Inspired by Orange

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love watching the fall foliage colors emerge on trees. There are a few trees on my morning run route that are simply stunning. I almost forget I’m working out when I see them in the moonlight (yes, it’s still dark when I run). 004.JPG

The trees inspired my soup choice this week. I tried pumpkin soup from Quick and Easy Low Carb. This was my first time making pumpkin soup. The British Hubby was a little skeptical. I introduced him to pumpkin pie so he was unsure how this dessert staple would make a good soup. I’m happy to report we both think it’s fantastic! I think this is my new favorite fall soup. The pepitas provide a nice crunch. This recipe is going into immediate soup rotation.

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“Hey, where did all these socks come from?”

I know it seems like I hardly have time to knit any more between my day job, weaving classes, hiking and Ulysses. I’ve found small snippets to squeeze in a few rows here and there. I started six pairs of socks during July and August. I still think I’m on track to finish them all yet this year. (I know you’re doubting this statement, but I’m sticking to it.)

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“This photo shoot is going to cost you years of treats!”

Sock Update: 

  • Shark Bait II: I’m working on the foot. About every other day, I measure it to see if it’s long enough to start the toe. It’s not yet.
  • Junkie U: This was an impulse cast on that I’m glad I started. These are so bright and cheerful. I’m going to love wearing them on those gloomy rainy days. I’m on the leg of sock two.
  • TDS 5.2.17: This is sock is interesting. I made few modifications to the pattern that I’m not sure were for the best, but in for a penny in for a pound. I’m on the toe of sock one.
  • Watermelon: These are my socializing-traveling-don’t need to look at a pattern socks. I’m not making steady progress on them yet.
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    “Tucked up with knitting, what could be better?”

    The month is half over. I only have one finished wip so far this month. Just two weeks to finish two more.

 

 

 

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Weekend Tea Tasting & Warping

Sex, drugs and rock n’roll are all very well, but nothing beats a nice cup of tea.

This weekend we did a short hike and rode Ulysses all on the same day. Naturally, we didn’t bring any photographic devices so there are no photos. But we did have a lovely tea tasting with friends at lizzykate tea. We sampled five herbal teas. This was the first time the British Hubby and I have done a tea tasting. I would highly recommend it. I walked out with teas I never would have picked on my own. Naturally, I had to try their pumpkin spice chai. As you know chai and in particular pumpkin spice is my favorite. This blend has just the right hint of ginger and spices. Two from the tasting I couldn’t leave without are Seattle Sunset and Honey-Almond blend. The Seattle Sunset reminds me of rootbeer but in tea form. The first few sips are a little off putting, but by the end of the cup you want to drink the entire pot. It’s oddly invigorating. The Honey-Almond blend reminds me of shortbread biscuits. (Can you tell I’m not eating sugar and carbs?)

Last week, it turned chilly. My first pot of soup this year was creamy asparagus. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. This is a quick soup to make on a work night and provides plenty of leftovers. I paired it with this creamy avacado chicken salad. I also love avocado. (I just noticed our food was rather green last week.) I should have cut back on the onion. Once this had a chance to chill, the red onion took over the dish. It was still lovely. 026.JPG

Today, I had the second part of my weaving birthday gift, Weaving Beyond the Basics. I was very proud of warping my loom for the first time on my own. I’m making a wall hanging trying out some designs other than plain weave. I’ve learned so much in a short amount of time. I wish I could quite the day job and craft full time! The British Hubby has already requested a woven poncho. I’m not sure my skills are ready for that yet, but I did provide Father Christmas with a wish list of weaving supplies. I sure hope I’ve been good this year! 010Burt thinks warping the loom is even more fun than weaving yarn. 006.JPG

You Shall Not Pass

It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow!

Last weekend, we plotted a route through the forest to take a trip to a Watershed Educational Center. You can find out more about watersheds here. The route had dirt paths, one lane bridges, very few road signs and at least one dead-end. IMG_20171008_1224251.jpg

The road we planned to take isn’t open to the public which makes sense as the area is a watershed. Authorized vehicles only, no humans to contaminate or pollute. IMG_20171008_1224400Our spirits were more resolute on Sunday than they were on our Saturday hike. We found a lovely place to have a spot of tea. My tea cup is in honor of Ernie. He’s out riding in spirit. (See below for how Ernie spent his Sunday.)014I even managed to get a shot of my knitting out in the wild. It was rather chilly so I needed a hat for when we took our helmets off. This is my first time wearing my Road Less Traveled hat. The cables kept my head nice and cozy. 015.JPGThis is how Ernie spent his day. 016.JPGIsn’t he a tart?

