Sunday, September 30, 2012


Heidi + Dan's farm wedding

Yesterday we celebrated with our friends Dan and Heidi at the Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. Not a short trip, but once we got there it was worth it. It was a perfect day outside, the leaves were changing, the sheep were grazing, there were lawn games with friends, what more could you need? 



Pig roast. Harriet seemed thrilled to see a pig with sunglasses on, little did she know she would be eating it shortly there after. While the pig was roasting, Steve and Harriet wandered over to a harvest fest that was going on at the farm at the same time as the wedding. They saw cider being pressed, honey being extracted and chickens (although I guess that isn't much of a novelty for us). Gale Woods farm seems to have a lot of fun family events periodically, such a fun place.

The happy couple plus an obscured Steve and an unhappy Harriet. Dan and Heidi are two of our favorite people and we are thrilled for them! Hopefully soon they will move back from Detroit Lakes so we can see them more.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Two of a kind

This post has taken a while for me to compile. I kind of keep forgetting. Anyways, when I knit I usually make two of the same thing if I like it. I always feel like I have learned something from making the first one and I can make the second one better.  I made this reversible dress on the left first and was definitely able to make the second one better. The brioche stitch was rather difficult at first, but I was able to perfect it. I made the second one on the bus in Ireland and then took these pictures right afterwards (back in April) so they are a little old. The dress is 3T so it will be a bit before it fits her.

Here are two of the in threes cardigan that I found the patter for on Ravelry. I really liked the pattern a lot and I made them in two different sizes. The colors of these two don't quite look right, but you get the idea.

Here's a little sweater with a capped sleeve,  I also found the pattern on Ravelry (the greatest knitting resource ever). The one of the left was the second one I made and I like it a lot better because the yarn seems to have worked out better for the style, I love the color and the yarn is swishy and soft. I love the way the ribbed neck looks.

Ok, so I only have one of these, but I didn't want to do a separate post about it. A baby swaddle sack that was a present for our friend's baby Thomas. Modeled here by Steve's old cabbage patch kid he fashioned with a mohawk.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012


Chalkboard add on

A little addition next to the slide shoot, a chalkboard. It had gone partially painted and mudded for months and we thought this would be a nice way to use this weird space. Also it ties in with the black padding above the slide opening. We painted 3 coats of the paint, sanding in between and then waited 3 days to draw on it. Quite easy.

Monday, September 03, 2012


Labor Day weekend

This weekend we made our annual trip up to Detriot Lakes to Fair Hills.  We had a wonderful time as usual, spent time with family, friends Dan and Heidi, enjoyed the outdoors and Steve and I both won at bingo, a success all around! The weekend in pictures:
Harriet and my dad in Pelican Rapids at the big pelican.
 
Open shutter of the full moon (a boat happened to be crossing as the picture was taken). This also happened to be a blue moon, happens once every 2-3 years.

Boat ride on Pelican Lake. My dad, Kate, Linda, Ben, Keith, and you know the rest.

A lot of pool time for these two. Harriet loved being able to swim on her own with her 'circle', as she called it.

Row boat ride. 

Taken by Ben. Harriet couldn't have been happier at the playground!

A trip to the 'golf ball lady', a 89 yr old who goes on a 3-mile walk every day and collects missing golf balls and then resells them for 50¢ to $1. She said she gets about 2000 a summer. 

On our trip home we went to the Detriot Lakes Flea market, but perhaps I will leave you in suspense as to what we purchased. Will do a post another time about this very silly item.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Link of the Month

The dad that runs the blog Sweet Juniper! is really impressive. He does so many cool projects for his kids. The custumes he makes are amazing.