Monday, March 2, 2015

A Very Merry {Almost} Birthday to You!

Well, if you're going to get knocked down by a cold now's the time to do it I supposed.  I fought the darn thing as long as I could and then it decided to fight back.  Argh.... I'm dying....  almost.  I think I'm on the mending, but it's been a couple days of staring at my covers.

Anyways!

It's almost my birthday.  In my head I some how missed passing the ages of 28 and 29 (thanks to a particular little boy), so my head always thinks I'm about two years younger than I'm turning.  Seriously, I have to ask my husband how old I actually am (I also need to ask him which day we actually got married on, but that's neither here nor there).  So in my head I'm turning 30 on Saturday!  In reality, I'm two years older than that.

In a grand attempt to not let the last two years of fertility issues get me down I've spoiled myself.  I have a few new pieces of clothing in my closet (that have no thought about their ability to double as maternity items), I have a stash of yarn and a few extra pretties around my house thanks to my allotted birthday money.  I need to do somethings just for me this year, because I'm still here and so are my husband and my son.  I need to enjoy who I am and exactly what I have, in the house that I live in, in the body that I have, in the circumstances that are mine.  I'm still optimistic about our future as a family of more than 3, but I need to remember to live for what has already been given to me.  God has been very good to me and I shouldn't let my wants cloud that.

Anyways!

I always loved the Hobbit example of a birthday party - presents and a party for the others in our lives.  So when Hannah from EweFluffyEwe offered to do a review/trade of some of her beautiful yarn I knew it was the perfect opportunity.



Hannah sent me her handspun "Marianne Dashwood" fingering weight yarn and as you can see I'm a little more than halfway done making my third set of Hermione Socks.  The yarn had a little more brown in it than I was expecting, but that ended up working perfectly in my favor - the color way is perfect for my limit wardrobe color scheme and it's repetition is perfect for self striping socks.  I did originally try out the yarn in a shawl pattern, but it did nothing for the natural pattern in the yarn so I switched to socks which was a perfect choice.





It is lovely yarn, and how often can you say you know the names of the sheep that your socks came from!  (My socks were made from Annabelle, Barnaby, Digory and Dodge.)



It is handspun and handdyed so if you're new to handmade yarn you'll need to prep yourself for small inconsistencies in yarn and dying pattern, but any lover of handmade wool products can tell you that that is part of the charm.





Hannah has been a delight to get to know, I'll share her story in her words here:

"It all started with a field trip to the Wool Festival in Falmouth KY... 

My mother taught me how to knit in highschool. I hated it. It took a broken foot and complete boredom to convince me of the awesomeness of knitting. :) I love knitting now. 

So, we went to the Wool Fest. I saw sheep and spinning and knitting and I thought, "That's what I want to do with my life!" Ultimately, I believe that my goal in life is pleasing the Lord and living a life that is honoring to Him. I am thankful for His mercies that are new every morning. He is so patient with me! He has blessed our farm abundantly! 

So, I got two bottle baby lambs. I am forever grateful to Mrs. MacDonald for her kindness and encouragement. She still let me take those baby lambs even though I had no idea what I was doing. And I have an idea that she knew that too. Through her help, my parents help, reading tons of farm literature, and blessing from the Lord; we have a small but growing and thriving farm. We are still growing and learning. It's a process. We have 7 sheep, 4 alpaca, lots of chickens, and bees. I'm reading about milk cows, but mama is not too keen on the notion. at least not yet. :)
I live at home with my parents and brothers on our farm. I'm learning what it means to be content. I'm learning to be a farmer. :) "


So in honor of Hannah's generosity and my upcoming birthday I'm excited to offer something to one of my readers!
I'm giving you a present, Marianne's sister yarn, Miss Eleanor Dashwood.


All you need to do is leave a comment to be entered!
And in the words of Mr. Baggins

“I don't know half of you half as well as I

 should like; 

and I like less than half of you half as well as 

you deserve.”


*Hannah provided be with Marianne to knit with in exchange for a review, opinions are my own.  Eleanor is my gift to you - because I love you ;)*

The give away will end on March 7th and I'll announce a winner on March 8th!

Linking up with Frontier Dreams KCCC and the Yarn Along

25 comments:

  1. Oooh! I LOVE the look of that yarn and those socks!

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  2. What beautiful yarn! I need some lessons in sock knitting. Is it as difficult as it looks?

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    1. If you can knit in the round and have done a hat or two I think you can figure out socks. Heels are the trickiest thing, but once I figured them out I think a nicely turned heel is so rewarding to finish!

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    2. Laurel you're the winner! Email me your address at mollymakesdo @ gmail.com

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  3. Oh goodness, I haven't been able to remember how old I am for several years ... I feel you there!

    What lovely yarn, and I love that sock pattern. :) I try to knit myself a pair of socks for my birthday each year; it's a fun tradition!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Ha! I never know how I old I am. Seriously. I either have to ask my husband or get out a calculator, because I'm not too good at math either.... I have a lot of problems ;)
    But we share a birthday! How fun!
    I love the socks you made. And the yarn is lovely!

