Friday, September 29, 2017

Purple Rain Socks

Another pair of Vanilla Berkley socks made from leftover yarn. Using up the bits and bobs of yarn is so satisfying. I started these socks during the cold, dark, rainy week we had this month. Love how they turned out and I'm going to keep them for myself!
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Carlton Yarns Sock Weight, Patons North America Kroy Socks Stripes, Knit Picks Stroll
Colorway: Lavender Dusk, Dream in Purple,Eclipse stripes, Blue and Purple
Needle Size: US Size 1

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Polly update

Polly is growing up but still loves to know exactly where I am at all times. If the door shuts and I'm not in her eyesight she immediately begins a frantic meow. As soon as I let her know my where abouts she comes running for a quick cuddle. Love this kitty!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Denali and Polly, sibling rilvary

Denali has had a particularly difficult time adjusting to the kitten.  Hubby spent most of the summer fighting wildland fires and so Denali has been missing "her person" while having to put up with Polly. She is by nature a very shy cat and so spent most of the summer hiding in the basement under the covers of a spare bed only coming out in the evening to sit in her coveted spot in the bathroom window. She has always loved sitting there watching the critters go by - outdoor cats, bunnies, turkeys, coyotes, and the bear we had in the yard this summer.

With the change in weather Hubby is home and Denali is happily spending up to three hours a day sitting on his lap. She is spending more time upstairs and I think I've even caught the two kitties entering into a bit of chase around the house. But, sadly, yesterday Polly found and took over Denali's last best place.....

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Do you know my favorite color?

 I've always loved all shades of purple. When I was in the fifth grade I moved into the tiny back bedroom on the second floor of our Seattle house. It is a favorite bedroom growing up. There was just enough space for a twin bed and a dresser. I think Mom felt bad it was so small and perhaps I was getting the short end of the stick so she decided to really give it a makeover. Everything was redone and when she asked the color I wanted the walls I instantly said purple! Mom and Dad looked at eachother and it was painted a beautiful shade of lavender. The chenille bedspread, priscilla curtains, chest of drawers and little furry rug were all a bright white. It was a wonderfully beautiful ten year old's bedroom. However it didn't last long, a little over a year later we moved away and when the house was sold I heard the new owners discuss MY bedroom, the husband told his wife everything was nice BUT the purple bedroom would have to go!

I've enjoyed knitting this second pair of purple socks and have plans to use all the bits and bobs in a third pair, you guessed it - Berkeley Socks!
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel, Vanilla socks
Yarn:Carlton Yarn Sock Weight
Colorway: Dream In Purple
Needle Size: US Size 1

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Griz football begins!

When we left Montana a little over a week ago it was summer. The temperature was in the 80-90 degree range but smoky, like most of the summer. I didn't spend much time outside this summer - a first - but with over a million acres burning many days it was hazardous for even healthy people to be outside.

I was looking forward to some nice fall days and hoping to see our big blue skies.We landed at the airport, the plane had no difficulty, it was a perfect landing.  Then out of nowhere a cold front hit. We walked out the airport doors to wind and cold temperatures. It's continued for the last few days with the added addition of rain. Happily it has brought the fire season to an end.

But today we are on our way to the Griz game and this is what we are driving in:
WHAT??? I'm not ready for winter!

Friday, September 15, 2017

It's always a marathon when it comes to knitting socks

I finished the socks I was knitting while at Tahoe. Lucky I had another skein of yarn with me!

Crewing for the Tahoe 200 was tough!
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel Vanilla Socks
Yarn: Carlton Yarn Sock Weight (Thanks, Little Knits once again you're great!)
Colorway: Lavender Dusk
Needle Size: US Size 1

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Vicarious Run of The Tahoe 200 Ultra Marathon...

Hubby and I recently came back from another adventure. This one involved crewing for our Son-in-law who was running the Tahoe 200 Ultra Marathon. This marathon is not for the faint of heart. Two hundred and five miles around Lake Tahoe, climbing and descending over 34,000 feet of mountainous terrain.

