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4097576837_08a96379d0_mA quiet Thursday morning….

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Lunch alfresco

soup outside

Saturday I had the pleasure of dining outside for lunch. The kids were at my parents so that left me home alone on my lunch break from work. What a treat! Fall soup, white pesto pizza, sunshine, and a warm breeze.

soup out Thor

For dessert: knitting with my feet up. Love the puppy supervising and waking me as I dozed off. Good thing too, ’cause I was almost late getting back to work!

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Pink? for me?

Pink shawl beginnings

I’ve cast on yet another project, in the midst of the project coat. The yarn is a birthday gift from a friend, a wonderful chunky wool in a marled pink. I’ve never thought of myself as a pink fan, but I just love this, and I’ve always wanted to knit myself a warm ’round-the-house’ shawl. Some thing I could throw on to take the dog out, for a quick jaunt to the store or have handy for a cool soccer game. I believe the combination of this pattern and this yarn will be the perfect solution.

Now, if I could only find more time to knit, what with 3 sick kids, a full time job and other incidentals…..

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The last fresh basil

, originally uploaded by libraryl0v3r.

This weekend marked the last of the fresh basil from the garden. I celebrated the best way I know how… cooking. We enjoyed a homemade white pizza with a base of freshly made pesto topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese. The eldest loves to make pesto in the food processor, I know it won’t be long ’til she’s experimenting.

The pasta was super easy, my son squeezed the cherry tomatoes into the pasta dish, tore the basil, parsley & oregano, while I cooked the angel hair and steamed the broccoli and chopped the garlic. Our secret is to let the hot pasta and broccoli sit on top of the herbs and tomatoes until ready to serve. Then we just toss with olive oil and parmesan cheese, sit, serve & eat!

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Knitting basketEarlier in the week while it was still sunny, dry and warm, the monkeys were out playing, so I joined them outside with the knitting basket. Of Course!

l_1600_1200_ECB41BF2-BF1F-4BE6-9675-9C0677551FF9.jpeg Quickly the contents were snatched up an incorporated into the arranging and rearranging of the fall produce on the picnic table. The balls started to unwind and there I was spoiling all the fun, trying to discourage my monkeys from tangling themselves up in some beautiful locally raised and spun wool. I’m such a mean Mama.

l_1600_1200_EE467CC3-B31C-4DC7-A444-99A9499DAE93.jpegThis was the final masterpiece and I was summonded to take a picture. “Mama, can you see the face?” said my eldest, I really have creative monkeys.  I love this picture it has nearly all my favorites, except of course, my 3 favorite monkeys!

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Thank you Mother Nature..

Fall 09On my drive into work today I was not particularly looking forward to my shift and was moping a bit to myself. The sky changed as I turned the corner and I couldn’t help but take a few moments on the street to enjoy it. The autumn sun was bright, the wind was picking up and twirling a gorgeous spectrum of leaves. It was just breathtaking. I rolled down the window and tried to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this spectacle. As I got out of the car and shook the leaves out of my hair, my whole self felt more charged up and rejuvenated. I could feel the  Goddess Mother Nature at work here today. Thank you for allowing me to be present for this moment of wonder.

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My first class

Clasica beginnings

I’ve signed myself up for my first ever knitting class. I need to give all the credit to my friend for the gentle push. I am going to knit the cover sweater coat from the fall issue of Interweave Knits. The instructor substituted the the yarn, we’ll be using this. I’ve choosen the milk chocolate brown and it has been a delight to knit with.

I must confess… I NEVER swatch! Never have, never until a few days ago that is. I originally cast on using the recommended needles and got about 1.5 inches along and started really sweating the fact I had NOT swatched. I purchased 4 skeins with 478 yards per skein = a LOT of knitting! I did not want to get close to the end and be severely disappointed. This is supposed to be a sweater for me, right? If I cried while frogging, would it felt?

So I broke the yarn, swatched as directed, and guess what? It came out perfectly to gauge! Relief, frustration, and now back to some serious knitting! I’m supposed to have 19 inches of stockinette done by Sunday for class but am only at 5 inches with 2 parties to prepare for…. I see a lot of coffee in my future.

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