Yarn Along: Mystery Beast

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

Knitting: A Mystery Gift
I'm still working on a surprise Christmas gift. I just started the third skein and I'm halfway done with the final chart. The end is in sight!
Pattern: Check out my Rav page. (I know the gift recipient isn't on Rav so I'm safe sharing it.)
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish in Colorway Goldrush Tonal

Reading: An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz
I'm only a few pages into this book but if it's as good as Rabinowitz's other books, I know I'll love it. I actually got to visit Cockscomb Basin in Belize a few years back where the author established the world's first jaguar preserve. Jaguar is one of my favorite books of all time and it was so cool to visit the different sites that are talked about in the book and to meet some of the local Mayans as well!

FO: Toddler Hat
I knit this little hat for Christian's cousin who is expecting her first baby (a boy!) in November. I couldn't attend the baby shower but sent this in the mail. I love how it turned out!
Pattern: The base of the hat loosely follows the Tiger Stamped hat pattern by Kate Oates. The motif is my own design.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in colorways 859 & 888.

FO: Shoulder Cape
This knit is pretty special because it's made entirely with my own handspun yarn! As soon as I slip it over my shoulders I can feel the warmth envelope me. Isn't wool amazing? I added the stripe to the pattern for a little extra pop. I wish I would have made the stripe a little wider but, oh well.
Pattern: Shoulder Cape by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: My own handspun!

What are you knitting/reading this week?

PS - Poor Winston couldn't figure out why I would leave him inside while I was taking photos out on the deck.


When life gives you bad beer, make bread!

No matter how bad it tastes, I just can't bring myself to dump a bad beer down the drain. We've had some gross beer hanging out in the back of our fridge for longer than I care to admit. I needed to make room for Octoberfest beer (my fav!) so I decided to finally do something with the bad stuff. 

I tried out a new-to-me Gluten-Free Beer Bread recipe and I couldn't believe how great the loaf turned out. Check out this beauty!

Super moist and not at all dense or crumbly like so many gluten-free breads turn out. This is a great sandwich bread. (I added 1 Tbsp. of yeast to the mix and didn't use the milk and poppy seeds on top.)

Next time you have bad beer lurking in your fridge, think twice about sending it down the drain. Make something yummy instead!


Swallowtails - Full Circle

Remember the caterpillars my mom made me pick out of the compost bin?

That then turned into bark-like chrysalises?

Look at the beautiful creature that emerged!

A true wonder of the natural world.


Wednesday Welcome Home

September 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 p.m.
Amazing sunset as I rolled back up to the farm after a long bike ride.


Myself in 5 Words

Yesterday I read a post on A Cup of Joe that asked how you would describe yourself in 5 words. Mine are:

Adventurous. Loyal. Impatient. Sensitive. Hopeful.

Grand Portal Point - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

I wonder what words my family would use to describe me. We have our own perception of who we are but others see us in a slightly different light. Our real selves fall somewhere in between those two. 

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?

Last night I asked Christian what 5 words he would use to describe me. (I didn't tell him the words I picked for myself until after he came up with his five.) Christian's five words for me are:

Unique. Passionate. Motivated. Stubborn. Giving.

I don't really consider myself to be a giver but knowing that he thinks of me that way makes me feel really nice. And the other words fit so perfectly too. This was a nice bonding exercise and I'm glad he was willing to play along. I came up with five words for Christian that I'll share with him tonight.


Lately: Late August Edition

A few weeks ago I harvested our first garlic from the garden. It's now curing on a fancy screen Christian found in the loft of the shed. Very exciting!

Last week we went to an interesting little tool-shed-turned-music-venue in Green Bay to see Christian's cousin, Mandy Fer, play. She's been on a tour with Dave McGraw and this was the first time we got to see her perform. We had so much fun. Dave & Mandy have a kickstarter campaign going right now to fund their next album. Check it out!

Last weekend we went to Christian's cousin Kyle's wedding at a fancy hunting club near Johnson Creek, WI where I wore the shortest dress I've ever worn out in public. (I prefer knee-length or longer.) On the drive there we followed Siri's directions. She took us into the back hunting fields and told us we would have to walk to our destination. Um, no. Public service announcement: don't always trust your GPS!

And, just because he has a cute smile, here's Winston.

What have you been up to lately?


4th Wedding Anniversary

Christian and I are celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary today but we've been together for 8 years now. Eight years ago we visited our first lighthouse together - Au Sable Lighthouse in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan.

On our most recent vacation we went back to that very lighthouse and climbed up to the catwalk just like we did all those years ago.

2006 - We looked so young! The second is not the most flattering picture of us but I'm glad we have it. You know how people say that you start to look like your spouse after awhile? I can totally see that change in these photos. Kind of creepy. 

And check out this view!

While we've visited many lighthouses since then, Au Sable will always hold a special place in my heart.