Effortless Prep

For Christmas last year, my mother gifted me enough Quince & Co Lark to make the Effortless Cardi, designed by Hannah Fettig. I chose the color Slate, which is a saturated gray/blue.

I swatched (and washed) and realized I need to go down a needle size. I am at 3.5 sts/inch with US 9, and the pattern calls for 4.75 sts/inch. (Yay for swatching! I rarely swatch, but I know it’s a waste of time and yarn to knit a sweater without a swatch.)


Trolling Ravelry, through others’ project notes who also used Lark, it appears many also had to size down to 8. Additionally, I think I will use 7 on the button bands to keep the ribbing a little more crisp. This yarn is generous and floppy while wet.


Off to wind and begin…

What are you working on right now?



Busy Bees, or Bunnies?

July has passed in a total blur. With camps, holidays at the lake, and family vacations, the month is ending and I have very little to show for it except for this cute baby hat and some fast fading tan lines.


The pattern is Bunny Tail by Susan B Anderson, from the book Itty-Bitty Hats. The yarn was Quince Chickadee. The little booties I just made up as I went, on a bored day without internet at the lake.

We hosted a baby shower for my cousin and her sweet girl and my other cousin that moved all the way across the world to Utah (well, anyway it feels like it’s all the way across the world) came and brought with her my newest cousin, sweet Abraham. Made my summer I tell you! (And no, his blanket is not finished. But as you can see, he has forgiveness in spades.)


Abraham and I were fast friends. I hope your summer has also been as peaceful and perfect as this little chunk of miracle.


Exploring Greeneville, TN

Last weekend, we jumped at the chance to explore Greeneville, TN with our friends. Here’s a quick guide…


Don’t miss Pal’s frenchie fries and peachy tea. (Eat at the only Pal’s with indoor seating at Greeneville Commons too!)

Pelican’s Snoballs on Tusculum Blvd is an excellent treat on a scorching summer day!



Andrew Johnson Historic Site is located in downtown Greeneville and was well done! Park Rangers host free tours where you can learn not just about Johnson’s home, life and politics, but also local Civil War history. The kids took advantage of the Junior Ranger program and had a blast.


Davy Crockett’s birthplace in Limestone, TN is about 20 minutes outside Greeneville. It was also interesting, maybe just a little less so than AJ’s house. It was hot and humid, so the animals (chickens, pigs, and ponies) on the homestead were quite fragrant, but the park rangers on the site hosted a corn silk doll craft that saved the day.


Early Sunday morning, we hiked Margarette Falls. The rocks on the trail were slippery and the elevation change was challenging for me but not for anyone else! I can be a bit of a safety patrol, but the others put up with my complaining and we finally made it to the top waterfall, about a mile and and half straight up! Overall the moderate hike was scenic from beginning to end and totally worth the effort. The only grumble (aside from mine) was the lack of bathrooms at the trailhead, not even a port-a-john.



We stayed at the Hampton Inn because we knew late Saturday we had some extra time to let the kids swim, so we needed a hotel with a pool. But if I didn’t have kids with me, the General Morgan Inn would have been my top choice. Built in the 1880s and renovated around 1996, the hotel is the perfect place to stay for a historical getaway.

Happy travels to you!




Have you ever read the introduction of a book and felt the need to shout to the world that EVERYONE HAS TO READ THIS?!?!

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood is so cleverly funny and has grabbed me from the very beginning, that I can’t help but share. I am seriously tempted to call in sick this afternoon just so I can keep reading!

Any other must-devour-in-one-sitting books you are reading?? Please share!



Granola with Local Honey

My summer breakfasts are very low maintenance. While I would love to eat eggs and bacon every morning, I don’t have the energy. Most often it’s peanut butter toast or a quick smoothie.

But when I find a little extra time and my uncle gives me some honey, I like to make a batch of granola to pour over some yogurt and fresh berries.


Here’s what I add:

  • 4-5 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 c nuts/seeds (pumpkin, flax, chia, almonds is what I had on hand)
  • 1-2 tsp dark brown sugar*
  • 1-2 tsp local honey
  • 1/2 c coconut oil*
  • sprinkle with salt

Spread on a cookie sheet and bake 20-30 minutes. Let it cool completely and store in an airtight container.

*More oil and sugar (or coconut flakes) would make it more clumpy, sweeten/moisten to your taste.

Take care!


We Did It!- Giant Wall Hanging!

My daughter and I finished her wall hanging!

She picked shades of blue and aqua from the bulky yarn section of Joanns, and it took about a hour or two last Saturday to pull it all together.

We used these instructions from A Beautiful Mess, and the most complicated part was the wire and hanging the piece. Altogether about $50, but we have a lot of yarn leftover, so we could have economized a bit better.

Happy Crafty Monday to you!


Mulberry Trade

Our neighbor discovered this tree in their backyard last night! They had blackberries previously growing in that area and thought this tree was some kind of offshoot (but without thorns)! My cousin helped us identify it as a mulberry tree.

We picked some of our raspberries and traded her for the opportunity to pick some of those super-sweet mulberries. It’s a mature tree, so next time we need a taller ladder if we want to pick more than a cup or two to snack on.