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first socks!

I finished my first pair of socks! So excited that I finally checked this off of my knitting bucket list. 🙂

 

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I used Knitting Pure and Simple’s Beginner’s Lightweight Socks using Cascade Heritage Wave in Nightshade/504.

Have you tried to make socks before? How did it turn out?

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yarn bowl

Prior to this weekend, I had never used a yarn bowl, but as soon as I saw a beautiful display I knew that I wanted to try one. The bowls were all hand thrown, glazed and baked by a local elderly couple and it was so cool to ask them questions about the process and see their work. Now I’m wondering why I hadn’t used one before…yarn will no longer be falling off my lap to roll across the floor! 

earth laughs in flowers 🌺 

-emerson 

autoimmune-paleo life

Recently, I found out that the reason I’m always tired, have a growing list of food intolerances, frequent migraines, and rough periods (TMI?) is that I have leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, anemia, hypoglycemia, a vitamin d deficiency…the list goes on.

The main culprit behind all of this is that I was born with hypothyroidism, and the leaky gut and non-thyroid were feeding off of each other, not allowing my body to absorb the medication properly and making me feel like a walking zombie! It also meant my body was in a constant state of catch-up and stress, intensifying the zombie effect. I knew something was wrong but since I’ve lived my whole life as a tired little thing having known nothing different, it was harder for me to catch.

The great news is that I can feel better and that each of those problems can be fixed, leaving me feeling better than I have ever felt! And I can eat dairy within a year if everything goes well (cue the confetti!!)! I’ve already had a few days where I had way more energy than I’m used to and it was a crazy feeling (is this how normal people feel??). Continue reading “autoimmune-paleo life”

book catch-up

Yikes, I’ve fallen behind! Hopefully this summer we’ll be able to set up the hammock and I can read in the evenings. 🙂 Since I’m so far behind, I’ll just provide my basic ratings and the synopsis from Goodreads.

Title: Blue Asylumhttps://bookmagnet.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/blue-asylum.jpg?w=736

Author: Kathy Hepinstall

Pages: 288

My Rating: 3/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads): “Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Virginia plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is put on trial and convicted of madness. It is the only reasonable explanation the court can see for her willful behavior, so she is sent away to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good, compliant woman. Iris knows, though, that her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of disagreeing with him on notions of justice, cruelty, and property. On this remote Florida island, cut off by swamps and seas and military blockades, Iris meets a wonderful collection of residents–some seemingly sane, some wrongly convinced they are crazy, some charmingly odd, some dangerously unstable. Which of these is Ambrose Weller, the war-haunted Confederate soldier whose memories terrorize him into wild fits that can only be calmed by the color blue, but whose gentleness and dark eyes beckon to Iris. The institution calls itself modern, but Iris is skeptical of its methods, particularly the dreaded “water treatment.” She must escape, but she has found new hope and love with Ambrose. Can she take him with her? If they make it out, will the war have left anything for them to make a life from, back home? Blue Asylum is a vibrant, beautifully-imagined, absorbing story of the lines we all cross between sanity and madness. It is also the tale of a spirited woman, a wounded soldier, their impossible love, and the undeniable call of freedom. http://www.hmhbooks.com/blueasylum/ (less)”

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Title: On Turpentine LaneImage result for on turpentine lane

Author: Elinor Lipman

Pages: 240

My Rating: 4/5 (I listened to it and it was the perfect audiobook!)

Synopsis: “At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It’s a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. Never mind that her fiancé is off on a crowdfunded cross-country walk, too busy to return her texts (but not too busy to post photos of himself with a different woman in every state.) And never mind her witless boss, or a mother who lives too close, or a philandering father who thinks he’s Chagall. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems. What good fortune, then, that Faith has found a friend in affable, collegial Nick Franconi, officemate par excellence…”

 

 

first cardigan

Hello, hello! I hope you all have had a lovely May thus far. 🙂

With the warm weather comes a major dip in knit sales and interest, because who really needs a giant hat when it’s 80 degrees out? I decided to put my shop on vacation until the end of  the summer, and in the meantime I’ll work on updating and replenishing my winter stock as well as learning new things. High on that list was completing a pair of socks and a cardigan or sweater.

I found the pattern Catch & Release on Ravelry and it was instantly one that I was drawn to– it didn’t look overly complicated and I could wear it during the warmer months as it’s very lightweight. Continue reading “first cardigan”

april favorites [2017]

I feel like I say this every month, but can y’all believe that it’s nearly May?! It’s especially hard to believe as snow is falling outside and it’s cold enough that the kitties stay close by and snuggle instead of roaming around outside.

I’m planning on putting my shop in vacation mode starting May 1 in order to build up some stock over the summer and to be ready for fall (and Christmas) orders! It’s exciting to have a break in which I can learn to create new things and work on more summer-oriented knits. I’m finishing up the lightweight Marley shawl, which has been a work in progress for awhile, and bought the yarn to make the Catch & Release cardigan yesterday.

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Here are some favorites from April… Continue reading “april favorites [2017]”

faux fur poms

I recently decided to add faux fur pompoms onto my knitted hats and I am really happy with how they turned out! I was able to learn how to make them myself– definitely a fun and cost saving win. 👌🏻 My Etsy shop will be on vacation over the summer starting May 1, but these will be available upon request or in my shop come mid-September! 

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