Spring Break, day 3

It started out icy! It snowed again last night!


We went sledding again, but I only took a photo of the view down to Lake Tahoe.

yesterday i hadn’t realized how amazing the view would be with clear skies.

Then, down at lake level:




 After lunch the kids and I hung out at a beach: 




the water is so clear!


 Then at a playground:

coyote! very close but uninterested in us.


 Then, back at the cabin, I built my first ever fire:


 Then knitted. 

stripey decisions




Spring break, day 1

The Wee Girl is on spring break this week, so we decided to take a short trip to Lake Tahoe. 

The drive went more smoothly than we could have imagined, and we even saw a tiny rainbow outside Sacramento.

tiny, upside-downy rainbow!

Approaching Truckee, there was snow!

snow, gandalf, snow!

  There was actually enough snow on the ground in Tahoe City for a wee snowball fight. 



Then there was fire building. 



And s’more making.


And knitting.  

By the time I’d had enough, I had this. I’m not sure yet if I love it, but it’s nice. 

The forecast says snow, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed…

This n that

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, so the kids and I made him a healthy cake!

It’s vegan, no added fat, and it’s very tasty!

In crafty news, I’ve been working a lot on the Wee Girl’s class quilt.


Tonight I sewed the blocks into strips, along with some sashing. It’s coming along well.

Our sock knitting group is starting its next KAL, a linen stitch scarf. It’s meant to use lots of colors, so I gathered my sock yarn scraps to start planning…  The pattern is called Mini Mania. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-mania-scarf


I think grays with purples might be nice. What do you think?

Double blogging

Today I wrote first post as Official Blog Writer for my knitting group’s blog.


I’d say I’m happy to do so, but it also means that one of our most treasured members is moving away.  So I’m basically really bummed about that.  On the other hand, we have to keep going, right?  So I’ll do my best to keep the blog lively and try to be a fun member of the group, although I don’t think anyone can fill her shoes, or hand-knit socks, as it were.

On a high note?  OH, we went to the beach today, which was the perfect opportunity for a Breaking Waves photo shoot.  While the kids were burying each other in sand, he took a few good shots for me.  The colors really show better in the natural light as opposed to 10pm sad yellowish lighting.

Better view of the hat.

Better view of the hat.

Smiley view.

Smiley view.

Gratuitous kids frolicking in the ocean on the last day of January photo.

Gratuitous kids frolicking in the ocean on the last day of January photo.  Because we can!  

POP KAL progress

At knit night this evening, the three of us working on POP happened to have brought it to work in, so I was able to get a photo of our first seven days on the project!


The lighting is bad, but I think you can see that the squares are beautiful! They are going to be three very different but pretty blankets!

I’m really glad that I’m doing this as a KAL! I don’t think I’d have the stamina for this project on my own!

POP! goes the blanket!

This morning my POP blanket KAL buddies and I met up for our ceremonial cast on!

It was my first time using the Pinhole Cast On!

After a while, I realized I needed to go up a needle size, but I still managed to get some good progress in the time I had:


It’ll be fun to see how our different versions of the same blanket come out! I’m using my handspun while the other two knitters are using Noro Silk Garden and Noro Kureyon.

Later, I did the short row corners and bound off! One square down!