Wife, Mummy, Nurse: 2017

27 November 2017

ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition

This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did. This year from February on has been hard (which is one reason for the lack of blog posts). February through April and August through October have been months where I feel like I have been in survival mode health wise. Sometimes, it is easy for me to be down emotionally and feel like the world is collapsing around me. I was needing to be around loved ones this Thanksgiving, along with meditating on God's word.

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! Psalm 95:2
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name! Psalm 97:12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalms 100:4

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Psalm 105:1

Even in my suffering and adversity these verses help me to remember to give thanks to God-to praise him and call upon his name.

I try to read my Bible in the morning before my children get up. I am not always able to do this, and if I don't I try to do it in the afternoon.

One of my favorite Bibles is the ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition
The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over
500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned
artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the
Bible's single-column text setting and wide margins provide
generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting
readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's word.

A few brief thoughts:
When I saw that it was a journaling Bible, I assumed that it would have lines over to the side of the page to jot down notes and draw/paint, but it doesn't. It leaves a wider space, so if you choose to write down notes or illustrate what you have read, you still can. I love that it has black lettering throughout the Bible. The illustrations, by Dana, are gorgeous.

A few drawbacks: There's no concordance. There are no cross references at the bottom of the pages. So, if you are looking for a study Bible, this is not it.

Good news. You can enter to win an ESV Illuminated Bible for yourself. Enter below via Giveaway Tools.

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02 October 2017

John Deere, That's Who!

Our local library has book suggestion lists for various grade levels, since Charis is in 2nd grade. I picked up the list for 2nd-3rd graders, borrow the books, and have her read them aloud to me as part of her school work. This goes very slowly. We might only read 2-3 books every month.

One of the books suggested was John Deere, That's Who! by Tracy Nelson Mauer. Illustrated by Time Zeltner. John was born in Vermont, but after his forge burned down, not once, but twice, he needed a fresh start and moved West to Grand Detour, Illinois. The town needed to blacksmith, and John was perfect for the job. I always assumed that John Deere invented the tractor. (I lived in Iowa-farm land-for 9 years, so I must be right.) Well, I was wrong. He did NOT invent the tractor. He developed a much more lightweight plow, made of steel, instead of iron.

If you want to learn more about John Deere, be sure to check out this quick read.

A few activities Charis did after reading this book:

Color in Vermont and Illinois on her USA map.

Look up the words "forge" and "plow" in the dictionary and write their definitions.

01 October 2017

Brief Life Update

It has been over four months since I have touched my neglected blog. I am not going to apologize. God has called me to be a wife to Drew and a mother to two living children. My first priority is to serve God where He has called me. We have had several ups and downs since January, but throughout it all, God has preserved us. This year has been a reminder of our marriage vows, "in sickness and in health".

Charis is in second grade!! What? Where has the time gone? I started blogging when she was 6 months old. Justin is now three years old. At our homeschool co-op, that puts him in preschool. I am still busy homeschooling, or at least trying to (I may have to step in to little brother's attempts to pull his big sister into playing with him all the time).

I have decided that over the next 31 days, I will be blog about some of the books we have used in our homeschool curriculum from the library. Attempts will be made to post photographs of some of the activities we have done with these books, but the photos are taken with my iPod-no fancy camera here, since it has not been replaced since it was stolen 5+ years ago.

26 May 2017

Luvo: A Healthier Frozen Meal

This is a sponsored post.

From February through April, Fridays were crazy, busy. I joined a homeschool co-op last December, and my daughter and son took classes at co-op during the late winter/early spring months. Our Friday morning schedule consisted of me waking up at 6:00, getting the kids up around 7:00-7:20, all of us going to drop my husband off at work (the "joys" of being a one car family), coming home, the kids eating breakfast, having my kids take a rest (they are used to waking up after 8:00), making a packed lunch for them, and going to co-op. While my children were perfectly happy with their usual sandwich and yogurt, I wanted something different. Luvo frozen meals helped save my sanity as I was trying to get everyone out of the door no later than 11:30 AM. I would put the meal in the microwave around 11 and eat it before heading out the door to our co-op classes.

