Good morning! I'm working on the armholes of my Anna vest and I'm liking the yarn, Thirteen Mile (worsted) from Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company, a whole lot. It's light and airy, yet warm. The color is beautiful and its texture is very nice to hold and work with. I mentioned not starting another knitting project until I finish a current one, and well... as you likely know, that generates quite the motivation to get knitting. I was knitting late into the night with this in mind.
The sky could not decide if it wanted to rain last night or not, and after only a few drops, the sun tried hard to come out again just before sunset.
I am happily sewing along on my Falling (Tumbling) Charm quilt and will share an update tomorrow as part of my Cottage Corner Tuesday. It's such a fun pattern. All the fabrics remind me of the gingham fabrics my clothes were made of when I was small. Oh gingham, I still love you!
Well my friends, I am hoping your week goes smoothly, you feel happy, and that there is time to knit:) Jeannine
Hello Dear Friends,
I hope this weekend you are happy and well! It's been busy here. Yesterday, there was a wedding shower, followed by a beautiful drive past the cliffs and along the river in search of bald eagles. Only one was seen in graceful flight, but none the less, beauty was all around. Afterwards, the whole family, including my daughter and her husband, met for an unplanned pizza dinner. Just being together is always the highlight of my day.
There is yarn waiting to be made into lovely things, but I'll wait until I complete at least one of my current projects.
I'm grateful today for this dear Sunday, so peaceful and slow, and for the time available to knit and sew. I hope you have time to do what makes you happy today. If not, perhaps some things on your list could wait just a day or two;) Jeannine
The true way to live, is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things
around us that the beauty of life lies. Laura Ingalls Wilder
Good morning and happy Friday! The pattern for my throw was chosen after watching this video of the Falling Charm Quilt Tutorial, by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I often choose my quilts from these videos because Jenny makes every pattern appear so easy, and this one actually is! The videos by MSQC are so helpful if you decide to start quilting and haven't done so yet. Really, for certain, anybody can make this quilt.
Last night, after I got everybody to bed (and that gets later and later of course), I started sewing and finished twenty-four blocks in just a couple hours. I roughly laid them out for a picture without trying to organize the layout by color or pattern for now. Also, there are more fabrics that will be used as well, but I haven't ran across them in my pile of pieces yet.
The sewing went so fast, that I was able to climb in bed and knit a few more rows on my vest; until I realized I was sleep knitting every few stitches. haha Have you done that? I bet you have;) I have declared today to be knitting day here! Although as I type that, numerous things around the house are reminding me I should declare the day pick up day. (Sigh), I will likely succumb to that pressure and divide my time. I really like a clean house on Fridays when everybody gets home. It doesn't stay that way, but it makes Friday night seem special at least for a few minutes.
Yesterday, I found one flower bloom, showing all its glory, and I was so excited. It's a start!
Really, the whole point of me writing here is to express my gratefulness, so I just want to say, that I created this little blog space only a couple weeks ago and I have been so astonished by the experience. I want to say thank you so much! Thank you for reading it, sending me warm welcomes, sweet hellos, and encouraging compliments. Wow, I have learned a couple things from this experience as well. First, I LOVE the community of women who knit, quilt, sew, and live simply. Thank you, you are so amazing! Second, this community is so kind. Amazing.
I hope your weekend gives you comfort and rest. Jeannine:)
Well hello! It's been a whirlwind kind of morning here, forgotten PE bags, a computer, and trips back and forth in traffic. It's best just to roll with it I suppose:) Yesterday's snow is history but the clouds are staying around for a while, trying their best to look gloomy.
My confetti sock yarn is by far not my favorite yarn. I'm just making myself use it. I don't know the brand, but the wool is very nice. I am just more of a pink, purple, pastel, lover.
I decided if the corners of my home are going to transition to cottage flair, there is only one way that will happen, so I had better get to it. With that in mind, late last night, I cut out the most basic quilt pieces possible and a throw is going to be made. Any of these would be lovely. I have three quilts in the works at the moment though, so just stitching up those 5 inch squares would satisfy me just fine.
