Saturday Wake-Up

November 6th, 2014 at 6:52 a.m.

A giant full moon was hanging over the fields this morning. That explains what the dogs were howling at!


Lately: Early December Edition

The weekend that gun-deer season opens here is called Deer Widow's Weekend. Many towns have shopping sales, craft shows and other special events to keep the non-hunting women happy. One of those events was a Taste of Home Cooking School and guess who got to be a sous chef for a day!

I didn't have any fun at all! LOL. I ran my tail off from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. but had a blast doing it. What a great experience!

My favorite local coffee shop had door prizes for Deer Widow's Weekend and I won this beautiful fresh swag made by The Lily Pad. You can't tell in the picture but this thing is BIG - close to 3' wide! Isn't it awesome? We have it hanging by our back door.

Christian got a nasty cold the week of Thanksgiving so we didn't make the trek to southern Wisconsin to see his family. He ended up spending Thanksgiving on the couch and I felt really bad that he didn't get to enjoy the holiday. My brother was having a small get-together at his house so I went over there for turkey dinner. My grandparents were there and I got the cutest picture of them with my brother's new kitten, Gus. 

The last picture I got of them together was at our wedding over 4 years ago so I'm glad I got a new one! They are both in their late 80's and I think I'm starting to panic a bit about how old they are getting. Hopefully they will be around for many more years to come. I sure do love them. They've been married for over 60 years. That's just amazing!


Cyber Monday Sale in My Etsy Shop!

December 1, 2014 only! Take 20% off your entire purchase at kejeara! Use coupon code CYBERMON2014 at checkout. I've never had a sale this big before so take advantage of it. I have a lot of cool vintage tins in my shop that would be great for sending Christmas cookies or wrapping gifts. Happy shopping!


Yarn Along: Drop Stitch Wings

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

(Sorry about the horrible lighting!)

Knitting: Drop Stitch Cowl
Yesterday I went to Michaels Craft Store to buy buttons for a baby cozy that I've been working on. They didn't have what I wanted but then I spotted this AMAZING yarn on the end of the aisle. Well, I had to use my 40% off coupon for something, right? And that is how this cowl came to be.
Pattern: Drop Stitch Cowl by Abi Gregorio (free on Rav)
Yarn: Premier Yarns Isaac Mizrahi Craft in Colorway East End (Must be brand new because it's not even on Rav yet!)

Also Knitting: Baby Sunnyside
I'm still working on my baby cardigan but I'm getting very close to finishing! Maybe if I hadn't been distracted by the above yarn I'd be done by now!
Pattern: Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee (free on Rav!)
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight in colorway Chestnut

Reading: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
I'm not very far into this audiobook but it's already reminding me of The Help due to the relationships between the help and their masters. 

The book bounces between two characters: Sarah, a young woman growing up in the 1800s who wants to be a lawyer and doesn't believe in slavery, and Hetty (aka Handful), Sarah's handmaid. When Sarah was given Hetty on her 11th birthday she tried to set her free only to be disciplined. Since Sarah can't free her slave, she decides to make her life as good as she can make it - all behind her parent's backs, of course. She's a stubborn young woman who knows what she wants and won't take "no" for an answer. That in turn leads to all kinds of trouble.

What are you knitting/reading this week?


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!

The lucky winner is commenter #9: Piccolalory. Congratulations! 

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!