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How many years have pasted?

I can’t remember the last time I even looked at all the blogs I used to follow so carefully.  Life has a funny way of changing and some things go by the wayside.  I still love to check in on Attic 24 to inspire me with color and far away places.  I’m still knitting, maybe not as often as I would like, but I still love to cast on for a new project!  My friend Patty and I went to see Stephen West in Kent, WA a few months back and then out to dinner… that’s about as much yarn fun as I’ve had in over a year.  I want to start blogging again and keeping a record of projects and good times.  Last year in February I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and it made me look at some things differently.  Actually, just in the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about what things in my life are working and what are not.  I need a good spring cleaning of my life!  So… Cheers to making things happen this year.

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Well it’s been a VERY long time. In fact I can’t believe how far I’ve gotten away from reading blogs and blogging.

I’m still knitting, had a brief set back in February when my Jack Russell (Cassie) accidentially bit me instead of her brother Leo (our newest member of the family – he’s a 3 year old Westie).

Long story short.. (too late) I ended up in the hospital having emergency surgery on my right index finger. I don’t have all the bend back yet in my finger, but I’m still working on it.

Now here it is April, and Cassie and Leo got into it again and my foot got in the way, and this time is was my toe! Another trip to ER because the doctor could see me on a Friday and it was starting to swell and didn’t look to pretty. Never a dull moment.

Well, I’m going to get my ducks in a row and I’ll update some knitting projects and a few pictures too.  More later!

wEiRd!

Today is Sunday… and this morning the sun came out and the day was beautiful… but very “fall-like”.  You can really feel fall in the air.  I do love this season, but it makes me sad that summer is over and now we have to turn our thoughts toward another winter.

Anyway, I’m already getting off track… I wanted to share something really weird!

First the pictures…

It's like a big hand coming out to greet me!

This is what I found in the RV!!!!!! How weird is that?  I don’t know how it got there and now I’m wondering if it will come back?  I used Lysol to clean very good under the trim and in the boards under it.  It was a little freaky to cut it down.  I made sure there was nothing left of it anywhere.

Like I said… WEIRD!

Really RED!

Wow!  It’s October already.

A touch of RED!

And already for the new fall season I’ve had the flu!  Yes, that’s right… last week I was out from work for several days and now here it is the weekend and I’m just now starting to ease back into life.

Last night was the first time since Monday that I was able to knit.  I was just to sick to even be able to stay awake or to concentrate.  So now I’m knitting today!

So what am I knitting on?  Why a NEW KAL!!!!  Are you laughing?  I just can’t help myself.  So here is what I have so far…

Clue 1 completed

KAL: Knit Purl Hunter – Triplicity Shawlette
YARN: Simplicity by HiKoo – DK weight
55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon – 107 meters
COLORWAY: 047 Really Red
NEEDLES: size 10 US – Addi Lace
 

Loving this fun KAL project!

So far this shawlette is screaming “feel me”!  It is soooo soft and the yarn is very nice.  At first I had a little problem with my stitch markers splitting the yarn, so off with the pretty stitch markers and on with the pieces of my bright orange drinking straw.  FYI:  If ever you are looking for a lot of quick stitch markers, cut up a drinking straw.  I asked for an extra one the other day at my latte stand and it works great!

In this Mystery KAL we will receive a clue every Thursday for 4 weeks.  Right now I thinking I want a BIG shawl… not a shawlette!!!  So I may have to pick up a few more skeins of yarn while it’s still there.

Also if you are looking for a great first time KAL, this is the one, so jump in now!  She has wonderful instructions and video clips on the techniques.

OK… guess I better get back to my OTHER KAL project… last Thursday the 4th clue came out for the Susanna IC Mystery KAL and I still had 4 rows to go on clue 3!

Have a wonderful week, and add a touch of RED!

Susanna IC Mystery Shawl…

Maybe I have said this before, but let me say it again… I love the crescent-shaped shawls, and I LOVE, love, LOVE Susanna’s patterns.  Her shawls are wonderful!

