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Spring is knocking on the door. Our days vacillate between snow and cold, sunshine and warmth. Today will see the high 60’s, but tomorrow will bring the snow once again. I took Emma Jeanne for a walk yesterday, and I noticed the blades of grass were a serious mix between green and brown. I think that this is the earliest I have ever seen that. I love this time of year, as I know that we will be living out of doors so very soon. The seeds are on their way, the garden is planned, the camping is starting in just a few short weeks, and a special adventure awaits us this year. I know that this will be such a special time, as my ever curious daughter will be in love with all the beauty of the outdoors. That little girl sits still for nothing. She is always on the go, always trying to get into everything and anything. Pulling my hair if I am not giving 100% of my attention, clapping at the near constant attention her brothers give her, and showing us a very curious, perhaps adventurous spirit. We have a lot packed into the coming warm weather, and we realize now that she will be more than up for  what lies ahead.

I still have not updated my Ravelry page from all of the knitting of the past year. Let me give a word of advice here, update as you go, because trying to remember things a year from when they were done is a bit of a nightmare. Of course, part of my problem is that I would rather be knitting than typing out notes about my knitting. Not helpful.

I am working on some knitting designs right now, which is both fun and totally an exercise in repeated failure. I don’t necessarily mind failing at things, it means I am trying, but I would also love some success here soon. I am working on a few sweaters/cardigans for the kids, as I have had so many patterns that were too big for my children that I wanted to take a stab at modifying or creating my own. It is hard, let me tell you! I have a new found respect for people who do this for a living. I do so love how knitting is this perfect hybrid between math and art. Perhaps in the end the mathematics of it is where I need to focus my energy, and add the art part in once I understand how the clothes can and should come together.

I have been working with stitch patterns for the past few months, seeing how they come together, what I like as a combo, how something feels to knit. It is a fun play with yarn and texture, and I have quite a few blocks laying around the house. Some have worked, some not as much. I decided a few days back to make use of this exercise by switching to cotton yarn and making a few washcloths for the babe. Soft pink cotton, my favorite right now. I would like to knit her a summer cardigan in that color, as it seems perfect for the pale colors that are just beginning to show themselves.

The picture above is the combination that turned out to be my favorite, and I thought that I would share it here. I like the way that  the different stitch patterns came together, and the fact that they look neat and tidy on both sides of the fabric. I am thinking that this would make a fun baby blanket, if I just simply kept it on repeat. The texture makes it interesting, without being too loud or overly complicated, and it makes for a fabric that will hold it’s shape well. I have a few more planned, and I will share them if they turn out. For now, here is a simple stitch sampler washcloth for these coming spring days.

Stitch Sampler Washcloth


4 oz of worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Blue Sky Alpaca)
Size 7 needles
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Cast on 36 stitches. Knit 4 rows in garter stitch

Switch to moss stitch for 12 rows
Row 1 (RS) *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 2 and 3 *P2, k2; rep from * to ende.
Row 4 *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Repeat rows 1-4 twice more.

Switch to garter ridge rib for 12 rows
Row 1 and 3 (rs) K1, *p1, k2; rep from *, end p1,k1.
Row 2 K2, *p2, k1; rep from *, end k2.
Row 4 Knit
Repeat rows 1-4 twice more.

Switch to linen ridge stitch for 8 rows
Row 1 (RS) Purl
Row 2 (WS) K1, *wyif sl 1, k1; rep frpm * to last st, end k1.
Row 3 Purl
Row 4 K1, *k1, wyif sl1; rep from * end k1.
Repeat rows 1-4 once more.

Switch to woven pattern for 16 rows
PT (purl twist) P2 tog, leving sts on LH nedle, insert RH needle from back btwn sts just worked and p the first st again, sl both from needle together.
Rows 1 and 3 (ws) purl
Row 2 *k2, PT; rep frpm * to end.
Row 4 *PT, K2; rep frpm * to end.
Repeat rows 1-4 three time more.

Knit in garter stitch for 4 rows, and cast off. Weave in ends, and enjoy!

Experiment with making your own stitch sampler washcloth by playing around with different stitch patterns. As long as the stitches are multiples of the same #, you can create about as many combos as you can imagine. 

There are a ton of stitch collections available. For this project, I used Vogue’s Stitchionary 1. The other book in the photo is Knitwear Design Workshop, by Shirley Paden.












Autumn has been absolutely spectacular here on the Front Range, and we could not have asked for more golden hues and tones to photograph and play in.

Our days have been filled with mid-autumn activities: soccer tournaments, apple picking, pumpkin carving, and leaf burning to name a few. The boys have been outdoors more this year than in any other autumn in the past, and Emma Jeanne and I have enjoyed the abundant sunshine and lack of wind that is normally so prevalent in these parts. The colder days are coming, but how nice to get all the way into November until they do.

There is still a good amount of casting on, and coming off of the needles, and while I am loving knitting, I have to admit that the recording of the knit wear has been a little slow going. Ravelry is a gift of a site, for so many reasons, but lately I have done a terrible job of cataloging what I have completed. I find myself a good 20+ projects behind, and in desperate need of getting it done before I flat forget just what pattern or yarn was used. If only the sun would go in for just a little bit, perhaps then such a task could get done.

Currently I am working on the Emma Tunic for my Emma Jeanne. This is my second go with this wonderful pattern, as I knit one in Malabrigo Lettuce when she first arrived. The tunic works well for a young babe, and it leaves a bit of growing room, going from a dress to a top over time. I am crazy for pink right now. Not bright, neon pink, but more of a muted rose. It is funny how each of my children have had their own colors, and so clearly, since they first arrived. Jacob was the deepest of blues, Elwood a sea green, and Landon a soft yellow and natural toned little dude. Emma is an earth girl, for sure. Those sage greens, muted roses, and soft creams suit her well, and I now find myself enjoying an entirely new color palette in my yarns.

The boys spent the entire weekend on the soccer field, as did their coach of a dad. Emma Jeanne and I, along with grandparents and friends, popped in and out when we could, but there is only so much soccer that a 3 month old can take. Elwood brought home the championship in his age division for the third season in a row, and he was a very happy guy. One of the concession stands was selling pumpkin and apple and cinnamon popcorn, and of course, both boys were begging up a storm. As we were leaving the field on that last day, I agreed to let them try each of flavors, only to find out that both contained gluten. In my mothering moment of seeing their eyes drop, I agreed to immediately go home and try my hand at a recipe. I am not really sure what I was thinking of here, as those two flavors are not exactly easy to recreate in a home kitchen. I gave it my best shot, but the pumpkin spice is still a work in progress. We did, however, manage a recipe for an apple cinnamon flavor that I think may become a family favorite.

Apple Cinnamon Popcorn

1/3 cup coconut oil
1 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup coconut oil – melted
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup freeze dried apples
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup candied walnuts (optional), chopped

Place your freeze dried apples in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse into a fine powder. Add you salt and spices, and pulse only until combined.

We love to cook our popcorn on the stove in the Whirly Pop. I am not afraid to admit how much I love this popcorn pan. Never once have I had anything burn or stick, and the popcorn just comes out so fresh and light. My friend Heidi recommended it to me a few years back, and I am oh so grateful she did.

Melt your 1/3 cup of coconut oil over med-high heat, and cook your popcorn any way you choose. While the popcorn is popping, melt your 1/4 cup of coconut oil over low heat. Remove from the stove, and add your maple syrup, apple and spices.

Place your popped popcorn into a large bowl, and stir in your oil mixture. Add in your walnuts, if using, and eat right away.

This popcorn has a nice, tart bite, and can even be enjoyed topped with nutritional yeast.