Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Yarn Along

It's Wednesday, time for a Yarn Along update
and I have lot's to share today.

I finished my great niece Madelyn's Chevron Baby Blanket
It's washed, blocked and ready for wrapping.

I am back working on the second neutral Chevron Baby Blanket,
the one I started before Madelyn's.
I am buzzing along quickly,
no real mistakes and I just love these colors.

The Gallatin Scarf will be next on the needles.
The yarn looked purple in the shop, but now it looks brownish,
but purplish in the picture.
I think I am having a problem with my color vision.
The hubs say's the green shirt I wear is gray 
and the green flip flops I asked for at the beach are also gray.
- one of us has a problem -


Here's a better look at it...
I have never knitted anything like this but Paige said I could do it.
If not, she will help me.

This is the pattern, I am not sure I have ever seen anything like it!

Here is the cute project bag I picked up in Paige's shop...

and the official NJ Wool Walk Bag.
I did not "need" either of these bags...it was a matter of "want"...
and one can never have too many bags - right?

And how about those flowers...it's been 10 days and they still look amazing!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The New Jersey Wool Walk


Grab your passport,
you've got just four days to visit the fifteen participating shops in New Jersey.
That's the New Jersey Wool Walk.
And don't worry if you had no idea...I didn't know either


I only made it to one shop, 
but that was fine...
I had a wonderful visit with Paige Miller at
I have visited this shop in the past,
and I got to know Paige during my knitting trip to
The New York State Sheep & Wool Festival
in Rhinebeck, New York
Paige stayed in the same house I did and was part of our group.


Her shop is beautiful...
everything is displayed with so much care and attention to detail.

Now, it's time for pictures of the inside, it's gorgeous...




I purchased one of the chevron print, New Jersey bags,
a Wool Walk bag...


and the pattern and yarn to make this 
Gallatin Scarf
in purple of course, I hope I can figure it out.
If not, 
Paige said I could come to the shop, 
during an open knit and she would help me.



There were give-a-ways...

frames, and yummy cookies for all the husbands.




I am sure if I were only going to visit one shop, I picked the best one.
I'm really starting to get into this whole knitting thing...
having fun and doing all the things that knitters do.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

It's Spring


Happy Sunday

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Critters ~ 227 ~

On Thursday I was running out to a doctor appointment.
It was cloudy and raining...
- what's new, right -
The hubs yelled to me, "do you want the camera"?
I said "yes" but it was such a crappy day, I didn't think I would use it.
But, you never know.
We drove only a few minutes and the hubs shouted "there's a Heron"
he spun the car around without me even asking.
I didn't have a lot of time, I didn't want to be late for my appointment...
but I got off 20 clicks before hopping back in to the car.
The heron never moved. 
Twenty pictures, all look about the same.





On our way home I looked over and there was an Egret standing in the exact same spot,
showing off it's full breeding plumage.
The green on the face and the long wispy tail feathers.






This lake is only a few minutes from home and this is the third time I have seen the Egret.
When driving with other people, they do not stop when I shout, "there's an Egret"!

That does remind me of driving with Leanne my knitting teacher,
she is so kind and stops for things like this...

The moral of the story, never leave home without the camera!

Sharing today with

SaveSave

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Few Minutes With A Mockingbird

I spend much of my day in my home office.
Lot's of windows, views of the river...I am surrounded by my bird feeding garden.
There is a Sand Cherry Tree to the left of the window,
 it is a favorite landing spot for all of my feathered friends and my "secret viewing arena"!
I am pretty sure I only have one mockingbird in the yard right now,
returning after being absent all Winter, I had forgotten how easy this bird is to photograph.
I had the window open when he/she landed in the Cherry Tree...
and spending a few minutes up close with this beautiful bird was glorious!

I love each of these pictures for a different reason...












This is a non-zoomed view of the area.
The branches have grown in an almost circular pattern, 
giving the birds a perfect place to land.

And if Spring ever arrives, this tree will have beautiful little flowers on it.

SaveSaveSaveSave

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Home Chef

I am still receiving Home Chef Meals 
and they continue to bring excitement in to my kitchen.
The excitement begins, when the box arrives.
Easy to unpack, each meal for two is presented in one zip-lock sack, 
the meats are stored outside of the sack and are vacuum sealed.
Everything is pre-measured and super fresh.
There is a recipe card for each meal, with step by step instructions,
that are super easy to follow.
I am receiving 3 meals per week and we have only received one meal that we, I didn't like.

After doing several of these posts, 
I realize I am going to have to "spice" up my pictures a tad,
everything looks exactly the same.
In all fairness to the hubs and I, the house usually smells awesome at picture time,
 we are hungry...the picture is obligatory, a quick snap and go...
- "let's eat already" -

Steak au Poivre with Roasted Onion Potatoes and Mushrooms

Cheesy French Onion Chicken Hero with Roasted Potato Rounds

Chicken Moutarde with Roasted Green Beans & Rice


Pizza Bianca with Zucchini Ribbons and Rosemary - Tomatoes & Pine Nuts

Chicken Scampi with Ciabatta Croutons

Butternut Squash Cavatappi with Brown Butter, Walnuts & Sage
This was the one meal that I did not like, the hubs loved it but he's like Mikey,
he'll eat anything!

Now for the nitty, gritty low down...
Could I go to the food store and buy the ingredients cheaper - maybe.
Would I have some waste - definitely.
Would the ingredients be as fresh - I don't think so.
Would the food I cook on my own be as creative and delicious - definitely not.
Most recipes have ingredients & demi-glazes for the sauces that taste outstanding.
Flavors that add that little extra something to a recipe that I would not be able to recreate.

For the hubs and I, this is perfect and fun!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yarn Along

My "sticks" have not been clicking as much as I had hoped
and I did not finish my blanket this week, 
although I am happy with my progress.

I bought these flowers for myself at Barlow Flower Farm,
they have the best grab and go flowers in the area.

There is nothing better than having fresh flowers in the house...
especially when Spring is so slow to arrive.

I enjoy looking at the blanket this way, I am proud of my even stitches and lack of mistakes.

I have 15 rows to go, which usually equates to 2 nights of knitting!

This is going to look beautiful wrapped around Madelyn!