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News from the Nest, October 16

Good Morning, Best People!

Well, I overslept this morning, which is something I rarely do despite my best efforts! But, the oversleeping is all you need to know to tell you that I am coming off of a busy weekend, and week!

Three of the five immediate members of my family have their birthday within nine days of each other in October! My niece pointed out that, shockingly, these all occur about nine months after Valentine’s Day! 🫢

So, we celebrated the week of birthdays this past week and then I decided to go full Ma Ingalls over the weekend and put up 25 pint jars of soup and chili. Mostly, these will be lunches for Terry over the next several months, but they will also do as dinner in a pinch. Not only are they much more economical and healthier than frozen lunch entrees, but we have the world’s smallest freezer, so having pantry-stable food is a score.

We mowed and edged the lawn, most likely for the last time this year! Worked in the garden a bit, watched some college football, and took Mom out for her birthday dinner! All in all, a very full and very great weekend.

New on the Blog

I’m guilty of saying this too often, I know. But indulge me.

These Tiny Knit Sweaters may just be one of my favorite knit projects! Not only do they use yarn bits and bobs in your stash, but they are just too darn cute and very versatile! They are great Christmas tree or wreath ornaments. You could string a few up as a garland. Or you could use them as present toppers or table place settings. Oh, and did I mention you could easily knit one or two in a day!?

I cross-stitched the first initials of my family members, but you could also do a cursive letter, embroider a snowflake or a snowman…or really anything! Think how cute they’d be with stripes! I would love to have made some stripes, but since I only seem to knit with shades of white, that was a non-starter!

I’m almost done with the video showing this project from start to finish, Ma Ingalls got in the way. But check back in a day or two and I’ll have the link in the post. Or, send me an email telling me you want to know when the video is published and I’ll let you know.

Also From The Knit Studio

I can tell folks are starting to work on their Christmas projects from the activity to those posts.

  • This Chunky Christmas Stocking pattern was my first Christmas knit project and remains very popular, for good reason. It’s just a classic knit stocking that knits up quickly. I have videos showing the process from start to finish.
Christmas Stocking with nutcracker and presents tucked in.
Christmas stocking filled with small Raggedy Ann and Andy.
  • And who doesn’t love a Knit Gnome!? The hat and ‘body’ of this funny fellow are knit, but the faux fur beard is furry fabric.

From the Kitchen

I’m going to give you whiplash, going from Christmas back to Fall…but nevertheless, here we are! It’s that time of year.

  • Use little leaf cutters to cut the dough for these festive fall crackers. Sprinkle some paprika to get the lovely red leaves.
These cheese crackers cut into min fall leaf shapes, are the perfect fall treat for entertaining, tailgating or just snacking.
A bowl of turkey and bean chili.
A jar of Smoky Chili Seasoning Recipe in a jar with chiles alongside.
  • Apples are one of those ‘fall’ foods that we enjoy cooking with this time of the year! This sugar-free apple butter is easy to make and enjoy in so many ways!
Apple butter in a glass bowl, with fresh apples on linen.
Apple Butter Oatmeal Bars with spinkled rolled oats and pecans in the background.

From the Arts and Crafts Studio

  • I think Fall is the only season that really has its own aroma, filled with warming spices. This Simmering Fall Potpourri brings those scents to your home and makes lovely gifts.
Bags of simmering fall potpourri.
Candlewick hand towel.

In the Home

Tape on drawer
table linens on hangers.
  • Now’s a great time to do a quick gander and check the state of your walls. Need a little touch-up? I’ve spotted quite a few areas that need a touch-up. This indoor paint kit is so handy. Once I’ve determined that the Mr. Clean Eraser isn’t enough, having a small tube of the indoor paint color and a sponge brush takes care of any marks.
house paint touch up kit in container.

Some Fun Finds, as well as a Few Favorites

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Once you’ve used a ball whisk, you‘ll never go back to a balloon whisk. There, I’ve said it! I’ve given these as gifts to all my cooking friends and at my Favorite Things party.

I initially bought these oven liners for our small Breville Smart Oven as everything my son cooked made a mess on the bottom of the oven. Then, I realized that they are also great in my regular oven! They are a game-changer.

Holy Bright Lights, Bat Man! Our attic has one light fixture, which wasn’t enough to light it. I saw this on TV and took a chance and it was worth every penny!

I have just enough space between my washer and dryer for this slim pull-out caddy, which holds all my laundry essentials.

Well friends,

My to-do list is long and my days are short!

Wishing you a fantastic week, until we meet again next week.


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    1. Oh Sue, thank you so very much for your kind words!

      I truly love this wee job of mine, but it wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable and rewarding without readers like you. I always strive to provide useful informtion, be it recipes, decor, and knit patterns. That said, is there something I haven’t covered that you would like to see? I’m always seeking suggestions.

      Have a fantastic day and thanks again for your kind words.

      Hugs, Lynn

  1. Hello Lynn,
    I want ti thank you for all the splendid recipes you have on your site, love the yummy jams and jellies, they are the best. Keep up the good work and
    Best to you.

    1. Oh my heavens! Thank you so much for your kind words, Claudia.

      I am blushing! 😊

      I truly love this wee job of mine, but it wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable and rewarding without readers like you. I always strive to provide useful informtion; be it recipes, decor, or knit patterns. That said, is there something I haven’t covered that you would like to see? I’m always seeking suggestions.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write that kind note.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Lynn, Good for you, everyone needs a late morning, every now and again. I look forward to your Monday e-mail, always chock full of awesome ideas & projects to add to my to do list 😃👍❤️

    1. Good Morning Kelly!

      I’d actually love to have more late mornings…just don’t think it is in my DNA! In truth, the morning is my favorite time of the day, especially when I am the only one awake!

      And thanks so much for your kind words about my Monday! I love writing it, but thrilled that you find great and useful ideas and projects. Are’t we lucky that our to-do list is always full! I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever been bored!

      Thanks again for your kind words,

      Hugs, Lynn

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