Eye Candy Friday

one rose for carole knits

Roses just aren’t my thing. I much prefer tulips or gerbera daisies or daffodils. But when my brother-in-law stops by on Sunday morning to bring me a rose that my husband brought home from a band job on Saturday night and then forgot to take out of the truck . . . well. it’s worthy of a photo. Especially when it’s as lovely as this one.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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Sweet Dreams Shawl

I am absolutely and utterly in love with my new Sweet Dreams Shawl.

sweet dreams full shawl for carole knits

It is knit in Madeline Tosh Merino Light so it’s verrrrry verrrrrrrrry soft. And the neutral grey color is awesome – full of depth and richness. It’s a single and I was a little worried about that but it worked out just fine.

sweet dreams shawl edge for carole knits

The pattern is fantastic. It’s well written and the charts are easy to follow and I truly enjoyed knitting this. I finished in less than 2 weeks time I enjoyed it so much.

sweet dreams edge and blur for carole knits

I adore the beads. Can you believe I wasn’t going to bead this originally? I’m so glad I decided to do the extra work because they really make a huge difference.

sweet dreams outer edge for carole knits

I think they make the edges and points like like icicles. And to be perfectly clear – I only like icicles on shawls.

sweet dreams corner for carole knits

I know you all like modeled shots but the light was so pretty the other day after work and I just couldn’t resist snapping these photos of the shawl draped on my deck railing.

Photos after work in golden light with a beautiful shawl? Spring must be finally here!

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Read This

glasses for carole knits

As I believe I have mentioned, I’ve been reading a lot lately. In fact, I’ve already finished 13 books this year. The most recent one was Rachael Herron’s Pack Up The Moon.

Now, Rachael is a fellow knit blogger and I’m sure many of you know her and read her blog. I had the privilege of meeting her at Rhinebeck a few years ago and . . . wait, I’m going to go look this up . . . ¬†okay, it was 7 years ago. SEVEN years. And I’m linking to the post and the photo of Rachael and I but I almost didn’t because, ummmm, yeah, I was big.


I have read all of Rachael’s books but this one is by far my most favorite. It’s heartbreaking and moving and I fell in love with all of the characters and it ended just the way I wanted it to. Go and read it.

And then come back and tell me if you liked it as much as I did.


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Ten On Tuesday

One of the Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-A-Day prompts for last week was “Good Together” and all I could think of was peanut butter and banana. That got me to thinking about what other foods are good together and that lead me to this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic: 10 Foods That Belong Together.

peanut butter and banana for carole knits

  1. Mashed Potatoes & Gravy. If you know me at all then you anticipated this would be the first thing on my list.
  2. Chili & Cornbread. Followed by chili and hot dogs the next day!
  3. Peanut Butter & Jelly. Still one of my most loved sandwiches.
  4. Crackers & Cheese. Best snack in the world.
  5. Beef Stew & Homemade Biscuits. Light and fluffy biscuits, not from a mix but from scratch.
  6. Pizza & Beer. What? Beer is so a food.
  7. Corned Beef Hash & Poached Eggs. A rare indulgence for me these days but oh-so-good.
  8. Steak & A Baked Potato. It’s a classic combo for good reason.
  9. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup. Best lunch ever.
  10. Bacon & . . . everything. Because everything is better with bacon.

I think I could go on and on with this one and I hope you all had fun writing posts today, too. If you want to share your link be sure and click the button below. And if you want to receive the Ten on Tuesday weekly email then click here to subscribe.

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Weekending, Now with Grinning

Things that made me grin this weekend:

sushi for carole knits

  • Dinner with my favorite cousins on Friday night. I know I go on and on about how blessed I am to have Len and Peg in my life but I can’t help it. They make me happy.
  • Saturday morning Spin Class. It’s a great way to wake up and start the day.
  • Sushi and Mai Tais with my grrlfriends Jo-Ann and Anne on Saturday night, followed by wine and lots of grrl talk in my living room afterwards.
  • Finishing Pack Up the Moon while snuggled under a quilt on my couch on Sunday morning.
  • An outside(!!!!) run on Sunday afternoon.
  • Seeing the number on the scale go down by 2 lbs. I know it’s just a number but it sure feels good when it moves in the right direction.
  • Time with Dale on Sunday afternoon and evening. He was busy with the band and some Civil War stuff this weekend so it felt especially good to take a drive to Plymouth and then come home and snuggle with him at the end of the day.

What made you grin this weekend?

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