Summer Knitting

Hello friends.  I’ve been plugging away at my self designed afghan.  I’ve got one more repeat to knit and then the border.  I’ve been working with fingering yarn a lot lately, it’s refreshing to work with bulky yarn.   Everything knits up so much faster!

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I read several knitting blogs and it seems that every knitter has a furry companion.  Max is my lap companion.  (The dogs think they are, but they are not.  They are too big for lap time and knitting time).  Max will come sit right on top of what I’m working on.  He has no manners or boundaries.  He want’s his ears and head scratched and that tops most everything.

I’m a bit of a voyeur with other knitters.  I enjoy seeing their home knit spaces, projects, supplies, anything another knitter does intrigues me.  I just looked up in the dictionary how to spell “voyeur” and according to the dictionary, voyeur has a sexual connotation to it.  Now, I do not get sexual pleasure from knitting or other’s knitting, but I like peeking in on others.  That’s why I like KnitStars so much.  It’s like a friend inviting you into their home, their sacred creativity space, and hanging out.

I thought if I shared my knit space, it would encourage other’s to share their knit space too.

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This is the hallway entrance into our sunroom (aka where we hang out all the time!). It’s the smallest room in our house, kinda unfinished, rustic cedar walls, no carpet, concrete floors and pretty much the heart of our home.  I moved into the sunroom to set up a knitting nook because of the good light the sunroom provides.  Prior to this, we were set up in the huge spacious living room.   Now, no one hangs out in that huge spacious living room, as we are all packed into the tiny sunroom.

If a picture could describe someone, the photo above would describe me.  You’ve got the grandkids play toys on the left, Max’s play tower on the right, my extremely strong hippy DNA from my father, demonstrated by the macrame planter hanging on the left, and my knitting chair.  Throw a dog and some chickens in the photo and there you have me.  I love fresh flowers and lots of plants.  It brings nature into the home.

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My grandmother passed away recently and one of the things she gave me was this cedar chest.  You guessed it!  It’s full of yarn!  This is my knitting spot.  I didn’t clean up. I took a photo as is.   This is what it really looks like on most days, an organized mess.

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I prefer knitting with circular needles.   This is where I keep my circular needles.  I purchased the craft organizer from Hobby Lobby.  It’s a little messy right now.   The knitting needles are “filed” by size.  It’s my favorite method for storing my circular needles so far.  They are each stored in the little bag they were packaged in.

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I found this little turntable round-a-bout at TJ Maxx and I store some colored pencils and my favorite double tipped knitting needles.  The Knitter’s Pride Royale are my favorites!  I love the wood needles and the sharp metal points.  Not to mention they are super pretty!  One of these days, when I’m super rich, I may spring for some Signature needles. They are just so expensive!  In the meantime, my favorites are the Royale needles.

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I keep my colored pencils nearby for when I get inspiration for a pattern or design.  I also like to color with Jourdyn.   We enjoy coloring together.

These are some quilt pictures that my mother made for me.  I have them hanging up on the walls.  You can see them here.

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That’s my knit space.  Here is the red blanket that I’ve been working on.

It’s funny and I love everything about it.  “Mommy” is really the heart of the home.  It’s not the kitchen.   It’s where “Mommy” is located.  If Mommy is in the kitchen, then everybody is in the kitchen.  If Mommy is in the sunroom, everybody gravitates to the sunroom, the husband, the animals, the grown children, the next generation of children, the grandchildren.  Even when “Mommy” goes to the bathroom, the babies follow, the cat follows, the dogs follows.  Every time I go to the bathroom, my husband comes looking for me.  It’s the “Mommy” that makes every nest a “home”.  I’m really grateful for the title “Mom” “Mommy” and “Gugga” (my grandma name).

Happy Knitting Folkes!

I would love to see your creative spaces.   If you have a blog article about your space, let me know in the comments.  Then we can all go be knitting voyeurs!

Tammy

Mom’s Birthday

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We celebrated my mom’s birthday this weekend.  Many of you know her, but if you don’t, her name is Joy and she has a popular sewing blog: Joyful-Expressions.  She is a talented seamstress.  She makes her own clothes and she loves quilts like I love knitting.

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Lauren made Mom’s favorite cake, Boston Cream Pie.  She brought it to the restaurant and arranged for them to bring it to our table after dinner.  Lauren has never made this before.  It was amazing!  I think that is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen anybody do for a present.  I would never have thought to do that.  Red Rock Canyon is a nice restaurant, kudos to them for letting her do that.

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Len and myself at Lake Hefner.

