Sunday, September 30, 2007

Henry's Sweater

It's the baby cardigan from Knitting Pure and Simple. I changed the design a bit (aside from the few "design elements"). Instead of the two I-cords, I just used snaps and added the buttons.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

On the road again: destination Moscow, Idaho

This weekend I'm hitting the open road and heading to the beautiful Palouse region in Idaho. We're going to visit some family and cheer the Idaho Vandals football team! I'm really looking forward to visiting the campus. It's just so gorgeous in the fall with all the leaves turning vibrant shades or red, orange and yellow! My camera is charging and the knitting bag is ready to go. I'm also hoping to put a dent in some of my projects including these mittens which are long over due for a friends birthday gift!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fantasy Football: Week Three

The Knitting Ftball Stars are 3-0! Undefeated baby!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Girls Weekend Get-A-Way

This past weekend, the girls and I headed to Winthrop for a little R & R. There was lots of knitting, reading (I finished the best book!) and just hanging out!

The girls found a guy for a quick photo-op!

Pretty Methow Valley (didn't pay attention to the name of the river...)

We were there for two nights and these are all of Rebecca's projects....

And there was a Square Dancing Festival in town! They shut down part of the main drag (and trapped our car)! We spent the time watching the toe-tappin' couples and shopping through the cute stores!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Fantasy Football Week Two:

After a rough Sunday, I was surprised to see that the Knitting Ftball Stars are still dominating in the league! My defense left a lot to be desired, but luckily my opponent had an even rougher Sunday.

(Editor's note: I'm a little scared about how much I'm picking up about football. I could go into more detail, but I won't. What I find annoying about all of this, is how I can absorb the football lingo/stats/etc. but still can't remember how to SSK when I come across it in a pattern!)

"Obsessively Crafty"

That's one of the new terms I learned from the fabulous knitters I interviewed for my story (or as Rebecca would say - strong-armed into it). Interviewing Stephanie was a lot of fun. We both like to talk about knitting and we both like to knit, so it was a bit challenging to stay focused. And at the end of the interview, she asked about my knitting (we were both knitting during the interview) so I tried to play it cool even though I was secretly gushing on the inside.
(This is a pretty bad picture, I was actually not that far away)
Later we attended her talk at Third Place Books where she continued to entertain with her humor, wit and knitting passion! As usual, she drew a huge crowd plus lots of Purly Girls were there!
(Rebecca and Sasha knit while listening)

(Jessica captures her sock for the moment. Jessica also gave me the term "Obsessively Crafty" I like it better than my Craft A.D.D. term.)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Reasons I like my job.

At my job, I get the opportunity to take complicated political issues and make them relevant to people's lives in a way they understand (hopefully). I get to explain the issues (which, less face it are sometimes really, really boring) in a fun way that gives folks a sense of what city leaders are talking about. I also get to meet interesting, inspiring and fabulous individuals; the political leaders working to make a difference to kids just inspiring change while living with a fatal disease. I've even had the chance to interview a Hollywood Hottie. And tomorrow, I have the chance to sit down with another A-lister:

The Yarn Harlot.

I'll be interviewing her for a story on local knitters, how today's knitters aren't your average, stereotypical knitters and her role in all of this. Then I'll be heading to her book signing to hear from her fans and why they knit.

Hopefully, I'll see you there!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Just have to brag a bit....

So this is a non-knitting comment (kind of). I have succumb to the football in my household and instead of fighting it, I've embraced it by creating my own fantasy football team. I'm in a small league with the new hubby, his Cousin Mike and Cousin Mike's girlfriend Kim (also known as Cousin Kim). Knowing very little about individual players, the computer just randomly selected my players while the hubby, knowing lots of stats and stuff, picked most of his out. We faced off against each other this first week of football, and I have to say - with pride - that my team - the Knitting Ftball Stars - DOMINATED the league! That's one for the knitters and NOTHING for the non-knitters! Stay tuned to see how I fair this week....

Thursday, September 06, 2007

A new season starts

A new season has dawned in my household. It's a season that allows much more knitting (not that I need permission for knitting). I can have many more nights to go out and meet knitters or more nights (or afternoons) to curl up at home with a good chick flick and my knitting. I call it knitting season. Others simply call it: football season.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Weekend Get-A-Way!

Matt and I on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Forest. Don't we look cute in our Idaho Vandal gear? It was game day on Saturday!

We took advantage of a three day weekend to pull out the map and find a spot in Washington we had never visited. Destination: the Olympic Peninsula and the Olympic National Forest! It was a beautiful weekend with great weather (until the end - we were in a rain forest!) and fun times! We even took a quick day trip to Victoria, B.C.

The historic Empress Hotel in Victoria. They were having a classic boat show in the harbor.

The Sunken Garden at Buschard Gardens in Victoria.

Marymere Falls in the Olympica National Forest ...a pretty hike through an old growth forest to the falls.

Ruby Beach along the northwest coast of Washington. Note the pouring rain. What would a trip to the rain forest be without a little rain?