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getting out of town…

Before I talk about the fact that I can knit again! I’m going to share what we did Saturday.

I don’t think I’ve been out of the county since October 2007!  Hubby and I hit the road around noon and headed toward the mountain (Mt Rainier).  I say “headed” we were not going to the mountain, we were going to Ike Kinswa State Park.  Silly as it may sound, we just enjoyed a peaceful drive (with no crazy dogs).  Reason for this trip: to find the perfect camp site!  We’ve been talking about camping a lot lately, and I want to make some of our summer reservations soon, but we wanted to make sure we got a good spot, and that it was a campground worthy of our time.  Yes, this is a beautiful place.  The whole campground is not open at this time of year, but we stopped and talked to the Campground Host, and he gave us helpful information and a map of all the sites.  It was snowing the whole time we were there. (Not sticking yet) What a beautiful place in the cold wet snow, but I can’t wait to see it in June! 

This picture was taken looking back at the bridge from the entrance, as we were leaving.  It stopped snowing for just a couple of minutes while I jumped out of the truck.

This is the bridge crossing Mayfield Lake before you get to the Ike Kinswa State Park… well now that I say that I think bridge crosses on the rivers that dumps into the lake.

After leaving the Mayfield Lake area we headed back toward Olympia, and Millersylvania State Park.  This park is located just a few miles off I-5, next to Deep Lake. 

Deep Lake – a very cold early evening shot.

Very pretty place.  I’m not sure about the Utility hook up sites.  They aren’t as nice as the primitive sites in the trees.  This will be a maybe place to go.  The nice part is that it’s so close, just under 2 hours from the beach/home.

So now that it was getting dark, and we were getting hungry we headed for home.  The weather was mostly rain, and rain mixed with snow.  So what better to have for dinner/lunch… Miso soup!  We stopped in Montesano for a big yummy bowl of Miso soup for me, and something huge for Rick.  A Bento Box with chicken, shrimp, rice, salad, and lots of California rolls.

Now it’s time to work off all that food… let’s go to Wal-Mart!  We popped into Wally-World for some organizing containers for the garage (the place I don’t go very often because I might mess it up or leave some of my yarn out there!)  I did get a cover for my ipod (did I mention that I got an after Christmas present – an ipod nano! – thank you sweet hubby).  Anyway, quick trip running around the store and then home sweet home.  I love coming home to my babies, they just go nuts barking and wiggling and licking and jumping!  They make you feel so welcome. 

That about wraps up our Saturday.  Next Saturday is the Chocolate Festival just up the beach from us, so it will be a short and tasty trip for us.

Now knitting!

Tuesday I got my soft cast off!  This picture was on the way to the doctor’s office.

It was a very snowing morning, and I fell in the parking lot, landing on my left wrist (the side I had surgery on).  Good thing I had all that padding on my wrist and my backside. 🙂

No damage done, just sore.  After leaving this appointment I headed for home for a short break before my dental appointment.  So what did I do? KNIT!!!  I started working on my sots ii.  I love this stole so far.  I’m really enjoying knitting this first hint.  I’m not stressed that hint number 3 came out on Friday, I’m just really enjoying knitting.  On my breaks at work I’m knitting on a pair of socks that I started last year in April!  I have less than one sock left to knit. I thought they were done, but one of the socks was just not right, the toe didn’t match up and it didn’t fit right so it’s a “do-over”.  It’s like working on a brand new project and yet it’s over half done!  I am making an effort to finish up some old projects while knitting on new ones.

I have no pictures of my knitting yet.  But I’ll post some very soon.  I close with a couple more pictures of the lake last Sunday, it was starting to form a thin layer of ice.


hail storm
Hail storm!
Thor watching the ducks land on the lake.  Just a little hail coming down.

thankful for friday!

 This has been the longest week, and I only worked 3 1/2 days!  If I can’t pick up sticks and knit soon I won’t be responsible for all the missing food in my house!  At work during break I sit and watch my friend Patty knit… this is far worse than watching the skinny girl eat your favorite cheesecake in front of you while you are on a diet!  I go back to see the doc on Tuesday and I’m praying he says “girl get outta here and go knit” so what do you think my chances are that he’ll tell me this?  I know it’s not the end of the world, and I should be enjoying this time away from housekeeping, and I should stop whining.  It actually is going by very quickly and it will be no time and I’ll think how silly I was.  On the brighter side… I have no carpal tunnel numbness at all!  My hand doesn’t ever go to sleep, and when I wake up in the morning… NO PAIN!  🙂  I received a message from another Ravelry knitter that she was able to knit in moderation after her soft cast came off!  That’s only 4 more days for me!

