Princess party

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Jourdyn had her 6 year-old  birthday party.  I made those tutu’s and hats for party presents.  Each guest had a solid color tutu and Jourdyn’s tutu was a rainbow of colors and glitter since she was the birthday girl.  Each girl got to take her tutu and hat home.  Her mom had it set up that they could decorate their own cupcakes.  A baker came over and brought all the supplies.  It was awesome!  She will remember this party forever.  I know I would if I were her.

 

 

I learned to make the tutu here: Crochet headband tutu tutorial. It is easy and there is no sewing.  You will not need a needle and thread at all.  You need 2 rolls of tulle to make one skirt..  Then use what you have left for the hats.

I found the party hats at Hobby Lobby and cut the tips off.   I tied a few strands of tulle together and tied a knot at one end.   I pulled the tulle through the new hole in the top of the hat.  The knot prevented it from pulling all the way through.

I love making special childhood memories.

One of the little party goers told me of  something I forgot.  She wanted to know where her wand was.    I  made cookies, shapes of a star, and found how to make a wand, but I ran out of time.  I made all those 5 tutus in one day.  It took all day.  I had to take some Alleve in the middle of the night because my forearm muscles were aching so much.  I should have made the star wands….  A little girl called me out.  She knew.  Wands were needed.

 

 

Photos are from Pinterest.

 

 

Yellow Coastal Walk

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I finished my road trip project!  It’s the The Coastal Walk by Joji Locatelli

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Max is such a mess!  What a personality!

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I don’t pose him.  All these pics are Max joining in of his own free will.

Since I left the nursing business, I’ve been working on my wardrobe.  I’ve lost half of everything I wear by removing my scrubs out of my closet.    I don’t watch the Kardashian’s very much, but occasionally, I will land on their show and watch for old times sake.   (I liked them in the beginning before they were famous and more normal) I noticed the Kardashian girls often hang out in their closets.  They organize their clothes by color.  Lauren told me she does the same with her clothes. ( I organized by style, camisoles, tank tops, short sleeves, long sleeves, etc)    I reorganized my closet by color.  Interesting.  By doing this, I learned that I had nothing yellow at all!

I have a ton of navy blue!  My scrubs were navy blue!  My jeans are all various shades of blue!   I also reorganized my yarn and I don’t have any yellow yarn.

What?!  How did this happen?  I look good in yellow.  Actually, I had one yellow lace cardigan and whenever I wear it, I get tons of compliments.  So, I’ve been on a yellow binge lately.  I’ve even been trying to add more yellow to my flower gardens.

One of the trends now-a-days, is florals.  I’m a teenager of the 80’s.  Florals were huge in the 80’s.  They’re back!  Much to my pleasure.  I’ve been adding several floral dresses to my wardrobe.  They are sundresses.   Now I need some light cardigans and shawls.

 

Here are two recent purchases.  Both florals. Won’t my new Yellow Coastal look cute with that blue dress!

And…..I finished my Om Shawl by Andra Mowry.  That’s for the next blog post!

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LOVE the little wooden buttons I found!  I bought a box of wooden buttons from Amazon.

Happy Knitting!

 

Tammy

Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

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We’ve arrived at our destination!  I’ve been to several spots in Colorado and I do believe Estes Park is the prettiest place in Colorado.  I thought Breckenridge was impressive (which it is impressive!).  The little town was packed and in full festive spirit.  We arrived to some Elk hanging out at our hotel.

 

This fellow was not in the mood to pose.  He was busy eating.  I’ve never seen Elk so close.  It was wonderful!

We had just driven from Taos and happy to be here at Estes Park.

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Leonard and Tammy in Estes Park, CO

We were thrilled to see all the yarn bombing on the trees in the downtown area!  It was charming!

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The Wool Festival at Estes Park, CO.  

The next day was our day to go to the Wool Market.  The inner child that I am, had to get out and play in the yarn bombed trees on the way to the market, again!

