21 July 2016

new cast on / painted windows!

Dear Reader,
On the podcast, I mentioned my immediate love for the new Casapinka design, Painted Windows. I decided to knit mine in worsted weight for a bit heavier knit to enjoy when the weather turns cooler ... soon, we hope! The overall feel of this shawl is so artsy which really appeals to me; it's unique and quite fun to knit. This yarn is Berroco Remix, cream colorway, for the main color with Malabrigo Rios, colorway English Rose, for the windows as well as the end of shawl as shown in the designer's blog post. Very imaginative.

No shawl-wearing for the next several days for me. It's to hit the 100 degree mark. Ugh. I waffle back and forth with loving summer to loathing it ... I think wearing flip flops might be my current favorite thing about it. :)

Gather JOY!
::Tanya


17 July 2016

The Sampler Girl podcast / Sunday evening knitting update


OFF THE NEEDLES
3 colour cashmere shawl
Matka Shawl
Fireflies Rising Shawlette

ON THE NEEDLES
Baby Blanket for my nephew, Finn
Miss Marple Shawl / Miss Marple KAL with A Knitter's Life Podcast
Low Tide Shawl

Painted Windows KAL - join me? I started a thread on TSG ravelry group.

Project Bags info
the tutorial I used for my zippered project bag / bird fabric I purchased at Joann Fabrics 
lovesockwool / the green and cream one
the fat squirrel / the orange fish one

baby blanket knitting

Dear Reader,
I had a bit of time before church this morning, so I picked up the baby blanket project that I'm knitting for my nephew (he'll be 1 month old this week!) and was able to zen out with the US size 8 needles and lovely Shepherd's DK yarn in colorway Mint. It's such a relaxing knit - the design is based on this free pattern download. I've made at least two of them before for gifts and can say it's a go-to baby blanket design now. I vary it up a bit here and there just to make it fun as you can see this one has a few rows of garter thrown in as well as I have the top and bottom garter bands in a differentt yarn & color.

It's wicked hot here again this week with no rain in sight. We did have a summer storm pass through the area last evening and then a glorious rainbow afterwards.

Gather JOY!
::Tanya


14 July 2016

when knitting picks up speed

Dear Reader,
Funny how you can knit and knit and knit and the piece seems to never grow and then just like that!, it speeds up. Here is Fireflies Rising Shawlette and I decided to add stash yarn for the edging. I like!! I like!!! The yarn label to the ball of pretty goodness has since been misplaced but I think it was some Moon Pie Merino fingering from LambyToesShop on etsy. It is just the touch of contrast it needed.

The weather has escalated to the high 90s here ... no surprise. Off for some water play with my youngest. Have a lovely Thursday in your part of the world.

Gather JOY!
::Tanya




10 July 2016

summer shawls

Dear Reader,
Summer here in Northern Virginia is usually wicked hot with sticky humidity but this season, so far!, we've been fortunate to actually have cool afternoons and whilst it has reached the 90s recently, it hasn't been for too long - - those pleasant summer days when just the right breeze sways have been more than less. Hopefully, I'm not jinxing anuthing with those words! I've a few favorite summer shawls that are my go to accessories when the weather cooperates. The Matka Shawl. The Highland Peaks Shawl. The Farmhouse Shawl. Even The Windswept shawl, being super great for cool movie theaters and nights out in the neighborhood. Do check out those design links - I highly recommend them.

Do you have summer knitwear that you keep on the ready? I'd love to hear about those pieces of yours and maybe I can add yet another pattern to my list of to-be-knits.

Gather JOY!
::Tanya

08 July 2016

Roasted Lemon Chicken with Red Grapes

Dear Reader,

At the library this morning whilst perusing several cookbooks, the folowing recipe from this cookbook sounded simple, tasty and very intriguing. So I fixed it tonight ... winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Gather JOY!
::tanya


Roasted Lemon Chicken with Red Grapes
4-5 lb chicken drumstricks, wings, and/or thighs (bone-in) / fix the amount you wish and tweak
1 clove garlic, halved
4 T unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt and black pepper
generous bunch of seedless red grapes
1 teaspoon sugar

PREHEAT oven to 425 degrees. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the chicken pieces all over with the cut sides of the garlic clove. Place chicken in a large bowl.

IN a small bowl, whisk together 2 T of melted butter, the lemon zest, and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Pour the butter mixture over the chicken pieces and toss to coat.

IN a seperate bowl, toss together the red grapes, the remaining 2 T melted butter, and the sugar. (I sprayed the dish with Pam instead of more butter) Season with salt and pepper if desired. Arrange the grapes in the bottom of a 9X13 - inch baking pan.

PLACE the chicken on top of the grapes. Roast, without turning (I turned!),  for 40-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork.

Makes 4-6 servings.

07 July 2016

a new start and good food

Dear Reader,
This morning I needed to cast on something new. So I scanned the yarn stash and picked out a lovely skein of Zazu's Yarn in Glitter Sock, colorway 50 shades of Brown ... then promptly went to my Library on Ravelry and decided on Helen Stewart's Fireflies Rising Shawl ... I'd say they marry quite well together. This picture was taken after brekkie and since then I've managed many more rows as it's a zen-like knit so far, almost knitting up itself. Love. It.

For lunch, Zack and I joined my mom and grandmother at Bar J Chili Parlor and my chimicanga was d-lish ... as you can surely guess from the picture below.

It's about a zillion degrees here this week plus humidity so we've been going about things in slow mo. Knitting is a true comfort in every way.

Gather JOY!
::Tanya


04 July 2016

Happy Birthday, America!

Dear Reader,
It's Independence Day in the states . . . Happy 4th of July!!

My folks brought BBQ over for lunch and we had a relaxing time. I fixed ice cream for dessert with peaches, blueberries, and caramel sauce. The weather has been a washout so I'm writing to on a very rainy evening. Last night I finished the Picot Bind off on my Matka shawl and am very pleased with it. It was my first time using yarns from A Homespun House - very lush to work. My apologies for the dark picture but it's been such a gloomy day. After it's washed & blocked, I'll share a better picture. 


Now I'm in the mood to cast on a new start! 

Thank you for the response already for the new blog - so nice to have you visit me here. 

Gather JOY!
::tanya


02 July 2016

Lunch, Knitting AND a new blog!

Dear Reader,
Today we lunched and knit at Nancy's house and it was delicious, relaxing, and lovely .. as always with Nancy in her beautiful home. She grilled out for us and spoiled us with scrumptious brownies and rice crispies treats. I managed to get to the twisted rib edging on my Matka Shawl so YES! the end is in sight. Hope your week-end is off to a wonderful start as well. 

The big blog move has happened! I started The Sampler Girl blog in 2007 and well, the last URL was bothered with a repeat widget which, try as I might, would not be deleted for anything SO, alas we are at a new URL and I am sorry for any mess up in your blog bookmark listings. Fingers crossed we'll stay here for a good long while. 

Gather JOY!
::tanya