Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baby it's Cold Outside

So....my sister has really been pushing for a post and surprisingly I am in the mood for it! I have been spending so little time on the computer that my blog has been suffering (obviously). I have been creating away and have finished many new projects, but I am not going to try and catch up...I think that is always what gets me in trouble. I feel a nonsensical need to explain that gap in posting, and I am just going to ignore the impulse.

So to jump back in I'm going to use this template to get juices flowing :) Your welcome Whitney!! lol.


December 16, 2010

Outside my window.... Is a windswept, snowy driveway with very fresh moose tracks heading through them. I wish I had gotten to the moose! I haven't seen as many around the house so far this year.

I am thinking...about how there is never enough time and since I have been sewing more I have been fighting with myself over whether I feel like sewing or knitting.

I am thankful for... my family, the ability to buy Christmas gifts for my children, and the opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas with my oldest son.

I am wearing... the yoga pants I hijacked from my sister, a white cami, and my favorite comfort shirt. A purple fleece REI button up shirt that was my Grandma Jan's. I always think of her when I where it and feel a little closer to the years I got to spend with her.

I am remembering...how stressful past holidays have been, and so thankful that this year is not turning out to one of them!

I am going... knit some more tonight and hopefully finish the slippers I am working on for myself.

I am creating...Quite a bit right now! I have two quilts I'm working on and two that just need their bindings sewn, as well as various a knitting projects. I also just bought a new cookie cook book and I am SO excited to bake out of that with the boys :)

I am reading... A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin....one of my favorite series

I am hoping... we have no more sickness with my boys. Just finished up a couple weeks with the stomach flu and pink eye making rounds....

I am hearing... my boys rustling in bed as they have just laid down for the night.

On my mind... making the best use of my time and that John makes it home safe from the Valley tonight.

From the Kitchen... Tonight was Pork Loin roast, Peas, Crescent Rolls, with Chocolate chip cookies as a treat. Yum!

One of my favorite things... Relaxing with a good book

A few plans for the weekend... xc skiing, baking, spending time with family, knitting, and sewing.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Botanical Medallion Cardigan


Thanks to my sister Whitney, I was FINALLY able to get pics taken in my Botanical Medallion Cardigan. I knit it out of Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece, in their limelight colorway. It is one of my favorite finished projects! The knitting was fun, and I loved the different construction (being that it's just a giant circle with armholes), though I don't think I could bring myself to knit another one. The outer band is just a four row repeat and it got pretty tedious.

*Please excuse my wet dog look....it has been raining steadily this morning and my hair shows the results.




Friday, July 30, 2010

Pockets to Go



Especially since I have my sewing cabinet organized and ready to use, I have been doing a good amount of sewing these past couple days. Today, I have also taken the opportunity to pull out my small fabric stash. I have now measured and marked all the pieces that are full width, as well as sorted scraps. I even took pics of them all and uploaded them to my google web albums.

Here is a picture of my cabinet in the middle of me using it. I have my little ironing pad and iron. My baskets fit perfectly in the cubby holes and contain patterns, scraps, WIPs, and my new Pockets to Go organizers. Two of them are destined for my sister and her boyfriend as they are heading off to college in a couple of weeks and thought they would make great gifts.

I have also completed two stealth projects, but I will have to post the pics in a couple of weeks, as they are gifts for a friend.

I am definitely excited to be planning uses for the fabrics in my stash. I probably will be picking up the One Yard Wonders book to try and make the most of the fabrics and cost pattern wise. It's a great book and I've been wanting it either way.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Change

I don't think I have publicly stated this anywhere, and maybe it's time that I should. I have taken a break from my business. It was getting to difficult for me to balance between my business and my family. I am planning on returning to dyeing and selling after my boys are both in school as that would give me a defined time to work. My shop is still up and I am selling the remainder of my stock, but I will be doing no more dyeing for the time being. Thanks to my customers, I can't tell you how much I've appreciated you!

Explore!

Today I picked up my sister Whitney and we headed out to the Eagle River Nature Center. We had an awesome time and the boys loved exploring the trails and board walks. The inside of the visitors center was great too, there was lots to touch, which works well with little boys lol. Whitney was awesome and remembered her camera and took some great photos (as usual). You can see her post and pics here.