We were there to give our racer encouragement and support to the finishline. Yes, call us crazy, but we were up for the challenge, waiting at the designated rest stops every 15-20 miles which were fully equipped with food, water and medical help. A "tough" job but someone had to do it!
Ready for the challenge
Mica was a level head and tremendous help as pacer
Heading into the rest station and all the care we can hand out
Something only a wife could do, getting socks on after 2 hours of medical attention to the feet
Coming in for what this crew thought might be the last leg of the race for our racer but...
 compression socks and wool socks at the next rest stop did the trick
Mark was the second  pacer, keeping things moving toward the  finishline!
Breakfast burritos proved food of choice
Tahoe 200 belt buckles for the finishers
79.25 hours later, 30th place and a son-in-law who thinks he's "aged 10 years"!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Finished the "Booby" Prize for Bunco

Tonight I'll be hosting the monthly Bunco Night with the neighborhood ladies. The ladies are always so appreciative of my knitting. I think they'll love the cowl and mittens come December and January!
Pattern: Christine Button Cowl
Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Natural Blend Solids
Colorway: Winter WHite
Amount: 2 Skiens
Needles: US Size 15
The pattern called for 17 but I couldn't find them in my messy fiber room. This precipitated an official muck out and I find I'll post soon.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Its Official, The Eclipse Socks Are Done...

The current socks I'm knitting have a definite pattern and I knew I needed a pair of vanilla socks to work on for our Eclipse Adventure. Also I knew I couldn’t possibly finish a size 13 pair of socks on one short trip our short trip.
 Pattern: Vanilla Socks, Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Golden Socks Tannheim , Regia 4-Fach Haltbar
Colorway: Brown
Needle Size: US SIZE 1

I used the Regia for toes, heels and cuffs, and the Golden Socks Tannheim 4. This is the first time I’ve used Golden Socks Tannheim 4 yarn and it knit up beautifully, now the real test is to see how it wears.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Mittens for the Bunco Babes

I'm starting this year's Bunco season by hosting the monthly party next week. For those who don't know the game there is a booby prize for the gal with the most loses and I decided to knit a pair of mittens as well as a cowl. The mittens are done...
Pattern: Quick Knit Chunky Mittens by Cozy Up Knits
Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Natural Solids
Colorway: Winter White
Amount: Less than a skein
Needle Size: US Size 11

It's another smoke filled day in Montana, appears to be another good day to stay inside with the air conditioner going, I really miss the blue skies!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Mom, you're over reacting!"

Bobbing back and forth Polly thought she was playing Peek-A-Boo on the deck railing this morning but I'm pretty sure it was a potential homicide. Denali had murder on her mind, it's over a one story drop on the other side of the rail!

(No big blue skies in Montana this morning, we have been smoked in for days. Fires are all over in the state.)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Spirit Scarf and Mittens

It's hard for me to think of Little SadieLouWho in high school but that's where she's headed this fall. I'm proud of her for making the Sophomore volleyball team. When coach told the girls they had to run an eight minute mile to join the team, SadieLou practiced until she could run a 7:38 mile. Dedication!

I thought I'd add just a little spirit to her fall line up of sports and knit a Blue Jay scarf and warm mittens. (Would love better photos!)
Pattern: Commuter Scarf by Ruth Ellen
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala
Colorway: Spirit
Amount: One Skien
Needle Size: US Size 7

Pattern: Quick Knit Chunky Mitts by Cozy Up Designs
Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Natural Blend Solids
Amount: Less than one skien
Needle Size: US Size  11

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Totality Awesome Adventure!

A knitter's gotta knit no matter what's happening
Early last spring I caught wind of the up coming eclipse crossing the continent on August 21st. I immediately began trying to reserve first a hotel room ($1,000 a night/3 night minimum), then a state camping site (all full), and finally a private campground in Glenrock, Wyoming ($60 per night two night minimum).  Things later went crazy,  hotels reportedly went for $3,000 per night, people who had rented out their front lawns, with household bathroom privileges, for $300 then called the originals renters to say they have a waiting list of people who would rent from them for $500 a night - holding out for eclipse ransom.

