Friday, July 18, 2014

this salad...

is quite possibly the master piece of my summer cooking and I failed to get a photo of it.
for that I apologize.

You should still make it though.
Make it and gobble up it's deliciousness!

Carmel's Greek Pasta Salad
Perfect for boating, picnics, concerts in the park, shame eating at midnight.




1 box whole wheat pasta cooked according to package
8 marinated artichoke hearts – chopped
12-16 Kalamata olives
Pepperoncini to taste
Hard Italian salami (I used Boars Head and I used the whole log) sliced and diced
Little mozzarella balls fresh drained
1 red onion thinly sliced 
1 pint of cherry tomatoes sliced in half

Dressing
¼ - ½ cup of good olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Splash – ¼ cup red wine vinegar
Salt
Pepper 
2 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tbls Mediterranean Oregano

Shake in mason jar or whisk the heck out of it in a bowl
Mix and let marinate in the fridge for an hour or overnight

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Family Night

Back in March, D and I headed over to the Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville to line up and purchase our summer concert series tickets for the 2014 season.
Last night was the first concert of the batch we purchased.

Ringo Starr and His All Star Band...

We had such a great time.
D's older brother's family joined us and I think this picture pretty much sums up the night...


Tomorrow I'll post the pasta salad recipe that I made... It was amazing!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

finished object: Baby Vertebra

It's actually the "Newborn Vertebrae" but I did it in DK Weight. Newborn size numbers, heavier yarn. This will fit Baby G nicely in September and hopefully till Christmas.
Yarn is from Fancy Image Yarn in Shelton Wa. Myra dyes all the yarn herself and she's a genius!
Contrast is from KnitPicks, superwash wool of the andes.

It's so stinking cute! I can't wait to see him in it!
Actually I can't wait to see him! His due date was yesterday but he arrived earlier than expected so yesterday he was a month and a day old! Happy 1 month buddy!!

sorry I completely jacked the photos :) but you get the idea... 




In other news I apparently put a chip in the back of my tooth last night and have to go to the dentist today for a repair... Hopefully it goes better than last time when they numbed me so much I looked like this for about 60 minutes post filling...

Happy Thursday!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Mr. Brown!

12 years old!
That's 84 in dog years!

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Where am I?

Not location wise because I'm still in the Seattle area... It's more of a where the hack have I been in the knitting world! I turn 40 and feel like I've disappeared. We'll, I haven't really disappeared but re-prioritized some things in my life.

Mainly my health.
I'm pretty overweight.
By like 100 pounds
So I made a deal with myself.
I'm going to lose 100 pounds in 365 days.
I'm exercising every day and eating a healthy balanced diet.
No magic diet
No restrictions
Just burn more calories than you consume.
D's been doing it a lot longer than me and is down a lot!
Things I've noticed after a month
1. Clothes hang differently
2. My food cravings have changed.
3. I'm happy. Like really really happy.
So, I'm still knitting
I'm still doing the forum for Americas Knitting but I'm also exercising an hour to an hour and a half per day... That really cuts in to my knitting time but that's okay
Because if I'm not healthy there may come a time when I can't knit and that would be devastating!

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Finished Object: Garter Ear Flap Hat

This yarn.
Big Bad Wool Weepaca.
It's amazing.
I bought this at Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove with the intention to knit a wee tiny cable hat for George.

first I did the ribbing wrong and ripped it out and started again...
it wasn't grooving for me so I ripped it out again and set it aside.
then I remembered this Garter Ear Flap Hat from the Purl Bee Blog and thought 'Perfect'

It is perfect.
The short-row shaping for the ear flaps is simple and charming.
The decreases gave me some trouble...
Mostly because I looked at the decrease and mentally took out one of the letters... the instruction was SSKP. I read, SSK. that's a big difference because one decreases two stitches at once and the other only takes down one stitch so last night I had to rip out all the decreases I had done and re-knit the yarn again.


Hence the amazing part.

