Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Dogs...



just a couple pictures. 
I can't put my thoughts about them into words. 
So I can show you pictures of them that make me happy. 
They also make me sad. 
Christmas is coming fast. 
Gabby loves Christmas. 
She loves to open presents. 
Mr. Brown loves to eat the wrapping paper. 


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Today's 24 Days of Knitting Pattern:

Is a pullover.
Specifically the pullover I'm wearing today.

It's been in a drawer for four years and I forgot how awesome it is.

It's been in a drawer for four years because I was too 'enhanced' to wear it.
I am less 'enhanced' than I was and getting less 'enhanced' day by day.


It's simple in it's construction, there is no seaming, and it's short sleeve so their is no wanting to stab yourself in the thigh when you measure you sleeve that you've been knitting for what feels like decades only to discover you are only four inches in...

Nope, no sleeve despair here. Short Sleeves, Top Down, Cowl neck, Waist shaping. Bam! A sweater is born and ready for you to sport at all your Christmas day events looking like a boss.

The pattern is Idlewood by Cecily Glowik-MacDonald. Details about the pattern are on her blog and you can drool over it here.

Then, scuttle on over to Ravelry and snatch up your copy for $6.00 and get cracking!




Tuesday, December 02, 2014

24 Days of Knitting!

Over on America's Knitting Ravelry page and Facebook page I'm doing my 24 Days of Knitting.

24 patterns that I have ruthlessly reasearched (not really)

24 Patterns that I truly love for their style, the designer, their quickness, their gift-ability and all around yarny goodness.

24 patterns that will hopefully inspire you to hunker down and crack out a slew of knitted gifts wowing all your friends, family, and random strangers with your clever ability and generous spirit.

So now, let me catch you up:

December 1: Bandana Cowl from Purl Soho a freebie on the Purl Bee Blog. It's quick, clever in it's short row shaping. There are many tutorials to walk you thru the whole thing and when it's done you have a smashing gift to give yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a random stranger! You can find the pattern here!

December 2: Two patterns today (don't get excited, this won't be the norm, it's a bonus)

A. Hudson by Alicia Plummer is an aran weight cowl calling for about 380 yards of yarn in two colors. Cost is $6.00 but totally worth the money. You can find the pattern here!

B. Big Herringbone Cowl by Purl Soho. This one is also free from the Purl Bee blog. Calls for worsted weight yarn and size 17 needles. I've not knit this myself but I have seen it knit and it's fabulous! You can get that pattern here!

My bandana cowl knit in 100% cashmere modeled by my handsome Mr. Brown in 2011. Side note: It's probably best not to model cashmere on a dog who requires biscuits for photos and drools when said biscuits are produced.



Monday, December 01, 2014

The Finished Object post that will never end...

You might want to settle into a comfy chair for this, pour yourself a cup of holiday cheer, and maybe a note pad if you want some pattern ideas.. This is a biggie and it goes back a few weeks. 

1. One Bourbon by one of my favorite designers Thea Coleman, aka Baby Cocktails. 
Knit in Kenzie on size 7. I knit this for a friend of mine that I met this summer in our new adventure of wake surfing... I knit this in September and finished it in Hawaii. I delivered it to him in mid October...
 2. Slipper Socks: Bulky wool, size 7 needles, and about 6 hours... my coworker hates the cold. HATES it and now at least her feet are warm and toasty!

3-4. 12th Man hats from Yorkshire Yarns. this was their freebie during the South Sound Yarn Crawl this past May. The one on the left is for D and the one on the right is for his friend Todd. You can purchase the pattern at their website for $6.00 now.

5. Tokyo Scarf. One skein of Tokyo yarn, size 10.5 needles, 22 stitches, knit knit knit till you have enough to bind off and hand to the first person you think needs a little sparkle... 

 6. Aspen Shrug from the Classic Elite book Snow Day published in 2009. If you remember I made a slew of these about 5 years ago and gave them all away. Well I made this one Friday and woke up to four inches of snow on Saturday. Perfect.

 7-9. Autumn by Jane Richmond and a little version called Autumn Leftovers. The big one for me, the little one for Beans.
Super Bulky yarn and big needles means 3 hats in 12 hours. 
BAM 
Lets crack out some more for Christmas!


I made a blue one also and threw a big ass pompom on it... Hats love big ass pompoms. 
So do I for that matter.


 Here we are in our matching hats yesterday before the hockey game... it was about 28 degrees out... 

Happy December 1st!! 



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Life...

