Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
p.s. to all my friends who weren't mentioned. Please don't be offended, I can't count past 9 after 3 Leinenkugels. However, I heart you all.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Happy Mother's Day
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
In Italy: Each group had a personal chef whi assisted us in our creating of the Tiramisu
In Mukilteo: I have two boxers.
In Italy: Eggs aren't pastueurized and have a beautiful orange yolk that gives the Tiramisu a lovely yellow custard color
In Mukilteo: I have pastuerized eggs and more of a pale yellow Tiramisu
In Italy: our Tiramisu had a nice custard consistency
In Mukilteo: one can only hope.
I can cook. I can cook up a storm. If I ever invite you to my house for a party you will all agree that the number one thing I ask people to bring is dessert. Why? Because I can't make dessert, which makes it all the funnier that I let fly that I would be happy to make Tiramisu just like in Italy. *brief pause while I laugh my ass off right now* I can barely make chocolate chip cookies. I can make brownies out of a box, cake out of a box, anything out of a box dessert wise I can handle.
Ask me to cook Thanksgiving dinner, no sweat, ask me to make a cheesecake and it'll look like a Philadelphia cream cheese neutron bomb blew in my kitchen.
So, I should probably stick to knitting. I know I can do it confidentally. It won't burn in the oven. There is no chance that I'll ever give someone food poisoning with it, maybe a rash because of a fiber allergy but you won't die from it.
I'm pretty sure that I'm going to check on my Tiramisu, that is hopefully hardening in the fridge as I type, and decide that I am going to have to leave 1/2 an hour early, stop at QFC and buy a delicious carrot cake for my fathers birthday.
I took a picture of my tiramisu, but I also added some nice pictures to take the queasiness away after looking at them....sitting there all cockeyed in my fridge taunting me with their unsolidness.
Here are the tulips from Butchart Gardens in Victoria B.C., aren't they nice...see you're starting to feel better already....
Quintus and Gabby taking advantage of the sun....so cute....feeling even better right?
Ahh my beautiful brown Bitter Sweet color yarn that's going to become the hat you see in the background....looking forward to wearing that this fall.....oh and Merry Christmas everyone!
And last but certainly not least, the Dancing Bamboo Sock. Pattern from the knitting book Pints and Purls, portable projects for the social knitter. The yarn is Sox that Rock in an exclusive color made for Tricoter in Seattle. You can only buy it at that store. The color name, Tricoter.
Friday, May 01, 2009
Here is mom, sporting her fancy new bike and totally loving it.......bought, built, and fitted at Rodriguez Bicycles in Seattle. If you need a bike, go there and ask for Smiley.
Agate Beach, stop number 3 on the ride.....
and since it's spring, the lambs were out.....
The lambs were funny...the white lambs for the most part would stick pretty close to their mothers and the rest of the flock. The black and brown lambs tore around the flocks like little wooly demons, I could identify with them of course. There were two in particular that I absolutely fell in love with and since I was on my bike I couldn't snap the picture. 2 black lambs tearing through the flock heading right for their mother. Now at this point you must keep in mind it is shearing season as well so the sheep are full of wool and the lambs are still nursing from time to time. Now, these 2 black lambs headed straight for their MaaaMaaa and when they reached her they split, one on each side and hit her so hard to get a teet that her back end literally bounced in the air. All the while the MaaaMaaa kept eating the grass.
I did mention it's shearing season......Here we have a shorn fleece from a Ram. That will make some very pretty yarn.......Speaking of pretty yarn.......
This is the yarn studio at Island Fibers and those bags are filled, FILLED with freshly sheared sheep wool. Made me a little light headed, a little dizzy, I mean, really....what do you touch first...almost makes you want to strip naked and roll in it, but since it was the first time in the studio and I really want to be invited back, it's probably for the best that I didn't pursue that little notion.
These skeins on the shelf in the picture below are undyed. That is the natural color of the sheep wool. I bought one skein of the cream, Mom bought the rest....3rd shelf down is the dyed wool, done in Maxines kitchen. I bought some of those too.....shocked?
Roving....merino and silk.........and the colors, I can't wait to see it spun into yarn.......
Here is my first Monkey Sock. The design is by Cookie A. The yarn is Sox that Rock Count Cluckula....
This is Marcy's sock in Sox that Rock 'Manly' It's beautiful. The pattern is called Cricket and it's a purchase pattern online I think. This is my first 'Helena' sweater. I do plan on making more, Marcy, don't shudder, I don't plan on making as many mistakes on the next 2 :). I am making it out of Berroco Comfort DK bought at So Much Yarn in Seattle. It's perfect, nice and soft and machine washable. Always a plus when knitting for children.
The question was posed to me a couple days ago, "have you given up on your blog?"
It made me think. The answer is no, I haven't given up on my blog. There are a host of reasons that I haven't posted but the biggest one is that I haven't been in a good place emotionally for a couple months now and felt that instead of blogging something that could eventually be harmful to me or someone else, I chose to hold back, sort myself out, and get on track. I still knit like a maniac and as you'll see I apparently had a black out at a number of yarn stores based on what my desk looks like right now. I go to work every day, I've travelled with my mom a couple times and have spent time with my husband and dogs. I've even taken up gardening, and as bad a gardener as I am, I find myself enjoying it. Plus, if I ever figure it out, it's one more thing that will bring my mom and I closer.
So, here I am, getting a better grip on my life and what's important, and coming back to entertain you with my run on sentences, beer induced knitting mishaps, yarn store blowouts (not during a sale) and my most recent adventure with Mom to Lopez Island, where we did a bike ride but were also invited to the studio of Island Fibers.
This might be a two parter because I have a lot of pictures to go through and explain, so I'll wrap this post up with one statement.
Clearly, I've gone insane in the past 3 weeks.....(please note that I did NOT include the yarn I purchased in Italy)
Megan......maybe that intervention isn't a bad idea....I'll bring the Leinenkugel's
Mary Kay Ash