Another Mystery…

Well looky here… it’s JULY!

So much and so little has happened since I last posted.  Let me think a moment…

  • I finished my mom’s sweater, the beautiful February Lady sweater (she is coming to visit this weekend so I will get a picture of her wearing it.)
  • I actually got half way done with the Mystery Shawlette KAL – and I’m evening thinking about fixing my little mistake, and finishing it.
  • I started a crescent-shaped shawl (Mezquita Shawl by Roxanne Yeun) and I’m so close to finishing it… I started the bind-off only to remember that I didn’t want to just bind-off, I wanted to add a couple of rows of seed stitch so it wouldn’t roll.  So now I have to UN-Bind-off and knit those couple of rows.

    shawl in progress

  • I knit all the pieces of the cuties monster ever.  Her name is Penelope.  The pattern is wonderful and all I need to do now is stuff her and put the face on.  Hoping that I can get her completed this weekend.  She will be wonderful in pictures I’m sure!
  • I completed a very cute crocheted hat… yes, a baby hat.
  • Oh and we took the RV out to Ike Kinswa State Park – this was a great weekend, but no knitting got done.

the best smore EVER!

a perfect morning

the lake at our campsite... so still in the morning

a perfect evening looking the other direction on the lake

 

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

 

the park was full, but it was cozy for us (site #18)

 

the view from my chair

 

Now about this new mystery.

A Mystery Animal KAL… yes, today begins another mystery knit a long!  Well OK, yes I am going to join in on this one too!  Big surprise.  There are 4 clues, each delivered on a Friday.  This first clue says BODY and has 49 rounds.  I will be starting very soon tonight.

The CLUE at the bottom of the page says “This mammal has more than 250 species in his family.  He’s not the most diverse creature in the world, but he has it all over the aardvark (total aardvark species = 1).  But really, how many types of aardvarks does one planet need?”

So I went out and searched and found this… Carnivores are a group of mammals that consists of about 250 species. Carnivores include dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, bears, raccoons, mustelids, sea lions, fur seals, hyenas, aardwolves, wolverines and cats.

I’m hoping that this mystery animal is a dog or wolf, bear or maybe even a sea-lion or a seal.  I’m sure I will love whatever it is!  If you want to join this KAL you can find the details here.  Go ahead, go look you know you want to make an animal.  And I love Emily Ivey – Oh, I didn’t tell you that Emily is the designer!  I love her website too.

OK, I need to get busy and do some house fluffing before mom gets here and then I want to start my mystery animal!  I’ll take lots of pictures this weekend and update this post properly with pictures!

Summer Mystery…

Nope, it’s not a mystery that summer is not here yet…

Just because I stumbled onto this site just in time… Well… I felt it was a sign that I should do this!  (are you laughing)  I have started 3 different KAL and finished ZERO!  Maybe this time will be different.  I am very excited to get started so that means I MUST finish my mom’s sweater very quickly.  The status of her sweater is that I just need to finish one sleeve, block and add buttons… Oh baby, I am sooo close now!

First challenge… picking the yarn to use for this wonderful little KAL.

This was my first choice...

I love this yarn and have had it in my stash for a few years now.  It’s Flying Sheep BFL (it says DK, but I thought it was lighter than that)  660 yards per skien and super beautiful. 

Nope, I guess this isn’t the right yarn.

 So back to the yarn closet and there I see the gorgeous Blue Moon Geisha yarn in Orange Red Clover Honey color.  This yarn is soooo soft and beautiful and has 995 yards!  It is fingering yarn, and even though I can’t seem to get the correct gauge, it’s pretty close and I think it’s a keeper.

just right

This yarn seems to have just a touch of a halo, but I think it will be OK.

If you are curious about this KAL and thinking you might want to join in you should go to Wendy Knits blog.  I’m going to copy from her blog the timeline of the clues.

Timing

The next piece of the pattern will be released on Tuesday (May 17) — There are a total of five parts of the pattern — here is the release schedule:

  • Preliminary Information — cast-on and set-up — today (May 15)
  • Part One — Chart A, 12 rows — Tuesday, May 17, around 4:30pm
  • Part Two — Chart B, 12 rows — Sunday, May 22, around 11:00am
  • Part Three — Chart C, 72 rows — Thursday. May 26, around 4:30pm
  • Part Four — Chart D, 20 rows, and finishing instructions — Thursday June 2, around 4:30pm

Note that Part Three is a big chunk — I wanted it to be released before Memorial Day weekend (here in the U.S.) so those of you who have extra knitting time can indulge. But remember, because you are knitting from the bottom up, the rows get shorter and shorter, so it is not as daunting as it sounds!

That’s the schedule. However, you are welcome to knit at your own speed. If you prefer, wait until the entire pattern is released and start then. No pressure here!

