Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Second Harvest

It's harvest season in my area. The farmers are out all day and most of the night reaping this years crop. The colors in the fields are amazing. It reminds me of spun gold. I love this time of year. The sound of the combines harvesting across the countryside is so comforting to me. I relax when I hear the hum of the engines.

I'm hoping for a second harvest of my own. I planted some more lettuce and radishes a few weeks ago. I'm planning on baby greens for a Thanksgiving Day salad. Sounds good right? I know what you are thinking because I'm thinking it myself. I'm crazy, nuts, unrealistic so on and so forth. That may be too much to expect. Usually my garden has been put to bed by now. I can't seem to let this gardening year go. I purchased a 60"x50' roll of garden row cover. It should keep plants safe to 24 degrees. Maybe, just maybe I can make this work.

Last night it got down to 28 degrees. Brrrr. I uncovered my tiny little plants carefully. Looks like the garden quilt works. The lettuce is safe and sound.

On the knitting front I started another fingerless glove project. I picked out a very simple pattern to show off this colorful yarn. This is the first time I have knitted with Boku by Plymouth yarns. Hopefully it will soften more when I block it. I'll blog more about it next time. Hopefully I will be finished by then.
On a personal note thank you for all the well wishes for new new position. This is my first week with my new employer. So far so good. I fell very blessed.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Felted Pumpkin Patch

It's that time of the season to pick a few pumpkins. I have a few surprises growing. Want to see?

I have a wide assortment of pretty pumpkins out in the garden. I have a few white pumpkins and some rare potimarron squash.

These miniatures are my favorites. Wool Winder designed one of the cutest felted pumpkin patterns I have ever seen.

Don't you love the way they turned out? My fingers are itching to knit up some more. I have given away a couple of these cuties. I am pondering the thought of an entire Thanksgiving arrangement. I can just see felted pumpkins all over the table!

I used Lambs Pride by Brown Sheep Company in a few different colorways. Orange you glad, prairie goldenrod and orange creamsicle. This pumpkins is orange you glad.

For the stems I used Lambs Pride colorway forest shadows. This was the tiniest little hat I have ever knitted. It's so sweet! It's the perfect cap for the pumpkin.

Here is a closer look at the Malabrigo pumpkins. The color is called Rhodesian. The variegation of the yarn adds a realistic depth to the shape. Give these little cuties a try. I promise the mini's will put a big smile on you face!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Finally Friday

Hmm, can you tell I'm in fall mode? I adore all of the warm, rich colors of this season. I'm working on a few fun knits. I'm just giving you a peek at this project. Some of you may already know what I'm making. As soon as I'm finished I promise to show you the end result. As you can see from my sidebar there is a really cool quilt giveaway going on. Pigtails and Snails is having a contest. Go check it out!

I'm also working on some sewing projects. This is some of the fabric that I picked out. I can't wait to get back into my sewing room. I'll show you more later.

We had our second frost last night. As the sun started to rise and burn off the fog I couldn't resist taking a picture. I covered the basil and peppers. The lettuce and beets didn't mind the frost.

I found the entire scene mesmerizing.

Our colors are almost at peak time. Another few days and the finale of the fall show of color with be here.

On a personal note I have given notice at my current job. It was a very tough decision to make. I'm not a person that likes change. I have been with my current employer for almost 4 years. I will miss them and all the people I have met through the years. I believe God has another plan for me. That plan included a choice of 2 jobs. The one I chose is in my same field. The position will be more challenging. That's just what I need. My family and friends are rejoicing with me. Only the Lord could deliver two opportunities for me in this tough job market. Praise be to God! I give Him all the Glory!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lake Geneva by Boat

How about a fall boat ride? The weather is perfect. It's 84 degrees and sunny. I promise that on this boat ride you won't get sunburned. On our boat everyone gets nicely bronzed. Today we will relax and enjoy all the colors of fall.

This will probably be the last boat ride for the season. Everyone in my family wants to come along. The two men in my life are sharing the captain's position.

My DD and my DS's girlfriend love to sit where the action is. If you want to sit in the bow of the boat you may get a little wet.

Even little bear loves a great ride on the boat! By the way, you look great in your bikini! Wow, you have lost weight. Your looking 15 years younger!

There are some huge mansions on Lake Geneva. It's so neat to cruise around the lake and dream about living in one of these homes.

