Sunday, June 24, 2012

Almost Time

I'm still plugging away on my next cardigan (That Time by Veera Valimaki). About three inches left to the second sleeve, so stay tuned.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

On the Farm

We made our first trip up to the newly launched Tumblewood Farm (a/k/a my sister's house), where we met the new kids, Moya, Violet, and Leeloo:


Mom is very happy to finally have grandkids, and they're really into her too:
The eldest, Moya, is already weened, but the two youngest still get bottles twice a day:



In addition to the kids, there are a few hens and a young rooster.  The chickens are laying, and there's fresh eggs to be had (for those willing to brave a brooding hen):

More poultry is on its way, including turkeys and guinea hens.  In the meantime, we enjoyed what was available.  Mom knows exactly what to do with this bounty:

We also took advanage of the fact that it was strawberry season:

And a parting shot:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Grateful

One of the top items on my "to do" list has been to make thank you cards for the wonderful Wandering NYC Knitters to show our appreciation for the beautiful blanket they made us for our wedding.  This required, however, that I have a few solid hours at home. Since Glenn had surgery on his sinuses on Friday, this weekend was a much needed shut-in weekend. I not only managed the necessary chores, but found some time to play with paper (after a few hours of organzing and purging in the scrap closet - a chore that is stll not completely done).


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Trodding Through The Briars Looking For Figs

I joined the masses and knit the tres popular Color Affection by Veera Valimaki.  I used Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Fingering in briar, trodden, and fig.


This is one pattern where it would have been beneficial to read other knitter's comments before beginning. The increases called for can create a very tight edge.  Many knitters recommended starting each row with a K, YO, K, then dropping the yarn over when you come to it on the way back.  I started to do this more than half way through and there is a noticable difference.  Ideally, I would have frogged my shawl and used this technique from the beginning. Unfortunately, I'm more than a bit obsessed with having finished objects. It didn't help that I was running up against the MadMay deadline.

In other news, we had a family adventure to Ottawa, Ontario to visit my grandfather for his 82nd birthday.

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!


While we were in Ottawa, I took Glenn by to see the Canadian Parliament.  The Canadians definitely one uped the Americans on the construction of their government buildings.

While downtown, we detoured over to the Byward Market and explored a bit before it started raining. We headed back to my aunt's for a lovely, relaxing evening. 

Thanks so much to Ellen for hosting us for the weekend!