Now home, I am catching up on cleaning. I have really been slacking (also known as sewing and knitting lol) and have quite a bit of household chores to catch up on. Noah has had a little bit of a stomach bug and I think he is still not quite himself. So an evening home sounded like a good idea!

Oh! I was able to finally able to talk the hubby into carrying up my new (to me) sewing cabinet and have told myself that if I get my list done I'll get to sit down and finish up my notions basket that I am working on.....


Monday, July 26, 2010

Seward

Thanks to now having a reliable vehicle we decided to take advantage of the day that John and I had off together to do a day trip to Seward. I packed extra clothes, rain gear, lunches, and snacks, then I loaded the boys and picked John up by 9:15 or so. We stopped for Coffee and then started the drive.

I love little road trips and John and I really enjoyed the scenery and the chance to chat. The boys did great and were berry happy to be going on an "adventure"!

We took our time and I was even indulged to detour to Cooper's Landing to stop at their quilt shop! It was an awesome little shop and I picked up a wallhanging appliqué pattern and a little kit that will be a gift.

We got into Seward around 1pm and headed to their great playground to have a yummy (if somewhat chilly) lunch. Then we took advantage of the playground and let the boys stretch their legs. Very fun.







Then we headed to the Sealife Center, which we all enjoyed, though Corbin was especially intruiged by it all and was so fun to watch him discover and observe. We all thought the Sea Lion was pretty awesome (as we always do), though I always love the Puffins too!

I hit the yarn shop and quilt shop while the boys napped in the car, then we headed down to the docks and I knit while all the boys napped.

We got ice cream, and then headed for dinner (gotta love dessert before dinner ;P). After a hearty warm dinner we drove out to Exit Glacier and walked out to the glacier. Corbin did great and walked the whole way by himself and Noah was only carried about half way. Corbin loved walking in the drizzle and was pretty impressed with the glacier, thinking it was pretty cool that it could leave scratches on the rocks.

We headed home after that and wearily pulled into the driveway around 10:45pm. We all slept quite soundly :)







*I apologize for the crappy stretched pics - my camera batteries were dead, so I was stick with the iPhone camera and I am writing this from my phone and haven't figured out the stretching, I'll try to correct it at the pc in the morning*

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Counterpane Tunic


Finally got some pics of my sister in the Counterpane Tunic. I knit it out of Knit Picks Shine Sport in their green apple colorway. I thought it would be a great choice for her to take down to college. I think it's super cute on her and should be easy to wear summer and winter, and hard to ruin ;P. It was a fun knit and the only changes I made were to knit the lower body several inches longer. I got a little bored with that part, but I think it was worth it!




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sew much fun!

I'm excited to say working at a quilt/yarn shop has been a good influence! I haven't gone crazy spending there (which sometimes is very hard to resist) but I have made a couple planned puchases. I've bought the materials to make a purse, jackets for the boys, and shirts for John and the boys.

I'm half way through the matching shirts, but I've finished the others and here's some pics.







Friday, July 2, 2010

Family

I have a great family and am lucky enough to live close to them.

Today I had lunch with my mom and then helped clean out her office. It turned out to be much more entertaining than expected. We found some amazing letters and journals. Including a journal of my great grandmother's from 1973 & 1975, it was crazy to hear my mother talked about as a teenager and to hear her speak of sewing maternity clothes for an aunt of mine. We also found a letter my mom had written to a friend that had mailed it back after twenty years. It was written when she was 16 and it was pretty funny! I biked home feeling really lucky for the loving family that surrounds me.

Oh, and today is my parents 33rd anniversary!! Way to go Mom and Dad!! You are an amazing inspiration :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sundays

I have to say I love Sundays. They are a special day for me and always have been. I start out the day with church and then it is almost always a family day after that.

Today I woke up to the sound of rain. It was wonderful and the clean smell of trees and water wafted into my bedroom. My excitement was only a little dampened (haha pun intended) when I realized I would be biking to church. After packing my skirt and top and dressing accordingly it was really no big deal. The streets were so quiet and it was truly a peaceful ride.

