, relaxing vacation and this sweater is the one that traveled along with me where ever we went. We were in Saratoga, NY then Lake George. The sweater is the Ramona Light Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith. I'm knitting it with Quince & Co yarn in the Marsh colorway. It was the perfect no brainer pattern for vacation although I have to admit a simple stockinette sweater isn't the most interesting to work on....
Once it is done I am planning on embroidering the sweater with some apple blossoms and a barn swallow. I was inspired by this sweater.

While we were away I finished the book, Tangerine. I recommend it for a fast read, a bit of suspense. 

And here are a few pictures from vacation. It was wonderful to be all together for a week. No distractions, no work, just fun.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Happy 7th Birthday!

This wild, crazy, energetic, smart, silly, passionate little boy turns 7 today! He will forever be my baby. The youngest of three boys, he makes me complete as a mom. I can't imagine one day of life without him. He makes me melt, drives me crazy and keeps me laughing. He loves fishing, playing with his cousins, baseball, helping his Grandpop on the farm, watching fishing shows, searching for critters...frogs, crabs, worms, eating chicken salad sandwiches, cotton candy ice cream from Sundaes. He loves life and wakes up every day ready to "do something". He doesn't sit still for long. He goes 'til he drops. Not a moment is wasted in his day.

I love this kid so much and I'm so happy to be celebrating 7 years of Chase.

Happy birthday kiddo!!!!!!!! We love you.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Episode 13: Cheers! annnnnd we're back to the chickens!

Hi friends! Liz and I published Episode 13 of our podcast. The intro should have you laughing....I get stuck in my sister's chicken coop and Liz films my rescue!

We talk about what we're working on, a new pattern by Liz and we talk about our FibreShare experience.

Thank you to everyone that has been following us, watching, subscribing and giving those thumbs up! We're really having fun doing the podcast so it's fun to know you're all enjoying it too.

Here's the link to Episode 13. Enjoy!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Crushes and Inspiration

Hi friends. Hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer. It's been sooo hot here in New Jersey! We had a huge rain storm this morning so hopefully we will cool off a bit. 

I haven't done an inspirational post in a while so I thought I would take some time today and do one for you! Hope this inspires you to create, enjoy, cook, relax, decorate...a spark to get the creative juices flowing.

I am crushing on this shawl. The colors, the construction, love it all.

I've been thinking about this shawl since I saw it in person at Vogue Live NYC on Kate in the Green Mountain Spinnery booth. It's the Love & Darkness shawl. I am really enjoying knitting the Sylvia McFadden sweater, Lovable and this is a similar looking lace. I'm thinking it could be my second Rhinebeck knit.

And then there's this shawl....SO PRETTY! Boho Style Mosaic Shawl
Knitted in worsted wool, this would be so cozy on a cold night. It also reminds me of couches we had as a kid. They were in the basement and so uncomfortable but I loved them!

Some cute little hats would be fun to knit up for the farm store holiday shopping.
I like these.

I'm liking these pretty embroidered pillowcases. Would be fun to make my own.

These look yummy and healthy and an easy weeknight meal.

Seashell with Sharpies: Purple Debbie, this made me think of you.

On that same note...cute painted rocks. Easy and free craft. These would make cute little paperweights or decorations.

Embroidered Map artwork as part of your trip memories! Cute idea.

Hope some of these inspired you to create something :)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Our Rhinebeck Make-a-Long

Hi friends. Liz and I are hosting a make-a-long in anticipation for Rhinebeck 2018!'s only 4 months away!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!! It's one of my favorite weekends of the year. Gathering together with knitters, fiber loving friends and family in the beautiful Hudson Valley during fall is the BEST.

Our podcast is gaining more viewers (thank you!) and we thought what better way to reward the fans than with a make-a-long and giveaway. So here's the deal....if you want to join in the fun, pick something to make and tag us on instagram or with #arrowacresrhinebeckkal on instagram. I also opened up a thread on Ravelry that you can post your projects and talk about what you're making. I'll link it below.You can knit, crochet, weave, sew....what ever your favorite craft is works for us!

If you are not attending Rhinebeck, that's ok! You can still join us. It's all about community and sharing to inspire each other.

We will close the Make-a-Long on October 12 (week before Rhinebeck). If you are attending we will buy 2 Rhinebeck tickets and gift you with a project bag from Robins Roost full of goodies. We would love to hand deliver it to you on the hill for the podcast meet up!

I am making the Lovable sweater by Sylvia McFadden using Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool in the chestnut color. It's flying on my needles. It's a big chunky lace sweater that I am making oversize and shorter than the pattern. It will be similar to the version that Kate made from Green Mountain. We talked about making this when I was at Maryland Sheep & Wool. We'll be twins in different colors. I'm not sure what I'll do for the neckline. It called for a rib but Kate did a big cowl. I think I want something in the middle. Maybe more like the neckline from my Kirwin sweater. We'll see....

So join in the fun!!!! And you can always watch us on the podcast to see what else we are up to.
Find us as Cocktail Hour at the Coop on YouTube.

Links: Ravelry Group Thread

Leanne's Rhinebeck sweater

Cocktail Hour at the Coop podcast

Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Knitting and Planting

Hello blogging friends :) With all the instagram posts and podcasting, I've neglected my poor little blog. I still try to read everyone's posts when I can but posting myself has been far and few between.

The Yarn Along is always a favorite of mine so I thought I would join in the fun this month.

I am knitting Time Trades by Caitlin Hunter. It's a beautiful and easy to knit shawl. I went stash diving for this beauty! A mix of some of my favorite yarn dyers and makers. It's been traveling to the baseball games these days and it's a perfect game watching knit.

I'm still reading The Thorn Birds. It's a long one but I'm really enjoying it when I do have a chance to read.

We have had SO MUCH RAIN this spring so my garden and flowers got planted much later than usual. Finally got a few in the ground last weekend. It is isn't pretty but it's planted! The chicken coop got a little splash of color with new flowers too.

Happy Knitting!
Joining with Ginny at Small Things for the monthly Yarn Along.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Turning 40, Fishing & Knitting

Every year around the time of my birthday, "my" apple tree blooms.
Over the years the tree has lost many limbs and is much smaller than it once was. It was a a place for my sisters and I to swing and play from, climb and hide. It was the backdrop for some favorite family photos. The top photo of my tree was taken many, many years ago. My guess is around 1982. That's my Uncle Mayo sitting on the ground watching me and Andee swing. He wasn't my uncle by blood, but he felt like family, even like a grandfather. 

So every year, on my birthday my tree blooms and it makes me smile.
This year, I turned 40. A weird birthday to have. Had a rough month of some sad losses but it also makes me appreciate everything and everyone around me and the fact that I get to celebrate another year. 

I've been a bad blogger lately, so this is a mishmash of photos from the month.....

My friends and sisters threw me a fun party for my bday. Loved all the special touches!!

The weather has been so weird this May. Spring has been nonexistent. We go from cold and rainy to HOT. But the fishing has been good in our pond. I love taking the boys down to fish and it's even more fun when all the little boys are there. On shearing day, I took the kids down later in the day after work so everyone could finish up the shearing and eat dinner. We caught fish with every cast!

The chickens have been busy laying their eggs. Nothing like a fresh farm egg to start your day.
I also started a new knitting project. Been in a knitting funk lately. This new project has been perfect baseball knitting and I'm making a lot of progress on it.

Welcome to June! I hope the weather improves and life can slow down a bit!!!!