reading, knitting and collaborations..

is it fall yet? what happened to the cooler weather and where did it go? I need to know!
This time last year it was much cooler and raining buckets. Yesterday we actually had to put the air conditioning back on, yeesh! I still feel the cool crispness in the early hours of the morning. I'm an early riser. Its my favorite time of the day to read scriptures, sip my coffee and just enjoy the quiet. We get the most amazing view of the sunrise where we live and its such a great way to start the day. 
I find myself reaching for my books more lately rather than any knitting or other crafty pursuits.. maybe I'm a bit burnt out. I don't know. Instagram has me tired lately. With so much turmoil and political division, I feel the need to step back and just ignore social media, just for a little bit. The tv isn't on much or at all when I'm at home and right now I'm enjoying this book. Mary Oliver is a beautiful writer, some of my favorite poems are hers. I also recently finished this book which brought me to this book. Some really though provoking material and not always easy to read. On a lighter note, I was excited to receive the second issue of Making. Its such a beautiful knitting magazine. The photography is so breathtaking. I've already ordered fabric to sew the tote bag by Noodlehead.
While I don't have much in knitting to show for,  I do have a bit to share with sewing. I recently got together with Sarah of Blue Highway Hand Dyes for a little kit that I offered in my etsy shop. They're all sold now but I wanted to share some of the behind the scenes. Sarah dyed up some yarn using Goldenrod. The yarn is lovely too, its this beautiful, bright yellow and the wool is locally sourced. Merino and Mohair, such a nice combo! I embroidered some linen with little goldenrod flowers and sewed the pieces into bags to go along with the yarn. Hopefully we get a chance to work together again. 
Goldenrod is so pretty. It seems to grow quite wild out this way. Highways lined with it. Fields covered in it. Its gone now though, I think it stuck around for a bit longer than normal because of the warmer autumn here. I could be wrong but thats my guess. There are no more wildflowers here now. 



moving, small towns and happy mail

that's it, all done! We are all moved in. I feel such a sense of relief and happiness, no more stress. Pack, pack pack, unpack, unpack, unpack. We have done this 5 times in the last 6 years.. this is the last for a very long time. I hope!  The whole thing came together unexpectedly. We were just looking, getting an idea of where we felt like we could belong and plant roots. We happened upon a cute town, I fell in love with all the gingerbread house lined streets. The town is called the gingerbread city of Texas. Everyone is friendly, that is small town living. The great thing is, it is still not that far away from the city. Sorry, but I do need Trader Joes in somewhat of a small driving distance lol! I'm not a true country girl, too many bugs but I do love it here and I'm so glad things worked out.
The day we got our keys, my husband wanted to carry me over the threshold. Silly! He did and we set off the alarm. We didn't know the code! We make a grand entrance. 
The dogs love running around the backyard and I have many plans for it too. So many... beginning with trying to grow my own veggies. We'll see how that adventure goes or if it even does. 
For now though, the main thing was getting my crafty things all situated. Priorities! I actually have my own dedicated office/craft room. I set up a cozy little corner with some of my favorite things, a vintage chair, my wall decor, a vintage cabinet to show off my yarn. Believe me when I say our little apartment was full to bursting!

My first mail happened to be some crafty things. I swear this stuff follows me everywhere I go. I ordered this awesome little crewel embroidery kit. Can't wait to stitch it up. If the weather ever gets cooler here and we can have a fire going, this will be perfect to stitch with a hot cup of cocoa. I just loooove the mice on the table! 

Since I'm writing about stitchy things, a little while ago Claire of the NH Knits podcast and proprietress of the woolly thistle online shop, asked if I would collaborate with her on some one of a kind knitting project bags. I said sure! She recently had them up for sale in her shop and it made me really happy so them sale. There's always this fear that noone else will like what I make! Seriously, putting yourself out there is super scary and literally makes me go into hives! Here are some photos I took of the finished bags.

Awhile back I was gifted some really lovely naturally dyed yarn, dyed with walnuts I believe and I was saving it for a special project. It paired up perfectly with some handspun from my stash. I don't spin but I do buy it on etsy from time to time. I knew what it wanted to be and I had to knit up something for a lovely lady that I really admire. For her new little one who isn't so new anymore but is just growing up to be as pretty as her sisters. I don't have a finished pic because I forgot to take one but here's the progress pic. The pattern is by Hannah Fettig. Just like all of Hannah's patterns, very well written and super easy!
Also if any of you don't follow me on Instagram, please check out my lastest post for a yarn giveaway. I want to start doing that more often on Fridays.