I found some info here on the web for this estate. Stone Manor (officially Younglands), the 18,000 sq' magnificent Italianate palace with a 250' veranda and an expansive lawn visible from downtown Lake Geneva. The estate was built in 1900-1901 by Otto Young, a man who made his fortune buying real estate along State Street in Chicago following the great fire of 1871. It was constructed for over $1,000,000 and features such as gold-plated fixtures, a basement bowling alley, and a third floor miniature golf course astounded even the wealthiest resident. The property was a single family home until 1939 when it was presented to the order of St. Anne to be used as an Episcopalian private school for girls. The school was discontinued after only a few years. Later the mansion housed an elegant French restaurant Around the 1980's the mansion and remaining property were purchased for back taxes, reportedly for $74,000. It has recently been restored and converted to 6 condominiums ranging in price up to $1.6 million.

This mansion is my DD's favorite. Richard H. Driehaus Estate is awesome! It sits on 36 acres. I can't even imagine what the price of this estate would be.

I don't even think that I could afford this little shack! Ha Ha!

You can take a romantic steam boat ride on the Lady of the Lake. I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Lake Geneva by boat. Please make sure to get outdoors to savor the fall season!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fabulous Fetching

It's been a busy week. I didn't have a lot of time to knit. I did finish Fetching. What an easy pattern. In my opinion it's a classic glove design. The cables are divine and the picot bind off is so cute.

Here are the details:

Pattern: Fetching published on

Needle size: 6

Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist- Baby Alpaca- one skein 110 yards.

Color: 5004 it's the color of the cornfields in my area right now.

This is all the yarn I had left. It's the perfect one skein project. I am planning on knitting more for gifts. Next time I will bind of the traditional way just to see how it looks.

The thumb method used was very different than any design I have ever attempted. Basically you knit the thumb onto waste yarn. When you are finished with the glove you pull out the waste yarn and pick up the stitches. The first time I pulled out the waste yarn I was a bit concerned that I would loose my stitches. I found a great tutorial on this blog that really helped.

I leave you with this photo of the sunset that greeted me when I arrived home last night. I am always in awe of the works of the Lord. I know a lot of people are very concerned with our economy myself included. As I watched the beautiful sunset this scripture came to mind:


Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Results

We have some winners here! I was very technical about the picks as you can tell. I wrote each name on a slip of paper and put the names in my Amanda hat. I then chose 4 names. Here are the winners.





I wanted to give a prize to the person that has left me the most comments. Tracy at Woolwinder has left me 68 comments. Thank you Tracy!

I still couldn't stop drawing names. I have some pretty stitch markers and such to give away. The runners up are:





Congratulations to all of the winners! I want to thank everyone for entering. I also want to say a big thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to leave me a comment. Thank you all for inspiring me with your projects!
Please e-mail me at: so I can get all the winners their prizes.

Have a wonderful day!!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Say it isn't so

Last night I was contently knitting away on my fingerless gloves Fetching. I knitted until about 11:00 pm. We didn't watch any t.v. or have the radio on. We were listening to an old cassette tape. O.K. now I'm showing my age! Anyway I didn't hear the weather report. I had now idea that it would get so cold last night!

Say it isn't so!
The frost hit my beautiful garden last night. I awoke to frost on the lawn and on my windshield. I was praying that my garden was spared. My pumpkin vines are dead. So is the watermelon and zucchini. The morning glories are finished too. This has been my best gardening year ever. I don't want it to end.

On Wednesday I spent the entire afternoon deadheading flowers and doing a bit of weeding. I took this shot of the garden on Wednesday.

I did some tilling. My DH surprised me with this little tiller last month. I use it every chance I get. I love turning up the soil and making it all pretty. I get so lost out in the garden. It's a good lost.

I harvested some of my beets. Yum! Yes, I'm one of those strange people that loves beets.

I picked some yellow peppers. This is the very first year that my peppers turned yellow before the frost hit.

I picked some red ones too. I stir fried the peppers and some zucchini and garlic that night for my side dish. I also added a nice handful of lemon basil. My basil plants were huge.

The basil got hit by the frost too. I cut off half of the plant to try and save it. Can you see the dark basil leaves in the front of the picture. Ugh! I thought I have at least another week of harvesting. I didn't make my pesto yet! I am praying that my basil will continue to grow.

Tonight my garden sleeps under warm blankets.

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