Goodbye to Feb-Blue-ary

Always remember that every obstacle is a test and an opportunity.

This has been a rocky month both in my crafting and in my personal life. Yesterday, there was a very localized snow storm. My house had white-out conditions with around five more inches of snow making my commute home treacherous, one of my Feb-Blue-ary projects ran out of yarn in the last section and Ernie decided to hiss at everyone all day for no apparent reason. I was starting to think this month was going to be all love it or leave it projects. Turns out it has numerous dishcloths and the first Aviatrix hat of 2017. This one is using Malabrigo Arroyo in Borrajas. The last love it or leave project is my Curly Malabrigo Spaghetti Noodles. The yarn is Malabrigo sock in Natural. The pattern is pavonated. This was a hard choice. I still really love this pattern, but I want to get my wips down to a reasonable number.

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How did I do with my knitting goals:

  1. Dishcloths: I’m all caught up! I have a few extra in my gift box.
  2. Christmas ornaments: No further on this one.
  3. Dewberry Dancer: I have two more rows to go in section three. Considering the rows are around 450 stitches, that’s not too bad.
  4. Feb-Blue-ary projects: I started the month with five and finished with three. Blue Banana is making slow, but steady progress. Frank in Paris might be finished in March just in time for it to warm up.

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Yesterday, was sort of miserable. I’m really rather of glad this month is over. Here comes Malabrigo March!

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Lazy Sundays & Snow Flurries

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

All weekend long we’ve have snow flurries and a slushy rain. That means it’s pretty chilly outside. The kitties only want to snuggle, and Ernie’s back to sitting on the vents (yes, he’s a four legged static machine). Sadly, the British Hubby caught a nasty cold traveling back to the PNW. We spent this weekend watching a few Oscar Nominations, keeping the kitties warm and knitting. This gave me a chance to finish orphan wip number five for February. Presenting my KC and the Sunshine Band version of Rye socks in Rios Sunset. I can’t help but smile when I wear these.

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Update on Feb-blue-ary & other wips:

  • Blue Banana: I started section three. I have three rows completed.
  • Frank in Paris: Sad news on this one. I ran out of Paris yarn. More yarn is on the way, but probably not in time for Feb-Blue-ary.
  • Dewberry Dancer: 32 out of 36 rows in section three completed. My goal this month was to complete section three. I might just manage to make it to the border.

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Two days left and three more projects to complete. Will I make it? Stay tuned.

 

 

Homecoming

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. ~ William Shakespeare

It’s the start of the weekend. This Friday is an extra special celebration of life with the British Hubby’s return from his travels. He knew I’ve been having a tough February so he brought me a special treat some of my favorite tea biscuits and a cute sheepy tea tray! I would have been perfectly happy to just have the British Hubby back home, but this tray is so stinking cute.

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Also, I finished two more dishcloths. I’m counting those as project number four for Feb-blue-ary. The patterns are Diamond Mosaic and Dimpled Washcloth. 

Here are loaves five and six. Loaf five is a pineapple carrot which sounds odd, but is lovely especially with tea or a cocoa night cap. The loaf looks a little funny, but looks can be deceiving. Next is a bacon cheddar loaf. I’ve used this in a toasted sandwich. It has a smokey flavor. I haven’t decided if I like this one or not.

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Look at what I can do!

I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

 

The Last Frank Stripe

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping. ~ Chinese Proverbs

The sun is shining, and I just finished my last Frank Stripe on my Frank in Paris scarf. Now I have 40 regular rows to go before the border. This scarf was a “keep on knitting” type of scarf. The pattern was easy to memorize, but it would have been rather boring without stripes to break up the monotony. Now it’s a daring game of yarn chicken to see if I have enough Paris Night to finish.

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Update on Feb-blue-ary & other wips:

  • Blue Banana: I was finally able to knit on this. I have 34 rows done in section two.
  • Frank in Paris: I’m working towards the border. Woot Woot!
  • Dewberry Dancer: 24 out of 36 rows completed in section three.