About Luvo:

Each meal has full serving of vegetables, whole grains, and proteins that are flash frozen in a steam pouch. Unlike most brands that load up on sodium, Luvo flavors their food with herbs and spices. They never use any artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. To find where you can buy Luvo, go to their store locater. Whenever possible, organic and non-GMO ingredients are used.

My thoughts:

Even though I used the store locater, I had to go three different grocery stores before finding Luvo products in the freezer section. At the third store, I finally found it in the middle at the very bottom and the products were not well stocked. I had to squat down and reach towards the back before pulling out two products I wanted to try:
  • Red wine braised beef and polenta with roasted brussel sprouts, butternut squash & cranberries
  • Thai-style green curry chicken with white chicken, brown rice noodles, carrots, red bell peppers & yellow squash
The red wine braised beef and polenta was a little bland when I tried it, so I added a pinch of salt which brought out the flavors much better. The thai-style green curry chicken was my favorite, and it was spicy enough for my taste.

What meal would you like to try from Luvo?

I received free coupons from Moms Meet for the purpose of reviewing Luvo meals. 
All opinions are my own.

28 April 2017

Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime!

One of my son's favorite pastimes is to interupt my daughter's homeschool work. She hates his interuptions because it sometimes throws her off track and takes her a little bit longer to finish her schoolwork. I have recently started doing "school" with him: reading, coloring, and watching educational shows. All of which I was doing before hand, but now I just call it school. Interuptions have dramatically decreased, so I will continue to do "school" with my son.

One of our most recent DVDs that we received is Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime!
Embark on eleven playtime adventures with Pocoyo and friends as they learn the importance of playtime is enjoying it with others. Enjoy playing hide and seek to playing dress up as pirates! Ahoy there, Pocoyo! Learning through laughter has never been this fun! Plus, each episode includes a refresher section in which children are reminded of key words that have been covered during Pocoyos adventures such as colors, animals, and shapes. Each episode ends with a catchy music clip reinforcing one last time those important new words. Every day is an adventure with Pocoyo and friends.
My thoughts:
This is perfect to pop in the DVD player, even for 5-10 minutes. There's not a huge plot grabbing my son's attention for a long time. The characters ask the viewers questions, and wait a few seconds before giving the answer. I love this; when my son answered one of the questions correctly, it helped keep me know that he was paying attention. The annimations were not too flashy or fast. My son was not the only Pocoyo fan, my daughter (6 1/2 years) also loved it too! If you have a toddler or preschooler, I definitely recommend Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime!

If you homeschool, how do you prevent younger siblings from interrupting older siblings?

I received this DVD for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any way.

14 April 2017

Using National Geographic Kids in Our Homeschool

This is a sponsored post. I was recently given the opportunity to review National Geographic Kids books. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. What homeschool mom wouldn't? Did you know that Read Across America Day was March 2nd? I didn't either.

I was sent seven National Geographic Kids books for the purpose of review:

  • Animal Ark
  • Hop, Bunny!
  • Los Dinosaurios
  • Red Pandas
  • Follow Me!
  • Sacagawea
  • Mars
After receiving these seven books, I spent some time browsing the Super-Readers program. I printed out the super readers collector cards. On the back of the book, it has "I read this book: ___________ (Date)." I plan to put the ones my daughter has read in her homeschool portfolio binder.
These books were a wonderful addition to our homeschool library and curriculum. 

