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!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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
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
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
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
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.
Friday, August 9, 2013
While I'm waiting for the yarn and contract to arrive for an upcoming project for a book, I decided to knit up some fun and quick items. The thought of throwing away even the smallest amount of sock yarn is unthinkable. So, with the big craft show in November, these little "Friendship Bracelets" are so perfect. Don't you just love the smiling monkey button?
I always think that kids get all the fun knitted items, so I'm working on "Happy Mittens" for adults. What a great use of leftover worsted weight yarn! Randomly, I selected 6 colors and placed them in my knitting bag. Then, I just grab one and knit for as long as I want before changing colors. No reasoning at all - that's what makes these so fun. AND for the second mitten, I'll hide the first one from view so that they won't be alike whatsoever! This whole concept will add some spice to your knitting. And just think how surprised I'll be when they're done and I compare the two together. Pipi Longstockings would be smiling from ear to ear over these!
Monday, August 5, 2013
See, just bring on pumpkin season and mittens start flying off my needles.
Remember all those peaches that we picked on Saturday? Well, some pies definitely popped out of my oven with 'em. Boy, did the house smell good that day! I had to use a sugar substitute since my husband can't have sugar, but they still tasted quite yummy.
Fall will come quickly here in the California mountains, so it's nice to get a head start with my knitting. Tons of hand cranked socks are scheduled to be made on our antique sock machine and I have oodles of leftover worsted that will become mittens. Life is good when you make time for knitting!
Saturday, August 3, 2013
We've been waiting for the small farm nearby to put up their "Peaches" sign. Yesterday was the day, so this morning I sent the troops in..............
It smelled so good in this orchard.
And tomorrow a peach pie is sure to pop out of my oven.
From there we headed over to the Cummings Valley for onions, potatoes, cabbage, red leaf lettuce and carrots. They have an amazing organic farm there that's only open on Saturdays.
In knitting news: We have some exciting news, but unfortunately can't share the details. I can say tho, that another design is heading for print! These projects can take many, many months to complete and as soon as it's available, you'll be the first to know. The yarn should arrive next week and I'll get started ASAP.
Have a great weekend.