I was thrilled to see my friend from Apothefaery Fabrications!  I wrote my first blog article about her.  I met her in Sapulpa, Oklahoma at a Christmas in July  fiber festival.  I loved her yarn.  Lucky for you she has her own Etsy shop: Apothefaery. I don’t even know her name!  She is based out of Arkansas and has a wonderful selection of yarn.  I noticed this year she has added a lot of mohair to her line.  She is so kind.  She was super busy and still took the time to take a quick photo with me.

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Me and Apoethefaery at the Wool Market at Estes Park, CO

Here’s a picture of her with Jourdyn almost one year ago!

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She is so whimsical and charming.  You will love her yarn!  Do yourself a favor and check out her Etsy Store.  She has all kinds of stuff!  My top 3 favorites for fine fingering yarns are Hedgehog Fibers, Barnyard Knits, and Apothefaery Fibers.

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Here’s a picture of Max showing off the yarns I purchased from Apothefaery.  Isn’t he handsome!  He is actually recovering from a gun shot wound on his back!  Well, a B.B. wound!  It’s still a bullet that was shot out of a gun! Talk about Thug-life Kitty!

My next purchase was an adorable kit for fingerless gloves.  This picture does not do them any justice!  They are so warm and cute.

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This is Linda Hellberg George

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Isn’t she pretty.  I love her top.  Look at what a sport she is to take a picture for me.  I just love fiber people.   They are all so nice!    I like that her projects were in kits and I didn’t have to hunt for yarn.  It was all there.

Another purchase I couldn’t resist was this big beautiful ball of gradient yarn.  It has a little sparkle to it.

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Max missed me.   He tolerated all these yarn pictures for me.  LOVE.

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This is Lisa Bass of White Birch Fiber Arts.  She can be found at her Etsy shop White Birch Fiber Arts.   It’s my first time to purchase from her, and I love what I got!

My final purchase was this beautiful piece of art!AC565F18-B24F-4FD5-ABDD-5F378BE6E5DB

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My colors for the Brahmin Moth Shawl

I picked up a prepackaged kit and was able to change out one of the colors.  Kathleen was friendly and helpful.  She did a great job of helping me find exactly what I wanted.  You can find her at Mode Knit Yarn

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Last but not least are the animals.  I would love to have a pack of Alpacas one day.  Maybe.   Someday.

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Seriously.  Have you ever seen anything cuter?  Look at those eyes!

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Love this guys toothy grin!

Quilters!  If any of you are still with me, look at this cute outfit!  I have no idea who this woman is but she was generous enough to let me take a picture of her cute outfit.  There was a booth here that had smocks and aprons like this made out of quilts.  I wanted to take a picture of an apron so my mother might make one for me, but I didn’t want to steal someone’s idea either.  This lady was on the other side of the building.  I happened to be walking with her when she discovered the booth full of outfits like the one she was wearing.  Neither woman knew each other.  It was fun to witness.  It was like two soul sisters meeting for the first time.  Cute.

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I was glad to be home.  I had Luke waiting for me.  Bliss…

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Yarn Stores in Taos, NM

In years past, we’ve used the app Stash2Go from Ravelry to find local yarn shops while on a road trip.  It makes for some surprising little side adventures on our trips.  This year, we came across the yarn stores during our explorations of the town.  Our first stop was at Vortex Yarns in Taos, New Mexico.

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Vortex Yarns

They had this cute clothes line stretched out in front of the store with various handmade fiber items.  My husband, Len, found it right off!  Great idea!  It’s such a surprising treat for me when we come across a yarn store!  It’s like finding a hidden gem in a video game. (Yes, I’m a Zelda fan from playing video games with my kids when they were little. #90’s)

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The shop is close to downtown and all the shops.  It was beautiful weather.  Hot in Oklahoma is so different from “hot” elsewhere.  I thinks it’s due to our humidity.  You step outside in Oklahoma on a 90 something degree hot day and you start sweating immediately.  The heat can almost be suffocating here.   It was 90 something degrees in Taos and still comfortable.

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Having a blog and sharing your life on the internet can be intimidating.  Blogging has pushed me to come out of my shell and challenge the shy parts of me to quit being so shy!  Walking up to strangers and asking to share a piece of them for myself is hard.  I’ve really had to work on “getting over my self.”  These ladies were so nice and friendly!  I was comfortable the moment I walked in to the store.