Hop, Bunny! could not have come at a more perfect time. Not too long ago, I was having difficulty with my son interrupting my daughter while she as being homeschooled. I tried reading to him, distraction, coloring, and even time out, but he still interrupted. I finally started to call our reading time, his pre-school. He started sitting down more and paying more attention to me reading. Our first unit was on bunnies. When Hop, Bunny! arrived, I grabbed it out of the box to read to my son. The book is 23 pages long, but very short and brief. My son was able to sit on my lap and pay attention the whole time. I should warn you, that not every page has a picture of a bunny on it, and to a three year old, that is disappointing. This mother enjoyed the beautiful forest pictures-trees, water, and animals. On the pages, where it listed different animals, the author used alliteration, for example, "deer dance" or "snakes slither".

Earlier this year, Charis studied about different animals, and their habitats. Animal Ark, Red Pandas, and Follow Me! Animal Parents and Babies were good review books. She was able to read these books outloud, without any problem. The pictures throughout these books are gorgeous.

I used Sacagawea to introduce my daughter to Sacagawea and Lewis and Clark. After reading it, I had my daughter find and color Idaho on her map of the United States (where she was originally from). Then I gave her a picture of Sacagawea to color.

I have yet to use Los Dinosaurios and Mars with my daughter, but will soon. She is currently learning about dinosaurs for school and takes Spanish as well. After she is finished with the science portion of her dinosaur unit, I plan on using Los Dinosaurios to come up with a Spanish/English vocabulary list. I plan on using Mars for our unit on space and planets later this year.

I was sent these National Geographic Kids books for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

10 April 2017

Hat with Wave #atozchallenge

Another knit complete! (Okay, I have to be honest, it's mostly complete.) I recently borrowed Lullaby knits from the library and loved all the patterns, especially hat with a wave. I decided to cast on. Once I started knitting the first row, I thought, "Why did I start knitting this? I have to seam it when I finish it?" Yes, I cast off the hat on Saturday night, but have yet to seam the hat. It's just sitting in a pile. This is why I avoid knits I have to sew once I cast off. I avoid them at (almost) all cost.

Do you prefer seamless knits? Or knits you have to sew?

06 April 2017

Emergency Room #atozchallenge

I had planned to blog about the unit on England my daughter did in honor of Queen Elizabeth's sapphire jubilee, but instead I am blogging about the emergency room.

Justin has been to two different emergency rooms this year. The first (in January) for nursemaid's elbow. I was thankful it was that and not a broken bone like I thought it was.

The second (in April) for suspected intussusception. Thankfully, it was not intussusception.

I have been blessed with healthy children, so when we have to go to the ER, instead of being thankful, I'm a grump. (Afterall, my plans are thrown out the window.)

Thankfully, he does not have intussusception, and I am thankful for ERs and tests that can be done to rule out different medical issues.

05 April 2017

Dianthus #atozchallenge

On Monday, Charis and I went to the library. She asked if she could borrow Dragon of the red dawn. Sure, no problem. We left around 7:00 PM. I hear, "Mama, I'm going to read the book on the way home." "Okay, Charis. You can do that."

As we drove home, I hear, "Mama, what is dian-thus?" "I don't know Charis. Can you spell it for me?" "Yes, it's d-i-a-n-t-h-u-s." "I don't know Charis, but you'll have to look it up in the dictionary when we get home."

At home, she looked it up in the dictionary, and we both learned what dianthus means. According to The American heritage dictionary of the English language, 3rd edition, a dianthus is
n. A plant of the genius Dianthus, which includes carnations and carnations and pinks. [New Latin Dianthus, genus name, probably alteration (influenced by DI-) of Greek diosanthos, carnation : Dios-, of Zeus; see DIOSCURI + anthos, flower.]
This is one reason I love having children; I find out that I am often learning with them. Did you know what the defintion of dianthus was?  

04 April 2017

Carrot: It's Good for You #atozchallenge

Both of my children enjoy "cooking" food-also known as playing make-believe. I had yarn lying around from previous projects and decided to knit them a carrot to add to their "kitchen". On Saturday, I was able to complete the project while my son was napping.
Pattern source/desiner: Yarn Miracle, Emily Ivey
Yarn: Wool-ease pumpkin, Wool-ease avocado, and random green Red Heart yarn thrown in

Overall, my daughter was very pleased when she saw that I finished the carrot in one afternoon. My son could care less (but he was sick when I showed it to him on Sunday). If you celebrate Easter, this would be the perfect addition to add to your child's Easter basket.

