Sunday, July 31, 2011


We were so relieved to find that our 9 year old pit bull, Sheba, took to Molly instantly and treats her like she's her own baby.

The Journey Home

It was a long almost seven hour trip home with frequent stops for bathroom breaks for the little one, Molly. She's simply adorable and I found it hard to concentrate on my driving.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

She's The One

I wasn't really intending to get a puppy but when I saw Molly, I knew she was the one for me. Her breeders told me she was the runt of the litter and showed me pictures of her father (black) and mother (fawn) and I was sold. She's a registered boxer brindle blackmash born on 6/15/2011.

New Puppies

Mom and I went to Canton, TX for the First Monday Trade Days and we both picked out a new puppy. For Mom a Morkie (Maltese and Yorkie) and for me a reverse brindle (black) boxer that I've named Molly. There was a little shopping too but the highlight was caring for our new additions while visiting family in Texas.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Hot Afternoon Ride

I don't have many friends who'd go for an afternoon motorcycle ride with me in 107 degree heat but I found one hearty country girl. Karen's one of my favorite riders and she also knits so it was a perfect combination for a trip to Abilene for yarn at Shivering Sheep. This quaint little shop is jammed with things I can't find in other shops and always a treat because it's only open a few days a week. The shopping was good but the temperature was a challenge for us but really, if you're waiting for perfect weather in Kansas - you'd rarely go anywhere!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Go Becca!

Oh, this makes me really happy. My first knitting bud took riding lessons and got her own motorcycle. I'm hoping all my other knittas take note and join in. We are already talking about riding to the next Yarn Hop. Live to Ride - Love to Knit!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

M&M Choppers Open House

Matt & Melanie, had their annual open house at their motorcycle shop in Galva, KS. It was blazing hot with temps over 100 but we stayed cool with music, shade, misters and margaritas. Always a good time in the company of good friends.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Coastal Citron

The Citron shawl that I worked on during my northwest vacation is now complete. Knitted from one skein of Manos lace on a #6 cable needle. To get a larger size, I basically blocked out the rouching but it's lovely all the same and a special reminder of my trip to the coast.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Quack Dog Toy

Our LYS owner Shelly, got a new Standard Poodle puppy (Brick) and I joined in with the Wednesday knitting group for a puppy shower making this felted mallard stuffed with pieces of t-shirt scraps. It should make for a fun, sturdy puppy toy - for awhile.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Portland Markets

A must-do in Portland is to go to the Saturday Farmers Market for cheeses, vegetables and a bag of fresh Rainier cheeries. Then head over to the Saturday market next to the river for arts shopping, music, people watching and a delicious gyro. I bought some jewelry this time. A great day of shopping and spending time with my aunts before I go home tomorrow.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Mountains & Bridges

I left Vancouver and spent a couple nights with Aunt Rita on Sauvie Island. When you get up on the bridges you can see all the surrounding mountains. Facing east there's Mt. Rainier in the far distance, Mt. St. Helen, Mt. Adams, and Mt Hood. We like to gaze upon the mountains and walk the bridges surrounding the island.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Kayak, Knitting & Music

A cloudy, cool day did not impede our plans to go to a Washington lake for a picnic, knitting and kayaking. Aunt Rita sat on the bank and crocheted baby blanket squares while Aunt Janine and I inflated her Coleman kayak and paddled out to the middle of the lake. Multi-tasking runs in the family and we both sat our paddles down and picked up our knitting projects. It was a perfect afternoon day floating around listening to music on my iPhone. After that, we got cleaned up and went to an evening outdoor concert in the heart of Vancouver. It's there we did a little more knitting and grooving on the dance floor. An absolute awesome day spent with my Aunts.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Hiking Mt Hood

Hiking Mt. Hood has been on my bucket list for years. Thank you, Aunt Janine, for making this dream come true. We were joined by her husband, Dave, daughter, Katie and dog, Lilly. We started our 8.5 mile hike following Wahkeena Falls and ended at the incredible Multnomah Falls. Some of the trails were maintained well and others were jagged, rocky and over streams with moderate difficulty.

Knits on the Beach

What better background to showcase a knitting materpiece? Actually, my Scrap Sock Yarn blanket has gotten a lot of use as the Pacific Coast temperature varies in the 50-60's. That was an adjustment for me coming from a warmer climate in the low 100s.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

On the Beach

The first night we had a fire on the beach and I stayed up all night into morning with wine and music listening to the waves. Anxious for the day to begin, I'd get just a little rest to walk along the beach collecting sand dollars and exploring tide pools. The sand smoothing the bottoms of my feet.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Coastal Road Trip

Laura and I loaded up our stuff and her dog, Molly and headed for the Orgeon Coast for a couple night's stay at the pet-friendly Surfsand Resort on Cannon Beach. In fact, this place is an oasis for dogs and I will replay our walks on the beach and Haystack Rock a thousand times in my memory.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

On Crystal Mountain

Laura and Dan had a surprise evening set up for me high atop Crystal Mountain. They invited several of their friends along and we rode the gondola up to the top that gave us in incredible snow covered view of Mt. Rainier and had a wonderful four course dinner that stretched throughout the entire night. It was amazing and I'm beginning to feel like a mountain girl.

Just Like Old Times

It's hard to believe Laura and I have known each other for over 30 years. We just don't feel that old and when we are together it feels just like it did when we were silly junior/high schoolers. Day two we are riding bicycles, sunbathing, sharing makeup and wearing each other's clothes...some things just never change. Next thing you know we'll break out in a cheer, well, not really.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Northwest Vacation

Once again, I'm very fortunate to be able to take off for the Northwest again to visit friends and family. Just like last year, the first part of my week I'll stay with my high school BFF, Laura outside Seattle and then on to visit my aunts in Portland/Vancouver.

Laura picked me up at the airport and took me directly to a knit shop, All Points Yarn in Des Moines, WA where I purchased two great crocheted patterns the owner, Morgan Hicks (pictured) designed using Noro yarn. What a great find! Then we were off to Redondo Beach for a seafood lunch at Saltys -- a great place we like on the water.

Northwest Knitting

With the blanket now complete I can start a new project on my nortwest vacation. That's one of the best things about airports and flying, all the uninterrupted knitting time. Citron will be the perfect project for this trip as it's a small, uncomplicated lace-weight I go!