Monday, February 13, 2017

Boulder Garden Loop

It is amazing to realize that last Monday I was completely snowed in, and this Monday the sun is shining and both Nim and I could hike without jackets.

The snow level is still really low and I didn't want to hike in snow today anyway, so I opted to stay closer to home on my winter loops. Today was a good day for the Boulder Garden Loop off Little Si.

We didn't have a tight window, so I made sure we detoured to see how the forest fire burn area is recovering.

Slowly the black on the tree is becoming less stark, but it is still pretty hard to miss.

Nim was so happy to be out.

It is always hard not to over hike during these first nice hiking days.

For the most part we had the hike to ourselves until we were on the way out. The few people we ran into were all happy to be out on such a pretty day.

For me, this was also a birthday hike. And how lucky am I to get weather like this for it. :)

Monday, February 6, 2017

February Snow and Cascade Yarns Knitterati Afghan Knit-along

January was such a stinker it wasn't worth blogging about. Ha! Thankfully Chinese New Year happened at the end of the month and helped turn the bad energy around.

Today we woke up to another deep snow.

Thankfully this did not delay my long awaited shipment from The UPS guy was super nice and walked all the way up my driveway!

I had decided to participate in the Cascade Yarns Knitterati Afghan Knit-along and after much agonizing I realized the quickest way to settling my yarn problem was to order a kit.This is always painful when you are already sitting on as much yarn as I am.

I decided to go with the "Jewel" 5 color option rather than the "Original." Cascade Yarns actually posted several color alternatives. It has been fun to follow on Ravelry as block 1 and block 2 have already released. It is great to see the variation. I have some catching up to do!

The electric blanket has been working overtime. As always, I am ready for summer. Leela is probably ambivalent as long as the bed is kept warm. Mostly I could do with more light and longer days.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Final Exam Done, More Quilting, and Winter Solstice is Coming!

It is a Monday!

My weekend started when I clicked "submit" on my final exam Friday. This should be my last final in a hopefully a very, very long time. I am ready to close the extended schooling chapter of life for now.

With the final behind me, I was able to devote potentially unhealthy amounts of hours to sewing. And yes, we still have snow. Although it is raining this morning so maybe mine will finally melt.

Here is a close up of some of the blocks. Very cute.

Meanwhile, I got another quilt started and this is a huge departure from my normal fabric choices. I love it already.

Wednesday will be the shortest day of the year! I get so excited about the Winter Solstice. Although you never notice the changes right away, just knowing I am past the shortest day of the year is usually very inspiring.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nim and Santa

Hahahaha. Today I was at Petsmart looking for something else and wouldn't you Santa photos! I think it is great they offer this.

I love it. I actually like that the Santa waved. We kept trying to put Nim on the side, but he wouldn't sit close, so we tried putting him in front which went better. Whatever makes him happy and gets me my photo. :)

Friday, December 9, 2016

Snow Day

Well. Here is how things were supposed to go: light snow Thursday night, turning to rain. It is currently about 3:30pm on Friday and the snow in North Bend has yet to let up. And there is nothing light about it.

I am actually used to us being outside the forecast, but what caught even me off guard is the lower Cascades (which I live against) have been so terribly windy I don't even think they thought we would get much of the light snow!

Today was a studying day for my finals anyway. So I have sat around and gone out to play on breaks.

I didn't tell him to sit in that photo by the way. He did, sideways, with his eyes closed. Shortly after this photo was taken he took off like a little jumping bean.

Except for not really planning on this much snow, it has been a welcomed change to the wind. It has just been so cold. It is actually warmer right now, even with the snow.

Awww Nim. Your little baby face. :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Icy December Start and Quilt Progress

Hello from the freezing Snoqualmie Valley. In the past few days we have experienced our first lower elevation dusting of snow. It is too cold. :) But no denying it is pretty.

Nim insists on his walks. Put his fancy jacket on and he is good to go!

I continue to sew when I can, but progress is slow. My final is December 16th and I can't wait to get that study time back.

Since I have laid out the first quilt top, all is right in Leela's world. She is unfazed when I chase her off. She knows my back has to turn to run the sewing machine.

I haven't done the borders yet on this first top, but you can get the idea. The photos make the red look a lot more pink.

Close-up of some of the blocks, and a more true to color red:

Meanwhile, the blocks on the next quilt are in progress. As you can tell these fabric choices are actually all part of the same line.

Such cute animals.

I am looking forward to major work on this one, but for now, back to studying. I have to schedule exams through ProctorU and even if I wanted to forget about the final I get regular reminder e-mail about my upcoming exam appointment. Time to be adult about it.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pinwheels Quilt in Progress

Considering I am smack in the middle of a hard school quarter, the trip to the fabric store last Saturday was probably not a great idea. Leela however disagrees.

Gossypium Quilt Shop in Issaquah really got the full experience when my youngest sister and I swooped in and spent a couple of quality hours planning 3 quilts. So much fabric was purchased. So. Much. Fabric.

Not only did we basically dominate one corner of an already very crowded shop, but the negotiations were fierce and I have no doubt educational for all that could hear us (basically the entire store).

I went in with one plan, and left with an entirely different plan. I am excited. Things are coming together well.

Right now I am trying to get one quilt well on its way before I cut the next one. At night I tell myself that I will sew for 2 hours and study for 2 hours. Then, 6 hours of sewing later, I realize that if I don't sleep I am going to be cranky for work.

It feels really good to be sewing and creating again. I have a knitting project going too, but apparently socks are now my curse and I think I just need to find an entirely new project. It is so odd. It isn't even a hard pattern.

But in the quilt many to go.

Meanwhile, winter decided to show up basically yesterday. I brought my fern in that somehow has managed to keep alive despite Emile's best efforts.

The White Ginger has also moved into the house, making my indoor plant situation worse than it already was. Apparently this plant goes through a "dormant stage" so I expect it to start really wilting down.

And just because...Emile. So peaceful. So serene. Secretly plotting to eat my plants...