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Yarn Along: FO - Chrysalis to Monarch

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

Knitting: FO - Chrysalis to Monarch
These topsy-turvy toys are so much fun to knit. And they are great projects for stash-busting! The center vein on the leaf gave me some grief but other than that, I enjoyed the pattern. The butterfly was constructed so uniquely. I am just blown away by how Susan thinks up this stuff! Hopefully my mom stays away from my blog this week because this toy is part of her birthday present.
Pattern: Chrysalis to Monarch by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (Dark Green & Orange), Spud and Chloe Sweater (Brown) and Lily Sugar'n Cream (Light Green)

Do you have any favorite toy patterns? I think I'm hooked.

Yarn Along: Heartwood Chrysalis

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

Knitting: Heartwood Cape
I bought this wool for a different project which didn't work out. After browsing around on Rav for a suitable project, I came up with this one which is right up my alley. Now that I know I'm going to stick with the pattern, I think I'm going to set it aside and save it for a long car ride we have coming up.
Pattern: The Heartwood Cape by Silvia Bo Bilvia (free on Rav)
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool

Also Knitting: Chrysalis to Monarch
This is the start of my second topsy-turvy toy. (I knit the Egg to Penguin last month.) My mom requested this toy for her birthday. She likes to raise monarch caterpillars and watch them turn into a chrysalis and then a butterfly. I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out how to put the vein on the leaf. I've tried 4 times now and keep ripping it out because I don't like how it look. Ugh! Frustrating.
Pattern: Chrysalis to Monarch by Susan B. An…

Hiking at Dells of the Eau Claire County Park

Christian and I are heading to Glacier National Park in Montana for 2 weeks this summer to do some serious hiking. In preparation for that trip, we've been trying to get as much dirt under our feet as time allows. Memorial weekend we took a day trip to Devils Lake State Park near Baraboo, WI where we hiked about 9 miles.

Last Sunday we spent the afternoon on the Ice Age Trail in and around Dells of the Eau Claire County Park near Birnamwood, WI. The last time we were at the park was in August when the water was low. We got a few inches of rain last week so the falls looked quite a bit different!

The water was so high that we couldn't even get to the center island.

The hiking trails along the river were a little squishy due to the rain and we had a few puddles to skirt around including this one which was decorated with pretty pine needles.

Later on I spotted this guy perched on the edge of a trillium leaf.

Nature is amazing, isn't it? Tomorrow after work we'll be hittin…