Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's Time.................

As much fun as having a blog has been, it's time to really focus on my small business.  Fall is just around the corner which will mean a lot of socks will have to be made.  And I'd like to spend more time designing, too.  There's just not enough hours in each day.

I want to thank all of my loyal followers and those who stop by occasionally.  You've all been delightful and your comments have always been so wonderful.

I will continue with my Etsy and Ravelry stores, so you can always stop by to see what's new there.

I wish you all the very best!  Thank You!  Thank You!

Monday, August 26, 2013

They Walked Away...........

We have a small glider airport just to our east and they take off and go right over our property.  Saturday afternoon we heard the tow plane doing circle upon circle overhead.  I ran outside to see what was going on and then heard all the sirens coming up the mountain.  I realized that a plane had gone down just up the road from us and that the tow plane was trying to show the fire department where the crash site was.

We assumed that it was a glider that had gone down but as we walked up to our neighbor's house we could see that it was a small single engine plane.  They too, use the glider airport.  Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt and no fire started.

Like they say, any landing is a good landing if you can walk away from it.

 I think the heroes of the day were the pilot, for bringing the plane down without hitting any homes AND the tow plane pilot for getting in the sky quickly to show the authorities where to come.  The Lord was watching over everyone that day.

Many of you are new to my blog and I wanted to share a couple of pictures that I took last week.  We almost always have clear skies, but last week was exceptional.  So I snapped this one which is of the view out my front door.  The picture makes the mountain top look rather far away, but it's quite close.
It's a very rural setting complete with dirt roads, no street lights or power!  Yes, we live totally off the electrical grid and it's quite an adventure.

If I look out my back door, I look over the Tehachapi valley and this northeast shot is of Sand Canyon in the background.  There are 5 valleys up here in our mountains and each is so very different.

The monsoons are due to arrive again later today and for most of the week with possible flash floods tomorrow.  I'm sure there will be gorgeous photos ahead.

In knitting news:  I finished the project for the yarn company and just need to proof the pattern.  Then we have a sock order from another yarn company with that yarn arriving any day.  Doris (our antique sock machine) is eager to start!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Guess Who Won?

Congratulations to Carmen N (asimplehomestd on Ravelry) for winning these two skeins of Regia sock yarn!  I can't wait to hear what you will make with it.  Carmen, if you'd be so kind to email me at with a mailing address, I will place this yarn in tomorrow's mail.

Hope that we made your day!

I loved reading about all your projects.  It's so wonderful how many of you knit for others, especially when illness is involved.  Knitting seems to be a two-fold gift.  It brings comfort to those who receive our lovely labor of love AND it gives us great joy and satisfaction in creating our pieces.

Thank you all for joining in on today's fun giveaway.  We'll be having another one very, very soon.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's That Time.................

For a little giveaway!  Yesterday was my hubby's birthday, so to celebrate his big day I'm offering one lucky reader these 2 skeins of Regia sock yarn.  Socks made in this color are so much fun.  Just leave a comment and let everyone know what project you're currently work on.  On Sunday, August 25th, I'll randomly select one winning name.  Please leave contact info to make everything easier for me.  Good luck!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stormy Weather.....

The monsoons have made their appearance over the last couple of days, but yesterday was by far the worst.

On our eastern horizon they come in off the desert with thick black clouds and lightning.

Soon the high winds arrive because of the unstable air mass.

The result yesterday was a massive dust storm that went right through the center of town.

Today the weather is supposed to be much calmer so that means I can get back to some serious knitting.

The project that I'm working on for one of the yarn companies is over half finished.  The book will be out next spring and I can't wait to share the one design of mine that will be in it.

In my spare time I'm still knitting up more mismatched mittens.  They just keep me smiling!  AND if you check back in on Thursday, I'll have a little announcement for you all!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Chalk on the Walk.....

Each year Tehachapi hosts a "Chalk on the Walk" event where artists of all skill levels and ages are invited to display their art on the city's sidewalks.

As you can see, there are some amazing artists here.  And remember, these are all done with chalk!

I missed attending it over the weekend, but rushed down early Monday morning before they were either washed away or walked over.

This lion was probably my favorite.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Happy Mittens.........

The first pair of "Happy Mittens" are done and they were tons of fun to make.  And yes, they make me smile!  The second pair are already underway and I hope to have oodles of them for the big November craft show.

They're so fun in fact, that we may just have a little giveaway very, very soon.