Grumpy Hikers

If you come to a fork in the road, take it. ~ Yogi Berra

Last Saturday, the British Hubby and I decided to try a new hike. We packed our bags the night before and set the alarm. It wasn’t easy to get up early on a Saturday, but our determination paid off as we were the first car parked at the trail head. The first two miles up where hard. We had just stopped for our first snack to refuel when a group of trail runners passed us making the elevation gain look like a stroll through the park. (Seriously, I was already a little exhausted.) Upwards we hiked. 002.JPGWe had some stunning vistas on the way up. 001Naturally, the only rain shower was when we reached the lake for lunch. So we didn’t stay long nor did we get any photos. I don’t even think a photo could do this view justice. It was that spectacular. 006We almost had a knitting mishap. I had taken off my Mount St. Helen’s Cowl on the way up so I wouldn’t over heat. It had fallen out of my pocket, but a kind trail runner found it and placed it on a branch so we would see it coming down. Eggplant Constellation was making it’s hiking debut. Sadly, I didn’t even get a photo of it out in the wild. IMG_20171007_0916208.jpgBetween almost losing my knitwear and the grueling 4.5 miles up only to come 4.5 miles back down made the British Hubby and I were a bit cantankerous by the time we returned to the trail head again. We had sore limbs, but our souls were rejuvenated. 019.JPGI’m not even sure the kitties noticed we were gone!

Welcome to Twin Peaks

My log does not judge.

The British Hubby was a Twin Peaks fan when it first aired. Naturally living in the PNW, one has to find the Twin Peaks sign while driving ones sidecar. 005We think this is where the spot would have been had it not been taken down for repairs. This was also our first wet ride. We were actually both pretty dry when we stopped for a bowl of soup to warm up. 009Okay, we also split a piece of pie while I worked on my Watermelon socks. This pair is getting to do quite a bit of traveling. 006I love how the weather can be very localized due to mountains. I never get tired of watching a cloud roll in. 008.JPGThis ride was more to test how water proof our gear is. Everything was pretty dry so our next focus is getting heated thermals so we can stay warm as the temperature continues to drop. 018Burt and Ernie wouldn’t dream of leaving this spot when it’s cold and rainy. Don’t they look cozy?

Full Moon Running

Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.
– Henry David Thoreau

The PNW is currently having a lovely Autumn with chilly mornings and sunny afternoons. My morning runs have been quite crisp. One of the benifts of clear cold mornings is being able to see the full moon while I run. Okay, it also helps I’m up at 4:00 a.m. This morning most of my run was just me and the moon light. There’s something rather comforting about hearing your shoes pound the moon drenched pavement. Isn’t mother nature just amazing? 002

In other exciting news, I have the first completed wip for October! Presenting Woven Scarf II. Okay, it’s not nearly as stunning as my first one. I’m not sure the blocks of black were a good choice. I think I probably should have gone with the same warp yarn through out the entire scarf. Yarns behave completely different when weaving than they do when knitting. I’m still figuring out my weaving style and what works well togehter. Fortunately, the British Hubby is very excited I’m finally weaving and is already proudly wearing this scarf. I think it’s a bit ugly, but I’m glad he likes it. 003.JPG

I’m a bit nervous for my first warp at home. It looked so easy when I was working at the yarn store with the safety net of the weaving instructor. I’m going to try it out this weekend. I suspect I’m going to have some help from my feline friends. Look at all that fluff! 027

Stay tuned for news on our first Ulysses ride in the rain.

Weaving Mishap

A man’s errors are his portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce

Last week, I was working on my second weaving project, Woven Scarf II, when I had a mishap. While advancing my woven cloth, the tension on one strand became too much and it snapped! If I was new to fiber crafts, I would have been somewhat distraught and probably had a bit of a crafting meltdown. Since I’m a seasoned knitter that has fixed numerous mistakes, I knew there had to be a solution. And of course, there was one. I even found a youtube video. 001.JPGA broken warp thread couldn’t hold me back. Guess what’s having a soak. 016.JPGLast weekend, I tried two more recipes from The Complete Low Carb Cookbook. So far, the three recipes I’ve tried from this cookbook have been a success. This was my first time making any type of cheesecake carbs or no carbs. It was fantastic. With a cracked top, I’m not quite ready for the Great British Bake Off, but it tastes fantastic (even Burt thought so). Since the British Hubby and I have been carb free and sugar for several months, I was slightly worried we would find any dessert sickly sweet. We were both pleasantly surprised that was not the case. We have a new favorite dessert.

I also made the zucchini lasagna. The British Hubby felt it should have a stronger tomato flavor. I felt too much tomato would over all my beloved zucchini. Next time, I’ll make some minor adjustments that should make us both happy.

Poor Gracie was upset the vacuum was running. She tried out a few “safe” spots.

I see the first completed wip of October looming on the horizon.