Friday, February 5, 2016

a Birthday and a Weekend Coming Up

I have this beauty for sale in the shop.
It's called Teri's Idea because it was Teri who said, " should dye pink and black together!"  So I did.

A fun weekend coming up!
Saturday morning I have knitting, as usual, then it's back home to bake Joey's favorite cake for his birthday.  That's right this kid:
turns 20 tomorrow.

Still trying to wrap my head around having two kids in their 20s.

He and Mike are headed to the car show in Baltimore for the day.  

Saturday night is Justine's All County Band concert, so we'll probably have Joey's b-day dinner on Sunday.  He works Friday to closing and Sunday all day...sometimes it's hard to fit things in with his schedule.

I'm sure we'll watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.  We usually do. Mike really hates the Broncos because he loves the Chargers and they're in the same division...but I think we both would like to see Peyton Manning go out with a bang by winning the Super Bowl.  I usually am more interested in the commercials and half-time.  I've seen quite a few of the commercials already thanks to the Today Show.  

I'll probably dye yarn today.  Mike has my car so I'm stuck at home...which I totally LOVE!!  Anyway, got lots of new dye and yarn to dye so why the heck not?!  Or knitting and old movies.  I've got a few recorded.  Auntie Mame I think.  Yeah!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

Happy Groundhog Day! 

With that in mind, Ten on Tuesday topic:  
10 Moments/Events/Days in Your Life You'd Like to Repeat

1.  I'd love to repeat my first Sprint Triathlon.  It was so fun and empowering! I sucked at the swim (always did), then cut my toe on a cypress knee before exiting the water but that didn't dampen my spirits...I swear I had a stupid grin on my face the whole race.  I remember when I stared the run, I was numb from my knees down (wet legs/feet before biking and then cold wind while biking will do that).  It took a good half mile to defrost. I was so thrilled crossing that finish line! My sister was the first person to call me afterwards and I answered the phone, "Triathlete speaking..."  Great day!

2.  My wedding day.  Ok, yes the ceremony and party after was fun...but the day of was so relaxing.  We got married at 7pm so we had the day to play.  We got married in Vegas, in a small ceremony with a few friends and family.  I spent most of the day pool side, totally relaxed having fun with my sister and friends while Mike went golfing.  No stress at all.  

3.  The day when 3 year old Joey came running in the kitchen telling me, "Army you scotty dogs!!"  Me:  What? (stop washing the dishes, dry off and get face to face so I can really hear him) Joey: Army you scotty dogs! Me: Army? I'm not sure what you're saying.  Joey:  You know, pirate talk! (A'vast, ye scurvy dogs!)

4.  Veronica was maybe 7 months old, sitting in her high chair, probably having lunch and she and I got the "giggles" for the first time.  Laughing together till we had tears rolling down.

5.  Tuesday night knit class with my mom would be fun to do again.  We would sometimes get a bite to eat, then off to class.  It was so fun to learn stuff along side my mom. The teachers were awesome and really helped establish a fearless love of knitting for me. It was the beginning of a new adventure for us.  I still love talking knit with her. 

6.  We have had many, many great camping trips with family and friends.  So many great, repeatable days for me are camping related.  One particular trip, we were with our good friends, the Holmes' family.  I came out of the camper and there sat a maybe 9 year old Miki.  So I say, "Ohayou Gozaimasu!" (Miki was in Japanese school at the time and I had recently just learned to say good morning in Japanese...but not by Miki.)  She gets this surprised look on her face and says, "Mrs. Pirie! You speak Japanese?!" We both had a good laugh.  That was a great start to that day.

7.  I would love to go back and have a day with my kids when they were little, not babies but little, you know, when they didn't think I was the stupidist person on the planet (haha). I really enjoyed my time with them when they were small (I do now too but it's different) and would do any of those days over in a heart beat.

8.  I used to go to my Nana's house and sit and chat with her for hours.  She'd talk about her life when she was growing up, living on a farm in Texas.  I'd take one of those days again. 

9.  I'd love to repeat on outing with friends I don't see because of the distance between us.  Coffee with my friend Becky or a trip to the Hotel Del with Elsie or an evening with the Close Knit Friends or knitting with JaxKnits or ....  That's the problem when you move a leave friends peppered all over the country. 

10.  Mike and I did a lot of camping before we had kids.  I'd take one of those days again.  Like when we were in the redwoods and a mother and baby dear walked through our camp or when the bear came in the middle of the night and tried to raid our cooler or even primitive camping in the desert (and shooting rockets...that's not a metaphor, model rockets I'm talking about).  

And in case you haven't heard, no shadow this morning so that means an early Spring.  I wonder if there will be any more snow? (sorry, was that my outside voice?)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shop Update Info...drool alert!

Hi everyone!  Just a quick advertisem....oh, um, I mean post to show you some of the beautiful yarn I've dyed so far (more drying in the basement as I write this):
 Sold this yesterday but I'll be dyeing another skein or over the weekend.
 Blood Orange
 Midnight Garden sold out after I showed it in like two minutes!  I have two more to add to the shop later today.  Yeah!!
 Royal Garden
 Piriewinkle (see what I did there?)
Sunset Cliffs...not in the shop yet...later today.