This yarn held up like a champ with the number of times I ripped and re-knit, ripped and re-knit.
It feels amazing.
the color is wonderful.
Its MACHINE WASHABLE AND DRYER SAFE!

so much to be excited about, but I'm going to show you the hat now and you might want to sit down lest you get light headed at the onslaught of adorableness that is this hat...

The instruction in the pattern for all of it are very good, especially if you read them thoroughly instead of going off on your own and pretending you think you know what you're doing...

I'm pretty sure I'm going to make one of these for myself in a bright pink fuchsia...

I'm not pretty sure, I know I'm going too... as soon as I finish a couple more things for Baby G.


Tuesday, June 03, 2014

California Part 2: Simply Beautiful Pictures













With all the amazing colors in the area is it any wonder that artist flock to this part of California to paint?

Finished Object

Well hello life, thank you for making me busier than a nut burying squirrel!
It's been chaotic in my world for the better part of two weeks.
Catching up with work while I was away celebrating my 40th with my mom followed by Memorial Weekend.
Memorial Weekend was great, and we bbq'd with friends who made me an amazing birthday cake! (picture in another post tomorrow!)
Memorial Weekend led into a short week a week that was also month end at work which is always crazy for me couple that with the fact that a few people were on vacation and we all had to adjust and cover.

Hence no posts at all last week!
So now you get to see what I finished.
Plus some good news!

Good news first because it leads into the finished object.

Baby G arrived.
A wee bit (five weeks) early
He clocked in over 6lbs and he's doing great. He just needs to work on staying awake long enough drink a full meal. He's super cute as well... As soon as I get permission from my Margie I'll post a picture of him for all to see... Bump seems pretty happy with him as well.

So, the finished object is a sweater for Baby G.
I knit it in a size 6mo
It's the Knitting Pure and Simple Button Front Baby Pullover
The yarn is Fancy Image Yarn Merino Dk Superwash in Navy.
I bought the yarn during the 2014 South Sound Yarn Crawl.
I didn't buy enough.
It's hand dyed.
Myra dyes all her own stock and it's amazing!

You see where I'm going with this?

Oh and I also threw the label out because I'm crazy like that.

However I knew I had posted a photo of it on Facebook, either my personal page or America's Knitting's page, but I post a lot of stuff on Facebook and so for me to go back and find it would take days...
Enter Mel a fan of America's Knitting. She found the picture so I was able to get the dye lot and message Myra, the fantastic owner of Fancy Image Yarn, and Myra came to the rescue! She had one more hank of the Navy in the dye lot I needed. she popped it in the mail as I was dropping a check in the mail and shazam, it's finished!


So here's the necessary details, minus the rookie error mentioned above.

Yarn: Fancy Image Dk Superwash Merino in Navy
Needle size: 3 & 5
Size: 6 months
buttons: found at Knitting by the Sea in Carmel California. They are perfection

I can't wait till he fits into his sweater! He'll be warm and snug as a bug in a rug come winter!

Now, back to the crazies!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Review

I wrote up a quick little something about my visit to Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove... It's posted on America's Knitting with pictures! You can read it here

want a teaser photo?

Of course you do... 


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

California on my Mind... Part I

Have you ever had a vacation so amazingly wonderful that you just couldn't bounce back into your 'real' life?

That's what I'm struggling to do right now... bounce back into my normal routine which does not include;

ocean views
valet parking
nightly turn down service of your bed with two little chocolates waiting on your pillow

Seriously.
Dark delicious chocolate on my pillow each night.

At least I took a lot of pictures of our adventures and I can take a few moments each day to fantasize that I'm back in Pacific Grove, Monterey, cruising up to Big Sur, walking the beach with mom, waking up to an ocean breeze fluttering the curtains in my hotel room.

 Wednesday we arrived in Pacific Grove, about two hours south of San Francisco, and when we woke up Thursday morning this is what we saw...






Then we had lunch
and this was the view 

 
That pretty much covered day 1 

I visited a yarn shop in Pacific Grove but that will be posted somewhere else :) I'll link when it's ready 

Tomorrow?
 Monterey Warf
What actually occurred at my birthday dinner.
 

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