Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saturday Sky

It was a dreary and wet day today in Tualatin. This picture is from the back yard of a house that we were looking at here in Tualatin. I'll have to admit that it is cute and I loved the hardwood floors plus the skylights in two of the bathrooms. The only thing that was that the kitchen was a lil on the small side but workable. But hey, its only the first house we have actually gotten a tour of and we have seen a few others homes listed that look promising.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Saturday Sky

Despite the cloudy day, we did go out for some last minute items. The stores were really busy and the drivers were all in a hurry. But the good news is I got some great items in the mail.

Plus there is the picture of my lil bag. Isn't it cute? And this coming from a girl who used to hate carying purses or anything that looks like one.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Which Harry Potter Kid Are You?

Which HP Kid Are You?
This is kinda interesting since I barely finished reading Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince. I knew who was gonna die at the end but it was still a shock.

Saturday Sky on a Sunday

It was actually a beautiful day so we took advantage and got some shopping done. We hit the Ulta shop over in Beaverton and I got some bath items along with a cute cable bag. I'll take a picture of the bag later.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Knitters Coffee Swap & more...

A box of yummy goodness made its way all the way from The Windy City aka Chicago, Illinois. I think my partner Jodi must have been spying on me. How else would she know that I have been coveting yarn from Perchance to Knit. And there it is in all its glory in the ChaCha colorway. There was a cute lil stitch marker with it as well. Even the hubby thinks that the color is great and will make a nice pair of socks. Plus I also received some Ivy Cottage Scone Mix by Caffe D' Armore in Cinnamon Oatmeal, Chocolate Sticks Cappuccino by Rademaker, coffee by Godiva in Creme Brulee and some amaretto flavored coffee from The Cofee & Tea Exchange. And last but not least, the most perfect coffee mug. Thank you soooo much!!!!

Since making that one necklace, I have made two more necklaces and two cute lil pairs of earrings. The blue and green set came from a kit I found at Michaels. I still have one more kit to do.

This also came yesterday. The cute lil bag came from White Willow and has my one deck of tarot cards in it. It is the perfect lil bag for a March baby like myself. The two cute lil notebooks are the Lime & Violet Paintchip Journal Set that was created by Cat & Monkey to help with Miss Violet's Insurance Sucks Fund. For more information on that, check out the Lime & Violet blog.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Bolts take AFC West Championship

San Diego Chargers 48
Denver Broncos 20

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Saturday Sky and more...

Here is Mt. Hood in all its glory. I managed to get this shot from the scenic view stop area just before exit 8 on I-205. Looks like alot of snow has fallen and should make for great skiing. I haven't been snow skiing since I was stationed at NAS Brunswick (Brunswick, Maine) back in 1994 - 1997. Maine is a very beautiful state - especially in fall when all the leaves change colors.

Here is my completed discloth. It is the December KAL for the Monthly Dishcloths Knit-A-Long yahoo group.

Pattern: Galloping Holi desigined by Janet Nogle

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton in Purple

Needles: size 7

And this lovely lil piece will be all mine. It is an exclusive sterling silver Martini Glass Shawl and Scarf pin by Designs by Romi and was only sold at Scout's Swag. Only 10 were being made right now and they are all sold out. After showing the hubby and getting him to understand what it was - he agreed that I should have one. Can hardly wait to see it in person.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The moon over Tualatin...

A beautiful end to a clear but chilly day in Tualatin. It actually didn't rain today so we took the opportunity to do a lil Christmas shopping. Nathan went with me and the hubby took lil Nicholas. Plus I actually got some knitting done today. I am all caught up on knitting the dishcloth for the Monthly Dishcloth KAL. I am using Lion Brand Kitchen Cotten in Purple. I have no idea what its gonna be yet but its coming along nicely.

And lastly, here is a picture of my son - the clutz. He is doing just fine and it looks worse than it is. The lil one went running into the living room and smacked his head on the tv stand. As a result, we made a late day trip to Babies R Us for some cushiony corner guards so it won't happen again.

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Neddles: size 6 DPNs
Yarn: Cascade 220

These were fun and quick to make. Most likely gonna make another pair soon.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Saturday Sky on a Sunday

Another dreary day in Tualatin. I had totally forgotten to take a picture yesterday when it was actually a decent day. But today wasn't a total loss. I went to Joanns and picked up some items I was looking for. Plus my San Diego Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders. So it was a good day despite the rain.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hot Sock Swap

This awesome package for the Hot Sock Swap (Townsend Socks Knit A Long) from Karen arrived all the way from Alaska. All I can say is that I love every single item in it. I have already put my DPNs in the holder. I haven't tried the chocolate yet but that will happen sometime soon. But look at all the goodies!!!

