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Hot Hot Heat.

” I ran outta gas! I had a flat tire! I didn’t have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from outta town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts!! It wasn’t my fault I swear to God!!!” – Jake

In all reality, my camera is on the fritz…so no pics of all of the crafty business I have been up to of late.  My darling mister has ordered a much needed new battery for the thing.  (Who knew that those lithium batteries could be so dang expensive!)  So, I will have a whole bunch to post once our sweet mail lady brings us that battery.

I have been up to an awful lot this past week or so.  Camping, Roller Derby Boot Camp, knitting, and getting hip to all things tasty and vegan.

I am absolutely in love my new copy of Veganomicon as well as a book recommended to me by a lovely local midwife entitled, The Vegetarian Mothers Cookbook.  Being a breastfeeding new mama I am aware of my different nutritional needs, and being mostly vegan makes meeting those needs a little bit more challenging.  But no more!  Between these two cookbooks, I have found that I am getting all of the nutritional goodies that my baby and I need.  Tasty ones at that!

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knitting mojo

My little sister has been visiting us from Tennessee for the past week.  (Whoopie!)  Along with her awesome sense of humor, she brought some good ol Tennessee weather with her.  Namely the heat.  (Booooooo!) It has been scorching hot here in Portland since the day she arrived.  How RUDE I say.  How rude.

Since has been deemed anti-social to go down into my nice cool basement to sew, leaving my poor sister with nothing to do…I managed to resurrect my knitting mojo.

All it took was a nice cold beer, half of my Wollmeise stash, and the super sweet and popular knitting pattern by Ysolda Teague, Ishbel.  (Which is only one of the many darling patterns in her self published book, Whimsical Little Knits.)  A winning combination for knitters block!  Needless to say, i finished the beer, and am already halfway done with the shawl.

Monday, the whole family is heading out to the coast.  Cannon Beach to be exact.   I cannot wait!   (I hope to pop into Coastal Yarns while we are there too.)

Yarn ho!

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This is Rodney…

Frog!

LOOK AT THAT FACE!  What a smile!  Last evening, we were ecstatic to have had our in-home interview with Rodney, and his foster mama, Alessandra.  Rodney is a sweet & energetic French Bulldog, rescued by the totally awesome org, The French Bulldog Rescue Network.  We have been hoping for quite some time to add a new member to our family, and we think we’ve found him!  Rodney spent almost 2 hours galloping around our backyard with Sebastian…batting a few balls around, showing us some really cute tricks…and getting a LOT of attention.

Isn’t he just the cutest dog you’ve ever seen?!  We are hoping to hear back soon for the “Official” seal of approval, but we think it looks pretty swell.  And should YOU have a lot of love to give an animal who needs a home, especially a sweet-as-pie dog, DO check out your local rescue organizations, humane societies, or FBRN!

We’ll keep you posted…

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The above photo is from Sebastian’s performance of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” at his preschool’s latest fundraiser, “Artquake”  which happened just a short time ago.  Sebs is about to celebrate his 5th birthday…and I have so many mixed emotions about this one.  It all started a few days ago when he LOST HIS FIRST TOOTH.  Yep.  That’s right ya’ll, my baby isn’t teething anymore…he’s begun to LOSE those pearly whites.  And woa!  They are so weirdly teenie…it was quite the task for the tooth fairy to find it under the pillow!  (or so I’ve been told)  He starts Kindergarten in only a few months…and it’s just hit me…he is growing up!  And it’s really hard for me to be O.K. with how fast time seems to be flying by.  We’ve been so busy lately, I barely know what happened between waking up and falling asleep and waking up again…let alone feeling like having the time to make some kind of mental scrapbook of it all.  Alas!

So, what does the farmgirl do when she’s feeling low?  That’s an EASY one.  I close all of the curtains.  I turn up Sam and Dave, Otis redding, Rufus Thomas, Booker T. and the M.G.’s (when I bought my first bass guitar, I asked my stepdad what I should listen to to learn how to play, and in his infinite wisdom he told me to lock myself in my room and listen to “Green Onions” until I figured it out.  If only my teenage self would have listened to that sage advice and not put on Nirvana’s “Smells like teen Spirit” instead!!!  To live is to learn, and now I try my dangest to listen to Donald “Duck” Dunn’s fabulous grooves…Booker T’s immensely understated and underrated keys…Alan Jackson’s immaculate drum beats…and Steve Cropper laying it down on the guitar….) and various other Stax record’s alumni, and dance my chubby arse off until I can’t move anymore.

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We have been working like crazy people to turn our once-lawned front yard into a garden.  Ala “Food not Lawns” with some Tasha Tudor-esque border (a girl needs flowers, not just food!).  I wanted to show off the amazing fence and arbor that my fantastically handy husband built for us:

So purty, isn’t it?  Behind the fence you will find the starts for delphinium’s, poppies, lavender, blue potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bok choy, spinach, broccoli, beets, calendula, st. john’s wort, echinacea, forget-me-nots, lupine’s, various japanese maples (like August Moon!), lilies, sweet peas, sugar snaps, pumpkins, watermelon, 4 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes, oinions, garlic, motherwort, valerian, artichokes…and more!

Our next project is tackling the backyard…and I after receiving Tasha Tudor’s Garden for Mother’s Day…I am newly inspired!

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I have been neglecting the ol’ blog lately, but here are some pics of the quilt that I have been slowly but surely working on over the past month. Good news is that we finally have tracked down a new cord for our digital camera…hence, lots more blogging with pictures coming your way.

AND…

Happy Mother’s Day Sebastian…. you rock my world!! I feel so lucky to have you in my life.

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Why I Knit

Knitting brings us closer to the ones we love.  Whether in person, or the internet…knitting has brought me together with an amazing group of kindred spirits!  I can’t imagine life in here in Portland without my dear Caitlyn…and relaxing evenings at home knitting with my sister Kerry.    With the advent of Ravelry, I’ve even been able to “meet” knitters who I would have NEVER been able to otherwise.  (Like my yarn swap pal Katja from Norway!) Knitting brings me closer together with the sweet people whom I get to make things for!  As I knit, I often think of the wonderful woman who taught me how to knit and crochet in the first place…my Grandma Nell…even though she’s passed on…we have this connection through needles and yarn

Speaking of friends and kindred spirits…I have a new found love of sock yarn.  Due mostly,  to a certain, newly local, (Are you Local?!)  influence in my life…the insanely talented sock knitta and designer Star!  We have been having all kinds of adventures, and many of them of the yarn persuasion (of course!).  Before we left San Francisco for home, we decided  to have a  “YARN CRAWL”.  In one day we hit up Artfibers, Imaginknit, Atelier Yarns, and Greenwich Yarn.  I was a very, very good girl and made only one purchase the entire time.  Kyoto Yarn from Artfibers.  It GLOWS, and I cannot wait to finally get the camera cord (I’ve purchased and returned 3 that were supposed to fit and didn’t!!!) replaced to show you pictures of my newly acquired stash.

And since we’ve been back in Portland, we continued our Yarn Crawl at Twisted, where I scored some Blue Moon Fibers, Socks that Rock in the “Mustang Sally” colorway. I also squeezed in a skein of Louet Gems for a super secret swatch I’m making.   We took a quick peek inside the Yarn Garden,  and I just had to show her Knit/Purl downtown…For all of my “hard work” schlepping the few boxes she sent ahead of her, Star was so kind as to bestow upon me a very special gift of a skein of Wollmeise yarn!  I squealed in delight when I opened it!

Yip-pee-ki-i!

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