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Max  and my stash from Vortex Yarns

Here is my “treasure” from Vortex Yarns.  I plan on making the The Aspyn by Melissa Schaschwary.  I’ve been eyeing those faux fur pom-poms for a while now.  Love the colors and the different textures.

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After stopping at the rock store to see what gems we could find for our grandkids, we came across this surprise!  Mooncat Fiber!  Another yarn store.

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What a charming place to find a yarn store.  Now, I had been here before.  It was very familiar to me as I entered the courtyard.  A few years ago, on another road trip, we were following the app Stash2go, and were led here.  Isn’t that cool?!  See why following the app and exploring the local yarn shops is fun.  Look what gems you find.

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They had a beautiful sample of colorful shawls and handmade knits.  It’s just screaming come over here and touch me!

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This is a charming shop with good range of local and regional yarns.  Everything was beautiful.

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Cathy Book, owner. http://www.mooncatfiber.com

Cathy was very warm and welcoming too.  I know she’s getting to look forward to a visit to Rhinebeck, NY this year!   I’m a bit jealous.

I had such fun.  It’s really nice to visit with other people that enjoy yarn and the fiber arts as much as I do.  Look how happy we all look.  I want to thank these beautiful women for giving me and my blog the time of day.  You made for a fun day in Taos, NM.

Happy Knitting,

Tammy

Earthship in Taos, NM – Oddhouse

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My husband, Len, has always been interested in self reliance and making homes self sustainable and off the grid.  We stopped and looked at these “Earthships” one time during a vacation in Taos, NM.  He seemed really impressed by it so I found a few for rent on Airbnb.  This one is called the Oddhouse

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This is what greets you as you drive up and pull into the driveway. The green domes, in the upper right, have open windows for fresh air and a breeze.  You walk down the stairs and are greeted by the front door.

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It’s unusual, artsy, whimsical, and charming.  It felt like we were staying in a real Hobbit house!

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When you walk inside, you are treated by an atrium and the kitchen.  The atrium has this beautiful tree along with flowers and lavender.  It’s beautiful.

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Below is the living room.

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Here is a video of a run through the place if you’re interested.  I’m an amateur videographer!  Next time, I will remember to go slower!  Hopefully, you won’t get vertigo!

 

Len and I are both glad we stayed here.  We can say we’ve stayed in an underground home.  We had a few crickets in the house and outside the house.  There is no air conditioning.  You can’t use a hair dryer, curling iron, or electric coffee maker because it may use up all the battery life.   The open shower (shown in the video) is interesting.  You are standing butt naked in front of a window with no shower curtain as the place is made of concrete and the water won’t damage the floors/walls.   One morning, we walked out onto the patio, me in my nightgown and Len naked, and someone waved at us looking for his dogs.  Len got busted naked!  It looks like a barren desert, but, it’s not.  It’s a community of Earthships.  Your neighbors are far away but you still have neighbors out walking their dogs and such.  So learn from our mistake if you venture out there!

I felt like we were camping luxuriously.  The outdoors actually indoors with you.  It was hot.  We both slept nearly naked on top of the covers to try and cool off.  There was a fan there to help.   Reminded me of camping when I was a kid.  The crickets sang all night long.  We left the front and back doors open to catch a breeze through the house (which he learned to do from reading the various earthship books throughout the house).

I’m glad we visited here.  I recommend it.  We stayed 2 nights.

Next, I’ll tell you about the yarn stores in Taos!

Tammy

Sugar Cookies and a Yarn Baby

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Henry in my basket of Hexi-puffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt.

We’ve just said goodbye to Bailey and Henry.  They came down from Wyoming for a visit and we are sure going to miss them.   We plan on seeing them in the Fall.

I’m on this new kick of making sugar cookies.  Thanks to Craftsy!  I signed up for Craftsy Unlimited and started watching some cookie decorating classes.  Who knew!  There are secrets you need to know to do this right.  My experience with icing comes in little short round plastic containers at the grocery store.fullsizeoutput_1f66

I’ve told you Bailey is crafty!  My cookies are the plain ones.  Bailey gets ahold of them and look what she does!  Chickens, cactus, black stripes, colored dots… She picks up an icing bag for the first time and just goes.   We discovered black icing turns your teeth black.  So FYI, use the black icing sparingly!

