Sunday, October 5, 2014

year of projects

Happy Sunday!
Happy October! 

Another whirl wind week in my life--but a good week.  My weight watcher update is a good one-- 6.6 pounds lost in my first week. I have also exercised every day for the past 9 days. It is good to feel in control of my health.  :) 

We celebrated my youngest boy, Sam's, 19th birthday this evening with a yummy dinner out which included a quick little  visit from son #2 who attends college about 90 minutes away.  Trying to get a good picture of the 3 boys  can be tricky... and yes the baby of them all is the biggest!

Knitting wise--I think I have knitter's ADHD! Lots on the needles but no finished objects yet.....

My Hitchhiker-- it is getting there. I have 35 sawtooth edges and I thought I was going to have to stop at 36 but I have plenty of yarn left so I am going to try to get to the 41 which which the pattern calls for.

And here is a shot of my Knit Purl Hunter mystery kal--I am in love with this Simplinatural yarn. It is so soft and squishy!   I learned a new cast is called Channel Island Cast On.  This is a great video of it.

On Friday I went to my favorite indie yarn dyer and purchased these adorable fingerless mitt kitts to make for my Grandys.  They each got new winter coats so I decided they needed to have some new mitts. I am going to get a 3rd kit next week for the littlest, Rosie, at the end of this week. 

And did you know that next Friday (the 10th) is I Love Yarn Day?  My knitting friends and I are going to bring a potluck lunch to our favorite Yarn Dyer's shop and plan to spend money and knit in her store and have fun time supporting this small business.  Are any of you planning anything?  :)

Gotta run and get my lunch packed for work tomorrow.  I hope to get around to visit you all!
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Year of Projects

Even though it is late, it is still Sunday so I am getting this update done just under the wire.
These weeks. 
They just fly by so quickly.

Before I get into the yarn goodness part of this post, I am just going to put out there that I joined Weight Watchers this weekend.  It has been a long time coming, and is a program I have been successful with in the past.  I just need to stick with it this time.  I know how to eat healthily and smartly-I just seem to need the accountability. So, I am off on a new journey and it feels good to have taken charge of my eating again. 

My son gets married in 11 months, and I so want to be a beautiful mother of the groom. I don't want to embarrass him.  I want to feel better--my knees and ankles to stop hurting, to climb stairs without feeling like I am going to have a heart attack, to be able to walk without wishing the walk was almost over because my back hurts so bad, and I want to have a healthy body so I will be around longer for my family!  Wish me luck.....

Now, for the fun yarn part of this update.....I have been a very monogamous knitter this week.  I have only been knitting on my Hitchhiker scarf.  I feel the need to have it done before Thursday, when the Knit Purl Hunter mystery kal starts. I think I am going to get about 36 sawtooth points and have 31 done so far.

And one more time, here is my Simplinatural in deep turquoise for the mystery cowl kal....

If you are interested in joining in with the knit-a-long, there is still time.  There is a Ravelry group or you can check it out on her website....Knit Purl Hunter.   She does a fantastic job with her mystery kal's and her teaching videos are the absolute best!

I will be around visiting tomorrow....

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

yEaR oF pRoJeCtS

Happy Sunday!
After a months  absence from blogging, and specifically, my Year of Projects updates, I am back!
Boy, has a lot happened in a month--my Grands came for week long visit. I got a promotion at work and moved to a nicer office area. I am loving the challenging nature of my new duties although some days I want to scream (working with health insurance companies can be stressful!)
I also went on a yarn retreat, again held at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon.

It was a beautiful time and I bought some gorgeous fingering tencel (along with some Seahawk fingering to make myself some mitts) I am not sure what I will make with this, but I bought 2 skeins so I would have enough for just about any kind of shawl or scarf!

Also, for attending the retreat we each received a skein of specially hand-dyed yarn and it is gorgeous.  She double dipped it. I am in the process of making a Hitchhiker  Scarf and am about 1/2 way done.

The last project I am working on is a cute little tunic/top for my Adelaide.  She will be turning 5 in November and I plan to have this done by then. I can't believe I have been a Mimi for five years already!  The pattern is called Leksak....In this picture you can see the sleeves on the pink waste yarn, the collar, and down in the bottom right is where I have picked up stitches the whole length of the garment on one side-I still have the 2nd side to do but need to find my larger cable to do it.

Last but not least, I purchased this HiKoo Simplinatural yesterday for the Knit Purl Hunter mystery kal which starts in October.  This is not a color I normally choose for myself, but my friends said it looked great with my gray hair--and the black shirts I wear quite often.  This yarn is 40% baby alpaca, 40 % fine merino wool, and 20% mulberry silk. It is soft and drapey and has excellent stitch definition.  The color is called Deep Turquoise.

That is all the yarn goodness I have to share. I thought I would show you my fall sunflowers, looking pretty sad but I have seen squirrels in them looking for seeds!   I also want to acknowledge the win of my beloved Sehawks over the Broncos today--it was an ugly win, but a win none-the-less and we will take it!
Last but not least,  because I am tired of summer cooking and am craving comfort food, I am making this dish tonight. It looks like a big pan of yum!

Have a great week!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day Book: a glimpse into my world


Outside my window:  The sun is going down and the shadows are long--but it is still warm out--probably in the 80's and I am ready for a weather change.  I feel like summer has been in the 80's everyday for 2.5  months and I want some rain!

I am thinking: I need to take some Ibuprofen after being on my feet in the kitchen all day today

I am listening to: Neil Diamond Pandora station. Right now, Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence is playing.

I am grateful for: My new job/promotion. I am away from the crazy front desk and share an office with one other co-worker. I can actually hear myself think and complete tasks!

I am reading:  The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I am photographing:  Fall!  These are my instagram photos from this morning

 I am listing: Making a meal menu plan for next week,  thinking of what few Christmas gifts I might knit. I am not going to do much as I don't want that stress again.

I am creating: A Hitchhiker scarf with the special hand-dyed yarn I received on my recent yarn retreat at Timberline Lodge located on Mt.Hood in Oregon


I am hoping and praying: For something really special for my daughter's family-I can't say what yet as it is not public knowledge--and no she isn't pregnant. :)

Around the house:  I decorated for Fall in my house yesterday and it is so warm and cozy.

From the kitchen:  I prepared and froze 70 pounds of corn today and as I type, there are 6 pints of Bread and Butter pickles processing in my canner.

One of my favorite things this week: Seeing my little lovelies when we went for a little visit.

Plans for the week: Finish my Hitchhiker scarf, keep the house clean, help my co-worker get caught up on her workload, love my family well.

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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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