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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Definitely Susan Test Knit ( + pattern giveaway! )

Helloooo !!!
I have a brand new test knit to show you all today . It's actually a sweater / accessory combination that I am so happy about, it can be worn so many ways .

Definitely Susan  by Josee Paquin . 

{Josee is also on Instagram}. 

This design is a cardigan with a long laceworked scarf which can become attached to the cardigan all the way around with buttons. It can be buttoned and changed around in so many different styles. 
It is so much fun to wear. 




Isn't it just the greatest thing?
Also .. don't let the lace work put you off, it was super easy. 
Josee has done a fantastic job - don't you agree :)
One word about the yarn that I used for this dear set . 
It is Orange Flower Yarn by Karin
To purchase yarn, sign up for her newsletter here (at the top right). 
Karin usually does a shop update once a month , and you will be notified of when this is occuring by email to get your duckies in a row =)

Ok now the giveaway ! Josee has offered to gift one of you dear fellow knitters a copy of this Definitely Susan pattern . Just leave a blog comment here with your ravelry username and you are all entered ! 
Not on ravelry ? That's ok, just make sure I have an email to contact you on if you win.

For an extra entry , follow my blog. Via email, blogger, bloglovin, etc. Just tell me in the comments how you follow. 
I will pick a winner in one week randomly.
Good luck and happy knitting =)

Angela xoxoxo

Comments Closed :: I'll pick a winner shortly !

And the winner is randomly picked lucky number 7 - congrats to NICEWITCH. yay !! xoxoxo

Saturday, September 6, 2014

a bit of crochet


Well hello lovelies ... how are you??
We are all just fine and dandy thank you.
All housework and homeschooling and other chores aside; 
I did a wee bitty bit of crochet this week.
Now an old professional hooker I am not ... however with my dear friends on youtube reminding me (constantly) what is sc and dc I was able to whip up some nice things ! 
Both free patterns on the net - Icelandic jar covers & PomPom Quarterly Bracelets / Bookmarks.

Sooooo... I am starting over with my Fermentation Kraut. 
I had it all going so well - 3 weeks in and it was tasting so good. Then we brought some ripe tomatoes in and someone sat them right beside my crock and before you know it , those horrible pesky little flittering winged batty tiny summer pests from hell had invaded my beloved Kraut. %$&&*&@@ !

Anyway I do have two sponsor giveaway posts that I must put up very soon ! Are you excited to see?

Until next time xxx


Saturday, August 23, 2014

:: Fermenting ::




Fermenting

So have you heard of "fermenting"  ?
It's nothing new, it's been done for quite awhile now.
But it's new to me - I'm using my new Crock - a special
birthday present from my thoughtful Hubby.

Here you will see my one gallon Crock (purchased from Amazon) is nicely packed with 2 heads Cabbage , 2 red onions, 
Minced Garlic, Spices and Herbs, (did I put in a chopped bell pepper..) and salt water brine. All mashed down to pieces and then when the brine had covered the veggies my weights were placed over to hold it all underneath while it sits and bubbles into fermention. Haha.

The upside of it all is that you get a natural high quailty dose of Probiotics from your food; it is naturally preserved without any work at all really on your part; and you are not heating or vinegarizing which kills off the beneficial bacteria. 

SauerKraut anyone ?

I'm following these instructions basically - and my house totally smells like cabbage and onions and it's only 4 days in. =)


On the knitting front, because there is always a knitting front,

...... I have almost finished a beautiful new Elizabeth Shawl by Amy Miller. Baby Alpaca / Cashmere / Silk . This is something to dream about. Off now to play cards with my boys ! We had such a wonderful homeschooling week - amazing life. x




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The End of Summer :: in the garden











Oh, the end of Summer.
August.
It's hotter than a .... well you know so I don't even have to say it.

Well I am picking and drying and thinking and sweating.
Still knitting, thru sticky hands and sweaty brows - and I must
admit these winter sweaters do make the anticipation of fall exciting to think about.

But there's no time for that right just yet ------ the tomatoes are just starting to turn green.
Because we grew ours from seed.
And I thought they were never, ever going to 
make it. 
So it looks like we will be canning after all !
{Johnny's already been at it - and cutting the peppers and onions with his shades on in the kitchen. I must monitor the situation and make sure he doesn't give too many away. Cause it's GOOD.}


He brought over all his 'cooking gear', including his grandmother's recipe. 
And my own grandmother ? 
Liked his better than mine !!! 




This sweetest little babe of ours
he just loves the flowers and herbs and plants about.
He is growing and changing and ever so loving.
He can now reach up up up - in his little exploring 
nature has found where mama keeps her buttons,
and sewing notions, and pots and pans.

He loves smelling flowers and spotting bees and ants 
in the garden. He will get down and rub the growing 
pumpkins and winter squash and right now
he is eating watermelon a'plenty.
We were lucky to see my bestie and her sweet little ones yesterday, and were left some yummy fresh picked blueberries.

So tomorrow 
I am thinking
a fresh pie
Oh yes, it's been ages since I rolled pie crust
Come by, won't you, and 
have a piece with me 
dear friends.





Thursday, July 24, 2014

Graphite Giveaway

Hello !!!
Gosh how is everyone doing ?
I"ve got a darling new child's sweater (testknit) to show you !








Graphite 

Graphite - by knitwear designer Isabell Kraemer -
photo courtesy of Isabell Kraemer Designs.

 

It's the best little knit - Pattern is by Isabell Kraemer . It's called "Graphite" and will be released on Ravelry soon.  (Apologies for strings everywhere , and I still have to finish the neck ribbing!!)
My sample is knit in SWANS ISLAND BULKY - colourway Winterberry.
Oh, this yarn !
(I bought these 2 skeins for $10 each on Ebay , score.)

Pattern link on Ravelry is HERE. My project link on Ravelry is also HERE.

 Giveaway!

                       Dear Isabell would like to gift one of you readers with a copy of 

this child's knit pattern , in sizes from ages 2 up to 12. 

To be entered ::

  • Leave a comment here on the blog - WITH YOUR RAVELRY USERNAME OR A WORKING EMAIL in the comments for a chance to win. If you do not include one or the other your comment will be deleted. 
  • Follow my blog ( by Google, email, or Blogger ) and enter a second time , telling me how you follow Norwood Walkabouts. 

                              I will draw a winner randomly when the pattern is released.                                                                 Happy knitting !

                                                                     Ang xo