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Snow mix?

Hello… today is April 6th – we are NOT to have snow coming down on me while driving to work today!

OK, they did say we could possibly have a very cold winter, and yet it didn’t really seem like to me.  I mean we had snow a couple of times, but it didn’t seem like we had the really bad winter they were forecasting.  So now maybe we are just going to have a cold spring?  Whatever the case may be, I’m still going to get flowers at the end of the month!  I love walking around the Cedar Falls Nursery… can’t wait!

I stole this picture!

OK, getting on with my day now.  The sun keeps peeking out from the clouds just long enough to let me see what I am craving!  And then it rains again!!  LOL

Last night 6 of us got together at Tully’s Coffee House in Hoquiam to knit!  It’s always fun to sit for a couple of hours and knit and laugh and do a little show and tell of the projects we are working on, and the ones we just finished.  It’s also inspiring too.  Now I have another project I want to make.  Please God give me the will power to not cast on for this new project when the yarn arrives next week.  YES – I did order the yarn for another project… someone has to keep this economy going!  More to tell about the new mystery project later.  It’s going to be a gift for a very very special friend.

OK, back to work now!

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it’s our turn…

I’ve been waiting and waiting for it to be our turn to get snow!  Wednesday we got on and off snow and sunshine.  And then… Thursday we got the snow!  Well actually it was Wednesday night.  At the beach it is a real treat to get snow and my trip to work was a long one. 

almost daylight, and snow is just starting

 

they love the snow too!

 

here comes the snow

 

brrrr... our front porch has seen warmer days

 

Rick's car in a blanket of snow, and the RV waiting for spring

 

the road to the beach

 

leaving Ocean Shores and heading to work

 

a shot out the window... only 20 miles to Aberdeen!

 

looking back toward the bay

 

road closed for a bit

what to do when waiting!

 

FRIDAY…

I stayed home from work today,  I wasn’t sure what the weather would bring and I really didn’t want to drive in on the ice.  I guess I could have gone in for the afternoon, but I hate to drive that far for just a few hours.  AND… I really wanted to stay home today.  Thor and Cassie are happy to have mommy home today.  We still have snow, and it is very cold.  The snow is only melting slowly in the parts of the yard that get direct sun.

clouds coming in over our roof top… praying for more snow!

 

Happy Thanksgiving…

Well here I am at home today, a little sad that I am not spending Thanksgiving with my brother and his family and my mom and her husband.  The weather got the better of us all.  My mom decided not to come over the pass (lots of snow on the way to her).  We have opted to stay home because of the snow and bad roads.  This morning we had freezing rain.  This week has been crazy busy at work and the weather has just been crazy!  Snow, wind, sleet and freezing cold.  Each morning on the way to work I took a few pictures.  Here they are…

Hoquaim bridge... it was closed WAY before the snow.

 

looking out my dirty front window of my car at the beautiful sky

 

passing the health department on the way to work

 

leaving Aberdeen, heading to Montesano

 

not there yet...

 

more snow the closer I get to work

 

I made it to work! This is where I park, next to Julie.

Welp, that was my trip or should I say trips to work this week.

There is always a brighter side to everything, and today my brighter side is that I get to stay in my cozy house (with heat – I’m very thankful for that, because I know there are still some without) and I will have turkey and lots of good stuff to go with it, and KNIT!!!!

OK, dinner is over… and the kitchen is clean!  I hope you have all had a fantastic day.  I’m going to read a few blogs and start knitting.

Snow, Daybreak & Easter…

Snow?  Yep yesterday morning Rick followed me to work so I could drop off my car to be fixed and it was snowing really hard when we got to Montesano.  Crazy isn’t it?  We  left work about noon to head to Olympia for my eye appointment and the wind was really blowing, no more snow because it had warmed up to 42 degrees.  Then I heard that in the mountains (on both passes) it’s supposed to snow up to 3 feet by last night! 

Daybreak the shawl!  Not what happens in the morning… I’m not a morning person. 

I picked up the Daybreak shawl/scarf pattern at Yarnia in Portland and picked up the yarn for it at Twisted the same day.  If you look at this pattern on Stephen West’s blog you will see many different variations.  I saw it on an employee at Twisted and fell in love with it, and the yarn and the colors!  I would never have picked these two colors, but I’m glad I got to see what they look like together.  The yarn is Mini Mochi, here’s the scoop on the yarn…

Mini Mochi is a lovely self-striping, fine, single ply yarn from Crystal Palace. Perfect for socks and any other fine knit projects.

