Monday, May 19, 2014

happenings on the hill & on my needles~

hope you all had a good weekend

we cleaned the barn & while it's not my favorite thing to do, i love the feeling when it's done!

we're also (and i say "we" although i do very little of the work) making raised beds

we've battled with our soil since we moved here 10 years ago

for years we have tried to amend the soil with so so results

this year we took the plunge 

we're (and again i say "we" while doing little this point)

also doing some updating in our kitchen

that project actually started in fall of last year

so far he has added a dishwasher, put the micro above the stove, painted the walls,

installed new baseboard heaters, replaced the counters with butcher block & painted the top cabinets

no hardware's still in the bag

moving along slow but sure!

and while he's working away in the kitchen or the garden

i've been knitting!

( i'll more than make up for lack of work when it's time to can )

this cute little project is the creation of dag, her first pattern!

you can find her creativity here enchanted shorty shrug

my friend jesse from wee pleasures is hosting a kal

it's not too late to join!

what's been keeping you busy?


Friday, May 9, 2014

goodness for lunch & on my needles

with spring comes the goodness of asparagus

the hubs grew these....all three of them! 
i added them to this salad featured on skinny taste

its really simple, fast & taste great
the avocado's have a bit of fig balsamic vinegar for dipping
my friend barbara served them this way for lunch & i've been addicted ever since

the cute kerr (ball) jar was made by abbey, my daughter
clever yes?

now on to knitting...

ravelry link socks on a plane
free on ravelry!

the yarn is from black market wool
a new to me yarn source but now one of my favorites!

i often use knit purl hunter's video's as she is very clear & easy for me to understand

i used jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off....ya gotta love that name :)
  link to the bind off

i used size #2 addi's & the larger size on the pattern as i'm a squeaky tight knitter
give em' a try, it's a fun pattern!

happy weekending!