Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Never doubt what one
prayer can do.

Since finishing my Silverleaf Shawl
I couldn't wait to cast on a new project
and this one had been waiting awhile,

I am using the grey yarn I dyed with
mint and Berroco Folio.

On my night stand is my reading for
book club, Praying for Strangers, a
book I am enjoying very much.

Joining Ginny

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


In the rhythm of 
the needles there
is music for the

I cast on September 1, the same
day Hurricane Hermine was making
it's way from the Florida toward
South Carolina.

As the feeder bands came through
and the wind picked up speed, even
managing to up root my favorite pecan
tree and lay it on the powerline, I knit.
As the storm blew past and things calmed
down, I knit.

By Monday evening I was casting off
and on Tuesday morning there was
a good soak and a gentle blocking.

Silverleaf in Grey!

The yarn a gift from my family in
Germany, together with the simple
elegance of the pattern has made
this knit something I will treasure
for years to come.

Thank you Lisa Hannes for sharing
such a beautiful and fun pattern.

Joining Ginny

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Knitting my not, on the surface,
seem relevant to engines that
run the world, but at its essence
it is quite vital. For knitting, 
which can express so many 
emotions, most often expresses
love. And when all else is lost,
love is what most often stays
with us.

~ Melanie Falick

Hi and welcome to the Silverleaf knit along.
I have gathered my materials and am
looking forward to September 1 so I can
cast on. How about you?

I am using Wolle Rodel Baby Alpaka in
the colorway grey. While the pattern calls
for a sport weight yarn I am using a dk
weight which I am okay with.I am also
about 36 yards shy of the recommended
yardage, but as it's a shawl I think I can
make it work, we'll see. :)

I will be posting updates here as I can and I
hope you will do the same.
I will also be on Instagram [TraceyClover]
using the #silverleafkal.

Please remember that this is a very relaxed
kal, no pressure or stress, just have fun.
If you come across a problem just send me
an email [address in my profile] or a
message on IG and I will respond as soon
as I can. We are expecting some terrible
weather on Friday, but fingers crossed I
keep power, if not then I will be in touch
when it's back on.

Much love and happy knitting,

Sunday, August 28, 2016


In the rhythm of the
needles there is music
for the soul

The day the pattern for Silverleaf
was released I knew I wanted to
knit it. After browsing around on
Jimmy Beans Wool I decided to
order Cascade Venezia Sport in
White Heaven, and cast on as soon
as it arrived.

The pattern is easy to follow and
even the Leaf Lace Section is not
hard as long as you pay attention
to yarn overs [something I failed
to do and had to rip back].

This first shawl was never meant for
me, it is going to my Mike's Aunt, but
I loved knitting it so much I have
decided to knit it again and thought
you might like to join me in a little

The KAL will begin on September 1
and end whenever you are finished,
no pressure, no stress, just the joy
of knitting something pretty along
with others. Have a problem or a question
with the pattern? Just ask and we
can help because I have found knitters
to be the most wonderful of souls.

The pattern calls for  approximately
550 yards of sport weight yarn on
a size 6 needle, but you can easily
adjust the pattern to other weights
and yardages.

For the KAL I will be using
Wolle Rodel Baby Alpaka which is
a dk weight and as I only have 504
yards I will be adjusting the pattern
just a bit.

You can post here or on Instagram
 [TraceyClover] which is where I
can be found most days. Please
tag your post #silverleafkal so we
can all ooh and ahh over your

Much love,

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Some old fashioned things
like sunshine and fresh air
are hard to beat.

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder 

I am enjoying these slow summer days,
are you?

There are trips several times a week
to the beaches [ I visit Hunting Island
and Edisto ]. The beach is my happy
place and with heat indexes in the 100's
and humidity that makes me melt I
am in the water as much as possible.

There is time in the gardens, weeding,
putting up all the fruits and vegetables
I can to be enjoyed during the winter

I made my favorite lacto-fermented
salsa that I eat with everything!
{recipe at the end of post}.
If you make it let me know what you

There is always knitting, knitting, knitting!
Did you know that as of yesterday
it are only 6 more months till Christmas?

I have been trying for over a year to get
my hands on the book, Slow Stitch
and Amazon finally was able to deliver.
The book is just as wonderful as I knew
it would be.

I finished watching Nurse Jackie and
have now moved on to Orange is the
Black, a show totally opposite of my
world, but maybe that's the hook?

I hope you enjoy the video of the waves,
it is one of my favorite sounds and I
wanted to share the calming sound with

Enjoy theses days.

Lacto Fermented Salsa

4-5 pounds tomatoes,
1 head garlic
1 large onion
2 large jalapenos
1 bunch cilantro
2 bell peppers

Chop all ingredients fine,

juice of 1 lemon
2 Tablespoons canning salt
1/2 cup whey [I get mine from
staining homemade yogurt]

Mix well and spoon into jars making
sure vegetables are covered with liquid.

I check my jars daily and if the salsa separate
I just give the jars a little shake .

Let sit in a warm place for three days and
then store in ice box.
Do not water bath! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016


This was a wonderful weekend.
I've never seen this one before.

 [Those ears!]

It's been a fabulous weekend here
and my heart is so happy.

Friday evening we had a terrible
storm.. rain, wind and even a bit
of hail, but my power only went
off for about 15 minutes and then
all was calm; others were not
as lucky, but now I think all is

Saturday I spent time doing
some house loving and then
spent had time at the local
thrift store browsing. [I found
a belt], got the food shopping
out of the way and picked up
sandwiches to eat at home.
I've been binge watching
Nurse Jackie and knitting away
on Christmas socks, staying up
way past my bedtime, but it's
summer time right? :)

Sunday we rode inland to
visit our son and his wife,
collect firewood and play
with the marsh tacky and
the donkey's. I had a blast
learning to drive the little cart,
and while I had decided not
to bring home anything
else I had to take care of I
really think I need a donkey
or two.

Another son and his wife came
for dinner and we celebrated
the man who makes our family
whole. Now I'm off to savor
the last of this weekend with
some more knitting and a little

Joining Karen

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Everything in life is art. What you do.
How you dress. The way you love
someone and how you talk. Your 
smile and your personality. The 
way you drink your tea. How you
decorate your home or party. Your
grocery list. The food you make.
How your writing looks. And the
way you feel.

~Helena Bonham Carter

Summer is in full swing and
while I can't wait for winter
I am enjoying all the fun that
comes with the warmer temperatures.
I've been spending quite a bit of
time harvesting food and then
putting it up. I made a blackberry cobbler
for my guys [I'm doing a cleanse
so none for me].

Next up was a batch of elderberry
flower cordial and trying out a
new salad dressing. I increased
the garlic and jalapeno, but it's
a keeper.

On my walk I discovered a
my patch of chantrelle mushrooms
was back, a treat from having
two tropical storms? A nice
surprise and they are being
enjoyed mixed with eggs.

Two of my son's and a daughter
in love surprised me last night
with a trip to Goodwill [I found
new throw pillows for the den]
and dinner out. THANK YOU!

There is always time for the beach
and cloud watching, especially when
the heat index is over 100 degrees F!
With all the humidity I have given
up trying to control my hair, even the
flat iron isn't helping, so poofy it is,
at least until cooler weather.

What is going on in your world?