This post is really about the weekend but since most of the pictures have some yarn in them….

Weekends have a whole new and wonderful feel now that Jerry is not out of town all week long. I’m happy to say he is currently on a big project in Boulder. Instead of frantically trying to squeeze everything into a few days of having him home, we can actually relax a bit and really enjoy the weekend. The weather helped that quite a bit as we had two beautiful days here. Now on to the pictures….

I did knit a teeny bit this weekend, two projects I have going are Cerus [a scarf done in linen stitch lengthwise, I’m using Malabrigo Rastita yarn in Piedras] and Gansey Scarf [I’m using MountainTop Canyon yarn in Mesquite] they are both coming along nicely. You can find more info about these at my Ravelry project page.

We headed out for what would have been a short drive if not for a mountainside traffic jam yesterday that added an hour to our drive home covering a 2 mile stretch through some of the most damaged roads from the flood. Earlier on our way out we passed this pretty tree.

Back at home Jane says hello and my chives are sprouting on the back porch!


PS I’ll be back with a new Basket Sampler that’s perfect for Spring/Easter and a few more kits for a previous offering. Happy Monday!

A new month!






This means new things at the webshop, I’ll be back with that news on Tuesday!

My sister-in-law came for a visit this weekend. The first time we’ve seen each other in almost 2 years. This is who we lived with for a year in Michigan so it’s really been way too long since we’ve spent time together.

The visit was WAY too short but we had a very nice time. I knitted her a scarf (Zig and Zag Lace Scarf from KnottygalDesigns in Silkpaca from Malabrigo) and we did some shopping with Amber. I brought home some pretty dish cloths and yarn – of course. Lots of family time all weekend really. I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did. One night we made a big batch of Sesame Chicken together, here’s the recipe.

Here’s a sneak peak at March’s Sampler of the Month!


PS – Tall Sheep Basket Samplers have sold out! (THANK YOU) I still have 1 Love Thy Neighbor design with threads available :0)

Rocky Mountain Wednesday + Heart









Here are a few snowy evening vistas from our drive to church Saturday night. We still have a fair bit of snow here but it’s supposed to be in the 60s this weekend so it won’t be here much longer.

Yesterday’s heart is from Farm House in BBDs Anniversaries of the Heart sereies. I personalized this for my grandmother. EJD are her initials, 1906 is when she was born and the love of her life was my Grandpa Otto which is what the O stands for above the house. This is her wedding photo and also a picture of them on their farm in Western Michigan.

Amber and I admired this pretty Valentine display of treats on our weekly shopping morning…I leave you with today’s heart (and it’s cat hair embellishment), more tomorrow.


birthday fun








Yesterday was my birthday. A big one! We had a very nice family party, Amber did all the baking & cooking. I spent a good part of my day doing extra special things like cleaning! Doesn’t the kitchen look shiny? I’ll spare you the master bathroom but it’s shiny too.

I was spoiled with all manner of good things! Naturally there was cake, German Chocolate and very fancy, she also made this. Tyler gifted me a Craftsy class I’ve had my eye on. Amber & Evan gave me some fun things for my terrarium and Kellen & Ethan have added considerably to my knitting fun and comfort with a book I’ve wanted and a nice ottoman for the living room. Jerry is home for the weekend which is probably my favorite thing!

Looking forward to the ‘BIG GAME’ this weekend (the ottoman will come in handy,) just in case you don’t know who we’re rooting for, here’s Kellen with a hint….

Now I should go clean my sewing room (with its very snowy view) some more.


PS – just saw my neighbor ski by out the sewing room window :0)


making plans & cupcakes







I baked up some chocolate cupcakes for Jerry’s birthday. Ethan gave him Monsters University on DVD as a gift so I used that as my inspiration. I think I got the colors right, my fingers are still blue and purple, I just couldn’t quite manage Mike Wazowski’s texture.