Have you ever made handmade toys? How did it go?

03 April 2017

Baby Mitts #atozchallenge

I love knitting things for babies. Baby knits are often quick to knit. Plus babies are blessings, so it's fun to make something unique, handmade to celebrate another life coming into the world.

Like I wrote on Saturday, I have a lot of pregnant friends or friends who recently gave birth. Right now, I'm knitting as many baby items as possible to give to the precious children. I love knitting with 100% wool, but many people do not want to handwash handknits, which I understand. I often buy yarn with acrylic in it, sometimes wool or cotten will be thrown into the yarn as well. This way, the clothes and items can be "abused" more by babies and toddlers, without fear of shrinking an item while washing it. Withn the last week, I knit baby mitts free pattern. I can see why there are over 1700 projects on Ravelry with this pattern. It is SO QUICK and EASY; I was able to knit it in less than 2 hours. If my son had not been climbing on me, it could have been done in less than an hour.
Pattern designer: Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Caron cakes rainbow sprinkles
Needle: Size 5 for ribbed portion. Size 7 for stockinette.

What's your favorite baby knit to make?

01 April 2017

Anu Baby Hat #atozchallenge

This year, I'm hoping to participate in the A to Z blogging challenge again. Last year, I blogged about books, but this year, I don't want to narrow it down as much as I did last year. So, I plan on posting about a variety of topics: crafts, especially knitting, books, and about life in general.

About a month ago, I knit the anu baby hat.
Pattern source: Sock Yarn Studio
Yarn: Paton's sock yarn (I forget the colorway.)
Needle size: Size 4 (The pattern called for size 7, but my tension is not as tight as the designer's tension.)

Overall this pattern is very simple and easy to follow. It calls for casting on 96 stitches, but I was finding that the hat would be far too big for a baby if I followed those directions. I ripped out my stitches and cast on 80 and followed the directions from there.

I have no idea who it is for, but it will be given to a baby. Let's just say, there are at least six or seven ladies at our church who will give birth in 2017. We go to a smallish church-about 100-120 or so people. (Well, technically it's bigger for our denomination, but smaller compared to other churches.)

Do you have a crafty hobby? If so, what do you enjoy creating?

05 March 2017

GreenChef #Review

Have you ever had those days when your children are hanging onto both your legs and you have no idea what dinner you will serve them-let alone healthy? Early February was crazy, busy. Justin was in the ER one night. The kids both had colds. Charis and I had eye appointments. I was trying to get things ready for a trip to Pennsylvania. I was at the point that I did not care if the kids had bologna sandwiches for dinner. Thankfully, during that crazy, busy week, I had the opportunity to experience Green ChefDiscount Offer: New customers get $50 off their first box.

What is Green Chef? Green Chef is a meal delivery service. All ingredients are organic. There are no synthetic pesticides, no GMOs, no artificial ingredients, and no growth hormones or antibiotics. The ingredients and recipes are delivered to you. All you need to do is follow the recipe and cook the food.

My experience and thoughts:

On January 31, our Green Chef package was delivered early afternoon. I choose the carnivore, family plan box-which feeds 4 people. It came in a huge box. My first thought was, "This is a lot of waste." But after taking everything out, I noticed that all the packaging was either recycable or compostable. All the ingredients were chilled with ice packs, but still needed to be refrigerated as soon as possible.

I received enough ingredients for two recipes: 1)Italian meatballs and orzo and 2)Lemon-chive salmon. 

