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Hello! It's me, Rachel-Marie, owner of http://knittydirtygirl.com

I make my fiber art items with love and an inspired, hipster heart! My hubby and I have grown a little family in the sweet small city of Lancaster, PA.

I love container gardening, vampires, knitting (of course), vintage shopping, shabby chic decorating, and audible.com. I enjoy my girl time, pampering myself or going out for a drink. Hey you only live once!

So, I’m only a click away! Msg. me, and you’re likely to get a response right away. Go ahead, I’d love to hear from you!

As seen in: Fig magazine, Fine Living Lancaster 11/08, Lancaster Newspaper's Sunday Spotlight 7/27/08, The Storque, Intertwined by Lexi Boeger, Knit 1 for the Road by Margaret Nock, and Knit One Embellish Too by Cosette Cornelius-Bates

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October 25th, 2010

  Hello!

About time for a blog update! Sorry my entries are so long, but I can't blog too often. I make sure to update my facebook photo albums regularly and then compile my favorite things here on the blog when I get a moment.

In chronological order I will start here 10-8-2010, Octavian's little friend from the neighborhood, Maddy came over to play. I have a few really cute pictures of them both playing together, but this one of Maddy is just completely adorable.


(Pictured Above: Little Maddy)
 
 This is one of my favorite pictures of Octavian, showing off his Occytober spirit! Again, completely adorable. Taken 10-14-10. You can view Octavian's second round of 365 days here on Facebook.
 

(Pictured Above: Occytober)
 
 Now don't be jealous, but I got treated to 3 pair of new boots @ Bass + a totally cute pair of Jordans. Thanks Gregpa! Below are my favorite boots. Cowgirl boots inspired by my obsession with True Blood. Thanks Gregpa!!!!
 

(Pictured Above: New boots) 

The kids aren't the only ones playing in our front yard. We've got critters too!
 

(Pictured Above: Squirrel)

Now it's time for the usual Food Pron! These cream cheese bars are delicious, but very very rich and sweet. Just one is more than enough.


(Pictured Above: Cream Cheese Bars)


(Pictured Above: Banana Oat Muffins)
 
I made mashed potatoes from scratch for the first time. TOTALLY worth the effort.


(Pictured Above: Mashed Potatoes

Sugar cookies, absolutely PERFECT! Just make sure to bake them for only 5 minutes, and don't make them too thin.


(Pictured Above: Sugar Cookies with orange + vanilla icing)

 Breakfast is a sacred meal at our house. The best yummiest foods ever!


(Pictured Above: Pumpkin Waffles)

We tried something a little different to use up extra bananas. 

(Pictured Above: Banana Cream Pie Bars)


(Pictured Above: Carrot Burgers)

(Pictured Above: My favorite apple pie filling + crust)
 
As far as my knitting + crafts, I've packaged some orders + knit a few rounds on Jerome's socks. I haven't had much time for it all, but I ordered a new spinning wheel motor + plan to fit more of it into my new lifestyle. I'm definitely inspired again to create arty things.
 
Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie

October 9th, 2010

Birthday + Hairdo

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Hello!
 
How's it going? We're doing pretty good, makin the most of it. Octavian turned 3 years old. My baby boy. + I cut my dreadlocks off, now I feel like a grown up. About time, huh? 
 

(Pictured Above: Mommy's new hairdo + Oc turned 3)
 

(Pictured Above: Octavian's Birthday Cupcakes)

"Mama Tuck's Squash - Carrot Cake" (I used 3 cups carrots + 1 cup squash) I used these 2 recipes as guides:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Carrot-Cake/Detail.aspx
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-Cheese-Frosting-II-2/Detail.aspx

 

(Pictured Above: Cinnamon Buns)

I used this recipe, sans the raisins: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Heavenly-Cinnamon-Rolls/Detail.aspx#



(Pictured Above: Fresh Pumpkin Pie)

(Pictured Above: Fresh Pumpkin Pie)
 

(Pictured Above: Aftermath of the Pumpkin Pies)

 

(Pictured Above: More Aftermath)

 

(Pictured Above: Super yummy biscuits)

(Pictured Above: Blueberry wheat waffles)
 
 
I used this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Waffles-I/Detail.aspx



(Pictured Above: Banana Muffins)
 
Let me know if you try any of the recipes!
Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie

September 20th, 2010

Updatey + Bakey

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Hello!

