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Finished Knit: Gale

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I recently finished knitting Gale - kind of a cross between a poncho, tunic and sweater - and I love it! I had serious doubts it was going to fit well before I stitched the various pieces together. The back and front pieces seemed way too big. Then the neck opening looked enormous. But, I trusted the pattern and everything came together quite nicely, if I do say so myself! Even my husband said, "That's pretty awesome that you knit all of that." Agreed. This is only my second knit garment but it's my knitting goal for 2017 to knit more. They kind of freak me out a bit because you spend so much time working on them and what if they don't fit in the end? Right now I'm working on a vest that I'm knitting with my own handspun yarn. Now that's a double whammy on the time commitment!

Pattern: Gale by Alicia Plummer

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky Tweed in colorway 670

The World is Not Your Garbage Can

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Yesterday, Christian and I walked down our mile stretch of country road and picked up garbage. There was a LOT! It blows my mind that people just toss their trash out their car window and think that that's okay. I guess when you're drinking and driving (the majority of what we picked up was beer cans and bottles) you have to get rid of the evidence, right? Geez. 


Cuisinart Food Processor Blade Recall

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Hi Friends,
Just passing along this info. Please share. We received our food processor for our wedding 7 years ago and the model # is on the list. You just have to call the phone number and they will mail you a new blade when they are available. (I was told June because of a massive back-order.)


Wisconsin Wake-Up

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February 16, 2017 at 6:50 a.m.
Awesome sunrise while driving into work this morning. I'm loving the longer days!

Yarn Along: Braving Button Loom Cowl

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



Reading: Braving it: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild by James Campbell
Wisconsin native James takes his 15-year-old daughter, Aidan, to the Arctic to help his friend build a cabin. He is hoping the hard work and harsh yet beautiful landscape will affect her as deeply as it has him. Alaska gets in Aidan's bones so the book follows the father/daughter duo as they make more adventures back to the Arctic. I am loving this book. 

Knitting: 3-in-1 Button Boots
These slippers showed up in my pattern highlights on Rav. The designer is having a KAL so I joined in. Why not? They're beautiful slippers. The construction is very unique and it's a pattern that you have to concentrate on but so far I'm loving it. The sole is double-knit so it's super squishy and thick. There's no way I'll get both slippers done by the time the KAL ends but that's okay by me.
Pattern: 3-…

Wisconsin Wake-Up

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January 21, 2017 at 9:53 a.m.
The Little Wolf River just down the road from our farm. Warm air + cold ground = foggy days. 

Yarn Along: The Ice Storm

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The freezing rain started Monday afternoon and continued through most of Tuesday. Our driveway looked like an ice rink. Impossible to walk on!


Christian braved the icy roads and made the trek to work. His 1-hour commute took him 2 hours. Once he was safe at work he called and ordered me to stay home. Gladly! I started the day by trying a new recipe from a book I borrowed from the library.


Into the oven went a pumpkin, cranberry & almond baked oatmeal. The recipe called for cherries and macadamia nuts but it wasn't like I was going to run to the grocery store! My version turned out just as yummy.


I'm taking a class at my LYS on knitting short rows so I spent a good part of the day working on my "homework." Inspiration for the colors came from my project bag. Isn't it pretty?


The dogs and I finally braved the gloomy day and headed out into the field for some soggy snowshoeing. (Too dangerous trying to walk down the road.) That's our farm in the distance.


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Yarn Along: 2016 Knitting Recap

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


In this new year I wanted to reflect on the knitting projects I completed in 2016. I'm kind of surprised that I only finished 10 knits but I think I did a bit more spinning than I have in the past. And I also started dyeing yarn so it's not like I haven't been getting my fill of fiber.  :)

Favorite Knit Gift: Autumn Leaves Cardigan



I knit this little cardigan for my cousin's baby. I got a special treat when we received their Christmas card in the mail and Moriah was wearing the cardigan in their family photo! Oftentimes I knit baby gifts and then never get to see the little one wearing them.


Hardest Knit:Christmas Stocking for Christian


My husband's mom's side of the family is from Norway so I wanted to knit Christian a stocking that reflected his ancestry and love of nature. I modified/redesigned some elements of the Henrik chart from the book Scandinavian Christmas Stockings. I charted my design out…

Books of 2016

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I love tracking what books I read throughout the year. I tend to get through more audiobooks than paper books due to my long commute. (I spend about 2 hours a day in the car.) According to Goodreads I got through 55 books in 2016. That's 5 less books than last year but a number I'm still proud of. I wanted to mention my favorites in case you're looking for some recommendations. Here are the books I rated 4 out of 5 stars. (In no particular order.) My favorite audiobooks of 2016: The Lost Island: A Gideon Crew Novel by Douglas Preston Rainwater by Sandra Brown
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Water Diviner by Andrew Anastasios
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

My favorite print books of 2016:
A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher Castellani
My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl 
The Firebird (Slains #2) by Susanna Kearsley
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock 
Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
The Se…