I found a pretty pumpkin for a great price to be our Thanksgiving centerpiece. I’m thinking of finishing off some of these hexie pieces (made two Summers ago) into a table runner. I haven’t quite worked that out yet but I have them on the table waiting for inspiration.

Thanksgiving will be small and simple at our house this year. The turkey is thawing and I think I have the sides planned and all the ingredients on hand. I’m doing all the cooking myself for a rare change and looking forward to it – really.

I hope your week is starting off well!


PS – I have Christmas decorating plans brewing on the back burner! Too much time on Pinterest this weekend I think…here is my Holiday Board. Between now and Christmas I also have 2 more batches of birthday cupcakes to create, good thing I have a Cupcake Board as well!

5 days & cheesecake








I’ve spent a marathon week (sunrise to sunset) in the sewing room. I have made really good progress despite every bit of technology I own turning against me and the best efforts of two boys to sabotage my careful plans.

All individual Impie, Hattie & Bea orders (except 1) have been shipped and my Hoffman shipment, about 50 more hand-made items, is coming along nicely. I’ve shared a picture of yesterday’s view near the post office.

I did a bit of late night knitting, only a small portion has had to be pulled out because I was half-asleep… and I made a cheesecake and served it two ways. The recipe is on my food page.

I have updates for the fundraiser which I would have shared this past week during my Rocky Mountain Wednesday post but since that never happened…I’ll save it for next Wednesday.

Have a good weekend, I’m heading back to the sewing room.


Happy Veteran’s Day

My Dad

Jerry’s Dad


My Brothers

Not pictured, grandfathers, uncles, and cousins….

Thank you to Veterans everywhere, enjoy your special day!








There were 6 balloons in the sky on the way to church this past Sunday :0)

It’s hard to believe that much of 2013 has already passed. We celebrate our 29th anniversary this month and Jerry has a birthday. I’m already looking forward to Thanksgiving and it’s time to finalize Christmas gift ideas.

I will give you a final report on the Flood Relief Fundraiser in my next Rocky Mountain Wednesday post. Together we’ve raised well over $300. I can’t total it up just yet there are still some donations enroute at this point. I thank you so very much. I have a few creative ideas for what we’ve raised, I’ll be keeping you updated on that as well.

You may have noticed that there was no Rocky Mountain Wednesday post this week. I’ve been extrememely busy in the work room as you can guess. I am starting to feel a bit better, I don’t have to take my cough medicine round the clock anymore – thankfully. Ethan took a pretty bad tumble on Wednesday while we were out shopping. He has a badly sprained ankle which I thought must have been broken at the time. Thankfully I had Tyler and Kellen with me. Tyler was able to carry him to the car and Kellen had just bought himself a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream which the boys immediately thought to apply to the injury – as an ice pack although eating might have been beneficial to my nerves. Ethan is in very good spirits about the whole thing.

I have some knitted gifts underway for the holidays, I won’t be sharing many photos of those til January but here are a pair of mitts I knitted for myself early in October and which I may or may not be knitting more of for gifting… I used this pattern and this yarn. I’ve already gotten quite a bit of use from these especially when we were in Avon recently.

Yzma says, Happy November!

PS – I don’t know if you have to be logged into Ravelry for the pattern link to work….someone let me know if you have a chance please – thanks!

Rocky Mountain Wednesdays








Jerry often works out of town and it only very rarely works out for me to go along, so when I had the chance this past weekend I took it. We left here on Saturday morning and this a little visual diary of the early part of our road trip. We were home by Tuesday afternoon but I took nearly 700 photos while we were out and about. In reality the scenery is even more beautiful than this, remember I was zipping down the highway at about 70 mph while taking these pictures – Jerry drove.

More to come!

We are in the last week of the Colorado Flood Relief Fundraiser going on at the webshop!

I will be debuting one more new item during the fundraiser at the end of this week!

Amount raised so far from your orders plus a little …. $221!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!