Friday, October 2, 2015

I Knit: Garter Gaiter

My cousin experienced a tragedy this past summer. She lost her teenage son to suicide. When I first heard, my mother heart broke open.  I had lunched with her just a few months before and He was the subject of much of our conversation, so it was that much more devastating to me, having known the struggle beforehand.

She has handled it with so much grace and strength. She is an inspiring woman anyway, but watching her grieve publicly has been an inspiration.

Often when I am working through something, I turn to my needles, and this was no exception.  My favorite fiber is alpaca and favorite colors are pink. She wears pink often too, so I knew I needed to make her a warm and fuzzy cowl to show my love during this difficult time.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I knit: Vest

My friend Carrie refashions vintage dresses all the time. On Instagram one day I saw she cut some sleeves off a dress and I requested she send them to me. I wanted to make a sweater vest with the sleeves. I drew a sketch of the vest I wanted to make --actually the sketch was a sweater vest dress--and started making it!

It was really cool to see a sketch get turned into an actual item I can wear!  When I finished the vest I realized that in order for the sleeves to be attached correctly, I would need to buildout the neck/sleeve to be smaller in diameter.  I was unsure I would like the look of this, so I decided to omit the sleeves and instead use part of the collar to edge the front.  I love it so much. I used fair isle, brioche, pom-poms, wasp stitch, and a little crochet!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon

Jason's 12th marathon, 11th STATESIDE was the Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon in UTAH!
We stayed with our friends Ben and Sarah and they were the best companions. Sarah got poster board and Ben took every one of these pix:

Our friends Heather and Jed came up too so that we could see them and Jed helped hand off the EATS at mile 18.
Whitney and Tyler were running the half so we saw them at mile 11 and 13 and then went back to see J at 18, 23 and the finish line.  These marathons begin HIGH up the mountain so no one can spectate until it's almost over. It's all downhill and very fast.

We saw ONE Team Sparkle Sighting!

Whitney beat her Personal record by 7 seconds...she was running SO HARD.

Jason had a pretty good showing too. Anything under 4 is outstanding!

Friday, July 31, 2015

my loves


if you DIE in the pool, you CAN'T get a sticker

July was a crazy month. I didn't record anything but that! HA!

Monday, July 27, 2015


Here are the girls on their first day of swim lessons. They were both SO BRAVE And just WENT FOR IT! No Hesitation (okay maybe a tiny bit when Olive was heads and years above/older than her classmates--we got off track with swim lessons the past few years) at all.

Pickle spent the first few weeks of lessons being a little silly, jumping in and out and playing with the noodles. She got VERY comfortable though and was ready to go to level 2.

There was no room in the time I wanted, so we kept her in level 1 with a bit larger class.  Jason and I watched many of the new moms act like "helicopter moms" hovering over their children on the side of the pool.  We enjoyed sitting in the deep end watching Lolly dive and swim and every once in a while glanced over to Pickle.

Sometimes I even left during lessons to run a quick errand and then came back at the end.

One afternoon I was in the deep end trying to finish my book because it was due the next day...I glanced up to check on Pickle and saw a pink blur under the water, NOT coming up.  I waited just a second when I saw she was not moving and then ran towards her yelling: MY BABY MY BABY! And one of the helicopter moms RIGHT THERE next to the 2 swim teachers RIGHT THERE, grabbed her out of the water. Seriously there were 2 lifeguards, 4 helicopter Moms, and 2 teachers and none of them noticing my little Pickle trapped just beneath the water.

She was fine of course, but seriously...

The next day they all wore life jackets. It was the coolest thing to see her so confident moving around the pool in her life jacket. That is how she spent the rest of the summer---just swimming around solo with her little life jacket, which she pronounced: LAUGH, JIKE-et.

Here they are after 4 weeks of lessons:

It was the best 4 weeks and $240-I have ever spent.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

U-Pick Flowers

I took the girls to pick flowers at a U-Pick yesterday. It was an adventure! We then tried our hand at flower arranging when we got home. So pretty.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rosy Maple Moth

My new favorite creature in nature: Rosy Maple Moth

You can come visit my craft room door ANY TIME.