Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Knitting, Felting, Summer Yarn Along

It's that day once again. Yarn Along Day.
A time to share what you are knitting, crocheting and creating.

For this week, I didn't get much knitting done.
I casted on another Outlander Cowl, designed by my sister, AndeeKF.
I am finished up the rest of the skein that I used for my previous cowl.
My plan is to knit up a bunch to sell at the farm store.

I also snuck in a few more rows of my "Strawberry Fields" shawl.
The pattern is Pendulum by Amy Miller.
And my rose bush is in bloom! It blooms every year during the last week of school.
A welcomed scene to start the summer.

A seldom seen shot of me. I'm usually behind the camera but Garrett took this photo of me while I was knitting on Father's Day at Monmouth Park. So there I am, being a dork.

I finished up teaching another session of the Beginners Knitting Course.
The world has 3 more knitters! Yay! I LOVE teaching people to knit. It makes me so happy.

The second class of this course we take a break to make some felted soap. 
It's so much fun and good for all ages.

For teaching info, class list, schedule, etc....Click Here

After classes, Liz worked on making some felted slippers using alpaca fleece from Smoke's neck.

Some of the little boys hung out while we worked the farm store, knitted and felted.

By the end of our day on Saturday, Liz and I both had custom made Smoke Slippers.
And a beer...and some knitting. Yes, it's good to end a day this way!

Here are the slippers. They are soooo comfy! I'm going to fancy mine up with some felted accents and embroidery. But for now, they're great and I wear them constantly.
That handsome alpaca is Smoke Ring, our Herdsire. Thanks for the fleece for my slippers!

And on to other things from the week....Alpaca and Kid related....
The babies are adorable!!!!!! They are a fun group. Always running around!

Check out this cover!
Yup! That's my sister, Liz and Smoke Ring on the COVER of Alpaca's Magazine, 
Alpaca Owner's Guide Edition! Very cool.

My middle son, Garrett, made it to the little league Championship. This is a big deal for him. His team has never made it this far. This team are nicknamed The Comeback Kids. A great group of boys that never give up and win big!

Living minutes from the beach is the best. And I really appreciate it when we can run up to the rides on a Tuesday night for some fun.

Happy little cousins! Ice cream, rides and beach fun.

And I'm really, really, really sad to say, but our feathered friend,
Mr. Guinea Pig Hen could not escape the MEAN predators that lurk in the woods.
We don't know where he came from, but he was ours for 5 days.
I loved having him around. He must have ate a gazillion bugs while he was here.
We're guessing that a fox got him. Unfortunately, we had a feeling this was going to happen.
Chickens and Guinea hens don't last long around here :(

Wishing all a good week. Summer vacation starts Friday for my kids.
Looking forward to  a slowed down schedule and much needed chill time.

Happy Knitting!


  1. Your felted slippers are to die for and congrats to your son and your sister!! How exciting. I loved the picture of you knitting. I am always knitting at the beach which can be odd to some people. How great that you live by the beach. That would be fab!! Lucky you!! Enjoy it. Happy summer days!!

  2. I love those felted slippers!! So comfy looking! And all the wonderful activity around you-- looks like a great way to kick off the summer!!

  3. All kinds of fun in this post! I especially love the colors in the shawl you're working on. They look great together! Happy knitting!

  4. The knits are wonderful but I am totally in love with the felted slippers! They look incredibly cozy and comfy!

  5. What an awesome post! So many great things happening at your place: babies (human and alpaca), knitting classes, cowls and shawls, felt slippers (they are FABULOUS!!!), magazine covers, baseball and beach days. So much happiness. : )

  6. What a fabulous Post! Love it all. Congrats to your Son! I'm absolutely intrigued by these felted slippers? I was just given some Alpaca fleece and would love to do something like this. Do you have a pattern/instructions or did you just wing it? Mel x

  7. I loved reading this post. Those slippers look so comfy. Love to see the summertime activities of all the little ones.

  8. I see felted soaps on a lot of US blogs, but please can you tell me: what on earth are they FOR?! Lovely to see the alpacas as always x