Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yarn Along: My Little Lamb

Hello! I wanted to join along with Ginny for the Yarn Along to share my little lamb costume I made for my two year old daughter for Halloween this year. The details of the pattern and my modifications can be found at my Ravelry page here. She still has a sweet baby accent and her L's are Y's so she said she was a "Yitto Yam". She will be able to wear this costume for several more years, it will be a fun addition to our dress up stash and it would also be great fun to wear to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.

I am currently knitting fingerless toddler mittens to sell during the holidays. I currently can make about two pairs a day. I plan to stop knitting them for a while after Thanksgiving or after my colorful wool stash runs out, which ever comes first.

I also just frogged a half finished sweater that has been sitting around since last spring. I lost the pattern for it after I printed it out and left it at pub knitting. Then I got the book from the library and my printer was out of ink and I had to return it again before I could make another copy. So, maybe it just wasn't ment to be? I found a new pattern that I like much better called Flying South by Classic Elite Yarns.
 I would be lying if I said it has been easy going, but following a chart with my children playing wildly around me I mess up and ripped out more rows than I have knit. Unkitting really sucks, btw. A lesson in patience for sure. I think I am almost finished with the patterned yoke and out of deep water for now. I really need to just stick to easy mindless knitting when I knit around my kids. I have been a mom for 13 years, I should know better by now!

As far as reading I need to stop by the library today to pick up Arcadia by Lauren Groff. I am looking forward to reading it.It is about life on a commune in the 1960's in Western NewYork. I love everything about that decade and communes have always intrigued me so I am sure I will enjoy it. I lived in Western New York with my husband when our first child was a baby. Holy smokes are they buried in snow out there! Like several feet! Here in Portland we get a dusting  and schools are closed and the city shuts down, it is silly really. People near Buffalo would laugh at us....
Stay safe and warm out there knitting friends, snow or no snow.
I am sick with a cold and am pretty much good for nothing at the moment,nothing but knitting and reading, of course. That sound pretty good.
What are you knitting and reading? Stop by the Yarn Along to share!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Papa's Beach Birthday


We went to the coast last weekend for Papa's Birthday. It was one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen at the ocean. Simply stunning, take your breath away kind of beautiful. Best part was we had Nana there to share it with too.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Knit Along and the Flock and Fiber Festival 2014

 This year I was lucky to have my mom in town for a visit so we got to stroll around together at the annual Flock and Fiber Festival at our own pace kid free which was pretty lovely in itself. I really admire the dedication and passion that the fiber artist have for their crafts. I only bought one skein of yarn this year and a cute knit lamb purse that I plan to give to Nalah for Christmas. It can be a little overwhelming. My favorite part is visiting the fiber animals, they crack me up and bring me joy. Just look at the little baby alpaca, awe.

This inspired me to get back on track with the Knit Alongs with Ginny from Small Things and share a few of my recent knitting projects.
Some recent knitting projects that I finally have finished and off the needles and ready to ship off to a dear friend of mine are a Triceratops from the pattern Prehistoric Pals that you can find at KnittingAtKnoon and an Easy Baby Cardigan from the book More Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
I just love these Dinos this is the fifth dinosaur I have made from the Pattern and I enjoy knitting them every time. It is such a well written ingenious pattern. I am in awe of folks who can think in stitches like that.

I have had this little sweater waiting around for ages to be mailed off I sure hope it will still fit the little guy it was made for. Fingers crossed!

I have read several good books in the last few weeks including Breathless by Anne Sward and Once Upon A River by  Bonnie Jo Campbell. Fall is such a great time for knitting and reading. I am hoping to keep up with the weekly Knit Alongs follow along with Ginny to share what your reading and knitting and see what other knitters are up to.
Welcome October!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Floating on Trillium Lake

 Notice the heart cloud above Mt Hood?

 These photos are from a late summer trip to Trillium Lake to take the boat out. I just don't feel like summer can end until we take our boat out at least once. This was the weekend before Labor Day weekend and it was still so crowded! In the photo above with the kids you can see all the people crammed along the shore. I like to go out in nature get away from the crowds and the city so it was a little annoying. At one point there was a lady in a mermaid tail riding a giant inflatable swan out in the middle of the lake. It was pretty funny, although I am looking forward to the "off" season and to finding a little more quiet. I am a nature hoarder I guess.

