Homage to Jimi

With the power of soul, anything is possible. ~ Jimi Hendrix 

The British Hubby and I have always wanted to see the memorial for Jimi Hendrix. This weekend we made the journey on Ulysses to honor one of the greatest musicians of all time. IMG_20171119_1245107.jpgThis will be a photo heavy post. I know some of my followers may never have the chance to visit the PNW and pay tribute to Jimi.

Or contribute to the myriad of lipstick colors on his memorial. IMG_20171119_1241511I think my favorite was the personal tributes from fellow musicians that left their pics. IMG_20171119_1242495

I was rocking one of my first knitted hats. I think the pattern is snail hat from Elizabeth Zimmerman. I know this is Malabrigo Pearl Ten, but I’m not sure what base.

Stay tuned for more, “No workie for the weekie!” adventures.

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Travel Knitting

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things. ~ Henry Miller

It’s been about a week since my last post. I’ve been traveling in the Midwest to attend a family wedding. It was so cold that it makes the rainy windy conditions in the PNW feel balmy. 007.JPGNaturally when traveling, I always bring extra knitting. I want to be prepared for the time I’m stranded for days in an airport. Normally, I think small compact projects, but this trip I went a little wild and brought my Never Gonna Let You Go Wrap with all three skeins. It had no problem going through airport security. I managed to get the next single color section completed. The shawl is currently at 129 stitches. 003I also brought along my Bonfire Headband. I was hoping to get this project completed. I’m using leftover bits of skeins from previously finished projects. Of course, I left the second partial skein sitting in the lounge at home. 003.JPG

Ernie says we have snuggles to catch up on!

P.S. I think the first completed wip for November will be finished very soon.

 

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?

The Scarves of September

You are supposed to make mistakes. That’s life.

Normally on the last day of September, I would take a group photo of my completed wips. I searched high and low, but my Sunset Cable Scarf is no where to be found. I suspect Ernie has made a cozy cave with it someplace. Instead there are photos of my two completed scarves from my project pages. I’m very proud of my first woven one, Woven Scarf I. 

I’ve been so busy this week I haven’t had a chance to share about our adventure on Ulysses last weekend. We took the freeway out towards the Cascade Mountain range and then found forest roads to get us up the mountain. The first was tree line and a bit chilly.

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We had to find a sunny spot for a cup of tea. Yes, that’s a proper china tea cup we’re using for our picnic along with the Jolly Green Giant Stanley tea thermos.

The next stretch of road had a fun bridge. 024

Twisty roads.

And big rocks.

Our next picnic spot included more tea, knitting and more spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. 017

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We also found a gravel path. 011

It was a fantastic outing before a very long and exhausting work week. Last week didn’t have much crafting time, but it did have some snuggle time with Ernie. 030.JPG

Let’s see if I can get three completed wips in October! I do have an extra 24 hours after all.

 

Island Yarn Adventure

Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul. ~ Jaime Lyn

I am fortunate to have a few crafty coworkers. I especially love it when they are willing to go on a yarn adventure with me. Recently one of my knitting coworkers and I took the ferry to Whidbey Island to check out a few yarn shops and tour the sights. I never get tired of riding on the ferry. How can one get tired of this view?IMG_20170921_1131137.jpg

The first yarn store  we ventured into was Whidbey Isle Yarns. This is a delightful little shop with tea, vintage jewelry, buttons as far as your eye can see and hand dyed yarn. The store owner was so excited her shop was our reason for visiting the Island, she gave us 10% off! IMG_20170921_1336594.jpg

Naturally, I bought some tea and hand dyed sock yarn. It seems I can’t pass up sparkles this year. This lovely button also predates World War II. 010.JPG

Historic downtown Coupeville is so quint, I almost felt like I was stepping into the movie Jaws.

The views were stunning. The ice cream wasn’t bad either.

With views so spectacular it’s hard to believe we actually left Coupeville, but my knitting coworker and I wanted to check out Knitty Purls. Could Langley be just as quaint as Coupeville? IMG_20170921_1710248.jpg

It has an art walk. IMG_20170921_1645253.jpg

And wine bar that welcomes knitters. 011.JPG

I also managed to find sock yarn from Nova Scotia. 005

While I was out, Gracie kept guard over the house. Doesn’t she just look mean? 007

Okay, maybe this is how she really spent her day.