Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Late Summer, Early Autumn

Toward the end of Summer, the hubby and I took the kids to the Omaha Zoo.  It was packed.  It was a long, hot day to be sure!

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Little man got in a bit of fishing at the lake :)
 
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Summer's end was upon us before we knew it and back to school means Back to School Socks.
 
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My Mom even got some Birthday Socks.
 
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The minions were helping me during a sock photoshoot :)
 
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In my spare time (ha!) I have been working on multiple patterns - some for the new Fantastic Beasts movie and some for Winter. This is the Thunderbird pattern - currently listed for free on Ravelry. I have 3 others in the works, I just need more hours in the day to try to get everything accomplished.
 
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I love worsted weight socks for Winter and I wanted to use up some of my Au Naturel Yarns because they are so soft adn lovely once knit and washed.  This is a worsted-weight pattern that is available in the Addicted to Knitting ezine and will be available for purchase in the Spring.
 
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Autumn was glorious this year - the warm temperatures lasted up until, well, today is still rather nice out! This meant that the Fall Soccer Season was much more enjoyable than it has been in the past :) The girls played hard this Season and learned a lot - this was our first experience with official off-sides and they did well. 
 
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As for knitting content, I am going to have to take a little time and figure out what I have shown and what I haven't but I can post this FO photo - it was a shawl I gifted to my Grandma H for her birthday :)  It is the Terra Pattern from Brooklyn Tweed.  It was so big and squishy!  More will be made :)
 
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Random friend photo.
 
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He was living on our gas grill for some reason.  We found him a more picturesque abode.

Since the weather was so nice, my FIL thought it would be a good idea to take a walk around the lake (approx. 7 or 8 miles I think) and pick up trash.
 
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He, little man, and I set off on our excursion and made it more than 3/4 of the way around before we had enough.
 
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We ended up picking up quite a bit of garbage during our excursion.
 
When I had finished little miss' green vest, I had meant to create more patterns using the stitch pattern and I lost my notes!  This Fall, I happened across them and decided to set about creating a series of accessories using the cable pattern.  The fingerless mitts pattern has been released and there will be a hat pattern and a few cowl patterns released using this cable panel as well - once I find time to finish everything up!
 
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Over the Summer, my niece informed me that I needed to make her a "big red sock".  So I did.  I flipped through a few stranded books for inspiration and came up with a stocking pattern for my niece and nephew.  I have the yarn for my SIL and BIL's stockings but they have to wait until next year ;)

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There has been more activities and more knitting and I am hoping to download more photos from my phone and camera before too long so I can get completely caught up with our recent activities but at least I am sort of close now! With my work schedule and family stuff and my Dreams in Fiber stuff, I have obviously not gotten on the blog very regularly at all. So, if you want more up-to-date photos and updates, follow me on Facebook (Erica Lueder) or Instagram (Dreamsinfiber. Have a great Holiday Season :)

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Last 3 or 4 Months...

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I thought it was probably time to put up some pictures that I took last Summer...  It's good to stay on top of things, you know ;)

This past Summer was a busy one - we had swimming through the majority of it, there were outings and family time and a little knitting thrown in...  Both of our tarantulas molted - this was huge because we thought our older one was done molting.  Here are some photos, we'll get those out of the way! This is Charlotte, our older one just after she exited her old exoskeleton. Look how pretty she is!!!

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This is Charlotte's old exoskeleton in my hand to give you a size comparison :) I have some pics of Rosie as well but we couldn't get her exoskeleton out of the enclosure until after it had hardened into a weird shape so I'll just put these up for now!

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One of our family outings this past Summer was to check out the Indianola Balloon Festival. We have gone before but it was a few years ago.
 
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Our local library hosts a quilt class for kids age 10 and older.  Little miss had to wait last year because she wasn't old enough to attend but this year, she was able to sew a quilt for her very own :)
 
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Little man was able to make another (because some of the kids didn't show so he could take the quilt class twice). He wouldn't show me the front - it was a surprise for me for my birthday!  Since they can only take the class twice, he cannot do it again next Summer but little miss wants to put her name down in case there are any openings!
 
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The minions and I had a lot of fun exploring various parks and things while the weather was warm. Here are some random photos of our adventures.
 
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The minions and I did hit the Iowa State Fair again this year - we spent time making quilts for charity and ended up donating 3 total quilts (one made by each of us).
 
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I made them hold mine up for a photo.
 
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I think I should probably break here, this post is probably a little photo heavy so I'll continue with another one!