The End of June Gloom

Clouds came floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

A heatwave hit the PNW this weekend along with heat advisories and triple digit temperatures. I think today’s peak was 102 or 38.9 in Celsius. My Hario cold brew tea bottle along with our ice maker is getting a workout. It’s also grilling weather. Keeping our unair conditioned house cool is a challenge during the heatwaves. Turning on the stove or oven is just unthinkable. Cheeseburgers or turkey burgers are one of my favorite items to grill out. Below is my new favorite summer time meal, cheese burger salad. It’s all my favorites (including mom’s homemade pickles) in an all veggie no carb meal. Yum!

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Since the overcast mornings are coming to a close, I thought it was a good idea to post another progress photo on my April Showers Shawl. A few rows back, I managed to get off by a stitch. The diagonal lace pattern now has a jog in it for a few rows. While I could rip back to fix it, I decided to keep it as a design element. It reminds me that sometimes life throws us little hiccups along the way. Below is a close up photo of my mistake. (It actually looks like this might have happened about half way done as well.) Once, the shawl is finished, I’m not exactly sure the mistake will be that noticeable. I know there are many knitters out there this mistake would drive them nuts, and they would have to go back to fix it. We all have to be true to the type of knitter we are. I sort of like the way the yarn overs look a bit like a wave instead of straight diagonal.

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Poor Ernie, can’t seem to get cool. Here he is attempting to sleep in front of the fan. (Wow,  does that rug need a vacuum. Too bad, it’s too hot for such labor intensive activities.)

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Stay tuned for cooler temperatures and maybe even a completed project!

Purple Rain

Purple enhances creativity, clears the mind and calms stress.

It’s not much of a surprise, purple is my favorite color (especially if you’ve been following my blog for a bit). It has been since I was five. Naturally, I’ve always wanted to see it raining purple rain. I guess I’ll have to settle for listening to the Prince song. Or maybe I’ll just keep working away on my Purpura wips.

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  • Meandering Lace Shawl: I just started section four. You can’t see it in this photo, but it’s there.
  • African Violet Shawl: The rows are taking longer and longer. This week I managed to finish the third garter section and the next two row stripe. 300 stitches here I come!

Its the weekend again. We’re celebrating life with iced tea, bacon cheeseburgers and a lovely salad. Yum! It’s day 22 of no carbs and no sugar. My extra padding is slowly, but surely coming off.

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Gracie is trying to decide if there’s any bacon cheese burger for her.

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How are you celebrating life this weekend?

 

Weekend Forecast: Sunny

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

We’ve had record breaking rainfall in the PNW this year so it’s exciting to see sun forecasted this weekend. The British Hubby and I are celebrating life with iced tea and rhubarb compote. Rhubarb is traditionally thought of as fruit, but it is actually all veggie. Cooked with a little bit of water on low, it becomes a chunky sauce. When you add a splash of cream, it’s a fantastic no sugar and no carb treat!

This week my new cold brew iced tea filter, Hario, arrived. Since it’s finally warming up, I thought this was the perfect celebrate life drink. It’s incredibly easy to use. Add tea to the glass container, fill it with water, put the top on and six hours later you have fantastic iced tea. I love making my own iced tea so I can choose the flavors from my own tea selection (you know it’s rather extensive).

Malabrigo March Update: I’ve been making slow and steady progress on Malabrigo Love of My Life Shawl Edition. Section A was a bit slow going with over 100 garter rows. It didn’t get interesting until I started doing short rows. I’ve finally reached section B and the second color! I think section B will go a bit faster.

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Burt thinks hot pink looks good on him! Or maybe it makes a good pillow.

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Saturday Night @ the Movies

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. ~ Gone with the Wind

Saturday is movie night at our house. Normally, we have pizza, beer and watch movies. The kitties love it for the hours of snuggle time. I love for the quality knitting time. The British Hubby loves it because we have movie quality speakers for a proper theatre experience. Last Saturday, was our first movie night minus carbs and sugar. Here’s a photo of my faux pizza.

Movie night gave me a chance to knit on my Red Spinning Wheel Shawl. I’m on the last row of the fan repeats. Wow, those rows were long! Sorry the photo below is rather dark, but it’s raining again (imagine that in the PNW). Mother Nature wouldn’t cooperate for me to get outdoor photos today.

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Doesn’t Burt look innocent in this photo? Don’t wake the sleeping beast!

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It’s the middle of the month, and I still only have one finished wip!

 

 

Think Thin Thoughts

You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake.

It’s the weekend! Normally, the British Hubby and I celebrate life on the weekends with drinks and cake. However, this week we’re celebrating with a vanilla spinach smoothie. Yum! Okay, it’s not quite the same as cake, but we both felt it was time to cut our sugar/carb addiction. Here’s to a healthy weekend celebration!

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Below is a progress photo of a Malabrigo March wip. My Eggplant Constellation is progressing slowly. This is my first hat made with fingering weight yarn. Normally, hats are a quick knit for me, but I wasn’t exactly how long this one would take since I’m using size 2.5 needles. I plan to fold the brim up so I figure I need about 10 – 11 inches before starting the decreases. Right now, I’m at 8.5 inches. Just keep knitting!

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Look at all the cute belly fluff!

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Purpura April

If I knew you were coming, I’ld a baked a cake.

Purpura is Latin for purple. Now that Malabrigo March is over, the Malabrigo Junkie group is running a color along for the month of April over on Ravlery. Can you guess the color? It’s Purple! Purple just so happens to be my all time favorite color, and it has been since I was little. Sometimes, I try to act like I’m over my love affair with purple, and I wear other colors,.Those are just short lived flings. I love purple, and I always will.

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Shockingly, I had only had one wip in purple, and it’s a project I started last month. Of course this means I’m casting on two more purple projects. You can see my group photo above.

I know I probably shouldn’t be casting on two more projects when I’m attempting to finish others, but I like to knit dangerously.

This weekend, I had a chance to try another cake recipe from Baking with Mary Berry.  Here’s my first attempt at a pineapple upside down cake. It reminds me of spring with the vibrant yellow and orange. It’s a little crumbly, but tastes amazing.

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Here’s Ernie modeling my Dewberry Entrapment. I’m pretty excited about this hat even if Ernie isn’t. Maybe it will look better on Burt.

 

Malabrigo March Comes to a Close

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. ~Douglas Adams

Another Malabrigo March has come to a close. If you remember back on March 1, I posted a group photo and listed out my projects. I managed to sneak in another group photo today, in between rain showers. Below, you can see how much progress I made. One intended project, spiral euphoria cowl, had a mishap on Friday and didn’t get cast on during March. I managed three finished projects this month. I’m pretty positive that’s the most projects I’ve completed in the same month I’ve cast them on so far. Trying to work down my wips, helped keep my cast on fever in check.

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Naturally, I added a few projects as the month went on.  The extra projects are on the bottom row. No doubt, you will see more of them as April progresses.

Left to Right the new additions are:

  1. Turn a Square
  2. Resist Hat
  3. Peace de Resistance Mittens
  4. Triumph Cable Scarf

This weekend, I tried a new bread recipe, Black Forest. It has chocolate chips, dried cherries and a smidge of brandy (you really can’t taste this). The British Hubby thought it needed icing, but I like it without. It is yummy with some cream cheese and a cup of tea.

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Burt was sleeping so soundly today he was snoring. Kitty snores are so cute.

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Last month, I cast on 13 new projects. Three are finished and 10 are in progress. I would love to have all 10 finished in the next 11 months. Let’s see how many I can finish this month.