  • Fiber: 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
  • Weight: 50g
  • Yardage: 195yds / 180m
  • Needle size: US 1 – 2
  • Gauge: 7 – 8 sts per 1”
  • Care: Handwash or Machinewash with Cool Water on Gentle Cycle. Dry Flat.
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering / Light

And here are the two skeins I pick up.  Color #109  and Color #113

Mini Mochi - Yummy!

pretty!

can't wait to get started on this one!

One more quick bit of news that I wanted to share in case you haven’t checked it out yet… Twist Collective has the new Spring 2010 up!  I love it… and I’m sure you will find something you love too.  I love this online magazine, if you haven’t ever checked them out you really should.  I love being able to click on the advertisements and it takes you right to their website.  If you click on the title of the pattern you will see additional information about the pattern, or you can just add it to your shopping basket.

Easter weekend is here.  Chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, new Easter dresses and peeps… but I wanted to say more than Happy Easter, let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate… He has risen.

More knitting updates to come this weekend… hubby is out on duty all night… can we say KNITTING MARATHON!

Happy Resurrection Day!

Well here it is Easter and we are having a storm.  The wind has been howling all night, and our house (only 8 years old) has been creaking like my legs when I get up from knitting too long!

I feel like I’m driving someone elses car today.  Everything seems out of place on my laptop.  I keep hitting buttons that open new screens or make things go away, and now I’ve opened a pdf pattern I downloaded last night!  It seems as if the wind isn’t just outside blowing!

A week ago I was visiting with a friend, I like to call it taking a Mental Health day (with laptops).  I had been complaining about my method of transport for my laptop from home to there and decided to do something about it.  We found these awesome little charger bags by BUILT NY.  They have 6 little pockets inside to keep your cords all in one neat little place.  So I ordered it.  And I ordered a laptop bag to go with it!  It arrived last week at work and I am so in love with the deep purple laptop bag from BUILT NY and I love the charger bag, and like one side of fabric.  The other side looks like it came from a different bolt of fabric or something.  I can live with it.  Both get a thumbs up.

BUILT NY Laptop and Charger Bag

BUILT NY Laptop and Charger Bag

The picture just doesn’t do the purple justice.  It’s a much deeper darker purple.  Anyway, I love them both.

ALSO, on the new bag front…

I received my big beautiful DellaQ bag!  I have wanted this bag for a very long time.  Well to speak the truth, I have wanted the red tweed bag for a very long time.  But this is what happened…

While at Madronna this year (my first time) my dear friend Julie and I were going up and down all the rows looking at the beautiful yarns, etc and I see the bag of my dreams.  The red tweed DellaQ bag.  I say “Oh, Julie I love that bag.  I want to get that bag someday.”  Julie picks up the bag and starts to look at it.  I tell her how wonderful it is with all the room inside for a large knitting project.  Or that you could tote it like a purse and knitting bag in one.  SHE BOUGHT IT!!!  So, how could I get the same bag?  Well, I guess I could have, but I just couldn’t afford it.  But then….

Along comes fabulousyarn.com and a fabulous price!  I love dragonflies and I love blues and greens.  And POOF! It’s mine!

Stock photo of Della Q bag

Stock photo of Della Q bag

This really is a wonderful web site and I highly recommend you buy everything you can from your LYS, but if you can’t get this bag there, go to fabulousyarn.com.   And yes, the red tweed bag is still on my Christmas list!!!  There is no rule that says you can only have one of these wonderful bags!

Here is my DellaQ…

B E A U T I F U L !

B E A U T I F U L !

 

R O O M Y!

R O O M Y!

 

A L L   M I N E !!

A L L M I N E !!

So what is this obsession with DellaQ bags?  Well it’s not just DellaQ stuff, it’s yarn, and patterns and knitting too!

Moving right along…

Please keep my mom in your prayers.  She had surgery on Friday to her right shoulder.  They fixed a 2 inch tear and shaved the spurs.  It’s hard doing everything left handed when you are a right handed person.  And I know how strong willed she is, and that it will be very difficult for her to rest and not use it.   This might be a long healing time, and I know she wants to get back to her quilts as soon as possible. (she doesn’t knit – shock)

OK, I’m off to knit on the little pink cowl.  Have a wonderful day.

