Wednesday, June 27, 2012

High Park Fire


 If you've been following the High Park Fire in Colorado, here are pictures my dad took.  This first is a view of their house from the fire line.  I know it's small, these are my dad's pics.  If you click through to Flickr, you can see my tags.

The second, below, is the view from their front porch.  For some of my old pictures of their house / property click here.
High Park Fire, Colorado

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day


It's a very warm day in Colorado.  We have a wildfire in northern Colorado where my parents live, they've been evacuated!  But so far, no fire near their house.  I hope you are all enjoying this day.  I'm looking forward to a little evening knitting, the last three rows on a beautiful shawl! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Long Overdue

Many things are long overdue around here.  As my mother says, "Karen was born late, Danny was born early, Christy was born right on time, and they've been that way ever since."  I really do make an effort (some times more than others) to be timely but I've come to realize I'm an optimist.  I assume everything will run smoothly, there will be no traffic jams, and I will be well prepared at exactly the moment I should be leaving to go to the next Thing.  Of course, this does not happen, but in my mind I know it will the next time. 

Here are a couple of things I've been meaning to post in regards to my blog friends.  
First of all, last December, I won a book from Miss Jean, and I never properly thanked her.  It is A Touch of Rosie Quilts, and while I haven't quilted yet this year, that is on my list of things to get back to!  It is a beautiful book, and very inspiring.  Thanks, Jean!  Jean also recently moved to Colorado; I hope you are settling in well!


Secondly, my friend Terrie awarded my blog with the Liebster Award the week before I left town, and I have not posted a response! Thank you, Terrie, I'm honored!  Before I go on with that, let me say a few things about Terrie.  She is my friend in real life; I met her at a local knitting group.  Now I teach knitting on the night that group meets, and rarely get to sit with the group, but I'm always happy to see Terrie walk into the shop.  She's quiet, but when she opens up, you realize how smart and kind she is.  And she's very good at math.  I sent her a pattern I was writing last year, and she fixed the math errors for the larger size, which I had inadvertently skipped over.  If you read her blog, you know how much she loves her cats!  I like Terrie and I'm glad we've become friends!!

Liebster is a German word meaning favorite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster Blog Award is awarded by bloggers to other bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition.

Here are the rules for the Liebster blog award:
1.  Link back to the person who awarded it to you.
2.  Post the award to your blog.


3.  Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.  
I can't figure out where this data is, so I'm going to make some guesses here.  And how to pick just five?!
4.  Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.
5.  List 5 random facts that people don’t know about you.
Terrie said this is the hard part, and I suspect that is because she's quiet, like I said.  For me, it's difficult because there's not a lot people don't know about me!  Hmm.  I'll go with some facts that perhaps are not widely known...  It would be awesome if I thought of something not even BFJ knows, but I'm not really a secret keeper!!  

  • I deeply regret that I did not work harder to get an art degree when I was young / single / not a mother, but it is still on my list of things to accomplish in life.  
  • I believe that everything is going to work out.  In my experience, it does, and this is not a coincidence. This is not to ignore the fact that many times I could have made things easier on myself!
  • I have a love / hate relationship with mysteries.  I love that there are still things out in the world that we don't know about - long forgotten treasures, new species.  I would hate to think there's nothing left to discover.  However, when I was 12, one of my cousin's best friends went missing (they were 14) and I have never gotten over wondering what happened to her, and how hard that must be for her family to let go of.  I find this event has informed a lot of my decisions as a parent.  But I do still believe that everything is going to work out.  
  • I love listening to Chris Cornell sing because I think his voice sounds dark brown, like coffee grounds and rich soil.  I also like the number 4 because it is red. 
  • I make my own chocolate frosting and I don't think I can go back to buying it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Hello June

This school year just zipped by.  Really, I can't believe how fast it's gone.  I suppose that means I really have been too busy.  We're three or so days into summer break and I'm happy to say we've already done some out-of-the-ordinary things.  On Sunday, we went downtown to the People's Fair and also to the Chalk Arts Festival.  I love being downtown with BFJ, it's where we met and spent many fun lunch hours in our youth, exploring the city.  I also love taking the boys to see new things, including people.  We took a break in the shade next to a girl with beautiful blue hair.  I should have taken a picture.  Instead, here are a few pictures of the chalk work.

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I overheard one of the artists say that they had 2/3 of their picture done on Saturday, and 2/3 was washed away by the rain that night, so everyone had to start over on Sunday.  I didn't take as many pictures as I did last year, but you can check out my whole set on Flickr

Saturday was wonderful, as well.  I went to a brunch with some friends in the morning.  I intended that we would go downtown on Saturday afternoon, but it was cool and blustery so we stayed home.  Instead, I finished some knitting, and BFJ took some pictures for me of my recent projects.  Want to see?

F L U T T E R   S C A R F

1721 Flutter Scarf

Well, I actually called mine 'a line of greens and blues' because when I look at it, it reminds me of a Mr. Big song.  Despite the fact that my husband says this song is not his favorite Mr. Big song, it reminds me that I ended up with the right guy for me, and not the wrong guy.  I was dating the wrong guy when I met BFJ.  It clearly should be his favorite Mr. Big song, don't you think? 

Pattern:  Flutter Scarf by Miriam Felton
Yarn:  Wolle's Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton, 100 gr. in New Harmony colorway.  I love all the interesting color combinations she has! 
Needles:  US 3 Addi Lace
More details are on my Rav page here.


1700 Smocked Hat

Pattern:  Frederica Beret by Lisa R. Myers
Yarn:  Cascade 220 Wool, from stash
Needles:  US 6, 7, and 8.
Rav project here.

I knitted this up just for some instant gratification.  Found it in my favorites and it was free, so thought why not.  I love this hat!  I think I would be wearing it tons if it were not almost summer, and 90 degrees out.  This pattern is FREE, knitters, go check it out.

More from Stitches South, my friend Terrie, and tree removal as I get a chance to post.  In the meantime, Friday I'll tell you about a fun yarn contest I'm involved in!