I stopped in at The Yarn Corner on my way home to check out all the new stuff, and to enjoy the company of friends!  I’m still working on making a decision on what yarn to use for my Mr. Greenjeans sweater.  Also, a side benefit of stopping in to touch all the yarn is that the friendliest, and most wonderful jewelry store in the state is right next door.  And the lovely, I mean handsome, Mr. Mike can clean and check my wedding ring and make it look sooooo beautiful and like the first day I put it on.  Everyone makes you feel like you are stopping in the see family (the good kind of family, not the crazy aunt or weird cousin, kind of family!)  I picked up the Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts issue and I’ll be enjoying every page this weekend!

Something else to add to my list that I would love to knit someday…

Heartland Shawl

Isn’t this beautiful!  This pattern is the 2006 Buffalo Gold Fiber Arts Contest Winner – designed by the one and only oh so wonderful Evelyn Clark!  I haven’t touched the Buffalo Gold yarn yet, but I will someday!  It looks very interesting, you can check them out at Buffalo Gold.

I’m going to work on filing dip orders tonight (it is that time of year ya know – well almost that time of year).  I’ve scaled way back on the number of dips I’m making, but I will always do special requests. 

On a colder note, we are going camping the last weekend of this month!  I’m praying for crisp cool weather with no rain!  Just lots of leaves changing color and short hikes!

I’ll keep you posted!


I have been knitting, just not posting on this blog.  I’ve been busy on my other blog if you care to stop in at my Geocaching and Camping site you’ll see what I’m doing in my non-knitting and non-work time. 

I have so much blog reading to catch up on, I could spend all week reading, but instead I guess I’ll go to work.  My husband likes it when I can spend some of my own money too!  Besides I want to go to the Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, OR again and I’m going to need some money for that basket I didn’t buy last year!

I picked up some Mariners colored STR yarn at the Stich N Pitch and one is done and the second one is in the home stretch now!  I’m using the Tidal Wave pattern from SWTC.  I love this pattern because it’s easy to remember and I only did 3 repeats, because I like my socks on the short side.

Tidal Wave Sock pattern – 3 repeats on the cuff. Size 1 needles, 2 circulars.

For my birthday I purchased New Pathways for Sock Knittters – Book One, by Cat Bordhi.  I too think she is amazing, and I’m so glad God created people like her, because I sure wouldn’t have figured this sock technique out in my life time!

I have only gone through lesson one.  And now I will need to make another one to match this cute little sock.  I don’t know if you can see it or not, but the “V” that it makes in the center front is so cool. 

 And I did a perfect job (thanks to the brillant instructions in the book) on my short rows heel!  No picking up stitches, I could get used to this.  I used the yarn that I used on the Peapod Sweater and I’ll be sending these cute little socks to go with it.  I can’t believe that I used size 5 needles!  A friend from work that also purchased this book made me the cute little stitch markers with the “A” and “B” on them.  I’m hoping that my dear, sweet and talented friend Bunni will teach a class on these socks because I’m not so sure I will be able to understand all that I need too, and I don’t want to miss anything.

That about does it for me tonight, I’m wiped out, and need to get some sleep.

still knitting?

Yes I’m still knitting… and camping… and geocaching… and working… and not sleeping much.

I’ll back track just a little here to catch myself up…

…last month we went to the Stitch and Pitch in Seattle and had a grand time. 

Bought a little yarn for Christmas presents (sock yarn – STR in Mariners colors, and yarn that I can’t even remember what it’s called in bright pink and lime greens). 

…Saturday, July 28th Rick and I went in search of a pop up camper.  Bought one from Baydo’s in Fife and went back on the 31st (Rick’s Birthday) to pick it up!

…each day I am still knitting at breaks and at lunch.  It used to be my routine to knit on my MS3 stole each day at lunch… now my stole is being punished for not having the correct number of stitches.

…finished my very cute little Peapod Sweater.

…making a couple of the Heatbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono’s from my Mason Dixon Knitting book.  I’m using the self striping Sugar n Cream.  I have yarn enough to make 4 of them!  The blue one is just over half done, ran out of yarn and started a pink one.  The pink one is now just over half done.  Now that I have more blue yarn I will hurry and finish the pink one.  I’m making each one just a little bit different.

…new favorite knitting project is the beautiful Diamond Fantasy shawl.  This is what I’m working on at lunch time these days. (while the stole is being punished).

…and my pink Sausilto sweater has been waiting in my cute pink knitting purse.

… and yes there are many socks on all my needles!

So I guess I am up to date now, knid of. 

I also have another blog that I’m keeping as a journal of our camping/geocaching adventures. I just got it started so I can keep track of where we have been with family and friends.  I’ll try not to let my knitting over flow into this blog!  It’s at: http://geocacheandcamping.wordpress.com/

That’s it for now.