Ok, now you have some of the info, and there is a thread for this project on Ravelry if you go here.

Well the next time I post we will see if my mom’s sweater is done, and if I have changed my mind again on the yarn I will use, or if I am even still knitting on this new Mystery Shawlette! 

Have a good week!

ducks on Duck Lake…

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

A Cape Disappointment Weekend…

On Friday I was so ready to get on the road and just before we left… we had a visitor on our dock.  I love it when these guys stop by, aren’t they pretty.

So we didn’t get on the road as soon as I had thought we would and we stopped at Bennett’s for lunch in Grayland.  It was kind of a rainy day and I didn’t mind because I knew we would soon be at Cape Disappointment State Park.  What a great place to camp.  If you are thinking about going here try to reserve a place in the first loop – sites #11 – #20.  They have the best access to the beach and have power, water and sewer hook ups.

We stayed in site #33 – we had our own little private trail to the bathrooms, showers and a trail to the beach!  Our site also had all the hook ups and was pretty private for the most part.  The dogs give it a paws up rating too.

 Saturday (a mostly sunny day) we took the trail to the beach and when we got there I was very surprised, the tide was all the way in and the waves were huge!  And there was a ton of drift logs everywhere.  If you look to the north the view you have is of the North Head Lighthouse.  (Rick loves lighthouses)  There is a road on the way to the campground you can take to get you pretty close to the lighthouse, but no RV’s are allowed down this road.  After about 3:00pm the clouds all left and it was beautiful.

On Sunday morning when we got up to no wind, and beautiful blue skies!  We were able to sit outside that morning and have our coffee and enjoy the warm sun.  Before we could get packed up and on the road a few clouds came in and drifted by, ever now and then the sky would just dump rain in the distance, but we seemed to stay out of it every time, and then we would see more sunshine.

Our babies waiting to get on the road to go home.

When we were leaving we decided to go down the North Jetty road, and the view to the south is of Cape Disappointment Lighthouse!  You can also see the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center on the cliff too.  Once again the road that takes you up there is not accessible to RV’s.  The beach below the cliffs is called Waikiki Beach! 

Thor loves to ride like this, with his head resting on his daddy’s chair back.

We stopped at Chen’s in South Bend (we stopped here on the way home last time too).  About 2 minutes after they brought us our food the power went out!  What timing.  The booth we were sitting in has a nice view of the bay and lots of light so we just enjoyed our lunch.  

The entire way home I was snapping pictures of everything, Rick thought I was nuts but I wanted to remember how beautiful the day was, and just how pretty the  area is around us.  We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area.

Our last stop after lunch was at the Shoalwater Bay Casino gas station – Rick works for the tribe in the offices next to the casino and the price of gas here is much cheaper than any other place on the harbor.  I’m a little worried about the price of gas getting so high and wondering how often we will be able to go out this year.  I think Rick is wondering the same thing about taking his boat out this year!

A few more pictures from the road as we made our way for home.

All in all it was a very good weekend.  Not a lot of knitting got done, and NO crocheting on my blanket, but I brought it all with me! 

I’ll update my blog this weekend with the status of my current projects.  Have a great week (or what’s left of it) and pray for sunshine!

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!

Athena in periwinkle…

Another weekend is drawing to an end.  They just seem to go so quickly. 

This is what I am NOT supposed to be doing!

 

The yarn looks a little like it’s fuzzy in the pictures, but it really isn’t.  It does have a little bit of a sheen to it.

 

Athena tank top begins!

Pattern: Athena Tank designed by Helene Rush (Pattern No. 1740)
Yarn: Knit One, Crochet Too – Babyboo – 45% Bamboo/55% Nylon
Color: Periwinkle #653
5 balls – making size 32
I got gauge on size 5 needles just like the pattern calls for – love it!  This yarn is very nice so far and it feels very soft.  I was worried a little about it being splitty because so often bamboo yarn is.  It was just a little at the beginning of the ball, but not after that.

OK, now I’m really going to put this project aside and get back to my mom’s sweater.  I am enjoying working on the sweater, maybe because it’s been such a long time since I worked on it, it almost feels like a new project!  LOL

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!

So true…

I saw this while reading some of my favorite blogs at lunch today and just had to share it.  It was on Gib Knits Blog if you want to check her out. 

Happy Friday and I hope you have a great weekend on tap!  I’ll post more this weekend with pictures of the Blanket Go-round.  A group of us have been working on this for a while now and it has found its way back to me!

Coffee, Yarn & Friends!

Action knitting!

Don’t you love to get together for a fun evening of gabbing, and drinking great coffee!  This is a great place to meet, and the people working here are VERY nice!

Looking in at our happy group of knitters!

And a quick peek at my chair and my blanket! LOL

 

Daylight is gone and night is calling me to bed!  Sweet dreams and have a great week!

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!