Sunday, May 31, 2015

UFO siting 2015

Our family has a competition every year called "The First Fawn Of The Season." It must be a documented sighting (photo) and if you have an Unconfirmed Fawn Observation - or UFO - it is NOT a win. For Hubby, ever a competitor, this is one of the best contests ever!

Today he had a UFO, about two weeks earlier than usual but the weather has been mild. Immediately he put his good camera in his truck so he'll be prepared to be a winner! Photo coming soon, I'm sure!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Secret Code Socks

The Tiger was all about this yarn dyeing thing!! At Easter, after we'd dyed our eggs with Koolaid, we went right into sock blanks using the same ingredients.
This sock blank secretly has The Tiger's name painted on it but as any mom knows, a 9 year old thinks “If a little is good then MORE MUST be better” and they ended up a blob of color -
I knit a sock from each end and finished with some fairly matched socks.
Pattern: Basic Ribbed Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Single Strand Socks
Colorway: Secret Agent Man
Needle Size: US Size 1

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Chick's hand dyed Easter socks are done!

I've been waiting for three weeks to knit the ribbed cuff and cast off the second sock on Kate's Easter socks. (NO cheating for me in my pursuit of the 5k finish line!)

"My Cup Of Tea" is a free sock pattern. Although it is a top down pattern I knit it from the toe up so the design is upside down yet still pleasing. The other modification I made was to only knit the front of the sock in pattern and not up the back heel as the designer intended - just laziness on my part. All in all, it is a beautiful pattern and not difficult to knit.  I will definitely knit more socks using this pattern.
The Chick decided to dye her sock blank in a diagonal pattern.
In my opinion, this yarn ended up the prettiest of our Easter Yarn. By the time the Chick began dyeing we had thought through the knitting process and so tried to divide the yarn in half and duplicate the two sides. The Chick and I decided next time we will use more koolaid in the dye hoping to make a stronger color.
Pattern: My Cup Of Tea, and Fish Lips Kiss Heels
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Single Strand Sock Blank, dyed using Koolaid.
Colorway: The Chicks's Easter Dyeing Adventure
Needle Size: US Size 1

Monday, May 25, 2015

Quietly knitting

Although I've been knitting as usual, I've also been in training for the 5K Stash Dash! This means no finished projects until NOW!

Training involved all the knitting you could do but the last row could not be knit or bound off until after the starting gun had been sounded...and that was 12:01am, May 22nd.

So far the finished items are:
Pattern:Stashbuster Spirals, with Fish Lip Kiss Heels
Yarn: Heritage sock yarn, Patons Kroy 4ply
Colorway: Red, Eclipse Stripe, and Gentry Grey
Needle Size: US Size 1
Pattern: Vanilla Socks, with Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tweed
Colorway: Farmhouse heather
Needle Size: US Size 1

BTW, I'm already a winner, I won a free pattern just for entering the Dash, yeah!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day weekend

Hubby and I, with a reluctant Denali, drove to Helena for the weekend. Hubby had some business there on Friday and somehow The Chick and I were able to get him to throw caution to the wind and  spend two nights there instead of the one he had planned on!

The Chick made an outstanding pasta dish in no time at all...

Italian Wonderpot
4 cups vegetable broth
 2 Tbsp olive oil
 12 oz. fettuccine
 8 oz. spinach
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion
 4 cloves garlic
½ Tbsp dried basil
½ Tbsp dried oregano
 ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
freshly cracked pepper to taste
2 oz. feta cheese 
Add four cups of vegetable broth to a large pot. Break the fettuccine in half and add it to the pot. Also add the canned tomatoes (undrained), olive oil, spinach, onion (thinly sliced), garlic (thinly sliced), basil, oregano, red pepper, and some freshly cracked black pepper.
Submerge ingredients under the liquid, place a lid on top of the pot, and then turn the heat on to high. bring to a rolling boil over high heat then remove the lid and turn the heat down to medium.
Allow the pot to continue to boil over medium heat, without a lid, for 10-15 minutes, until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir the pot every few minutes to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom, but avoid over stirring which can cause the pasta to become sticky and mushy. The pot must be boiling the entire time. After the pasta is cooked, crumble the feta cheese over top and serve.
The Chick served it with garlic bread and wine. A very delicious and quick meal!

Saturday we went to the Archie Bray sale where Katie bought me the cutest cat pot for my deck.
The Western Manufacturing Company has a long history in Helena. An Englishman built the company in 1883 and employed Charles Bray. Charles Bray made many improvements over the years to the company and eventually bought it. He brought his sons into the business. Upon his death his son, Archie Bray, became president of the company. He was very creative and eventually a pottery was included in the brickyard. The Archie Bray Foundation was formed after his death and continues today bringing artists to Helena from around the world.

The fundraiser, held the Saturday before Mother's Day, is an annual event many look forward to each year.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A blast from the past...

Sunday afternoon there was a knock on the door and we were surprised to see our longtime friend, Jana, standing on the front porch. I would have recognized her anywhere! Our two families lived across the street from each other "in the old days" at the "old neighborhood." Our girls continually ebbed and flowed from one house to the other for years. Mandy was smack dab in the middle between the NorDakPurl Gurl and the California Dreamin'Gal in age and on any given day they may have been best friends or bickering but always they were "sisters".

Jana and I mentioned how safe we felt, knowing our girls were safe at either house. We were truly lucky to have had our families find each other.
I hadn't seen Jana for about fifteen years, when The NorDakPurlGurl and I went to California for Mandy's wedding,  Much to long. We had a wonderful afternoon catching up and hope to have another quick visit in August.