Friday, August 22, 2014

Pack your hand knits

We're planning our next trip to Maui.
By planning I mean, I'm into the finite details of daily activities.
Not too many because lets be honest, it's Maui and if your daily goal is to lay
like a Harbor seal on the hot sand avoiding a shark bite, then you've already won.
There are however a few things that myself, D and The Girls, will want to do...

Before you think I suddenly aquired a child or children The Girls refer to
our niece and her best friend who are coming along for the ride.

Adventures, there are many to be had on Maui, from the extreme cliff diving and biking down a volcano, to swimming at beaches while you ignore the shark attack warning signs... That's what I do and it gives my life a level of risk that I balances perfectly.

So the adventures we're looking into are kind of in the middle
a day trip on a scooter
Zip lining for D and the Girls. (this will be my harbor seal on the beach morning)
Luau (the best one in Maui in my opinion is the Feast at Lele
Surf Lessons
A trip up to the top of Haleakala. Maui's volcano to watch the sun come up.

We went up there on our last visit and while the valley and the beaches are a balmy 84 degrees
Haleakala at 5:00 a.m. for a sunrise that rips through you, is a frigid 33 degrees.

Last time I was ill prepared
This time I will not be.
I cast on an ear flap hat for myself last night.

So if you're planning a trip to Maui and think that you may make the drive to Haleakala you will do well to pack your snowsuit next to your banana hammack.

And, if you're on the volcano when I am, I'll be the cutie in the hot rasberry pink garter ear flap hat bitching about people blocking the view with their iPads that they use for pictures...

Saturday, August 09, 2014

six years later...

I have finally finished my husbands race car slippers.

It all started because I saw a pattern for race car slippers on Ravelry and I mistakenly posted the photo on Facebook.

The next thing I know, I'm getting a text from D saying, 'when do I get my pair?'

Excited I said, 'Right away!'

Six tortuous years later I finally sewed the last damn tire on.
The first five years were spent buying random red and black yarns only to toss them aside because they weren't right.

D kept telling me 'it's not that hard, all I want on them are four tires and the number 21'

well it is that hard when you have issues with making people happy.
I was so terrified of him not liking them that I kept putting off the making them.
It became a standing joke between us.
Every time I said I was going to knit something for some one he said back
'how about finishing a pair of race car slippers for your husband?'

Well guess what?
I finished them. 
He loves them.
They're red
They have four tires
They have the number 21 on them
so what if it's crooked?
So what if my hand sewing skills would make a quilter shudder with horror.

They're done.
Praise God Almighty the damn slippers are done.
I should have celebrated with a drink last night but it was so late when I sewed the last tire on I just went to bed.

We're see ZZTop tonight and Jeff Beck, so my celebratory drink will come there...

I'm never knitting a pair of race car slippers again...
wait, little LOL just asked for a pair... Actually her dad did. I might cave, but I might make them pink since he said LOL wants them in a mens size 11..

I'm sick.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Knit Funk

It's not catching.
I don't think.
I knit stuff.
I don't finish anything right now.

There was that Fair-Isle-Along that I was running from May - June and I finished exactly one item. The second item is rolling around in the back of my car right now.

I cast on for a pair of ankle socks and they are moving along.
Kind of.

Wednesday night I got a wild hair to start another project for Baby G. After I told myself it was time to knit something for me, a sweater, a cardigan, another cowl (please don't let it be another cowl yet) something, something for me by me that will be worn by me.

I started Sock Yarn Sweater for Baby G by Hannah Fettig.
I'm pretty excited about it.
I want to get it done so I can give it to him when I meet him even though I know it'll be way to big for him yet but it will fit him thru winter and spring in the midwest and that is what's important.

However, I'm still in a funk
Maybe it's not a funk though
Maybe it's summer.

It seems like once the calendar switched to July and then sun shone down on Seattle we've been on the move in overdrive.

There was a stretch of 3 weeks where I wasn't in bed before 10:30 each night and still having to get up at 3:40.

Those mornings you would see me stumbling into the office with not one but two 24 ounce iced coffees complete with two extra shots of espresso.

It's possible I did that today...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Gabby turned 10

We had a camping adventure in Moses Lake!

We've been boating a lot...

Trying to get my work outs in everyday

Again. Lots of boating with friends.

I'm knitting just not much progress on any one thing.

Now back to summer.