The first meal I made for my family was the Italian meatballs and orzo. I accidentally dumped all the red pepper flakes into the pot, so my children thought it was "too spicy". Though, a dollop of sour cream stirred in helped tremendously. Both my husband and I thought it was not salty enough. I hate mushrooms, so that ingredient was left out. Don't worry, they were no wasted; I decided to roast the mushrooms for my husband.

The second meal I made was the lemon-chive salmon. Sadly, there were only three (yes three) salmons delivered, and only 9 small potatoes in the box. If you are going to serve four people with the box, you need to have four pieces of meat or seafood. This meal was absolutely delicious, for the adults. But because of the limited potatoes and salmon, I still ended up throwing macaroni and cheese together for my children. 

The last (small) issue I have with this service is there is no way for the company to know what your family likes or does not like, so things (olives) can go to waste.

In the end would I recommend this, yes and no. For short-term use, yes. It's something I'd consider for getting after a major life change-death of a loved one, birth of a baby, move, or any other scenario where you are trying to survive. But for long-term use, at least for our family on one income, it is unrealistic and more expensive than I'd like. 

Remember that Green Chef has a discount offer where new customers get $50 off their first box.

Have you ever gotten a meal delivery service to your house? What was your experience?

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. 

08 February 2017

The Garden CD

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There have been times in my life hen I have suffered due to various circumstances-death or as a result of things happening in my life as a result of my sin or the sin of others. During these times, I am much more likely to rely on God in a deeper, better way. I am more likely to meditate on God's Word and sing His Psalms. I also tend to gravitate to both Psalms and Christian music.

The Garden is a new CD by Kari Jobe. She has more than 1 million albums sold, a GRAMMY® nomination, and multiple Dove Awards.
Coming off her last live album, Majestic, which featured the worship anthem “Forever” and radio hit “I Am Not Alone," Kari Jobe has returned to the studio to record her new album, The Garden, full of brand new worship anthems for the church and for personal reflection. Finding inspiration from life’s joys and hardships, Kari leans into the firm foundation of Christ through it all.

My brief thoughts: I had no idea who Kari Jobe was until receiving an email to review "The Garden". I enjoyed listening to this CD at least once a day since receiving it. The music itself is soothing and relaxing. One of my favorite songs on this CD is "The Cause of Christ":
It is not fame that I desire/Nor stature in my brother's eye/I pray it's said about my life/That I lived more/To build Your name than mine.
My children even ask me to listen to The Garden; Charis ballet dances while listening to it.

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30 January 2017

Turtle Butt Soaker

On Saturday, there was a joint baby shower for two pregnant ladies at my church. I love babies and baby showers (minus the games). I try to knit a baby gift for every baby at our church; though many times life gets in the way, and that does not happen.

I decided to knit a turtle butt soaker for one of the ladies. She used cloth diapers with her second son, and is planning on using them again with her third son. I used up yarn from my stash! Including:

  • Paton's classic wool yarn, wedgewood
  • Paton's classic wool yarn, aran
  • And I forget what the brown icord is knit with.
Overall, I was pleased with the pattern, with the exception of the errors I noticed in the decreasing for the leg holes. I purchased this pattern, and when I purchase patterns, I expect them to be without error. Thankfully, I figured it out very quickly what I needed to fix, but I went back to look at the comments and noticed at least 1-2 people mentioned mistakes in the decreasing. When I purchase a pattern online and it comes in a PDF, I would love it if the designer actually addressed the problems that have been mentioned. 

What handmade baby gifts do you like receiving?

26 January 2017

Leave Me Alone! Book Review

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Every so often, I type "knitting" in the search tool at the library. Then, I limit the search to children's books. Yes, I confess that my desire is to brainwash my children to see how awesome knitting is, and it's been working. (Charis has already tried to knit a few times.) Back in December, I borrowed a new book from the library: Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol.


