…still a good day

This morning I’m enjoying my coffee out of

my new Guggenheim mug, a gift from my sis (my mom, Sis, and I have fun memories of our trip to NYC and the “Guggyheim) – snuggling under the beautiful new lap quilt my Mom made me.

And, this morning I also have a new FO!

Pattern:  Foliage Shawl, by Miriam Felton, Mimknits

Yarn:  a no-name 70/30 merino cashmere blend, fingering weight

Needles:  Size 7 Knit Picks Harmony circular

Mods:  none

I think it’s very pretty.  It’s also a very quick knit, with the fingering weight!

Maybe I’ll wear it to Bible study this morning and feel fabulous, instead of 49 :o)

Happy Birthday To Me

Happy Birthday To Me



Another knitting fear conquered… the knit-on border.

Easy-peasy, and actually quite fun!

Now I have to go through my Victorian Lace Today book and reconsider all those patterns I was afraid of because of the knitted border.

My knitting horizons have expanded.  I love it when that happens.

(This is soon to be a Foliage Shawl by MimKnits.  Why aren’t more people knitting this one?  It’s fingering weight yarn, and works up rather quickly – and is quite pretty, too… I think)

What is mocking you on your knitting horizon?   What are you still afraid of?


Presenting…. my variation on a Cobblestone!!


As you can see by this pic of the whole sweater, my sleeves are a little long (the cuff is rolled back in this pic) – but all-in-all I couldn’t be happier with the fit!

And, you can probably tell I did my own thing with the yoke.  I used the yoke detail from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Sweater patterns. (Rav Link)  Kaity hates it – I LOVE it, it’s just what I was going for.

Pattern:  Cobblestone Pullover (Rav link)

Yarn:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca, color:  Yucca Mist

Size:  43-1/2″ size, but my gauge was smaller so it came out to 39-1/1″, which is exactly what I was shooting for :o)

Needles:  Size 8 Knit Picks Options

Here’s a closeup of the yoke detail

Sweet!  Now, if it would just get cold :o)

Tonight’s Agenda

Kitchenering armholes and weaving in ends!  Woo Hoo!   Do you recognize this long-lost project?

Feeling Random

Socks, drying on the line

Guess who turned a year old this month?  Yes… the cutest dog in the world…

and an FO I have absolutely no use for.  I don’t Yoga.  I just wanted to make them :o)

Pattern:  made up, 60 stitches, 2×2 rib

Yarn:  Regia Design Line, Kaffe Fassett, colorway4255

Needles:  Knit Picks Harmony DPN, size 2

Our adventure weekend was perfect.  We spent the weekend just driving wherever we pleased, stopping whenever we saw something interesting, and spent most of the time on back roads and dirt roads.  Like we did when we first met in college and couldn’t afford to do anything else :o)

As promised, we headed off Northwest :o)

We stopped for a bit in Solvang, where they were having a car show,

and the hubby bought me yarn

Then the hubby drove me through lots of places he’s been, out hiking, or searching, or hunting, that I only knew of by name, and we just enjoyed driving through the backcountry

We finally decided on a good place to camp

We laid out the sleeping bags in the back of the truck and sat down to enjoy the “dinner” we picked up along the way (drinking wine out of our empty waterbottles :o)

The hubby laughed, and said “We sure haven’t evolved much, have we?  Still sleeping in the back of my pickup and drinking cheap wine at a picnic table.  The only thing that has changed is now we can afford a corkscrew and to pay for the campsite!”

We just laughed and enjoyed the sunset, and couldn’t have been happier.

Adventure time

This is how Layla feels about all the kids leaving for school…

“Why you want to leeeeeave me??”

The hubby and I are also taking off… just for the weekend.  It kind of played out like this:

(last week)

Hubby, to the kids:  You’re mom are getting away next weekend.  I feel a road trip coming on.”

Me:  We are?  Sweet?  Where are we going?

Hubby:  Don’t know yet.  We’ll have to think about it.

(This Tuesday)

Hubby:  I can’t decide where we should go.  Do you have any ideas?

Me:  What are you thinking, camping, staying somewhere….

Hubby:  Anything.  I’m trying to think of someplace different.   I have no ideas yet.

—insert very stressfull work at week, not a lot of talking… I’m a little afraid the trip may be off…

(last night)

Hubby:  said to the room, to no one in particular  “I’ve got it all figured out.  I’ve come down with a plan.  I think this is going to work out real nice for me.”  Now- at this point I don’t know if he’s talking about life in general, what motorcycle he wants to buy next..  heck, with him it could be ANYTHING!

Me:  What do you have figured out?  (she asks timidly)

Hubby:  We’re throwing a couple of sleeping bags in the back of the truck and an ice chest, and just driving off.

Me:  Do you have anywhere in mind.

Hubby:  Not at all.  It’s adventure.  I don’t even know if we’ll need the sleeping bags, we might not even camp – they’re just in case.

Me:  Ok… sounds good!

Me:  about an hour later… “Do you have any idea which direction you’ll head when we start off”

Hubby:  Northwest.

hmmm. since we live 20 miles from the coast, I’m thinking west isn’t much of an option (he knows I’m not getting on a boat, we already ruled out Catalina), and I’m not sure he was totally serious about north.  All I’m sure of is we’re heading off Saturday for “somewhere.”  It’s all good with me – he hasn’t disappointed me yet.  I’ll let ya’ll know where we end up.