Frost Princess

I finished it! And wrote up a free pattern so you can make one too! Continue reading

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Road Trip! A Wedding, A Reunion, A Birth, and A Family Portrait (the first since we were 8)

This weekend we bravely set out on a 5 1/2 drive with six children.

It was so fun!

We colored and played the ABC game and snacked and watched movies on the iPad and read books and I knitted a lot (of course).

Then we arrived. And we did all those things some more, only now with our cousins and aunts and uncles and friends.

Then there was news of the birth of a new cousin – a much prayed for VBAC and a healthy mama and new baby boy! The sister of the groom, no less, but she is a super mom and was still able to attend the wedding exactly 24 hours after the birth – with her two year old twins and four year old in tow! And you thought I was joking about the super mom part! WOW!

The outdoor wedding was beautiful and the bride was gorgeous and we had fun despite the sprinkling of rain that cooled us off in the heat of the day.

The reception was a great party with dancing and laughter and good food.

Being with my family is always, always, always a good time. I am so blessed to have been born into this wonderful tribe.

The fun didn’t stop just because the day was over. Sunday morning found us all in church and so blessed in an awesome service. Afterwards we headed back to the house for lunch and more visiting. There was swimming and food and olympics on the tv.

But The Man did have to work on Monday, so in the evening we said goodbye and headed north.

What a wonderful trip! And, look! We got a family photo taken!

 

And of course there was knitting. Lots and lots of knitting. Until I had to drive, that is. But I took this amazing yarn

Spunky Eclectic Portuguese Merino A Bug’s Life single ply lace weight (taken with the phone camera in the car before I cast on)

and turned it into this.

 

Pogona by Stephen West

Loving it so far and it is the perfect traveling knitting. I can’t wait to get it finished and to see the final color progression. What a fun project!

 

Spinning With Baby V

I haven’t been spinning much since all that yarn came in a few weeks ago, but fiber has been coming in, too. Like this gorgeous braid from the Cosymakes Falkland Fiber Club. She calls it “Fantastic Mr. Fox”.

Plus, that gorgeous spindle from Wildcard Fiber Arts came in as well and I have been trying it out on the mystery fiber that was included in the box (I need to find out what this is because it is absolutely heavenly). This spindle is really tiny, but it spins beautifully and looks gorgeous in my yarn cabinet.

So, I decided that I need to finish plying what’s on my spindle. This is what my morning looked like:

I’ve got 4oz spun and plied now hanging to dry. I will tell you all about it tomorrow, complete with pictures.

Flower Garden Stitch Markers – Free Pattern

I made a few sets of these sometime ago and have been meaning to make more. I love the cheery way that they mark the end of a long row of boring stockinette, or that they help me keep the rythym of intense lace. (They also happen to grace my Ravelry avatar.) So, to brighten up your day, too, here is the simple pattern for:

Flower Garden Stitch Markers

materials – size 10 cotton thread in a variety of colors, size 5 (1.9mm) crochet hook, brass rings (I used Knit Picks Stitch Markers)

gauge – not critical

• Keep right side facing throughout.

• When adding the brass ring, it should sit at the center top of the first petal.

Using yellow, chain 3 and join into a ring with a sl st.

round 1: sc into ring 7 times, sl st into first st, break thread and fasten off

round 2: using petal color, ch2, work a dc, catching the last loop through the brass ring, ch 2, sl st into same st, *(sl st, ch 3, dc, ch3, sl st ) into next sc*, repeat in following 6 sc

Break thread and fasten off. Weave in ends

I apologize for the crochet content of this post. Tomorrow, we will return to our regularly scheduled knitty-ness.