Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beach Bound!

I am so excited about our upcoming family beach vacation and counting down the days....

The first items I am packing....... my beach knitting projects, of course! I have chosen a couple of easy, summery items to knit out of this Sirdar knitting book.

This book has the coolest summer knit projects.... I want to knit them all.......

This is for my daughter-in-law I am knitting with a bamboo and silk yarn in yellow. She has auburn hair and brown eyes, don't you think this color will look great on her?

This one I will knit in a Sublime soy cotton for...... yours truly

in this color

Now to pack the other stuff for our beach vacation.......camera, sun screen, books, games, bachi ball set, treats for the kids, etc.....

I can't wait to post pics from the beach trip!

"Oh, to be lying,On a beach,Somewhere,With sand in my toes,And the wind,In my hair. And only the sound,Of the seagulls,On high,On a beach,Somewhere,Under sunny blue sky."

Saturday, June 20, 2009


One of our favorite things about summer is dining outside. We had an evening recently that was perfect...... a light breeze, clear skies and the birds singing..... our meal was so yummy....... you can't beat a nice aged Angus beef tenderloin on the grill with a few veggies on the side(and, of course, a glass of wine). It was wonderful!

Rod and I sat outside for a while and just savored the time. This time of year we usually just grab a salad or sandwich or eat on the run..... you may wonder why.....mostly because of the nature of our business.... this is our busy "season".

....another thing about summer...... flowers, flowers, flowers..... nice to go out early in the morning to see what is happening in the yard. Here's whats blooming in our perennial bed.....

Oh..... yes, that's Beau..... my garden companion....

Next to bloom are the cone flowers, garden phlox, monarda and delphiniums...... can't wait!

Here is the brown bear I knitted for Bradyn last weekend. He was staying with us while his parents were away. Bradyn was really sick...he ask me to knit him a bear and, of course, I started on it immediately. He ask me to give his bear a "mean" face..... couldn't quite bring myself to make a face any meaner than this! Stuffed animals are supposed to have happy faces, right? (Bradyn is all in to super heroes......)

I am working on a sweet little top for Layla from Sublime patterns..... there are so many cute things to knit for little girls..... and big girls too!

"I want to have fun. I want to shine like the sun. I want to be the one that you want to see. I want to
knit you a sweater. I want to write you a love letter. I want to make you feel better. I want to make you feel free."
Joni Mitchell

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Knitting for the kids

Well, I am finally getting around to posting some pics of the sun top I knitted for Layla that I promised a while back. Sorry for the delay! We have been really busy with our photography business, Autumn Song Photography, of which I am so glad.... weddings, children's portraits, engagement sessions, etc.... I have also been busy doing a little gardening, running, hiking with Beau and playing with the kids; a little of this, that and the other....

Layla's sun top was knitted from a pattern a friend shared with me and is also a free pattern on the internet. Below is a link for the pattern.

Sun top knit pattern

type in sun top and it will take you straight to the pattern

I also knitted Layla a floppy-earred bunny with a sun top too....wish I had some pics to share of the bunny....Layla was so eager to take it with her before I had a chance to snap a few pics. She has already put in a request for a bear so I will be knitting two bears, one for Bradyn and one for Layla. They both ask for a bear.... I love it when they enjoy the handmade knits...... knitted with lots of love!

The sun top and bunny were both such fun and easy projects I finished in just about 6 to 8 hours each. There are many variations you can make with this pattern which is another thing that makes it fun to knit. I love to knit a quick and easy project ever so often. My plans are to knit another sun top for Layla with a few changes to the pattern. The next one will be green with a rib of bright pink along the bottom with bright pink flowers on the bodice.

Hope it want be so long before I post again. Enjoy your summer.... a good time to head to the beach.... I am counting down the days! I love summer time, don't you? What plans do you have?

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these."

George Washington Carver