Tuesday, August 16, 2011

State Fair

Well, hellllllooooo! I know it's been months since I've posted, but family's first and with my family I have been. We've been busy, busy, homeschooling, knitting, crocheting, spinning and sewing. Taking care of our bunnies and preparing to add a breeding trio of German angoras very soon. Very excited about that! We'll be working on getting our rabbitry's website up and going...Spring Valley Angoras. We'll be selling fiber, breeding bunnies for sale, and eventually sell spinning supplies.

We recently went to our state fair and had a wonderful time together. Weather was a bit hot, but not blistering; and we went on a weekday, so the crowds were not overwhelming. Thought I'd share a couple of photos! That's Joshua milking the fake cow...hand sanitizer was ready at hand.

Really, really enjoyed watching some friends of ours do a 4H competition for their cows. All three of their daughters won two first places, one second place and their oldest won grand champion. They must have been so proud of their daughters! Incredible judge who spent so much time with each child competing, giving them tips and pointers. At the end, he shared his advice on the seven most important things to teach a child:
-yes, Sir
-no, Sir
-yes, Maam
-no, Maam
-thank you
-excuse me

Such wise and simple advice. One thing I would change to put in the first place, though. The most important thing to teach a child is to love the Lord Jesus with all your heart, all your mind and all your strength.

May the Lord bless your day abundantly!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Friday's Flowers Shawl

Hello, friends! I finished my Pettine shawl using hand dyed silk single ply lace weight yarn that I bought from my dear friend, Lynn, over at her etsy shop, www.etsy/ It was an absolute pleasure to knit...the beautiful sheen of the pink lace and the simple lace pattern. Love the triangular shape of the shawl and how the top portion lays over to make a "collar". Definitely making more from this designer and I can't wait to knit more of Lynn's beautifully dyed yarn.

May the Lord bless your day abundantly!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Knitting in the New Year

Well, HI! Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year! I spent the weekend organizing my yarn stash. I went through my binder of patterns and pulled stuff out and started to put things in sheet protectors. For my yarn I tend to see a pattern first, then I'll purchase yarn for that particular project. Often I fall in love with the whole look of an item...the pattern, the yarn and the color. Most of my yarn is from Knit Picks, so I often will substitute the yarn for something from them, but I do have a couple of skeins of some really special yarns. I just ordered some Royale Hare sock yarn to make the Maia shawl that I found on ravelry. The yarn is called Bug Juice (yuck, I know!), but the color is a gorgeous olive green with flecks of mustard/brown. Can't wait to see it!

I'm almost finished with my Pettine shawl with the hand dyed silk that I purchased from my friend, Lynn at her etsy shop, The Princess Rooms. So very lovely.

Well, I assigned each yarn to its pattern and put them in separate Ziploc bags. The photo is the Ishbel shawl that I made for my mom for Christmas and the others are some yarns for some shawls to come. I really need to increase my knitting speed because I've got NINE shawls to knit. Not one pair of socks. Think I need to change the name of this blog. :)

May the Lord bless your day abundantly!