We rented our campsite, bought our special glasses, invited The Chick, The NorDak Family, and the California Dreamin' families to come along.  Only The Chick was able to accept, the beginning of school getting in the way for the others.

Months went by, the excitement and buzz began to mount. The NorDak Family called just last week  to see if we could locate eclipse glasses. There were no glasses in Jamestown, the store they are forced to rely on, Walmart, had sent their stock of glasses to California, say what??  In the end the family were able to find four pair in a small convenience store forty miles away.
On Friday The California Dreamin' Gurl sent out a text asking if there was room for her on the eclipse adventure and within the hour she had a flight from San Francisco to Billings for Saturday night. She'd caught the fever!
Sunday morning we packed the trailer and were on our way by 8:30 am. The news had reported traffic due to "totality" travel could be delayed and time doubled. We, however, arrived at our destination five and a half hours later without delay. The campground owners had spent many hours in preparation for this event and their hardwork was evident. Five hundred RV's and 2,000 people at the campgrounds and everything went off without a hitch, from being escorted to our site, entertainment for the children and bands for the adults in the evening, they had thought of everything.  The campground is located along the Platte River and kids and adults played in the water during the hot afternoons. License plates from all over the US were seen. Our closest campers were from Nebraska (it was cloud covered there), Minnesota, and Colorado.
Monday everyone woke and quietly sipped coffee, and got their cameras set up. The eclipse began slowly at 10:22. We would glance through our glasses every few minutes and we at one point heard a little girl ask her dad why the sun was taking so long.
When it hit totality the two minutes forty seconds FLEW by... Baily's Beads and the Diamond Ring made the viewing spectacular!
At 1:09 it was all over. Campers chatted about the eclipse and were in awe of what they had just experienced. It just couldn't be the same if you weren't in "totality,"

 We're already planning Eclipse 2024!
It'll be another...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Super Power Socks

It's hard to believe school is just around the corner. I have had my "Back to school" dream but quickly remembered "School's out FOREVER" in this household. The Tiger is starting a new school this fall and instead of knitting him a pair of "Lucky Socks" I thought I'd have him test some "Super Power Socks" and we'll see which work better in Middle School!
Pattern: Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley, Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Carlton Yarns Sock Weight
Colorway:Garden Party
Needle Size: US Size 0

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Summer Visit to ND

The Chick and I had been planning a visit to the NorDakFamily for quite a while. At first we had grand plans and were going to visit Canada and then drop down into North Dakota for a stay with family but then who would take care of Miss Zoey?
So we decided to reverse the trip until people began to tell us Canada to the Notrh is just like the area we live in.....hmm...prairie. So in the end we just traveled east and spend some lovely summer days with family and headed home!

Hubby had originally said he would keep the household going but as the summer progressed with the busy fire season he had no idea if he would be home or away fighting fires. I'm lucky my good friend Jo  stepped in and did the daily feeding and watering of plants.

The Chick and I brought our paddle boards and we spent three afternoons on the lake. The Tiger worked hard to improve his skills.

 Although there wasn't much piano practice we were able to listen to a concert from both kiddos. They have improved since the last time I heard them!
It was Troy's birthday month and so I brought a pair of socks to him.
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heels
Yarn: Carlton Yarns Sock Weight
Colorway:South Western Pottery and Regia 06619
Needle Size: US Size 1

And a pair for each of the gals.
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heels
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock and Regia
Colorway: Hand Dyed Speckled Yarn and Green
Needle Size: US Size 1
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel and Mosaic Patten
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock and Regia
Colorway: Hand Dyed Speckled Yarn and GreenNeedle Size: US Size 1

The hand dyed yarn was fun to do. I used various colors of Koolaid,  and a fork!