We have been keeping busy at the Tucker house. Octavian's been playing up a storm. Our neighbors have a lot of fun with him, and his friend Archer came to visit. Archer is super cute and welcome anytime!


(Pictured Above: Octavian playing guitar w/the neighbors)


(Pictured Above: Archer + Oc)

I've been spinning, dyeing, and knitting, nothing finished to report though! I've been knitting so slowly on Jerome's socks, shame on me. I've also been cooking, baking, and playing Peggle on XBox. Jerome has been fixing electronics, playing Peggle w/me, and eating my food!
We've been penny pinching so I tried making some pies with frozen strawberries. They were only .89 at Amelia's. The pies were good but not near as good as the fresh strawberry pies I made over the summer. The crust saved them. You could put almost anything in homemade crust, top it with whipped cream and it would be yummy. 


(Pictured Above: Overnight French Toast)

The french toast was AMAZING! My husband loved it so much. I used the syrup I made for the french toast on the ham.

(Pictured Above: Homemade Syrup Baked Ham)

I don't have a recipe for the ham. I just bought a super cheap, super duper frozen ham at Amelia's. I thawed it, poured the syrup and some brown sugar on top, and then slow baked it all day on low in my oven. Soooo yummy.


(Pictured Above: Ham and Potato Soup)

Then I used some of that ham in this potato soup! It's super filling and hearty, got rave reviews on allrecipes. I added farmer's cheese to the butter mixture, and then onion powder, parsley, garden fresh sage, and garlic to the stock.


(Pictured Above: Zucchini Cake)
 
The zucchini cake was BANGIN. The frosting is super yum.
 

(Pictured Above: Cherry tomatoes from my garden)

Oh and I briefly spotted a baby bunny in the garden! It hopped away somewhere but I enjoyed the flash of cute while it lasted!

That's all! Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie
 

August 24th, 2010

Updatey

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Hello!

How are you? I'm swell. =) I sent a lot of you out there invitations to join my newsletter e mail list via Facebook. Everyone has been so nice, and I've gotten a lot of new members! (Thank You!!) I'm going to be focusing the newsletter on shop updates. This past weekend I listed some new fiber batts + new sock yarn.
I can't wait until the next shop update. I already have some really beautiful handspun finished for it, but I hope to have lots more! Spinning yarn has been such a comfort this week. 

I guess I've taken a little knitting break, only because I've gotten so much zen from spinning. I have a lot of knitting WIPs though, and I'm not going to let them turn into UFOs!!! Especially not Papa Tuck's socks living in my pink leather Bass purse.

 

(Pictured Above: Papa Tuck's socks)

Today had beautiful weather. I got to wear Leisl for the first time this year, that felt good - especially because I'm about 20 lbs lighter than I was in it last year haha. 

I had an interview at Verizon today that seemed promising so please wish me luck! I really think this one is a good match for me, but only time will tell... it was encouraging either way.

Well I'm going to spin a while + then watch a movie with Papa Tuck. Love you all!
 
Keep it Knitty,
Rachel-Marie

August 4th, 2010

PONIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you're all doing well. I had a really good last week, and off to a good start on August as well. Tonight's farm jog was super extra magical, one of the farms had PONIES out in their pasture. Yes! Little precious PONIES!!! And the cicadas were deafening. I heard nothing but cars, and then turned a corner and found myself in the middle of a cicada jam band.

I don't have pony photography, but I caught the fluffy sheep mingling on film last week.


(Pictured Above: "Wait up guys!")

(Pictured Above: "Save some for me, sheesh!!)

That sheepy better get it together! Survival of the fittest, ya know?!?!?!?!

I wish I could live or work on a farm... in the meantime I treasure my little garden! I discovered my first ripened tomato which Octavian called dibs on, and I harvested some carrots.



(Pictured Above: First tomato)

(Pictured Above: Home grown carrots)

I put myself back on a low-ish fat diet. Trying to avoid as much sugar and fat as possible so I can stay in my clothes! Since I lost 30 lbs I had to buy all new clothes, and I plan on sticking with the new threads. My baking obsession has got to smarten up, and this is the start:



(Pictured Above: Low Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins)

Everyone LOVED the muffs, and the whole two batches were gone in a weekend! I was surprised, my husband didn't even consent to butter offered to his muffins! I highly recommend the recipe.

