September 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

ibook kaput

I took a long break from posting to grieve the loss of my blogging friend and companion, my ibook. It had a relatively long life for a laptop and suddenly decided to kick the bucket about 3 weeks ago. The fan still works, very loudly, but that’s about it. Lars and I are sharing a laptop now and I’ve had to adjust to that and setting up everything from scratch, (new settings, bookmarks, etc). The greatest loss were all of the knitting and sewing patterns that I had either saved, scanned or bookmarks.

So I have been checking out books from the library and starting new projects, but mostly avoiding the computer. I hope to be getting out of my slump and posting about the newest completed project and the new wip’s.

Right now I’m ready for change and I’m not dissapointed about the end of summer at all, even secretly hopeing for a cold and stormy winter. Any days that the public schools are closed due to incliment weather I get to take a paid snow day off. Of course we don’t usually get many of those but it doesn’t take much for the schools to close when there is any snow or ice. I have a full load of fall and winter projects for birthday and Christmas presents coming up.


Quail nest

September 13, 2008 § 1 Comment

quail eggs

Just a photo to share today.

stale good

September 5, 2008 § 1 Comment

Yesterday was our anniversary and we ate the 3 year old top of our wedding cake. It was stale good. As stale as a frostbitten kransekake gets in three years but as tasty as sugar and almond always is. You can see in the photo that we pulled 12 rings off of the top. You know what that means (if you don’t: legend says that a couple will parent as many children as the number of rings that come off the top of the cake). My mom frosted the cake so we accused her of rigging the frosting up to break at that point and she admitted that she did rig it but not for that many rings. In any case we don’t have 12 kids yet..

Of course we didn’t have just one cake at our wedding, we had another cake, a number of tortes and other deserts too. I made the kransekake and Lars made all of the wonderful tortes. We like our sweets.

wedding cake(s)We are visiting my parent’s this weekend, which is why we finally ate the cake out of their freezer. Not a romantic weekend, but we are taking another vacation next month to celebrate our anniversary (when we could get the reservation to an old guard station cabin).

Today we went to The Scoop and had some yummy Brain Freeze ice cream. We sat outside and enjoyed our “high fat, high quality” creamy goodness and watched people walking by (yes, some people in Spokane do walk) and a dog sitting by the table next to us and it felt like Portland. It was maybe the best ice cream we have ever had, and we have eaten a lot of ice cream.

completed Circle rug

September 2, 2008 § 2 Comments

circle rug

Just in time for the chilly weather that has started to roll in and make the floors cold, I finally finished the circle rug I started way back when. More pictures at Flickr. Before the circles were felted they looked like baby berets, especially when my little nephew put them on his baby head. Turns out that half done knitting projects make good toys for little ones to throw around and put back into a basket.

Pattern: Table Runner pattern from Felt Forward by Maggie Pace

Yarn: Cascade 220/colors: New Lavender, Granny Smith, Maiz, Vandyke Brown, Doeskin Heather, Gris, Sky) and Knit Picks-Wool of the Andes in Carrot

I made more circles than the table runner pattern so the rug would fit nicely in the space between my side of the bed and the window. I have thought of the fact that felted yarn on hardwood floors= slips, trips and falls (or STF as they call them at my workplace- very serious and very dangerous they tell me). My plan was to sew some of that rubbery stuff that one puts under a rug so one doesn’t fall. But so far it’s not as slippery as I thought. I also haven’t decided what side I like better.

front and back of circle rug

Since I hand felted all of the circles, even the ones that I put through the machine, they each have an individual look and some are felted more than others. The dark blue ones have almost no stitch definition and are velvety soft. The orange, that I thought was Cascade 220 too and turned out to be a different yarn, didn’t felt as well and looks more ragged. So what I am trying to say is that the back looks smoother but I also like the way the front looks and I don’t really want to decide what side I like better yet. I think I will see if I hurt myself and experience a STF before I sew on the backing. That’s the lazy way. A good pair of felted slippers will complete my mission against cold feet this winter.

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