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  5. I am currently knitting a scarf with the Mr. Knightley colorway. I just love the yarn!
    Your socks are fabulous! I wish I liked knitting with double pointed needles, but I do not. I knit a couple hats, mittens, and sleeves and discovered my dislike. I came to the conclusion that if I am going to continue to love knitting then I need to stick with knitting scarves, shawls, blankets, and occasionally baby sweaters.
    I hope you have a very happy birthday!

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  6. I would love to win this! Happy Birthday!

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  7. What gorgeous yarn, the socks look wonderful - and being a lover of Jane, I love the yarn names! Best wishes for a lovely birthday and happy to hear you are feeling happier with where you are at the moment. Whenever I get down, I always pray Jeremiah 29:11 - God has plans for us that we cannot know or imagine. And no matter what we think, they will be better than what we would have done or thought of for ourselves. Blessings to you.

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  8. OOOOOOOOH girl. Happy birthday, first and foremost!!! ANd I am impressed with those sock making skillz! That is something that I have yet to take on. The yarn is amazing, and I LOVE that they are named for the Dashwood sisters and handspun and dyed! I would LOOOOVEE to win this (Im trying to use the cap letters sparingly, but to be honest, Im just way excited.) Please count me in!

    Also--- on the topic of mommyhood of one: My daughter and my son are just about 6 years apart. For a good long while, we were thinking we'd only have one child. And while I know it can seem like there are big families everywhere you turn, there is a lot to be said for the wee, compact family.Your bond with your son is going to be so strong. As your only (for now or forever, however it works out) he will have the blessing of your undivided attention. You will be able to help him explore his ideas, interests and passions in a way you just wouldnt if you had multiple children at home. He will naturally develop an interest and empathy for people of ALL ages, because he will be used to being the only child in a situation. And if he finds something that he's really passionate about (for my daughter, its animals, particularly horses) you'll be able to take a singular interest in helping him pursue that passion. There wont be the "well, we cant do that because we cant do that for ALL your siblings." You'll be able to say YES to many experiences and ideas. Having one child (or several years between children, as is our case) can be an amazing blessing in itself. Take heart!~

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  9. The yarn looks great as socks, with the self-striping. I can see how it would be lost in a shawl. What a generous give-away too.

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  10. Wow, these socks are so gorgeous Molly! I love the yarn! I wish I had the patience to devout a little time to knitting if only for the mittens and socks.

    And I hope this birthday and this coming year bring you piles of happiness my dear friend, you deserve it. xx

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  11. I love your socks! And your words about contentment in the here and now are so so good.

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  12. Yes! I constantly ask my husband how old I am too! Cool yarn, I love that you know the names of the sheep. That's amazing. Happy Birthday!!

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  13. Wow! How impressive your knitting is. And how kind of her. I'm in with both feet. :)

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  14. My birthday is coming up too! I've decided no presents this year but if I won, that would be a lovely unexpected gift!

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  15. It is lovely yarn, and charming socks. I hope you have a happy birthday no matter how old you are!

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  16. First let me wish you happy birthday. I still remember my age, but it's sometimes hard to remember my children's ages! Your socks are lovely. I'm an avid sock knitter and the yarn and pattern you choose are beautiful. The Miss Eleaniror Dashwood yarn is so pretty...I can see it now as socks on my needles.i

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  17. Aloha,

    Best wishes on your birthday. I can definitely relate to forgetting one's age. Since retirement, I even forget what day it is (have to see it on the computer!).

    Lovely yarn and your socks look great. I recently made a pair of socks and can see how one can become addicted to knitting them.

    Mahalo.

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  18. Beautiful yarn! One day I will learn how to knit more than a straight line :)
    I frequently don't remember the actual date of our wedding either, so glad I'm not alone. ;)
    ~Ruth Anne

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  19. What lovely yarn! I'm sure it would be a joy to knit.

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  20. Hi Molly - I went over to ewefluffyewe after reading your blog post and was thrilled to receive some "emeralds" 100% wool today in the mail from Hannah. It is fabulous and smells wonderful. I hope someone else here will enjoy your give-away since I already have some of Hannah's divine yarn! It smells wonderful too....from Asher, Cora, Clara & Clive sheepies. Thanks for the recommendation - mittens planned for my yarn. Happy Knitting!

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  21. I'm really impressed by your knitting. It makes my crochet look like kiddy craft time! :P

    I heartily approve of the hobbit tradition of giving away presents on your own birthday. It's more convenient, more affordable, and more fun all around!

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  22. Love these beautiful yarns! I have had sock yarn sitting in my stash since before my 2yo was BORN, so... I think its finally time to get knitting. Unfortunately I cast on a sock in January with tiny tiny metal needles, which I think was a major mistake. They kept sliding around and making me drop stitches. Grrrrr. Back to the knitting shop for wood ones.

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