The KDG shop is on a roll. I think it's looking very pretty these days. I just love the newly listed cardigan, mostly because it's so comfy.


(Pictured Above: Knitty Kitty Cardy)

 
*Looks around* This place is so drab!! How about I hang up a happy yellow wreath to beautify things a bit. This wreath is fresh and new, part of a series of wreaths I'm building this season. I hope it can find a good home!
(Pictured Above: "Enchanted Autumn Stroll" Wreath)

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time,
Keep it Knitty!

Rachel-Marie

 

July 26th, 2010

6 Apple Pies!

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Hello! How are you?

I'm still doing really well. Trying to appreciate life and make the most of every new day no matter what. This morning I started off with a run through Amish country, corn + ducks + horses + Amish buggies, blues sky, and nice weather (wasn't too hot at 7:30 in the morning). Octavian has been enjoying summer too. Here he is playing out back on our patio. He had a bowl of water and some old shampoo he used to give his smurf a bath... and my door.


(Pictured Above: Octavian washing  my door)

I made more zucchini + carrot muffins, also filled up my beloved heart baking dishes. I brought muffins into Nike, I hope everyone liked them!


(Pictured Above: More zucchini and carrot muffins)

I've been doing a lot of fiber work. I'm also knitting my Ishbel shawl, and looking forward to making a triloom with Jerome. Below are batts for a sock yarn that I'm currently plying.


(Pictured Above: Sparkling Pink Lemonade Twice Carded Batts)

I also have a new handspun sock yarn in my etsy shop and I dyed a new line of sock yarn sets, tea themed. I really love the new sock yarn sets I hope they take off.


(Pictured Above: Orange Spice Tea)

Today I made 6 apple pies! I didn't expect to get so many little pies out of one bag of apples! I followed Betty Crocker for the filling, and my usual crust. The nutmeg smells BANGIN, makes me crave Autumn so badly.


(Pictured Above: Apple Pies)


(Pictured Above: Octavian's slice)

Lastly, here's a photo showing off my cammo smile (my teeth are still broken) and my 1 year 5 month old dreadlocks.


(Pictured Above: me)

Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie

July 19th, 2010

Very Satisfying Day

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Hello!

I had a very satisfying day! I made potato salad, slow cooker chicken, and a strawberry pie. Nom nom nom.


(Pictured Above: My Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie)

Octavian is so cute!! Look at him enjoying his dessert.

(Pictured Above: nom nom nom Save room for pie!)
We had a beautiful summer rain. Oc was napping so I got to fully enjoy the peaceful moment.

(Above Video: A summer rain)

After a lot of cleaning + laundry + my pilates video, I finished my first fiber dyeing session in months! Fresh green.


(Pictured Above: Fresh green wool + alpaca)
 
Tomorrow is a brand new day. I work @ Nike, and I feel very refreshed and ready to start  my little work week. Hopefully I can bring in some carrot muffins to share? Yum!


(Pictured Above: Octavian + me, today)

Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie



 

Gardens, Needles, Ovens

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Hello!

Where to begin? I guess I'll start at the zucchini. I had one successful zucchini growth in my garden so far, and I used it wisely! I put half into some muffins (click for recipe), and the other half I put into a garden grown mint chicken pasta salad. So. Yum.


(Pictured Above: Shredded freshly picked zucchini)



(Pictured Above: Zucchini Carrot Muffins)

 
 
I've also been keeping up on my spinning and knitting! I finished two more yarns since I last blogged, and I'm knitting daily on my Ishbel. I want to mention that Laila's Tour de Fleece team has really helped push me back into spinning, I'm so thankful for that! Did you know I didn't spin or knit for about 6 months? 2009 really... erm... kicked my ass, and then the ass kicking continued into 2010. Although, ever since I fell on my face I've been doing a lot better haha. I guess I figured now or never, and found a way to pull myself together finally.

