Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Ice Castles

(okay, just a few words- to learn more about this stunning location, check out The Ice Castles at Silverthorne…)

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Do you know the way to Santa Fe?

I do.  Quite well, in fact, because almost every winter for the past 5 or so years, some combination of my husband, kids and I have taken a long weekend road trip down to New Mexico. The tradition started the year Rich and I were supposed to go o London for our first ever major kid free vacation, but I got far too sick to go. Instead, we headed a few hours down the road for some serious rest and relaxation- and recuperation. It worked, and we also fell in love with the town.

Last weekend we headed down yet again, with the kids and my mom along for the fun. We stayed in our favorite hotel yet again- favorite in no small part because of the option to have a kiva fireplace in our room.

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The pinon woodsmoke scent is heavenly. Falling asleep with the final embers dying out is also quite wonderful.

We hit what has become one of my favorite museums in the world- the Museum of International Folk Art. As a textile junkie, this place is like crack to me. Here are just a few of our favorite things:

museum of international folk art, santa fe

Textiles, textiles everywhere…sigh. So wonderful. If you ever get a chance to go, take it. And take your camera, so you can keep admiring the textiles long after the trip is over.

There were also textiles of the non-museum variety- check out this great yarn bombing that Annie spotted!

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It wasn’t all museums- there was also the amazing food. Shockingly, I didn’t photograph all our meals. But I did enjoy them 😉 The kids would hands down say that their favorite was the baked potato an the Cowgirl BBQ

icecream baked potato

Want to know why? That’s actually ice cream!

Santa Fe is also full of really, really cool walls.

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(And those cool monster pillows they are holding? We bought them from a crafter at the fabulous Flea market.)

Of course we also had to make a trip to Trader Joe’s, to tide us over until one finally opens in Colorado next year. And Dunkin Donuts- same deal with them.

As always, we drove home through Taos. We always mean to spend more time there, maybe next year. This year we stayed for lunch and some shopping. For the kids, this is shopping

toystore of happiness

For me, this is shopping:

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This time is was bittersweet. As you can see from the sign, La Lana, a Taos institution, will soon be gone- they’re closing on Leap Day. That’s the bitter part. The sweet part was that due to the closing sale, I bought more there than I ever had before…

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And now, to leave you with as much of a smile on your face as we had on ours, here’s our final photo from Taos.

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Wordless Wednesday: Me + Colorado’s Project Runway Stars Edition

me and mondo, fallene, and julie

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Wherein Pinterest Helps Me Finish My Afghan

We had big plans to head up to the mountains this past weekend and see the amazing Ice Castles at Silverthorne, but it was really cold, and we were feeling really lazy. So instead, we split our day between a run to Ikea, and seaming together all my afghan blocks. Well, only 2 members of the family worked on the afghan blocks- me, and…

Wally thinks he is helpful

…Wally, of course.

Because the crocheted blocks were too heavy to stick up on my quilt design wall, I resorted to laying them out on my bed. (Or as Wally thinks of it, “My bed which I begrudgingly let the humans use at night.”) I realized with all the variations in pattern and color from block to  block I was never going to be 100% satisfied with the layout, but, I did finally settle on one and start sewing the blocks together.

The final layout

I turned to my trusty “Crochet Goodness” Pinterest Board, and actually used some of the great links I’ve been collecting. I settled on a method I learned at Craftyminx’s Crochet School– an absolutely amazing free crochet resource. While Cat taught us how to seam blocks together invisibly by sewing them, I went for a faster visible method.  I crocheted the blocks together,which resulted in a really delineated outline around each block, in the dark purple yarn. Which you totally cannot see in this fabulous camera phone photo, but I’m going to post it anyway.

It's a blanket!

Look, it’s starting to look like a blanket.

The squares went together incredibly quickly using this method, and that left me ready for the final outer borders. I went with 1 row of HDC in the dark purple yarn (which is also what every square is bordered in)- that really seems to balance the thick connection between the blocks nicely. Then 3 rows of HDC in the brighter green yarn, followed by the final row- which is now partway done.

Crown picot edging...love it!

I’m using an edging stitch called “crown picot” that I found through, can you guess? Pinterest! It’s a great tutorial…super easy, and adding a really fun pop to the edge of the blanket.

I am so excited to be so close to the end of this year long odyssey. I finally feel like I have a comfortable grasp of crochet. I made new friends through my class. And I’m about to be able to snuggle under the world’s most fabulous blanket.

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Once more around the block…

I spent another Sunday with wet wool and handfuls of sharp pins, but… all 24 squares are blocked!

The other half of the afghan...

The squares are all dry now, and all approximately the same shape and size. Quite a victory. Here they all are, post blocking. They’re in backwards month order, with December in the top left, down to January in the bottom right.

A year's worth of squares...

Now comes the super stressful task of deciding upon the layout. I want a good balance of colors and patterns, and I want to not give myself a migraine. I wonder if both objectives can be achieved? And there’s also the small matter of seaming- I’ve never seamed crochet blocks before. But hey, I’ve pinned lots of tutorials 😉

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Wordless Wednesday: Friends+Yarn+Hockey=Happy

Sticks n stitches, with my giant head blocking my friends...

My sweater grows...

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Wordless Wednesday: Stock Show!

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