I will photograph and list the new ones tomorrow or this weekend.
Keep checking in!  Most of my colorways have just one skein so if you love it, buy it!  It might not be there when you come back.

Monday, January 25, 2016

O Jonas, My Jonas!

Our first snowfall of 2016 was a blizzard called Jonas.  It was so awesome!!  I am so happy.  I originally had planned a girls weekend at the beach with some friends but we cancelled because of the blizzard.  Good thing we did, it was a doosy!  No doubt you've heard. 

Friday started out nice and cozy with some knit time and coffee in my new mug! Mike's socks are coming along nicely and they should be done soon.

Then Friday around 2pm the snow started to fall.  Joey had to go to work at 4:30 till 11:30pm.  I had to wait up for him to make sure he got home ok, I was so worried.  He parked in the front yard but that's ok, he got home safely.  If you're wondering why he even went into work well, it's because we have a 4-wheel drive and he CAN.  A lot of the folks who work at Target don't have cars that can get them to work, so he feels like he should go (strong work ethic...lovely quality).

 Just remember this photo when you see it again...and remember the snow level.
 It snowed all night...and all day on Saturday, too.  And most of Saturday night.
Gracie wasn't too thrilled.  I was!  
 Mike dug her out a path and potty place.  Poor baby.  (both)

 Remember the slow level by the car.  Snow drifts created mounds of snow at least 4 feet tall in some areas.  The snow is super light and fluffy so it blew all over the place.  Saturday and Sunday were both windy, too.  
 The snow was way too fluffy to make snowmen or snowballs.  Also, you can't even walk across the yard, you sink 3' into the snow!! haha
 I finished my Baa-ble hat!
 Eek!!  Look how high it is!  It was so amazing to watch.  We didn't want to go out every few hours and shovel, so we just let it all pile up.  
 Sunday morning was bright and sunny.  All the white snow made it super bright!  Look how high it is!!
Found out that this is the biggest storm/snowfall in history for the Baltimore area and Saturday the record for the most snow in one day: 25"!
 Snow frozen out over the roof of the house!  You don't want to be under that when it falls!
 I started a new hat called Scrollwork.  Beautiful cables in my own hand dyed worsted yarn in the Loverly colorway.
 Look how high it is along the cars.  Time to shovel all this out of the way!

 Mike swept off the snow while I shoveled the front walk/steps and started around the cars.
 I finished my hat just in time to wear it outside!
 Mike made a path to the street.  Just as he got to the end a neighbor came along with his snow blower and cleared the entire driveway in about ten minutes.  So wonderful!!
 Here's my Scrollwork hat!
 Next on the knitting agenda...BellaMae hat by my friend Dolly!
 And I started listing yarn in my shop!  I have about 12 skeins to add to the shop, the first today and I'll continue all week to add new yarn.

This Midnight Garden sold out about 2 minutes after I posted on Instagram!  I'm dyeing more tomorrow.  Don't have have one, too.

Today I shoveled a path to the wood pile so we could get more wood for fires in the fireplace!  Hey, I got my priorities! 

I hope you're enjoying your day...sunshine or snowshine!

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Yarn on the Way

I got my new yarn dyeing digs set up this week and did some yarn dyeing!  Nothing like a scenic spot in the basement to stir ones creative juices, right?  Actually, I love it...I can keep my stuff out, play my music and just dye all day long!
 I did some new colorways.

Back of the couch photos from one end, then the other.

Some old favorites will return, some new colorways, too.  I'll be working on the shop update this weekend and if the power doesn't go out (blizzard a-comin)'ll see them posted in the shop soon!!

Fingers crossed!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Snowy Throwback Thursday

Throwback to Winter 2014 and the (insert dramatic music) POLAR VORTEX!!!

 It was snowy, icy and very, very COLD!!!
Justine and I had a blast shoveling snow.  I know you're not supposed to enjoy that activity but we did!

Fast forward....

And this morning, there was a nice dusting of an inch or so!  Our Christmas lights are still up and were sparkling in the snow.  So pretty!!

BIG blizzard headed this way on Friday about mid-day.  My weekend plans to go to the beach with the ladies has been cancelled.  We're gonna hunker down and ride out the storm (hopefully with power).  There may be some movie watching, game playing, hot cocoa drinking/adult beverage drinking and knitting (ok, definitely some knitting) going on!

I dyed a bunch of skeins for the shop so I can work on that during the storm, maybe.  Anyway, a sneak peak preview tomorrow on some new skeins...and some old favorites, too.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Dye Digs

Yesterday I decided it was high time I got my butt in gear and start dyeing again.  So I cleaned off the old stove in the basement, swept the area, wiped everything down and attempted to start the stove.  This is where I hit a snag.  I turned the gas line on (like the gas tech who fixed it showed me) and tried to light the pilot light...and I could NOT get it to light.  So after a while, I just used a match to light the individual burner.  Worked like a charm!  It's SO nice to get everything set up and not have to put it all away at the end.  I have my dyes/yarn set up on the table (not pictured) and a nice counter to hold all my stuff and stations where I'm actually dyeing.  Love it!! 

And that beautiful floor for inspiration.  haha (not!)