Friday, October 17, 2014

October with a bit of September Thrown In

For as busy as we have been lately, I am sitting here trying to come up with what we have actually been up to....

The boys have been keeping up with their baseball and little miss and I have been staying steady with our soccer practices and games.

There has been knitting and dyeing and weaving going on.  A few patterns have been added to my Ravelry pattern page and I have more in the works (that have sat languishing for quite some time now...).  The weather was starting to get cooler and I wanted to use some of the Au Naturel yarn and some of the Outlander skeins so I paired them with my armwarmer obsession.

This is the Sassenach Armwarmer Pattern using some of the dark brown Au Naturel in worsted weight.

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Then I used a skein of Superwash Merino Aran in the Misty Hills colorway (Outlander Series) to create the Elder Mitts.

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After that, I decided to knit up another pair of Sassenach Armwarmers using my Superwash Merino Worsted in the Standing Stones colorway from the Outlander Series.

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These past few weeks have been absolutely insane (I started working FT hours at the school while our Office Manager is out on leave so I am basically Nurse and Office Manager all day M-F) so the productivity has been rather slow but in odd moments I managed to finally finish a pair of socks that I started last Spring. They weren't for anyone in particular when I started so they were going to end up in my sock drawer but as it turns out, one of my cousins has the same size feet as I do and she could definitely use a pair of handknit socks while she recovers from a recent accident so they are hers now :) Balance sock yarn, Gryffin Colorway from the Fantastical Creatures Part 1 Club.

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In the beginning of October, little miss and I headed to the Farm Crawl.  Normally we go as a family but the boys had an all-day baseball camp to go to so the ladies ventured out on our own :)  We got there early but it was crazy with so many people (it was a really nice day out so there were more people out and about than in previous years).  We hit the pumpkin patch first and that was the only place I took any pictures - just too many people in the other places.

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It was a nice little outing; we grabbed apples, apple butter, root beer, cinnamon rolls, and lots of pumpkins in varying sizes.

Last weekend, the hubby invited some boys that he coaches year-round down to the in-law's lake house. The weather cooperated for the most part and the kids got some fishing in, played ball, went for walks, wrestled around, climbed trees... There was a fire with smores and sky lanterns... We met many new insect/caterpillar friends (which were all let go), and enjoyed the changing seasons.

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 I can't quite explain this one.

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There was a really nice sunset.


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Sunday was cooler and a bit misty but we went outside anyway. 

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Believe it or not, there are actually more pictures on my Flickr page... It has been more than a month since my last post... I will be posting again shortly though because I will have more colorways to show - Fantastical Creatures Part 2 :D No idea what this weekend will hold other than a soccer game and a ball practice but hopefully, I will be able to get some things caught up at home! Wish me luck :)

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Go Wildcats!

Little miss had her first game of the Fall 2014 Season this morning.  She did pretty good and I am very proud of her, though to be fair, the entire team has lots of room for improvement over the course of the Season :)  This was their very first U10 game with the larger field and actual positions (including a goalie) so it's going to be a learning experience!

Here are a few shots of her in action.

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I was going to post these tomorrow since the weather is beautiful outside but I tweaked my neck something fierce right before her game and I get lovely shooting pains whenever I try to move it.  Good times.  So, stationary head = computer stuff I suppose :)  I might try to sit outside and knit in a little bit though.
 
I have gotten a bit done today though on the computer - I put up the next round of Outlander colorways in my Etsy shop and will finish charting yet another new pattern (I think I have 3 in progress at the moment with another however many patiently waiting...) when I'm done here.
 
Here are the 12 Outlander Colorways all nestled together.
 
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I also got word the other day that our Bakery Bear blanket squares made it safely to the UK! I decided to knit one myself and knit one using my Au Natural in the Suffolk/Alpaca Blend from last year's batch.
 
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Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Around the Yard

It's been a full week in the Dreams in Fiber household, lots of school stuff, a few birthdays (including mine), and some knitting took place :)

I turned 35 this week.  Not quite sure how that happened, but such is life, right?  Here a few goodies that I received.  My SIL K found this "a while ago" she said and sent it to my FIL to get framed up.  I love it!  Little man is rather smitten with it to and is trying to get me to hang it close to or in his room...  We'll see ;)

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This little bundle of awesomeness came from a friend of mine in Arizona, K. The lotion smells divine and the cowl will be put into immediate rotation once the weather cools off a bit.

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Little man has been busy working on his WiP's. He made a lot of progress over this past weekend - gotta love a deadline ;) He wanted to make a square for the Bakery Bears and he wanted to squeeze in a Holiday Project before August was over so he could enter into a Bakery Bear Contest on Ravelry. Little man really looks up to Dan from the Bakery Bear podcast and knows that he likes Star Wars and Legos so he decided to make him a Star Wars Themed square for his blanket - the white and black are for the storm troopers and the black and red is for Darth Vader.
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This scarf will be gifted during the Holidays so I wont say who it's for but I thought he did a really nice job on both projects and I only helped him a little bit now and again :)
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I've been getting a bit of knitting done myself but don't have pictures of it. I did take a picture of James today though. Poor patient James... He's been sewn and finished for a few weeks now and patiently waiting for the clothes that I promised him. Truth be known, I CO for his sweater immediately after finishing the sewing-up-bit and haven't touched it since... I should get on that!

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James really likes the outdoors and was pleased to find proof of Autumn. Signs of cooler temperatures are a bit hard to come by just yet but they are there just the same. Once he gets his outfit perhaps we can go exploring :)
While James and I were searching for the background of his photo, the minions and hubby and I found that there are a bunch of different types of fungi in the yard.

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And a flower or two can be found here and there and a few of the leaves are just starting to change. 

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I've been watching this little guy for about a week now. He has made his home in the corner of our garage door opening. Evidently he's doing well because he hasn't moved on. Little man accidently snagged the corner of his web though so we'll see if he finds his way back to his corner.
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The hubby noticed that we had another "big fella" on the other side of the house. Evidently we're surrounded. No idea what type these are (I'm guessing they might both be Spotted Orb Weavers despite the difference in coloration), though I know they are both of the Orb Weaver variety.
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I wont leave you with those images in case you're not fond of spiders...  I have spent a good chunk of this past weekend getting caught up with my Etsy listings.  I finished putting up the Au Naturel rovings and I put up the Outlander skeins I dyed up recently.  I didn't want to focus on the characters of Outlander specifically, so I pulled inspiration from the places and things that the characters might come in contact with as they went about their business.  I have a few more colorway ideas so I will probably just dye those and list them as I find time to dye them.  Here are a few of the colorways.
Standing Stones

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Soccer practice has started once again for Little Miss so we'll have games every weekend thru the beginning of November starting next week.  I'm still not over-the-moon about losing my Autumn but she should learn a lot this Season!

Not sure when I'll be posting again but I have more WiP's that I am working towards completing so perhaps it will be sooner rather than later :)