Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly Yarn Along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  This past Saturday two mamas from our crafting group and I went to the Interweave Yarn Show in Loveland.  I had been looking for yarn for the Stitch Block Cowl the KAL we are doing.  I had found some gorgeous yarn that was made with yak but it was priced out of my league.  I had a color scheme in mind and found this Quince and Co yarn which fits exactly what I had in mind.  And it fits my budget.  I have an orange coat and a brown coat that this cowl with go perfectly with!  The brown one is called Bark, the white is Egret, and the orange is Nasturtium.  I love those color names!  
I am still reading The Cirque by Martin Van Pelt.  I am really enjoying his book.  Martin was a pilot I flew with many times before he retired.  The prologue of the book starts in 2032 after the funeral of one of the main characters.  Then the books goes back to 1984.  The book follows the two main characters, Rodney and Jaime who have been friends forever.  The paths parted for a number of years, but they are getting together for a week long backpacking trip to the Colorado high country.  In the other storyline is the group of drug smugglers who are bringing cocaine to a ranch in the mountains.  And that's about where I am in the story.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yarn Fest

On Saturday two mamas and I went to the Interweave Yarn Fest in Loveland.  I went with the express purpose of finding yarn for the Stitch Block Cowl that our crafting group is casting on.  I was looking for worsted weight yarn, but found mostly sock yarn.  And some gorgeous sock yarn at that!

 Look at that lace!  This booth was from Fort Collins and had all lace weight yarn.  Most of it was cashmere.  Super soft, but such fine yarn that it would take me FOREVER to knit that beautiful shawl.  One of the mamas bought a skein of black cashmere for a lace shawl she's had queued some time now.

Look at those colors!  This booth had some great kits put together to go with their patterns.

I did find some very nice yarn for my stitch block cowl.  It was made with yak and very soft, but it was pricey.  It was going to cost me over $120 for the yarn I needed which to me was a bit steep (especially when I really want to buy yarn in NY).  So I put it aside and kept wandering.  I did find some great colors at the Fancy Tiger booth.  It is Quince and Co yarn in their Osprey line.  And it was more than half the price of the yak yarn.  SCORE! I think it's kind of funny in an ironic sort of way...Fancy Tiger is about 15 -20 minutes from my house and we drove an hour for the yarn show!

As we walked through, we talked of how it was good practice for us for October when we go to Rhinebeck.  We'll need a group text message so we can check in with each other but still go on our separate ways in our quests for the perfect yarn.  This yarn show was small enough that it was good practice for me so as to not be so overwhelming as I expect Rhinebeck to be!

Friday, April 17, 2015

This Moment

{this moment}  
A Friday ritual.
A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. 
A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Happy Friday Friends!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Random Thoughts on Thursday

*  We had our taxes done this week.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute.  I was bummed to find out we owe again.  The whole experience was rather deflating.  Apparently we are not having enough with held on our paychecks.   And then to top it off, the lady doing the taxes tell Miss C that she is doing such a good job sitting there (I had to take her Oma & Papa and Bryan were out of town) that she deserved an ice cream.  So that's all she could think about for the next 90 minutes.

*  Last Thursday we went hiking in the foothills just west of us.  It's a trail we hike a lot.  We were on the way down, Bryan was leading with Miss C in the backpack; I was next; and our friend was behind me with her 18 month old when she stopped suddenly.  I turned around to ask her what was up when she said, "just keep moving.  just keep moving."  I was standing about a foot away from this 4+ foot long bull snake.  Both Bryan and I walked right by it.  It had been sunning itself on the rocks.  Luckily after it startled me half to death, I realized it was a bull snake and not a diamondback rattlesnake.  Plus I'd like to think if it was a diamondback, I would have at least heard the rattle!

Happy Thursday my friends!!

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly Yarn Along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  I've made little progress on Hitofude, but it at least is looking like a sweater.  I may have to put it on hold next week.  The knitting mama's in our crafting group are going to the Interweave yarn show this weekend. We are looking at it as practice for Rhinebeck!  The mamas who are going to the yarn show are doing a stitch block cowl KAL.  My plan is to pick up yarn at the yarn show and then get started as soon as I get home! 
With that being said, I started crocheting a scrap yarn baby blanket for my cousin who is expecting in October!  It should eat up a lot of scrap yarn and some stash yarn since I am doing a basketweave pattern.  I am crocheting it with a size P hook and three strands of yarn.  
 I finished reading Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street Brides.  I like reading Debbie Macomber books, they are a fun, fairly easy read, but the characters just seem like friends that I'd like to hang out with.  I just started reading The Cirque by Martin Van Pelt.  I've had it on my shelf for some time now and feel bad I've not started it sooner.  Martin was a pilot who I flew with many times and always enjoyed hearing his travel journeys.  I have not opinion yet as I'm only ten pages in.
Happy Yarn Along Wednesday.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

New Beds

Bryan and I decided this past winter that we were going to plant grapes and raspberries.  We have to find a place in the front yard to plant the grapes.  Grapes are toxic to dogs.  Something in grapes (and raisins) can cause kidney failure.  Henley, the Goofy Newfie, eats strawberries out of the planter and apples & plums off of the tree, so I'm fairly certain he would eat grapes off of a vine.  Granted Henley weighs 150 lbs and it might take quite a few grapes, we just don't want to take the chance.  Anyhoo, we have to find a spot in the front yard that would be adequate to plant grapes.

Raspberries...we are getting some from a classmates parents garden.  He researched varieties that grow well in the Colorado Front Range and now has many offshoots that he dug up.  Since they spread (which is why he has so many to give away), we decided to build a raised bed.

We had some 2x6x8's in a stash pile.  We also had some 4x4's in that same pile.  We cut them in foot lengths to attach the boards to in the corners.  The hubs had to go to HD to buy a couple of more boards so that we could finish.    After we moved it into place an attached the end pieces, I lined the bottom with all of the newspapers we had in the recycle bin.  Next I layered chicken coop poop and bedding and compost.  I think we will have to go buy a load of dirt & compost to finishing filling the box.  I've never gardened in raised beds before so I hope this little experiment doesn't go south on me...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Random Thoughts on Thursday

The fish that ate Miss C...
is actually a cat bed.

 But this kitty has decided the kitchen sink is a warm and toasty place to sit.

Happy Thursday my friends.