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Back in December a good friend from Florida sent me some lemons that she picked off a lemon tree growing in her yard. I decided to see if I could get the seeds to germinate and maybe grow a lemon tree or two for myself… Well success!! I planted aprox. 9 seeds and surprise… They ALL sprouted and are growing!πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹

Then I read on-line that you could “root” a pineapple top… 🍍So I gave that a try, success again!! I actually have two! No fruit yet… But as I understand it, the pineapple I rooted may not produce… That’s ok with me. I’m just tickled pink that my gardening trials are working!🍍


The hummingbirds are buzzing! My sister-in-law fills the feeders twice a day! I tried to count them… They’re just too fast 😊


I guess they’ll be heading to Mexico soon…

Everyone loves my knitted chicks, I’m finding the best yarn for the body is acrylic Bernat brand yarn. I don’t have the label here or I’d give you more 411 on this yarn😬

I ❀ these chicks!

I took a trip earlier this summer, back to Clearfield PA.

All the fields were lush & green.

Bridges of Clearfield Co.

One Rolling Mountain

Small Mountain Town
Whew… Where dies the time go?

Temps got down to the low to mid 50’s here this morning, fog was starting to burn off by 9:00 am. Everyone is commenting on the low humidity and the the cooler temperatures, in this area, Washington D.C., August is a hot,humid miserable month. This summer has been very nice.

Crabs are big and so delicious!

Ohhh the mess they leave, it’s so worth it!

I love Black-eyed Susan’s…


My current knit project, Martina Behm has such wonderful knitting patterns!


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She’s Back


I finished my January Scarf this afternoon, I used Shepard’s Wool on size 8 straight needles. I had 2 skeins and used all but about 5 feet of it…


I really love the lace edge on this neck scarf.
I think I’ve knit close to a dozen of these scarves…malabrigo is a BIG favorite of mine and so is Manos Del Uruguay “maxima”

I’ve also used Peruvia,Comfort DK,Ultra Alpaca & Ultra Alpaca Light
When I began knitting Berroco yarns were my #1 favorite, they still are…

The pattern for these little clicks can be found at http://www.knitrowan.com. The pattern is free.

I made a few changes to my knit-chicks, I decided not to hand stitch the round circle on the body and I decided to use buttons for the eyes. I also used the knitted I-Cord for the legs instead of crocheting the legs. I think I ended up with 8 total chicks. I gave the 3 best ones to my mom for Mothers Day…she loved them!


I’m working on a cute neck shawl called 22 Little Clouds. I’m using Manos Del Uruguay yarn, it’s a brick red color I love dark reds!


I’m going to use 2 skeins of yarn for this project.

Stairway is finished,blocked and now waiting for winter! This was an enjoyable project. I could sit and watch a little t.v. With the husband and not worry that I’d loose my knit place, I liked that a lot!!



All these patterns can be found on Ravelry
Look me up while your visiting Ravelry, my name is YarnKnitLuv on the web-site.


Next up on my knit projects is “Jen in Breck”, its a really cute shawl with a beautiful lace and eyelet edge detail. I’m going to use Manos Del Uruguay “Maxima” in a muted light green. It’ll be beautiful!!


I’m thinking of honing my designing skills. I’ve got a few hat patterns and I’m working on several neck scarves-shawls. There is a lot involved in the process…test knitting,working out the kinks, overcoming my own apprehensions and well….but I’ve taken the plunge! =)


We stopped by a friend of ours Saturday, Billy has lots of farm animals! We stop by every couple weeks to get some farm fresh eggs. It’s fun to see all the other animals too!

This is Fat-Bouy, he is a pot bell pig. The grandchildren adore him!

The newest addition is Billy and Betty…goats. They were very friendly! Billy wanted to hop up onto my lap!

congratulations Nick

My nephew graduated from high school Friday evening, we are so very proud of him!

The Class of 2013

Louisa County High School Graduating Class
This is where the epicenter of the earthquake was, it gave the east coast a good shake! The high school was damaged but they (the county) said it was safe for the students, then they had some very strong aftershocks and that closed the doors for good. They are building a new high school.

It’s been a long, exciting day…on my way home the moon was full and the reflection on Lake Anna was beautiful…
Hope everyone had a nice Memorial weekend.