Floods, No Work & an Ocular Migraine…

Floods… are NOT a “good thing” as Martha would say. 

Last night when I left work early, around 3 pm, there was tons of roads closed and many getting very high.  This morning I got dressed and headed for work, stopped at my favorite coffee place and found out that I couldn’t get to Montesano (the town where I work).  Good thing I stopped for coffee!  I called my knitting co-worker Patty and she confirmed – No way in to Montesano.  Then on the way back home my boss (the county auditor) called and told me that the radio stations would be announcing that the courthouse and county administration building would be closed today.  This time I wasn’t half way to work and I was able to happily take my coffee back home with me.  So you know what that means… more knitting time.  (and maybe a little house keeping too)

No sooner than I sat down to start this entry and BAM! an ocular migraine got me.  It usually comes on gradually and then grows in size to the point where I can’t focus on anything around the swirling spot.  If you haven’t ever had an ocular migraine or know what it is, it can really freak you out for the first time.  I got my first one at work one afternoon.  I was so glad that someone else knew what it was.  Then a few months ago someone I know got one for the first time and I was able to tell her it would be OK and what it was.  So I’m going to post a little about it what they are so just in case you should ever have this happen to you, you wont freak out.  Keep in mind they only last a few minutes, usually less than 10 or 15 minutes.

Usually, an ocular migraine is not cause for concern. But ocular migraine symptoms can interfere with daily activities, such as reading and driving. These episodes, also called migraine aura or optical migraine, occur without a headache and are relatively common. During an ocular migraine, you may see:

  • Flashes of light
  • Zigzagging patterns
  • Blind spots
  • Shimmering spots or stars

No one knows exactly what causes ocular migraines. In some people, it’s related to eating certain foods such as chocolate, nuts, shellfish or artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Others may have ocular migraine episodes brought on by caffeine or alcohol. Some believe that tension and fatigue are linked to this condition, but researchers have not found a consistent link.

It’s possible that you may have several ocular migraine episodes in a short interval of time, and then not experience any for months or even years before experiencing additional episodes. If ocular migraines persist, worsen or become accompanied by a migraine headache, talk to your doctor to seek appropriate treatment for your condition.

OK, health class is over!

Let’s talk knitting.  I have been working on my bear claw blanket during breaks at work and I’m getting close to having my first one done.  This is fun knit so far, I like seeing it grow and  I really think I might actually be able to stick with it. 

1st block amost done!

1st block almost done!

 

 

HOWEVER… I do want to say that I saw this awesome pair of socks that someone  (Rav name: quesselchen) made and I just had to start a pair last night.  So I’ll show you my progress so far.

1st cuff done - Norwegian cast-on (first time doing this for me!)

1st cuff done - Norwegian cast-on (first time doing this for me!)

This pattern is called Arch-Shaped Socks by Jen Showalter / Mean Girl Design (check all of them out on Ravelry – love the orange pair I saw there)  The pattern is a free PDF.

The yarn is something I got when I was out on a day trip with a co-worker.  It’s called ONline supersocke 100 I think the colorway is 1058 – it’s self striping and I love the colors, ya know pictures never show how wonderful the colors really are, but this is close.

 

 

ARCH-SHAPED SOCKS PATTERN, YARN & CUFF OF 1ST SOCK

ARCH-SHAPED SOCKS PATTERN, YARN & CUFF OF 1ST SOCK

The pattern is written for DPN’s or Magic Loop and I’m doing the Magic Loop because they are the only size 1 needles I have free!  When I first thought about this pattern I was going to do the whole sock in ribbing, but then changed my mind and decided to let the yarn do the work.  I haven’t done an all knit sock since the first pair of socks I learned to knit. 

Well it’s early enough for me to get started knitting, so I’m off to knit.  I hope you are all staying warm and DRY and that this winter isn’t taking a toll on you or your family.

What’s New?

NEW FOR 2009…

It’s a new year… so now what is on the needles?  Well I’m so glad you asked!!

PATTERN: Bear Claw Blanket by Veronik Avery, from Interweave Knits, Spring 2005 (also available as PDF for $6.95 from the website.)
YARN: Cascade Sierra – 80% Pima Cotton and 20% Wool – Worsted/10 ply (9wpi) 191 yards per 100 gram skein – gauge is 18 – 20 = 4″ on size 7 needles.  COLORS USED:  Green 048 – Pink 16 – White 01 – and Pale Yellow 07
NEEDLES: US 4, US 5 and US 6 – clover bamboo circulars

So why this pattern?  Our local fairgrounds is having an auction in March to raise money for numerous things.  One of those things is that you can designate where you want the funds to go for the item you donate… this item will have the proceeds go toward the awards for Knitting/Crochet Crafts.  I work for the county so I know how important it is that they get as many volunteers as possible for this event.  We are a small county and I want to support them in a way I love… Knitting!

