Tuesday, October 28, 2014

settling in...

Life is becoming somewhat more normal now that we are mostly unpacked and feeling a bit organized.  Though frequently, I think of something I need, but am not able to find.  

We are renting a parsonage; I think it dates to the 1930's and is a two story farmhouse style with a more modern addition on the back. Except for the addition, it has beautiful wooden floors and wide moldings and trim.  My work space is in the front room and has windows on three sides--the light is perfect.  Of all the rooms, that one is my favorite.  The downstairs has all the space the two of us need--living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, workroom, and sunroom, as well as bathroom and a large laundry room, so we are using the upstairs mainly as storage.

After 23 years in our last home, it's a bit unsettling to be living in a strange place, but we are calling it an 'adventure' and looking forward to building in the spring.  I'm missing all my gardens, the hens, and the long walks around our lanes & meadow, but am looking forward to the extra time I should have for sewing this winter. And, baking some homemade bread has made this seem a little bit more like Home.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A new workroom

Still a lot to organize, but I think I may be able to do some sewing - finally!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

homespun cabled boot cuffs ~ in the round

Today's diversion from the seemingly endless job of 
after our recent move
is reworking a boot cuffs pattern I published here in 2012.
There have been some recent requests for instructions for knitting them in the round so I have sat down at the computer
and given it a go.
Please, please be advised that I have not tested this out,
so proceed with caution.
Any feedback is welcome...happy knitting!

homespun cabled boot cuffs

To fit most, up to a calf circumference of 16 inches.

Circumference of boot cuff, unstretched:  approximately 12 inches
Length of boot cuff:  approximately 8 inches

Bulky weight yarn; approximately 150 yards
US #11/8.0 mm double point needles
US #10/6.0 mm double point needles
stitch marker
cable needle
tapestry needle
12 sts /16 rows = 4 inches
Boot cuffs are a great looking, stylish addition to your wardrobe.  They knit up quickly, making them perfect for gift giving as well.  The original pattern was for straight needles, but I have modified it here for knitting in the round.

With US 10 dpn, loosely cast on 36 stitches.  Place stitch marker and join for knitting in the round.
Work in 2 x 2 ribbing as follows:
Rows 1 - 4:  *Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end of row/marker.

Switch to US 11 dpn.  Begin cable pattern as follows:
Rows 1-3:  *Knit 9, purl 3; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 4 :  *Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, knit 3, purl 3; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 5-7:  *Knit 9, purl 3; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 8:  *Knit 3, slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, purl 3; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat this 8 row cable pattern three times.

Switch to US 10 dpn and work in 2 x 2 rib as follows:
Rows 1 - 4:  *Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end of row/marker.

Bind off in pattern. 

**This pattern is specifically for personal use only**--Thank you so much, Deb.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

changing seasons...

As I sit typing, the honking of Canadian geese flying past can be heard outside the window.  They are a daily sight now as they prepare for their flights south. Though still summer here, the weather has become quite autumn-like and those warm days at the lake are just a pleasant memory.

The garden is winding down--I am picking raspberries, peppers, and a few tomatoes.  This past week I dug the red potatoes, and I still need to harvest the celery and onions.  There are a few pumpkins and many gourds ripening; but no sign of the winter squash I planted. 
I would love to do some sun-dried tomatoes in the dehydrator if time permits--they are the best on homemade pizza!

Yesterday I washed the outside of all our windows {which were looking quite dirty now that the sun is lower in the sky} so the new owners can enjoy the view through sparkling clean glass.

Our closing date is tentatively set for the first week of October, so we're really stepping up the pace on packing!  It's quite chaotic here, but thankfully we have been offered a parsonage to rent while we wait to start building our home in the spring.  

Thank you so much for your encouragement and well-wishes!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Over the weekend...

I did get 5 pints of peaches frozen and baked 'Martha's' peach & blueberry cobbler with vanilla bean, cream biscuits---delicious!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Peach season...

The farm market had a special this week on peaches so I will be freezing lots and baking with some...pie, crisp, cobbler??...one of each maybe.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Morning fog.

It's going to be a beautiful day. My to do list includes cleaning the henhouse, baking some peach custard kuchen, picking raspberries, and always--packing, packing, packing.  Looked at a house yesterday that we're hoping to rent.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunflower season

Enjoying this late summer morning and the sunflower view as I water the chickens.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

the lake

Within 2 weeks time we had about a dozen showings of our house, accepted an offer, and the day after the papers were signed we headed to the lake on a vacation scheduled months before--what perfect timing it turned out to be!

There was a little bit of rain, but otherwise mostly sunny, beautiful days spent walking, biking, reading, and relaxing.  I hated to leave knowing it will be a busy couple months ahead--packing, moving, building, as well as keeping up with the garden and the wonderful blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and zucchini its producing so far.

It's back to the kitchen now to freeze up several quarts of blueberries I picked yesterday and to bake up some blueberry buckle!


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