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Chocolate & Socks…

Saturday DH and I went to the 1st Annual Chocolate Festival in Pacific Beach.  Keep in mind this is a very small town on the Washington coast.  So what am I saying, well, it was not a large event, but if you like good ol’ local folks this is the event to be at!  Walking in the door we were greeted with my favoite chocolate mint sticks, Ovation’s.  I bumped into a few people I knew and gabbed, and browsed the local vendors. (no pictures of the samples, as they were all eaten!  all but one of the chocolate mint sticks.)

Our only vendor purchase was a bag of Chocolate Lavender Torte Mix from Nelson’s Duckpond & Lavender Farm.  The woman selling this wonderful mix had little mini cupcakes for us to sample… YUM!  Come to find out the farm is located in Sequim, WA and is owned by her parents.  Someday I hope to go the big lavender festival they have over there, maybe this year if I set it up as a camping trip, it’s in mid-July.  Anyway, this wonderful bag makes 96 mini cupcakes, or 3 – 8inch round cakes, or 1 jelly roll pan of brownies!!  Decisions, decisions, that will have to wait till later.  

The event goes through Sunday, and there are other locations of other things going on.  Like at Moclips they had a “Smore Fun on the Beach” event at the Hi-Tides resort, all the fixin’s, plus hot chocolate – it was from 6 to 8pm so we headed back to Seabrook. 

In Seabrook, at the Cafe Tashtego there they had a special Chocolate Festival menu, with a tasting of Chocolate and Port!  We didn’t stop because they were pretty full.  We did cruise around the new little village of Seabrook.  It’s very cute, and I love many of the cottages… however, they are right on top of each other. 

DH said you could stick your arm out your kitchen window and into the cottage next door to borrow a cup of sugar.  I told him it wasn’t that bad, and besides, no one barrows a cup of sugar anymore!  The picture above is of the large homes/cottages. They had a lot of small cute cottages, but I didn’t have my camera with me, and these pictures are from my cell phone.  My NEW cell phone that I can’t seem to figure out how everything works yet.  So I have limited pictures. 

Across the road(hwy) from Seabrook they have made a wonderful trail down to the beach.  It was hard to get a picture of it, but trust me it was very pretty. 

 Did I mention that it was a super foggy day? 

Anyway, after a couple of beach stops, we headed for home… well for food to be more exact.  Nothing like Chinese food on a cold foggy day at the beach.  Then home.

As for knitting…

I ran across this cute little Playtime Petit Fours by Jennifer Adams 

Jennifer is also known as the NuttyIrishmanKnits.typepad.com, she has a really cute blog site.  And the pattern can be found there.  Click on the link above to see these little wonders.

I’m on still working on my Secret of the Stole ii, and I’m on hint #2.  No pictures at this time.  I am still loving this project, but I’m also knitting on socks. 

I had two different pair of socks that I started last year and I’m trying to finish them up.  Both pairs of socks have one done already and I’m past the heel on one and working the decreasing rounds after the heel on the other. 

One pair of socks is my beautiful Roza socks.  I just finished making the heel and it should go pretty quickly from here on out.  I hope to have them done in the next week if all goes well. (yarn is Socks that Rock)

The other pair I had done, and decided that I just didn’t like the way it pooled so much on the foot.  So I took it out and tried to start is over with the yarn in a different place.  Guess what… it’s still pooling.  But I’m ok with it this time. 

I’ve decided that it will be in my shoe anyway, and I love how comfortable these are so I would rather be wearing them, than fretting over them.  (yarn is Tofusie).

That’s about it for the knitting front.  I need to end now and get some laundry done, and few things around the house before I can resume knitting!

Have a great week!

2 months in a camera… (long post)

Time is zipping by, I can’t believe it’s November already.  I was just complaining a month ago that I couldn’t knit… and now I just can’t seem to stop!  It’s knit or blog, and as you can tell from my lack of posting, knitting has won out!

OK, before I get to the end of the year, I want to post some things that were in the camera (with the dead battery) and that I didn’t get put out on my blog.  It’s funny how many times I’ve gone back to some of my old posts to remember what I was knitting when – it really helped in updating some of my Ravelry stuff.  The old mind ain’t what she used to be for remembering.

In the camera we have pictures of my Diamond Fantasy Shawl.  It’s on hold for now.

The color shows a little better in this picture…



So let’s flash back to a beautiful September day in Oregon, Canby to be exact.  The Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival.  I’ll be brief with my memories for this day.

This is Patty at the entrance to the festival, this is actually at the end of our day, with all of her purchases


One of my main goals this year was to get knitting basket.  This is my new knitting (slightly misshapen) basket!

There were very few baskets with green, and I fell in love with this one.  Patty couldn’t make up her mind on size, so she got two all natural baskets.

Another purchase… sock yarn from Blue Moon.

This is STR in Rare Gems, and a pattern I picked up too.  I’ve seen these socks knitted up and thought they might be fun and different.  The pattern is called Hippy Crunchy.

Next up, yep… more sock yarn.

I loved all the colors at The Swell Yarn Shop!  And Angie (owner) was swell too!  Don’t you love her card and yarn label.  She also had a heavier weight yarn too, but this one was calling my name.

No trip to the festival would be complete without seeing Pat Fly! 

I love watching her work this old sock knitting machine.  Lots of people stopped to watch.  Yes, I did pick up some yarn here too.  How could I not?

Once again this year the weather was perfect.  Lots of people sitting out at tables knitting.  If we lived closer we might have done the same. 

Instead we had time for a quick snack and then more shopping. 

OK, I have no idea who this dog belonged to, but he was so cute, and looked so sweet laying under this table that I had to take a picture.

I love dogs!  This one had one blue eye and one brown, even if you can’t see it in this picture.

OK, that’s a wrap for September and the 2007 Flock & Fiber Festival in Canby Oregon.

Next up in the camera…


This was the project I was speeding along with just before I had surgery on my hand.  At first I thought I was going to make a scarf and then I remembered the cute Block Sweater in the One Skein book. 

So here is a picture when I thought I was going to make a scarf…

And then here are the pieces that make up the sweater.

(It’s hard to get the true colors to show up very well in this photo.)  And yes, the sweater has not yet been blocked so I can do the I-cord edge that goes all around it.  Can you believe that I could be this close to done, and then get totally hooked on another project and not look back!  Don’t answer that!  So what did I get so hooked on?


The Great American Afghan!!  This booklet was published a couple of years ago I believe, and it was shown in mostly blues, and greens.  This time when they reprinted the booklet they show it all knit with my favorite yarn Cascade 220, and in warm colors.  Browns, greens, rust and red tones.  I love it!  There are 25 blocks total.  I now have 5 blocks completed and I’m about half way done with another block.

No, I’m not knitting them in order.  I started with number 1, got the block done, but not the detailing that needs to be stitched on it, along with a small pair of socks.

Here are the blocks that I have so far…


I know I have lots more to blog about and more pictures to post, but I really want to knit on my Mr. Greenjeans sweater!  And I should be cleaning to get ready for Thanksgiving company.  My mom and her husband will be coming to our house from Leavenworth, WA.  I’m really excited that I’ll be doing everything this year.  Usually I help or someone is helping me.  Our menu will be a little shorter this year because it is only the 4 of us.  Hubby wants a smokey turkey this year.  We’ll see.  The weatherman is saying no rain, so we’ll have to make sure to spend some time at the beach.

Enough for now, if I don’t blog again in the next day or two, Happy Thanksgiving!