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Long Overdue Update

I didn’t forget about you dear blog, I have just been a little busy still. I hope I will get more chances to keep up with you now that most of the home remodel is done and show season is over until next March.

So what has happened around here? Well in case you for got where all this started, this is a sample of how my house and particularly my kitchen had looked for way too long. Avert your eyes if you have a weak stomach because it is not pretty.


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Yuck, right?

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So here is the first steps again.

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Are you ready for the transformation?


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These were the existing cabinets. Jerry totally rebuilt those drawers and they are perfect and fabulous! If you only knew how terrible the originals were. Scroll back up to the top picture and notice how there is no gap between the drawer fronts. They hung on each other and I absolutely loathed them. I am giddy with my new drawers!

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I am very pleased with this color for the kitchen, TV room, and the half bath. It is called Tempered Sage which is a muted greenish yellow. So cheery and warm. It really brightens the whole place up.

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Scroll back up to the second picture and checkout this transformation! Yes those upper cabinets are all newly built and awesome! The only thing remaining to be fixed here is a new countertop. This is a temporary one until Jerry is finished with the one he will build with cherry.

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This spice cabinet is new also and I didn’t even know I needed one until now. :-)

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And this. This is awesome. This is the cabinet next to the refrigerator. I wish I had remembered to take a picture if the hellish messy cavern this was before. Now it’s a convenient and neat storage for my cookware.

I can tell you that I have never loved my kitchen as much. I have actually enjoyed cooking and even doing the dishes in there now, LOL!

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So here is my new sitting and dining area painted in a lovely green called Panacea. I love that name, don’t you? Sounds peaceful and it really is a color that is so restful on the eyes.

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A view of my hang out spot. There’s my knitting bag on the floor and my computer, and various devices for reading, music listening, working, etc. The TV is now in the room off of the kitchen where the dining table used to be. It is now dubbed the “TV room”. There is a door to close it off so we are all happier. If they want to use it and I want quiet this works so much better. I wish we had thought of it years ago!

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And speaking of my knitting bag a moment ago, here is my Mayapple progress. I am on the edging now.

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Last but not least, here is my brand new ride! Complete with my Rush Starman vanity plate. Jerry is driving my red ‘09 truck which is still like new except for having 110,000 miles on it. Believe me I took excellent care of that truck. I loved it to pieces. I actually felt a bit guilty loving my new blue one but I got over it, LOL!

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Isn’t she pretty? :-D

Wedding Day

This Saturday was Meredith ad Luke’s wedding day. An outdoor service and reception was planned at The Bagley’s (Luke’s parents) lovely country home in Burns, TN which is about a half an hour from our home in Nashville. We were all grateful the weather turned out so great after such an unusually wet fall thus far. They did a tremendous job putting it all together and I am personally thankful for all their hard work and planning. :-D I was so busy with festivals (9 shows in 10 weeks) and home remodeling that I was basically useless for anything else.

The pictures are what you really came for I bet so let’s get right to them shall we? I took none of these by the way. A family friend of the Bagley’s was on the job taking these great shots. :-)

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This was the only wedding I have been too that was open carry friendly, LOL! I thought it was a cool idea and all groom’s men plus Jerry had fun doing it.

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I must admit that I was surprised to hear them queue up the Cantina Song from Star Wars for the closing march down the aisle. I really shouldn’t have been though. I did fit the playful and casual tone of the whole affair perfectly. :-D

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The dress was my high school graduation dress for something old, the necklace was my wedding pearls for something borrowed, and the veil was something new. I forgot to check whether she had something blue though. Hope the bridesmaids covered that.

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On the far left in blue is Cassie (Meredith’s next younger sister) who was maid of honor. In front is Emma (our youngest daughter) as flower girl. On the right in yellow is Luke’s sister, Becky as bridesmaid.

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This picture is one of my favorites of all. Love those smiles. May you both have more of these than you can number. You will need them to get through the bumpy parts.  Oh if only we could keep in the front of our hearts the joy we feel on our wedding day, right?

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Here’s the whole wedding party. From left to right: Luke’s brother Josh, Luke’s friend and the best man (I am afraid I have forgotten his name) Luke and Meredith and I already introduced the bride’s attendants above. Oh and I almost forgot the little ring-bearer in his daddy’s arms.

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Luke’s family: sister Becky, father Jeff, mother Janelle, and brother Josh

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Here’s me and Jerry with the newlyweds and yes I am wearing the Teresa Rose shawl. :-D

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Now here’s a rare shot with almost the whole family. The only ones sadly missing are my two oldest daughters Heather and Alicia, my other son-in-law Garrod and my four grandchildren. Left to right: Ian (middle son), me and Jerry, Meredith (third daughter) and Luke, Cassie (daughter #4), Josiah (oldest son), Joanie (daughter #5), Kyla (daughter #6) and in front of the newlyweds my two youngest; Emma (daughter #7) and Elijah (third son and baby of the family :-D)

It was a fun day complete with a delicious catered barbeque and fireworks. I wish I had thought to take some candid shots of all the extended family who I thoroughly enjoyed seeing for the first time in several years. Thanks to you all for coming and making the day even more special! Mwah!