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John, Lauren, and Luke

John is my oldest son.  He was the first out of three.  Do you ever look at your kids, and be amazed at how beautiful they are?  It never gets old.  From the day they are born, up util the present day, I’m always grateful and amazed at how beautiful they are. (Although, Luke slapping his spoon out of my hand and throwing baby food across the kitchen wasn’t so beautiful.  But that cute little grin and he’s immediately beautiful again).

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Dad, Mom, and Luke

Here’s my dad and mother and Luke.  Luke was super tired.  He had a big day out.

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John and Luke

You can’t see it here, but John has 2 crowns on his head.  That swirly part on the top back of your head.  You can clearly see one of them here in this photo.  His hair is laying over the other crown.   First thing I noticed when Luke was born was his double crown just like his dad.  I have no idea where it comes from.  John’s dad doesn’t have it.  No one in my family has it.

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Both John and Lauren have gone back to work since Luke’s been born.  I’m watching him now during the days.   Hence, a big reduction in my knitting time.  All perfectly fine with me.  It’s so hot here in OK.  August can be brutal for us.  We have to spray the concrete with water so it doesn’t burn our feet.  We were washing the car here and playing.  See, beautiful. 🙂

Happy Summer friends.   It’s been raining for hours and should continue for a while.  What a nice break from all this heat.

Tammy

Chicks that don’t knit.

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Black Cherry with her new hatchlings.

A part of “A Chick that Knits” comes from my love of animals.  Not only am I a chick (woman) that knits, but I love chickens.  We have a chicken coop and chickens.  My husband calls me a “slab baby” because I grew up on concrete (the city).  The first time I’ve ever seen a real chicken was when I was dating Len and he showed me his mother’s chickens.  That was only 14 years ago.  I was 35 years old.  I was so awed and impressed.  Have you ever looked at a chicken close up?  It’s really neat how the feathers grow in from their skin.  I was just amazed.

I had no idea how many variety of chickens existed.   Yes.  I’ve seen the rooster on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal box and I’ve seen white chickens on TV, but, that was it.  That was my experience with chickens.  There are ALL kinds of chickens!  They are so beautiful.

Len built me a chicken coop and we purchased some chickens.  I picked the pot luck fancy chicken collection.  I had such fun watching those chicks grow up.  We even went to farm auctions to add to my chicken collection.  We bought these huge orange fluffy chickens at an auction once and were so excited for them to lay eggs.  After 3 years and no egg laying, we finally figured out they were roosters.  To be fair to ourselves, they didn’t look like roosters.  One of those bad boys was my first attempt to make chicken and dumplings from my own flock.  (The one and only time we ate one of our chickens)

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Our chicken coop in the back yard along with a smaller portable one for the babies.

Now our chicken coop is old and needs some work.  It’s still a great coop.  We made it from fence panels.  We drove by a house that was getting a new fence and they gave us the old fence panels.   We turned them on their side to make walls.  We also bought the door at a garage sale.  Len did buy the materials to make the roof.

We used to come sit outside and put our feet in a bucket of water and watch our chickens grow.  Once you have eaten fresh, organic, home grown eggs you will never want to eat grocery store eggs again!  I’ve gotten so much joy from our chickens.

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Black Cherry just hatched a flock of chicks!  These chicks are one day old.  Black Cherry is a black Cochin and is a great mother hen.  Our rooster is an Americana so our baby chicks are all mixed breeds.  We’re hoping for some interesting egg colors with the Americana and our various hens.

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Bella is mother hen to our last hatch of now “teenagers”.

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Harry Connick Jr is our rooster with his head down and plumes in the air on the right.

 

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I’ve been working on designing a blanket.  This is one of my gauge swatches.  I only have so much of the yarn I’m working with, so my blanket dimensions have to fit in with my yardage on hand.  The yarn I’m using has been discontinued, so I can’t just go out and buy more yarn.  I’ll post my pattern when I’m done.  It’s still in it’s creative process.

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This is the yarn I’m using for the blanket, De Aire by Plymouth Yarn, but in a different color.   This is a practice gauge to see how much an actual skein of yarn knits up.

I bet ya’ll have been missing Max.

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Summer Days

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We are at that point where we are trying to survive the hot days of Summer! 112 degrees the other day and several more 100+ days to follow.

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We are playing “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”

I’ve put the current scarf I’m working on aside.  I’ve come to a place in the pattern that doesn’t make any sense to me.  We are also expecting a new grand-niece soon, so I’ve got to get a baby blanket done in the next few weeks.

Now that the kids are gone and we are empty nesters, I’ve decided to paint the bedrooms different colors.  My husband is a retired Fire Fighter and he had an “off-duty” job of painting houses.  He used to paint for Oklahoma University before he became a Fireman.  He’s in a contest with himself to get the best paint job done.  He is very good.  There are tricks to the trade as in every profession.  He can lay a super smooth line across the baseboards. (the secret is applying a thin line of caulk on top of the tape. When you remove the tape, it lays a perfectly straight line at the edge.)

