Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Week in Pictures

Ok, it's been more than a week since my last post, but this will give you some idea of what I've been up to in my busy life:

Also, today a new free pattern of mine has been released. This is the Shrug of Many Colors:
You can find out more about it, get the pdf, and read an interview I did with Galler Yarns here.

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Girls, Ponies, and Gardens

This last week and a half or so has been so beautiful. Portland in the Spring is a lovely place. And full of pollen. Which I admit is not my favorite. I get rather miserable with it most of the time. This year hasn't been too bad with that, though. I've been enjoying the change!

Last weekend, I took my lovely daughter to visit my parents for Mother's Day. With us went some good friends. We had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect, the food was amazing (thanks, Mom!), and baby animals were everywhere. The girls spent most of their time with the ponies and horses, though.

Something about girls and horses.... It was great. Even pony cart rides to finish the day! It was a perfect girls weekend together.

Today, I am planting a container garden with the kids. Mom sent me home with strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, mint... and the kids and I got some dirt, containers and more seeds yesterday.  We were going to do  a full-on vegetable garden this year- but found out that we will be moving at the end of Summer! Containers are easier to move, and this way, we'll get to enjoy the harvest.

This Spring and Summer promises to be extra busy!  For right now, I'm just trying to focus on getting done with this years' school.  Only 2 more weeks!!! We are so looking forward to our break.  Being outside all day, gardening, playing....packing and cleaning.... Good times all around!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Derby Day Socks

This post is a bit late, as these socks became available last Friday from The Unique Sheep, but I have had a Crazy weekend, and have only just now been able to get around to posting these!

I designed these socks in honor of horse racing. I grew up on Walter Farley books, and graduated to Dick Francis. Besides just being a horse lover, I love watching them race.

For more information, and to get the pattern and/or kit, go here. Or here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Pattern

Lace Cuff Gauntlets.
My photography is horrible. You can find better pictures and pattern details here. This pattern is free. It will be available this Friday. Check back to the link above to get it in two days!

I loved knitting this pattern. It's a nice simple lace pattern with a fake cable.  The yarn is GallerYarns Parisian Cotton. This was an unusual yarn to knit with. It comes on a cone, and seems very thin. Similar to lace weight, but knits up more like a fingering or almost a sock weight yarn. It's a bit stiff, but loosens up with a wash and block. I love the stitch definition and the way it holds it's shape to keep the cuff a bit stiff at the end where it flares out.

This pattern is easily adaptable. You can make it shorter, longer for over the elbow, or add a couple repeats of the pattern and turn it into leg warmers. Versatile, pretty, lacy; perfect for Spring and Summer.

Enjoy!!! :D