It's about a granny who lives with her grandchildren. Winter is coming, and she has lots of knitting to do. (Very understandable.) She wants to knit up her projects, but the children are doing EVERYTHING imaginable to prevent her from doing so. One day, Granny shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her home in search of peace and quiet which would allow her to eventually knit sweaters for her 30 grandchildren. She is finally able to finish knitting in a wormhole! (It now became science fiction. At this point, I started rolling around on the floor from laughter. My daughter kept asking, "Are you okay mama? What's so funny?") Once her projects are completed, she heads back to her family.

My thoughts: 

This book is AWESOME. As most, if not all, mothers crave some alone time, Leave Me Alone really resonates with me. (Probably more so because I love knitting.) Some may be surprised that I read this to my two children-Charis and Justin. They too loved it. When reading it, I did all the voices and yelling, "Leave me alone." Thereafter, my children, especially Justin, frequently requested it. Charis retold the story to everyone who would listen; she even greeted her grandma at the door in December with the book itself. (No. There were no subtle hints.)

Have you heard of the book-Leave Me Alone? What children's books have you read to your children? Linking up at Booknificient

25 January 2017

Marian Skirts

In May, I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. While there, I always go through All About Yarn's tent, since they often have discontinued yarn or yarn that does not sell from their shop for super cheap. They had Berroco vintage colors in the carousel colorway there. It was multicolored and perfect for toddler girls. I immediately knew what I would make with the yarn-matching skirts for my nieces. Yes, I became that person; the one who has to dress toddlers up to be matchy-matchy. The amusing thing is, I test knit this pattern 3+ years ago, when I was pregnant with Justin. It took FOREVER to finish it. This Christmas, I was able to finish two Marian skirts in less than half the time it took me to finish one skirt when test knitting it.

Update (26 January 2017 at 1240): There were some who were asking what the name of the pattern is. For those who want to know, you can find it here.

What do you think of matching children's clothes? What's on your needles? Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

21 January 2017

Double Rainbow Cowl

Back in November, I found out there was a new knitting designer, Christy Furlan-Yarning for Whimsy, looking for test knitters for her double rainbow cowl pattern. After looking at the specifics, I saw that I had yarn from my stash that I could use for the contrasting color-Knit Picks Chroma, Pegasus. I choose a solid color for the main color-Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Alpaca Dance, Cinder.

This pattern is perfect for a beginner to branch off knitting. The only stitches are: garter stitch, slipping purl-wise, and cables. If you're hesitant to cable knit, there are directions in the pattern how you can knit it without a cable needle. When I've test knit before, I've never tweaked a test knit pattern without making sure it was okay with the designer. It turns out that I missed a major part of the pattern. I missed the fact that I had to repeat the contrasting part after about 12 rows of garter stitch in the main color. I'm slightly frustrated by this. Only because I think it would have shown the color changes in Chroma much more. At the same time, I LOVE how the cowl looks. How it wraps around my neck. How it drapes. My daughter also likes my cowl. So much so, I'm afraid she's going to claim it for herself-AKA steal it. I might knit her a small version of this cowl following the directions better next time.

You can purchase the pattern for $5.00

Have you ever test knit a pattern before? How did it work out for you?

20 January 2017

Minion Hat

I only knit Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews, along with the rest of the females in my family. My nephew, J. is in preschool this year. His Nana bought him a minion backpack before he started school. One day, I was browsing through Ravelry and discovered there was a pattern for a minion hat. I had all the colors required, except yellow. The next day, I went to Wal-Mart and bought Red heart yarn for his hat. He loves it! Plus, it fits him so much better than the dinosaur hat I made for him Christmas 2015.

Did you make any handmade gifts for Christmas? Do any children in your family like the minions?

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18 January 2017

Irish Hiking Hats

Over the last few months, when I've been on Instagram or Ravelry, I noticed a newer yarn-Caron Cakes. I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors and the color changes. I decided to look and see where I can purchase a few cakes for myself. A quick search brought me to see that they're sold at Michaels.

My sister-in-law's hat. Knit with bumbleberry caron cake yarn. At some time,
I will get around to knitting a hat for Charis using the leftover yarn from this project.