This Mystery KAL is coming along great.  It’s fun to have friends knitting the same project and none of us knowing what it is going to look like until we are done.  I have 3 knitting friends that are working on this one, and there is a little bit of competition to see who gets done with the clues first.  The only time I have been first was with the first clue.  The 3rd clue came out on Tuesday and I have another 8 rows to go.  The clues are sent to us every 10 days so I’m in good shape.  Another reason I love this shawl is that it has beads on it!  Beads are fun!

Clue #2

The beads are hard to photograph, they have a bit of a purple hue on the inside of the clear beads, and some are brown and some kind of a copper color.

Clue #2 done and 2 rows of clue #3

 I’ll have to work on getting a better picture.  All I want to knit on is this project, and yet I have a pair of fingerless mitts that I need to have done by Monday for a friend at work.  Her birthday is Monday and of course I’m knitting up to the last-minute on them.

What I’m listening to these days:  Wedding Belles by Haywood Smith – I’m laughing and crying right along with these wonderful Southern ladies in the story.  What a great story to listen to while knitting.  I recommend this one to go with a good knitting project!

More later…

Can you have too many shawls?

OK, way too much time has passed since I popped in to keep a record of what I’m doing.  So what have I been doing?

Knitting… I finished my Summer Mystery Shawlette that Wendy had going back around the end of May through part of June.  I finished it on Rick’s birthday! (after his parents left to go home) – and it is still waiting to be blocked.

Almost done in this picture.

Why do I do that?  I think I have some kind of mental block about blocking I guess!!!

28’s Cousin 53

28's Cousin 53

I almost forgot about this scarf… it’s very colorful!  It was very quick to knit and very easy.

Casting on the million or so stitches needed!

I think I would like to make this again using a DK weight yarn, with some wool in it.

Next up… I started another shawl it is the Arroyo.

1st of four colors

I have always like this shawl and thought I’d get started while waiting for my clues on the Westknits Mystery Shawl.  Are you sensing a theme here.  Yes, I am in love with shawls/scarfs.  The Arroyo is knit with worsted weight yarn (I think), but I wanted to use my sock weight yarn that has been waiting very quietly in the yarn closet.

This yarn is so yummy!

It’s the Unique Sheep Verve yarn in the colorway Japonica.  Japonica is 4 skeins of 100 yards each.  It is so pretty.  It is having to take a backseat to the newest project… Westknits Mystery Shawl!

OK, the official name of this Mystery KAL is Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2011: Earth & Sky I have several friends that have joined in on this one and we are all loving it.  I’m getting really close to finishing Clue #3 and Clue #4 came out on Monday… well the 4th clue is the border for the shawl and I’m hoping it won’t take long, because I have to be done to post pictures on the 1st to win me a prize!!!!  This shawl uses 3 colors and it was fun to see what everyone was going to use for their 3 colors.  I played it safe and I’m calling mine Shades of Indigo.  The yarn is Hand Jives and it’s bleeding on my hands just a bit.  I used this yarn once before and had the same thing happen, but when I soaked it to block it, all was good.  This yarn blooms wonderfully and is so pretty.  I’m not super thrilled with knitting with it, because it doesn’t feel super soft, but it is really pretty to me.

Clue #2 done

Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea.

Working on Clue #3

This yarn reminds me of washed denim… I can’t wait to finish it.

OK, what else… this past weekend was our 5th wedding anniversary and my birthday. (Thursday and Friday) So else would we do… take the RV to Cape Disappointment!  We had a great trip.  I was able to get a little knitting done and we had tons of sunshine on Saturday.  Friday night was super foggy and misty and WINDY!  It felt like sleeping on a boat.  Here are just a few pictures…

North Head Lighthouse

The walk out to the lighthouse is so pretty.  And we could not have asked for a nicer day.

Rick and Cassie on the trail to the lighthouse.

