Hay and Sunshine

November 3, 2008 at 7:59 pm (crochet, family, farmgirl, knitting) (, , )

On the knitting front, I’ve worked some on the second Tasha sock.  I’m getting close to the end of the leg.  The prospect of a heel flap and turn is always exciting.  I’ve also worked on the Mormor shawl.  And I’ve got a pic to prove it:
Mormor Shawl
Pretty, no? It is the Mormor Pattern in Lime and Violet Oops! Dark. I believe the yarn is the bamboo blend.  Little Turtle Mittens for Tulip are also on the needles.  I whipped up one mitt except thumb last Sunday.  I haven’t picked it up since because I was distracted by crochet.

The Granny Mitts from Chez Plum are too easy to make.  I’ve almost got a full pair (sans buttons) in just a couple of hours.  I used Karaoke and a tiny hook to get the right size.  I’d endorse these for quick holiday gifts.  I was going to take a pic, but then I realized I seamed the cuff of the second mitt.  D’oh!

The family and I headed to the Hunt Club Farm Harvest Fair yesterday.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  And there weren’t very many people.  The girls both rode ponies (actually, Tulip rode a miniature horse) and jumped in the bouncy houses.  They wanted to ride the ferris wheel, but I said no.  Since only Rosebud is the correct height, I didn’t want to leave Tulip out.  Plus, I hate ferris wheels.  We even took a hayride around the farm.  Rosebud especially loved the pile of hay.
Rosebud plays in the hay

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My Inner Farmgirl

July 2, 2008 at 11:10 am (farmgirl) ()

I grew up in a small town in NC.  My grandparents would take me “to the country” just about every weekend.  We’d visit family all over the county.  I remember wandering in the woods with Granddaddy looking for grapevines to make wreaths.  Granddaddy also had the greenest thumb around.  We didn’t have a lot of room for gardening, but we always had cherry tomatoes or tommy toes and the occasional cucumber.  He spent most of his time growing flowers and plants to sell at the local flea marcket.  I learned to cook with my grandmother and even sewed a bit as a kid.  

My return to my inner farmgirl began with learning to knit in grad school.  Crochet followed a few years later.  This spring, I’ve taken sewing classes.  All with an aim to make my time meaningful for myself and my family.  I like to stay busy and have something I love at the end of the day.  

Having two girls of my own, I want to make sure I’m teaching them the right things.  Fruits and veggies aren’t magically grown in those bins at the grocery store.  Playing in the mud and digging for earthworms is fun.  Making something with your own two hands is one of the most satisfying things you can do.  

Miss Violet of Lime and Violet has created the Plurkette Hencircle, a chapter of the Farmgirl Sisterhood.  The goal is to create a supportive community that shares ideas, projects, and even works for merit badges.  The inner Farmgirl is delighted to know I have more fun ways to learn new things and keep creating.

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