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Updated: 2018-04-24T09:31:16.383-04:00

 



sunset highway

2018-04-19T18:14:16.556-04:00

I am totally strolling down the Sunset Highway and loving it.  I just love when I am all in on a project.  I wasn't at the beginning because these just don't seem like my colors.  But, I don't know, now that its spring, I am excited to wear something other than black and grey. ;)
I'm in Boulder visiting Libby.  Well, I came to help her pack up a few things (I can't believe she is nearing the end of her sophomore year!) but we haven't really done much of that yet.

I did bind off for the body.  The pattern calls for a stretchy bind off.  I can't believe it, but I have never done a stretchy bind off!  In the past, I would just use a bigger needle size to make it loose.  It was great to learn something new.  I just LOVE that about knitting!  Always new techniques to learn.



h e l l o

2018-04-16T21:13:18.804-04:00

Oh my goodness.  I did not intend to take this long of a blog break.

I brought out my camera for the first time since I was on spring break and found this photo which is one of very few that were taken.  Seems like a million years ago.  I'm glad I have it to remind myself that I really did fly all the way to Hawaii and back.

I'll be coming back to this space with some knitting content very soon.  My fingers have been super happy working on my Sunset Highway sweater.  It seems to be the perfect spring time knit even though we are having snow flurries while I type!

Happy Monday!



it's time for spring break

2018-03-23T15:04:35.245-04:00

{Sweater:  Sunset Highway ::  Mitts  ::  a new Cowl}
Headed out for Spring Break tomorrow.  I've known what knitting was coming with me since Monday.  First things first!  We are only gone about 10 days but I always fear I am going to run out of knitting.  So, I bring options.

I won't be back in this space until after Easter.
 
Happy days to you!  xx



march knitcrate

2018-03-22T17:30:09.460-04:00

If you are unsure if spring will ever come, check out what Knitcrate assembled for their March's Crates!
 Sugar Sugar is the theme, and the colors scream sweet.
 "Light, like marzipan and fresh French macaroons, these fruity, candy-colored tones are just what we need coming out of cold weather and headed into spring."
Well, I believe that is just a lovely thing to see and think about!
In the Membership Crate:
Yarn:  2 skeins of Ura Yarn in Lovender.  (Yes, Lovender.  I just love that name.)  Its a beautiful purple with blue and teal speckles.  A Sock weight that is 70% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 10 % stellia.
Patterns:  As always, two patterns are included.  This beautiful shawl named Bloom by Chelsea Berkompas, and a crochet sock pattern named by Brenda Anderson
This is a retail value of $63.00... all for $24.00
In the Sock Crate:
Yarn: A beautiful  fingering weight skein of Brediculous Yarns in Sweet Treat.  75% SuperWash Merion and 25% Nylon.
Pattern:  Pink Socks.  A beautiful pattern with a lace leg, a smooth foot and a traditional heal.  A great choice for those looking to add a different stitch to their usual pattern choice.
Extra:  Licorice and Mint tea bags by Tea Pigs.   Two bags.  So make some tea and call your friend to knit with!
A retail Value of $37.00 all for $23.99.

If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first knitcrate.  (Works on all crates.)




yesterday

2018-03-21T07:08:06.379-04:00

 Yesterday was so spectacular.  One of those gorgeous days that give you hope that spring truly is right around the corner.  (Despite the impending snow we should be getting today. ) Yesterday I grabbed the basket where my Maine Squeeze sits and a tartan blanket. I headed outside and plopped the blanket on the freezing flagstone.  I let the chickens out of the coop and sat with them to protect them from the hawks that would love to have them as a snack.  They were in heaven.  So was I.  It felt so familiar.  Like I was sitting outside, knitting, watching my children play. It truly seems like yesterday that I was doing just that.
So, it's hard to believe that I drove my oldest baby back to college (OSU) on Sunday after his Spring Break.  I told him I couldn't believe that he only has about 6 weeks left until he will graduate.  He told me that he is more than aware.  That he has known to treasure every day of this year.  I reminded him that treasuring every day of every year will be the only way to think from now on.  Cheers to yesterday and more importantly to today.



humulus

2018-03-16T22:39:57.167-04:00

Love Love Love this sweater.  The process.  The finished product.  All of it.  I love that I realized that German Short Rows are definitely the short row choice here.