We had lunch at my parents - my Dad is giving his new grill a workout and grilled some amazing salmon with a raspberry chipotle sauce brushed on it!! YUM!! Then we headed home and I put the boys to bed, but not before promising Corbin that he could wear his new firefighter rain boots and go for a puddle jumping walk once he woke up.

Three hours later I finally went in to wake him up! So we put on our boots and headed out. The boys had a blast and listened so well. I can't wait to take them out for more puddle jumping...though Noah still hasn't quite figured out jumping so he is still puddle stomping ;P

Afterwards we came home and made muffins and dinner together. I really gotta say it was an awesome day. The boys were so well behaved and fun. I think it was pretty much a day that Mom's live for :)

Completely unrelated but John has been waiting to see if he still had a job as his company is merging with two others. Upon checking the mail yesterday we were so excited and relieved to see an "offer of employment" and not only that but a significant raise in pay!! This is just a huge answer to prayer!


Friday, June 25, 2010

Payday!

Gotta say I love payday! Also today was a little momentous for us as we made another step toward being debt free! Another card is paid off!! I won't go into the dirty details, but we have quite a bit to pay off and it felt pretty good to have one less monthly payment and more money to pay down the others!

Also biked my errands while pulling the boys. I logged around 10.3 miles today! Not too shabby for just around town :)

And lastly I realized I need my sister to help me with some pics of my newest sweater!! *hint hint* Whitney :) so hopefully Sunday I will have a crafty post!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

More biking

No more crafting updates, I need to get some photos taken and uploaded before that can happen so I will continue with my biking log!



Yesterday was another day of family biking. We headed off towards Lake Hood planning on connecting to the Coastal Trail at Earthquake Park. The boys were asleep quickly as we headed out a little after their normal nap time. BUT, quickly woke up once they heard all the float planes taking off at the lake. We stopped and took some pics and let them enjoy all the planes.



Then we were back on the trail and biked on to Elderberry Park downtown where we had a nice picnic dinner.



The boys enjoyed the playground and made a couple new friends. The bike home was nice and uneventful. All in all it was a 19 mile ride, though it was considerably easier for me than Tuesday as I was not attached to roughly 80lbs of kid and trailer!

Today I worked - which I have not yet announced, but I am now employed at Quilt Tree! I loving it and am constantly inspired by the creativity around me. I must admit it has been providing me with a much needed regular break from being a stay at home mom. John is loving the alone time he's getting with the boys and the change of pace is welcome for both of us :)

As I was saying, today I worked so that meant my main bike rides were just the to and from work, though I was joined by my youngest sister Beka on my way home (a very welcome suprise! I can hardly believe she will be gone to college in just six weeks!!). It's only around a 4.5 mile ride one way but it adds up to about 45 min of biking a day so is still a welcome workout!

After getting home John washed and tuned up my bike as well as his. Then we enjoyed a quick ride to Tastee Freeze where we ate a yummy dinner and ice cream sundays!



All in all today I bike 12.8 miles, and I must admit my muscles protested a little today after my two previous rides!









Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hello Summer!!



My sister has been blatantly nagging me about blogging, and admittedly it's been awhile! The last two months have been packed with biking, starting a new job, a trip to Illinois, and more biking!

I think my lack of blogging has been a result of feeling like I needed to catch, and if I didn't where would I jump back in? But my sister is right, I need to blog. I miss it :)

I'll just ease in with biking. Yesterday I biked my longest trip while pulling the boys, 19.5 miles!!! I was pretty worn out as they are pretty heavy! Buy I am proud of myself and look forward to more such trips. I've mentioned this before, but my goal in biking is to save gas money and burn some weight off. I have around 40 pounds to lose now. I have already lost eight, and i am really trying to make a real lifestyle change rather than binge dieting. It has it's ups and downs, but I am slowing dropping the weight :)

I'll try to do a crafty update next! I have a lot of sewing and knitting in progress!



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A New Leaf or branch??