As a side note, I'll just update everyone who doesn't know: My teeth are getting work done on Sept 1st, and then I'll be able to get an appointment for caps which will be at least another month out. So I'll be stuck with this Sookie smile for a while. I'll try to put on a happy face and snap a pic with my cammo-grin (I can hide the yucky parts when I try lol). I don't look so bad when I put on a ton of makeup (to cover up the bright pink scar) and focus on cammo-grinning. I've actually been really depressed about my pirate face, and thus have been slacking on my work outs. But I think I've come to terms with the whole thing, and I plan on getting back into my exercise routine again tomorrow. Either way I'm still in the best shape of my life. Those pilates videos gave me abs + biceps! Even when I'm a lazy fatso I still seem to keep a decent figure. Now I know why people exercise. haha


(Pictured Above: Tranquility)

 

(Pictured Above: Strawberry Peach Cobbler)

I'm really excited for Fall... imagine that?! It's only the perfect season for a yarn girl like myself! Plus it's little Octavian's birthday month in October. I felt like my door needed a little sprucing up, so I made a new Autumn-cheersome wreath. I know I still have a month or two, but I want to be ultra prepared for this year's brisk - bright colored leafy season. I want to savor every moment I can get, and that includes prep!


(Pictured Above: Autumn cheersome!)

Wreath is made with organic cotton from Holly of MissHawklet + handspun brown wool yarn from FroggyFibers + my own hand dyed farm wool + garden twine.

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow! I plan on baking a strawberry pie, making potato salad, and a slow cooker chicken recipe just for starters. Well take care everyone. May your gardens grow, your needles knit, and your ovens bake!

Keep it Knitty,
Rachel-Marie

July 12th, 2010

Not dead yet.

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Hello Everybody! =)
 

I'm finally feeling alive again. I'm not dead yet. It was so hard getting over everything that's been holding me back this year (yes since New Year's Eve). Random road blocks one after another... chipped away at me until I totally lost my sanity. After I smashed my face I knew I had to pick up the pieces now or never. So I tried REALLY REALLY REALLY hard this past week, and even though I have a busted grill + scabby mouth I feel like a new woman.

I finished a new yarn, and am getting back to my fiber roots. Enchanted Forest handspun.


(Pictured Above: Enchanted Forest handspun)

I'm really inspired to pick up the pieces and move on from the 2009 knit drama. Get rid of the painful memories and start fresh. I'm hoping to get together a virtual knitting group since most of you aren't in my area. Let me know if you're interested, and what your availability would be. We'd use some sort of video chat program. I've used Google video chat for one on one chats, and a few other programs. I'm thinking skype? I'm sure there's a way to do it on Skype.

I'm posting here again, in one of Laila's fiber groups! (They're the most fun.)

I couldn't have gotten my mental health back without my cheerful little garden! We had a heat wave, and then a massive storm, which produced lots of exciting green nooks and crannies!


(Pictured Above: Some little pom pom type flowers that I grew from seed)

I was so delighted to see some zucchini + tomatoes start to pop up! Carrots are growing steadily as well.
You can see more pictures of my garden here on Facebook.

I just love the charming little turtle I found at a yard sale for .10 I don't regret taking him home one bit!


(Pictured Above: Front of my herb garden)

Thanks to everyone who sent me zucchini recipes on Facebook. They're all so inspiring. I'm going to make some sort of baked bread or cake with the first one. I want to do a pasta dish as well. If any of you - my blog readers have any suggestions, please leave a comment with a recipe for either carrots, zucchini, or tomatoes.

Otherwise I've been keeping fit with the lovely Ellen Barrett. I've done the same video about 15 times (at least!) and I love it. I can finally jump around without feeling like a complete klutz. Here is the one I like. It really does work!

Be sure to keep up on the new True Bloods! I'm so thankful that Bill is finally showing some depth. He's so irritating in the books, and they make him out to be so bangin in the TV series.

I'll leave you with a picture of my little darling playing with his friend Junior. Octavian is so big, unbelievable.


(Pictured Above: Junior + Octavian yesterday)

Oh! I still have a ton of Nike Outlet friends + family coupons, if you're local and would like one - leave me a comment. They're 30% off your purchase at the end of July.

Keep it Knitty!
Rachel-Marie

June 11th, 2010

KVIZA

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So, doods. I think I have to pay to upgrade my livejournal AND I have a bill to pay for my website... until I can get that all together (I have a really sweet links page on my KDG .com site) Please take a looksy at my friend Jonathan's band.


http://myspace.com/kviza

Or here on Facebook.... Kviza on Facebook

Thanks to all who have been thinking of me. I'm doing better.

Love you guys!
Rachel-Marie
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