And I'm not gonna lie.  I shrunk it a little (by accident) while blocking.  You see, I always block using the washing machine.  I put the machine on the hand wash cycle.  And then I put it on the spin cycle to get all of the water out of the fibers.   And I'm not sure what exactly was happening with my machine, but it spun it and spun it and spun it and in the process it shrunk it a bit.  It was a bit bigger and boxier before the blocking.  Now, not so much.  However, I like the fit.  I'll keep it like this for a while.  Maybe trying to block it out a little bigger in the future.

Pattern:  Humulus
Yarn:  Quince and Co Lark
Needles: US 5 and US 6
Size:  M1




oh march

2018-03-09T15:49:16.370-05:00

Whoa.  March 10th.  I don't know where this past week went, let alone 10 days.
Hmmm.  Let me think:
I went to Boulder to visit Libby.  I stayed there for 4 glorious days.  It was mom's weekend, so I met some other Moms.  We hiked.  Drank coffee.  Talked for hours.  I knit.  She did homework.  We slept.  A lot.  We had delicious dinners. We held hands.  We walked dogs.  I cried when I left her.  I packaged orders.  I shipped orders.  I've excised for 30 minutes every day.  (I love this challenge.) I cleaned the pantry and the refrigerator.  I restocked the pantry and the refrigerator.  I cooked.  I cleaned.  I did laundry.  I knit. I overslept.  I under slept.  I booked airline tickets.  I booked bus tickets.  I fought our water bill.  I changed our auto insurance.  I knit.  I finished humulus.  I spoke to Andrew's teachers.  I talked on the phone.  A lot.  I hugged.  I kissed.  I loved.

Happy March and Happy weekend, friends!



my travel notion bag

2018-02-28T08:53:04.750-05:00

I just realized that I needed to pack a travel notion bag that remains in my travel carry on bag.  If I travel by car, I usually have my knitting bag which stays equipped with all of the notions I need.  However, every time I travel on an airplane, I repack a bag with all of my notions.  And then, I unpack it when I arrive home.  What have I been thinking?  Why haven't I done this in the past? All of a sudden this became a ridiculous concept since I have duplicates of most (all!) of my notions.
So, I decided to pack my India Hicks pouch.  (I am an ambassador.) I just love these little bags.  (There are several colors.) And the best part?  It will double as my clutch for evening.
I'm headed to Boulder tomorrow to see Libby.  And it feels so good to know I will have all my knitting essentials with me.  When we head out at night, I will transfer all of the goods into the ziplock bag, load my pouch with my phone, glasses and a lipstick, and head out with my Flat Stanley.  Hello pop of color!




vogue knitting winner

2018-02-23T20:44:25.190-05:00

{February 23, 2010}

I haven't taken out my camera in a week.  That's pretty unusual for me.  Hence the photo from this day back in 2010.  I love looking back to see what my camera captured.  My computer is seriously the best scrapbook I have.  I remember that knit.  I ended up giving it away because I decided I didn't like knitting with thread.  That's what is so wonderful about this amazing gift we have of knitting.  If you love it, make it. Enjoy the process.  If you don't, celebrate learning something more about yourself.  

The winner of my all time favorite resource book (I truly wish everyone could win this book!) is number 17, Celestial.  Celestial, please email me and I will make sure this book lands in your hands.  

Happy weekend, friends!




vogue knitting giveaway

2018-02-16T11:56:23.808-05:00

Oh Boy.  THIS BOOK!  If there is one book to have in your knitting library, I suggest this one.  It's truly a gem of a book.  Absolutely everything a knitter needs to know is in here.  I mean everything!It was first published in 1989, updated in 2002 and the past fifteen years have seen many advances in knitting which made it time for another update.  Sure, there is always the internet to look techniques up.  However, there is nothing like holding the information in your hand.  This book is easy to navigate with thorough indexing and footnote cross-referencing.The updated Vogue Knitting contains:•Expanded library of cast-ons, increases, decreases and bind-offs. •In depth sections on brioche, enteric, double knitting and mosaic knitting.•New design and construction chapters for accessories with dozens of options for hats, mittens, socks, gloves and more than 25 shawl shapes.•Comprehensive chapters on lace and cables detailing all knitters need to know when increasing, decreasing, reading charts, working borders and much more.•Revised and expanded information on tools, correcting errors, finishing, embellishing, and garment care to instill a masterly understanding of knitters at every stage.My mother gave me the edition first published in 1989.  It has been my constant by my side.  I reference quite a few things out of this book.  From the most simple techniques to those used to design sweaters, helping me design the libby sweater back in 2009.  Truly a knitters bible. {A true treasure.}The sweet peeps over at Sterling would like to give one of my readers a copy.  If interested in winning a copy of the completely revised and updated Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting book,  please leave a comment here before Tuesday, February 20th 5pm EST.  I'll have the random number generator choose a name.  Happy knitting, friends![...]



february knitcrate

2018-02-14T22:34:35.652-05:00

I've mentioned it before, but the day the Knitcrate arrives in my mailbox is so exciting.  Opening my package is such a fun surprise!  
Petrichor.  This word is new to me.  I am bummed I didn't know it, as it's a word that describes one of life's greatest experience.  At least to me.  That scent that arrives after a rainfall.