The past couple of days have been filled with thoughts for the outdoors. The whole family is now outfitted with bikes (or the trailer) and we have gone out twice out of three days! My bike has to have some modifications made to be able to pull the Chariot (doh! Would have helped had I checked for the quick release rear tire before buying! John is in the garage installing a new axle on it and it has been cool to how a bike comes apart. Hopefully it will be ready to go for me tomorrow. Today's ride was pretty intense (for me) and there were a lot a rather large hills involved! I made it though and it really gave me the confidence that this is going to work! I have decided that rather than focus on weight, or eating (as in regimented diet and exercise) that I am going to try to really change my lifestyle. I need/have to take better care of myself and I need to have fun doing it. So rain or shine my bike and I will have a daily date!

In other news our backyard is almost completely free of snow and is even getting close to being dry. So Hubby headed out to trim all the trees. One was a real problem as much of it's branches were laying on the house, encouraging moss to grow. So he trimmed that tree way back and then using his chainsaw also took down many of the lower branches on the rest of the trees! It was fun puttering around out there with him and I can't wait for more time out there! It will be our first summer at this house and it's going to be great!



I also discovered some bulbs coming up! There are definitely some tulips as well as these! I am not sure what they are but they totally made my day! I know the pics a little fuzzy, but you get the idea :)


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Suprise!

This morning I woke up to an unexpected and not really welcome surprise. If you live in Anchorage, or the surrounding areas you already know what I'm talking about. SNOW. I know, I know, we live in Alaska, isn't that what it does here? Well, it does, and occasionally it dumps like this during spring. But I am soooooo ready for the warmth and lack of bulky clothing. Plus the cheetah 2 chariot we ordered for the boys came in yesterday. We promptly went for a lovely walk. There was still snowy patches, but overall the path was dry. The sun was shining, I had falsely believed we were done.

So last night, due to John working out in the Valley, we stayed at my parents so that we could go pick up a rental car after they were asleep (we only wanted to rent it for one day, he is working the 6am-12am shift). We had walked over with the shiny new chariot thinking it would be great for me to just walk home in the morning. At 1:45am, when we picked up the car the snow had just started, but it was barely sprinkling and really even looked like rain. The roads were still dry and I thought it was just a passing thing. But when we woke up at 7am, there was 5-6inches on the ground! Wet and sloppy, my least favorite snow!

So, out of a weird stroke up luck, I had worn my snow boots last night. So I still had no problem walking home, a little more resistance pushing the chariot, but it did great! The boys were toasty warm inside, which was a good thing since they were just in jammies (though they did have a fleece blanket).


I guess what it really showed me was that I need to not let the weather hold me back! I had already decided this mentally, but today really cemented that even 5" of sloppy nasty snow is no reason to stay inside!

*But I still can't wait for summer!*

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Funky Flip Flop Socks


Sooooo as I mentioned in my last post John wanted some socks. Specifically he wanted socks he could wear with his flip flops. He lounges in these flip flops at work between calls (he's an EMT III) and he wears them all winter because he loves them so much and remind him of our WDW vacations (They are mickey mouse croc flip flops ).

Long story short they are finished! I did have to rip out one toe as I made two right socks (doh!).

Monday, April 12, 2010

Skew


Woo! These socks were a FUN and FAST knit! I got the first one done in under 48 hours (not straight knitting time, but I cast on the evening of my birthday and cast off two evenings later). I took a few days off to spin and then picked the second one back up this morning. Seriously satisfying and exciting. The pattern is so unique and the fit is really great, they totally hug my feet and are so comfortable to wear (and they are the same length for some reason the left looks longer above, but it really isn't).

If you can't already tell I am totally in love with these! I used some precious Wollmeise yarn that had been gifted to me and was waiting for the perfect pattern. I think it worked out perfectly! I still have enough yarn left for a pair of ankle socks, so that is pretty exciting too. This was my first time knitting with Wollmeise and I can see why everyone loves it so much. The colors are so saturated and the construction of the yarn seems very durable and I think the socks will hold up very well.

Now I have to cast on the second flip flop sock that I am making for John. I am being a big baby about it, but I really don't feel like knitting it. It's worsted weight and should theoretically take between 4-6 hours, so it shouldn't be a big deal and he really wants them....but I am still not feeling it. I think when we sit down to watch a movie tonight I am just going to do it! Especially since I have some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece winging it's way to me to become a Que Sera...I know I will want to cast on the second it's in the door and I don't want anything in my way!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

That Lazy Kate!

