Sunday, August 28, 2016

SILVER LEAF KNIT ALONG

In the rhythm of the
needles there is music
for the soul










The day the pattern for Silverleaf
was released I knew I wanted to
knit it. After browsing around on
Jimmy Beans Wool I decided to
order Cascade Venezia Sport in
White Heaven, and cast on as soon
as it arrived.

The pattern is easy to follow and
even the Leaf Lace Section is not
hard as long as you pay attention
to yarn overs [something I failed
to do and had to rip back].

This first shawl was never meant for
me, it is going to my Mike's Aunt, but
I loved knitting it so much I have
decided to knit it again and thought
you might like to join me in a little
kal.

The KAL will begin on September 1
and end whenever you are finished,
no pressure, no stress, just the joy
of knitting something pretty along
with others. Have a problem or a question
with the pattern? Just ask and we
can help because I have found knitters
to be the most wonderful of souls.

The pattern calls for  approximately
550 yards of sport weight yarn on
a size 6 needle, but you can easily
adjust the pattern to other weights
and yardages.

For the KAL I will be using
Wolle Rodel Baby Alpaka which is
a dk weight and as I only have 504
yards I will be adjusting the pattern
just a bit.

You can post here or on Instagram
 [TraceyClover] which is where I
can be found most days. Please
tag your post #silverleafkal so we
can all ooh and ahh over your
Silverleaf.

Much love,
Tracey
XO

Sunday, June 26, 2016

THESE SUMMER DAYS

Some old fashioned things
like sunshine and fresh air
are hard to beat.

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder 












video
I am enjoying these slow summer days,
are you?

There are trips several times a week
to the beaches [ I visit Hunting Island
and Edisto ]. The beach is my happy
place and with heat indexes in the 100's
and humidity that makes me melt I
am in the water as much as possible.

There is time in the gardens, weeding,
putting up all the fruits and vegetables
I can to be enjoyed during the winter
months.

I made my favorite lacto-fermented
salsa that I eat with everything!
{recipe at the end of post}.
If you make it let me know what you
think.

There is always knitting, knitting, knitting!
Did you know that as of yesterday
it are only 6 more months till Christmas?

I have been trying for over a year to get
my hands on the book, Slow Stitch
and Amazon finally was able to deliver.
The book is just as wonderful as I knew
it would be.

I finished watching Nurse Jackie and
have now moved on to Orange is the
Black, a show totally opposite of my
world, but maybe that's the hook?

I hope you enjoy the video of the waves,
it is one of my favorite sounds and I
wanted to share the calming sound with
you.

Enjoy theses days.
Peace.
XO

Lacto Fermented Salsa

4-5 pounds tomatoes,
1 head garlic
1 large onion
2 large jalapenos
1 bunch cilantro
2 bell peppers

Chop all ingredients fine,
Add: 

juice of 1 lemon
2 Tablespoons canning salt
1/2 cup whey [I get mine from
staining homemade yogurt]

Mix well and spoon into jars making
sure vegetables are covered with liquid.

I check my jars daily and if the salsa separate
I just give the jars a little shake .

Let sit in a warm place for three days and
then store in ice box.
Do not water bath! 






Sunday, June 19, 2016

A NEW WEEKEND

This was a wonderful weekend.
I've never seen this one before.



 [Those ears!]






It's been a fabulous weekend here
and my heart is so happy.

Friday evening we had a terrible
storm.. rain, wind and even a bit
of hail, but my power only went
off for about 15 minutes and then
all was calm; others were not
as lucky, but now I think all is
well.

Saturday I spent time doing
some house loving and then
spent had time at the local
thrift store browsing. [I found
a belt], got the food shopping
out of the way and picked up
sandwiches to eat at home.
I've been binge watching
Nurse Jackie and knitting away
on Christmas socks, staying up
way past my bedtime, but it's
summer time right? :)

Sunday we rode inland to
visit our son and his wife,
collect firewood and play
with the marsh tacky and
the donkey's. I had a blast
learning to drive the little cart,
and while I had decided not
to bring home anything
else I had to take care of I
really think I need a donkey
or two.

Another son and his wife came
for dinner and we celebrated
the man who makes our family
whole. Now I'm off to savor
the last of this weekend with
some more knitting and a little
Netflix.

Joining Karen







Sunday, June 12, 2016

LIFE IS ART

Everything in life is art. What you do.
How you dress. The way you love
someone and how you talk. Your 
smile and your personality. The 
way you drink your tea. How you
decorate your home or party. Your
grocery list. The food you make.
How your writing looks. And the
way you feel.

~Helena Bonham Carter


















Summer is in full swing and
while I can't wait for winter
I am enjoying all the fun that
comes with the warmer temperatures.
I've been spending quite a bit of
time harvesting food and then
putting it up. I made a blackberry cobbler
for my guys [I'm doing a cleanse
so none for me].

Next up was a batch of elderberry
flower cordial and trying out a
new salad dressing. I increased
the garlic and jalapeno, but it's
a keeper.

On my walk I discovered a
my patch of chantrelle mushrooms
was back, a treat from having
two tropical storms? A nice
surprise and they are being
enjoyed mixed with eggs.

Two of my son's and a daughter
in love surprised me last night
with a trip to Goodwill [I found
new throw pillows for the den]
and dinner out. THANK YOU!

There is always time for the beach
and cloud watching, especially when
the heat index is over 100 degrees F!
With all the humidity I have given
up trying to control my hair, even the
flat iron isn't helping, so poofy it is,
at least until cooler weather.

What is going on in your world?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

YARN ALONG

I believe in the ocean curing all bad moods.
I believe in the waves wiping away worries.
I believe in seashells bringing good luck.
I believe in toes in the sand grounding my soul.

~ happsters












Lots of sock knitting in my world
these days, some with chevron's
some with stripes, the perfect
summer knit, especially when
you're sitting on the beach wave
watching and soaking in a few
sun rays.

I down loaded The Border of Paradise
after seeing it on several blogs. It is
a story told from several character's
view all of which are haunting, dark,
and totally masterful!

Joining Ginny