"Petrichor is the smell after the rain, and this shipment calls to mind the soothing sounds of rainfall, glistening shine of wet pavement and enhanced green of trees.  The world comes alive in new ways after a storm, the lights shining and reflecting against newly slick surfaces."

February Knitcrate's contents:

The yarn:
2 Skeins of Knitologie Verdant or Raind Drops or Mist.  (This is Verdant.)  40% Merino, 30% silk, 30% alpaca.  ($24/ skein)  Truly yummy yarn.
The Pattern:
There are always two.  The knit pattern is the Raindrop Cowl By Noelle Davis.  The crochet pattern is Mariana Trench Scarf by Vincent W. Green.  ($10/$5 per pattern)

As always, there are bonus codes.  This months codes include discounts on Noelle Davis and Vincent Greens patterns.

A Retail Value of $63.00 all for $24.99.  Truly an amazing deal.   If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first knitcrate.  (Works on all crates.)



so much love

2018-02-10T15:43:10.045-05:00

{Lake Tahoe Valentines} This week I packaged some Valentines to head to the kids in College.  Libby informed me that she doesn't need all that Valentine stuff, but cookies might be nice. Until recently, I've never been a huge fan of cut out cookies.  I think it was the time involved that scared me away.  When we moved, I even gave away a GIANT collection of cookie cutters.  (I wish I had them now.) But, to tell you the truth, cut outs don't take that much more time.  I love the dough/cutting tips I learned from this post.  And, that has definitely become my new favorite cutout recipe. I doodled on the Chalk Lots this week making knit stitches.  It doesn't surprise me that knit stitches look just like hearts.  Considering all the love in hand knit items. Knit hearts went in the boxes as well.  My sweet friend, Suzanne, gifted me this pattern.  It is such a great one. (Thank you, Suzanne!)  She made me the light pink heart on the left a few years ago.    It's absolutely perfect.  I decided to make it my travel heart and take it in my suitcasewhen I travel.  It will be my little reminder of what I believe in most.  Love.  And all there is in the world. Before I seam them together, I decided to write secret messages and put them inside each one.  No one will ever know it's there.  Except for me.  Just a little added Love energy inside each hand knit LOVE. [...]



a few finished

2018-02-08T07:26:07.158-05:00

School was canceled today. I truly think I am more excited than my kids ever are on a cancelled snow day.  Oh, the prospects.  I'm like a kid in a candy shop!   I told Andrew we should make Valentines!  I thought this was a fantastic idea.  He reminded me that he was a senior and they don't take Valentines to school.  I told him he should change that.  Start a trend.  He didn't buy it.  So, instead I made Valentine cookies and finished a few projects.  I also made a fire in the fireplace.  I filled the whole house with smoke and set off the smoke alarm.  We had to open all the doors and windows.  Finally, it cleared and I mustered up the confidence to try again.  We had a lovely fire for the rest of the day.
Toast on the left.
Those Mitts on the right.  Both were special orders.  Those Mitts were requested extra long on both ends.  And, boy are they extra long.  They measure 12 inches.  An inch longer than Toast.  That's the beauty of patterns.  You can play with them and tailor them to your needs or the needs of others.  I love that.
 I've mentioned these little ankle socks before.  I like to use a washable wool so that I can throw them in the machine and not worry about them.  The pattern is super easy and if you are new to socks, I think this is a great first project to get your feet wet, dip your toes in the water, so to say.  They are quick on a size 5 needle, so the time investment is quite short. AND you have a pair of socks to boot! (Oh, I am cracking myself up over here with all the foot references.😜)
Tailored to my needs.  They fit snug just like I like them.  Are mismatched.  And are perfect for around the house.



mugs

2018-02-02T22:17:34.753-05:00

 Hiya friends!  Just wanted to let you know the mugs have joined the journal/project log in the shop. (For those who have already purchased, thank you!  SO much!)
I'm including a tea bag that makes the most delicious cup of fun.  
A tea bag filled with 10 stitch markers.  
The tea bags are also sold separately if interested.  Perfect for your tea loving friend you knit with.