1 ball of turquoise Opal sock yarn (my first)
1 DPN holder (they are already in there - finally all in one spot)
1 bar of Dagoba organic chocolate
2 sock patterns from Fiber Trends
1 kit for a felted coin purse (will come in handy)
1 measuring tape (always handy)
1 lil sockie
assorted tea flavors
stitch markers & row counter
some Lavender smelling spa foot cream (I love lavender)
notecards from Alaska notes (very cute pictures)

Here is my first try at jewelry making. Okay so I cheated a lil and got a kit from Joanns. It had everything in it except the chain. That I bought separately and I still have about 8 inches left. My next project will be a bracelet for me.

Monday, November 20, 2006

A gorgeous Monday in Tualatin...

What is this strange thing my momma has placed in front of me? It doesn't look like a toy car. I don't think I like it.

Someone help me!!! I have some brown stuff on my hands and it won't come off!!! Momma's mean. I think I am gonna cry.

Here it is in all its glory. My first package received for Secret Pal 9. Check out the yarn. It's Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky. I have about 165 yards to play with. Then there is the yummy chocolate, the very cute knitting notecards, the handmade stitch markers, and the always handy sheepie measuring tape. We all know how measuring tapes have a tendancy to walk off when you need them the most. Thank you Secret Pal!!!

Look ---- its Lisa Souza yarn. It looks even more vibrant in person. The colors are Emerald City and Mombassa. I already have patterns in mind for both of them.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

San Diego Chargers take AFC West...

San Dieo Chargers 35
Denver Broncos 27
Yes, I watch NFL football and yes my all time favorite team is the San Diego Chargers. And now that the NASCAR season has come to an end, I have more sunday time to watch football. Plus, yesterday was a good mail day. I received my first package for Secret Pal 9 and my Lisa Souza order came in. I'll have to take a picture of the secret pal package tomorrow but I wanted to thank my secret pal for the yarn. It's soft and I loooooove the color. Now to figure out what to make with it.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Nicholas!!!

Nicholas Benjamin
18 November 2005
Norfolk, Virginia
It's hard to believe that a year has passed since the birth of my second and last child. I still remember the bumpy ride to the hospital. It seems we hit every pothole on Shore Drive. Nicholas was in a big hurry to be born and he actually arrived before the doctor made it back to the delivery room. And now he is a walking, jabbering lil boy who likes to beat up his big brother. That lil bear was a present from my friend Bobbie who sells for Stuff-A-Friend. Kinda like Build-A-Bear but you don't have to go to the mall. The representatives come to you and you can stuff the lil bear in the comforts of your own home.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Knitters Coffee swap questionaire

1. Whole bean or ground? ground

2. Fully-loaded or decaf? fully loaded

3. Regular or flavored? love flavored coffe - currently chocolate flavored

4. How do you drink your coffee? with cream and sugar

5. Favorite coffee ever? I just tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks that was very yummy. Also love the White Chocolate Mocha.

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do? nope, not fussy at all - just something fresh and yummy

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? anything with chocolate is always good and I also love banana nut bread and have recently found a likeness for Biscotti

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences? still looking for the perfect mug to drink from

9. Yarn/fiber you love? natural fibers - currently drooling over yarn from Lisa Souza and Scout

10. Yarn/fiber you hate? scratchy yarn

11. What's on your needles? 3 pairs of socks (Jaywalkers with Lisa Souza Lime N Violet - Embosed Leaves with Scout's Appletini and a pair of Big Black Socks for Socks for Soldiers), the Clapotis (still), the Fetching fingerless gloves

12. Favorite colors? blues, greens, purple, red

13. Allergies? nope

14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest? i really don't like bright neon colors - they hurt my eyes.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Let the clouds roll in...

Saturday sky over the Washington Square Mall in Tigard, Oregon.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

A Wet Saturday Sky...

The rainy season has definitely begun here in Oregon. I took this picture from the front porch of where we live. Right behind the apartment complex on the other side of all the trees and down the hill is the Tualatin River. It has been raining since Wednesday and we are expecting rain all of next week.

Here is a picture of Little Nicholas as a baby dragon for Halloween. He didn't actually go out trick or treating with his big brother Nathan - it was just a tad too chilly for the lil guy.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Knit Mitt Kit Swap

The Questionnaire:

Are you allergic to any fibers? nope

What are your favorite colors? blues, green, purple, red

Are you a new mitt knitter? fairly new, I have only knit one pair

How long have you been knitting mittens? less than a year

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? I like both

What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn? wool or wool blends

Where do you usually knit mittens? on the sofa watching tv

How do you usually carry/store small projects? right now i use the small bag I received for the KSKS that was hand woven by Kimberly of Woven -N- Spun

What are your favorite mitten patterns? anything with cables

What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques? the only pair I have made had cables and bobbles - the Hermione Cable & Bobble Mittens

What new techniques would you like to try? fair isle would be fun to try

What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens? DPNs

What are some of your favorite yarns? Lisa Souza, Scout, Knit Picks, Lornas Laces, Cascade 220

What yarn do you totally covet? anything from Lisa Souza or Scoutt

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? the Clapotis in Lornas Laces Lion and Lamb

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? for mittens DPNs

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? I would be Lornas Laces in Camaflouge color

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Lemonheads

What’s your favorite animal? black cats (but can't have any since the hubby is allergic)

Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts? super warm mittens

If you were a color what color would you be? camaflouge

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? daffodils of course and Mt Hood, so its pretty cool that we can see the mountain from Tualatin on a clear day. Of course it has been raining alot lately.

