What?? Too tired to knit?

Well, last night I was. It was a super long day, started with an unintentional 80+minute workout at the gym. Kitchen Nightmares was on– two back-to-back episodes! I couldn’t step off the elliptical until I knew the restaurant would be ok. Phew.

Then I spent 3.5 hours in the emergency room with the kids. The Wee Girl fell on the playground and lacerated her knee. She was incredibly brave while getting 5 stitches and is doing fine, but it was a doozy of an afternoon!!!

And thus, I was so tired I went to bed at 9:30 last night having knit perhaps a few rows of a hat. Today was better, but I’m residually tired. I’m almost done with a cute hat, though!


It’s a slightly downsized version of Turn a Square. This will go toward my 2015 charity knitting goal.

In other news, my dyed roving and yarn are dry and I managed to take a few pics today:


The red really is almost as bright as it looks here. I think striping should help calm it down , don’t you?

A setback, and an FO

My Breaking the Waves hat isn’t going well. I need to rethink my needle size and cast-on number.

In the meantime, I finished the Turn a Square hat that I started yesterday. I used up every last bit of several tiny balls if yarn I had in my stash, which is always gratifying. I was not prepared for how much I like and want to keep the hat, though.

I’m pretty sure it’s mine forever. ūüôā


Well, I certain didn’t mean to take a whole week off from blogging! We took a rode trip up to Portland, Oregon, and WordPress crashed every time I tried to open it on my iPhone. It was frustrating, but I suppose it also allowed me to relax without thinking about what to blog that day.

How about a week in photos to make up for a week of silence?

Perhaps the most awesome photo I have of myself with my husband?  (our nephews in Portland have the BEST toys!!!!)



Proof that the mountains in Northern California are HOT!!!!


Gorgeous, gorgeous roses at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland.20140613-205123-75083387.jpg

20140613-205123-75083014.jpgHammocks are the greatest!



Lavender rose!  (the order of these photos is messed up, sorry!!!)20140613-205123-75083738.jpg


Free poems in Portland!



Excellent Dr. Who graffiti at OHSU observation deck.20140613-205121-75081521.jpg


Handy free library in Portland (same house as free poems)!20140613-205122-75082278.jpg


Jamison Square fountain, Portland.20140613-205121-75081922.jpg


Mt Shasta, northern California!  Can you believe there are seven glaciers up there???20140613-205120-75080868.jpg


Mt Shasta on the way home.20140613-205124-75084394.jpg

Crossing Golden Gate Bridge, the sign that we’re just minutes from home!



My travel knitting ended up being hats! ¬†I had only done 2 of my intended 12 hats for the Larkin Street Youth Services, so I thought I’d see what kind of dent I could make in my numbers.20140613-205126-75086012.jpg


Well, I ended up completing 8 hats while we were away! ¬†So that’s 10 done for the year, only 2 to go! ¬†20140613-205125-75085771.jpgIt was nice to have a vacation and visit family we only see once a year, see a nephew graduate high school, and to see Portland for the first time. ¬†It is so green in Oregon, compared to yellow,¬†drought-stricken California! ¬†It was really nice but also confusing to be able to stay in one layer all day and evening, without wondering when the fog would roll in, or needing¬†a sweater. ¬†I had really forgotten what summer feels like!

But there’s no place like home. ¬†ūüôā