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Bailey joined me in my cookie frenzy and she is headed home to make up a bunch of her own.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  Meanwhile, back here at home, I will be practicing my Royal Icing consistencies and practicing with my many new tips!

I’ve also found a great recipe for sugar cookies that I’m going to share.  I’ve tried two recipes so far and I made a mistake in the second recipe which I actually really like!  So I’ve written the recipe with my mistake. ( I used butter instead of shortening ).  This makes for an incredible sugar cookie!  The evening Bailey was here helping me decorate, half the batch of cookies got eaten before we could get our hands on them to decorate them!

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If you want the icing recipe, I would suggest Craftsy, Pinterest, or Youtube for instructions.  Just type in “Royal Icing” in your search bar.

Happy Knitting.

I’m looking for a new project for our road trip.  I’ll let you know what I find!

Tammy

Subscription Boxes

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I’m checking out subscription boxes.  I’ve signed up for FabFitFun and StitchFix.  Any recommendations for other subscription boxes?  Let me know if you’ve tried one and liked it.  I was working as a nurse until a few months ago and my closet was half filled with scrubs.   Now that I no longer wear scrubs, my wardrobe needs some attention.  Not to mention, I still have clothes that I had 15 years ago.   I’ve done a huge closet purge.  I can’t help myself.  I still kept a few things that are over a decade old.  You never know when you might need that sheer cheetah print blouse!

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We nurses often work three 12-hour shifts, especially in the hospital.  Some work 9-5 Monday thru Friday.  Nurses wait on people, hand and foot, all day long.  We do things to people, you would never imagine.  It’s constant serving people.  Not to mention, the stress of preventing people from dying or even reversing it when people are actively trying to follow that darn light.

When I got home from work, I didn’t want to do anything.  I didn’t even want to talk to my family.  I wanted to zone out and be quiet.  After 3 -12 hour shifts in a row, you are a zombie the next day and don’t want any stimulation!  You wouldn’t believe the weird family dynamics you have to deal with as a nurse.  You are a teacher, a counselor, a security guard, a diplomat, a housekeeper,  a mental health professional,  a biohazard specialist, etc etc. (many similarities to a mother)  It’s exhausting.  It’s also amazing, and I don’t regret a minute of it.  ( Maybe the day I was spat on my face I could forget! Getting that loogie dangling from my bangs and smeared across my cheek was gross.)  (Is that a TMI for my blog?)  My closet was the least important aspect of my life.  So, now that I have tons of time on my hands, I’m paying some attention to myself.

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Nursing graduation photo 1996

I signed up for FabFitFun because it often has something from Tarte Cosmetics in it.  It’s worth the price for the Tarte items alone!    Actually, Tarte is having a great Memorial Day Sale at their website.   I’ve discovered from Rodan and Fields (which is amazing skin care!) that I’m allergic to gluten.  They have certain products that would literally paint my face red when I applied the product.  After some research, I discovered the products that were turning my face red had gluten in it.  Tarte cosmetics are gluten free so I’m going to dive in and try the Tarte skin care regimen.  I’ve got a skin care travel pack in the mail.

If you want to try FabFitFun use this link: FabFitFun Discount to get $10 off your first box.  I will get $15 off my next box if you order.  You can get the same discount too if you refer a friend.

Let me know if you have a subscription to a box club that you like.   My dad even has a box subscription membership!  He gets a box of fishing stuff once a month.  It could be my son, John, that has that subscription, maybe both of them do!  I’ve had a YarnBox subscription myself.  It’s wonderful getting a surprise in the mail every so often.  Especially YARN!

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Jourdyn, playing dress up.

It’s Memorial Day and I’m hanging out with Jourdyn.  I’ve been working on a perpetual yarn purge and will work on it again today.  I’m going to have a yarn give-a-way soon! Yep!  A free to you yarn give-a-way.  I’ll tell you all about it in my next post!

