Yarn Along: Timber Rail Pattern GIVEAWAY

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Reading: Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman
This is one of those audiobooks that has me looking forward to my daily commute. I'm on the last CD and I don't want the story to end! The book flip-flops between 2 characters: Beatty, a single mother trying to survive in Tasmania in the 1930s, and Beatty's granddaughter, Emma, a ballerina, portrayed in present day. I love historical fiction books that go back and forth between past and present like Orphan Train or the Baker's Daughter

Knitting: Timber Rail Capelet
I have been working on this capelet pattern for months and it's finally done! I'm so excited to have a pattern that I can call my own. I want to thank my friend and LYS owner, Kathy, for nudging me to write this pattern down on paper. 

And now, about the pattern: 
The Timber Rail Capelet is knit on size 35 needles so you'll have a FO in no time!
Project is knit flat from the bottom up then sewn together. One size fits most. Two strands of yarn are held together to knit this capelet. You will need one skein of Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash and two skeins of Cascade Yarns Lana Grande to complete the project. The capelet is so warm and is like wearing a cozy blanket around your shoulders.

The pattern is available for purchase on Rav but I would like to give away a pattern to one lucky commenter. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post. Be sure to include your Rav ID or an email address so I can contact the winner. I'll select a random commenter on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at noon and will email the winner a pdf of the pattern. Good luck!

What are you knitting/reading this week?

Wednesday Wake-Up

November 19th, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.

The snow is flying again this morning. I took this shot on the road right by our farm. I could hear the combines out in the field but I couldn't see them! I'll be curious to see if the corn is all down when I get home tonight. Gun deer season starts this weekend. I imagine hunters want the corn down by then so they can spot the deer better.


Yarn Along: Me Before Sunnyside

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: Baby Sunnyside
This baby cardigan is a KAL with Tanis Fiber Arts. The KAL ended last Friday but, clearly, I didn't finish on time. Oh well. Nothing to stress out about. The cardigan is finally starting to look like a cardigan and I just love how cute it is. I'll be keeping this one for myself. Into the hope chest for "someday".
Pattern: Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee (free on Rav!)
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight in colorway Chestnut

(Just Finished) Reading: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This is one of those audiobooks that I can't stop thinking about. A vibrant young man is in an accident that leaves him a quadriplegic. He decides he wants to go to Dignitas (a Swiss group that will help him end his life) but promises his parents that he will wait 6 months to do so. They hire a caregiver, Lou, who makes it her mission to change his mind. 

In 2005 I suffered a neck injury and came millimeters away from being a quadriplegic myself. This book (and the movie Million Dollar Baby) really made me think about what might have been. Would I have the will to live if I was a quad? I would like to think so but it's one of those situations that until you're in it, you really don't know what you would do. I'm going to push for this book to be our next book club pick because I know it will lead to some interesting discussion.

What are you knitting/reading this week?


Operation Christmas Child - My Shoebox is Packed!

Each year my church is a drop-off site for Operation Christmas Child. Have you heard of it? The concept is simple. Pick a gender: boy or girl. Pick an age group: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Then pack a shoebox full of gifts for that child. After the shoeboxes are collected, Samaritan's Purse delivers them to needy children all over the world. (Last time my box went to Malaysia.) Once the shoeboxes are handed out, the children are also given the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ. 

Here's a glimpse at what I packed into this year's shoebox for a 10-14 year old girl.

Backpack. Pencils. Toothbrush. Deodorant. Floss. Soap. Candy. Notebooks. Hairclips. Stickers. Plush turtle (not pictured).

I wanted to include some practical items along with a few fun things. This shoebox full of gifts may be the first gift that my child has ever received. Doesn't that just give you goosebumps? I hope she likes what I picked out for her. I sure had fun doing it!



Get out the vote!

Remember to exercise your right to vote today. It's a privilege and a freedom that each and every one of us should take advantage of. Wisconsin has a big governor's race so I imagine we'll have a great turnout at the polls today. 

Personally, I'm really looking forward to being able to watch TV or listen to the radio without hearing all of the attack ads. A friend of mine is running for state senate and it's really hard to hear the horrible lies that have been said about her.


33 Years of Livin'

Today is my 33rd birthday and I feel so blessed and grateful for my life. Sure, sometimes life sucks and is really hard. I'm not always the most positive person but today I'm looking on the bright side. I have an amazing man by my side, a wonderful family (both his and mine), have been to some amazing places (and have so many more yet to see) and have my health - which a year ago wasn't that great. Some years I don't like turning older but this year? This year just feels good.

Tired but happy to be in my favorite place - backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains. October 23, 2014


Yarn Along: Sunnyside Summit

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: Baby Sunnyside
This baby cardigan is a KAL with Tanis Fiber Arts. I'm glad Tanis extended the finish date out a bit because there's no way I was going to finish on time. I still have a long way to go - sometimes I forget how long it takes to knit with little yarn on little needles. After a rough start with this pattern (had to rip out twice!) now I'm in the groove. I love the soft cables and the yarn colorway is amazing. Doesn't it just scream "autumn"?
Pattern: Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee (free on Rav!)
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight in colorway Chestnut

Reading: To the Summit by Margo Chisholm
Margo overcomes an addiction to drugs and a serious eating disorder and finally starts living for herself at age 40. She realizes a passion for climbing mountains and sets a goal to climb the highest peak on each continent. While I love adventure, I have no desire to climb peaks so high that you don't have enough oxygen to breathe - but I sure do like reading about it!

What are you knitting/reading this week?