The luck of the Irish…

I hadn’t planned on running the race but how can you say no when it involves knitting this oh so cute Shamrock hat. Farrah tempted me and clearly I am easy.

The race is the first of the season. It was 17 degrees as we all gathered for the 5K. It was a beautiful almost spring clear morning and I am so glad I did it. I ran more than I thought I would and stopped along the way for photos. What a fun event to kick off a fun St. Paddys day weekend!




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Do you ever start a project, start the project again, and again, and again?  Well this has been the do over project for the last week but I am on a roll and moving right along.  First I bought beautiful yarn.  No way I could get gauge with it.  Then I tried bigger yarn.  Not pretty.  Then I tried Rowan Felted Tweed, gauge was off but I was determined…  I love Rowen Felted Tweed.

So, I cast on, be damned the consequence.  I was getting more stitches per inch so I should knit a bigger size, right?  Well, about 5 inches in I decided to pull this baby around my hips to see what the fit was like, was it tight, naw, it was huge.  This didn’t make any sense at all…  ribbit, ribbit, ribbit…

I cast on again with a smaller needle.  now I am moving right along.  I tried it on last night, the fit is much, much better.  The gauge on this project is weird.

So this is my “challenging” project…  I hope to have it done in time for my trip to Sonoma!  Yes, I said it, Sonoma!  It is just a long weekend but how wonderful the long weekend is going to be!

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Sunday night ramblings, what the weenend is almost over…

It is the end of another seemingly short weekend.  I feel like weekends go faster and faster the older I get.  I am sure it has to do with all of the responsibility we have during the work week.  That has to be it.  It seems like we just cannot have enough time to do “nothing”.

What did you do this weekend?  If you are in Alaska I am sure it was something indoors.  The temperatures in Anchorage for the month of January have been record lows.  For my son attending college in Fairbanks, it has been even worse.  I think this morning’s FB temperature post was -50, YIKES.  It makes me so thankful that I have a roof over my head, a place that is warm whenever I want it.  So many are much less fortunate.

This weekend started on Friday night for me…  I went to Starbucks to knit with my Friday night knitting friends.  It was a nice large group.  Cathy told me that one of the new regular workers arranged all of the comfy chairs for us around the fireplace.  How sweet was that!  Saturday I vegged around the house for a bit before the nagging reality set in that I had to get the Dimond West Little League postcards ready for the mail!  Registration starts on February 1.  It would be nice for these cards to be in mailboxes at least by then.  It will be close!  Printer problems, color issues, blah, blah, blah.  450 postcards sit neatly on my bedside table cut and ready for labels and stamps – TOMORROW.  Today was here before I knew it.  I colored my hair (the grays were taking over).  I spent way to much time knitting a new project that soon was frog-ged because it inevitably was to big.  Stupid gauge!  Elliot and Cameron needed to be delivered to Baseball Academy in Mt. View so hubby and me loaded them up in the truck, delivered them, had a bite to eat at Table 6, picked up dog food at Pet Zoo, fetched said kids from Baseball Academy and headed home.

So when I have had free moments I have been perusing the inter-webs.  You know, that is what we do to get out of reality.  I stumbled upon some blogs this past week that intrigued me.  One about cleansing your face with oil, the other has to do with organizing all of the paper that surrounds us – I am saving that one for later.  The face cleansing blog was so interesting that I went to FM tonight to pick up some castor oil, to mix with my Orange Flower Facial Oil and try!  I might be a convert but time will tell.  My face feels clean, tingly and soft.  The best part of this is that it will be incredibly affordable if it works.  I can still use NYR Organic products as well, as they sell a base oil I can use in my recipe.

So it was a busy weekend, full of activity.  Another work week starts tomorrow.  Life will surely be busy until January is over.  Yes, two more days to breath and then deadlines are over.  Have a good one my friends.

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Sleep. Who needs sleep.

So my bout with insomnia last night resulted in a new block for the quilt. Instead of sleeping I cut the templates and fabric pieces for the Windblown Block. My boys sleep near the machine so sewing was out but I got up bright and early and cranked it out.

I have also cut and pinned a couple filler blocks but will sew those tonight if I can stay awake. 3 hours of sleep is hardly enough to function rationally on!

If this was not enough, I also worked on the sweater sleeves. Another inch on both sleeves done!

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I figured it out…

Here you see a block called the Criss Cross Block – numero 7 of the 49 I will be making (I need to reverse and make a couple I missed)…

Criss-Cross: block 7 of 49

This block was another learning moment for me.  I have barely gotten through the first chapter of this book and it is hard for my brain.

Lesson learned.  When dealing with triangles and adding 1/4 inch seam allowances to templates you cannot just add 1/4 to the right angle.  If that makes sense.  I tried this twice before figuring out something was wrong, wrong, wrong with my finished block size…  The good news is, 3rd time is a charm and it is good now.

Oh, I learned another lesson.  Pins are my friend.  They take time but they work!

Happy dreaming…

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I am a knitter, yes I am…

I have not knitted in a few days!  Tonight I have a terrible shoulder ache.  I think from sitting in my work chair and staring at my computer and or sitting in a chair and sewing… therefore, I am taking a break tonight and decided to grab a project that has been sitting in a bag.  Renewed interest in my sweater project.  Maybe I will get these sleeves finished so I can don the alpaca/silk warmth on these cold, cold days we are living with (tonight it is supposed to get to -20).  What do you think…  can I get it done in the next few days?

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space and blocks…


SAWTOOTH STAR BLOCK = PITA!  Although the longer I look at these two fabrics together it reminds me of a blanket my mom put together for me years ago.  I might have to try and find some fabric like this in larger quantities and make me a new one.  The one I had that she made ended up getting cremated with our poor doggie Milo…





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