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Yarn Along: Apis Dorsata Shawl Goes Home

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


Over the summer I worked on an apis dorsata shawl for my mom who is a hobby beekeeper. I was finally able to give her the shawl on Christmas. This was the only knitted gift I gave this year because it was such a big project. My mom called me over the weekend and told me she wore it to church and just loves it. I'm so happy to hear that she already got some wear out of it. It's fun gifting hand knits when the recipient appreciates the hard work that went into the project.
Pattern: Apis Dorsata Shawl by Anna Sudo (free on Rav)
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish in Colorway Goldrush Tonal


Christmas Eve Visitor

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Christian called me as I was driving home from work on Christmas Eve and told me to sneak into the driveway. A huge bird was perched on the peak of our machine shed and he didn't want me to scare it away without seeing it.


Our visitor was a snowy owl! I've never seen one in the wild before so what a treat it was to have one at our farm. I watched him through the binoculars for a bit and then snapped a few photos. He hung out on the roof for a few hours presumably looking for dinner. 


What an awesome Christmas present from Mother Nature!

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.


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Gifts Rich in Fiber

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Last Friday my spinning/knitting friends got together for a Christmas party. We exchanged little handmade gifts and I wanted to share the awesome things I came home with:


Spearmint soap made by Angie. Chocolate soap made by Dawn. A felted sheep pin made by Vickie. An ornament with a mini knit scarf (still on the needles!) made by Kathy. A hand-carved wooden spatula made by Mary's husband, Bill. And a woven bookmark made by Audrey. 

I feel so blessed to know the wonderful women who made these crafts and I will treasure them for a very long time. Fridays are my favorite day of the week because I get to spend them in their presence. 

And, because I just can't help sharing this guy too, here is Señior Hot Sauce. I snagged him up at a white elephant gift exchange. Score!


Saturday Wake-Up

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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

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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 wen…

Cyber Monday Sale in My Etsy Shop!

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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

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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 b…

Yarn Along: Timber Rail Pattern GIVEAWAY

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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 …

Wednesday Wake-Up

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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

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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 milli…

Operation Christmas Child - My Shoebox is Packed!

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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.


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!


Pewter Nativity Set Giveaway

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Lisa Leonard Designs is giving away one of her amazing NEW pewter nativity sets. ($199 value!) Head on over to her blog to enter!


Get out the vote!

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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'

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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.


Yarn Along: Sunnyside Summit

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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 h…

Yarn Along: The Midwife's Sunnyside

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


Knitting: Baby Sunnyside
I'm doing a KAL with Tanis Fiber Arts. Participants can knit either the Lady Sunnyside or the Baby Sunnyside cardigan. Since the KAL only runs for a month, I picked the Baby cardigan because I knew there would be no way to finish an adult project in such a short amount of time. Now I'm not so sure I'll finish the Baby one by October 24th either! This pattern is giving me all kinds of grief. First I missed the buttonhole directions in the first 10 rows so I had to go back. Then I got into the stockinette section and forgot about knitting the first and last 5 stitches of each row. Fixed that. And then I realized that I added a m1l on 5 rows when I wasn’t supposed to. Arg! So, I frogged the entire project and started over fresh. So far I've been mistake free. While I enjoy a challenge, frogging is so disheartening, isn't it?
Pattern: Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee (free on Rav!)
Yarn: Tani…

Wednesday Wake-Up

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October 8th, 2014 at 7:03 a.m.
Running a bit late to work this morning but, as an unexpected reward, I got to enjoy this beautiful sunrise. The sun is sure taking her sweet time getting up these days, isn't she? I'm not looking forward to the short days ahead.

Autumn Weekend in the Northwoods

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Last weekend Christian and I headed up to Bayfield, WI to enjoy the fall colors. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather! On Friday we loaded our bikes onto the ferry to Madeline Island. 


From the harbor we biked 7 miles to Big Bay State Park where we had a picnic then a short hiking trail took us along the beautiful shoreline. My brave husband even enjoyed a short swim in the 59 degree water!


On Saturday we hiked the Lakeshore Trail from Meyer's Beach (part of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore) where we quietly watched kayakers glide through the sea caves below us.


In the afternoon we took a boat tour with the Sierra Club around the Apostle Islands and learned about the history of the park and current environmental threats to the area. 


On Sunday we slowly worked our way toward home, stopping at lookouts and waterfalls along the way. 




Gosh, I love Wisconsin!

Winston's Birthday

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This guy just turned 7. Or, at least, that's what age we're calling him. Since he was a stray we have no idea what age he really is. In any case, celebrating his birthday means that he's been a part of our family for a year and a half now. Seems like he's been with us forever. What a good dog!