Happy Knitting

 

Tammy

 

Estes Park, CO

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I’m going on a road trip!  My husband told me to find us a little vacation and look what I found!  We’re going to Estes Park, Colorado.    It’s a wool festival.  I’ve done a yarn inventory and have a list of what I can buy.  I’m hoping not to be impulsive and just buy all the pretty yarn, just because, it’s all the pretty yarn!  I will take pictures and tell you all about it.

Bailey is coming to town and we get to cuddle and play with Henry!  We’re so excited.  We can’t wait to get the babies together for play time.  Babies LOVE other babies.  We have multiple walkers and jumpers so they can play together.

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Bailey and Henry

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Bailey made Henry’s belt.

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Bailey has her own blog.  It’s Chipperwithchickens. She is her father’s daughter!  She has a charming personality!  She is a tomboy that loves bling and has her father’s sense of humor!  She’s a beautiful goof ball.  She’s creative and crafty.   She made Henry’s belt all by herself.  See how she did it on her blog.  We can’t wait to see her and Henry!

I’m still plugging away at my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.  I intend to wear it as a poncho with jeans in the Fall.  I need to finish it pronto so I can start a new project for the road trip!

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I want to share a great product I found recently.    They are exfoliation gloves that you use in the shower.  I got mine at TJMaxx.  When I opened mine, I was a little afraid they would be too rough for me. (Kinda like those horrible torture devices women use called Epilators.). These feel like steel wool when you open them out of the package.  They are WONDERFUL!  My skin has never been so soft and shiny!   Once they are wet and you have your body wash on, it’s not rough at all.  I feel like my skin looks years younger myself.  My husband has certainly been more attentive to my skin lately!

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I read several knitting blogs and I’m often amazed at how often people can put out project after project so quickly.  I admire it!  I myself have this beautiful distraction.  He is so cute!  He is happy all the time.  He’s like any baby and gives cues as to what he needs, but, if you address his cues, this boy is never sad or unhappy.  He sleeps well.  He eats well.  He is always happy and bouncy.  He ADORES his Papa.  I come a close second behind Papa.

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Luke helping me water the flowers. (No babies were harmed or splashed in the face while taking this photo ;-).

Oh my gosh!  I just want to kiss his cute face and squish him!

I’m off to work on my shawl.

Happy knitting friends and try those exfoliation gloves.

Tammy

Smothered Pork Chops

 

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Smothered pork chops, french green beans, and macaroni and cheese.

I’ve been working on the cookbook.  I have another recipe to share.  It’s super easy.  I have no idea where I got this recipe from.  I’m sure it’s something like my mother used to cook for me when I was growing up.   This recipe is well liked at my house.  Leftovers are great too.  This is another simple recipe with few ingredients, but it is super good.  I’ll be real here and tell you the night I made this dinner, I was tired, and not in the mood to cook.  My tummy and my husband needed sustenance, so this is what I came up with for dinner.  This was a thrown together, I’m tired, kinda meal.  Looks pretty good though, huh.

You can make this with whatever sides you want.  Roasted potatoes or garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, sweet corn…..it’s all good!

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I’m so proud of my daughter.  She left the nest and is flying!  She cooks all the time.  Look what she made for lunch the other day.  She doesn’t need any cookbook.  She is doing great by herself.IMG_4880

Check out her seasoning; a prepared Grilling and Roasting Mix, coarse salt and coarse pepper! Just like her momma!  I’m so happy for her.

I’m still working away at my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.  She is so stinking cute!  What a creative and pretty woman.  I was pretty happy to come up with some yarn from my own stash for this project. IMG_5223

Happy knitting!

 

Tammy

 

Happy Mother’s Day

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I hope all the Mother’s out there had a great day.  Whether spending time with your family, or just having a quiet day off, I hope your day was great.

We had a crab/shrimp boil and all my kids came over along with my mom and dad.  We all had an amazing meal and had a great time.

Now that the house is clean again, the kitchen quiet, and we are back to our “normal”. I’m going to work on my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry. It’s a good day to catch up on the “Outlander” marathon that I recorded on DVD to binge watch!   Knitting…Outlander…a beautiful spring day…….

Happy Knititng

 

Tammy