June 2009


Here’s my newest sock pattern — Lotsa Sugar!

Lotsa Sugar full

Lotsa Sugar heel

Lotsa Sugar foot

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LOTSA SUGAR SOCK PATTERN

Knitting Pattern
by the Jewell’s Handmades

A series of kisses and hugs —
large, lacy “X”s and chains of “O”s —
an easy pattern that will work up quickly!

These socks feature —

~ cuff-down construction
~ cable and lace sock design!
~ rounder, smoother heel design!

This pattern features —

~ 9-page pattern
~ 10 full-color photos of the many steps in the pattern!
~ detailed step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions!

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You can find it in my Etsy shop here,

and if you are in Ravelry, you can find it here!

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Yesterday was the type of day that the outside
was just calling to us — for many reasons!

First, Hannah, Daniel, and I happened to look out the window,
and saw something frolicking around in the front field.

When we went down to explore, it sat down in the grass and tried to hide.
Nothing but two ears showing . . .

fawn 1

We didn’t hear mother near by,  so we kept inching our way closer . . .

fawn 2

fawn 3

when he or she finally decided to make a break for it!

fawn 4

How it moved so fast, I can’t imagine,
but walking with the camera held out in front of me,
this fawn still managed to jump up, spin around,
and get half way to the hedge before I could
snap a last picture of the little white tail waving like an alert flag as it fled!

On our trip back up to the house,
we saw lovely wild flowers that line the front of our property . . .

wildflowers 1

wildflowers 2

and we checked in on our wild blackberries that have
taken over a portion of one of our fields!

blackberries 1

We’ve already picked and frozen a few quarts,
and as you can see in this picture, we’re expecting quite a few more!

blackberries 2

The real newsmaker in the outdoors yesterday was a very strong storm system
that packed winds of up to 85 mph in some areas.
We were very fortunate not to have any structural damage,
but there is quite the mess to clean up.

storm 1

We also had a tree by our back door come down,
but fortunately it fell away from the house . . .

storm 2

. . . and about 5 feet from the shed!

storm 3

Hannah and Caleb have since converted it into the U.S.S. Jewell,
and have each walked the plank several times.
Hannah’s reasoning, “Trees are boring standing up;
they become much more interesting when they are on the ground!”

Over to the garden, the green beans fared pretty well . . .

storm 4

but the zucchini, not so much . . . !

storm 5

They seem to perking up this morning, so we’ll have to see!

The electricity was out for about 12 hours, with a few teasing moments
where it’d come on for a minute, only to go back off.
These times have proven fun in the past, especially for the children,
who usually stay up way past bedtime, and listen to Daddy and Grampa share stories!

A much more sedate day today . . . !

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. . . in some funny ways!

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kitty sleeping 1

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kitty sleeping 2

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AND, it’s catching!

kitty sleeping with daniel

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I am so excited to share these new patterns with you!

I am beginning a new Seasonal Dishcloth Series,
beginning with this Summer Dishcloth Set!

Summer Dishcloths cover

The dishcloths included in this set are as follows

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~ Bridal Bouquet Dishcloth ~

06 June - Bridal Bouquet~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

~ Deep Sea Fishing Dishcloth ~

07 July - Deep Sea Fishing~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

~ Summer Sunflowers Dishcloth ~

08 August - Summer Sunflowers~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

You can find these patterns in the Knitted Cloths Pattern section of my shop!

I hope to begin working on the Fall Dishcloth Set soon!
You will be able to see sneak peeks of these upcoming patterns here on my blog!

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P.S. — these patterns will also be listed in my Ravelry shop, if you are interested;
I’m going to try to get to that later this afternoon!

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The whole family picked green beans in the cool of the evening last night —
we were very surprised at just how many beans were ready for picking!

garden - green beans 06-09-2009

Last year’s crop was not nearly as successful as this,
and there are still twice this much still on the plants waiting to fill out!

garden - green beans 06-09-2009 - 2

Today, we’ll be snapping, blanching, and freezing!

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I also have a few more teaser pics for you —
projects that I’ll be sharing with you probably by the end of the week!
You’ll remember this one . . .

teaser Bridal Bouquet dishcloth

. . . now to be joined by these.

teaser Deep Sea Fishing

teaser #3

Stay tuned!

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Oh, and this is what our house smells like at 9:30 this morning!

wheat bread

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A sense of humor is a wonderful thing!
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine . . . ”
(Proverbs 17:22)

It just so happens that my Dad and I share
the same “variety” of humor!

We often send comics to each other,
and I had saved up a bunch to send at one time.

Rather than send them through the e-mail,
I thought I’d share them with my blog as well!

So for those of you who like a good chuckle, here you go:

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comic 1

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comic 2

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comic 3

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comic 4

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Lots to do today (delivering computers, bread making, errands) —
so I’ll just share a glimpse of a special project I’ve been working on;
you’ll see this again in the future when it’s complete!

Bridal Bouquet dishcloth swatch

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I’m also going to try to put the finishing touches on
my latest knitted sock pattern — it should be ready in a day or so!

xo socks 2

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