Our newest addition!

We now have a little puppy in the house — her name is Coco!

She is part Chihuahua, part something else (we’re not sure), but we do know she’s 100% adorable!

She is so tiny, and we’re hoping she gets no larger than her mother, who is about the size of a small daschund — so maybe she’ll stay nice and tiny!

And she is definitely a little lap-puppy!  You will most often find her like this —


There is a riddle here somewhere!

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Such as, “How many country critters does it take to check the mail?”

The obvious answer is — ALL of them!

My daughter told me yesterday that they had 2 cats and all the chickens following
them down to the mailbox. So, today, I just had to document their journey!

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I never thought chickens would follow you around the yard, but when they see someone
in a skirt (they equate this with feeding time), they all come running!

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Even the kitties join in!

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“Okay, everyone line up — peoples by two’s, critters by three’s!”

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I don’t know what Daniel was doing with his face here in this picture —
but, needless to say with the help of his critters (and his sister),
he was able to find the mail!

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AND, we want to say “Happy 4th Birthday to Daniel”!

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hand dyed yarn · knitting · pattern · socks

~ Customer Photo Gallery ~

I wanted to share with you the lovely socks that Linda (aka MomofTwins on Ravelry) made with a skein of the Jewell’s Handmades sock yarn!

~ Little Roses, knitted using "Tea Rose" ~
~ Little Roses, knitted using “Tea Rose” ~

~ "Tea Rose" sock yarn, by the Jewell's Handmades ~

These socks are called “Little Roses”, and were designed by Linda herself! You can find the PDF file in her blog here! This link will take you to Ravelry, where you will find this free pattern! And while you are there, be sure to notice her other sock pattern, the beautiful Spring Pools, also found here on her blog!

You can read about and see more of her beautiful knitting in Linda’s knitting blog!

Thank you, Linda, for sharing your work!


A cute little fella!

I just had to share this video!

This isn’t my son, but I have a little boy his age, and this just has to be the cutest age!

He is watching his daddy placing live lobsters in the refrigerator.

I’ve watched this one over and over — he’s just adorable! And you can tell his parents don’t baby-talk to him; he really communicates well for his age!

knitting · pattern · socks

Ribbon Candy, anyone?

Well, I’ve finished the Ribbon Candy sock pattern, and I’m very pleased with the result!

~ Ribbon Candy Socks ~
~ Ribbon Candy Socks ~

I came up with name as I was working along, and realized that not only do the cables remind me of ribbon, but the way the colors in the yarn knit up reminded me of ribbon as well!

You can find it listed with my other sock patterns here!

The Ravelry link for this pattern is here!

crochet · doily

Some pretty things!

The last week, and going into this one, has been very busy — my husband has had a lot of more computer business lately (he works out of our home and I pick up and deliver, since I’m the one that likes to drive!), and we’ve been helping a friend with his moving, so I haven’t had much time for yarn dyeing. I do hope to list a few skeins either tonight or tomorrow.

We have received two of these beautiful shelves from the friend that is moving:

~ new cabinet ~
~ new cabinet (with an odd glare on the middle shelf!) ~

He will soon be moving to Washington State, and as a thank you for us helping him to move some of his things and do some house cleaning, he is giving these to us as a gift!

We are just thrilled with them, as our current bookshelf space has been limited up till now! I’m sure as time goes on, though, we’ll have to replace the glass shelves with wood shelves to make room for more books — we have 6-going-on-7 readers in the house, so we’ll need it!

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When I’ve had a moment or two at the end of the evening, I’ve been picking up and working on a crocheted doily! I used to make many of them in the past, but had to stop for a time, because it was very hard on my wrists (why knitting doesn’t bother them, I don’t know). But I’ve found lately, if I just do a little at a time, it’s not too bad.

Right now I’m working on Doily #4 from the book “Pineapple Gallery” by Patricia Kristoffersen.

Pineapple Gallery by P. Kristoffersen
Pineapple Gallery by P. Kristoffersen

For those of you who are not familiar with her work, her doilies are just fantastic! She specializes in textured stitches that make her doilies beyond compare! Here’s my progress so far:

~ Doily #4, so far . . . ~
~ Doily #4, so far . . . ~

Here is a grouping of crocheted doilies that I’ve made in the past (all designed by Patricia Kristoffersen):

~ some of my doilies! ~
~ some of my doilies! ~

I spent most of the day yesterday adding all the pictures of my doilies onto my Ravelry page – you can find them here on my Ravelry page if you are a member!

knitting · pattern · socks

Ribbon Candy coming . . . !

Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of the sock pattern I hope to have listed by sometime on Monday or Tuesday . . . Ribbon Candy!  I’ve been working on it non-stop for the last several days in the hopes of having it ready soon!

~ Ribbon Candy on the drawing board! ~
~ Ribbon Candy on the drawing board! ~

It’s just about finished — I’ll be sure to post the link when it’s ready!