Friday, July 18, 2014

this salad...

is quite possibly the master piece of my summer cooking and I failed to get a photo of it.
for that I apologize.

You should still make it though.
Make it and gobble up it's deliciousness!

Carmel's Greek Pasta Salad
Perfect for boating, picnics, concerts in the park, shame eating at midnight.

1 box whole wheat pasta cooked according to package
8 marinated artichoke hearts – chopped
12-16 Kalamata olives
Pepperoncini to taste
Hard Italian salami (I used Boars Head and I used the whole log) sliced and diced
Little mozzarella balls fresh drained
1 red onion thinly sliced 
1 pint of cherry tomatoes sliced in half

¼ - ½ cup of good olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Splash – ¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tbls Mediterranean Oregano

Shake in mason jar or whisk the heck out of it in a bowl
Mix and let marinate in the fridge for an hour or overnight

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Family Night

Back in March, D and I headed over to the Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville to line up and purchase our summer concert series tickets for the 2014 season.
Last night was the first concert of the batch we purchased.

Ringo Starr and His All Star Band...

We had such a great time.
D's older brother's family joined us and I think this picture pretty much sums up the night...

Tomorrow I'll post the pasta salad recipe that I made... It was amazing!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

finished object: Baby Vertebra

It's actually the "Newborn Vertebrae" but I did it in DK Weight. Newborn size numbers, heavier yarn. This will fit Baby G nicely in September and hopefully till Christmas.
Yarn is from Fancy Image Yarn in Shelton Wa. Myra dyes all the yarn herself and she's a genius!
Contrast is from KnitPicks, superwash wool of the andes.

It's so stinking cute! I can't wait to see him in it!
Actually I can't wait to see him! His due date was yesterday but he arrived earlier than expected so yesterday he was a month and a day old! Happy 1 month buddy!!

sorry I completely jacked the photos :) but you get the idea... 

In other news I apparently put a chip in the back of my tooth last night and have to go to the dentist today for a repair... Hopefully it goes better than last time when they numbed me so much I looked like this for about 60 minutes post filling...

Happy Thursday!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Mr. Brown!

12 years old!
That's 84 in dog years!

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Carmel Creager

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Where am I?

Not location wise because I'm still in the Seattle area... It's more of a where the hack have I been in the knitting world! I turn 40 and feel like I've disappeared. We'll, I haven't really disappeared but re-prioritized some things in my life.

Mainly my health.
I'm pretty overweight.
By like 100 pounds
So I made a deal with myself.
I'm going to lose 100 pounds in 365 days.
I'm exercising every day and eating a healthy balanced diet.
No magic diet
No restrictions
Just burn more calories than you consume.
D's been doing it a lot longer than me and is down a lot!
Things I've noticed after a month
1. Clothes hang differently
2. My food cravings have changed.
3. I'm happy. Like really really happy.
So, I'm still knitting
I'm still doing the forum for Americas Knitting but I'm also exercising an hour to an hour and a half per day... That really cuts in to my knitting time but that's okay
Because if I'm not healthy there may come a time when I can't knit and that would be devastating!

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Finished Object: Garter Ear Flap Hat

This yarn.
Big Bad Wool Weepaca.
It's amazing.
I bought this at Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove with the intention to knit a wee tiny cable hat for George.

first I did the ribbing wrong and ripped it out and started again...
it wasn't grooving for me so I ripped it out again and set it aside.
then I remembered this Garter Ear Flap Hat from the Purl Bee Blog and thought 'Perfect'

It is perfect.
The short-row shaping for the ear flaps is simple and charming.
The decreases gave me some trouble...
Mostly because I looked at the decrease and mentally took out one of the letters... the instruction was SSKP. I read, SSK. that's a big difference because one decreases two stitches at once and the other only takes down one stitch so last night I had to rip out all the decreases I had done and re-knit the yarn again.

Hence the amazing part.

This yarn held up like a champ with the number of times I ripped and re-knit, ripped and re-knit.
It feels amazing.
the color is wonderful.

so much to be excited about, but I'm going to show you the hat now and you might want to sit down lest you get light headed at the onslaught of adorableness that is this hat...

The instruction in the pattern for all of it are very good, especially if you read them thoroughly instead of going off on your own and pretending you think you know what you're doing...

I'm pretty sure I'm going to make one of these for myself in a bright pink fuchsia...

I'm not pretty sure, I know I'm going too... as soon as I finish a couple more things for Baby G.

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