…Leaf Chasers…

I have to say the fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  Yes, I do love the warmth of spring, the heat of summer and the chilliness of winter, but fall….  Everything about this season is perfect for me;  the cool, crisp days, the clean smell of the air, the beautiful colors.  Naturally, all of these things gave way to a new design.  So here’s the new pattern I hinted about yesterday.  Meet Leaf Chasers.

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Leaf Chasers – shown in Miss Babs Kaweah, colorway: dark roast

Leaf Chasers is a lace cowl that will sit cozily around your neck, and a pair of lace mitts that can be worn two different ways.  Perfect for those days when you’re out searching for that perfect fall leaf.  If you happen to be at Rhinebeck stop by Miss Babs and you can see the samples.  Oh, and get the pattern and yarn!

leafcowl5I hope you love them as much as I do!

 

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…3 more sleeps…

On Thursday I’ll be headed to Boston to see Marcy!  It’s my annual east coast trip.  Marcy and I head to Rhinebeck for the weekend.  Then back to her house for 4 days and on to NYC for the next weekend!  We like to cram as much fun into the time we have together as possible.  We only get to see each other once a year so we have to make the most of it.  It’s the kind of vacation that I come back from more tired than when I left, but it’s a good kind of tired.  Rest assured that I’ll be posting here about all the stuff we do along the way.

In the meantime, I’ve  released a pattern (a while back…) and am just getting around to posting about it.  You might say that I’ve been up to my eyeballs in knitting.  So here is  In Flux.

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In Flux is knit using approximately 100 yards of a super bulky weight yarn and size US 13/9mm needles.  Super quick to knit up.  I finished one in a couple of  evenings!  If you’ve started your holiday gift knitting, In Flux would fit right in there.  I hope you love it!

I have another pattern that I’m just getting ready to release for Rhinebeck.  You should be seeing something here in the next couple of days.  Until then I’ll leave you with a sneak peak…

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…birthday girl…

Thirty-one years ago, just about now, we welcomed Kate into our world.  Can’t believe it was that long ago.  Seems like yesterday…

kate4She was always a happy baby but she sure knew her own mind and did things in her own time and her own way.kate2

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She has a wicked sense of humor and can make any of us laugh at the drop of a hat.kate1

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She loves her family, especially her nieces. She’s a pretty great “Aunt Kiki”.DSC_01061

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528754_4721626167396_456849500_nHappy Birthday, Kate.  We’re pretty proud of you.  These 31 years have gone by in a flash.   I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

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…book review and a scavenger hunt…

Do you love knitting lace?  If you love it as much as I do then you will definitely want a copy of my friend Heather Zoppetti’s  book Everyday Lace from Interweave Press.  This book has it all!

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Heather has done a really great job including information on techniques, from charts to using life lines, along with an excellent glossary.  There are wonderful illustrations that turn this book into a must have lace reference book that every knitter should have in their library.  Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran, this book has something for everyone.

Did I mention patterns?  Well, there are 18 beauties in this book, everything from small accessories to garments.  The only problem that I can see with this book is what to pick to cast on first.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Peaquea Shell

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Bellemont Cardigan

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Strasburg Armwarmers

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Engleside Cowlneck Pullover

I really can’t call these my favorites because I love practically every pattern in the book.  These are just the first that I’ll be adding to my list of things to knit!

I am honored to be a part of Heather’s blog tour for the book.  It’s been great fun reading all of the posts about the book.  You can find the link to them here.  Thanks Heather for including me!  And along with the blog tour Heather came up with an awesome idea.  A scavenger hunt!  In each blog post you’ll find 2 questions, one about Everyday Lace and one about that blogger.  Keep track of those questions and answers and you could win a great prize package from Heather!   So here goes…

Question 1:  How many projects in Everyday Lace use blue yarn?

Question 2:  Which of my patterns did I design for my daughter’s bridesmaids?

Get hunting for those answers and good luck!

Next up:  Sweet Georgia!

 

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…shifted shades…

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Are you in the mood for a KAL?  Well, Melanie of Black Trillium and I have teamed up for one using her beautiful Gradient Kits in Lilt Sock and my newest pattern Shifted Shades!  If you haven’t knit with Melanie’s Lilt Sock do yourself a favor and get a kit and join us.  This stuff is seriously gorgeous!  The KAL starts October 5th and runs through the end of the year so there is plenty of time to participate!  This pattern is super easy to memorize so it makes a great take along project and it would be perfect for a holiday gift for that special someone.  I hope you’ll knit along with us.  It’s going to be great fun!!