I'm looking at my calendar and it feels as if the end of the year is crashing down on top of me. Not only do we have Thanksgiving and Christmas to celebrate, there are like seven birthdays, one of which I'm already late on, sorry Marg! It's coming soon I promise... Plus our annual Christmas party, The Christmas Carol at ACT theater, multiple hockey games, Christmas cards to get ordered and in the mail... A flight across the country to spend Christmas with mom, not to mention Christmas gifts for family far away to get bought, wrapped and mailed. That's where amazon prime comes in...

Phew!

I started working on our Christmas cards today but was in such a foul mood doing it I almost dropped an F-Bomb in the Christmas greeting...  so that's been set aside for a better day.

and while most people in my world would love that... The one who don't, well... I don't want to take those calls.

I read this quote online the other day and while I don't know who the author is it rings pretty true

'I've thought about running away more as an adult than I ever did as a child'

I know why it rings true... Because once you hit adulthood sh!t gets real.

Happy Thursday. I'm off to knit.

I'm going to put together a post of finished objects because there are actually a few of them and hopefully I'll be back in the swing of things!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Retreat!

my new knitting bag
I love this weekend so much. I not only get some solid knitting time in, I get to catch up with old friends. Eat amazing meals at Prima Bistro, and this weekend I actually ventured off to Fern Ridge Alpaca Farm in Clinton, WA on Whidbey Island.
The best part of this years retreat weekend? 
My mom came with me this year. 
She made the long trip from Florida to the cold rainy Pacific NW and we had a blast. 

12th man hat for a friend.


We headed up Friday morning, whipping up the freeway, boarding the ferry and Bam! instant relaxation. 
Everyone starts arriving about 12:00 and trickles in throughout the afternoon. We wandered thru the town, bought some more yarn, and then settled in at the Saratoga Inn to knit until our reservation for dinner. 

Neon Beast in progress
Quick Blurb here about dinner. 
We ate at Prima Bistro both nights, every time we/I go I eat there exclusively for dinner. I have eaten there for 5 years now and have never ever had a disappointing meal, the food is always amazing and the staff, atmosphere, owners, and clientele creates an amazing space. When you go to Langley, because really if you come all the way to Washington you must hop the ferry to Whidbey and have lunch or dinner or both at Prima Bistro.

After eating an amazing meal at said restaurant above mom and I wandered back to the inn where she headed to bed and I stayed up a little later with some of the ladies. 

Saturday morning I was up and knitting by 5:00 a.m. curled in a chair by the fire... 

I glanced up once and noticed the sunrise was promising to be amazing so before I could think straight, I grabbed my camera and headed outside and snapped off a load of sunrise photos... I feel bad for any locals who drove past the crazy girl in her capri pj bottoms, christmas themed t-shirt, knit socks and brightly knit hat frantically running up and down the sidewalk taking pictures... 


The Saratoga Inn early Saturday morning with the full moon behind it.
Later in the morning we decided to head out to Fern Ridge Alpaca Farm.
Seriously, I had no idea what to expect and I was blown away.

We arrived, thanks to siri, and pulled up to a Yurt that is a Farm Store.

It's really a YARN store in a YURT! Featuring the yarn of all the alpacas we saw along the drive as we came in.

It was amazing and I'll let the pictures do the talking.
I highly recommend calling ahead and meeting the owner at the shop and then going in and touching everything.

After we had spent pretty much our whole budget, the farmer let mom and I into the alpaca pen and we able to play with some of the alpacas whose wool we had just bought... One spit on me while I was trying to get his photo. I think that means he loves me.

 Bob the spitter...

I know I loved him. 




I bought a skein of this cream colored as well... so wonderful

I bought a skein of this wonderful blend. Smitty and Freya are father-daughter.















What a wonderful trip and adventure! I can't wait till next year. I know for certain I'll be back at Fern Ridge Alpaca's with a much bigger budget and a rain jacket in case Bob the spitter has another go at me... 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MIA for just a wee bit longer...

Life sneaks up on you, ya know? It comes out of nowhere and all of the sudden you have to drop a few balls and this blog was my easiest to drop.
There are ups, there are downs, there is stress, and there is always laughter.
That's life.
That's my life right now.
I knit a little
I'm reading a lot (it's an escape mechanism for me that hails back to my childhood, I'm sure a therapist could give more insight on my current choice of assassin novels lol)
I don't know what to say. I have too much to say.
chaos.
However
We had a fantastic time in Maui with The Rentals, which is how I've started referring to my niece and her best friend.
I loved every minute of our trip.

Heads up mom, I got a new tattoo and if you want I'll show you in November. I'm probably going to text a picture to G so he'll probably show you before hand. You don't like them I understand that, but this one is awesome.

So to catch you up with pictures, which is safer than words right now, here is a glimpse at our trip to Maui and last weekend in Leavenworth, WA for Oktoberfest.

P.S. Happy Birthday to my sweet nephew Bird. 8 years... where did it go?































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