Sunday, February 27, 2011


We woke up to a blanket of white and the enticing calls of mittens and boots. Fearing the rising temperatures we wasted no time and ventured out to enjoy a little winter fun...
...and then we headed inside to enjoy some hot coco and popcorn.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

yarn along

yarn along
a pair of cozy mittens and a magazine I'd forgotten I'd picked up on our weekend away
~ joining in for this weeks yarn along

Hello Wednesday. It's been a little grey here lately, in weather and knitting and spirit. Still recovering from the flu and although I've miraculously escaped any sickness, I can't say the same for the other members in my family. Go away flu!

We actually had a surprising little snowfall on monday and while it was beautiful to watch and actually perked me up a bit, it's always so grey after. Magazines are always cheerful and inspiring and so I've been scouring the pages and dreaming of spring. We did some beautiful sunshine over the weekend. I mean clear blue sky, sun in your eyes kind of weather. I'm holding my breath for more of that.
Until then I'm in hibernation mode. Enjoying cozy socks and lots of tea, scrabble with the husband, knitting on more projects than I can keep up with and lots of snuggles with my kiddos.
swatching for my first sweater ~ Coraline

Sunday, February 20, 2011


I've never thought I was one to be drawn to purple but I've recently finished two shawls both of which are different shades of purple. I really couldn't be more pleased with them...ok to be perfectly honest I'm completely stoked about them and totally get why others love shawls. I always lumped shawls into the category of matronly, prim, old-fashion, you get the jest.

I was so so wrong. They may just be the perfect accessory and I'm glad to live in somewhere where the dampness often requires a little extra warmth.

Anyways, my most recent FO (finished object) is Ysolda Teagues lovely Damson shawl that I started last spring. I always thoroughly enjoy knitting Ysolda's patterns and this was no different. I won't lie the garter section seemed to go on forever but once I got into the border pattern I just couldn't put it down. the only modification I made was to do a garter stitch border in place of the loopy trim the pattern called for. While I really liked the pattern exactly as it was written I thought the garter border made it a little more streamline and casual. Just a little more Me.
damson knit in malabrigo sock in eggplant

The other shawl I finished up in January just before (like I was up until about 1:30 the night before) our little trip to Seattle. The colour reminds me of the sky in the winter and I just knew the minute I saw the yarn what it had to be. I've had Mara by Madelinetosh in my knitting queue for an embarrassingly long time and I actually love it so much that I plan to knit a second one only slightly larger.
mara knit in malabrigo twist in zinc

I know I've briefly shared about both of these so thanks for baring with me. I wanted to share some photos that showed them better then my quick phone shots. hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

yarn along

I was suppose to be at sit and stitch at my LYS this evening but my husband is recovering (and I say that loosely because he's had it for over a week and hasn't started to feel even a little better yet) from pneumonia and now both my kids have run fevers in the last couple days. Add a crashing headache on my part and leaving the house just isn't happening. This extended hibernation has been good for my knitting habit though. I've finished a project and started another and even perused a stitch dictionary for some design ideas. I can't complain.

I stumbed upon this neat idea for a yarn along today and so I thought I'd join in the fun and share a photo of what's currently on the needles and what I'm reading.
yarn along
a cozy red scarf for my sweet, sweet boy ~ Vogue Knitting Stitchionary, volume one
~ Pride & Prejudice on my kobo app

Monday, February 14, 2011

off the needles

Off the needles
A couple new shawls. One in time for our Seattle trip and the other one was started last spring and was just finished up this weekend. it's always so satisfying to finish a project.

Seattle Escape

A couple weekends back my husband and I escaped down to Seattle for the night. We had such a great, relaxing time. It was such a treat to sneak away without the kids although I have to admit I missed them like crazy and plan to go back again with kids in tow. Anyways I've been planning to blog about this since we got back but was daunted by the length and so I've decided to just leave it as a photo post. Hope you all are enjoying time with the ones you love today.


misty bellevue
the market
fresh fish
the market
Tom Hanks sat here
my handsom guy
@ the Athenian