Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rays of Light...



This morning when I opened the sliding door to let the dog out, I looked up and spotted these rays of light peeking through the trees: a beautiful start to the day!

(picture from last week when I had just started)

It's been a bit quiet on the blog here lately and that is because my life is a bit quiet, by design I must add. I've been knitting away on my Miette Cardigan and I just reached the lace pattern at the hemline. I've been sitting in my new spot near the window where I can observe the backyard plant life and enjoy the sunshine...

Last week the lovely ladies of Tin Can Knits celebrated their five year anniversary with a super sale, so I bought two of their pattern books (in pdf-format): "Handmade in the UK' and 'Pacific Knits'. (click on the links to see all the patterns) I haven't decided on my next project yet because there is so much choice, but my eyes keep on going back to this one: 'Lush'

'Lush' pattern on the right. (picture from the net)

Isn't it just fabulous looking?  {smile}

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In other news: I'm also attempting to get back into 'running' again. The last couple of months I've barely made it out on the trails and it feels like I'm starting from scratch again. My legs and lungs are screaming out their resentment but I'm persevering. I've done this once before, so I can do it again!

I'll leave you with a lovely Spring like picture. I know that the rest of the country has been experiencing the worst winter yet, but we've had no winter whatsoever and have had Spring arrive early. We are not complaining!  <wink>



PS A new Spring header has been made, hope you like it?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Visit To Pacific Beach, WA...

Miss M. 
A local fishing for Razor Clams...
Miss M. flying a kite at sunset...


I think these pictures will say it all: 'twas wonderful!  {smile}

Pacific Beach is a little over 3 hours' drive from our home. We only went for two nights, but that was just right. (there is absolutely nothing else to do in that area!) We had all kinds of weather, but above all it was super mild and there was hardly any wind. A bit strange that...
Our old lady Olive came with us and even though she can hardly walk these days, she had a good sniff around the beach!  <wink>


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Early Morning Textures...


Amazing you guys, we have been having the most wonderful weather over here, super spring like! And this week the school is off on a break so we're very happy at home relaxing. 

Yesterday Mr. G. and myself spent almost 6 hours outside and my face was the hot proof of it! <wink> We did lots of yard work (me very carefully with that wonky back), but I also spent lots of time reading in the sunshine, outside!  {smile}

This morning we woke up to temperatures just below freezing which was interesting and that is when I took these pics. In the mean time the sky is completely blue once again and we're off for another day outside. First we have to do a bit of grocery shopping though to stack up for our trip to the beach. Life is good!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Ouch!


After days of endless rain, yesterday promised to be a dry one, we even had some sun peeking through! (only for an hour or so, but who is counting...) I immediately felt like doing some gardening. 
With my usual enthusiasm I jumped in so, well... so enthusiastically that I sprained my lower back, several times! After only half an hour or so of weeding, moss pulling and sticks 'picking upping' I had to acknowledge my defeat: bummer! Especially since it was so nice and mild outside. Our Plum tree is already showing signs of spring:



I was able to walk around the house (very carefully), but by nighttime I could barely turn around in my bed! This morning finds me a tiny bit better, which is a good thing since I will be a substitute for two lessons at Little Bit for my Dutch friend who will be in an airplane on her way to Holland today. I don't think I will be doing any hoof picking though!  <wink>


PS Look, I finished another sock:


I'm very pleased with this self-striping yarn. It is fingering-weight though so rather thin. I'm hoping I will be able to wear them in my clogs and my also in my fancy Swedish clog sandals this spring! {smile}


Friday, February 6, 2015

Light After The Rain...


You guys, today it rained hard, even for our Northwestern standards. I volunteered at Little Bit this morning and it was just bucketing so loud on the roof of the arena. The roads were super wet on my way home, I had to drive very carefully with all the 'rivers' streaming down the hills and across the roadways. 

I'm trying to paint you a picture of the feeling that the rain would ever end... but then it did... and the sun came out... and I had to run out with my camera to snap up this happy occasion! The following pictures have only been slightly edited: enjoy!









What a great start to the weekend!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A New Angle...


When I visited The Netherlands last September (man, that seems like ages ago!) one of my friends gave me three skeins of sock yarn that she in turn had received from another friend.
It is in fingering weight (one of the thinnest) which I have never knit with before. I have also never knitted with a self-striping yarn before and boy, it is fun! The anticipation of what color combo is coming next makes want to knit more and more. I'm still practicing the picking way of knitting and I thought another pair of socks with just plain knitting would do the trick. So far so good!  {smile}

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The last few days the weather has not been helping my mood (dark and cloudy and wet) so this morning I decided to make myself a little new sitting/ working nook, to see things from a different angle I suppose. Below you see it at the far end of our front living room (we have two living rooms!)...