I don’t have a picture of my progress from today, but I can show you where I started out at this morning.

Starting the second claw
Starting the second claw

The green doesn’t seem to photograph very well.  It’s actually a bit brighter.  

Another view of the first claw done

Another view of the first claw done

I am weaving in the ends as I go, so I don’t a lot of strings hanging around. 
Keeping the back side clean.

Keeping the back side clean.

I’m not sure if I will be putting a back of fabric on this blanket or not.  So I am trying to keep the back side clean and neat… I’m trying!
We had a couple of inches of snow late this afternoon and the DISH stopped worked… thought Rick was going to go nuts! 🙂  I just kept knitting and watched a movie on my laptop through Netflix.  It’s raining hard now and the wind is really kicking up, and howling!  Snow is all gone.  (Oh, and DISH is working again too)
OK, it’s late and I need sleep.  I’ll post more pictures later.

ENOUGH winter!

OK, I live on the Washington coast and snow is a novelty here.  The east side of our county (where I work) always gets more snow than us, and I’m fine with that.  I love the snow because we get it for a day or two and it’s gone.  Someone forgot to tell the snow to GO AWAY!!!

Monday morning, 5 minutes from work (it takes over an hour when the weather is bad) I get a call from my knitting buddy and co-worker Patty.  She says “So whatcha doin?”  I think this is a trick question and wonder what’s up.  When I saw it was her calling I thought she was calling to tell me that I could park in her parking space (because her nice husband has been driving her to work this past week).  Wrong, and wronger… she is calling to tell me that all the county offices are CLOSED!  I thought she was joking.  But sure enough when I got to work there was no where to park because of all the snow.  I just pulled up in front and when I came to a stop because of the snow, I parked.  When I got inside I found my boss (the county Auditor) with a big smile on his face.  He didn’t know either!

So anyway, I worked until about noon and then took these pictures.

Getting ready to go home

Getting ready to go home

Our beautiful courthouse in the snow.

Our beautiful courthouse in the snow.

Looking down the street in front of our building.

Looking down the street in front of our building.

 

Lucky for me the ramp out of town is now cleared!

Lucky for me the ramp out of town is now cleared!

 

I think this is Clemons Rd just west of Montesano

I think this is Clemons Rd just west of Montesano

 

Same road from the highway, heading toward Aberdeen

Same road from the highway, heading toward Aberdeen

 

Sandy snow on the beach

Sandy snow on the beach

Meanwhile back at the beach in Ocean Shores… the seagulls are looking for a good meal.

Crab dinner

Crab dinner

Looking out my window at work 12/23/08

Looking out my window at work 12/23/08

For some unknown reason, someone thought it would be a good idea to pile the snow in front of the Montesano Cop Shop.  They moved the snow today while we watched… because it’s fun to watch men working – right?   Men working – HA Ha HA Ha HA Ha!

OK, now back at home the ducks are having fun too!

Duck tracks!

Duck tracks!

Well very little knitting is getting done and I want to finish up two hats before I jump back to some old projects.  I’m already dreaming about the projects I want to make next year! 🙂

No work until Friday, so I hope to get…

1. Lots of knitting done

2. NO housework done

3. Lots of naps taken

4. A few movies watched

5. A few cookies eaten

and

More knitting!

Merry Christmas to us all!

-Shanda

Twas the weekend before Christmas…

and the snow kept falling…  (hope you enjoy the pictures mom!)

Early Saturday the snow came blowing in.

Early Saturday the snow came blowing in.

About 2:00 PM we left the house to check out the snow on the beach and in town.  This is what we found.

Ocean Shores Marina

Ocean Shores Marina

 This is the marina where we put the boat in earlier this year… remember the trips that I got so sea sick!

Rick waiting in the warm truck for me at the marina

Rick waiting in the warm truck for me at the marinaAs soon as I got out of the truck I was assaulted by the stinging snow. It felt like rocks hitting me in the face.This is at the beach, can you see the ocean?

