Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

It's a wet one out there! Fortunately the kids didn't seem to notice.  And, they've had a multitude of Halloween events this weekend to make one rainy trick-or-treating night seem like no big deal.  This year the theme was rotating costumes for different events (sigh).  But, these, which they wore to a friend's party last night were my favorite!  Batgirl and Spiderman, of course.   

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Mark discovered a new talent - face painting!  He did such a great job!  We also dressed up for the first time in YEARS.  It was an idea I had at the last minute, thus the costumes suffered a bit.  But, I think we did a decent job.  We went as two members from Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem band...

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Anyone get it?  Anyone?....Anyone?....You know, these guys...




 















It was fun pulling it all together, and I think Mark looked pretty great, even sans saxophone.  I think I needed a mask to pull off Janice (or a facelift!).  But, it was fun anyway!   Happy Halloween!!

Killer Pumpkins

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Some things that made my day...

:: Farmer's Market + Fall Goodies!

Fall!

:: Ladybug Screams = Silly, Scary Halloween Faces

Ladybug Screams

:: Lunch, Outside at Lilly's Pizza

Lilly's Pizza

:: Perfect Fall Sunshine...

Pizza + wolfpack

:: The return of my sewing machine + learning to paper piece + becoming a Farmer's Wife again!

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:: Campfire night + smores!

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This day couldn't have been much better....

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Knitting Fever

Maybe it's because my sewing machine is in the shop getting a tune-up, or maybe it's the onset of Fall....but I've been knitting like crazy!  It helps that I have a fabulous yarn store about 5 minutes from my house.  And, a recent class I've started there has opened up my mind to the possibility of designing knits....more on that below.   

First, a recent finish....a Honey Cowl in Malabrigo Rios.  This was my first time using Malabrigo yarn and it was wonderful.  I did an "in between" size that only used 1 skein of yarn and ended up about 7" wide.  I finished this cowl just in time for our cold camping trip, and wore it all weekend!  It's just long enough to double up. (Ravelry link here)

Honey Cowl Done!

Honey Cowl Closeup

Doubled Up

Next, I pulled a couple of yarns from my stash and started this Big Lace Scarf from "More Last Minute Knitted Gifts".   I'm using Cascade 220 wool and a mohair and the combo is giving it a little Halloween-ish feel.  I like it! (Ravelry link here)

Chunky Lace Scarf

Chunky Lace Scarf

This is the project that has me excited, though!  On Sunday, I started a 2-part knitting class to learn how to design my own fingerless gloves.  I had some definite lightbulbs going off in my head during this class.  It immediately opened up my mind to the possibility of designing knitted items.  I chose this superwash Minnow Merino yarn.  I've been loving purple lately (or else Maggie is rubbing off on me) so I picked this lovely deep shade.  The top of the glove is a horseshoe lace pattern, and the rest is ribbed.  At the next class, we'll learn to add the thumb gusset and finish them off.  I can't wait!  (Ravelry link here)  

Fingerless Mitts

Back of Fingerless Mitts

I have a few other things in my knitting basket, but they aren't quite as enticing as these fun Fall knits.    

Monday, October 3, 2011

We went, we camped, we froze...

...aaaaand we came home early.  But it was the best, cold, windy, beautiful, reminiscent, perfect family trip we've had all year.  We've been trying all year to get away - just us, as a family.  Every trip we planned was canceled or postponed for one reason or another.  It's been a bit frustrating to say the least.  This weekend seemed like our last good opportunity to go camping this year, so we jumped on it.

Fall Campground Walk 
We went to Rocky Knob Campground, Virginia, a place Mark and I fell in love with years ago.  While the weather was not so reminiscent, the setting definitely was.  Colorful and crunchy leaves were all around.  The campground was empty and we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.  And without intending to, we picked the exact same camping spot we picked 6 years ago!

Our Spot
 
As a family, we hiked the beginnings of the hike we'd done on our earlier visits to Rocky Knob, up the hillside across the parkway from our campground.    We promised the kids they'd see some cows on this hillside, and we didn't disappoint.

Pretty Cows
It was very windy and cold. The clouds kept darkening, but it didn't dim this little girl's spirits.

Cool Camping Girl

Thankfully we made it to "our tree"....a tree Mark and I (and Dulcie!) sat by years ago to take pictures and take a break.  I love this spot so much, Mark gave me a framed picture of it years ago.  And here we are again, two kids later. : )  
   
Our Tree

After our hike, we got smart and hopped in our car (with heat) and headed to Floyd, Virginia.  We ate lunch at the Floyd Country Store.  I had heard and read about this place - the music, the culture, the Friday Night Jamborees.  It was such a cool place, and so charming!  We got there just in time for their Saturday afternoon Americana music.

The kids seemed to enjoy being there...


My Lunch Buddy

There may have been a bit of bribing...

Floyd Country Store Candy

After our visit to Floyd, we stopped at Mabry Mill and then headed back to the campsite.  The kids played in the tent for a while and I took a nap (one of my favorite things to do when camping!).  The kids were so disappointed when we told them we were heading home early.  It makes me happy to think they love camping that much!  Every time we go with them gets a little easier and a little more adventurous. 

Camping Buddies