Do you have a wishlist?
yes, Amazon
My Wish List

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? I have two small boys - Nathan who is 4 years old and Nicholas who will be 1 year on the 18th. Nathan absolutely loves Thomas the Train.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Hermione Cable & Bobble Mittens complete

yarn: Cascade 220 dyed with kool-aid
needles: size 5 DPNs for the cuffs and size 6 DPNs for the body

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Maple Leafs complete...

Pattern - Maple Leaf socks designed by Jeanie Townsend
Yarn - Knit Picks Memories in Morning Glory
Needles used - size 2 DPNs

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Saturday Sky on a Sunday

Today's saturday sky comes from the parking lot of Washington Square Mall in Tigard a day late. It was very foggy yesterday and I didn't get a chance to take a picture. But today we went to the mall to get my ears pierced finally. I have resisted all efforts from my the hubby to get my ears pierced and finally I just went in and got it done. It didn't even hurt as much as I had been dreading. I can't even tell that I have earrings in except when my ears itch.

We also spent some time watching the Nascar race. My all time favorite driver happens to be the driver of the 31 Cingular car - Jeff Burton. I have been a huge fan of his since he drove the 99 Exide car. So I am pretty thrilled that he is doing so well this year and actually has a shot at the championship. Jeff is currently in 4th place and 84 points behind the leader Matt Kenseth. There is still 3 races left in the season and anything can happen. But no matter how Jeff finishes the season, I will still cheer for him.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Nicholas walks

I don't recall giving lil Nicholas permission to do this.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Saturday Sky with Mt. Hood

Stop and Smell the Roses - or in this case the trees

It's hard to believe that seven months ago we departed the hustle and bustle of East Coast Industrialized living of Norfolk Virginia and the United States Navy. As my husband retired after 20 long years of service defending our country, he closed one chapter in his life and opened another by taking a job that has brought us to beautiful Oregon.

While taking the time to take care of some regular running around, we both stopped and took in the sight of the one thing is truly impressive. On clear days we can see the wonderful sight of Mount Hood. While Mount Hood is about 70 miles away, the mountain rises some 14,000 feet to show us it's majestic glory. We can see it almost daily as we drive around the area.

The seasons are changing here in Oregon as well. Even as the Northwest is known for it's forests of evergreen, there is still a sizeable amount of other trees that add the colors of autumn that we all come to know. As the temperatures begin to slowly drop, so do the leaves. But not before they provide a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors that brings back memories as a kid. The warm glows of the reds and oranges along with the crisp morning air heavy with the aroma of evergreen created an orgasmic ambrosia that tantalizes the senses and makes you feel happy that you are alive to wtiness such wonders.

So the next time you are out and about; wether going to work in the early morning to beat traffic, an afternoon jaunt to the grocery store or shuttling kids to soccer practice; stop and look around. Take in a big breath of air. Feel the autum season all around you. And remember what it feels like to be alive and witnessing such nature's wonders.

Post Script - My Husband, Phillip, asked me if he could write my entry this week. He is a former radio announcer, Instructor, and novice author. He wants to write a book one day. He asked if he could make this weeks entry, so I said - o.k.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Progress pictures and more

Here is a picture of the scarf that I received for the Funky Scarf Swap hosted by the very talented Scout. It came all the way from Maryland made by Kathy. I love the sparkly yarns that she picked and I really love the color.

This is a picture of a crocheted doily that I completed not too long ago. I have been crocheting since high school and saw no reason to stop just because I started knitting. Some things I prefer to crochet and doilies happen to be one of them. This one didn't take too long and was made with size 10 crochet thread and a size 7 crochet hook. It was the featured pattern one day at the Annie's Attic site. It is called the Prairie Star Doily and can be found at

Here is my progress on my BBS (big black socks) for the Socks For Soldiers group. It may not seem like much but I am trying to get a pair done by the end of the month.I love how the sock is coming out though.
One Maple Leaf sock complete and the cuff on the second one completed as well. I carried the maple leaf pattern down the instep of the sock instead of just on the leg. I think when I make another pair of these socks I will be changing the cuff to a K2, P2 instead of using the K3, P3 as stated in the pattern. Other than that, I love how they are coming out and can hardly wait to wear them.
My first pair of mittens is the Hermione's cable-and-bobble mittens. The left mitten went by much faster once I remembered how to do cables without a cable needle. Hope to have the second one done shortly. I just began the thumb gussett. For this pair, I used Cascade 220 in Aran which I dyed with Kool-Aid.

And here I am preparing for Halloween.