 

Up close to the water... can you see the frozen sea?!

Up close to the water... can you see the frozen sea?!

It was so weird to walk right up to where the wave were coming in and see the water going under the snow drifts.  As we drove out near the water you couldn’t see anything on the beach because there was so much snow and so much snow blowing.  It really wasn’t safe for people to be driving on the beach because there was no way to know if it was a snow drift you were about to drive into, or a log!

A log on the beach in the blowing snow.

A log on the beach in the blowing snow.

We drove back into town and here are a couple of shots at the entrance to our little town.

Welcome!

Welcome!

 

Entrance to Ocean Shores

Entrance to Ocean Shores

At the post office.

At the post office.This time I stayed in the truck where it was warm. This is a shot in the parking lot. Seagulls on the beach.

ok, I don’t know why my picture of the seagulls on the beach isn’t showing up here, and the caption is showing above?
Back to the beach.  This time we entered from downtown Ocean Shores, just past the Shilo Inn.  As soon as we stopped the seagulls came flying up to us.  Bad day to be a bird.
Molly running on the beach.

Molly running on the beach.

So who is Molly?  I have no idea.  All I know is she was one very happy dog to be out running on the beach.  She ran back and forth chasing the birds and then the waves.  Our babies, Thor and Cassie stayed home on this trip.

Guess who stayed in the truck waiting at the beach!

Guess who stayed in the truck waiting at the beach!

While I ran out to snap a couple of shots, Rick waited in the truck with the heater going full blast.  Just a reminder… this picture is taken on the beach.  It’s easy to forget this is snow covered sand.  In the far distance you can barely make out the dunes.

In front of the City Beach Restrooms.

In front of the City Beach Restrooms.

The wind was blowing the snow so hard it was hard to see at times.  When we left the beach to come back into town and we made a quick stop at the restrooms to get this great shot of how deep the snow drifts got.  In some places the wind blew all the snow away to bare roads (or black ice).

Best coffee in Ocean Shores!

Best coffee in Ocean Shores!

This is the only time I’ve been glad to see my friend didn’t have her little coffee stand open.  I hope she was at home safe, warm and drinking some good coffee.  If ever you find yourself in Ocean Shores, be sure to stop by Mocha Madness!

Zipping through town.

Zipping through town.

Yes, that is a McDonalds in the blurr.  This is the only fast food restaurant we have in town, and they were open and doing pretty good business.  This picture was taken just before 4:00 PM – it looks like night time.

OSPD

OSPD

Yes, this is the famous Ocean Shores Police Department – I think Rick was glad he wasn’t on duty.  (He’s only a reserve so I would think they would make him go out in the cold!)  🙂

00 PM

Crossing the bridge over the lake - 4:00 PM

It’s hard to tell, but if you look carefully you can see where the canal part of the lake was starting to freeze over and the snow coming down make it look a little creepy.

A very COLD potty break for the dogs!

A very COLD potty break for the dogs!

Cassie got so jazzed when she went out in the snow.  She hoped around like the little rabbit she is, I think it had something to do with how cold the snow was on her belly!

Our COVERED front porch.

Our COVERED front porch.

I love all the trails the dogs left in the yard. 

Well now here it is Sunday night and we are having a few snow flurries and most of the day has been freezing rain and hail.  It makes the snow have a very crunchy layer on top.  Last night I must have woke up half a dozen times to a loud crashing sound.  It was the ice sliding off the roof, and when I was out with the dogs you could hear the ice and snow crashing out of the big trees on the other side of the lake.  Sounds echo off the water and it sounds very loud. 

OK, some knitting did get done this weekend, and now I need to turn my attention to sleep, so I can get up very early and head in to work.  I’ll bring the camera with me just in case.

OK, before I go I leave you with a picture from work (Grays Harbor County Administration building in Montesano) on last Monday (12/15/08).  Pretty isn’t it!?!

A beautiful Monday at work!

A beautiful Monday at work!

I hope you all are staying warm and enjoying the holidays and the snow if you have it.

Be safe,

Shanda

H a l l e l u j a h !!!!

Yep, as soon as we started shutting everything off for the night, Rick looked out the window and proclaimed “we have power”!   I have the washer going, the TV is back on, and even the heater is going!  If I wasn’t so tired I’d bake cookies! 🙂  OK, I’ll stay up a little later tonight and still sleep in. Right now I have to go get a tissue because I’m so happy, I just might cry!