Oh, and p.s. My photo of Little Crater Lake from the previous post made it as a finalist for an Oregon Live Photo contest! I will find out tomorrow 9/11/14 if I win or not. Yippie! Oh and if you want to see it(or vote to help me win) here is the link. My photo is entitled, "A jewel in the mountains".

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Summer Beach Trip

Okay, I am back. Here to bore you with more photos of our summer "trapped"in Oregon. 
I just entered one of my Little Crater Lake photos from the previous post into a photo contest last night so, wish me luck!
Here are some fun pictures from a weekend down in Newport,Oregon.

We spotted the Weinermobile!

Drove a pirate ship.

 Went down this slide a million times.

Ben finally built me the house of my dreams....and right on the beach. ;)
We played on the beach in the sand where a little creek came out to meet the ocean. The creek water was so warm the kids had a blast playing in it and I didn't have to worry about waves carrying them out to sea. 

Also, when you have a creek meeting the ocean you also have a good rock hunting spot. I found a ton of fossils that day. I finally had to throw out my old Minnetonkas after wearing them in the ocean and then shrinking them in the hot sun. It is okay, they were worn through and beyond rotten carcasses at that point.

We  also did a lot of sunset kite flying.

 It was a nice little trip. I prefer the off season so I don't have to share the beach combing with as many people. I dream of some day getting an Airstream and retiring along the coast, beach camping and rock hunting all day long. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Summer Adventures from 2014...(part1)

With the death (or coma rather) of my laptop I haven't had the opportunity to blog this summer. The kids went back to school today and I decided it would be fun to get caught up and get back into the rhythm of blogging again. Summer is officially over now, thank goodness. The last week of summer was horridly stressful for SO many reasons, so I am happy to let it go. I am excited for my kids and the fresh start to another school year. I miss being the kid and having a fresh start at the beginning of every new school year, and the hope that anything is possible. This mama could use a fresh start that is for sure.
Our summer involved a lot of running around to camps and classes and didn't feel much like a vacation at all. We took a few day trips and an overnight to the beach, but other than they we were stuck close to home. Due to lack of funds our end of the summer trip was called off. I was really hoping for a break before the school year began, but no such luck, oh well. 
It is a good thing we live in a beautiful state where we don't have to go far to get lost in the beauty of nature.  Just a short drive from the city and we can get lost in the woods,swim in a mountain lake, find agates along a wild river or fly kites on an ocean beach.

This summer we discovered a few new places we had never been within a few hours from home.
My favorite was Little Crater Lake near Timothy Lake Campground on Mt Hood.
I have never seen water that beautiful in my life. I could have sat and stared into it for hours. So amazingly beautiful. It is more the size of a pond than a lake, but so worth visiting. I loved listening to the other hikers gasp as they came out of the woods when they saw this:

Another place we visited for the first time was Mount St Helens. It was lovely and I am not sure why It had taken us so long when it is only about 70 miles from Portland. I think I was afraid it would be sad and depressing, but it was so amazing. My pictures do not do it any justice.

Solomon spotting the volcano behind the clouds.

                                                   We stopped at the Bigfoot Museum along the way just for fun.  I always loved the idea of Bigfoot when I was a kid. I made a film called, "The Urban Sasquatch" when I was in art school. I should find a way to upload it and share it here!


We celebrated holidays with friends, and went to outdoor parties...


I even got a teeny little bit of kid free fun this summer at the Oregon Country Fair...

And I made pickles for the first time...
They were refrigerator pickles and they turned out great. I found a recipe here and added jalapeno and onion to one of the batches as my friend suggested. I never knew it was so easy. I look forward to making them again some day. 
I thought I could catch up the whole summer in one post but that isn't going to happen...
 Looking back on it from this point of view our summer looked pretty fun. Of course, these were the good moments. That is why blogging is good in a way, to focus on the good times. That is why I am giving it another go rather than abandoning blogging all together.