I've been coming to an eye opening realization lately. As I start to see things through the lens of my camera, (something that quite frankly has never interested me before, unless there was an adorable child of mine on the other end), I am seeing the world around me in a totally different light. Really seeing things, if you know what I mean. There is lighting to consider and so much beauty around, in trees, the sky, and well just about everything. But the realization came to me as I took pictures of llamas, an owl, hawks, crops and yes, now donkeys...I live in the country! ha. I honestly never realized how much "country" is around me until now and I'm appreciating it for all it has to offer, which is so much if I take the time to really see it. To think all this time I would have said I was a city mouse.
Thank goodness my friends, one more day until the weekend. We can do this! Jeannine:)
Joining the Small Things Yarn Along this morning. I'm reading The Year Of Cozy, by Adrianna Adarme. A lovely, browsable book of crafts, recipes, and photography, and a nice read for the snowy day we are having here this morning. (Yikes, my lights are flickering from the wind!) I'm knitting along on my Anna Vest…and I just looked at my last picture posted of it and realized I have not made much progress. Apparently, I need to get serious. I hope you have a peaceful day, the weekend is right around the corner my friends:) Jeannine
Hello! In search of spring today, I took a quick drive to view the field above, pretty much the only thing green around here right now and I've been admiring it daily, wanting to get a few pictures and finally did.
But speaking of green, I am working on a green shawl, Pear Sorbet, (doesn't that sound dreamy?), by Marly Bird.
After looking at her pattern to post here, I decided I'm in love with that lime green yarn and may have to start another sometime soon.
In the jar, I have cilantro. After reading this, I realized I could satisfy my gardening and spring cravings for another month or so, if I get a few more vegetables growing this way. I'm inviting you to look in your refrigerator to see what you can grow:) I'd love to see pictures!
I took the scenic route home from the green field, past the river. It's always a pretty, quiet, country drive.
This is the kick off to my Cottage Corner Tuesdays! Each Tuesday I'm going to post pictures of a corner of my home. We have lived here thirteen years. I've been through all the stages of a messy home because of a big family. Toddler toys taking over (I remember a neighbor stopping by to greet us and literally having to walk over toys to get to my couch), coloring on walls, and light fixtures being taken out by Nerf footballs. One time when water was left on upstairs, it started pouring through the overhead light in the kitchen below! (I can laugh now.) I wouldn't trade those days for the world, but as my boys get older, and my daughter has a house of her own, things are transitioning and I can plan to do a little more here to keep it up. Stone cottage, was created, to share my gratitude for life here, and as a plan of what I want my home to be. You know the expressions, Bloom where you're planted; Home is where the heart is, etc. Yes, that's it! I am doing that.
Store bought things, don't really make the list of how I want this cottage to be though. No, that's not me.. What will make Stone Cottage a destination, will be to make it a place full of homemade things, like quilts, pillows, and white doilies! And of course homemade food…and more bookshelves, and more books! Flowers, candles and all the people I love, and friends who love these things too. I want laughter here, and I want my family to feel loved here. Now, that's a cottage wouldn't you say? So, instead of me trying to redesign entire rooms to look like magazines, (that's not in the budget), I've decided to take small corners of my home and over time, fill them with all these things I love. My hope is for you, and me to see the Stone Cottage I have planned evolve.
The first Cottage Corner picture is in our family room, next to the fireplace. The hope chest was my mama's, (she's in heaven now.) The first changes I'd like to make is to replace the few store bought things there with a couple more homemade quilts (the one on the right was my first one made) and of course homemade pillows. I'd like to lighten the paint, and hang more pictures of family. Yes, definitely:)
Have a beautiful day! Jeannine
Good Morning! There was wonderful weather here this weekend. How about where you live? My 14 year old son is slim and strong and usually needs and wants the most calories to feed his muscles. Biscuits and gravy is my go to breakfast recipe to fuel him. There was none left.
I'm making steady progress on the knitting projects shared here last week. While the whole family was outside yesterday (the boys playing basketball and my husband roughly measuring where chickens are going this spring), I was inside most the day with hot, steamy tea; experiencing spring allergies in February…what?
Later, the allergies finally calmed down and I enjoyed the late evening outside with my husband, while I grilled fish for dinner. It felt so good to feel better that I whipped up an apple tart too. The best part of the day was sitting together for dinner. That feeling of happiness never gets old.
My wish is that your week is wonderful, productive, and full of love. Jeannine
I'm working on the Oaklet Shawl. I'm almost to the border:)
Pumpkin muffins. We eat pumpkin all year round.