The view from the trail, looking back to where we camped.

In the far background of this picture you can see the North Jetty, and just before that in the trees is where we camped.

A view from the trail less traveled leaving the lighthouse.

Round trip is only a half mile trip… good thing, I was not wearing the appropriate flip-flops.

I think this is the lighthouse keepers house.

Of course there is a gift shop… Cassie and I waited while Rick went in and looked around for about 2 minutes.

the fog coming in for the night

Heading home on Sunday

Are you wondering how I took this picture?  Well you see this trip we decided to bring Rick commuter car down so we would have something to drive to go see stuff.  So I drove his little car and it only took a half a tank of gas from home, back to home.  Someday (I hope soon) we will have the capability to tow the car.  It wasn’t to bad, I got to listen to my book and he and Cassie got to listen to her barking!  This was our first trip without Thor and it seemed strange to not have him there.  I miss him so much still.   The biggest draw back about me also driving is that I can’t knit!

OK, I need to get back to knitting on my Westknits Mystery shawl.

One last thing… Thank you to everyone that left me comments about Thor.  Yes, pets really are a part of our families.

Knit on!

ducks on Duck Lake…

one morning before work I noticed we had visitors on the dock!

Friendship Blanket III

Look who has come back to visit me!  It’s the Friendship III blanket.

We started this blanket last year.  I was the first one to knit on it and I’d have to say that I would love to start my own.  It’s from the pattern Ten Stitch Blanket and we are doing it with 25 stitches wide. 

Knitting outside in the sunshine in March!

This blanket has been to Arizona and California and I’m not sure how many places in between, but it is well-traveled.

OK, knitting outside didn’t last long.  The wind is just too much for me today… brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! 

the wind wants the blanket to fly

I’m glad I came in when I did, because those sneaky clouds that were just drifting around sent a few little tiny sprinkles of water down on me. 

Time to get knitting!

Sunflowers…

Today is the first day of Spring!

I have a quick project to share with you.  I adore quick projects for instant gratification in between big projects.  And this is it…

Sunflowers!

I found this pattern (free pattern) while browsing on Ravelry Saturday morning.  It’s called Sunflower Dish or Wash cloth on Ravelry.  It’s super fast and fun to make because it’s so easy.  I made mine for in the RV, I’ll use it to sit hot things on, or maybe my ice-water pitcher, to keep it front dripping on the table.  I made the first one using a “J” hook.  I think the pattern called for an “I” hook – but I don’t think I have one.  So then about an hour later I decided to make it again with the “G” hook!  And then there was no stopping me… they are so addictive because they are so quick.  Great for while watching a boring movie with your husband! 

Flowers on a cloudy day.

The next thing I knew I was jumping off the deep end and using other colors.  I know this isn’t the end of them… I’m sure I’ll be making more.  I just can’t help myself. LOL

A flower pile up

I wasn’t super thrilled with the orange centered one, but I will keep playing with the colors of Sugar n Cream yarn that I can find.  I didn’t have any green so I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. 

Flowers on my cluttered table.

I’m still working on my RV Ripple blanket too…

On the counter at work!

I think I have added two more color changes since the picture above was taken.  My goal is to have this blanket done by 4th of July.  I’m doing pretty good so far and I’m sure not loosing interest in working on yet either! 

I have a banana cake cooling and it smells soooooooo good in here.  I love cozy Sundays.  Time for another movie with hubby and then a short walk with the dogs.  I hope you all had a great weekend and that a great week is in store for us all.  I have Knit Night at Tully’s Coffee House in Hoquiam on Tuesday night.  I can’t wait.  This will be the first time we have ever met there.  It’s newly opened and they are only open until 7:00 pm so it will be an early evening. 

Cheers!

For Japan with Love…

Praying and thinking about the people in Japan.

A day of blog silence seems a small way to pay my respects to the victims of what has been going on in Japan over the past few days. And an appropriate one.

To learn more about how you can help go Here.