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Well here we are… deep into the month of February. Looks like snow is going to skip us again, last winter was chilly with an over abundance of “threat” of snow.

Well, I’m not sad because we didn’t get any snow but…it’s just that I’ve got so many really cool warm knitted scarves,hats & gloves. If the temps linger in the 40’s, well…it’s just not cold enough to sport all the lovely knit things I have… O-well

We did get a dusting…

The snow was deep enough for the birds to make tracks in, that snow was gone by the end of the next day.

I celebrated another birthday in February. Yippie!! =|. Well, I should be happy, I am…it’s just… O hell, I don’t know what I’m trying to say. One thing was for sure, I enjoyed spending the day with my daughter,nephew and Mom.


This scarf is called “Minnie” it’s pattern is by Annie Lee.
My hat is my own, I didn’t write any notes… But it’s cables and bla bla bla.



This is what it looks like in small town America when they roll up the sidewalks after sundown…

So, I was walking over to Starbucks and I looked down and there was a $1 bill…

When I look at this photo it makes me think of that song by Meatloaf… Paradise by the Dashboard Lights. =0


This post is mostly (all) photography and me rambling on about nothing particular…that’s a well and fine. I hope everyone that comes by my blog for a visit enjoys my photography and all the other things I ramble on about…


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Another New Year


New Year

Hi everyone! Lots and lots of knitting projects on my agenda for 2013,
This past December was a BIG knitting month for me, not necessarily big projects but more in the line of many things started and finished and just in time for gift giving.
This knitted Chapstick cozy was very popular! I saw the pattern on Ravelry, it looked like a fun knit project and I was certain I could cast-on and finish in a few hours…


I posted a few pictures on FB, that’s when the request started rolling in! I knit up 15 of these little Chapstick cozys! http://www.shadkittypatterns.blogspot.com/2009/02/dirty mouth

Next up was my enterlac scarf, ever since I first saw this stitch pattern worked up with Noro yarn I was hooked! Hooked on the colors of the yarn, hooked on the stitch pattern just plain hooked!


These cute fingerless gloves, aka “Susie Rogers Reading Mitts”, are so feminine…I loved the picot edge and there is just enough lace in the pattern…

Rachel’s Slow Curve, pattern available here…www.nobleknits.com
The photo below was knit with Poems chunky yarn.


I knit mine with Noro Nadeshiko yarn, it’s a chunky yarn and delightful to work with.


That being a small taste of my “End of 2012 Knit-Projects”

” Beautiful Sunset”

I knit 2 Irish Hiking Scarves, both were knit using Caron Simply-Soft yarn. Its an acrylic yarn, very reasonably priced. I did a test swatch and loved the stitch definition. Cables really stood out!

These scarves were gifts, I’ve been a bit slow getting them mailed out to my cousins… =0



We spent Christmas Eve at my Mother-in-Laws, she had her home beautifully decorated!


“Merry Christmas”

” Lisa & Brian”

“Lisa & Emily”


On our way to Lake Anna to spend Christmas Day with my Mom. It was so foggy, thankfully traffic was very light. Looking out over the Potomac River…fog…nothing but fog!



It felt as though Brian and I were the only ones out on the road…

It usually takes us about 2 hours to reach my Mom’s house at Lake Anna, finally the fog was lifting and the sun was beginning to burn through the fog.

10 minutes away from our destination, blue sky was smiling down on us, the lake was like glass…

I made my favorite pie, well one of my many favorite pies…, Lemon Ice-Box pie. It’s made using Greek yogurt and fresh squeezed lemons. Topped with a dollop of whipped cream. YUM!
Soon it was time to head home…the moon was not quite full. It sure looked like a full moon night!

See You All in 2013!!

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Good Morning Sunshine…


It's been a crazy whirlwind here, the hurricane blew through the end of October, we didn't suffer any damage. I was sure we'd wake up and and be in the midst of mass destruction. Lots of rain and wind and a few branches strewn about…

Monday morning was windy and rainy, we only worked until noon. The news stations were telling everyone to stay home. The roads were getting treacherous…

Sunday was a windy day, I think everyone was having a hard time believing a major hurricane was hearing towards us…at the end of October! The trees were in full autumn splendor, it was beautiful.

