Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Sakkie Sock Yarn Arrived........

Here's the 3 colors of Sakkie that I ordered from Plymouth Yarn Co.

I can't wait to turn it all into socks.

And don't forget to leave a comment on the previous post for your chance to win a pair of socks made from one of these 3 colors.  Saturday, August 4th is when I will randomly draw one lucky name.

Today I was home all day and not watching our 5 grandkids.  Instead, I visited with Lucy, Ethel, Mildred, Gertrude and Cluckie and took care of our garden.  Somewhere in there a ton of housework got done, too!

The girls turned 14 weeks old yesterday.  I've been having trouble keeping track of their age, so I had to double check on the calendar.  At about 20 weeks old they start laying eggs.  This afternoon they're feasting on some fresh tomatoes and squash from our garden.

Be sure to check back in on Saturday to see who wins the socks!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sakkie Sock Yarn..A Personal Review & Giveaway

If you haven't tried this new sock yarn called "Sakkie" from Plymouth Yarn Company, run don't walk to your nearest yarn shop and buy some.  Your feet will thank you!  It's absolutely fabulous yarn and our sock machine just loves it.

It's a blend of 40% kid mohair, 40% superwash merino and 20% nylon.  And it comes with a generous yardage of approximately 437 yards.

I just ordered several bags and they should arrive some time next week.  So, let's have a little giveaway, ok?  On Saturday, August 4th, I'll randomly draw one lucky name from comments left on this post for one pair of women's socks (size small - shoe size 6 - 8).  That will allow time for me to make them up.  The color will be a surprise, but I'm sure that you'll all love it.

Please be sure to leave contact information to make it a whole lot easier for me!  Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Another Fire in Our Neck of the Woods

It's definitely going to be a bad fire season in California.  This one started about 1:00 o'clock this afternoon near the freeway pass that heads out to Mojave.  I'm not sure if it jumped the freeway or not, but it quickly spread up into the hills.

At first we saw just a helicopter, then 2 small water bombers arrived.

The chopper is watering up at the tank that's at the end of our street.  From our vantage point, the fire appears to be heading eastward out towards the desert.  We're crossing our fingers that it continues that path.

And just a reminder.................

We're having a tiny giveaway on our last post for a copy of our newest sock pattern.  Be sure to check it out and leave a comment if you'd like a chance.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Our Newest Sock Pattern

Our second sock pattern in our southwestern series is now in our Etsy shop.  It's called, "The Nogales Sock."

It's worked on U.S. size 2 needles in Knit Picks' "Palette" sock yarn.  But, you can use any sock yarn that will give you a gauge of 8.5 stitches and 10 rows per inch.

If you'd like a chance at winning a downloadable copy of this new pattern, just leave a comment on this post.  On Thursday, July 19th, I'll randomly select one lucky name.  Please be sure to leave contact info such as Ravelry, etc.


Congratulations to Teresa (Knittingdancer) for winning a copy of our new sock pattern.  I'll be sending it to you via an email Teresa.  Hope that we made your day.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What a Sweet Sound a "Cluck" Is.....

The girls turned 11 weeks old yesterday and we heard their first "clucks" over the weekend.  My husband was jazzed!  Oh, they've made lots of funny bird sounds but we were getting worried because they hadn't "clucked" yet.

Again, they were quite curious about my camera and kept pecking at the lense.

Here's Lucy and Ethel being quite "peckish" with their food.  One always has her foot in the pie pan to tilt it upwards.

Gertrude wanted a little extra attention this evening and was quite content to have my husband hold her.

And now that 6 socks were cranked out today and the girls' pen all cleaned up for the evening, I sat outside and watched as the evening shadows began to fall on our mountain.  Life is good.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

God Bless America

Being a Vietnam veteran, my husband feels strongly about flying the American flag.  There's just nothing more beautiful.

Tehachapi, like many small towns across America will celebrate this great day with lots of wonderful festivities.  There's a pancake breakfast, a patriotic parade, hot dog festival, rodeo, concert and box dinner in the park and of course our fantastic fireworks show at 9 p.m.

We'll go into town for a few of the activities, then settle in for bar-b-qued cheeseburgers, homemade cherry limeades and blackberry crisp with vanilla ice cream.  YUMMO  Since we live higher up on the mountain, we have a bird's eye view of the show from our back porch. 

Somewhere in all of that I'll be cranking out 4 - 5 socks.  We just got an order for 40 pair of socks that are needed like yesterday!  Doris (our 85+ year old sock machine) is choking a bit this morning, so as soon as this sock comes off, we may have to take her apart and give her a good cleaning and oiling.

Happy 4th of July to everyone.