Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Great Unloading, Part 2

Okay, so after a brief re-evaluating (and my minimalist need to move this stuff out of my house!) here are the final lots. FREE! First come, first served. Many of these items were bought but have since lost their purpose for me. So I'd love to pass along to someone who will use them! 

If you see something you want, please let me know. Because after this I can't promise it's fate. 

LOT #1: Price-- FREE

  • Ultra Alpaca   Color 6262 Lot 801  3 skeins + 1 balled skein never used
  • Mini Mochi Color 105 Lot 75   1 skein + 1 gently used ball (read: I started to knit and decided nope never gonna finish and frogged!)
  • Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering Weight  Lichen 1 skein
  • Namaste Oh Snap! Bag (one medium and one small) The large one is missing. Sorry!
  • Blue Knit Carry with Top Grommet

LOT #2: Price-- FREE

  • Ocean Breezes Knitted Scarves inspired by the Sea by Sheryl Thies (Book)
  • Interweave Knits Spring 2007 (Magazine)
  • Jane Austen Knits 2011 (Magazine)
  • Knit Wear Spring 2012 (Magazine)

LOT#3: Price--FREE

  • Large Swift from Joanne Fabrics
  • Dream in Color Groovy Alpine Flurry Jan/Dec. Dream Club from a few years ago
  • Dream in Color Starry Midnight Derby Note: This is a very early starry and the metallic isn't as "bright" as the current version

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Great Unloading, Part 1

It's official. I'm de-stashing my stash. I've got a host of randomness from bags and yarn to a few other knitting "essentials". Over the next week or so, I'll be up loading pictures. If you want something, let me know. First come, first served (thank you time-stamp). Prices listed include all items in the photo. Some items will be sold as groups. If you live far away, please know shipping will be extra. Everything has been stored in my smoke-free, pet-free home.

So let's get started....

Namaste Zuma bag in Gray. This is a discontinued style.

Namaste Buddy Case in Lime. Discontinued style. Similar to their Better Buddy.

Sky Yarn by Tahki Stacy Charles (Ravelry link) Original price: $7.50

Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed (Ravelry link) Original price: $10.00

Hikoo's Caribou (Ravelry link) Original price per skein: $7.25

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Resurrection Sunday!

Early church, bellies full of food, family time, egg hunts and Easter baskets. A great day remembering and relishing in all the good gifts God gives and the greatest gift He gave!

Saturday, February 1, 2014


It is official. Sweet Potato is POTTY TRAINED! 

And yes, I am shouting it from the rooftops!! 

Biggest lesson I learned: Wait until they are ready. I tried multiple times. I wondered if she'd ever get it. It all was a waste of energy.

About 3 weeks ago, Sweet Potato realized she was down to her last diaper. [Truth be told, I thought there were more diapers in the closet. I was wrong.] On the spot she said, "Mommy, I have to wear underwear." I went along with it totally expecting another failed attempt, but I was wrong (again)! She averaged about 3 accidents a day for the first 3-4 days. After that, she'd have an accident every 4-5 days. We have now gone over a week without a single accident. Plus, she's keeping her diaper dry overnight and during her occasional naps. It's heaven!

I heard all sorts of stories from mom's who potty trained about being scared to go anywhere with a newly potty trained child for fear of not finding the bathroom in time. Perhaps it's because she's older and has better control, but we haven't had any issues. I know we may have an accident here and there, but overall this was the easiest process because she did the work. We weren't stressed (except for those first few days) and once she got the hang of it no incentives were needed. We started with M&Ms but that quickly proved unnecessary. We did reward her with Hello Kitty underwear after she went 3 days without an accident. I have never been so happy to plunk down $12.99 for 7 pair of obnoxiously pink underwear.

Sweet Potato we love you and couldn't be more proud. Many thanks also to both sets of grandparents who not only prayed for this day, but have offered multitudes of ooo's and ahh's over poops and pees. You folks are the best!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Six Months Old!

Someone recently turned six months old in our home. She is a silly little Pickle! Always the tongue is hanging out. Always. She is sitting on her own for longer stretches, and while she has yet to roll over unaided, she can nearly sit-up from a laying position.

Her eyes light up when she smiles, and her laugh is a little bubbling brook! She adores her Mama. We're seeing signs that she wants to play with her sister and what Sweet Potato has she wants too. Pickle also seems to enjoy toys more than I remember Sweet Potato. She wants something in her hands to chew on, play with, inspect. Solid foods have started and so far she's tasted avocado, banana, peaches, and puffs. Our chubby cheeked girl has already tripled her birthweight! It's amazing to think of how tiny she was in July. While we're still seeing some delays with her premature birth, we're thankful that nothing is causing real concern.

Height-- 26 1/2 inches  (75%)
Weight-- 15 lbs 14.5 oz (45%)
Head--  16 1/4 inches (25%)

More than anything our littlest girl is loving. Slobbery kisses, hugs, snuggles, she gives them all with abandon. We're reveling in this half year mark and know that the real fun is just beginning!

Happy Six Months Sweet Pickle! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Little Owls Knit Shop

The past few months have been busy. Busy with emails, writing press releases, establishing social media, helping to tag and display yarn, planning knitting classes, and encouraging a new friend on a wonderful journey.

This week is Little Owls Knit Shop's Grand Opening. It's an old store given new life as a warm, colorful, and friendly place to meet and greet yarns and fiber friends. If you are local, you'll definitely want to stop in and take advantage of all the special events!

While I'm not working retail hours yet, I have been busy helping Sadie, the owner, behind the scenes. There is so much to do in a yarn shop that is not directly related to the yarn on the shelves.

At this point, I'm teaching beginning knitting classes, a fingerless mitts class, and there are a couple more early spring classes getting ready to hit the schedule soon. I'm so thankful to be able to help Sadie and watch this store launch.

This new venture is definitely responsible for the quietness on this space. Still, I wouldn't trade a thing... okay maybe I'd like a clone (one of me to mother, one to knit) but really life is as good as it gets right now. One lesson that has been reinforced lately, is how much this Mama needs some away from home time. I'm more productive, happier, and a much better mother and wife. Apparently, I work best with a little pressure. :-)

Happy Knitting Friends!