Happy Sunday dear friends. I love Sundays! For me, Sundays may involve going to church or it may involve quiet reflection in my heart, but Sundays always find me feeling very grateful. Sundays are like a little, new beginning offered to each of us to plan and rest with family. I consider it a gift I don't want to overlook.
Have you seen this book? It's nice! Making Sunday gatherings memorable at home is something I want to do more of. I want this day each week, to be a day where anybody can drop by, another chair can be pulled up to the table, and where laughter ensues. I truly hope your Sunday finds you feeling happy and peaceful too. Jeannine:)
Happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I'm thrilled to have the kids home and the free time, but my husband is working today so it doesn't exactly feel like the weekend. I've been doing a little embroidery off and on, napkins. I love the slow pace of embroidery. I don't do it often, but embroidery has a special place in my heart, because in fourth grade my mom taught me how to do it. (So, so long ago:) My elementary school had invited parents to come in and teach a skill to the students and we picked which group we wanted to be in. My mom had me and about three other little girls to teach how to embroider. She brought tiny hoops, handkerchiefs, thread and she had drawn a couple small flowers on each handkerchief. She treated us as sweet and delicate as the tiny flowers she had drawn and it was so special. I was so proud at the time; like she was my superhero. haha. It's probably my fondest early school memory. I think about it just about every time I have a hoop in my hand, because I'm certain that few minutes shaped my future love of all things handmade. Funny to think something so small could have such an impact.
I have plans in the making to sew several dresses for this summer. We'll be heading to Florida for a few days in July and I tend to melt in the heat and I love how a dress can keep me cool. I recently finished a skirt only because I had it cut out from a year or so ago. It's dark fabric, but it's actually a light cotton. I'll have to pair it with a shirt and take more pictures. I am more of a dress kind of girl because I think they fit me better. I have a whole stack of pre-washed fabrics and patterns picked out for A-line dresses; I just need to find the time to sew them.
Enjoy the weekend friends! I hope you find time for what you love. Jeannine:)
We have made it to Friday my friends! Are you as happy as I am? Even though I am a stay at home mom (I work outside the home about one day a month and I'll tell you about that one day,) I really appreciate the weekend when homeschooling and public school rush and organization can be off the schedule. I'm enjoying a little chicken pie for breakfast. Yesterday while my son was away, I decided I better come back home and cook for the big hungry guys that beat me home on Thursdays. The homeschool group is about an hour away and the only thing worse than driving back home and having to go back again, is getting home late and having everybody waiting for dinner while I try to catch up. (It's usually not the most patient kind of waiting if you know what I mean.) So, I made these pies and a baked macaroni and cheese and the family ate it the remainder of the evening, so my work was done. ahhh.
The Baby Doll Cardigan, by Lisa Ellis has been on my needles for quite a while and I just picked it back up in hopes of finishing it for a wedding shower I'm attending next weekend for my niece. The yarn is chunky Keltic, by Berroco. I've had it in my stash for a few years. I do like the colors! I'm looking for a stone button to match and I better order one soon if I'm going to get it in time.. I have committed myself to trying to knit from my stash as much as I can tolerate (ha) and for the most part I do well. I do however give myself one gift each month and if you haven't heard of the Sleeping Bear Yarn Club, please allow me to fill you in.
It's from Wool and Honey, in Cedar, Michigan, and each month the ladies there send you a beautifully wrapped package that includes one hank of a gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, (inspired by the beautiful landscape of Leelanau,) a pattern (socks, shawl, or baby sweater; you choose), and a stitch marker made by a local artist (can you see it on the string?) Everything they send is beautiful. I mention the Sleeping Bear yarn club here because this is my second year with the club and Melissa from Wool and Honey is so great. I'm hundreds of miles away, but when I call her or she calls me, she speaks as if we are old friends. The yarn is gorgeous and I now have a small collection of the best stitch markers ever:) If you decide to pamper yourself with some new yarn each month, you might want to check it out and enjoy having it delivered without having to shop. I wasn't asked to write this little review, but thanks for such a great club Melissa!
The sweet mama seen above is my new neighbor! If ever there was motivation to get out and go for a walk, I'd say visiting her is it!
We are headed to a combined piano and violin recital tonight and then nothing but enjoying the weather for the rest of the weekend. I hope your weekend is all you need it to be and more. Jeannine:)