Happy Groundhog Day.  As a knitter, I always welcome a little more winter. :)



cabo

2018-01-31T20:40:44.096-05:00

So hard to believe that this is the last day of January!  
Cabo San Lucas.   Seriously beautiful.  It was my first time to the Sea of Cortez.  These photos don't even show how spectacular the colors are.  I think this was the first time I have ever traveled without my DSLR camera.  I just decided to keep it simple.  So these are photos taken with my phone.  We stayed in a house in Palmilla.  I would highly recommend it.
Some of our highlights:
Fresh guacamole.  Sunrises.  New friends.  Dinner at Flora Farms.  (Truly a must experience.) Margaritas. (Although I don't drink them.  Corona's for me!)  Big beaches.  The Giggling Marlin.  Cabo Wabo.  Drivers who know where they are going.  Artwork in the sand.  Sea glass hunting.  The Office.  Glass hearts.  Dinner at Edith's.  Great music.  Whale watching.  Snorkeling.  Seeing the arch of Cabo San Lucas from boat.  Perfect weather.  Coffee and Yarn.
 I finished one pair of toast.  That was it.  But morning with my knitting was one of my favorite times of the day.  
Oh, and knitting is one of those things they tell you to place in checked baggage.  I giggled when I saw that photo.  Our sweet knitting amongst some very understandable items that would not be safe on board an aircraft.  I have had my metal needles confiscated before, but did manage to take my bamboo needles out of Mexico.
Happy travels!



journals and mugs

2018-01-22T10:08:13.682-05:00

Hiya!  I am headed out of town, but wanted to mention that I have been working on a few "a friend to knit with" items.  Because, we all have a friend to knit with!  And if you are a knitter, than you ARE a friend to knit with!
The journals/project logs are in the shop.
A knitting journal to keep past, present and future projects organized.  This journal is 50 pages of the most perfect grid of graph paper.  It contains a ruler inside the front cover for those times you forget your tape measure.  A pocket in the back will hold those extra yarn labels, receipts or love notes.  And, there is even a calendar in the back to keep you on track with your knitting goals.  This lightweight journal can be tucked into your bag so that you always have it with you. 😊
If you place an order,  please know that they won't ship until Monday, January 29.
Mugs will be available after the 29th.  I can't wait to share what will be included with these sweet mugs.  Perfect for yourself or your friends you knit with.  You can use it for your morning coffee, your afternoon tea, or your evening soup.

Have a great week, friends!



packing

2018-01-21T15:47:03.050-05:00

I'm headed out of town (Los Angeles and Cabo) for a little winter vacation.  The first thing I always pack is my knitting.  What project to take?  My humulus will take up too much space.  Plus, I need to take wooden needles because the only time I have ever had my knitting needles confiscated was in Mexico.  They took my metal needles but said I could have wood needles.  So, I had to come up with a project where I had the right size needles.  Toast and Hearts.  Perfect.
Happy Sunday!



gluten free snow days

2018-01-19T13:55:32.071-05:00

I'm not gluten intolerant.  But over the years, I have tried to eat less and less gluten.  Mostly for my eczema. I read somewhere that people with eczema could have an allergy to gluten.  So, I do try and when someone shares a great recipe, I must give it a try!My friend, Jennifer shared this recipe with me and it is definitely one I will keep in our recipe stack. I have to admit a couple of things that I believe can make most baked goods taste great.  (Especially gluten free baking.)   A great vanilla.  I seriously can't bake without this one. I also recently discovered these fun muffin cups.  Where were they when my kids were small?  I would have had them in every pattern and design.  SO fun!Gluten Free Breakfast Muffins2.5 cups oats1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt2 eggs1/2 cup honey2 tsp baking powder1 tsp baking soda2 TBSP ground flax seed1 tsp vanilla2 ripe bananasPreheat oven to 400˚.  Spray tin with cooking spray or line 12 paper muffin liners in tin.  Place oats in food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds.  Add remain ingredients to the food processor.  Divide batter among liners and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. We found that these were best eaten on the day of baking.  However, warmed on day two with a nice slather of butter was pretty great, too! :)I uploaded a new YouTube Video with a couple of knitting tips and a must have lotion for my dry, eczema hands.  Plus the most lovely book of photographs of people knitting.  (More on that later.)Happy Friday![...]



chunky knit beanie, 2018 edition

2018-01-15T13:05:49.821-05:00


January 2009
If you would have told me that I would have been trying to recreate this photo in 2018, I would have thought that would be FOREVER in the future.  Yet, looking at this photo, I think it seems like only yesterday we went outside to take it.  Nine years ago and I remember the day perfectly.  My sweet girl was only eleven!
January 2018
We tried to recreate it this weekend.  We were cold.  And rushed. And I am sure I will remember this day just as clearly.  (I sure hope so!)
January 2009
January 2018

I used the yarn from my December Knitcrate.  1 skein makes 1 hat.  A sweet friend over on instagram pointed me in a great direction as to where to order faux pompoms.  This is the 11 mm size.

