Rewards

We all do the best we can. Life brings us all challenges and it’s up to us how we handle them. I find that for me it’s all about setting goals and having reasonable expectations to diminish any disappointments. I try to set realistic goals for myself. My life is hectic and my schedule not always predictable, but many moms know that. Still, it is important for me not to completely lose what makes me me while doing for these growing humans.

In the last few years, I have crossed a bridge from knitter to designer. It has been rewarding and stimulating and I know I want to do more and be better at it. I also know that my day job as Queen of the House and Ruler of the Nest is numero uno. I have settled on doing small and well for now. That is why I take immense pride in my sweater design Intemporelle Pullover, designed for WEBS’ 40th Anniversary Celebration.

The sweater fits my style both in terms of fashion and as a knitter. I am pretty sure that there are others for whom it will work as well too. I was thrilled to see Intemporelle featured in the newest Valley Yarns Catalog from WEBS.

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I may have one more major design in the pipeline and will be happy with  progress on my design goals. …So keep on the lookout for more.

In the meantime, it’s my birthday and I think I will host a pattern sale in honor of the day. Afterall, I can do whatever I want on my birthday! Pop over to Ravelry and grab all patterns at 20% off for the next week. (excludes Intemporelle since it is a WEBS pattern, but you can still get the pattern and yarn here) Use the coupon code BIRTHDAYPARTY.

Eat Cake!!

Possibilities

Spring is full of them.

Possibilities

Awaiting the fullness of spring in every aspect, including the weather!

Are you?

Too Good Not To Share

So while time has been flying by since I last posted nearly a year ago (yikes!) I have been busy.  Between the kids activities ramping up and consequently, increased demand for my taxi skills and my husband’s new job that includes a lot of travel, the blog has fallen off the face of the earth.  The upside is however that the knitting has not! 

Today I am brought back to the blog to share some great news! While there has been knitting over the past year, there has also been some designing.  There was the Hudson Cowl back in the winter

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and now the Intemporelle Pullover published by WEBS today! See all the sweater details here.

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I am so honored to be part of the WEBS 40th Anniversary Celebration and more importantly to call Kathy and Steve my friends.  

Hop on over to WEBS to purchase Intemporelle along with the yarn (only 1 or 2 cones of 2/14 Alpaca/Silk) and you can have a cute new pullover for this wacky spring weather!

I’m off to enjoy the weather and knit a few rows on my very own Intemporelle! 

Thanks for checking in! I promise to update on more of the past year as well! (Especially since the blog software has improved the ease of posting in my absence!)

 

Rhubarb is a Vegetable

I have a new fondness for all things rhubarb and a supplier! (Thanks Marybeth!)

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Here is a recipe from Pat for Orange Rhubarb Coffee Cake! Enjoy!

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Orange Rhubarb Coffee Cake
1/3 c. butter
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. orange juice
1 egg
1 1/4 c. flour (half whole wheat) 1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
grated peel of 1 orange
2 c cut up rhubarb
Topping: 2 T brown sugar and 1/2 t cinnamon
Oven 350 degrees – grease and flour 9″ square pan
Beat butter and sugar – beat in oj and egg – stir in flour, baking powder, salt. orange peel and rhubarb – mix well – put in pan. combine topping ingredients and sprinkle on top
Back for 35 – 40 minutes

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…52 weeks of Happy (9/52)…catch up

Over at little birdie there’s something pretty fun going on; 52 weeks of happy.  (Since my bff is doing it, I am too!)

One post a week of things that make you happy.  So here goes…

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1. Sunshine warm enough to sleep in and melt the snow!

2 & 3. Apple pies and colored Easter eggs to celebrate.

 4. A new hat for a certain beautiful girl!

5. Cousins!

What made you happy this week?

…52 weeks of Happy (8/52)…catch up

Over at little birdie there’s something pretty fun going on; 52 weeks of happy.  (Since my bff is doing it, I am too!)

One post a week of things that make you happy.  So here goes…

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1 &2. New exercise toy and App.  Using Play pedometer and Striiv app for fun with bff.

3. Union College ballpark banner in support of my awesome nephew, a member of the team. #LLOYDSTRONG

 4. Actual yarn from spinning.  Batts from Debbi that I finally spun. Apparently the only photo I have and will need to change that to show its true beauty! Thanks Debbi!

5. Dixie the queen. Chillin’

What made you happy this week?

…52 weeks of Happy (7/52)…catch up

Over at little birdie there’s something pretty fun going on; 52 weeks of happy.  (Since my bff is doing it, I am too!)

One post a week of things that make you happy.  So here goes…

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1. Yummy and easy Tortellini Florentine Soup.

2. Fatcatknits sock blank in Cool Madras, separated into colors for a new hat! 

3. Rocketry sweater and hat for a friend’s new grandson.

4. Bonus pair of baby socks found amongst the stash.  I know just the girlie…

What made you happy this week?

…52 weeks of Happy (6/52)…

Over at little birdie there’s something pretty fun going on; 52 weeks of happy.  (Since my bff is doing it, I am too!)

One post a week of things that make you happy.  So here goes…

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1 & 2. My view on a bonus day of skiing!

3. Fatcatknits falkland fiber in color Magnolia.  Watch for its transformation into a colorwork hat!

4. DD3 loves to write oh her white boards.  I found this love note to her dad one night in the hallway. AW!

5. Baby cousin’s surprise visit!  Especially love that she is sporting her handknits!

What made you happy this week?

…52 weeks of Happy (5/52)…

Over at little birdie there’s something pretty fun going on; 52 weeks of happy.  (Since my bff is doing it, I am too!)

One post a week of things that make you happy.  So here goes…

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1. DD1’s League Champion team! (11-0 in league play!) She’s front row, first on the left.  Off to the State Tournament…

2. Some kids enjoyed the snowstorm…

3. …and some didn’t!

4. Remember that Breakfast Blend DK yumminess from last week? A new pair of mitts for my mom!

5. The birthday girl! Look who turned 12!

What made you happy this week?

…52 weeks of Happy (4/52)…

Over at little birdie there’s something pretty fun going on; 52 weeks of happy.  (Since my bff is doing it, I am too!)

One post a week of things that make you happy.  So here goes…

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1. A glorious winter walk the morning after a big snowstorm.

2. A measure of how a child grows…holding cast from 8 years ago!

3. An awesome picture of my pal Debbi (photo credit to Kate Huth) at her Portland trunk show.  How I wish I could have been there to support my friend and rockstar knitwear designer.

4. A new yarn from Anne Hanson of Knitspot, breakfast blend DK in burnt toast.  It is so soft and squishy.  Check back next week to see what it became!

What made you happy this week?