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S is for…

S is for St. Mary’s County Fair! For the first time I decided to put a few items into the fair, after much persuading by some friends. And I must say, I’m rather happy I did!! I put 5 items in, and won 6 ribbons!! Here is the breakdown, 1 Champion ribbon (for the purse contest), 2 first place ribbons and 3 second place ribbons! Wow, how exciting. You’ve seen all of these items here before, but now they have ribbons! We also got some great video of Bubby Girl playing with the sheep and goats. She loved the animals! It was too cute!

Me with my Grand Champion Sheep Tote! My bag won the Purse Contest (Champion ribbon) and 2nd place in the felted items contest. And there was some good competition – there’s a gorgeous Noni Bag (straight up from the purple ribbon) and some very nice fair isle bags as well.
Purse Contest Winner
All of my winning items and their ribbons!
Fair Ribbons
Sheep Tote with Champion Ribbon and 2nd Place Ribbon
Champion of Purse Contest
PunchNeedle Pillow and 2nd Place Ribbon
2nd Place Pillow
Monkey Socks and 1st Place Ribbon, the notes said “So soft, nice!” Thank you Socks that Rock!!
Blue Ribbon Socks
2nd Place Ribbon for Bub’s Baby Blanket – the notes on this one said “Excellent tension, wonderful edges” The tension was surprising considering it was 100% cotton in seed stitch, I struggled with that at first! And the comment on the edges was nice because that was my modification to the pattern!
2nd Place Blanket
Bub’s Wonderful Wallaby with it’s 1st Place Ribbon
Blue Ribbon Sweater


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J is for….

plain card disc letter j is for junk.

This table was salvaged from the neighbors trash probably almost a year ago. It was originally a dark green color with no top and a little bit of rust (I always forget to take before pictures!!!)
It was my memorial day project and I did all the work myself (yay for power tools!) I think it turned out pretty well. We were given deck furniture for our wedding, but the set only had one small side table. We’ve eaten on it once and it worked great! I am very happy with my recycling project. And the basket of yarn, that was just as an added touch, Bear told me to put something nice on it so it didn’t look like a plain old table – a basket of yarn was the best thing I could think of!
Recycled Table

Recycled Table Close Up

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Happy New Year!

It’s just another day…right? Don’t tell Cara that! And of course not! Everday is something special! Unfortunately today, it’s rainy and yucky here! That means I’m starting the new year off right, knitting!! No resolutions for me this year, I think they’re silly. If you want to do something better, or try something new, just do it. Don’t resolve to do it just because the calendar flips!! Just “give it a whirl!”

So here’s what I’ve been doing with my time the last few days (thanks to a condensed work schedule, the holiday, and the National Day of Mourning for Gerald Ford – I ended up with 5 days in a row off work!)
For the birds –
Just a little house for them to hang out in…although I don’t think they will. I guess it’s more decoration than anything. We love watching birds, so we’re creating a little sanctuary for them!

Unfortunately, we’re also creating a sanctuary for the squirrels. It becomes a little tricky trying to keep them off the feeders! They can be very smart at times. So far they’ve been off the big feeders this year, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time!

Saturday we headed over to Calvert Cliffs. Pretty neat little place. We ended up doing way more hiking than we planned on…thanks to a strategically dropped (ha!) cell phone at the end of the trail (loop of 3.6 miles). Whew…that wasn’t fun. Thankfully a man and his son found the phone and recognized my Bubber Bear from his picture on the phone and called the last number! But, he had just reached the beach…1.8 miles in. So back in we went….He met us part way in, so I think in total we hiked about 6 miles, running part of the way the second time around. Whew, what a day! But at least we were laughing about it! Aforementioned Bubber Bear dropped his phone over the side of a bridge once…at least we could get mine back!!

But this is what I found at the beach. Two sharks teeth, two other teeth , and something’s old home. My grandparents live on the water, so I grew up looking for sharks teeth, but I hadn’t found one (or even looked for that matter in probably 10 years!) so I was shocked to find 2 in about 20 minutes! Bubber Bear said I would be his hero if I found one, and I ended up with 2! The smaller one in the picture is about 1/2 the size of my pinky fingernail. Sorry – my to scale picture (with my finger in it) didn’t turn out too well!

