Calling it Quits

Mike came home from work one evening a few weeks ago and said, "Well, I did it.  I put in my notice and my last day of work is June 1st."  I was in my studio and I can't remember what I was working on, but I dropped it.  Out of shock.  I knew it was coming, since we'd been talking about it for years, but it was one thing to say you're going to give up financial stability for self employment and another to actually do it.  There was a moment when I couldn't breathe.  All the words of the doubters came flooding into my mind, but as he said the words, I could see the weight lift from his body, and I put their words behind me.

Sure, he could keep working and we could build our tiny house on weekends.  We could keep saving and planning and waiting until we're ready, but at some point you have to just say it's enough and start doing

So, here we are.  Calling it quits on the old and movin' on to the new.



A thin layer of snow still covers most of the wooded trails, but we went anyway.  Just the three of us, while the little guys went to stay with Grandma and Grandpa.  It was our first hike since early winter and it was peaceful.  Rejuvenating in the way only a spring walk in the woods can be.

I'm also knitting outside now.

Life is good.


Easter Basket Knitting Kits

Good morning, friends.  I just wanted to pop in and tell you we're having a giveaway over on SmallThings!  Click on over for your chance to win one of our new Easter Basket Knitting Kits or find them in the shop here.

Kit Includes:

:: One small basket made from hand dyed Hemp and Organic Cotton.

:: 6 mini skeins of hand dyed yarn {100% worsted weight wool}

:: Carded wool fleece

::  Spring egg knitting pattern


Spring Green

Yesterday, we took a walk down to the dam.  The water was open both above and below, so we stayed and lingered a while in the warm sun.  Oh, how I've missed the sound of rushing river water.  The snow had melted along the banks, exposing  the flattened, brown shore grass.  Luke couldn't help but kick off his shoes and run.  Up and down the shoreline, collecting rocks, inspecting moss, and looking for any signs of spring life.

I added a little spring green to my knitting, this week.  It's going to be a slouch hat, with a twist, for Mike or Jake.  Who ever claims it first.

Is it starting to look like spring where you live?


Kettle Creek Hat

I love this hat.  So much so, that I've made four of them since the last seasonal transition.  

The first hat was inspired by the edge of an autumn storm near Kettle Creek.  

Swirling cables, to mimic the silver gray clouds.  

Moss stitch for the radiant golden fields.  

Long sturdy lines for the standing pine.

The second hat was just because, but no one liked the pom pom, except me.  {I'm just not sure I can pull off a pom pom, so it mostly stays at the bottom of the hat basket.}

Then there was a red hat for Luke, sans pom pom.  He adores it and when we had to buy him a new winter coat, it was required to match. 

Now it's spring, and with this new change of season, it felt right to put the pattern to paper.  I started one more, as a test knit, and dyed it to be my favorite color, plum. It's so nice to have bright color this time of year.  Purple also happens to be Cole's favorite color, which he mentioned as I was knitting.  He also pointed out that since I have a cable knit hat of my own, he should get that one.  Sigh.  It's so hard to say no to someone who wants to wear your hand knits.  I think I have enough purple left to make one more, just for me.  {I mean it.}

If you'd like to make one too, or want to know more about the pattern, you can download Kettle Creek instantly through Etsy and Ravelry, or by clicking the link below.  I really hope you enjoy knitting this, as much as I do.

Kettle Creek Hat

p.s.  I've included a tutorial for the pom pom, in case you decide to go for it!

(Joining Ginny)

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