Pattern:  Chunky Knit Beanie
Yarn:  La Brebis 100% Peruvian Highland Wool by Knitcrate
Needles:  US size 15
Pompom:   Baby Violets Beanies Faux Raccoon 11 cm.



january knitcrate

2018-02-07T21:03:42.215-05:00

A new year, new knitting goals.
It's funny, the January Knitcrates must have been reading my mind.
I don't knit many shawls.  Voila.  A new shawl pattern and yarn arrived at my door.
This months knitcrate theme did not disappoint.  Nature.  
"This box calls to mind that feeling of closeness to nature, the simplicity and celebration of misty breaths in cold air, sparkling sunshine on drifts of snow or windy plains, and the wild, untamable world we live within." LOVE that!
Knitcrate memberships are $24.99 and valued at $63.00.  All crates include FREE shipping anywhere. And, you can cancel your subscription at any time.   
The yarn:  Audine Wools fingering weight yarn in Breathless.  80% superwash wool, 20% nylon
The patterns
Knitting:  Sunset 
Crochet:  Chasmanthe Shawl
The sock crate
The yarn: Ryberry Yarns fingering weight yarn in red fox. 85% super wash merino and 15% nylon
The pattern: Hairpin Socks

It's just so much fun to receive these surprises packages in the mail.  SUCH a good mail day!

Remember to use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off of your first crate.  (That code works for any crate!)



my humulus sweater

2018-01-05T14:32:30.000-05:00

So, color work mistakes are some of the worst.  I mean, I usually just want to throw my knitting across the room when I notice the mistake.  Especially when the mistake isn't visible for a while.
I noticed the mistake in the yolk of my Humulus sweater, (you make not even notice it, my sweet sister didn't) and actually did consider forging ahead.  However, took it off the needles, ripped it back and put it back on the needles.
I knit last night and am back where I began.  (See the diamond pattern repeat now?)
I wish I lived closer to my mom. (For many reasons.)  She loves detangling yarn and could help me with this beautiful mess.

Happy weekend, friends!



the hotline sweater

2018-01-05T11:01:06.940-05:00

I was beyond thrilled when Libby text me from school and asked me to make her the Hotline Sweater from Wool And The Gang.
I tried to get it finished for Christmas... however, did not quite make it.  The knitting was finished but I still had to seam it together.  A day late was worth the wait for Libby.  She absolutely LOVES it.
If you have never worked with Mohair, it can be a little fussy.  Nothing where I would feel the need to discourage anyone from knitting with it.   It's just a little different than working with wool or cotton or any other yarn with a smooth finish.  Since it's a little fuzzy it just seems to stick a little.
The finished project is well worth it.  I think this would be the perfect project for a beginner sweater knitter.  And it certainly is a fun project for every knitter.

Pattern:  The Hotline Sweater
Yarn:  Take Care Mohair in misty mauve
Needle size:  size 11
Size: 1

If you are experiencing these amazing cold temperatures as we are, I hope you have your knitting and a cozy blanket to keep you warm.  I truly just want to knit all day!



happy 2018 friends

2018-01-01T16:30:37.631-05:00

Dear 2017,
You have been quite an interesting year.  You have provided many pockets of growth and for that I am extremely grateful.  Your challenges have been gifts and my heart is full.
My wish for all my friends to knit with and for all people everywhere is a new year filled with health, love and so. much. happiness!
Happy 2018!
xx, leslie



episode 4

2017-12-23T12:48:49.067-05:00

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Just a little video update over on my YouTube channel.
I hope you all carve out some time for yourselves with knitting in your hands!





winner

2017-12-20T22:54:06.653-05:00

Libby had a few friends over to help decorate the cookies.  They did an amazing job.

The winner of the book 60 more quick baby blankets is number 4, Missy.  Missy, please email me, and I will make sure this sweet book lands in your mailbox!