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You'd think there would be more purple in this house. Finally settled on this picture that honestly…I took a few days ago when it was raining. (!) I took pictures today, but they are soooo boring. Believe me, you're glad I posted this one!

 

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I could have completed the “messy” challenge in any room of my house today. I decided to show you my footstool where I keep my knitting projects. I am knitting from a huge skein of yarn, and it is really a mess.

 

I have lots of glasses. I've been wearing them since Second Grade.

 

 

Maybe should have gone for a tad more depth of field so that the entire milking stool was in focus?

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About a month ago, I started thinking about getting a DSLR. I wanted to improve my photography for my patterns, but I also just enjoy taking pictures. I emailed my brother, Rocky, asking him what I absolutely needed, because I was thinking about just buying a used camera. I didn't eed anything super fancy, and figured something a few years older would suit me just fine. Imagine how floored I was when he sent me his old camera, a Rebel xTi! I am still just so humbled by how kind and sweet that was, and truly a blessing for me!

 

So I have been taking pictures constantly! It's been a real learning curve even from the superzoom I used to use. I always seemed to be taking pictures of the same things; goats, Reagan, and knitting. Then I remembered something I had seen on one of my favorite blogs (got sucked in by the knitting, stayed for the hilarious American Idol reviews!) about a photo challenge.

So,I am starting the photo a day challenge, from the blog Fat Mum Slim. I thought I would post my pictures here in addition to posting them on twitter. Is that overkill? Anyway, everyday has a different theme, and you take a picture of that theme, and then share it with the world. Here are my first three photos for this month.

 

Aug 1: Outside.Still a goat picture, but who can resist that face! This is two of the three baby girls JarJar gave me this year. After the disaster of no baby at all the year before, I'd say she more than redeemed herself. I am keeping these two, Shorty, looking at the camera, and Rosie, focused on food! The third is Sweetie, and she is going to live at Heaven Sent Food and Fiber Farms.

 

Aug 2: One. This was a hard challenge. There isn't a lot that I have only one of. Does that mean I am having hoarder tendencies? Probably. Finally I settled on my favorite out of all the colors of KnitPicks Palette. I love this deep dark shade that is kind of a turquoise, but not really.

 

Aug 3: Coin. Again, one coin was hard. We have these coins that my FIL brought back from China, and while I don't think they are old, they are beautiful.

 

So that is the first three days! Looking forward to the rest of August!

 

Life goes on

Everything continues here as usual.  We are back in our homeschooling schedule after the Christmas holiday, and I am knitting and weaving.  We are also waiting for baby goats to be born.  Looks like JarJar is the only one pregnant. We know how that went last year, though, so I am definitely keeping my expectations low.  She is being a bit of a bully to Sally, but I guess that is how pregnant goats act.  I really hope if she is pregnant she has a girl, I just don’t have room to keep a boy.

 

The weaving is going well.  I am getting the hang of keeping my edges straight.  After considering many options for cutting fabric into strips, I bought a rotary cutter, a mat and a ruler.  The mat and ruler are small, but I didn’t want to make a huge investment if I didn’t know for sure that it was going to work.  It does make a huge difference after using scissors for so long.   Simplicity makes a little machine that cuts strips, and I seriously considered asking for that for my birthday, but the reviews seemed to be 9 to 1 in the negative, so I just couldn’t risk the money. There is a little rotary cutter with the brand name of Gemsy that I am considering for about the same money, but it is a serious tool, and I wanted to try the rotary cutter first.  I’ve only used it for a day or two, but it does seem to make things a lot neater and straighter.  Also faster if I am cutting regular fabric and not these old dishcloths.

 

I do have pictures of the finished baby sweater to show.  I actually knit two sweaters for Caleb and Heather’s baby, who will be named Adelyn.  But the other one didn’t turn out beautiful, and I needed to make them a beautfiul sweater.

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And here is the back of the yoke:

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And the detail on the hem:

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All these pictures were taken on a rug I wove for Jody for our birthday.  I sure hope she likes it! I sent her Christmas present too, so she has a big box of things to open. It sure tickles me to be able to send her something, for once, cause she sure is good to me! God couldn’t have given me a better twin sister.

Post Holiday Knitting

I am working on a little sweater for my soon to be born great niece.  In actuallity, I have knit this baby three sweaters, but she will only be getting two. I had to rip out the first sweater attempt using this yarn because I ran out of yarn.  It was knit mostly in garter stitch, so I am hoping that knitting in St. Stitch will give me more wiggle room. P1010380

This is of my own design, but I don’t think I will be publishing a pattern, although I may put the chart(s) up here if any one shows any interest after I put up pictures.  I knit a circular yoke, using short rows, and a delightful little cable.  Then I picked up stitches along the edges for the main body, and eventually I’ll do the arms the same way.  Haven’t decided on edge treatments yet, I have got a few ideas in mind, but until I try them out, I don’t think I’ll know for sure what I am going to do.  I’ve still got a ways to go, but I hope to have it done at least by the end of next week.   That baby will be here before you know it, and I’m running out of time!!

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