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Loaf number four is a salsa bread. It’s interesting and very flavorful. I had to adjust my view on the Cranberry Orange Loaf. Toasted with whipped Greek cream cheese and a cup of tea this bread is delightful.

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Burt seems to be the most upset with the British Hubby traveling. I don’t blame him, I miss the British hubby too. I’ve tried to play with him more and give him extra brushes, but sleeping on my bathrobe is what comforts him the most.

 

 

Winding Down the Weekend

The only limits in life are the ones you make.

The sun was short lived, and the rain/mist is back. I noticed snow on the forecast this week (I hope my new snow shovel arrives before it comes). The kitties and I had some extra time on our hands so we decided to bake and wind yarn. Then we wound some more yarn (it is Burt’s favorite activity after all). The yarn for all 10 Malabrigo projects is ready and waiting. When the weather decides to cooperate, I’ll get a group photo.

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Yesterday, I made a ham and asparagus strata using one of my homemade loaves of bread. I always forget I prefer a frittata more than a strata. None the less, I made a pan of strata that I think I’ll be eating on all week at this rate. I also tried a new recipe from 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes. Okay, I’ve made more than one so far, but I have to keep busy! Below are loaves two and three. The cranberry orange is a tad sweet for my taste. I froze most of it for the British Hubby. The double cheese and onion loaf is more my style. The top caved in a bit when I turned it out of the pan, but it tastes amazing.

With all this cooking and baking, you’re probably thinking I’ve had no time to knit. Introducing my first Feb-blue-ary finish and liberated orphan wip number three, Malabrigo Diamonds! This has been on the needles for almost two years now. It’s very warm and toasty to wear especially since it’s still chilly here in the PNW. I think I’m going to wear it to work tomorrow. Burt makes a lovely model doesn’t he?

 

Update on Feb-blue-ary & other wips:

  • Blue Banana: Still nothing new on this one.
  • Frank in Paris: I had to start on the third skein of Frank. I’m hardly going to need any of it, but now I’m worried that I won’t have enough Paris to complete this scarf. Eight more rows until the last Frank stripe!
  • Dewberry Dancer: Wow, these rows now take forever!
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Knitting and snuggling, my favorite way to spend a rainy day.

Three wips completed and just over a week to finish five more! Eek.

The Bread of Life

Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Life is full of ups and downs. This week an important person from my childhood passed away. Services were in the Midwest, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it there in time. To compound matters even more, the British Hubby had to travel for work. It’s just me and the kitties for this week’s celebration of life. I’m celebrating with a pot of tea and a fresh loaf of bread. I’ll admit we’re not feeling much like celebrating this weekend, but it seems that much more important that I do.

It’s hard not to smile when using such a cute tea cozy.

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This is Gracie’s idea of being supportive. This week was Valentine’s Day. Normally, I think this is a commercial holiday, but it’s a great day to make some one feel special even if it’s just a post it note to say you care. Have a fantastic weekend!

P.S. Finished projects to come I promise. Well, and maybe some more bread.

 

Here Comes the Sun

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. ~ Victor Hugo

Last week, we had unusual amounts of snow. This week, we had heavy rains with mudslides and landslides. Today the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Currently, one of my Feb-blue-ary projects is taking a soak. And, I had yarn arrive yesterday! I’m starting to prepare for Malabrigo March. I know, you’re thinking Malabrigo March is probably a big reason why I have so many wips and it is a big culprit, but can you blame me? Thirty one days of cast on mania with my favorite brand of yarn! So far, I have just 10 projects planned. That seems pretty reasonable to me.

Update on Feb-blue-ary & other wips:

  • Blue Banana: Still nothing new on this one.
  • Malabrigo Diamonds: This is very close to being a completed project.
  • Frank in Paris: Five more Frank stripes to complete.
  • Dewberry Dancer: 20 rows completed in section three.
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I’m not sure if I want to eat your or run away from you.

Since I’m thinking about the sun and hiking in the sunshine here’s a photo from one of my favorite summer hikes.

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