The storm, hurricane Sandy, made its turn into land further north. New Jersey & New York took the brunt of the storm. =(.

I’ve been working on several knitting projects.
First up are these adorable fingerless mitts.


“Susie Rogers Reading Mitts” I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in a cream color.

This pattern was an easy knit. I love the picot edge! That little detail gives the mitts very feminine look.
next on the knitting agenda

I fell in love with this very versatile knit project!
I have the perfect yarn for it too…

Check out Three Irish Girls web site http://www.threeirishgirls.com/product.php?productid=354&cat=1&page=1
I love cowls, this pattern is so versatile! You can wear it half dozen different ways!
now…lets see what else I have on the knitting needles

I was at Walmart and of course I found my way over to the craft department…Caron Simply Soft yarn was a steal at $3.00 a skein. I got several in various colors.

Caron Simply Soft holds the cable pattern beautifully! This red is perfect for a Christmas cabled scarf!

These 2 scarves are gifts! I know my cousins will be very happy!
now for some Noro

Noro yarns have the most amazing color combos, it is hard for me to choose a few skeins, I want them all!




I’m knitting an enterlac scarf for myself. I have loved that knit pattern ever since the very first time I saw it knit up…of course it was knit with Noro yarn! Mmm, luv it!!
This is an enterlac cowl knit with sublime cashmere yarn, very soft and very warm!

I had several skeins in complimentary colors.

last but not least…

This little Jem is a Chapstick cozy!

phallic Chapstick cozy
Click the link…you too can have your own cozy for your Chapstick!
I’m knitting lots of these for my girlfriends, perfect stocking stuffers!! =*

I am a serious coffee drinker! I visit my local Starbucks almost every day! It helps that it is with in walking distance from my office. My fav coffee drink is the cinnamon dolce latte, vente please
TEA, I like it too

My good friend, Diana has introduced me to the world of tea.
http://www.teavivre.com/ has authentic Chinese teas. My favorite is black tea. I’m acquiring a taste for green teas. I’m no too crazy for white teas yet…I have had a few that were very good…

Twinnings Irish Breakfast tea is my all time favorite….


About those Doomsday Preppers
Have you seen the program called “Doomsday Preppers”? It on the history channel, http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/doomsday-preppers/
I feel as though I live in a bubble…a safe little bubble that protects me from all the craziness…but now my curiosity is peaked…what exactly is a doomsday prepper? What are these people preparing for? Is there something going on that I don’t know about? YES, there is…I must say I am more than a little bit worried. When I am out and about…happily purchasing my daily Starbucks latte or home sitting on my comfy couch knitting away or just day dreaming…watching the birds busily fluttering around my myriad of feeders…could there be something sinister lurking…




before I start freaking myself out, I need to educated myself what can I do to survive and protect myself should “something” catastrophic happen, hurricane,terrorist attacks,solar storm or some other natural disaster.
So much to think about….

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I luv-luv-luv my camera! I’ve got cameras everywhere… My phone has a camera, I carry a small Nikon camera in my purse and my #1 SLR is always ready to capture that amazing image


Soon I’ll be knee deep in
Beech tree leaves


Acorns have been falling like

Sunrise over the Farm

This is the same photo, Sunrise over the Farm, but it was edited with a photo editing software called “Snapseed”. It’s on my iPhone, I took the original photo with my iPhone. I was on my way to work, the sun was above the horizon and trying to peek through the cloud cover.
Snapseed is a very cool app that is available on iPhone. Snapseed
You can take an ordinary photo and make it extraordinary… I love Snapseed!

Edited with Snapseed

Monday Morning

It’s a bit blurry… But I still like it. I’ve been intrigued by the moon, well Space in general, for years. There is something so, I can’t find the word or words to capture what exactly I’m trying to say BUT… I love looking into Space. =)

This past summer was exceptionally hot & dry! The garden did not fare too well, But the Morning Glories did!
This first photo was taken with my iPhone, then I tweaked it with Snapseed and got this…

WOW… That’s really cool! It’s so easy to take a “nice” picture, it’s even easier to make it “pop” and turn your “nice” picture into a work of art… I’m just say’n… =)
I’ve got several knit projects on the needles.