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Ack! I have been so remiss in blogging! I knew I’d have a problem finding time, but the more stuff that goes on, the less time I have to tell about it! I realized today that I never posted about our “Becoming and Outdoors Women” weekend. So much fun!!! The classes I took this time were Outdoor Survival Skills, (we made one heck of an overnight survival shelter!) Shotgun Skills (12 out of 17 clay targets!!) Not too shabby! Then I moved on to Woodcarving, perfect timing with that because it was raining pretty good by then, so we moved inside by the fire. I carved a Virginia Rail, I was pretty impressed with my skills, and even more impressed that I didn’t cut myself. And last, but definitely not least was Handgun Skills!! Definitely the most fun. I’ve never felt so empowered and just plain ol’ awesome! It felt great to just shoot all kinds of handguns! First we shot a .22 rimfire revolver, it was a super light gun, made out of aluminum. Kind of boring. Then we moved on to bigger and better things, specfically the Glock, yes, Glock, what cops shoot! Pretty cool! And then we moved on to the 38 Special! Definitely my favorite gun. It was the biggest there, which was half my attraction to it.
It was such a terrific weekend. The weather was incredibly cold. It’s amazing how much MD can vary. But the leaves had already changed out there, and it was nothing short of absolutely gorgeous. I felt like I was in heaven!
So, that was for 3 days (the 1st weekend in October – yes, I am behind!!) And then I left straight from there and met my lovey on the Eastern Shore of MD. I drove from the farthest west county, to the farthest east. Thankfully, it wasn’t that bad of a drive, of course I was knitting the whole time.
So I met him over there on Sunday, and we stayed at a little campground and went sika deer hunting until Wednesday!! He’s been after a sika deer for years now, and has yet to get one. And there wasn’t any success on this trip either. I saw my first one at about 25 yards, but she was just passing through. I did get to see a Delmarva Fox Squirrel, so that was pretty neat. The trip was tons of fun because I was with my lovey…, but it wasn’t very fruitful! We did get some good advice for the next time from some very seasoned and apparently pretty skilled sika deer hunters. So maybe the next trip will be better.

Okay, now on to the pictures…..
My super awesome yard sale find from two weeks ago…. As I said before…I’m horrible with the camera, and I was in a huge hurry, but what it amounted to was 19 pairs of straight needles and 6 sets of dpns for …………..$3…………..!!!! How awesome is that!!?!?! They are in great shape too! There were a handful of strays, but they got tossed. I was just super thrilled to find them!

Okay, so on to the next picture….the Lilac Green Gable is finished!! I didn’t take the picture until after I had worn it all day at work, so ignore the ripple at the bottom, it’s from sitting at my desk all day. But I’m very pleased with how it turned out! The fit is exactly what I was wanting!! And I love the color! It is getting a little cold for it now, but it will make me so happy to bring it out again in the spring! And it’s also made me want to try more intricate patterns. Now I know, it, in itself is not intricate, but I liked changing up from stockinette, that can get so boring – (like the whole second half of the sweater!!) But I love it, and I can’t wait to wear it some more!!

So for now, I’ve moved on to this punch needle kit, which is so much fun!! Although, beware, that needle is sharp! I’m also working on my cabled mittens with wool from the local coop. Very lanolin-y, I love how it softens my hands! It’s also super warm, but lacking on the soft side. I worked up one mitten, but it was a little too tight and too short, so I’ve went from size 10 needles to 10 1/2 needles, otherwise the cables will be off. So we’ll see how that goes. I’m also considering crocheting up some of that Homespun I got for free a long time ago into a diagonal striped baby blanket for a girl at work who’s due this month. Crochet will be more bearable with the Homespun and it will go faster. Then I can use some of it up, because it’s taking up a whole lot of room in my stash!

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Needle Felted Sheep

This year was my first trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and I was most fascinated by the Winter Design Studio booth. I could not resist getting a needle felting kit. So I picked up the small Sheep one, figuring it would be a good, easy one to start with, and it was just too cute to pass up!! The kit had everything you needed to get started, which is very nice for a beginner. I had a blast making this little guy, except for the one time I poked myself. Believe me, one poke with one of these needles, and your fingers know better than to get in the way again. Youch!
But the little guy went fairly quickly, when I was brave enough to pick him up. I was so afraid of messing up, but that’s kind of hard to do. So here he is!! Absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to make something else. Thankfully I picked up some wool knots at the festival, so I can maybe try some flowers or monograms. I also have some of the wool leftover from the kit….maybe I’ll make a baby sheep too!! I’m loving the Sheep Pillow kit she has on her site, but I think I need a little more practice before tackling something that big!!

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