Our Journey Back in Time

Remember happiness is a way to travel not a destination.

I meant to post about this sooner, but the day job is keeping me extra busy. The British Hubby and I recently time traveled. We went back over 2000 years to era of the first Emperor of China. Actually, we made a journey to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Words really can’t do this experience justice. I think the photos speak for themselves.

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It is believed there are at least 8,000 life sized terracotta figures at the First Emperor’s burial site. So far, only 2,000 have been unearthed.

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Look at the detail every figure has.

This is another example of amazing craftsmanship. Each clay piece had a hole hand punched so it could be assembled into armor.

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It really was spectacular to see in person.

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I think my burial site would be filled with terracotta cats. Like Gracie out in the wild of our back yard.

 

 

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Totally Eclipsed by Socks

Don’t let anything or anyone block your sunshine.

The solar eclipse was on Monday. The closer one was to the path of totality, the more spectacular the show. It was pretty amazing in the PNW. I was one of the people that still needed to attend their day job, but we made an event of it. My day job bought everyone the approved glasses and we were able to work outside during the morning. It was fascinating to watch the moon move across the sun.

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I wasn’t expecting the temperature to drop. Nor was I expecting moon shaped shadows. These are supposed to be leaves.

Earlier in the month, I had an impulse purchase of sock yarn to mark this solar eclipse. Some people buy t-shirts, I buy sock yarn. Blue Moon Fiber Arts had a special colorway, A Total Eclipse of the Sun. These are going to be really neat. If I hadn’t already wound my watermelon yarn (see photos further down), I would be casting on with this yarn right now!

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Here’s  a group shot of my sock wips hanging out by my next door neighbor’s amazing flowerbed.

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  • Shark Bait II: I started sock two!
  • TDS 5.2.17: I’m working on the heel for sock one. There are around 460 finished pairs of this sock.
  • Junkie U Socks: Once this sock got going, it was easy to get in a groove. I’m working on the foot for sock one.
  • TDS 5.4.17: Not much progress on this one and stage five is about to start. I’m still on the cuff. There are about 380 finished pairs of this pattern.

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I think Ernie is trying to give me hints he wants a pair of socks. What color do you think would look best on him?

Seaside Celebrations

Life should not be lived, it should be celebrated!

This weekend, the British Hubby and I celebrated his name day.  Last May, we decided to go no carb and no sugar to kick start a new healthy life style in hopes to get in better shape and lose some extra weight. We’ve made fantastic progress over the past few months. We both at a healthier weight, and we’re running about five times a week. Naturally, we were slightly concerned when we decided to buy a tiny cheesecake, orange juice and Guinness. (Don’t worry. We didn’t have it all together.) The British Hubby thought it would be our gateway treats into carbs and processed food.

019I’m happy to report just the opposite. The cheesecake didn’t taste like real food and the OJ was so sweet I had to severely water it down to drink it. I’m still running, and I haven’t fallen off my no carbs no sugar wagon. However, I do miss the Guinness.

030As part of our weekend celebrations, we took a lovely ride to the Mukileto Light House. Here are some fun facts:

  • The current light house was built in 1906.
  • A 150 watt bulb can be seen up to 12 miles away with the Fresnel Lens.
  • In the 1970’s the lighthouse was automated.
  • The lighthouse has a unique signal with two seconds one followed by three seconds off.
  • The foghorn will automatically sound when it detects fog within a half mile of the lighthouse.

 

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And watch the ferries.

028I really love a proper cuppa when we’re on the road.

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Burt was eagerly awaiting our return.

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Mal Gals Unite!

I’m a yarnaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding. I’m on the road to the yarn store!

I am very fortunate to live close to several Malabrigo Junkies. We try to meet up a few times a year (at least once every Malabrigo March). This meet up we had a special Mal Gal from Utah join us for coffee and yarn shopping. I know you’re thinking I probably don’t need more yarn if I’m trying to finish wips, and I don’t really. But it seemed like yarn was the appropriate way to mark the special occasion of meeting Utah Mal Gal in person for the first time!

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I purchased a few new to me brands and some old favorites. The two skeins on the bottom left are baa ram ewe’s Dovestone Natural Aran. This will be part of a new project coming in September with the Tidal yarn. I’m slowly massing a collection of sparkly sock yarn, and this brand is my favorite. Next, is a self-striping yarn that will look like watermelons. It’s Biscotte Yarns. Utah Mal Gal and I purchased matching skeins to do a Watermelon sock kal. Lastly, I picked up Malabrigo Sock in pearl, a newish colorway on this base. There wasn’t too much hesitation on purchasing this skein. Malabrigo March 2018 starts in just 192 days!

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Here’s some very special stitch marks Utah Mal Gal made for us! I’m saving mine for the Watermelon kal.

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Gracie says this was way too much excitement for her!

Stage Four Begins

There is nothing to fear, but fear itself. That and running out of yarn. ~ Crochet Magazine

Stage four of Tour de Sock began late Monday night. I’m yet to cast on or even wind my yarn and there are already about 100 finished pairs. Well, I did say I wasn’t competing. Good thing since I haven’t finished stage two yet. The new pattern is called Mosaic Marbles. I’m leaning towards the black and darker teal balls on the bottom middle. Or maybe the silver and teal?

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Last week, I had an abundance of knitting time while visiting my family in the Midwest. I managed to finish another pair of socks. That makes two completed pairs this month. Both pairs are for the British Hubby. Here’s my completed British Tea Latte socks. I love how well these match. I could take the credit, but the yarn did all the work. This pattern was a delight to knit. Easy enough to not need a pattern while traveling or watching a movie while still keeping my interest with the stripes. This was also my first time using a Zauberball for socks. It was delightful. I will be purchasing more in the future. This pattern is destined to be a staple in our sock drawers.

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This month our meowbox was campfire themed.

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Gracie was excited about the s’mores. Can you blamer her?

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Ernie was excited about the box. He tries to get inside every month. Maybe next month he’ll fit.

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Two projects completed this month. Casting on a new pair of socks seems the appropriate way to celebrate, right?

Adventures in the Midwest

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

Last Tuesday, I was packing for my yearly visit to the Midwest to see my family. I grew up in the Midwest. The British Hubby says I’m a Midwestern girl at heart, but the longer I live in the PNW the more I realize just how flat my part of the Midwest is. I miss the trees and mountain views. Let’s not forget the rain.

 

I did have a chance to do some antique shopping with my mom. We found a flower pot made out of an old tire, vintage button bracelets and necklaces made from old silverware.

I also had a chance to take a lovely stroll along the historic canals.

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And watch the sunset over cornfields.

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Burt and Ernie wanted to come along, but I didn’t have room in my suitcase.

 

So they spent the week sleeping.

Up next, an update on my TDS and sock wips progress.

How many is too many?

Jobs fill your pocket, but adventure fills your soul. ~ Jamie Lyn 

I’m preparing for travel to the Midwest.  Right now it’s actually warmer in the PNW than it is where my family lives. Every time I travel, the hardest decision is what knitting to bring. Do I take one big project or several smaller ones? I’m always tempted to check an extra bag just for my knitting, but that just seems silly. Knitting has become my security blanket. I can handle any traveling crisis provided I have my knitting.

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Sometimes I even wind extra yarn to take just in case I’m stranded for days in a freak snow storm. (I know this is highly unlikely during the summer, but hey I’m prepared.)

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Burt loves winding yarn.

Stay tuned for my Midwestern adventures.