Friday, July 25, 2014

FO's

Check it out!  This is the first tomato that I harvested.

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It was rather tasty as were the other 4 that I harvested after this one. It's a meager harvest but it's mine and I am so excited that my container tomatoes are producing such tasty treats :D

I have a few FO's to show you! I managed to finish little man's back to school socks in JULY. July people! AND, I've started in on little miss' pair.
 
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I got the big pair out of the way first - these are actually a little longer than the socks that I make for myself... It would figure that the minion that wears the handknit socks is the one with the biggest feet. At least I know my hands wont be idle ;)

This is the next pattern that I will release on Ravelry - the Gamekeeper Wrap.
 
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This baby is large (it sort of got away from me there towards the end). Fully blocked it measures approx. 18 in wide and is roughly 9 feet long.
 
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The inspiration for this pattern was Hagrid from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series. I pictured Hagrid knitting himself a scarf which would be a wrap for the normal muggle.
 
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I need to take some closer shots of the individual sections for the pattern and I will put it up on Ravelry. This one was a lot of work; it contains 12 charts and naturally most of the stitch patterns contain a different number of stitches so even though my Harry-Potter-inspired patterns have been free, I will most likely add a small fee to this one just because it was so much more work than the others. That said, I will be creating a smaller (and more manageable) scarf sized pattern utilizing a few of the charts and will list that for free on Ravelry once I get it knit up.

There are a lot of things that I love about this project, one of which is that I knit it using some of the yarn from my Au Naturel line. It was really nice to knit with and plumped ever so wonderfully with a wash... Good stuff.  I think I'll use the darker gray worsted/aran weight yarn for the scarf.... 

Hopefully I can crank that out rather quickly - I am making steady progress on a few other WiP's and have a slew of new patterns written up (I just have to find time to knit them all).  Plus, I have been brainstorming some new dye colorways along with the upcoming batch of Fantastical Creatures.  I need a longer Summer break - we're down to the final stretch now!  I remember when Summers used to seem endless...  :) 
 
Here are a few views of an Iowa Summer though.  The location that I wanted to go to for the above photos was closed due to construction/improvements so I meandered about and finally got around to taking a few pictures of this old barn that I've driven by numerous times without stopping.  I love old barns.  I don't know what it is about them, I just love them!
 
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I don't know if you've ever spent any time in a corn field or not but this is your basic view - (complete with the bugs like the one you can see flying above the tassels). 
 
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I was having flashbacks to my Summers spent pollinating and detassling while taking these photos :)  Speaking of corn, it's getting to be sweet corn season and nothing beats the sweet corn from Grandma D's farm! 
 
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Beating the Heat

Summer Break is somewhere around half way over already.  I remember Summer lasting a bit longer when I was younger but that must be the way of the world. 

In typical Iowa fashion, the weather has been wretchedly hot and humid lately.  Thanks to the weird arctic thing going on in the area currently, the hubby and I took the minions to the zoo earlier today.  It was nice to not wilt immediately after stepping outside.

Our Zoo is rather miniscule, especially when compared to the Omaha Zoo and the Brookfield Zoo, but ours makes for a simple short outing.  We've gone so many times that the minions sort of breeze through it now so I am undecided as to whether or not I want to renew our Family Membership.  We'll see.

Here are some shots of our outing.

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This swan was giving me the eye...
 
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The color/lighting combo was rather odd in certain areas. This pond is overgrown with algae and whatnot but there were frogs abound. It reminded me of a watercolor painting.
 
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They must be getting ready to clean the water in the sea lion/seal area - it was very green today.  In general, I prefer the open exhibits where you're not viewing the animals through cages. I get that that can't always happen, but it made getting a shot of the vulture that had its eyes on little miss (she must have looked like a tasty morsel) rather hard to get. The way vultures move around just cracks me up; it's so weird. This one was also a bit of a show-off.
 
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The hubby and I hadn't been to the zoo as recently as the minions so we hadn't seen some of the newer exhibits yet. The minions wanted to show us the rhinos. This one was a bit shy and didn't want to come outside right away but he ventured out eventually.
 
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On our way out the hubby and I agreed that the accidental (or planned, we have no idea which) leaf prints in the concrete walkway were rather fun.
 
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It has been so muggy out lately that the minions have been spending their time enjoying the sprinkler. Little man has even set it up to where he is practicing his baseball while the sprinkler is going; he stands by the sprinkler and throws/pitches to his pitch-backs and stays cooler than he would otherwise. We've gone through a lot of towels lately...

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Little man's finger is healing up nicely.  He's back to playing ball (obviously) and is doing a nice job of keeping it clean and dry - when he's not in the sprinkler that is ;)

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Low-Key

The Dreams in Fiber Household had a rather low-key 4th of July this year.  I started my day by working at the hospital and once I got home, we headed to the in-law's lake house.  I was dead tired but the weather was nice and the minions wanted to blow a few things up at the very least so.....

They started small with whatever these were and sparklers while they waited for the sky to darken a little more.

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I tried to keep the bugs away while meandering around. I happened to catch a firework exploding while I was taking photos of the sunset. Everyone did their own thing while waiting for night to fall.
 
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Soon enough darkness fell and explosions took place. Not all of them ended well.
 
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Little miss was the most excited about the spinner.
 
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Little man was pleased to light off the Lusitania.
 
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The boat made it through the explosion and the following storm so little man thought it deserved a "proper burial" which consisted of a temporary sinking and was then disposed of properly.
 
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The Saturday was a rather lazy day. A huge storm came through and it rained for a number of hours. Then little man found out what happens when you accidentally slam your finger in the door - the door wins. I will spare you any gory photos but it's a bit mangled. He'll live though, and perhaps he will remember this little life lesson...
 
Today was sunny and muggy. The hubby was helping with more projects so I took the opportunity to look for signs of life. The 17-year cicadas are all gone now but I found some new friends during my walkabout.
 
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In the meantime, I have been busy creating. The designing muse hit once again and I have been working on a few new patterns so stay tuned for those. Yes, despite all my current WiP's, Must Cast On All The Things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have made good progress lately though on a few projects so hopefully I will have photos of those before too long :)

Hope you had a nice Holiday Weekend!