Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A little behind...

I have so many things to tell you!

1. I had taken a step away from the computer for awhile to watch the Olympics and compete in the Ravellenics:

#ravellenicgames socks progress!
Sunberry Waffle Socks for the event Sockput

Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner
Yarn: Felici Sport in Sunny Day

2. Scott and I went camping at Diamond Lake:

Camp site at Diamond lake
A very roomy camp site! a small creek ran on the left and it was wonderful

Inside tent
our tent, without the rain fly on yet. My sleeping bag is the orange and white one, and I LOVE it! So squishy and warm. It's a Kelty Down 0 degrees.

Driving to Three Lakes Peak
gorgeous roads!

Driving to Three Lakes Peak, about 7500 feet elevation! We hiked to two of the lakes

Unused road
One of the roads hadn't been cleared away for some time! We encountered several downed trees, and eventually had to turn around when a HUGE tree was in the road :)

3. I joined a stitch marker swap (on Ravelry) for the month of July, and received my package!

I was so spoiled!!!

stitch markers!
the stitch marker theme for July was SUMMER!!


I couldn't resist taking a photo of the ice cream bowls my partner sent me, IN USE! I love them, they are fun, and I love ice cream! woo hoo!

And let's end this post with a suggestive tomato from the garden:

Look at this tomato! It's either a proboscis or a male organ...
O.o !!!!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mystery KAL

Hi friends, I totally spaced writing about my mystery shawl Friday! The pattern is called Rockefeller and it's designed by Stephen West. Right now it's a mystery knit-a-long on Ravelry and the (four) clues are being released weekly, one at a time. It's my first mystery KAL and I am enjoying it immensely!

I chose some stash yarn, Regia in white, for the main color, and purchased this beautiful Mountain Colors hank for the second color. Its colorway is called Big Sky; how cool is that? (Montana is nicknamed Big Sky country)

isn't it gorgeous!? I love it :)

I started the KAL a little late so I had a lot of catching up to do. I did finish Clue 1 in time for the release of Clue 2 on Friday :)

Clue 1 almost finished
And Clue 2:

Progress on Clue 2! #westknits #knitting

Almost three quarters finished :) It's so funny how large the first crescent seemed, and now that I've added to it, it seems so small! I am really excited to see how large this shawl will be, and of course, what it will look like finished!

I completely put Mrs. Grinch socks on hold to start this KAL, I literally stopped mid-heel turn :) hopefully I will finish Clue 2 in the next few days, and I can knit on socks while waiting for Clue 3's release.

Happy Sunday folks!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


The second Books Snacks Crafts Wine Club commenced last night. As usual, we had plenty to snack on:



I didn't photograph the wine selection... but believe me when I say there was plenty!

Secretary Autumn
Madam Secretary doing a fabulous job keeping us organized

Miranda "un-crafting" Autumn's t-shirt rug (I think the plan is to add this t-shirt yarn to another rug in order to make it bigger!):

Miranda uncrafting

Margaret getting serious about hot glue:

Glue gun is serious business

I worked on Stephen West's Mystery shawl! Details tomorrow. 

We finished our discussion on Tina Fey's Bossypants and the next scheduled book is Ellen DeGeneres's book Seriously I'm Kidding. I think both these books pretty much sum our little club up...we are bossy, and we take ourselves veeeeery seriously ;)

Sorry for the lack of craft photos but my camera died! I used my iPhone for some of the photos. Next club meeting is in one month, and I'll be sure to have my camera battery charged :)

A couple of gals were interested in the Cucumber Snack I brought. Here's the recipe:

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got the recipe from my mom...don't know where she found it!

Cucumber Snack
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 sour cream
  • 8-16 ounces cream cheese (recipe calls for 16 oz but I only used 8 oz this last time, and it tasted great!)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of Knorr's Leek Soup
  • a little pepper
  • 1-2 cucumbers
  • 1-2 baguettes 
  • dill, for sprinkling
Mix all ingredients together (not cucumber, bread, or dill). Spread the mixture on thin baguette slices. Top with thin/medium slices of cucumber. Sprinkle dill over top. Enjoy!

Anyone else stoked that tomorrow is FRIDAY?!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sock roundup

I finished two pairs of socks this weekend. If only all weekends were like this, right?

These are the worsted weight socks:


I substituted Judy's Magic Cast On instead of the Star Toe, mainly because I think JMCO is perfect. This is the first pattern I've used from this book, and I have to say I wasn't very impressed with it. I did not like the short row heel pattern, it gave me holes. I'll try another pattern from this book and see if I change my mind. I LOVE the photography and variety in socks pictured, so I don't want to completely give up :)

...and these are I am Happy, I am Elate socks! They really do make me very happy!


Though, the time spent wearing them to take the photos was painfully hot!

