Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Snapshots

I can't believe how busy this summer is!

So much to blog about...

but short on time...

Hopefully this will do until I can sit and write...

Cheers!




Friday, July 15, 2011

crochet mania!

I have been crocheting up a storm lately. Mostly in an attempt to finish this blanket...



I started on the Neat Ripple Blanket back in February. It fits a queen sized bed but will look best on a double (which is what I intended)...

I thought I'd use up all the girly colours of acrylic that my in-laws gave me a few years ago. It's true, what they say about crochet... it does eat up a lot of yarn. I still have a whole big bin left in the basement though.



I originally thought I was making this for the Superstar but Mr. Man is in love with it! I'd give it to him but I started another blanket last night with him in mind.

I'm crocheting another Lucy In The Attic pattern called Granny Stripes. I've chosen many shades of blues and greens, some cream and maybe the last of the black. I also threw in a bright red into the blanket bag. It looks something like this...


I'm pretty excited about it. I hope it doesn't take 6 months like the last one! It may be a post xmas gift!

Bet you think that's the end of my crochet party don't you? Nope. There's more...

I recently ordered a bunch of cotton from Knit Picks called Dishie. It's a new line of theirs and there are so many colours to choose from! I had a hard time picking just 10 (I know that seems like an obscene amount of dishcloth cotton). I could seriously put in an order for another 10... The yarn is soft and the colours are just fun...

I've been eyeballing this pattern for potholders for about a year now. I kept thinking crocheting a circle can't be hard and I'd really like something fun and cute to throw under a casserole dish and save my table... So I ordered all that Dishie to make some.


On a podcast I listen too called the Knitmore Girls they would call this potato chip knitting (bet you can't have just one). I think I may crank out a dozen or so before I get tired of them, maybe more...

Monday, July 11, 2011

All Folked Up

This is what a weekend pass to the 2nd Annual Montmartre Folk Festival looks like...





Kettle corn...


A shawl in progress...


People I know on stage...


A bit of art...


Airbrushed tattoos... because why not?!...


Music... Lots and lots of fantastic music!...


A new shawl pin...


Cute little french canadian signers...


Really amazing acoustic blues... so amazing, this 15 minute set made my whole weekend!...


Spending the afternoon with her...


Checking out roadside attractions...


Driving to Montmartre and back every day for three days and never tiring of the view...

Can't wait to do it again next year!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

the Long Weekend post















Just in case you thought I was missing in action last weekend!

We had a wonderful time at my parents' place in BC. I got in some good kayaking time and a hike and lots of visiting and relaxing.

A rather perfect long weekend! Hope yours was the same...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

FO - Lattice Mitts


Last weekend I finished a pair of fingerless mittens. This is a fun free pattern on Ravelry by Jennifer Elaine. It used up almost 1 ball of Knit Picks Essential Multi.

Sadly this yarn is discontinued now and I have a few (um, maybe 5) more skeins in my stash. I may have to fire off a few more pairs of these. They are so cute!


I don't know what I enjoyed more that afternoon, the mitts or the white wine sangria! Here's my mom's super simple recipe:

White Wine Sangria

1 cup chopped fruit (we used strawberries, blueberries, a small nectarine, lemon and lime slices)
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
2 bottles dry white wine

I always add more fruit than this recipe calls for and you can sub whatever you have, citrus is lovely and raspberries too.

Mix the first 3 ingredients together and let marinate for a few hours, stirring every so often.

Add wine and stir. Pour into lovely glasses with ice and enjoy!

Out with the old and in with the new

As I mentioned in my last post, we got a new camper last summer. I've been ready for an upgrade for ages. I loved the freedom that the...