And breathe…..

Coming up for air… where has the last month or two gone??

They are clearing trees * read butchering forest, my snowshoe trail and this little Moosey’s home* across the road from us. Yesterday this poor discombobulated Moose was peering over our fence trying to figure out how to get in. I’m sure the poor lad didn’t know what was going on and was just trying to find safety. It was with a sad heart that I watched him climb back up the hill and into the trees. I hope he was smart enough to figure out that he could get to our clearing in just a few more feet to the right and then he would be safe.

I cut the grass for the first time this season on Sunday ,clearly it has been a few weeks since I wrote this post, in my winter coat and hat…… What the deuce??? It has been a coooold Spring, everyone still has the heating on and there is a frost warning. Not cool! I’m so glad that summer is slowly arriving and hopefully things warm up.

Things have been super busy around here, hopefully I can fill you all in on that shortly but until then I have some new projects on the go.

I’ve been doing a lot of purging around the house and and getting rid of things. I had previously purged the stash of things I would never use but there seemed to be a mountain  of leftovers accumulating that needs to be dealt with. My thought is the quickest and easiest way for me to use up these leftovers is definitely to knit a blanket but that lead to a whole other bunny trail of which blanket and do I have colours that go and so on and so forth.

Romi swooped in and saved the day when she offered a coupon for one free pattern. Her Carson Throw jumped out at me and I immediately wanted to cast on.

I grabbed some co ordinating colours and cast on. It is coming along nicely and I’ve just started using a second colour. I can’t wait to add more colours to the mix and see it progress.

More stash diving is on the go because Rachel Coopey is doing a MKAL *mystery kal* for Unwind Brighton.  Solid or semi solid yarn is what Rachel has suggested for these socks so I’m knitting mine with Wandering Cat Yarns BFL in English Toffee.

This is my progress after completing the second clue. The third and final clue was released a week ago and I’m still trying to find the time to get caught up…. soon!

Before I could even start my MKAL socks I need to clean off my sock needles. They were  housing my half finished 2nd Patina sock. Poor Patina’s they got left by the way side while I was involved in a huge project but now its time to finish them up. I’m really enjoyed this Tanis pattern and even though it has been slow going, when I do have the time to knit on them it just makes them last all that much longer. Look for an FO picture soon!

So those are the stash projects I’m working on right now and I’m holding myself back from casting on more…. I need to get something off the needles first me thinks.

What are you working on? Do you have a queue the length of your arm that you need to cast on RIGHT NOW??

Talk to me, I’ve really missed chatting with you all.

OI!

Sorry for the radio silence everyone.

I’m having a few issues with my host that I’m trying to sort out. I’ve had no blog access or email so if I owe you a reply bear with me as I catch up on everything.

After two weeks with buckets of rain,

I’m glad that we are finally getting some sun on The Ridge.

We’ve had lots of  outdoor fun,

and there’s been a good deal of knitting too!

I’ll be back shortly with more details!

Luvin The Mommyhood KAL

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I’ve joined the Luvinthemommyhood: Tops, Tanks and Tee’s KAL

Cast On date was April 11th 2012

Cast Off is May 23rd 2012

Basically you pick any top tank or tee your little heart desires and knit it. There are a TON of people over at the Luvinthemommyhood forum on Ravelry chatting about their patterns and yarn right now. This is seriously a fun KAL.

I chose to knit Farrah…… correction I chose to knit Gemini but then I remembered I’d told my mum that I’d start a sweater for her when I got back from Ireland so I decided on that instead.

I had a kit for Farrah in my stash that I received as a gift.

I was a bit iffy with the yarn at first, it’s Berroco Glint, a cotton, nylon, metallic yarn, not really my style.

I do  love the Farrah pattern but thought that the colour in the kit was just a bit too light for me to pull off . I did however think the colour would suit my mum very much, she wears the colour quite off as it is.

I’m very surprised by how much I am enjoying this yarn. The beige colour has a beautiful coral throughout and its almost knitting up in stripes here and there and you know what….. I LIKE the sparkle…… there I said it! I LIKE THE SPARKLE!!

Farrah has a pretty simple stitch pattern, rows of stockinette between lace panels. It’s proving to be a good knit for reading.

My Farrah Rav notes

The other knit I have started *I’m not sure if this will qualify for the KAL or not, have to ask the Big Wig aka Shannon* is Capricious, a test knit for Elena Nodel of Anadiomena. It will be the adult version of her Poppy Cardigan.

Capricious uses a contiguous method, developed by Susie Myers, that allows you to

shape shoulders and knitting set-in sleeves without a use of a single short row.

Genius I say!!

I’m using some stashed Rowan 4 ply cotton for this one. It’s knitting up with a nice drape that I think will be perfect for this cardigan!

My Capricious Rav Notes

Garden

I have unsuccessfully tried to garden before…. mind you it wasn’t really a garden. We tried to plant pumpkins and corn *I think* in a pile of rocks…. really it was a terrible place to put a garden at our first house. Live and learn I guess.

I decided this year was going to be the year, and I was going to do it RIGHT!

First I decided where I was going to put my garden.

This spot was close to the house were I can keep an eye on it and hopefully avoid critters getting into it.

It needed some leveling off but Moose and I were able to fix that in a jiffy.

Boston preferred to dig up our work as we went….

T and I started seeds inside to get a head start. I planted in intervals so we would hopefully have a good crop throughout summer. My seeds grew sooo fast that I had to replant into bigger pots several times. Before I knew it my entire kitchen table was covered with plants growing like wild fire. It got so bad that I covered T’s play table too and I still didn’t have the beds ready to plant.

Unfortunately power tools and toddlers just don’t mix so once Moose had some time I got him to make me some beds. I wanted to do raised beds inspired by Ginny’s lovely garden.

I’m starting off small this year. If things go well and I actually get some plants out of this then I’ll expand next year. For now I have two long beds for sprawling crops such as watermelon and pumpkin, two smaller beds in the middle, one for peas and one for carrots. The remaining two will be for climbing beans which need trellis’s so I put them closest to the house.

The weather has been cold and full of rain the last several weeks. I have the fire on and its almost June…. what’s wrong with this picture?? Its perfect weather to bring out the black flies…… oh how I wish they didn’t exist!!  I had to plant most of my garden at night because they tried to carry me away during the day.

Don’t you love that watering can?? T bought it for me for Mother’s Day and it ROCKS!!

Pray for my little garden to grow grow grow!!

Spring has sprung

Today may be the first day of Spring but last weekend was definitely the beginning of Spring on The Ridge. The road is finally clear of snow and ice so we look the dogs for a good hike down the road.

T realized that she could now walk on the driveway without slipping and sliding. She took off up and down the driveway a million times, she loves to be outside.

Daddy and his helper repaired the snow plows damage to the garbage box

with plenty of hug breaks!

Then right back to work.

The front gate also provided hours of fun.

We were all a little tired by the end of the weekend but the much needed outdoor play was worth it.

Bring on the warm weather!