I obviously didn't clean up before I took this picture.
Keeping it real...

And here you see it up close:

From left to right: my yarny sock  project, my tablet to watch vlogs  and instagram on etc,
my breakfast smoothie and my knitting notes. (and yes, my reading glasses)
Now I can overlook this part of the garden which catches full sunlight, when the sun is shining that is obviously. We'll see how it works out. And yes, that is a Christmas decoration still hanging there. I like the warm glow that comes from it...



Monday, February 2, 2015

A Quick 'Hello'!


I just had a short but lovely visit by a flock of Evening Grosbeaks: what beautiful birds they are! Every time I see them, which is not very often unfortunately since they are of the migratory kind, I have to smile...

Smiling is a good thing since I am once again enveloped in the 'black cloud'.  This seems to be a part of me and looking back, it has always been a part of me. I'm trying to give it a spot so to speak, but to not let get overtaken by it anymore... In the mean time I'm eating extra veggies, extra juicing, extra light from my special lamp and just going slow, no panic!   <"It's Enough">

I also mentioned the presence of the cloud (which he had undoubtedly already seen coming) to my lovely husband and he immediately went online to find us (plus daughter plus dog) a little cabin near the beach for when we have winter break in a couple of weeks time. Just a couple of nights, but out, out of here and out of the cloud. (and into some foggy sea-clouds probably): can't wait!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Knit, Knit, Purl...



Yesterday I finished my second ever pair of knitted socks and I am so pleased! I used Hazel Knits Lively dk in Aquarius (100% wool, no it's not! I think it is 805 wool and 20% nylon, sorry about that!)) and I am loving the color. The pattern in the sock didn't quite come out as I had hoped, but oh well... I'm quite liking the knitting-socks-routine so I just might make some more...

Now that I have finished this project, I thought it would be a good time to learn a different method of knitting. When I started out knitting about a year ago, I remember being asked what kind of knitter I was? I never realized there were very different ways of knitting! Apparently I am an English knitter, or a 'thrower' as they say. I keep the yarn in my right hand and 'throw' it in a loop across the needles. This doesn't seem to be the fastest way of knitting so I have now purchased another class on Craftsy to learn the art of...



...also called 'picking'. With this method you hold the yarn wrapped around your left hand and you 'pick' at the stitches. I can only compare it to learning to write with your 'wrong' hand, so difficult! But, I will give it a serious try. It will be so much easier to knit with two hands (so in both styles) when you work with different colors, plus a little extra speed wouldn't be bad either...

In other news, I cut my hair again last weekend: it was time! Yes, I am still cutting (and coloring) my own hair. When the inspiration hits it just has to go you know! <wink>

Here you can see the back and sides...
PS We are having Spring-like temperatures over here! Check out my Instagram page...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Make Me Up Before You Go-Go...


It was in the Fall of 2013 and I had just purchased the sewing pattern for this toiletries bag. It is designed by Erin Erickson from Dog Under My Desk and as soon as it came out I knew I wanted to spend the money on it. 

Unfortunately the Fall of 2013 also marked the beginning of my sewing decline and as you might have noticed on my Made By Cowroad-page, there hasn't been a lot of sewing action in the past year or so. Or at least, not as much sewing as I used to do. What happened? 
Well, I learned how to knit of course and right now that is what is keeping me busy most of the time. Sometimes I do feel some sewing urges bubbling to the top and this week it became this toiletries/ knitting bag...

Click! to enlarge...

This little bag had me sweating bullets, especially those binding strips. Man, I don't think I want to do that again, at least not the ones on the sides where they have to go around those round edges. Ugly sewing! But, the rest turned out super nice and I like it a lot!  {smile}

The sides are made up of an outer fabric, a layer of fusible interfacing, a layer of batting, another layer of fusible interfacing and then the lining. This was then all quilted together. All these layers make it stand up by itself so it doesn't flop over. I did have to sew it all with my extra sturdy jeans needle, because of all these thick layers. This also made attaching the binding extra difficult.
The inside (which I made in a light color so that I can actually find stuff in there) sports an extra zippered pocket, plus two pockets on the other side for extra items. All in all tons of portable storage!



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