Last Thursday, I went knitting with the ladies at Arrow Acres again and we started to make this stole. It’s called the Guernsey Wrap by Brooklyn Tweed. It has many sections with a different pattern in each section (which you can’t see yet because I have a long way to go). I am totally in love with the yarn that I’m using for this project. It’s a worsted weight (even though I think that it’s just a bit thicker) in the colorway Mountain Morning. It’s a bit more blue than it shows in the picture. Leanne told me about Beaverslide yarn and I am so happy I tried it. Their story about how they process the yarn is also interesting and supporting small businesses, especially farmers, is so important. The yarn has a little tooth, but is not itchy. There are also little flecks, which give it so much character. Every once in a while I even find I little piece of hay, which is like finding a little treasure. I am already looking at other colors to order.
So today it has begun; operation clean the garden. I had already started to clean out the first bed before I took the picture. We were so busy in the fall that we neglected cleaning out the garden, which didn’t make today easy. What also makes it tough, this year is that we have hundreds of thistles everywhere. The little thorns go right through my gloves if I’m not careful. I only had to use the tweezers once. My sister came to help, which was so nice. In the end, we cleaned out five out of the nine beds. Not to shabby for a few hours of work. It still has a long way to go before planting.
My daughter started attending a new school about a month ago. It is a school for students with special needs. It has been life changing even though she is still transitioning. The staff got her involved in the school right away by having her join the chorus and taking violin lessons. Today, the school’s chorus got to sing the national anthem for our minor league baseball game. They did an amazing job! We even got to meet many of the other families.
I am still working on the Ves pattern that I posted last week, but fit in a fun little project. I went to Arrow Acres again yesterday and we knitted this cute little headband. I made it for my daughter. It has been so nice to sit outside lately, especially after the harsh winter we had here. All the trees are blooming and despite my allergies, I can’t get enough of them. They are so beautiful to look at. I’ve also started to think about what I will be planting in the garden this year. So far I only have a few tomatoes. Next week I will start cleaning out all the beds and really planning out everything.
I go to this amazing alpaca farm called Arrow Acres for knitting lessons. I do learn a lot about knitting from looking things up online, but I think that there’s nothing like having someone show you how to do something. I love talking to all the other people and Leanne is just so nice. There is something unique and calming about the farm and the alpacas are way too cute. I went to a fair isle class a little while ago and made this hat. I love how it turned out and can’t wait to start another fair isle project.
Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day. The sun was shining and I didn’t want to be inside. After the kids got home from school we went to the bay to walk on the sand. We love going there and take full advantage of living just five minutes away. We found some nice shells, which my daughter added to her rock/shell collection. After we had to get some ice cream.
Things have been crazy busy here lately. Spring has finally sprung and that has pulled us outside until the sun goes down. We are also in the middle of building our chicken coop. Our seven little chickies won’t be little for long. At night I’ve been trying to work on this shawl. For Christmas my husband got me the Miss Babs knitting tour. This is the first package that came last month. The pattern was a bit intimidating and I had to start over more than five times. I was about to give up. Now things are going well, but it is a pattern I need to concentrate on. The color work is beautiful and you only knit with one color at a time. The pattern was inspired by Sri Lanka. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer. There has been nothing on the reading front since the temperature has warmed up.
I took a bit of a break from the blog to take care of some medical issues with my daughter. I still have been doing a lot of knitting to pass the time during appointments. We also recently got chickens, but I’m saving that for another post. I finally finished my Oaklet shawl. It is such a beautiful color and it’s nice and thin for spring. The yarn is madelinetosh, but I forget the color way. I’ve also finished a few more projects, but I need to take pictures. The camel color yarn is from an alpaca farm that I visit and take lessons at. It’s so wonderful to knit with yarn that you know exactly what animal it can from. I’ve also made some stitch markers.