Alright, if you spin, you know what kind of lazy kate I'm talking about! It is a tool used in plying (taking multiple strands of spun fiber and twisting them together for a 2, or 3, or 4 ply yarn) Well mine was an Ashford, meant to be used with Ashford bobbins. Now I have Abigail, my antique spinning wheel, and her bobbins were just too wide for my Ashford lazy kate. So after much begging, my wonderful husband did a little surgery and widened it! So as you can imagine I have done a little spinning this weekend. I just finished my second skein about 20min ago. Neither are washed, but you get the idea :)


The springy greens and purples is a Funky Carolina superwash merino. It came out right at worsted weight and 211 yards. The pinks, peaches, and browns is Romney dyed by me! It is a dk weight yarn coming in right at 200yards. Also in the collage is a lovely coffee mug I received for my birthday from a good friend :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Trio

Wahoo! I must say my boys looked pretty handsome on Easter :)


Jared Flood's Alberta vest, one made as directed and two downsized for my little chublets. John had been begging for a set of vests/sweaters so that he could match his boys. I must say I should knit for him more often!! He was full of praise and loved wearing the vest...I see more in his future!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He is Risen!

1 Corinthians 15

The Resurrection of Christ

1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For he "has put everything under his feet."[c] Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

29Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31I die every day—I mean that, brothers—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,
"Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die."
[d] 33Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 34Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" 36How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

42So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
45So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"[e]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 48As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we[f] bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

50I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."[g]
55"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
[h] 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Resolutions...Ok I know they're a little late!


As so many Alaskans and probably most of the US (though it has reached many of them already) I can't wait to get my rear out into the warmth and sunshine! Today I totally stepped outside my comfort zone and took the boys for a walk....the walk wasn't out of my comfort zone but the puddle jumping was!! I am such a baby when it comes to getting dirty, but I took a note from my sisters who both love puddle jumping and let the boys have at it (yes they are in their PJ's, I figured if they got super dirty or stained most people would never see them)! Though I was still too paranoid to enjoy it myself! (Old habits die hard, what can I say)

Speaking of habits, I plan on breaking a few as well as forming some new ones. I have goals for the coming year (which I do find a little interesting that this is hitting me now, as I had no inspiration whatsoever over new years)

1. I will get outdoors everyday. I just used Fiber Festival moolah (THANK YOU to whomever shopped from me!!) and some money from selling our single chariot to purchase a new bike and double chariot for me and the boys. I have weight I want to lose, but more importantly I want to lead an active and fit lifestyle, and give my kiddos the tools and example to do the same! Plus all of my family members (as in my hubby, parents, and sisters) love to bike so I think it will be great fun!

2. I want to participate in more local events. I am already planning on doing the Walk/Roll for Hope and look forward to participating in some races this summer and fall as well! I also discovered that there is TONS of stuff to take the boys to that cost either nothing or little around town and I need to be taking advantage of them!! Plus hopefully I will be riding my bike instead of taking the car so I will be saving on gas as well!

3. Make time to enjoy the moment and stress less. This pretty much applies to all areas of my life and I think I need to stop being so centered on getting things done (well not lose that completely but balance it a little) and focus more on enjoying the moments I'm having, regardless of whether they are going exactly to plan. I am sort of a planner, so this is a big stretch for me. hmm...I feel like I need to explain how I am a planner...I am not a long term planner as much as I am a daily planner. In the morning I have expectations for my day and if things don't go accordingly I am known to get cranky....proof?...ask the hubby!

So there they are! There's not ever going to be a better time than now :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Alaska Fiber Festival Sneak Peek!


So tonight was setup! As you can imagine it has been a busy week preparing for this event. The Alaska Fiber Festival only happens every two years, so don't miss it! The marketplace is open Sat and Sun from 10-5. Come down and say hello!! There is all types of booths, it not just yarn & spinning fiber.

