Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shiny Pearls...


After almost a whole week of summertime temperatures, we are now back in our regular weather pattern. This of course involved a few showers last night, and this morning I found lots of little shiny pearls everywhere...

(no editing on these pictures, just the pure stuff)


I have many more pictures to show you of my overnight stay in Seattle last week and of our lovely house guests (two Labrador Retrievers) in the days after that, but I have to have a filling replaced this morning and I am rather nervous. (visits to the dentist always work out better than I think, but that doesn't prevent me from getting nervous every-single-time...

Reflection in a puddle of water on a tarp...
I think some knitting is in order to calm the nerves...


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

La Vie En Rose...


I'm on my way out to Little Bit, but I just quickly wanted to share these lovely colors in the yard with you this morning.  What a shame we don't have 'smell-a-vision'... 


Have a great one!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me...


Mount Baker in the background...
(click! to enlarge)

Spring Break was last week and on Thursday we decided to go on a little road trip to the Tulip fields in Skagit County, WA. The weather was absolutely phenomenal!  {smile}

These were the only fields we stopped at, the lines of people trying to get in at other places were just way too long. Funny fact, I've never actually visited any of the Dutch fields growing up in Holland!


The mountainous backdrop was spectacular and as always I had to take some pics of all the barns...



Still from the olden days...
After some driving around we made our way up north and stopped for lunch in one of our favorite little villages: Edison. So much peace to be found in the mudflats. All we could hear were the birds twittering and the ducks 'snattering' across the mud in search of yummy tidbits...




What a lovely Spring Day it was!



Saturday, April 4, 2015

(Forbidden) Colors...

(the title is a reference to one of my favorite songs, 'Forbidden Colors' by David Sylvian)


A couple of days ago I did some shopping at Trader Joe's and found these gorgeous flowers. I can't remember their name (something with a 'P'?), but my Dutch friend who is married to an Australian assured me they came from Down Under.  <wink>


I liked them so much that I used them for my new header plus I immediately grabbed the chance to add some new more spring-like colors to the blog...

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So, it has been a quiet over here the last few weeks, but that was because big changes were (and are still) happening around us. Miss M. has decided on the college she would like to attend and now our youngest will move all the way to Los Angeles! She is Super Excited and we are super excited for her, but boy, that is far away! (a two and half hour flight or 18 hours in the car non-stop) This is something my mother-heart finds very difficult, but seeing her so happy makes it all worth while...

This also means that Mr. G. and I will be 'empty nesters' come late August, lots of changes.... (I don't do too well with changes, taking my time etc.)

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In the mean time I'm spending lots of time with my knitting,  a great way to deal with all these changes. I finished another pair of socks (here is one, but both are done now)...



And I've started a new project: the 'Low Tide' cardigan designed by Tin Can Knits. I bought fabulous yarn by Madeline Tosh (I've always wanted to use their wonderful colorways!) and cast on yesterday. Can't wait to see how it evolves...

an example...


It knits up quite dark, but has beautiful flecks of purple/ indigo in it.
The colorway is called 'El Greco'...

PS: Spring Break is here: Yahoo!  {smile}


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chipmunks...

"Hey Psssst!"

"Lively and speedy critters, chipmunks are small members of the squirrel family. Their pudgy cheeks, large, glossy eyes, stripes, and bushy tails have made them a favorite among animators, and landed them a series of starring roles in Hollywood." (quote found on the National Geographic website)

And now they are playing a starring roll in our back yard. How cute are they? {smile}

At my new knitting spot at the backyard window, I had already spotted a little Chipmunk a few days ago. I quickly made sure to have my camera ready for the next time, and this morning I happened to spot not one, but two little critters. They are super speedy and I was glad I was able to 'catch' them so to speak...


PS: Exciting times over here: Miss M. is waiting to hear back from all of her university applications this week and next. So far a yes for the University of Washington! (here in Seattle) We should hear of at least one (and maybe three) tomorrow, another one on Saturday and another on Wednesday. Keep your fingers crossed!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Red & Yellow & Green...


Lots of crazy color stuff going on this week... 

First of I cut my hair and dyed it Red! (I am a trained hair-stylist, only it was 30 years ago) As you know,  I love playing with all the photo editing filters etc, but wanted to show you the real deal as well, so here you go. The left picture is totally unedited. I must have gotten some sun on my face this week, since my face is looking quite tanned for the time of year: yay!

Remember last week a friend generously gave me her left-over Mustard Yellow Peace Fleece remnant? Well I made the first fingerless glove (free 'Lambing Mitts' pattern by Veronica Jobe) yesterday. I added some yarn-overs (those holes) on the top of the glove, but you couldn't see them very well, so then I added a little bit of embroidery. Not my best, but fun nevertheless...


And before I started those gloves I finished knitting my Bottle Green Miette cardigan (free pattern by Andi Satterlund) I had some fun green buttons (see picture), but they are not quite speaking to me yet. A visit to Joann's will be in order next week...

With bust darts included!  <wink>

Well, that was it for now. I'm getting ready to bake some Dutch pancakes for Master C. and his girlfriend, who are on their way back to Spokane, WA all the way from Vancouver, B.C. for a little lunch break...


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Morning Pretties...

A little garden round-up this morning...



After weeks of beautiful, mild and dry weather we had some rain yesterday and today things are taking off! Lots of growing in the garden...





I'm getting ready to go out for a little run/ walk and after that I will finish my Miette cardigan. Not a bad day at all!

Shift your focus!



Friday, March 6, 2015

Oh Happy Day(s)!



I know I'm repeating myself, but the weather over here has been just phenomenal! I think all that sunshine and extra vitamin D have gone straight to my head: I'm feeling all giddy!  {smile} 


Last night I decided to walk to my weekly stitch circle at Tolt Yarn & Wool because it was just so mild outside. Over there I met up with (among others of course) Beth, who also works there. She had knit the Lambing Mitts (free pattern in link) in a most gorgeous color and yarn (Peace Fleece I think it is called). I admired them at the table and this morning she offered me the remains of her skein so that now I too can make a pair of these lambing mitts: how kind is that?!


On my bike I hopped and off I went to the yarn store once again! There I also met another Instagrammer who I had never met before so that was fun. I caught up with Tif who I hadn't seen in forever and all in all it was a wonderful half hour well spent.

On my way home I stopped by the Snoqualmie suspension bridge (below) to enjoy the wide views of the Cascade Mountains, what a day!


PS: Master C. and his girlfriend are on their way home for a few days as I write this, so that is making me extra giddy as well... <wink>

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