So, we’ve been busy with babies and painting.

Len just got home with lunch and Luke is napping.  Keep cool friends.  That heat can be cruel!

 

Tammy

 

Leather Accents

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Good morning!  I’m still working on a few knit things that need to be finished, so I don’t have any show and tell for my knitting.  I do want to point you over to my step-daughter’s, Bailey’s site, for these adorable leather accents she makes.  I’m telling you this kid is so talented.  Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.  Above is how you find her on Facebook.    She is under Moose Creek Boutique.  It’s her online store out of Wyoming.  Here are a few of her latest creations.

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I love the floral one in the front!

She didn’t like her iWatch so she made herself one she likes.

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Oh my gosh! Look how pretty! I love it. Now this one is my favorite!

This morning, I see she has made a little collar for a kitty.

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How cute is that!?

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I captured the cutest picture of Jourdyn, my granddaughter.

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I sure do love this little girl.  She will be artsy too.  She loves to do crafts and paint.  She was painting a little candle holder here and I asked her to turn around for a picture.  This look is her turning around and thinking, “Not another picture Gugga, I’m busy”.  But look at the love in her face she has for me!  This little girl and me are like peanut butter and jelly, we just do well together.

 

We’re getting back some cute pics from our puppy owner’s.  The chocolate pup on the left is an Aussiedoodle.  The pups in the middle and on the right are Goldendoodles.  They are so cute!  I will own one myself one of these days.  When Brodie is ready to retire.  He’s got several more years though.  Brodie, our Standard Poodle, is one of kind.  I will for sure want one of his kiddos!

We’re going to the local pool park today with the grandkids.  Hopefully, we won’t melt in the heat.

Have a great day!

 

Tammy

Guacamole Recipe

 

I wanted to share our family’s favorite guacamole recipe.  Lindy and I love this!

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John’s birthday is July 4th.  I made some cookies for him.  I’m not perfect yet, but I’m getting better with practice!

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I laugh.  I’ve graduated from a 1st grader decorating cookies to maybe a 4th grade level now!   Lauren helped.  It’s fun to get the icing bags out and decorate.

Bailey made some super cute cookies recently.  Check hers out!

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She is so cute!  Love her!

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This is Trevor, Bailey’s husband, and Henry’s dad.  Such good kids

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Too Cute!

Happy Knitting and Baking

 

Tammy

Need your opinion

I’ve started the Brahmin Moth Shawl.  I need some constructive criticism.  I don’t know if I like my colors.  It reminds me of my high school colors.  Every time I look at the scarf, I think of Putnam City North Panthers.  I also think I’m being hypercritical.

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I’ve only got one half of the scarf done.   It requires another side, mirrored just like this one, with some work to attach the two together.  I don’t know.   I go back and forth thinking it’s really pretty and will look great in the fall with jeans to all I can think of is high school.   What do you think?

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See what I mean?  I think I can get over it.  It’s really a very beautiful scarf, is it not?

Om Shawl and Cousins

Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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Whatcha think?  I’m happy with it.  My primary goal is to use yarn from my stash.  I think I will get a lot of use out of this in the Fall.  It’s made from Cascade 220 yarn.  I’m a primarily jeans type of girl and this will go great with jeans.

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I think this celery green color will look better in the Fall.  Currently it’s steamy hot, smack dab in the middle of Summer!

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Soooo much green!

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I love these buttons.  I got them in an assortment from Amazon.

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Max is an indoor/outdoor cat.  We hang outside a lot and Max insists on being where we are.  Sometimes, he will be indoors and just lay in the windows close to wherever we are on the patios.  Well, he has been staying out longer and longer.  I used to call for him whenever it was time for bed, and he would come running home, and run to the bedroom for bedtime.  We always played catch the finger under the covers before bedtime.  It was his favorite game.   Not anymore.  He was gone for 2 days recently.  We were so worried.  Don’t forget, he recently had a BB we had to get removed from him getting shot.

I’ve tried to keep him inside.  Yesterday, I was sitting outside the patio door and Max wanted out so badly, he jumped through the screen door.  He went right through it!  He was just hanging there, caught in the hole he created, diving straight through the screen!  What’s a cat mom to do?

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This isn’t Max, but it looked just like this.  Silly kitty was just hanging there in his hole he made jumping thru the screen door to get outside.

We had the grandkids this weekend.    Xander and Jourdyn come walking into the sunroom looking for Max to play with.  These cool kids even have a little laser pen to play with.   Why on earth would Max not want to come home?

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What kitty cat on earth would want to be gone from these two?

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I love this picture!  Those expressions!  She captured them well!

Have a good week friends.

Tammy

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