Here's a sneak peek into my booth (though it is missing a few finishing touches)

The Fingering Weight Yarns

The Sport through Worsted

And the Spinning/Felting Fibers!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

2010 Iditarod


So John and I have always loved to go to the Iditarod start in Anchorage. We usually start downtown at the official start and enjoy the barking dogs, the crowds of people with their Fur Rondy dress, and the energy of the event! Then we go on to Goose Lake Park and get an up close and personal view of the mushers and their dogs running down the trail!

Unfortunately John was working today, but I took the boys anyways. My mother joined me for the downtown portion (though I have no pics from downtown, it was pretty busy!). But here are the pics I took from Goose Lake. The boys had a blast and I love getting to watch the sleds run so close! It was a great day for it :)


Oh! And we even came away with souvenirs! The mushers were throwing their worn out dog booties for people to take home...Corbin thought it was pretty cool that the dogs had their own shoes.

oh and P.S. The Alaska Fiber Festival is this week and I will be vending there next weekend. So come see me!! I will be sharing a booth with Sally, from Moose in Socks. I am knitting up some sample stuff to have for show, including some darling booties I cast on last night!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Peace

Sometimes I let myself get very frustrated. Today as I took muffins out of the oven my kids were going crazy. Corbin was just being a goofy three year old and was just making extremely annoying noises, normally I handle it. Noah was doing his whiney cry as food was not arriving as quickly as he thought it should to his mouth, normally I kind of handle it. However both of these together put me over the edge. I yelled at both of them, which resulted in them both crying, not an improvement. I hate looking back on those moments.

Peace. Now I am peaceful, all three boys are in bed and I love the joy that comes with knowing that they are in their respective beds, sleeping, hopefully dreaming. These are some of my favorite moments.

Now I am going to spin and enjoy my peaceful house (while it lasts! lol!)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Snow Sculptures!

After a quite hectic weekend (I have a future post coming with my Olympic Knitting projects) we've been just chilling and quietly working on various things around the house. Today we decided to get out and see the Fur Rondy Snow Sculptures. It has been quite warm (in the upper 30's to low 40's) and wanted to go see them before they fell apart. There were some really simple ones as well as some intricate and quite beautiful ones. Here's a little collage (the pics are black and white so that the sculptures stand out as they should).


I have been going to see these since I can remember and am excited to continue this tradition with my children. They both loved them!


Friday, February 26, 2010

75th Fur Rondy!!


There are some things that are so special about living in Alaska! The Fur Rondy is one of them!! Today kicks off the 75th anniversary - which I think is pretty amazing! It has had some rough years as it costs quite a bit to put on! I have been going to Fur Rondy events my entire life and cannot imagine not getting to see the sled dogs, or any of the the awesome events that happen. John and I will be sitting down when he gets home to plan out which events we don't want to miss!! Definitely the start of the Iditarod, the running of the Reindeer, etc. I can't wait!!

Also on the knitting olympics front, I am into the body of Corbin's vest, hoping to finish that up tonight and do the steeking etc. tomorrow. Noah's vest is going to need a little reworking because his head is huge! so I think I am going to put in buttons on one shoulder for his......

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Second Go around

whoa! This week seemed to fly by!

John's vest is finished!! Took me about 5 days of knitting, definitely fast and satisfying! The steeking was scary, but as I have read, it was completely easy :) I haven't blocked it yet, so no finished pics, but this is after I have done one armhole and the neck :)



It's only been three weeks since my last cooking adventure, but meat was on sale and I had the time this weekend to cook, so I went ahead and cooked the meals for March! I went bigger this month and prepared 13 different recipes and now have a nicely stocked freezer with even more variety! I will admit that this past month some of the meals were a little too familiar :) So this way I should only be eating the same meal once every two weeks (the 13th meal is moose roast and the 14th, spaghetti, but they were already prepped and frozen, so I didn't count them). I just love looking the freezer to see such variety and availability!!


Recipes for March:
  1. Sloppy Joes
  2. Chili
  3. Double Baked Potatoes
  4. Sweet n Sour Chicken
  5. Lasagna
  6. Shepherds Pie
  7. Sweet BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
  8. Moose Stew
  9. Ginny's Beans
  10. Chicken Quesadillas
  11. Bean Burritos
  12. Quiche Lorraine (an improved recipe over last months!)
Also just for good measure a pic of my little mad scientist, lol!