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…gatherings of many kinds…

Right now I am sitting in the great room at our Sunriver house enjoying a cup of coffee and snuggling with my littlest granddaughter, Elliet.  We are here for an extra long Labor Day weekend with the whole family.  We don’t get to spend this much time with the whole clan so these days are extra special.  We’ve been filling them with games, fort building, long bike rides and swimming.  It’s been great fun!  Today there will be much more bike riding, swimming and probably a kayak trip.  Photos to follow…

There have been a few things going in with my knitting.  First, this…

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Meet my Gathering In Cowl.  I was asked to design something for WEBs 40th Anniversary celebration and Gathering In seemed like a good fit.  You can find out all about it here.  And if you don’t know about WEBs 40th Anniversary you need to.  40 years in the yarn business is really something to celebrate and celebrate they are!  They have special things happening all year and special products being release all the time!  I am so grateful to be a part of this remarkable milestone!

Next up is a super secret project I have been working on.  Details will be coming soon but as for now I’ll leave you with a little sneak peek.

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Gotta run.  I have a date with a 2-year-old and another fort to build.  Have a great weekend!

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…the hardest of days…

On July 13th something happened that will forever change my life.  My dad died.  It was sudden and unexpected but very peaceful in the end.  I have been readying myself for this for some time but you are never really ready.

My dad has always been a big part of my life.  He was a teacher, a good listener, a teaser and a beautiful example of what a parent should be.  I could go to him with a problem, no matter how big or small, and he would listen, think on the situation and then give advice while all the while making me feel like I had come up with the answer to my problem on my own.  He has given me guidance through the years and I am forever grateful.

This Friday we will say our final goodbyes to him.  It will be a beautiful day of celebrating the life that he lived, and what a great life it was!

His passing has left a hole in our lives and in our hearts but I know he will be with us forever in our memories.  I love you, Dad.

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Dad and I ~ summer of 1973

 

 

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…have trunk, will travel…

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be at For Yarn’s Sake tonight from 5:00-7:00 and I’d love it if you could drop by and see me!  I’ll have my trunk show with me and patterns for sale including Knit Night that has just been reformatted.  I have a beautiful sample knit up in Black Trillium Fibre Studio Lilt Sock and it is amazing!

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Hope to see you there ~

 

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…good people…

I’m just back from our latest Strung Along Retreat;  Knit, Play, Cook where we did all of the things.  There was plenty of knitting, a bit of playing and some awesome cooking.  The mix of people who attended this retreat was really lovely.  They came from all over and brought with them such personalities and life stories.  Each time Steph and I do one of these retreats we love to hear the life stories.  Many of these come from our last night activity.  This time we asked our retreaters to bring the most beautiful thing they ever made.  And bring it they did.  We had a lot of beautiful knitting, gorgeous quilts, lovely jewelry and glass work, paintings…you get the idea, this was a very talented group.  I wish I had photos of these things to show you but I was busy admiring each and every one of them and forgot completely to photograph any of them.  I did, however, get a chance to take photos of some of the other things that went on during the retreat.
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I love looking back on the photos of the retreats.  It’s so nice to see how much everyone enjoyed themselves.  Steph and I are always tired at the end of these events, but it’s a good kind of tired…and it’s something we are really proud of.  I’m already looking forward to the next one.  

Next up, designs and knitting!

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…a near death experience…

I have a Meyer lemon tree in my kitchen that at one time was on its last leg.  It was out on our patio last summer and got neglected while we were gone.  No water = dead plant.  I really thought it was a goner.  I was going to just let it go to the great compost pile in the sky when I noticed a single green leaf, just one.  I brought it in and nursed it through the winter and this is what happened…

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…and there are many more where that one came from.   I am really glad I didn’t give up on it.  So out on the patio it goes to soak up the sun.  I’ll be watering it religiously.

In other news, my friend Marcy has a special new pattern that she just designed for WEBS 40th Anniversary Sale!  The Intemporelle Pullover is really beautiful and you can get it here.

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photo credit ~ Marcy Vandale

Along with this, today is Marcy’s birthday and she’s having a birthday sale!  Go here and use the special code BIRTHDAYPARTY and you’ll get 20% off all of her great patterns (excluding Intemporrelle) for the next week!  Happy Birthday, Marcy!

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of the lemon tree.  I hope to be making lemon curd in the near future.  Let me know if you have a good recipe!

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