Sunday, May 27, 2012

To my knitting friends on this Memorial Weekend...
 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Weekend 2012

This is what we woke to this morning:
Poor little petunias!
On Memorial weekend, Hubby and I usually drive up the Beartooth Mountain Highway to see the snow accumulation but this morning all we have to do is look out our window! We received about three inches which is better than the foot of snow in Redlodge, 50 miles away.

Cinnamon rolls are rising and the toboggan we bought at Christmas is at the ready...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Last week's knitting

The Fiesta wear socks and Ka'ana shawl are done. I love them both...
Pattern: "No Pattern Sock" Pattern
Yarn: In Dyer Straits
Colorway: Plumage
Needle Size: US 2
I love LaLa's pattern and the yarn color is out of this world! I will be checking the Dyer Straits Yarn bin LYS every time I go to my LYS. I was told there would be a new batch of yarn delivered this week! Mmmmm, yarn candy...

Pattern: Ka'ana Shawlette
Yarn:Patons Classic Wool
Colorway: Natural Mix
Needle Size: US 7
This shawl is a joy! Quick and showy. It has a very long wing span and isn't to deep - no sitting on this shawl! The pattern called for 3 skeins but I wanted a large shawl so a 4th skein was necessary. It will be warm and will be used many winter evenings!

But alas, the off road/free range knitting has come to an end. I've started the Christmas Sweater Knitting! The kids are getting bigger and each sweater is taking a bit more time...Vodka Lemonade here I come!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bake Sale Betty's

A visit to the Bay area wouldn't be complete without a visit to Bake Sale Betty's and this visit we were able to in fit 2, two, TWO visits!!

On the second visit I decided to get a little daring and try pecan shortbreads instead of the beloved molasses cookies. The California Dreamin' Daughter said they were good and, after all, we had 1/2 a dozen of the out of this world Bake Sale Betty's Molasses Cookies at home. After we had eaten our fried chicken sandwiches (hmmmm, these are worth dreaming about),
I offered The Pirate a cookie and he was delighted - that is until he looked in the box. He politely declined and said he'd wait until we got home so he could have a molasses cookie. (I've taught him well!) I quickly told him to eat the shortbread now...and a molasses cookie would be waiting for him when we got home. BTW the shortbread is good but The Pirate knows what's best, I'm sticking with him in the future.....MOLASSES ALL THE WAY!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Graduation Day

It was a perfect day for an outside graduation, the sun was shining and the morning was warming up to be a beautiful day. We hopped on the bus for a quick trip to the Greek Theater on the Berkeley Campus where the ceremony was to take place.
We found our seats and soaked up the festive atmosphere!
The band began to play a little Reggae "Pomp and Circumstance" as the soon to be graduates marched in.
While our grad entered looking calm and collected...
 there was a Mom in sunglasses desperately trying to get photos...
and the graduate Mom in sunglasses trying to get everyone "sorted out."
We were excited to have the ceremony begin,
The Pirate never said a word but in hindsight, walking a plank appears to be a good alternative to the two hours of sitting.
Then a few steps across the stage and it was all over!
A few more photos featuring the star of the day...
Congratulations Bri! 
Your family is so proud of you for the hardwork and effort you put into achieving your goal!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A quick trip to California

Hubby and I headed down to Oakland last Thursday to enjoy the California Dreamin' family's company. We also wanted be there when the California Gurl received her diploma. But before the ceremony Chloe-A-Little-Bit suggested that we all get a pedicure - great idea Missy!

 
The Pirate wanted to play "Dread Pirate" every night, what a fun game! 
A great first day with the gang!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Getting enough Vitamin D

I fell in love with the Vitamin D sweater at first sight, and began knitting it immediately after purchasing the yarn while still in the yarn shop. I had been knitting on the sweater for a week when I realized it was by the designer of the Peasy sweater. Hmmm, I had knit the Peasy sweater a year ago. It's the first and only sweater I've ever knit that was to small for me.
I had planned on knitting the body and sleeves of the Vitamin D sweater longer than the pattern called for but the closer I got to completing the sweater the more certain I was that even with these modifications it would be to small, just like the Peasy! Trying on the completed sweater didn't make me any happier. It was too tight!

The Vitamin D sat in the basket several days while I tried to decide what my recourse was. I was afraid I would block the sweater and it still wouldn't fit. Then I'd be unable to rip and reuse the yarn. I got brave and soaked the completed sweater for a half hour. As I took it out of the water I knew I was home free... it blocked beautifully!
 
I love this sweater and will wear it often the rest of the spring and well into this summer.

Pattern: Vitamin D, by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Lana Gatto VIP
Colorway: Blue
Amount: 8 skeins
Needle size: US 4

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tenth pair of socks this year!


When I saw found this yarn I knew I just had to keep knitting....
Pattern: "No Pattern" Socks
Yarn: Paton's Kroy Socks, Ragg Shades
Colorway: Grey Brown Mari
Amount 2 skiens
Needle size: US 2

I must fess up, I've committed to 12 pair in 2012!
Now, on another pair!