Sunday, August 17, 2014

year of projects

Happy middle of August, everyone!  
Sadly, my 2 week vacation from work has come to a screeching halt  and I go back to work tomorrow. Now it feels like it is really racing towards Fall.

I have has a blast and have accomplished so much.
  • I canned peaches.
  • I cleaned out and and de-cluttered shelves in my room and laundry room
  • I had lunch with friends.
  • My husband and I spent a couple of days at the ocean.
  • I read.
    I knit!  And I finished 3 things!

First up, is my pink shawl--Flower Moon .

Second, I finished my Seahawk hat for Sam. I am going to give it to him the night of the first regular season game in a couple of weeks.  He is our resident die hard fan and has made me a fan too.( By the way--they are looking *reeaallllly* good again so far this year!  :)  )   This particular hat pattern was great--so easy and the ribbing means it will fit him snugly which he prefers.

Thirdly, I finished the Vine Lace Cardi baby sweater for my friend's miracle granddaughter.   Again, I am pleased with how this turned out--so soft and drapey.

Now I am working fast and furiously on my little tunic which I will give my little Lyddie for her birthday in November.  The pattern is Leksak  and so far I am loving it--although soon there will be a whole lot of stitches to pick up and and I am not real good at that little skill.  I think this Fancy Image yarn is going to look stunning on her with her red hair and blue eyes.

Here are some snaps from our trip to the coast....

Well, I need to close this and get ready to go out to dinner with some friends. Wish me luck at work tomorrow--it will take some time to dig through 2 weeks worth of emails!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

YeAr oF pRoJeCtS

It is August!
When did that happen?? I have not been doing very well with my blog updates--particularly my yop4 updates.  I have been knitting though and am just starting a two week vacation from work--and boy after the year I have had, I not only need it, but deserve it.  Hopefully starting in September I will begin my new position of Benefit Coordinator full time and will no longer be at the front desk.  I am so excited for this new adventure and challenge. I have moved most of my desk stuff over to my new office, but the whole change over can't happen until I am done covering the front desk for vacations--and my replacement is hired.  September is my light at the end of the tunnel.

But in knitting news,  I have been working fast and furious on my Flower Moon Shawlette.  I really thought this would be so nice to have for our sometimes chilly summer evenings or when sitting in my air conditioned workplace, but our summer has been so outrageously warm that I have not really needed it yet. I most likely will have it completed this week. 

I have also started this hat for Sam. Aren't these colors wild? They are the  Seahawk team colors and he is my die hard Seahawk fan. I plan to give this to him the day of the season opening game in September-so I need to get this completed this week.  The yarn was dyed by Myra, a local yarn dyer who I just love.  She did such a great job with these colors and can hardly keep this stuff in stock as it just flies off her shelves as fast as she gets it dyed! The pattern is Awesome Hat by Mimi Hill. Sam likes his hats tight fitting and I think this will fit the bill!

In other news, I purchased these beautiful peaches to can--and with this hot weather, I will need to do this tomorrow before they become too ripe.  I am not relishing the idea of doing this when the temps are in mid-to upper 80's but I will be so thankful I did, come those dark, rainy winter months!

And just this past Friday, my parents celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary!  We met them for lunch and I snapped this wonderful picture of them....Truly a milestone to be honored and recognized for!

That is all for now--I will be around visiting all my other yop peeps and  trying to catch up with the rest of you I follow!

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Friday, July 25, 2014


These girls!
Are arriving for a visit today!

Just for one night...but I will take it!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I have been waiting all summer for the local produce to hit the fruit stands. And by local, I mean produce from the Yakima area in Eastern Washington.
There is nothing better!
Or prettier.....

What do you look forward to in the summer, in your neck of the woods?

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Year of projects, year 4

Howdy folks!
I guess I am not off to a very good start to YOP4 as I missed posting  on the very first week, last Sunday.  I have spent the past two weekends working on a huge Shutterfly project--Sam's graduation book.  I finished it at 11:00 pm last night and had to pay extra shipping to get it here by Friday which is when we are having his Senior Sax Recital.  I really want to have it  here to display.   

But despite the busyness that is my life lately, there has been time for knitting.  I have one sleeve done on my baby sweater (for my friend's grand baby), and I am still working on dishcloths to stockpile as last minute gifts... (pictured is one ready to be seamed and the orange yarn that  is up next),  and I am working fast and furiously on my pink Flower Moon shawlette as I would love to have this to wear in my air conditioned office this summer.

I hope to get around to visiting you all this week--before the craziness of Friday hits.  My daughter and her 3 little lovelies are headed to our house for Uncle Sam's recital. I love this picture of them!


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Friday, July 4, 2014

new year: year of projects 4

Here it is!
The launch of Year of Projects 4.....
My goals?
Are many!
Just like every other year.
I completed my wrap up for year 3, last week. I felt pretty successful  I think I will follow the same format--focusing on techniques, leaving room for unexpected shiny new projects that pop up and then also having a more specific list to work from.

There was one last item I completed for year 3 which did not get its due in picture form-my Spectra Scarf. Here it is all blocked and ends weaved in...It was by  far my favorite project of the year!

Here is  photo of some of the yarns in my stash I hope to find myself working with:

1. Knit Alongs
I completed a total of 5 kal's last year and those projects were some of my favorites. So I will leave myself open for as many of those that come my way. Knit Along's are a great way to learn new techniques and meet new knitting friends!

2. Just For Me
1.Gray shawl -with yarn purchased on my Portland Yarn Crawl in 2013
2.Scarf, using pattern not on Ravlery with locally hand-dyed Alpaca (from Raniers game in 2013)
3.Scarf -pattern to be found, using blue silk Shibui  yarn
4.My first "Me" sweater: Vitamin D
5. Batkus with gorgeous Malabrigo in stash(purchased at least 3 years ago)
6. Mitts; pattern to be determined, using yarn I received from my swap partner in England (possibly Honey Comb Wrist Warmer pattern)
7. Firwood Fingerless Mitts-with alpaca purchased on yarn crawl
8. Shawl--using pink yarn from Fancy Image Yarn
9. Painted Desert Lace Shawl--also from yarn crawl
10.Other patterns I like (shawls): Frisson, Wingspan, Rondelay
11.Socks--finish pair on needles, at least 3 more pair
12. Finish Ashby Shawl

3. For the Grandys and Kids
1. Leksak Tunic: for Adelaide's November birthday
2. ?  for Amelia
3. ?  for Rosemary
4. Seahawk hat for Sam( have done by first game of season)
5. New pair of slippers for Adelaide
6. Finish Rebecca Danger Kitty (for Lyddie's birthday)

4. Gifts
1. Dishcloths to have on hand....
2. Flowers (pattern from Ruth) for my Mom
3. Knitted Fairies for Grandys
4. Finish baby sweater for little Azaria--just need sleeves

  5. Hat for Tina's  (at work) baby

5. Skills
1. Sweater for Me
2. Line a bag (my unfinished Noro bag)

6.  Items from previous year's lists that I don't want to lose track of.
1. Small little Acorn Bag
2. Rebecca Danger Toys
3. Hanging Bird
4. Gordan, Jaimie and Hugh Chickens

As usual, this list looks ridiculous--but I always like to have options!  I finished 28 items last year and I feel really good about that! 
Are you interested in our group? If so, click the link to find out more! Year Of Projects 4

Now let the fun begin!
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