Oh, and next post will be long overdue remodeling and knitting updates. I promise it won’t be weeks either. :-)

A mixed bag of updates

Hello! I have quite a few things to share so I will get right to it.

Why don’t we start with a pretty new shawl?

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Cassie finished the knitting of Glenallen on Sunday but I just got it blocked yesterday.

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The color is closer to the picture in the middle with Cassie wearing it.

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You can see it in person, along with all the other fabulous samples we have been busy knitting up for you this year, at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA this weekend. We are actually going to go one step further that that. Not only can you see the shawls and yarn in person, you have a unique opportunity to pick the brains of the designer! That’s right! We are hosting Dee O’Keefe of Designs by Dee in our booth this Saturday afternoon from 1-4 for a meet and greet. While you are there you can enter our little contest for your chance to win 5 DBD patterns of your choice (digital copy only). No purchase necessary to enter, we just need contact information. Sound fun?

In other news, I have kitchen remodel pictures to show you and man am I happy with how this is coming along? You better believe it!

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This is what I found when I came home on Monday. :-) I am excited to see what progress is made over my 12 day absence while we are in Virginia for the back to back festivals. Talk to you soon.

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Teresa Rose and Kitchen Update


On the drive home from south Georgia Monday Joanie finished Teresa Rose but I only just got it blocked last night. We used two skeins of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in the color Azure.

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The texture of the twisted knit stitches are the highlight of the piece and that is why we chose to use the firmer twist of the Superwash Sock rather than the Merino Bamboo.

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Those points are striking too aren’t they?

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I am not sure the pictures quite do it justice because it is very lovely in person. It is a good size for wearing around the shoulders or as a scarf.

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In other news, we have made a bit of progress on the kitchen. The upper cabinet doors are done but not attached yet and the upper boxes are all painted too.

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Here are the larger cabinet doors ready for hardware and hanging.

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Here’s the hardware we picked and I am very pleased with how they look on the doors.

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We should be ready to hang these pretty soon. Jerry may get that done this weekend while we are in Yellow Springs, OH for the Wool Gathering.

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Exciting developments


I am pleased to announce that my newest granddaughter arrived this week. She and her mama are doing well. She was born at home with the assistance of a fabulous midwife and Heather was happy to have managed to have the water birth she always wanted. :-)


Her big sisters are quite captivated by her as you can see. I wish I could go to Florida again and see them but my schedule for now won’t allow a trip. My hope is that they will decide to make the trip to Nashville for Meredith’s wedding in mid October. (hint hint)

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No knitting pictures today but I do have a different work in progress to show you. If you recall in my last post I told you that we are doing some remodeling. I took a few pictures of the horrendous state of my (original circa 1958) kitchen. I am so excited to see to transformation. Okay, are you ready? Be warned these are not for the feint of heart.

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Yes I have really been living with this for 15 years. The lighting is atrocious too and we are looking into some options right now. We are trying to avoid hiring an electrician to run new wires if we can but we will see when we get further along.

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We are not sure whether we are keeping this cabinet and making new doors like with the others of starting from scratch with a new unit. For sure though we will be making new upper cabinets to install above this area.

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Jerry has begun making the new doors for the cabinets and you can see where we are going with that below. The walls will be a muted pale yellow and all the cabinets will be antique white.

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We picked out new cabinet hardware which I forgot to get a picture of but will show you next time. It is an antique brass finish. I looked them up on Lowe’s website and found their image. :-)

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Before I close I will show you our booth at the Georgia Alpaca Fiberfest this weekend in Columbus, GA.

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Oh and I can’t resist sharing this picture Joanie took of Elijah being Superman in the shirt she gave him. He ALWAYS does this when he is being Superman. LOL!

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In Wisconsin this weekend

Well our break from the road has come and gone with no post from me. Sorry about that. We are currently in Jefferson, WI for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival. My time at home was divided mainly between seeing to family needs like lessons with my younger children, admin tasks for the business and making plans for and beginning on some long overdue home maintenance and improvements.

The home improvements aren’t any major reconstructions but we are planning quite a lot of things like painting, new cabinet doors and some additional units in the kitchen (which Jerry will build), fixing some plumbing issues, etc. We will assess as we go along and revise as needed. We certainly have our work cut out for us but I am eager to see the finished results. Since my time home is in short supply until mid October most of the preparation work will probably fall on Jerry and a couple of the older children. I am fully expecting it to be a long term work in progress but that is okay. I AM a knitter and a mother after all and am fully used t that concept. :-)

So, unfortunately I have very little knitting progress to share today. I did pick up my Mayapple yesterday afternoon after we returned to the hotel from the booth setup and get in about 14 rows on it but it is sadly not much changed by the time spent.

