Radagast

Radagast Socks

It seems like Radagast would approve of Bunny Acres, we seem to have another bunny nest at the moment! Radagast is the name of my latest sport weight sock pattern, on sale until June 14, 2015, for 25% off.

Radagast Socks

Anniversary Quilt

In other news, although I am not a Quilter, I do like to make one every so often. I finally finished this one with the help of a good friend who is a real Quilter and Dan and I have been enjoying it ever since! With the help of my friend it turned out so nice, much better then if I had been left to my own wild sewing ways. Dan and I bought the fabric for this over 6 years ago on a trip up north. We were there over Christmas and I remember the time exactly as it was shortly after my mother passed away and just before his leukemia. The quilt top was finished last summer, the ties finished last fall and I finally sewed the binding while we were up north this last time.

Anniversary Quilt

Despite not being much of a sewer I seem to still have a lot of fabric! I’m working on using it or passing it on to those that will.

Mithril and Erebor and the Headwaters…

Rock and Moss

It was a big week around here! Dan and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary by visiting one of our favorite places on earth, lake Superior. It was fantastic. Being out by that huge lake or hiking around the many trails is a completely restorative experience. We come home feeling refreshed and grounded again. Also pretty creative!

This week I released two sock patterns: Mithril, which is 25% off until May 31, 2015, no coupon code needed. I used an absolutely gorgeous yarn from Ancient Arts, BFL in the color Pieces of Eight, which could not be more perfect to me. It’s grey, or green or silver or a warm pale blue or all together somehow. It was a pure delight to work on and I am really proud of the socks!

Mithril Socks

Mithril Socks

I also published a sport weight pattern: Erebor, which is a really fun and quick knit. These are also 25% off until May 31, 2015.

Erebor Socks

And since I posted last, a quick hat pattern that works well with a single skein of some special hand dyed yarn: Headwaters Hat.

Headwaters Hat

I hope you had a nice week as well!

Brandywine

I missed updating the blog for a bit, distracted by Spring and all the fun to be had in the yard..

Fire and Wine

Since I last posted I finished two new sock patterns, the first: Asparagus Socks

Asparagus Socks

and just listed today Brandywine Socks. These are also sport weight and are 25% off until May 17, 2015

Brandywine Socks

This week I finished a shawl that was really fun to knit. I had never done a mitered square before and I got a little carried away playing with it.

Miter

Miter

In other news at Bunny Acres, it seems Fred is a girl, and a new mom at that. She has made a little nest right up against the house by her usual buffet spot. We look forward to watching the babies emerge!

 

Colorless Tsukuru and Divinity

Greys

Greys

Have you read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage? I really enjoyed it. My knitting this week reminded me of the story. Although these yarns are not really colorless, coupled with the grey skies we’ve been having they feel a bit that way. Not sure how this happened.

Greys

Divinity Socks

I have a new pattern out this week, sport weight socks: Divinity. I was thinking about a picture in one of my mom’s cookbooks, or maybe it was on a card in that recipe-of-the-month box she had. That candy always seemed very fancy to me as a kid.  The socks are on sale now through April 10, 2015, for $2.95.

Divinity Socks

Speaking of cookies, today is my Grandma Virginia’s birthday! She would have been 107. She excelled at all of the grandmotherly arts, including cookie baking. She used to send us home with gold tupperware canisters filled with chocolate chip, peanut butter, or peanut butter with Brach’s chocolate stars on top, date cookies, or my favorite, orange cookies… maybe there were other kinds, but those I remember the best. I used to have the best time with her, she was so creative and open to the wacky ideas I’d come up with. She was an amazing person, full of resilience, kindness and love. I am so honored to be her namesake.

Daffodils

As remedy to the grey skies we have some cheerful flowers around this week. Trader Joe’s had daffodils for $1.50 a bunch! Can’t beat that as we wait for ours to emerge. There are a few tulips poking up, but it will be awhile yet before I have any pictures of home grown flowers.

Cloud Flower and a Hat Full of Sky

Cloud Flower Hat

Another busy knitting week here at Bunny Acres. I finished a new hat pattern, Cloud Flower made with Blue Sky Alpaca Sport and Melange. It’s so soft and warm, perfect yarn for hats. I blocked this over a favorite vase to get that flat top shape, but it could just be laid flat to block and would have more of a beanie shape to it.

Cloud Flower Hat

I also finished a sweater, it’s called Sallir, I was thinking it was going to be for me, but now I’m not sure, it’s a little long on me. I don’t know if I am extra picky, but I seem to end up keeping only about half the sweaters I knit for myself.

Sallir

We enjoyed our dinner by a little fire this weekend, getting rid of some small branches and pretending like we were camping. It was lovely, so nice to spend time outside again. I have some tulips peeking up in a few places, but snow is in the forecast, so spring is not quite here yet.

Spring Fire

Terry Prachett passed away this last week and while I knew he was not doing very well it was still extremely sad to me. Dan and I have enjoyed his books so much, often reading them aloud. His sense of humor and wit, his insight into the foibles of folks and his way of seeing and appreciating all the shades of grey in a world obsessed with black and white/light and dark. I guess the sadness is for losing such a wise person so young, a beloved author that feels like a dear friend.

This weekend we also went to an Open House for a home we have walked by and admired many times. We love our house but we really could use a couple more rooms. Seeing this larger house that needed quite a bit of work reminded us of some of the things we like about our place, and clarified some of our wishes for a new house if we were to move.