Friday, May 25, 2012

Knitted Necklace

Wednesday I had the day off and headed to The Bead Shop in Roseville.  I had a wonderful time wandering the store.  I had intended to find beads to make necklaces for the daughters, instead I found beads for myself.

Last night I stayed up until midnight stringing beads. 

Today I knit a necklace. 

 I don't know what takes longer, the stringing or the knitting.

This is my take on the Moonrise Necklace by Sivia Harding

There will be more versions to follow.  Maybe perhaps next time I will make one for the daughters.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Millie

Millie turned one year old this week.
The kids claim she is my favorite because her picture is featured on my phone.
I just want to point out I don't see them greeting me a the door with their tails wagging happy to see me.
Jake is also still trying to figure out how to get rid of her.

Monday, May 21, 2012


This weekend my favorite son graduated from high school.

He is headed to the University of Texas in Austin.

Hook em horns.

 We are all very proud of Hagen.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Knitting + Napa

This past weekend I spent in Napa at the Blue Oaks Estates Winery for a knitting retreat put on by Suzy of The Knitting Ranch with thirteen other wonderful women from across the country.

One of the many beautiful views on the property.

       Sivia Harding was our instructor and on Friday she introduced her Sister Joan Shawl.

Blocking the start of our shawls

We are using Luxurious from Sincere Sheep which is a fingering weight 50%
superwash merino and 50% silk.

My  "goody bag" was a Tonya in Adelaide by Offhand Designs.  We also had a private trunk show with Larissa, getting a sneak peek at her new bags and fabrics.  How much greater can it get!!

There was lots of wonderful Shibui yarn to buy.

Saturday we visited the St. Helena Olive Oil Company.  I have never been to an olive oil tasting and I learned quite a lot about using olive oil.
Afterward we headed to Rutherford Hill winery for a picnic lunch with a selection of their wine.

This is the view we enjoyed during our picnic lunch.

Sunday we had another lesson from Sivia making a beaded knitted necklace.  The most time consuming part was stringing all the beads.  I see making more of these necklaces in my future.

Unfortunately on Monday we all had to head back to the real world.