This is “Irish Hiking Scarf”. It’s an easy knit project. I had a big skein of yarn that was perfect for this project. This yarn has been in my stash for a little while, I don’t have the label but I can tell its an acrylic yarn.
Next up is a Vicki Howell pattern called “Happy Cowliday” chunky lace neck warmer.

The pattern is available in the “Holiday 2012 issue of “Knit-Simple”. Also the magazine has tons of other knit projects perfect for gift giving! =)

I am working on this project, if you’re on Ravelry you can join the KAL for the Happy Cowliday lace cowl.
Look for the ravelry group Stitch.Rock.Love or you can purchase the magazine Knit-Simple. My favorite thing is the electronic downloads, I can download my mags onto my iPad and its simple as that!
The 3rd knit project on the needles is my “Highland Donegal tweed knit mΓΆbius” Or you could call it “Infinity Scarf with a twist“This is a very easy knit project, perfect for the beginner knitter. This is “my” own pattern and I’m more than happy to share it with you

The yarn is a nice soft yarn with a little bit of halo (kinda fuzzy)
It’s made by Elann, they have so many lovely yarns! Check it out at
http://www.elann.com your going to love the variety of yarns available for knitting or crocheting!!

So here are the details:
You’ll need 2 skeins of Elann Donegal Highland Tweed, size 9 circular knitting needles 16″ long
Cast on 184 stitches, work in a K4-P4 rib pattern. When you get to the end of the 1st row give your stitch a twist, if you don’t its no big deal you’ll end up with an infinity scarf w/o that particular detail, in the end all is well because you’ll still get a lovely scarf, I’m almost at the half-way point. I’ll have pictures posted of the finished scarf soon.
I almost forgot… I made a big chunky cowl earlier this week, it’s made with Lionbrand Yarn, Wool-Ease CHUNKY

The pattern is by Susan Chang. It’s called “Wham Bam Thank-You Lamb neck warmer. The chunky yarn knit up very fast. I cast on for the project on a Sunday evening and finished the following evening afterworking all day!
I only used 1 skein of yarn. My needles were sz. 13.
You can read Susan’s blog here at
until we meet again

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I rolled out of my neighborhood this morning, feeling good, it’s Friday and all that…as I head out to the the main road fog is as thick as cotton-candy!



My girlfriend was driving this morning so I was able to grab my camera and snap so images as we tooled down the road, I love foggy mornings!


We had a very hot and dry summer. From the looks of the crops along the highway looks like the farmers took a hard hit. I’ve been seeing the results of the drought in my wallet every time I visit the grocery store…


Tomorrow hubby and I are taking the canoe out to a place called “Mallows Bay”.


It’s an area off the Potomac River in Western Charles County, Charles County operates Mallows Bay Park (1440 Wilson Landing Road in Nanjemoy, Maryland). This small park contains the graves of more than 230 ships sunk in the river. Almost ninety were poorly constructed steamships built during World War I; in 1925 they were burned and scuttled in the bay. Bethlehem Steel then built a salvage basin during World War II to recover metal from the abandoned ships. The ships form a reef that hosts an array of wildlife. A 0.8-mile trail loops around Mallows Bay Park and the salvage basin.(Wikipedia)
Attempts were made to salvage scrap iron from the ships during the Great Depression and the early 1940s. Bootleggers also favored Mallows Bay because it was easy to elude authorities among the shipwrecks.

The wooden steamship fleet was created by the U.S. government as an effort to preserve precious steel during World War I. The steamships were not practical, however, and many ended up parked at Mallows Bay. Salvage workers concentrated on the 20 tons of bolts in each ship. Access today is by shallow-draft boats such as canoes and sea kayaks.

You can be sure I’ll have my camera and lots of photos to share with you all… =)

The Bee Keepers Quilt update


I got another 4 skeins of Madeline Tosh DK yarn, my Bee Keepers Quilt is comming right along! I am so excited!


I’m thinking I’ll probably add 3-4 more skeins of yarn…I’m all about color with this project!

These are the puffs I’ve knit so far…

This is on I’m working on…

These are the skeins I’ve got to work with now…10 different colors total, I’m feeling like 15 different colors is my lucky number however…I guess that means another visit to my local yarn shop, =)
So on that note I’d better get to bed. Got a big canoe adventure at Mallows Bay then I’m baking an apple pie tomorrow afternoon, YUM!


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