Today I made some progress on these socks:

What I'm doing now: knitting on these green socks and marathon watching True Blood.
I think I'll call them, Mrs. Grinch socks

That's Red Heart's Heart and Sole yarn! I found it on clearance at JoAnns and really wanted to try it. I am very pleased with the colors and the yarn quality. For $3 a skein, you really can't complain :) Though, my stripes are about half an inch off...which sort of bothers me. But I had no idea what the pattern repeats would be like, and I think I would have had a mess had I tried to make them match! How do you make stripes match? Is there a secret? (I just got lucky with the Felici ones!)

Berny has been too cute the past week:

staring at her lover (a ball chain attached to a string)
If we don't put her lover to bed at night (i.e. on top of the coat rack) she will drag it around while we're sleeping. Sometimes she even drags it up on the bed! She is so silly.

And this expression cracks me up:

"Don't mess with me mama, I'm hot!"

I feel like this sometimes at work when a client has a ridiculous question or need, just dead pan.

In other news, I think I'm going to hop in on Stephen West's summer mystery shawl KAL! So many gals on Instagram are making me envious of their lovely shawl pictures...I think I just have to! I purchased the pattern, I just need to find the right yarn.

Check out Andi's fabulous striped socks! I love the colors and the narrow stripes! Also, her heel looks perfect... no weird one-row-of-one-color stripes along the instep that I always get...I think she's magical.

Also, Susan B. Anderson is having a giveaway for a beautiful hank of Dyeabolical Super Ego Yarn! It looks like it's still open, but I'm not sure for how long.

One last thing, an Instagram friend sent me some wonderful yarn, just because she is so nice and generous.

How beautiful are these?!

Her name is Lorri and we met through Instagram. She lives in the UK and the fiber for this yarn was collected over the course of several years, from specific sheep! Pretty neat. I think the colors are just beautiful too. Very subtle and simple, but lush. Thank you again, Lorri! I'll be sure to keep you all posted with what this yarn turns into.

I am reluctant to let go of this weekend, but I have to :) Hope everyone's week is awesome!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sewing and garden update!

I'm obsessed with making these bags!

I seriously can't stop making them.
Eep, I really did iron the fabric, really!

I followed this tutorial from Noodlehead for both, with minor modifications. The purple bag is about 7x7" and the large one (those are tree rings on the design!) is about 11x11".


I made this purple one yesterday and it turned out to be much smaller than I thought! It would make a great make up or notions bag. I used fusible interfacing and it worked pretty well. I think I will purchase a heavier fusible though.

So today I wanted to make a bag large enough to hold a knitting project, and this one does! It is super cute too; the fabric is really growing on me! 

Fits two skeins and socks

I used a sew-in interfacing, and it's much thicker than the fusible. They both work really well so it's hard for me to choose which one I prefer! The fusible interfacing was slightly easier to use because I didn't have to worry about it when sewing (lining it up...).



(lucky you, I discovered the manual focus setting on my camera!! close ups, here I come)

I really do have a lot to learn about sewing still. I am enjoying sewing up these little bags and I know they will be used plenty. Next bag, I'd like to sew a little loop hole for my finger.

knitting bags!

And now for the gardening...

Broccoli from a seed!!

The broccoli is growing! I am super pleased to say that all these plants pictured were grown from seeds by us! We had a minor occurrence with caterpillars eating holes in the leaves - but Scott pulled them off and we haven't seen them since.

California poppy grown from a seed!
California poppy... I was really pleased with this photo!

And the tomatoes... omg...

outgrowing the box...Ginormous tomato plant from a seed

They are a little hard to distinguish, they just look like a big green mess. There are three little green tomatoes growing on this plant! When we first planted the tomatoes in the box, they were teeny and right in the middle. Now they are pushing out the zinnias and marigolds! The planter on the right has three jalapeno plants which are loving the heat!

Goodnight, I'm off to read!!*

*I came across a list of books on Pinterest (no link, sorry. I'm staying away from Pinterest for awhile because I clicked a link there that gave me a nasty computer virus! I'm sure you could google the list) that were suggested reads if you enjoyed the Hunger Games. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and The Giver by Lois Lowry were two on the list, and I borrowed both from my library on the Kindle. So far about halfway through The Giver, pretty interesting but kind of a slow start. Goodnight!

ETA:  Oops! I wrote The Ligtning Thief as being written by Percy Jackson. Real author is Rick Riordan! Percy is the character.... :)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Holy toledo, it's hot out. I really love summer, but I seem to always forget how much I dislike the steaming heat. It makes me irritable, you know?

I started these a few days ago:

Worsted weight socks on the needles today. They will be my first short row heel/no gusset pair.

Yarns: Patons Classic Wool in Dark Gray and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Amethyst Heather
Needle: US 5
Pattern: Toe up Star Toe Worsted Weight Sock by Kathleen Taylor

Progress. This short row heel was maddening! I ripped it out at least six times. There are still a few holes in the heel but I will just sew them closed.

Short row heel and mine has so many holes. I ripped it out many times and try to eliminate the holes, but nothing really worked. In the end, (to save my sanity) I kept the holes and sewed them closed.

It doesn't make too much sense to knit worsted weight socks in the summer. The nonsense really hit me when I went to Michaels today, and they already have Christmas things out. Yikes.

Hope you are all staying cool.