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Cassie has actually made a lot of progress on Glenallen and it is looking very nice indeed. I haven’t seen Joanie’s Teresa Rose for awhile but maybe I can get a picture to share by my next post.  Sorry for the picture quality today. Hotels rooms are not the greatest for lighting and ambiance. :-)


I hate to cut this so short but I need to get my stuff together and head over to the fairgrounds since the market opens in one and a half hours. See you later!

Home and then gone again

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We had great weather and attendance at the Michigan Fiber Festival last weekend. It is always a fun show that I look forward to. I was very ready to be headed home by Monday though. Nineteen days away was hard on us all.

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It was only a brief respite however since we had to leave again yesterday for Pittsburgh for the first annual Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. We are excited to be a part of the show which has a wider craft audience than the late winter Knit & Crochet Festival.

We set up this morning and then got some lunch and headed back to the hotel for a few hours break before the market opens tonight for the preview which runs 5-9pm. Market is open 9-5:30 on Saturday. Click through to the site for more details. :-)

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I clicked of some shots of the booth before we left.

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I plan to share some knitting updates in my next post from home. We drive home Sunday and have nine whole days home. See you again soon!

Last day in Chicago

Opening night at Stitches Midwest last week were they only pictures I remembered to take and that with my phone. Here are the excited knitters after the gates were opened on Thursday night. :-)

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Here’s a quick shot of my booth before they arrived.

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After the show and the booth was all loaded back I the trailer Cassie and I had three days with no definite plans. I guess I am a bit of a hermit even when I am on the road because we have just kicked around Schaumburg a bit doing some book and music shopping mostly.

This is a little of what I bought and we when we weren’t shopping we have been just reading, listening to new music, watching videos and a little knitting too. No doubt some would find this a boring way to spend your days off but I rather enjoy having nothing to do but bum around every now and then. :-)

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We are staying in a place with a kitchenette so we went to the Whole Foods and stocked up on good stuff so we haven’t had to eat out for the last 9 day at least. I feel better when I eat healthier.

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Today I went to Kohl’s and found a new hand bag and wallet to replace mine which I have been carrying for a long time and they were looking very worn and tired. What do you think? I love the color!

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We leave for Allegan, Michigan in the morning and will be setting up the booth in the afternoon/evening. Leisure time is over and it’s time to get back to work. Talk to you again from the eastern time zone!

First stop in Chicago

We arrived safely and uneventfully in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. We spent the morning and early afternoon on Thursday getting the booth ready. For the rest of the afternoon we went to lunch at Panera and then we went to the Barnes and Noble. Cassie did some shopping and I just got out my Nook and did some reading while sipping on a Green Tea Lemonade. Yummy.

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So now on to some new knitting projects. First up is two that I am working on.

You have seen the up-sized Sorrel but it is around 7” now so here it is again.


My other project is one of Dee O’Keefe’s new designs called Mayapple. Check my Ravelry profile for the pattern link and details. It is written for a fingering weight yarn and we are planning a second version of it in our Merino Bamboo, but I wanted to see what it looked like in a lighter weight so I am using my Classic Merino Lace in a bold color, Tiger Lily.


I started it on size 5 needles but I ripped it out and went down to size 4 and like the fabric much better.

Joanie is working on another of Dee’s new designs called Theresa Rose. We are using Classic Merino Superwash Sock in the color Azure. She started on size 5 needles and after taking this picture I decided that the stitch definition required for the twisted stitches was too loose. It needed to be ripped and re-knit on size 4 needles like my Mayapple. Hey, it happens right? So this is the first version and I will show you the restarted one when I get home in mid-August unless I can get here to take one and email it to me.


Last but not least is Cassie’s project, Glenallen,  which is another Lace weight one in the color Garnet. The color is deeper than this shows. The lace work in this shawl is intricate and lovely. Can’t wait to see it full size.


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Wow! It has been a busy several weeks around here. Between all the yarn dyeing and my trip to Jacksonville I have barely had time for anything else. It is not going to be slowing down any time soon either. We have 11 shows in the next 14 weeks with only brief stops at home between. We will be leaving for Chicago next week and will be away for three weekends with no trips home. I am both excited about the shows and apprehensive about the separation from my family who will be home. Prayers are welcome and appreciated. :-)

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I already showed you Nadira in an earlier post but I didn’t have a picture of the knitter modeling it until today. I like Kyla in purple. :-)

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Cassie and Joanie finished their Ruxton Shawls on July 6th but I am just now getting around to taking the pictures and writing a post.

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The green one above is knit with our Merino Superwash Sock in Green Apple. If you want the full details click over to the Ravelry project page.

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This version is made from our Merino Superwash Sport in French Marigold. Here’s the Ravelry link for it.

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I really love how the edging looks!

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As you can see our Sock weight version came out smaller than our Sport version. That is partly the yarn and partly that we used size 4 needles for the Sock and size 5 needles for the Sport. I wanted to maintain the lovely texture for the lighter version.

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You can better compare their sizes in this shot.

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I have some new knitting to show you but I am saving that for next time which I will aim for getting to in a few days.

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I will share a couple cute shots of my youngest (4 yr. old above) and my grandson (below). :-)

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