Monday, October 19, 2015

Rattlesnake Lake...

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Scenes from Dr. Who!

These holes were cut to insert 2 x 4 planks so that the loggers could stand 'safely'...

Old measuring stick...

Another measuring stick...
Remains of a large chimney...
Walking on the moon...
Original view from Moncton...

Yesterday Mr. G. and I drove to Rattlesnake Lake to observe the strange phenomenon of the lake slowly disappearing. It was a sight to behold! 


In the early 1900's the small town of Moncton was established here. Several years later they decided to make this area into a water reservoir for the Seattle area and the town was flooded. Now that the lake levels are so extremely low, we could clearly see where it was situated and we found several foundations and chimney remnants, fascinating! 

Some textures...






Of course this was also the weekend of Master C. and his girlfriend visiting: 'twas lovely!





Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Day Out...

I purchased this lovely specimen of a tape measure,
a little treasure...

The day after Miss M. returned to L.A., I had a day out to look forward to. With several ladies from Tolt Yarn & Wool we visited the "Fall Rug Show & Hook In", In other words, a rug hooking event. 

Now I am not at all familiar with rug hooking so was looking forward to observe a new fiber art. Here is a short description of what rug hooking is: Rug hooking is both an art and a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp. The loops are pulled through the backing material by using a crochet-type hook mounted in a handle (usually wood) for leverage.

I have to admit that I don't think this is a creative art form for me, the end result is just not my cup of tea, but I can certainly appreciate the complexities of the design, the stitch lengths and heights, the directions and of course the color choices. 

Chatting with like minded creative women however certainly was the best part for me!  {smile}

I truly loved the goat rug, it made me smile...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Pumpkins, Cows & The River...


Yesterday, a big Fall storm came through, today we had the calm after: it was glorious! 

Pumpkin picking was on the agenda and that was done first. At this particular farm (just outside our little village) they usually have one or two baby cows on display and we were not disappointed. They were twins, born on 9/11...


We had a great time observing the herd out in the field as well, what funny noises they make while grazing...


Chinook Bend, where we were last week Sunday as well, was just... around the bend... and we strolled around there for a while as well. Last week the river water was super clear, this week the water level had risen dramatically and everything was churning. There was a lovely breeze and some sunshine, just perfect!


The best part of all was of course... Miss M.!!!  {smile}




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Friday, October 9, 2015

Early Morning Observations...


Just pretty...

Our youngest is on her way home as I write this... Have a wonderful weekend everyone!




Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Knit, Knit, Purl...


Last week I had three (!) projects on my needles, now I am down to one. 
When I just started knitting I just couldn't understand why so many knitters had multiple 'wips' (works in progress) going on, now I get it...  <wink> Sometimes you just need a little break from a project, but you don't want to sit there twiddling your thumbs either.

Last night I finished this Antler Hat for my lovely husband. It fits snug like a beanie and it is sooo soft. We found the wool at the Sheepdog trials on Vashon Island a few weeks ago. It is made by Sarah from Farm Girl Products and consists of 70% Alpaca and 30% Merino. I love that it is a local product from Lake Stevens, not far from here.

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You will remember that I started the Estuary Shawl way back in the beginning of the summer. I'm sad to say I had to admit defeat.  I came to a point that I didn't even want to pick it up anymore and I was only about a quarter of the way through the pattern! 
So I decided to rip it all back (!) and I've started a whole new project: the Dream Stripes Shawl. I only have a little beginning to show you, but at least you'll get the idea of what it will look like. The lace border will be in the blue color way. ('Plunge' in Madeline Tosh Merino Light, the grey is the 'El Greco')



PS: Only three more sleeps before Miss M. returns home!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Chinook Bend...

Snoqualmie River...

The struggle between life and death...


So clear...

Can you spot them? Female and male Silver Salmon...

5pm...

The struggle is real...

At the end of a very pleasant weekend (some shopping, some beer drinking in a local brewery, some gardening, some reading, some listening to our new loudspeakers and some knitting of course), we took our electrical car (Nissan Leaf) and drove over to see what the salmon were up to. It's migrating season. What a beautiful afternoon! Warm with a breeze, smells of late summer and early fall at the same time and even some smells of a Christmas to come when we walked through a patch of pine trees...

I wore my new Lemongrass sweater for a little while Saturday morning, but it truly was too warm... <wink>

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The Hills Are Alive!

You guys, yesterday was the best day ever! I did it!!! We hiked to second Burroughs Mountain: 8.8 miles (15 km), 1000 feet elevation gai...