One Saturday morning, in November, I opened up my Michaels email. I saw that Caron cakes were a little over $6; in addition to which I had a 20% coupon off my entire order. When Drew came home from his Hebrew class, I skedaddled out of our house and purchased the yarn at Michaels.

A brief review of Caron Cakes: I have been VERY pleased with it. Yes, it comes from a big box store, but this gal is on a budget, and they are affordable, especially with a coupon. Since it changes color on it's own, I don't have to buy multiple yarns for color changes. The downside is: I'm not as in control of when the color changes happen. One thing you could do (if you want to change the color sooner), cut the yarn where you are leaving a 6-8 inch tail, unwind the yarn to where it changes color. and start knitting with the new color. For such a high acrylic content (80% acrylic/20% wool), it's actually quite soft. Another thing, the label says, "Hand wash cold." That being said, I forgot to put care tags on the two hats I knit, and my SIL washed hers without any problem. It did not shrink or grow. There were no little fuzzies on her hat. It stayed the same.

My sister's hat. She loves blues and greys, so I thought this would be a great colorway for her hat.

These opinions are my own. I purchased the cakes with my own money and will do so again in the future. Have you knit or crocheted with Caron Cakes? If so, what was your experience? I'm linking up at Ginny's Yarn Along.

10 January 2017

Rainbow Longies in Action

Back in October 2015, I blogged about one of my WIPs-Rainbow Longies, but failed to show the completed project. I completed them in early winter, over a year ago, and my son wore them during cold days and weeks we had last winter.

It has been cold the last week. On Sunday morning, as we were getting ready for church, I told my son, "You're 2 1/2. You don't care what you wear, so I will put these warm wooly pants on you." I figured that I can't get away with this for much longer. Thankfully, he was very compliant.

The knitting pattern was super easy, As I started knitting a different color, I used the jogless circular knitting method following the directions in this YouTube video below.

My husband liked this knitting project because no new yarn was purchased.

What knitting method do you use when knitting with a different yarn color to a project?
This post is part of January's Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Linking up at Ginny's Yarn Along.

09 January 2017

January 1-7 #CatchtheMoment365

Happy New Year! I am finally getting caught up on life. From December 22-29, various people in our family were sick. Drew graduated from American University on December 21st with a PhD in political science. Even though he officially finished during the summer, he walked in December (due to the university not having a summer graduation). Seeing him walk, made it more real that he completed his dissertation.

On December 22, at the wee hours of the morning, Drew was sick. At the time, we thought it was food poisoning because of how suddenly it came on and stopped. But on Sunday afternoon, Drew found vomit on Justin's blankets. Add in the fact that Justin was not interested in eating anything for 24-48 hours, we assume that he was sick as well. On Monday, December 26, we drove out to my parent's house. Within two hours after getting there, I was sick as well. That started the domino effect in Western PA with my parents and in-laws.

January 1: It's so good being back home in MD; we had a week of sickness. (Stomach virus-NOT the flu. FYI, it's a major pet peeve of mine when people call stomach viruses "the flu".) This photo was taken at the Sheetz in Bedford, PA. 

January 2: It was so dreary today. Everyone in my family had a rest/quiet time. The sky was grey and cloudy.

January 3: It's another rainy, dreary day. I'm organizing paperwork for my daughter's portfolio for my homeschooling review. 

January 4: Still knitting my SIL's hat-Who? At night, after the kids are in bed, I've been reading (listening to) "Call the Midwife". 

January 5: Justin had an eye appointment today; for the last 4-6 weeks, he's been squinting and complaining of eye pain multiple times/week. The doctor found nothing wrong with his eyes. 

January 6: We went to a basketball game at my husband's school. Bard played Arundel Christian School and won by two points!!

January 7: I love the library programs Baltimore county public library offers; my daughter their enjoyed "Starry Like Van Gogh".

How is your new year going? Did you have a good Christmas?