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June 28, 2011

Tip, Watermelon and heart melt.

Do you have a pet? If so, do you notice how they have this way of doing the cutest things? Over the weekend we were out on the patio and Poo piled up for a nap on my foot. Our cats have this uncanny ability to make our hearts melt on a daily basis and I wouldn't trade them for anything. :-)


I subscribe to Rawmazing, which is a whole raw food blog. The other day Rawmazing posted a recipe for Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade. For some reason I had to make it ASAP and make it I did. Let me tell you it was so amazing I have made it a second time. I cut the recipe in half both times since it was just me and my hubby. The first time I used the Agave as directed but the second time I used Truvia because I wanted to cut down on calories. Delicious! If you are interested click on the link above and get blending. I highly recommend.


So as a knitter I am required to repair my hand-knits occasionally. Last year, I think, I created a little box for a small amount of yarn for each of my completed projects. When I finish a project I toss a bit of the yarn in the box so that when I need to repair something I have an exact match.



I do believe I have I identified that I am a sentimentalist. Every time I open this repair box I am fondly reminded of all the various projects each little bundle of yarn is tied too. That makes me very happy.

June 17, 2011

Mustard and God through the trees!

My husband and I took a long weekend and went to the San Fransisco area. Here is a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach

We dined in this cute little Italian restaurant in the Knobs Hill area Saturday evening.

This was the view from the balcony of our hotel. We stayed on the harbor in Berkly.

Muir Woods was amazing. I am so grateful we were able to see the Redwood trees. I had a spiritual experience and this photo captures it for me. I have wanted to see a Redwood since reading Richard Preston's The Wild Trees. 

I recently finished the knitting on a shawl I am going to wear in Molly and Dave's wedding. Last night I finally soaked and pinned it down for blocking. EEEEEEEEEEEE Blocking is magical for lace knitting.

The pattern is Shoulder Shawl in Cherry Leaf Pattern by Jane Sowerby. The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk - Sport in the Shadow colorway.


I started a new t-shirt sweater this week.  The pattern is Radian Yoke by Wendy Bernard. The yarn is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in the mustard colorway.


June 9, 2011

Not for my BFF

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iphone_pic, a photo by bean counting knitter on Flickr.
I started a new pair of socks, BFF Socks by Cookie A, yesterday. They are for me and not for my BFF.  I have been excited to get my fingers into these little cables for a while now. I will have a great deal of air travel in the next few days so these will be a good distraction so long as TSA doesn't object. I have flown a few times now with knitting and haven't had any problems. But you never know....

I don't like to knit with wooden needles this small (because I am pretty hard on my needles and have broken a fair share of them) but TSA recommends wooden needles over metal so I am sacrificing. Hopefully I wont become stressed with turbulence action in flight and snap them. That would suck a big bunch.

June 7, 2011

Gave birth?

The garden is growing like crazy. I think the catnip and the spearmint, on either end of the L" are competing to meet in the middle. If that happens it will take out everything in its path.The oregano might have a lot to say about it anyway.

The herb pot is coming along nicely. We have used some of the basil already. I have some in my green smoothy today.

The kale and the romaine are crowding out the chard. I have some kale and chard in my smoothy too.

I feel like I gave birth over the weekend to my Nermal Thermal. Now I honestly have no clue what it is like to deliver a real baby thankfully and yes there wasn't any blood or pain involved. Well wait there was some wrist and hand pain when I knitted for too long on the size 3 needles with the fingering weight yarn. Does it count?

I started this sucker on January 17, 2010 and finished knitting the last stitch and sewing together on 6/5/11. This project was so awesome. Never once did I doubt I would finish. Never once did I want to throw in the towel. There have been so many projects over the years that I just dreaded the thought of how much time it would take to finish them. Never once did I feel that way. Once I did text Molly to tell her that she gets a medal for knitting this twice.

I am traveling to San Francisco this week, where it has been in the 50's day and night, and I am taking this along for the trip.

June 3, 2011


I had a post all written and it blew up. Somehow my link between Flickr and Blogger became ill and in the process my post when up in smoke. My brain hurts now so I am going to give you the condensed version of what I wrote.

This rose is beautiful just the way it is. Imperfections and all....

Jimmy and I went back to The Park of Roses over the weekend. The many buds we saw the previous weekend were popped open and it was glorious.

This rose is a reminder to me. I am human and I am beautiful with all of my imperfections.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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