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Finding new rhythms

The last month or so has been interesting. After being sick for so long, the end of school coming around and all that goes with that, photography business picking up again, I’m having a tough time finding a new rhythm in my life right now that includes this blog and a few other things I enjoy. No, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining in the least. My life is wonderful, but getting the balance right can be challenging.

And now that I’m doing both knitting and crochet and not so focused on one or the other, I find that I like the rhythm of going back and forth between the two to change things up. This post will show that….

First, the teacher gift. The blue scarf I started just didn’t turn out well. It was a good idea with a poor execution. My chains just didn’t match between the beginning and the end. Toward the end, it was tight, even and pretty. The first few rows were uneven and ugly. And blocking didn’t help. But it was a learning experience!!

So I did a little switcheroo. I started another scarf about the middle of that and intended it for Sammie’s teacher. But after working, I realized I had something else that Sammie LOVED for her teacher so I gave Ellie’s teacher the second scarf. Frankly, I fell in love with it and the yarn…. It’s Classic Elite Yarns – their Alpaca Sox. Such amazing colors!!


I fell in love with the colors in this! I bet it would be gorgeous as socks!

mess ups

I have to admit *shhhh* I messed up on this scarf twice before I noticed I'd decreased two squares! So I just went with it and kept it up. I liked the end result of an asymmetrical scarf! You?


The gift for Sammie’s teacher is this little bag. I have several – one I use for knitting and crochet on the go, another for toiletries, another small one for the girls when traveling. I just LOVE it!! Sammie picked this as her teacher gift. These are easy to make and don’t take that long if you can sew a straight line. I hope to make some more as “just in case” gifts this summer.


I love the surprise of butterflies inside it! Mine is blue with bright orange stripes inside. I love it!



This one is a great size for a few random toiletries and it hangs on the door! My mom taught me how to make it and I love it!


Socks. Washed and finished pink ones, halfway done second blue one. And I consolidated it to one picture just so you can skip past it faster. LOL!


I think I need a new pattern for the next one! Must switch things up....


And finally, I finished my friend’s hat a week or two ago! I’m hoping to get it in the mail on Monday and I truly hope she loves it! I also realized, after measuring my head, that her head is petite compared to mine! LOL! But I know it’ll still be fab on her.

She requested a black hat with black flowers and I added on the buttons to change it up a bit. Each button has a different colored back button – and it’s easy to make more. One is black , as she requested, but I love the pop of hot pink! And she can take them off and switch them up as much as she’d like. Still love this pattern!


Isn't that pink center on that black flower FAB? (The pink is better in person. Black is hard to shoot!)


And the flowers can be done together or separately. Even put two on there in different spots! Fun....

little one

Just the little black flower....


Since I won’t have the girls in things much this summer, I suspect I’ll be a little slow at the blog. I’m going to try to get past my mental block on posting iPhone crochet/knitting/crafting photos so I can be a little more prolific. But being a photographer, they have to be decent photos so we’ll see how it goes!

But I know this summer will be about finding new rhythms. And I know it’ll be good no matter what.



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“Hey, mommy, you forgot to take a picture of me wearing my sock!”

“Oh, Sammie! I’m sorry! Let’s do that now.”

I took way too many pictures – she was so excited. I love that! And I should get the next ball of yarn today. Yay!


Cute, eh? And this color is much closer than the other posts... I need to work on that a little more - you would think a professional photographer would be better at making the color look right!

the heel

That heel is so cool!

kitchener stitch

Someone needs to learn how to do the kitchener stitch better....


Cutie in her sock

Okay! Enough of the sock, already! I swear that when I do the next one, you won’t get this many photos. But honestly, there were parts of the sock I couldn’t see that well and would have appreciated seeing a done sock to understand what was happening….

On to the next sock – just one shot, I swear!


This is the sock for Ellie. it's also Aslan Trends in the Ocean Worlds colorway. So pretty! I think I'll add a little crochet edging to see what happens.

And finally, a little mini project that is my first fitted shaped garment! Granted, it’s for an 18″ doll, but I think it’ll be a good one to try out… You can see several mistakes in it and since it’s for a doll, I don’t care. I increased wrong on the 5th row and there is some weird issue in the middle right of the garment. I think I may have done a decrease there to make up for a row I missed a decrease in. They both show me that if I make a mistake like those, I need to rip and redo it as they would drive me crazy in a real garment!


This cute little sleeveless hoodie is from Creative Knitting - Child's Play and I love it!

A note on the yarn color… I bought a bunch of yarn for a project that I ended up abandoning. And I’m NOT a big fan of this color and am trying to figure out what to do with it! Neither of my girls like it so much… It’s not a bad color, I’m just not excited about it… But I love the yarn itself! It’s Cascade and it’s SO freakin’ soft! I love the feel of it and would like to buy more in colors I would enjoy more!


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Meditative Monday: Gratuitous Kid Photo

Breakfast for dinner

Breakfast for dinner

Yesterday was my birthday (yes, I’m 29. Again.) and my girls made me breakfast for dinner. Ellie’s specialty – scrambled eggs. Sammie’s delightful creation – cookie toast (recipe: butter, honey and sprinkles of all colors). I have to say, it was one of the best breakfasts for dinners I’ve ever had!

These times of caring and love make my heart sing! This was definitely one of my best birthday weekends ever….

amber necklace

The amber necklace I got from my family. *love* (I'm wearing the earrings....)

What to meditate on from this? Appreciating all the little – and big – things in your life. Sure it’s cliche, but true. What are you thankful for today?

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My failed attempt at escaping the snow temporarily

This week is Winter Break for the kids. So we decided to head out of town and visit Nana, Papa, Grandma Judy and Grampa Tom. After packing up the car and trying to get on the road, we finally headed out of CB about 1.5 hours later than planned. This turned into a 2 hour delay when getting food in Gunnison proved to be a little slower than planned.


Snow in Gunnison

But finally, we were leaving and on our way to the Springs!

Until I got pulled over for not having a front license plate. (It got torn off and swept away when we crossed Slate River when it was higher than usual.) No problem, we were just getting a warning. *whew*

The state trooper headed back to the car 15 minutes later with two pieces of paper – and no drivers license. Turns out he had on record that I had failed to pay a ticket last year and needed to keep it. (Long story short, it was a clerical error. I need to head back to Gunnison in a few days to get a new one – when they open back up.)

So to let the girls out of the car after a 2 hour trip to nowhere, we stopped at the park in Gunni. In spite of the light snow cover on the ground, they had a blast until a potty break was needed. (No bathrooms were open there because it’s winter.)


Winter in the park







All in all, a well needed break from the 4’+ in our front yard! Not quite the plans, but we still had fun anyway. Next time we have a school break, I’m hoping we can break from from the snow for at least a few days!


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Small children leaping from tall buildings

Fun at the neighbors house. I remember getting in trouble for doing this off our shed when I was a kid.





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A quick introduction

I suppose I should introduce myself a little better, but for now you’ll have to just be happy meeting my girls. They are both goofy, silly, happy, sweet and kind. You know, the same way everyone else describes their kids! Only I’m telling the truth. 😉


This is Ellie. My creative, sensitive, caring little ray of sunshine.


This is Sammie, my goofy, spirited, adorable little love!

I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting about them, but I thought it might be nice to give you a face to the names!


Both photos taken with my 5D Mark II. Probably my 50mm lens.

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