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Ankers Sweater

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My newest sweater is complete and I couldn't be happier with it.  Say hello to the Ankers Sweater.  Pattern is by Petite Knit and the yarn I chose is from La Bien Aimee, which I picked up at Tolt Yarn and Wool.


This yarn is absolutely beautiful, both in color and feel.  It's 100% Merino Wool, hand dyed in Paris, and is oh so yummy!  If I ever get back to Paris, visiting La Bien Aimee will definitely be on my list.  


I knit the yoke a couple times.  First time, I felt like it was going to be too small, so I went up size and am so glad I did. I also knit it a little shorter than what I wanted it to be because I knew it was going to grow about an inch in length.  It turned out better than I ever could have imagined.  


The feel, the color, the drape...I never want to take it off!  But I did, for work and dishes today because this yarn is too nice to ruin with silver dust and coffee grounds.  LOL!  


I paired it with my original hand stamped necklace, sterling silver tags with my boys names on them.  Out of all the jewelry I've made, this one is still my favorite because it was the first.  


Hope you love this sweater as much as I do.  If you're not a knitter, maybe, just maybe this will inspire you to learn knits and purls.  You'd be amazed at how simple this sweater really was to knit.  The yoke (neck and shoulders to underarms) was basic 1x1 rib and the rest is the ever beautiful stockinette stitch.  Perfect blend of relaxation for this girl who loves to knit with her family nearby and still have a conversation with loved ones.  


The only problem is what am I going to knit next?  ;)



Chicken Fun Run

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My husband rocks. Seriously, he's the best.  Just sayin'.  

He puts up with my crazy ideas, my nightly knitting, and the little projects I'll throw his way from time to time.  Like this one...a chicken fun run!


Isn't it great?!?   My idea was something extremely simple.  Something to keep them contained so they wouldn't go running off or sneak under the deck or roost on the BBQ (yes, I know the irony there.  Believe me, I find it hard to roast a chicken on the grill while my girls are 2 feet away).  


I showed him some ideas that I liked and we tweeked a couple things.  I wanted it to be light weight, portable, and simply keep them contained and deter predators a little bit.  Yes, I know this is not predator proof, but it's not intended for that.  This is just for while I'm out there with them or have to run in the house for a little bit.  Plus, it will fit in my raised beds, which is perfect for when I'm not growing anything in them and they can aerate, poop, and dig for worms as much as they want.  


Here are some details, in case you're dying to build one too.  We used 8' 1x2s for the long horizontal bars and then 4' boards for the others.  Kreg-jigged the corners, stapled heavy duty plastic netting (to keep the weight down instead of using metal wire) around the frames, and secured the corners with metal corner things - yes, I don't know what they're called.  LOL!  4 hinges on top allow for easy folding and storage.  Plus, he stained it for me because well, it looks better that way.  HA!  


As for getting them in here, we simply lifted it up on one end, threw down some meal worms and in they went.  Easy peasy....except the one who wouldn't come out of the regular coop.   There's one in every crowd, right?  

And that my friends, is our chicken fun run!