Socks… it’s been sooo long

Hey sis,

The yarn for your baby afghan is still not here. So, I started going through my unfinished projects, and found two pairs of socks that I started this past autumn. It’s hard to believe, that I haven’t worked on whimsical projects in over six months. Lately, I’ve been all business, knitting socks for people, shawls for the bridesmaids, and making baby stuff. So, I decided to have some fun and finish them up. Boy, have I missed making socks.

This sock is called the Susanna, and is another free pattern by Stefanie Bold. It was a blast to make, but the cables can prove challenging to keep track of.

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Another fun thing about this pattern, is that it’s completely gusset-less. The extra stitches are added in the sole of the sock, and moved and worked to the sides of the instep. Then you add a heel turn, and decrease the stitches.

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The other sock is called the Sister of Leonie, by Gudrun Neumann-Mack. It is a free pattern on Ravelry.  What can I say, it was too cool to pass up

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Love,

Jamiegoof

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Happy Birthday Granna

Dear Sis,

The boys learned to sand and stain wood this past week. They really loved it. I’ve never seen them so thorough! 

I added some photos and finishing touches… and tada

HB Granna

Little made the larger cube that has photos on each side from our day at Pedernals Falls, a local state park featuring a waterfall.

Littlest made the rectangular box. The photo and shells are from our trip to Mission Beach in California. 

Granna really likes them!

Love,

b

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Sugar-Free Peach Jam

Dear Sis,

Today I finished canning the rest of the peaches! I made another batch of Spiced Peach Jam because it turned out so well and a small batch of Sugar-Free Peach Jam for all the diabetics in the family:)

SF Jam

Sugar-Free Peach Jam
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Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 c fresh peaches, diced
  2. 3/4 c water
  3. 1/2 c Splenda
  4. 1 (1.75 oz) box low sugar fruit pectin
Instructions
  1. Boil jars in a canner 10 minutes to sanitize. Boil lids and bands in a saucepan.
  2. Cook peaches and water over medium high heat until soft.
  3. Add Splenda and pectin and puree 1 minute with an immersion blender.
  4. Ladle into sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims; place lids and apply bands finger tight. Process jars in canner 10 minutes.
Notes
  1. Makes 3 (1/2 pint) jars
  2. Stand 24 hours. Label and date contents. Store up to 1 year in a cool dark location. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks after opening.
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 Love,

b

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Into the Woods

Hey sis,

I wanted to show you some photos of the walking we have been working on. Nate’s father has come several days to cut down trees and Nate and I have been cleaning, weed whacking and using the bachtold to clean the trail.

The entry into the woods

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The Bridge Nate’s dad built, it crosses a very small stream

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The trail also heads into the chicken area, which is currently big enough for at least 3 of our current style of coops. We left all the large and healthy trees that we could, so the chickens will have plenty of shade!IMG_1149

The trail is yet to be complete. We currently have it going down one side of the six acres (our lot is rather rectangular), and a short trail that does a loop around to the chicken area. The trail will go across the width of the acreage, and then back down the other side to meet up with the other entrance.

The other exit/entrance of the trail.

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I also included a few pond photos for your pleasure 🙂

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The view of the dockIMG_1162

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We have a raccoon that likes to fish out our mussels and leave the shells all over the shoreline.IMG_1156

We have lots of bullfrogs and toads.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see any of our big bullfrogs for you, and the pictures didn’t show in the photos 🙁  One day, I am hoping to get a picture of our water turtle Ted, but I haven’t seen him lately.

I also had to post this one… just because I adore our yard!IMG_1136

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Berry Season

Hey sis,

Berry season is here and I’m lovin it! Mulberry’s just started last week, and I’ve been picking almost every day that I’m home. Today, the tree had sooo many berries that I jumped onto the lift. Berry picking sure is easier with a magical electric ladder. lol

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Here is one of the containers of berries, I collected today.

I’m not sure if I will be able to knit tonight. 🙁 Unless, you are cool with a white bunting bag with purple patches?

Love, 

Jamiegoof

 

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New Blueberry Patch & Apple Trees

Hey sis,

Turns out, that Nate and I have an entire row of apple trees at the new house! The row separates our yard from the neighbors. We also have three apple trees by the mailbox, and two in the backyard.

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So, as long as these apples don’t taste badly, I think Nate and I will have enough apples for all the applesauce, butter, pie filling, and juice that we could ever want! Hopefully, the apples are late enough in the season that I still have time to can them…why did I plan a wedding near harvest season? lol

We also have lots of wild strawberries in the yard.

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Nate and I also planted blueberry bushes this week

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So, even more yummy berries will be on the way!

I also spent some time fussing over the roses in the front yard. I really need some string to tie them up… all my yarn is still at home. I’m afraid to bring it to our home yet, I might have separation anxiety over the next month and a half before the wedding.

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Love, 
Jamiegoof

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