Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. 
It turns what we have into enough,
and more. It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It
can turn a meal into a feast, a house
into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today and creates a
vision for tomorrow. 

~Melody Beattie                                                           


An early morning bike
ride found me at the
massive old oak, the
biggest on the property,
and one of my favorites.
With a long list of knit
gifts on my Christmas
list, I am not going any-
where without needles
close by so I sat for
a while enjoying the
great weather.

I finished one of the
fingerless mitts that is
on my gift giving list,
along with a few inches
of the Corkscrew scarf
I am making for one
of my sister's. The
yarn is Paton's Bamboo Silk
in Ivory and I love it, it
is super soft and smooshy.

I am hoping since I took
these photos yesterday
morning that by the
time you read this the
Brown Annabel wil be
off the needles and in
the stack waiting for buttons.
I had planned on having
all but one sweater done
by the weekend, but I became
a little sidetracked. It's really
okay though,  it's all knitting!

My reading this week has
mostly been high school
biology, but I am finding
time for listening to a
book while I knit. This
week I listened to
Rob Lowe's, Stories I Only Tell My Friends
and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The thing that impressed me
most about Mr. Lowe was
how he never put anyone down,
just telling the story of his
upbringing with honesty and

For all of my American friends
I wish you a peace filled Thankgiving
tomorrow and for all my other
friends I wish you the same too. :)


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you! The peaceful under the tree knitting sounds wonderful!

  2. All very pretty Tracey, but that bike is more than pretty, it's GORGEOUS! Thanks for the book recommendation, my husband was a big West Wing fan, so this might be a good stocking filler!

  3. Your knitting speed always amazes me. Your bike is smashing, both my girls have recently bought old fashion styled bikes like this they are all the rage here.
    Happy thanksgiving!

  4. you're taking wonderful wonderful pictures of your projects Tracey!!! thanks for sharing. have a lovely day!!

  5. I do believe that everyone that you know is getting a knitted item!! Love your purple ear buds :) As always love your sweater as well!!

  6. The projects are beautiful and they look especially nice photographed in the trees x I think I will give that sweater pattern a go it looks great, thankyou

  7. Lovely pictures, and wonderful projects.

  8. Ooh, a morning bike ride and some al fresco knitting - sounds so dreamy!!

  9. I love that sweater! Hope you get all your gift projects done. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  10. I love the cork screw scarf, and the annabel is great, again lovely choice of colour.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you. I will be spending it at a pot luck/book club evening. I'm not american but I wouldn't miss the annual thanksgiving book club for anything - the food is always fantastic!

  11. Such lovely projects and I really like the cork screw scarf ~ super cute!

  12. Very nice pictures, I love that Jacket and scarf. And your bike!!!

  13. I adore your gratitude quote (our christian ed women did our sermon last week on gratitude----I'm goin to share this with them....they'll love it, too!)

    and all your knitting!!! I hate that I don't even look at chunky patterns--not a chunky knitting kind of knitter, but of course, I HAVE some chunky yarn that somehow got in my stash-----and it's going to be turned in to some of those fingerless mitts!!! LOVE THEM!!!

    Hope you have a great gathering tomorrow!! Hugs!

  14. Oh, that Annabel is scrumptious. What color buttons are you thinking?

  15. Wow, you are getting a lot of knitting done! Your bike is AWESOME! I have a blue 1950's Schwinn that I ride, but had to put it for a while, it's too hard to pull the bike trailer with no gears!

  16. Ok, you totally got me with this one. A bicycle and knitting! Sigh, heaven! Wish I could do them at the same time. :)

  17. Such beautiful photos and knits! Your annabel is lovely, I might have to make one.


    Rob Lowe was the my teen heartthrob and the person whose picture was hanging up in my school locker. :-)

    I have his book on my to-read list and will get to it someday.

  19. I love your bike (and all your knits of course)>
    Happy Thanksgiving Tracey. Much love to you.

  20. There is so much about this post that I love. :-)The photographs are gorgeous, your bike makes me swoon and the knitting is just beautiful!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  21. happy happy thanksgiving to you.
    your photographs are as beautiful as always. and the quote at the top is so timely.
    i LOVE working with bamboo silk, it is like butter. such wonderful knits you have going on.

  22. All your projects are wonderful Tracey, I really want to try the Annabel, perhaps my green yarn could become an Annabel?

  23. Your projects are coming along so nicely. The Annabel looks great. Love that pink bike!!

  24. Your projects and those pictures are lovely. Annabel is on my list someday, very very soon.

  25. how absolutely beautiful it all is. i want to come camp at your house!!! your resurrection fern especially made me smile. and that creamy spirally la la.

  26. Happy Thanksgiving dear friend! I hope it's wonderful!

  27. Such lovely projects Tracey, and your photos are amazing. Happy Thanksgiving.

  28. I do so love your bike. And it looks like your headphones match! If we were closer, we could go for a spin on our cruisers and sit while knitting a bit. Amazing pile of gifts you have. Such lucky recipients. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, Tracey.

  29. I love how you make handknits look like they grow on trees! That Annabel is looking fantastic. And you've done gone and given me ideas with the fingerless mitts - I've put the pattern in my Ravelry library. Now, above all, I want a funky bike too!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving...

  30. i'd love to ride and knit with you, i have a basket on my bike too, the best part! happy thanksgiving tracey and i do hope you find a little time to get some knitting in!

  31. What awesome ways to spend the day! Your bike is cute.

  32. Your bike is so cute! Love the knitting and photos as always.

  33. Love that bike photo!
    The blue of your fingerless mitt project is beautiful. I'm using the bamboo silk for the baby singlet I'm knitting right now, and love how soft it is.
    Wow. You have some lucky gift recipients!! :)

  34. Such a lovely colour sweater! I always love going on a little journey through your photographs!