Monday, September 23, 2013

More switchbacks!

Last weekend we were on The Chick's side of the state. She took me on another hike. It is amazing how close to town we were yet it seemed as though we were out hiking in the wilderness.
It was getting dark, the wind was blowing but we got our three mile hike in!

Saturday, September 21, 2013


This little Knubbelchen is darling but a little fiddly for just a "quick" gift. I could have easily knit a small sweater in the time it took to knit this.
Pattern: Knubbelchen by pezi888
Yarn: Plymouth Stiletto,  Cascade Sock Yarn
Coloreway: Claydon,  off white
Amount: less than a skein
Needles: US Size 1

I wonder what Knubbelchen means, my guess is it's Swedish for "little nimble one."

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Great socks

Pattern: Hermione's Everyday Socks
Yarn: Hand dyed sock yarn from Merigoldjen
Colorway: Gettysburg Remembrance
Amount: 1 skein
Needle Size: US size 1

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Back to nature

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Hubby and I went "camping." We were out with the grizzlies but not far from a little town. Every morning we got in the car and drove down the mountainside to get a cup of coffee to start the day. Then is was over to the deli to pickup lunch and one night we even went back to town for dinner....kind of embarrassing really. But one must be careful with food and the close proximity to the bears.

 Years ago, way upon the top of a mountain Hubby found a ghost town in the middle of the forest while elk hunting. We hiked to it. Very interesting but again...I have a healthy respect for grizzlies and really don't like visiting their living room!

We did have a discussion and may buy a little home on wheels soon.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Finishing up a few things

The last few days were very productive. I was able to finish several items and put them away for Christmas giving.
Yes, Spider socks for a Christmas gift. Really, is there a teacher that wouldn't want to wear a pair?
Julia, from the LYS, wanted a pair for a shop sample and since I’ve knit a pair already I was happy to oblige… Murphy’s Law! (Just hope no one looks closely!)

I used size 2 needles because the last pair just fit me and my brother’s feet are bigger. I never thought I’d say this but the fabric just isn’t what I like - to loose- so it’s size 1 needles for me. I’ll just add stitches somewhere in the future!

Pattern: Spider Socks by Terri Knight
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn
Colorway: Cinnamon
Amount: 1 skein
Needle Size: US size 2
I think the family Diva will love this little beaded hat! A fun pattern that isn’t hard at all.
The knitting class is excited to start this hat as they will be learning to bead while knitting on this item.

Pattern:Odessa by Grumperina
Yarn: Babe
Colorway: Lavender
Amount: Less than a skein
Needle Size: US size 4 and 6

I cast on 60 stitches,
Ribbed, k1 p1 for 15 rows
Stockinette for a total of 6 inches
When a new color is beginning, for that row only: slip 1(old color) knit 6 (new color)
Heel flap 2 inches
Foot 7 inches
Then toe every other row to 12 stitches each side
Last row dec one each side (total of 4)
MAN! I thought I had come up with a fun little change to the vanilla pattern, but I just found the Vanilla Bean pattern and it is basically just what I described above! Oh well, back to the drawing board, I’ll have to become famous with some other pattern!

Pattern: Vanilla Bean
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Stiletto
Colorway: Claydon (purples)
Amount: 1 skein
Needle size: US size 1

Monday, September 9, 2013

A "season ending event"

Historically, when school begins the flowers on the deck are done for. Getting the school year underway is stressful and tiring, so this year I wondered just how much longer would I be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers on the deck. The answer came on Saturday night in the form of a storm, two weeks longer!
Wind, hail, and an inch and a third of rain in twenty minutes turned the deck into a disaster.  We were without electricity for almost 20 hours and will be re-screening some windows but were relatively unscathed.

Friday, September 6, 2013

More canning!

This week's canning adventure....apples!
Seven quarts of applesauce. Tomorrow, pie filling!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

It's Griz season

Last weekend we went to the season opener in Missoula. A wonderful day!
The Y's invited us to their tailgate party and then it was off to the game, Griz vs Appalachian State, the first season night game at Washington Stadium. 
We have played this team before at championship games and they always have proved a team to be reckoned with. This time, however, an impressive win 30-6!