Adventure Du Jour Designs

ADJD Logo smallIt’s been in the works for some time now but yesterday Debbi and I finally pressed the send button.  With that, Adventure Du Jour Designs came to life. BFFs in NYC It’s no secret Debbi and I have been friends for years now and despite the fact the we live on opposite coasts 2,509 miles from kitchen to kitchen, we are in each other’s life daily.  Knitting introduced us and brought us together but we have managed to nurture this friendship to the point where our families “know” each other and we “adventure” together as often as possible.  (Check our social media sites for evidence.) IMG_6967 IMG_6969IMG_6987 We have both been designing for years (frequently as our family schedules allow!) and always bounce design ideas off each other.  Designing can be hard but it’s easier when you’ve got someone else to consult about all elements of the design process, ie. color, shape, techniques, pattern writing and the list goes on.  We began talking about designing in a collaborative manner about 3 years ago and although we each have individual design businesses, partnership seemed like a natural progression.

Between Friends

Between Friends-Rhinebeck and NYC 2014

Taking off on the theme of friendship and vacations, Adventure Du Jour Designs was born.  Knitting can be a very social sport and one best served up with a friend.  After our recent adventure to Santa Clara working for WEBS at Stitches West, we were more convinced than ever.  Pairs and groups of friends wandered through the booth and left with projects to knit together. We are pleased to offer Between Friends as our first joint pattern and can’t wait to share with you the things to come!!

Between Friends page 1

Between Friends pattern page

Kaweah Bewteen Friends

Miss Babs Kaweah            Between Friends

Woolfolk Får Between Friends

Woolfolk Får   Between Friends

Are you ready to start your adventures? Where will they take you today?


It seems to be a frequent theme these days (years) that time is flying. I remember the first few years of my kids’ lives I marveled at how they were now the markers of time for me. The photos of holidays and family gatherings or just everyday fun remind me of each phase of growing up (and that my long term memory is still firing on all cylinders). I have really enjoyed the recent homework assignments requiring baby/toddler photos that allow us all to have trips down memory lane to quieter times and simple pleasures (like fishing on a dock when you are 3).

Since my last update, there was summer and vacation in Washington, DC and Cape Cod.

There was another knitting design (Strié Pullover) for WEBS and a new logo for my design business. September brought 3 schools and an introduction to high school. The rolling sports seasons are constant but for their ever changing schedules, just when I master a practice schedule routine and carpool, it’s on to the next sport! My annual “stay-cation” with Debbi actually brought 2 weekends away and well needed me-time!

It’s November now and I am planning to be organized for the holidays this year. I was reflecting this week on how important the first holiday of the month is and without it, the following two holidays would be so different. Veteran’s Day. My dad (Left, Navy) had lunch with 2 cousins who served in the Army (center) and Air Force (Right, retired Major General…cool, huh!?). Listening to them talk about their childhoods, college years and service to country I was just amazed. I didn’t know half of what and who they spoke about but knew enough to know I was in the company of special family members who had traveled parallel paths to ensure our country’s freedom.

Happy Veteran’s Day! I hope you have the chance to reflect on the day and what it means to you.

Lastly, inspired by Raveler sfgwife, whose son is serving in the military, I offer everyone  15% off all patterns in my Ravelry store through Veteran’s Day.

I hope that helps in your holiday preparations and wish you the best during this month of Thanksgiving.


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.

20140617-221517-80117127.jpgI am working to finish the sleeves on mine and can’t wait to wear it!


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!!

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


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



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!)


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


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


Happy New Year or Time Warp

Happy New Year to all! These last several (7) months have been packed with a lot of great family memories (read busy). I will do my level best to see if I can fill in the blanks over the coming weeks.

In the meantime…Happy Birthday to my now 1 year old puppy, Dixie! You are so cute and love me best! I will try to remember that and not threaten to feed you to the coyotes this year. Love and snuggles to you! (As if she could read, but you know…)


The Black Hole

Yes, I was sucked in.  Post holidays the pace around here got frantic.  Family life and many hours in gymnasiums and the car took a front seat!  It’s all good though.

Weekends are consumed by basketball games, any where from 5 to our record 8!  I actually carry a garden kneeler to serve as my seat cushion having gotten a nerve problem you know where from too much time sitting in the bleachers!  We even gave cushions to the grandparents at Christmas for their comfort!

There has ben knitting, spinning and designing though.  I am busy, not CRAZY!  I will reveal it all soon.

Three games today, casting on a new mindless project and then it’s all about the Superbowl!


Have a great day!

The Second Day of Christmas

One thing that has become a tradition here at our house is the Gingerbread House that magically shows up each year.  Neil and Ellie Claus are on the ball!

You have never seen such a perfect gingerbread house that is as tasty and fresh as it is pretty!


My dear ole friend, Neil,  from my before-the-kids, working days on Beacon Hill began sending this holiday treat to the kids years ago.  How many, I can’t even remember.  Neil and I worked together for years and he was a mentor, friend, and even father figure.  His advice got me out of some pickles and surely saved me from myself on more than one occasion.  We had some great times together and I still carry lessons with me today that I learned from him.  He met all the kids when they were babies but admittedly it has been too many years since we last saw each other.  (I’ll take the heat for that .)

But, the gingerbread house usually appears here about the time of his birthday so we usually reconnect annually in December.  It is also a great time for me to tell my kids stories about Neil and when we worked together as we devour the holiday treat.

Neil has 4 kids of his own and 5 (I think?) grandkids and yet takes the time every year to remember my kids.  When I count my blessings every year at Christmastime, you can be sure that Neil is on that list.

Love ya Neilie!


The First Day After Christmas

I hope everyone had a  Merry Christmas (or happy holiday, whatever you may celebrate)!

I was so busy the last few weeks and apparently too busy to blog.  But I do have things to share so I thought I would start a 12 Days After Christmas blog series.

On the First Day After Christmas, I am still so happy that all the kids are busy enjoying their new gifts!

Hope your day was merry and bright!

Denial No More

It was 60 degrees again yesterday.  I love it but it is hard to think Christmas when I am running in shorts still.  Try as I may to deny that Christmas is coming, that attitude is only going to land me in one heap of a pickle.  So, last night I hardened my resolve to begin to celebrate and plan and shop and decorate for Christmas.

What does that mean?  First and foremost, holiday music!  My car radio is glued to the all Christmas music station now and I have a few new albums (just like Debbi) to add to my playlist.

A little Michael Buble

and Orla Fallon

and some Trans-siberian Orchestra

and something for the kids, Taylor Swift.

I will take the mild temperatures and rely on the mood enhancing music to bring me the Christmas Spirit.

Off to tackle the major to-do list…

and as a reward, I get to work on my Polar Chullo Hat which is coming along nicely (2 earflaps done and a liner so far.) I chose the Midnight Blue as you can see.

What are you up to?