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?































Thursday, September 04, 2014

Finished Object


Crazy right?
A 'Finished Object' post.
It is crazy.
It's been a crazy busy summer and we're speed rolling right into a crazy busy fall...
America's Knitting kicked off their next Knit-A-Long which is super fun and I'm super excited about... (because it was my idea has nothing to do with the excitement)
We're doing a KAL that features all the accessory designs by Never Not Knitting's Alana Dakos!
I'll gush more later on my love of all things Alana.

So lets see, crazy busy
1. Knit-a-long
2. turn and burn trip to the Twin Cities coming up
3. long trip to Maui (hurry hurry hurry)
4. return from Maui in time to head up to the mountains for Oktoberfest (I have a better plan this year than I did last year)
5. return from Oktoberfest and get two weekends at home before the So Much Yarn retreat in Langley with my mom.

Once I get through all this I'll be hard staring at Thanksgiving, our Christmas party, Christmas Craziness

crap

I think I'll take my yarn and go hibernate with Fuzzy Wuzzy. I have the hat to keep me cozy!

However, I do have a finished object (actually I have two to talk about but the second one isn't photo ready yet so you get this one).

Haleakala Hat
Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat from the Purl Bee Blog
Yarn: Malabrigo in Fuchsia
Needles: size 6 16"
Difficutly: advanced beginner, short rows can give you palpitations but Purl Bee has a great tutorial and when you do them in garter stitch you don't have to pick up your wraps (picking up wraps give me palpitations)
I love it.
I love it
I love it
I totally screwed it up again though. Just like I screwed up Baby G's but it still looks awesome.
It covers my ears perfectly
The tassel is just floppy enough for my taste without look foolish like some oversized pompom

The best part
This pattern ranges in sizes from Baby G size to Crazy Aunt Carmel Size. Maybe we'll do a selfie with our matching hats when I hit the Twin Cities...
 
Side Note:I've been quiet on the blog all summer because we've been crazy busy. I'm quiet now because our Boxer girl Gabby is sick. Two weeks ago she was diagnosed with Boxer Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). There is no cure, our only goal at this point is to keep her calm, comfortable, happy and shower her with love. She is taking medication to regulate her heart beat but she's slowing down and she'll continue to get slower and have a harder time wandering about the house and yard. Our dogs are such a huge part of our lives that this news was a blow to our hearts. 

Mr. Brown on the other hand is getting crazier by the day. He's all about finding things to eat and they don't have to be food, he tried a bar of expensive soap yesterday, and I think he liked it.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Pack your hand knits

We're planning our next trip to Maui.
By planning I mean, I'm into the finite details of daily activities.
Not too many because lets be honest, it's Maui and if your daily goal is to lay
like a Harbor seal on the hot sand avoiding a shark bite, then you've already won.
There are however a few things that myself, D and The Girls, will want to do...

Before you think I suddenly aquired a child or children The Girls refer to
our niece and her best friend who are coming along for the ride.

Adventures, there are many to be had on Maui, from the extreme cliff diving and biking down a volcano, to swimming at beaches while you ignore the shark attack warning signs... That's what I do and it gives my life a level of risk that I balances perfectly.

So the adventures we're looking into are kind of in the middle
kayaking
a day trip on a scooter
Zip lining for D and the Girls. (this will be my harbor seal on the beach morning)
Luau (the best one in Maui in my opinion is the Feast at Lele
Surf Lessons
and
A trip up to the top of Haleakala. Maui's volcano to watch the sun come up.

We went up there on our last visit and while the valley and the beaches are a balmy 84 degrees
Haleakala at 5:00 a.m. for a sunrise that rips through you, is a frigid 33 degrees.

Last time I was ill prepared
This time I will not be.
I cast on an ear flap hat for myself last night.

So if you're planning a trip to Maui and think that you may make the drive to Haleakala you will do well to pack your snowsuit next to your banana hammack.

And, if you're on the volcano when I am, I'll be the cutie in the hot rasberry pink garter ear flap hat bitching about people blocking the view with their iPads that they use for pictures...





Saturday, August 09, 2014

six years later...

I have finally finished my husbands race car slippers.

It all started because I saw a pattern for race car slippers on Ravelry and I mistakenly posted the photo on Facebook.

The next thing I know, I'm getting a text from D saying, 'when do I get my pair?'

Excited I said, 'Right away!'

Six tortuous years later I finally sewed the last damn tire on.
The first five years were spent buying random red and black yarns only to toss them aside because they weren't right.

D kept telling me 'it's not that hard, all I want on them are four tires and the number 21'

well it is that hard when you have issues with making people happy.
I was so terrified of him not liking them that I kept putting off the making them.
It became a standing joke between us.
Every time I said I was going to knit something for some one he said back
'how about finishing a pair of race car slippers for your husband?'

Well guess what?
I finished them. 
He loves them.
They're red
They have four tires
They have the number 21 on them
so what if it's crooked?
So what if my hand sewing skills would make a quilter shudder with horror.

They're done.
Praise God Almighty the damn slippers are done.
I should have celebrated with a drink last night but it was so late when I sewed the last tire on I just went to bed.

We're see ZZTop tonight and Jeff Beck, so my celebratory drink will come there...

I'm never knitting a pair of race car slippers again...
Ever...
wait, little LOL just asked for a pair... Actually her dad did. I might cave, but I might make them pink since he said LOL wants them in a mens size 11..

I'm sick.
Happy Saturday!
xoxo
Carmel

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Knit Funk

It's not catching.
I don't think.
I knit stuff.
I don't finish anything right now.

There was that Fair-Isle-Along that I was running from May - June and I finished exactly one item. The second item is rolling around in the back of my car right now.

I cast on for a pair of ankle socks and they are moving along.
Kind of.

Wednesday night I got a wild hair to start another project for Baby G. After I told myself it was time to knit something for me, a sweater, a cardigan, another cowl (please don't let it be another cowl yet) something, something for me by me that will be worn by me.

I started Sock Yarn Sweater for Baby G by Hannah Fettig.
I'm pretty excited about it.
I want to get it done so I can give it to him when I meet him even though I know it'll be way to big for him yet but it will fit him thru winter and spring in the midwest and that is what's important.

However, I'm still in a funk
Maybe it's not a funk though
Maybe it's summer.

It seems like once the calendar switched to July and then sun shone down on Seattle we've been on the move in overdrive.

There was a stretch of 3 weeks where I wasn't in bed before 10:30 each night and still having to get up at 3:40.

Those mornings you would see me stumbling into the office with not one but two 24 ounce iced coffees complete with two extra shots of espresso.

It's possible I did that today...


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happenings

Gabby turned 10

We had a camping adventure in Moses Lake!

We've been boating a lot...

Trying to get my work outs in everyday

Again. Lots of boating with friends.

I'm knitting just not much progress on any one thing.

Now back to summer.

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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